1086 Tasting Notes

I like the refreshingness of this tea – the spearmint and lemon are a nice combo and it is cool to see a minty lemon tea that isn’t a herbal. Adam is great for a winter pick me up for afternoon tea. I’m not a fan of spearmint, but if I was, I’d be all over this tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/ninas-paris-tea-review/

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This one is the favorite of the 3 Nina’s Paris I tried for this batch of Oolong Owl tea reviews. The orange flavor is awesome – sweet and kind of like clementines. The earthy base compliments the berry flavors nicely. The finish is raspberry and blueberry, with a lingering raspberry taste. Another tea I wish I had more so I could try it iced.

I think I like Magicienne and Marie Antoinette a little more, but this one is pretty good right now as I’m hurting for those tasty summer berries!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/ninas-paris-tea-review/

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Yum, a grapefruit tea! I found this tea delicate in flavor but had plenty going on. Sips in strawberry (tops and all) with a hint of rose. The green tea base melds perfectly with the straberry flavor. The tea finishes with a tangy white grapefruit flavor. I wish I had more to try iced as I think it’ll be even better!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/ninas-paris-tea-review/

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Four Horsemen! I had a laugh as this tea was also with Seven Seas Herbal in the Simple Loose Leaf coop for November. I was thinking some kind of tea apocalypse was happening with natural disaster and a giant angry kraken.

Ahem, anyways, Four Horseman black – this is rich, malty, mega bold and smokey. A breakfast tea of muscle. You’ll love this one if you love a strong breakfast. Me? Ehhh, little too bold for me and not enough interest to want me to drink for fun, I’d drink this one to wake up.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl Other http://oolongowl.com/november-simple-loose-leaf-tea-co-op-club-tea-review/

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I quite enjoyed this tea, even though I’m more into an oxidized oolong than a jade oolong.

This Dong Ding is quite floral with jasmine and baby’s breath notes. The tea has a really nice texture that is thick and smooth, with notes of sweet, asian pear, leafy vegetables, sweet peas. Later infusions has a bit of acidity and dryness.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/dong-ding-jade-oolong/

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Your blog is awesome! I love your owls. :)

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I got a sample of this tea along with another decaf. I’m not too experienced in decaf’d blacks and thought I’d take a spin for an evening tea. This one sips in watery with a light chai spice with cinnamon, clove and ginger finish.

I wasn’t too keen on the watery start as I was expecting something a bit more richer and thicker texture, however my sample was also pretty smashed in transit.

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drank Yume by Lupicia
1086 tasting notes

I was feeling lazy this afternoon, so I cracked into my jar of Lupica samples. Yume has lots of rose notes without being chemical or perfumey. The rose is on the sweet side too. Mid sip a tart strawberry flavor shows up – all over a smooth black tea base that isn’t dry or bitter. The tea finishes up with the tart and sweet strawberry taste. The rose is very well done here – very good floral black!

I like to have the odd rose black tea, something I drank a lot growing up as loose black rose tea is a common find in Asian grocery stores, I could see myself making Yume my rose black. Oh man, this would be great for afternoon tea too!

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Sounds nice

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A very pretty, big perfect full leafed oolong! Tsui Yu gong fu steeped dances in between notes of savory, buttery, sweet, steamed vegetal (green bean) and floral (butter cup, orchid) with a lovely silky body. Each sip tastes super clean and fresh.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tsui-yu-jade-oolong/

In the end, I quite liked this jade oolong, however it tasted more of a tea I’d enjoy in the Spring.

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Yum, a tea for nut lovers and I love macadamia nuts in tea blends! We need more macadamia nut teas!

This one is pretty sweet, kind of like nut brittle with maca nuts. The nutty flavors go well with the toasty rice of the genmaicha, with this tea having a savory finish. I get some cashew aftertaste, but is pretty light. Genmacashew resteeps pretty well, but the green gets a little bitter so don’t over do it.

Since this tea is pretty heavy with the nuts, there’s only a couple servings in the 0.5oz package.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/genmacashew-genmaicha/

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Agreed! More cashew and macadamia teas plz :)

carol who

Nuts should rule the world. Oh, wait… they do rule the world we just call them politicians! :(

But the good nuts (almonds, macadamias, pecan, walnut… etc) should be in more teas.


Now I really want to open my package of this…


Thanks for reviewing this, as it sounds quite fantastic. Adding another to the shopping list.


I love the pictures you take for your blog. They always look awesome. I wish I could do that.

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I bought this ripe pu’er for a fantastic price – $20 for 500 grams at Yunnan Sourcing. I was hoping this would be a great daily pu’er. Turns out, first infusion are really rich – tobacco, bitter cocoa and nut shelly. Middle infusions lighten to a pine, fruity sweet and sap – getting sweeter and sweeter with each infusion – very delicious. The texture is my favorite part of this pu’er as it’s slick and creamy, so feels amazing to drink!

Around the 9th infusion – MEGA TEA DRUNK. Woweee – this tea packs a punch – that deep breath, heart tightening, manic, I feel fantastic tea drunk feeling.

In the end, not a daily tea – the tea drunk is too strong in this one.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2010-haiwan-peerless-ripe-puer/


One day soon I will have to brew this tea nine times and see if I can replicate your experience. I never got tea drunk off of this. Did you drink it with or without sugar? Its my opinion that that effects the effect.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

No sugar, just gong fu brewing – 2 rinses, 10 seconds to start, adding 10 seconds to each infusion. Next time I’m going to try 5 seconds as it’s pretty rough to start.


I thought this tea pretty good too. I picked up a tong about a year and a half ago when it was still $18 a cake or so.


Very interesting report on your blog about this. I thought Yunnan Sourcing had raised the price on the China site as well as the US, maybe not.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I bought the cake in late September and the pricing is the same, though appears to be sold out on the US site. I’d like to say they could charge more for this one, but I won’t as the price is nice, haha!


A bang up shou for shoure…tea pun intended!


I love it. It makes me sleepy Allan. 1rinse/Short steeps and no sugar. I have it instead of Sleepytime.


O.o tea drunk time yay! I think mine just wore off.

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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


Long Beach, CA



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