1222 Tasting Notes
Oolong week (again) at Oolong Owl! Today – Jin Xuan, a milk oolong that is heavy on the buttery, orchid floral flavor. So much butter flavor in the early steepings, pleasing my diet killing cravings for butter. There is also a green bean vegetal note in this oolong. The 5th to 8th infusions were the best steepings as the balance of floral and vegetal was awesome, along with a clean and fresh flavor.
What is interesting is the cold steeping of Jin Xuan – the floral really tames down and is light. The cold steep tastes like milk and butter.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/jin-xuan-oolong-eco-cha-oolong-owl-tea-review/
The leaves in this oolong expand like crazy in the later steepings, trying to jail break out of my gaiwan.
This tea is just not cooperating with me. I’m not getting the dark oolong goodness others are getting, but a light roasted oolong with a golden ochre colour.
I tried first at 185F steeping, and the tea was on the light side, but with a good caramel sweets flavor, with a light nutty roasty oolong background. A little bit of orange flavor, but still good. Overall, light and watery on flavor.
So I went in again, this time with 200F water and a bit more leaf. The caramel flavor is brighter, with the oolong tasting sharper, but still not rich, and with some light to moderate astringency at the end, making the cup not as enjoyable – it lacked that smoothness my last cup had.
I was actually going to review it for Oolong Owl, but yeah, not happy this tea isn’t turning out how others here are getting it.
I need some black tea pump before I begin making my carrot cake for my tea hating husband and I’s 2nd wedding anniversary meal! Hooooot!
MMmmm, free teabag from Lupicia’s monthly tea magazine from awhile ago. This one is a black tea flavored with guava and papaya. It’s sweet and really fruity. I can be iffy on papaya, and sipping in theres a soapy papaya taste which I’m not into. After that, a really tasty guava flavor with a light black tea base standard of Lupicia black tea blends.
Wish I made this iced, I can imagine this tea would be really awesome iced. Ah well, peeps who like papaya would enjoy this tea more than me.
I AM BEATING MYSELF UP FOR NOT TRYING THIS TEA SOONER! Sooo good! The dry leaf smells like a strawberry milkshake. Chocolate Strawberry Puer steeped up tastes like melted milk chocolate over an earthy pu’er base. End of sip, a really nice tart strawberry takes over and lingers for awhile.
The pu’er base is key here – it’s mellow and not fermented at all. Perfect for someone wanting to try pu’er. Its rich enough to be able to ID it as pu’er, but not too wild so it pairs well with the chocolate. Also, Chocolate Strawberry Pu’er tastes just like those japanese Meiji strawberry chocolates.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/chocolate-strawberry-puer-lupicia-oolong-owl-tea-review/
I went a little bonkers this month and only selected to have this tea in my April box from Simple Loose leaf. I tried the preview sample from last month and loved this tea! I’m very happy with Simple Loose Leaf’s selection club, especially for being able to choose the teas I want and get a sample for next month’s box.
The pu’er has a deep earthy and mushroom flavor. Quickly, the tea has a really good creamy flavor, finishing off with a sweet and tart strawberry. There is a little bit of fermentation, but the creamy berry flavor is very good and works with the base for a mega rich experience.
Hazelberry Pu’er does very well with sweetener, bring the strawberries and cream to the front, and making the pu’er less pungent. I’d suggest to sweeten this tea if you aren’t used to pu’er.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/april-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club-oolong-owl-tea-review/
No idea where to categorize this tea or feel there’s a need to start a new tea entry on Steepster for it.
Anyways, drinking a pomelo herbal tea I found in Honolulu, just off a small shop in the mall. No labels on the tea, ti even came out “bulk bin” style. Expensiiiive! Looks like little cubes of melon, pineapple and other citrus. No apple (interestingly, herbals do like loading on apple for filler). I used 4t for a tumbler of iced tea, steeped for 8 minutes. The flavor is interesting. A little zesty and melony. Kinda grapefruity, but not like a pomelo really. It’s good, could be better.
Darn this tea was expensive, and heavy.
A crisp, clean, refreshing, strong vegetal unfermented pu’er! It’s not grassy and has no fermentation or smokey notes. Very little astringency that only appears in the last steepings. Jalam even recommends you can go heavy leaf here to get more “bite” since this pu’er doesn’t get dry, which would make tea lovers who want a strong flavor very happy.
What I like about this tea was it got better and better with each steeping. It has a really strong green pepper vegetal, fresh off the hot vine flavor, that mellows out with each steeping. Meng Zhr has a “heathly” feel to it too, like drinking juiced veggies in tea form.
I had a long session with this tea before a job interview, and wow I was wired!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/meng-zhr-puer-jalam-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Feeling tropical today, so I mixed some of my Hula Girl Mango Chai mix with some Red Leaf Tea Coconut Matcha. I dissolved the chai mix with a bit of boiling water, chilled it down with lots of ice and topped it off with milk. I then added the matcha and shook the whole concoction to combine.
Annoyingly, the Chai mix took over and I don’t really taste the coconut matcha. Oh well, I tried.
Do you like HOT SPICY in your tea? Pelican tea is where it’s at folks with their line up of Habanero Infused teas! Tentacle tea a pu’er blend with a “moderate” heat, though I’d give this a 6 or 7/10 (as a spicy food eater) on heat.
Tentacle tea has a lot going on, like a flailing octopus. The tea smells like cinnamon in an apple cider. Fresh lemon flavor, cooling peppermint, nice earthly pu’er base. The habanero adds a clean heat, without any tart or bitterness.
Later infusions the cinnamon comes out – so it’s like an pu’er citrus cider with a peep of heat.
Overall, I’m very impressed how fresh the flavors are in this tea. It’s a lot going on, but this be the perfect tea to have when one has a cold.
Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tentacle-tea-pelican-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/ Octopi show!
Yum! This tea is nice and reminds me of Hawaii. I was chatting with my husband and his friends and the topic of Honolulu came up and it made me miss Honolulu. When I got home, I needed to have something from the hawaii collection.
The tin is super cute with pic of whales and turtles. The dry leaf even matches with blue corn flowers and cute blobby blue sugar lumps.
The base is nice and rich black, made really smooth with the sweet vanilla flavor. There is a glimpse of tropical going on, a pineapple sweet peak end of sip. The coconut flavor also perks up end of sip, also adding extra creamyness. Very smooth and nice blend. Uggg, I need to go back to Honolulu!!