1109 Tasting Notes


My favorite so far out of the samples I tried from Tea Ave. The oolong looks great with nice delicately large leaf. The flavor is rich, roasty nutty with a strong peach apricot aftertaste. Later infusions got kinda dry, but the after taste was still going.

I really want to get my hands on more of this tea to get a full gong fu experience – it was originally bagged (and whole leaf!) and I gong fu steeped it with the 3 grams I had.

Full review and preview of Tea Ave teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-ave-oolong-preview/

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Wow. Why would they bag up such lovely oolong?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

They will be selling loose leaf, they just made some bagged teas for those bagged tea drinkers. At the time I got my samples they only had bagged teas available for me to try.


I have a 30 year old oolong tea bag from Origin Tea perfectly preserved in cellophane. Hang onto those bags long enough…

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Mmmm, I love the ginger level in this tea! It has the perfect amount of ginger, that popped the best after a 3.5 minute infusion.
Ginger Lily is sweet, buttery ginger that warms you up as well as refreshes you.

Full review and preview of Tea Ave teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-ave-oolong-preview/

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I have 2 of these in sample form and decided to make a chai concentrate with them, which turned out really bad.

First off, the samplers had rock sugar in it. The first ingredient is sugar actually! I picked out weighed the rock sugar and it was 10g out of 28g tea weight. I couldn’t find any oolong in this tea, but there was lots of mate and rooibos.

I steeped this tea really strong, in a big batch, then poured it over soy milk. YUCK. There was just too much going on, the mate added a grassy bitter swampy flavor and it wasn’t that spicy.

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DROOL this tea was fantastic! Interestingly, this is from old arbor tree fermented puer made into black tea. The color is a dark orange and reminds me of a gold tipped yunnan black in flavor (creamy, malty) but with a berry fruityness to it. The steeped leaves smelled like raspberries to me. This tea also is a beast of a resteeper – finishing off with buttery flavor. Verry cool. Cry, I need more of this tea and it’s $35 full size and I just did a group order! cry.

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I have a sample of this I have yet to try. It sounds really good. Your blog post was really interesting.


For some reason I found this tea flavorless and flat after the second steep. I got colored water for several steps after that but it just tasted like water.

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A nice starter ripe pu’er! It had a nice clear tea with a comfort feel with flavors of malt and chocolate. The only thing I didn’t like about this one was I didn’t get that many infusions, it got light within 8 steeps for me.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-white2tea-club/ along with the other January White2Tea club teas!

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A smooth, caramel, molasses, thick, rich, smokey keemun! I enjoy the smooth texture and the caramel notes. The smoke and richness of this tea keeps you on your toes! I don’t mind a bit of smoke, so I found this the smoke level pleasant with the other flavor notes.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/keemun-mao-feng-black-tea-cha-tea-review/

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drank Bedtime by Yogi
1109 tasting notes

I dunno how I got this tea. Figure I give it a shot as I have a bag of it and I’ve gone 2 days with like 4 hours of sleep. Taste? BLEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Tastes watery with a pinch of random herbalness, ramping up to a licorice and over stevia sweet nightmare. So much stevia! The weird sweetness stays for a few minutes, leaving a funky herbal flavor after that.

OMG why so much stevia? The aftertaste of this tea reminds me of that bland, unsatisfying minty, kinda sweet, gritty toothpaste the dentist uses to polish your teeth – including metallic dental tool flavor – but hella sweeter!

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I hate it when companies add stevia to blends like that. Let me decide if I want that weird stevia flavor in my cup or not, please!


I really don’t like stevia either. The aftertaste is terrible, and it seems like it gets stronger and stronger. BLAH!


If a company puts stevia in a tea FOR me, I am most definitely not pleased. The cup gets dumped, actually. ick!


They expect this to put you to sleep when they make it have a nasty aftertaste that nags at you? :)


one more downvote for stevia. ew.

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Tropical! This is a neat mango papaya ripe pu’er blend. The fruity flavors are quite upfront and natural tasting, and you can clear tell apart the papaya and mango. The puer base is earthy and kinda mushroomy.

My first cup was pretty papaya heavy, on the border of floral soap. My second cup was much more even.

BTW, this tea is best iced, omg, so good! Personally, I think Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puer is better, but Sunny Fruits Puer preforms better iced.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sunny-fruits-puer-lupicia/


I’ve tried a couple of Lupicia’s pu-erh blends and I’ve been pleased with them. The Chocolate Strawberry was yum.

Cameron B.

I liked this one a lot! I think it tasted a bit less puerh-ish than the others, though that could be a good or bad thing. I love how you picked such a tropical fruit-colored owl for this post! :P

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haha, the only “sunny fruit” I had on hand to photo with a tropical tea owl was a lemon :P


Very interesting blog post, makes me want to try this tea.

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ZSXZSW black tea was nicely sweet and smooth. Even though moderately smokey (bit of charcoal, pine, sandalwood incense), the tea is still smooth. There are also cedar notes early on. Later infusions ZSXZSW black tea smokey wanes and becomes chocolaty with a hint of floral in the background. A great tea to experience a gong fu journey with!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/zheng-shan-xiao-zhong-smoked-wuyi-black-tea/ bonus cute tea owl in tea cup!


What an adorable owl! This is among my favorites in smoky teas.

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Very good oolong with big honking leaves that’ll explode your gaiwan!

The flavor is flavorful and good – quite floral orchid and buttercup, with the early infusions kinda lemon creamy. The aftertaste is an awesome peachy floral. Later infusions the oolong is buttery. I got 7 infusions, with the last two being a little dry, but overall pretty good.

I found Teavivre’s gongfu instructions too long for me, making for the tea to be overly strong for my tastes and I ended up doing shorter infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nonpareil-anxi-qing-xiang-tieguanyin-oolong-teavivre/ hoot

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Lol @ ‘big honking leaves’, great visual! :D


Tie Guanyin are always so visually interesting when they unfurl- big honking leaves indeed!


Do the leaves actually honk?

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
Della Terra Teas
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA


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