1019 Tasting Notes

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Gahhh so hot outside! It has been pretty tolerable weather here in Long Beach – lots of nice breezes so the sun doesn’t feel so hot. However today and yesterday were kind of awful and hot. Waiting outside for the bus to go out to the DMV sucked! Ugggg. I really want some pu’er, but I cannot survive something with boiling water and a zillion infusions. With that said, I made a good green tea blend that could be iced.

Good stuff! Orange glam is a solid orange green tea – nice fresh green tea base with the orange tasting a mix of natural orange and candy like tang.
The tea has no bitterness or tart!

I can’t decide whether I like this tea hot or iced – both were good, however I much preferred it sweetened to bring out the orange flavor more. Though, iced really hit the spot today with this sticky weather.

Full review at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/08/27/orange-glam-from-steep-city-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced

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Today is my first trip to the DMV, oh boy! Thankfully, I made an appointment to get my state ID, woot state ID! Maybe at a later date I’ll try for getting my drivers, it’s been a long time since I drove, plus I’d have to take the tests and such over again.

So, time to bust out the energetic guayusa tea. I was thinking GMS, but would clash with my breakfast of oatbars. Very nice flavor, as always. Vanillay sweet, without any sweetener, with a hint of lavender. Relaxed and caffeinated!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Yay for having ID! It does come in handy!

Awkward Soul

totally! I’m surprised I’ve been getting away with my Canadian ID for this long.

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This was a really interesting tea.

Mulberry leaf tea is supposedly very similar to sencha, but without the caffeine. The process of making this tea is the same as well as the preparation. Heck, the appearance looks similar (I could be fooled this was a gyokuro) but smells slightly olivey.

Anyways, I found if sencha was a raw vegetable, mulberry leaf tea would be the sencha cooked. The tea is grassy, savory, buttery, with cooked green bean and squash notes. But unlike sencha, this tea isn’t crisp and fresh. It’s different yet similar at the same time.

Cool, interest and practical factor of this tea is high for me, but on a taste level for me, meh. I like tea tasting fresh and crisp. But don’t let that stop you from trying a mulberry leaf tea – it is sooo different than what caffeine free teas that are more popular like rooibos and herbals.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/08/26/kuwacha-sencha-mulberry-leaf-from-kesennuma-kuwacha-eitoku-via-yunomi-tea-review/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Drinking Pumpkin Chai this morning, you know, to make room for fresh pumpkin chai when the Fall Collection is released.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
caile

I am really looking forward to trying this!

Lala

You know you are addicted to tea when…

Stephanie

I need to get some fall flavored teas soon!

Cavocorax

I was gonna say -HOW DID YOU GET IT EARLY???
Now I know. :P

Awkward Soul

hahaha, this pumpkin chai is probably over a year old! I stocked up before it left for the season.

Cavocorax

You must have! I think I stocked up on 50g, but then I drank it all quite quickly anyway. :P I don’t mind though. I didn’t really miss it during the summer, and even if it’s an artificial thing I like having soemthing to look forward to! I’m housebound now, packing and cleaning before we move, so I am using Wednesday as an excuse to get me out to the mall (to buy supplies AND to look at the new Fall Stuff. m a sucker for marketing things.

mrmopar

Yep the pumpkin is always at our home . Never to run out as the “better” half likes it!

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I prefer to do a full proper review right away, but I just could not resist giving this tea a sample. Steep City was really cool to let me have a sample. I was torn between buying this or the Citrus Sunrise oolong, but I went with the oolong as I figure I’d prefer it more.

Anyways, I made a big bottle iced to take to dinner at the in laws. I watched my husband eat 3 plates of pasta, rolls, 4 muffin sized quiches and a giant slice of pie. He’s a slim guy, so he looks preggers with all that food in him! I ate barely half of that, but I also had lots of tea in me. Now I can’t sleep. So I’m awake, back logging about this tea and buying yarn on flash sale. Yay for late night, not totally thought out spending!

