1112 Tasting Notes

Yes a rhubarb tea! This one has real lumps of rhubarb in it too!

Rhubarb & Cream has a real rhubarb flavor that mostly takes like undercooked rhubarb pie filling. I do like the rhubarb tang in this tea however wished there was more creamy flavor present.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/rhubarb-cream-tea-whittard-chelsea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I love rhubarb :)


If I’ve ever had it prepared properly, I’ve forgotten. Pretty common at family dinners when I was a kid, right up there with gooseberry pie, and occasionally persimmon.

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Gah, I got the post vacation sickness! I had the sniffles on the cruise and I made sure to drink lots (of tea) and wash my hands often. Day after the cruise, bam, sinus pain and everything tastes like snot. YES!

Hopefully lots of pu’er will unclog the cold. I find this loose pu’er to be my go to for something rich and earthy.

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I’ve been buying so much 52 Teas these days, so I’ve been trying to finish off some of the older teas. This last cup came out meh with not much noticable flavor unlike previous cups from this fun, tasty tea blend.

However, it could be maybe I have a cold and its messing my taste again. It was to be expected I’d pick up some kind of plague while on the ship. I freaked out days before the cruise on getting a flu shot.
Ahh, I really miss the ship and I’m harassing the tea hating husband to book another cruise. I’m missing those fantastic desserts. Hmm, maybe I should make cookies? No, totally on diet after all that cruise food! More dessert tea!

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Back from the cruise! I packed just enough teas with only 2 servings leftover. With me drinking a small selection of mostly unflavored teas, coming home to my tea stash was overwhelming. What should I drink! So much tea!

Well, I went with Moroccan Berry Mint since the pretty tin is visible and at the front. Mmmm mint with a berry twist! I was missing a mint tea – I even had to drink a bagged one on the ship that tasted like paper. I got so bloated from eating so much food on the ship. I ate way too much! I wish the cruise was longer as I might of spazzed less to try everything. Next time!
I’m pretty sure I gained some weight and I’ll get my butt kicked in jiujitsu tonight.

(see previous notes for review of this tea)

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’m about fed up with this thing. My ingenuiTea looks sparkling clear with no stains on the body (thanks to baking soda) with a little staining on the filter, but whatever.
However, this thing leaks everywhere! While it is steeping tea it is fine. However once I dispense the tea, any liquid inside leaks quite heavily all over the place. It has gotten worse and worse over the course of a year. Rating drop!

UGGGGG, next DavidsTea order I’m ordering their Steeper, or maybe try Teavana’s.
(see previous note for comparison between this one and the DavidsTea Steeper)


French Press – they don’t leak and they’re glass.

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DURIAN! Emit your dirty onion sock smell! /waft

I’ve been wanting this tea iced for awhile, but hate how I have to baking soda scrub soak all items it touches. I finally caved – yum! nice creamy durian flavor without the super weird funk. Does very well iced and not much sugar is needed.
For a full review of this tea check out my old blog post on it http://oolongowl.com/king-of-fruits-from-lupicia-tea-review/

Now I have to baking soda scrub my gravity steeper and ice tea tumbler. I put this tea, still in its original packaging, clipped sealed into its own tin and the tin is heavily scented of durian, yikes!


Dirty onion sock smell?! That really horrifies me…

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I think it’s kind of obvious I wrote this entire review completely pu’er party time tea drunk.

This tea hits the pu’er tea drunk at the end and whoa, it hits hard! At the time of drinking, there’s some fermentation flavor in early steepings. Quite abrasive campy flavors with clay, dark wood, dirt, and tree sap. With each steeping the tea becomes sweeter amber and sap notes. Gorgeous red tea!
I’d love to try this with some aging on it, so into my dresser it goes. My husband is supposed to build me a better pu’er aging thing sometime.

Either way, $6 for a 100g cake is a steal!


I think your review will have me finding this in a order soon. I have “eyed” this one a time or two.

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Sip down! Of course this cup came out really good! Maybe better than the first cup! Nice caramel and chessecake twang to it. I think I’m also craving cheesecake since my husband told me last night he usually sees cheesecake on cruises. Yes! I rarely have cheesecake since my husband is indifferent to it, plus I have a cheesecake freak roommate who’d steal it all.
(see previous notes for review)

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This is gonna sound very weird. I woke up this morning and in my head or something in the air smelled just like this tea. Later in the afternoon I remembered this and chipped some off the cake to enjoy in my new Mandala tea thermos.

Drool sooo good! It’s like I’m drinking autumn – I progress through campfire wood and hickory smoke notes that melt into creamy stone fruit and persimmon notes. Since I just put leaves into a tea tumbler glass and sipping away at it, the flavor is getting quite strong, but its still really good. Overall better steeped gongfu style, but tea glass style is excellent too!

185 °F / 85 °C

I love this tea!

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I was starting to think maybe my tastes of changed. This was one of 3 teas I bought from my first DavidsTea trip, the beginning of this tea trip that has lead me to having a huge stash and a tea blog.
This tea was amazing being so peachy and creamy, but last while I’ve been getting bitter, smokey and funky. I’m thinking since this tea is from around fall 2011 it’s probably not good anymore despite me storing it well. Actually, looking at the Steepster pic of this tea, my peach lumps are pure black instead of peachy coloured, wahhh!
Boo, well I tried this last cup and probably compost the last 2 servings of it.

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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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