912 Tasting Notes
My brain is hurting that there’s 2 Autumn Laoshan green listings here on Steepster. Which is which? Not sure if they are doubled, or they are different years, eeehhh.
Lovely green tea! It tastes like it blooms inbetween infusions from oaty, to wheatgrass, asparagus, and finally to squash.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/autumn-harvest-laoshan-green-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/
My little green Laoshan Owl was unimpressed I took so long to try this tea.
How the heck did I not drink any tea until 5:21pm today!
Well, I was at the Oxnard strawberry festival here in California. I ate lots, but not enough to try everything I wanted to try. I wanted to try the strawberry nachos, strawberry pizza, and deepfried strawberries but I just couldn’t pack it all in, plus all that walking and sun involved.
Anyways, they had a killer “Build your own shortcake” tent which I went crazy on http://awkwardsoul.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/img_4238.jpg which was totally worth getting full on.
Any tea? One foodstall was selling sun tea, and one shop vendor had loose leaf tea blends, but I was a little scared off as the teas where just in big bowls on a table with no cover, right in the open for people to smell.
Anyways, I get home, with a flat of perfectly ripe strawberries, realized I am sun burnt (I’m still very used to living in rainy Vancouver, thinking sun is in limited supply, thus cannot burn me) and haven’t had any tea yet today! Of course, lets go for a strawberry tea, because I’m not strawberried out yet!
I’m very sad this tea is discontinued, it’s decent and different enough. Yeah, DT has another strawberry rhubarb, but they don’t have a crumble. Maybe bring it back with blueberry instead.
(see previous tasting notes for blog post / review)
Seems like I keep drinking this tea! I still have quite a bit left too, 2oz of white tea from Steep City is quite a bit of tea!
I was feeling kinda icky – sore from jiujitsu (arm pit muscles hurt!), funny stomach pains and tired out. Hoping the ginger in this will soothe everything – so far so good. Getting lots of orangey flavor in this run, must of been that big chunk of orange I found in the tea!
Now resuming to waiting for the mail guy. He has my tea order.
Very lovely bao zhong oolong! Great buttery, sweet, vegetal bean and floral notes.
I had a tealog awhile back when I had this as a sample, and it was on the astringent side – I think I was overleafing as I had no issues with astringency now.
I gotta say, bao zhong is impressive cold steeped! This will be my go to over night cold steeping tea!
Full Review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/bao-zhong-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/
Sometimes I eat like a pregnant lady, though I’m not actually preggers. Last incident a few months ago involved kimchi followed up with some peanut butter. Today is another crazy case.
Soymilk + Almond butter + peanut butter + kale + honey + cheesecake matcha + protein powder. Together, not bad. Though thinking about a kale nut butter cheesecake sounds kinda gross.
I was planning to do a blog review of this tea, but decided against it.
First off, my tea was very twiggy. The tea starts off delicate, sweet and smooth. Mid sip is floral and a really flat wine taste, ending with a bit of grape flavor and quite of bit of dryness. Also, I thought this tea would be much sweeter like icewine. I added sweetener which perked up the icewineness and reduced the flatness.
Ehh, maybe my sample was old? I dunno. Alas, rest of the sample goes to the swap box.
TY to Misty Peak Teas for the sample!
Whoa, 2013? That’s pretty new! Lots of interesting complexities with this sheng – smooth, creamy, earthy, pear, apricot, persimmon, floral, savory, copper mineral, clean and woodsy.
I wasn’t a fan of the astringency that got stronger in later infusions, but I figure with some aging time it’ll even out. With that said, the astringency was very different, a textured dry sensation.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/2013-yiwu-spring-sheng-puer-from-misty-peak-teas-tea-review/
I cold steeped this overnight and forgot about it. Now, having kotobuki for dinner with Manhattan clam chowder I made tonight. Ehhh, cold steeps have less caffeine.. maybe?
The long cold steep turned out very well with this tea – the base is grassy and creamy, with lots of floral. There is an aftertaste of sweet, slightly plummy.
Say whhhhaaat? White + green tea, blended with corn, pineapple, papaya and jasmine? That sounds pretty crazy!
The result? Ehhhhh. Lots of white tea taste, savory cream corn, pineapple, peachy jasmine floral and mystery fruit flavors.
Wonders of Kashmir a very unique and weird blend – an adventure! However, this blend tastes a little too weird for me, I think it’s either the jasmine or the corn that makes this blend become too freaky. Overall, if you want something really different, do a try me sampling, or pass and try Della Terra’s A Rabbit’s Garden instead.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/wonders-of-kashmir-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/