Moroccan Berry Mint. First impressions – very fresh, great balance of mint. Very berry with a nice bite of citrus. The green tea seems light but the smokey gunpowder comes though. Quite a bit going on, with the combination of flavors tasting great! The mint was nicely refreshing, making my meal less heavy feeling. However, I found this tea slightly similar to their Agua di Jamaica but with mint but less (huge) berries.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Te Med Blåbärssmak by IKEA
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Backlog, from the Here’s Hoping tea box

I love IKEA. I love their bistro, cafeteria eating, furniture displays, wandering in the showcase, digging in the As Is section, assembling my cool furniture and all their cool swedish goodies.

Finding this IKEA tea was like “WTFBQQ they have loose leaf tea?” I’ve drank their tea at the bistro, it’s like that red rose stuff.

Taste? Ehhh, I thought it wasn’t bad. Tasted like black tea (malty with some bitterness) and artificial blueberries. It was much better iced – turning into that classic snapple like iced blueberry tea. If this IKEA tea was hella cheap, I’d buy it just for making pitchers of iced teas for the family. Other than that, probably best to find a better quality blueberry black tea.

Preparation
Iced

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Sad Sip down! However, this sip down was needed as my Steep city order (a huge one) is coming very soon!

I made this iced and enjoy the contrast between the savory green with fruity berry and lemony flavors. The tartness here is really mild, making for a great iced tea with a touch of sweetener.

I did a blog review of this tea awhile back http://oolongowl.com/2013/03/08/agua-di-jamaica-from-steep-city-teas-tea-review/ I love watching the hibiscus zip down in the gravity steeper.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Yuzu Kukicha by Den's Tea
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Sip down!

Wow, there was quite a bit of tea for 2oz, I even tea traded some away.
Anyways, I’m having this iced, which came out lemony grapefruit bitter tart with lots of grassy matcha. I’m thinking the matcha in this gives the blend an energetic pep, especially since this is a winter tea to kill cold weather blues. However, it is still good in the summer for a refreshing iced energizer!

I need to sample more of Den’s flavored teas, but I love Sakura the best.

Checking my blog, whoa, this was one of the early reviews I did! http://oolongowl.com/2013/01/19/yuzu-kukicha-from-dens-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

I’ve only had Sakura and Pineapple but they were both DELISH

Lynxiebrat

Hmm. sighs I guess I’ll add Den’s Teas to my list of tea companies to order from next…Della Terra, Butiki, Georgia Tea Company, Harney & Sons, Teavivre. Not in that order of course;) Oh and of course David’s Tea, though I really should wait til next Spring before ordering with them again.

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I guess I’m in the mood for ginger teas. I’m having this one iced and it’s very refreshing! I love the light peach flavor with a zip of ginger!

I made a huge batch iced to sip away at while I knit. I had put down my shawl to make more Owls, but I saw a really cool mystery knit along (MKAL) halloween shawl that I want to do, so I need to get this shawl done. Mystery knit alongs work by releasing sections of the pattern over a period of time, and you don’t know what you are making. There is also a bit of a community aspect to it showing progress pictures and such.
I never participated in one, but I think I really just want to buy yarn. I’m thinking a dark blue yarn with beading. But ugg, it’s halloween, so maybe a red? Either way – I need to finish the current shawl! Off to sip away more and knit frantically!

please see previous notes for review.

Preparation
Iced
gmathis

Love the mystery knit concept!

ashmanra

That is so cool!

Lynxiebrat

That does sound cool, however that would drive me batty.

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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WOW this tea smells amazing! Out of my last order (of like $40 + of goodies) With Open Eyes smelled the best to me.

I’m thinking I’m not a big dragon well fan, but this blend is made very well. The butteryness is played up nicely, lots of real strawberry flavor with a hint of ginger.

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/08/22/with-open-eyes-from-butiki-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

I’m not big on dragonwell teas either but that’s just because I forget how good green/oolong etc teas are and never order them. But this was so good! I’m happy I ordered it too.

Lynxiebrat

Hmm, Dragonwell has been a tea that was on the low end of my ‘try out list’ but this description makes me want to boost it up towards the top.

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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
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
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

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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