1120 Tasting Notes


I sipped away at this oolong while I worked on some christmas knitting. Ugg, I’m watching a kdrama, City Hunter, and I get so zoned into it that I stop knitting! The pair of fingerless mittens I’m making are quick, but I only seem to get a couple rows an episode! Grr!

Anyways, this is a very nice oolong. I’m thinking me and roasty dark oolongs are best friends. They also pair very well with cookies!


Ooh, Christmas knitting! Me too. :) So many hats. SO MANY HATS. Fingerless mittens are a good idea.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I’m working on this pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/catching-butterflies

last year I made SOO many ornament sized knitted socks and mittens. I thought I was gonna go blind knitting that tiny!


Those are SO pretty! Ugh, dare I get out my knitting?


So beautiful!

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I tend to horde stuff if I know its exclusive. When I was looking for a tea to drink tonight I realized I had this one only a couple times. I mean, this one is seasonal, so I can probably get more early spring, so why not drink it?

Love the cherry floral flavor in this tea. Now I want to bake cookies /random

175 °F / 79 °C

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I am currently kicking myself for not trying this tea sooner. I was feeling in the mood for a good white blend and found this in my “omg review me” pile.
The cilantro made me scratch my head. Cilantro is rabbit food in my house, Benson eats it as a staple along with kale.

Anyways, this tea is GOOD! Great buttery white tea! Amazingly creamy! An whoa, that pineapple flavor is dead on natural tasting! The cilantro is at end of sip and more of a light grassy flavor adding lots of interest and complimenting the buttery flavor of the tea. yum! Totally made my day!

Hmm, but do I like this or Flowery Pineapple Oolong (also Butiki) more? I’d lean on Flowery Pineapple, but both are really good and different enough to justify owning both.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pineapple-cilantro-cream-white-tea-butiki-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Having this tea for breakfast and for crocheting time. I finished my last amigurumi commission yesterday, so finally I can work on my own project, which is another owl. After him and maybe another one, back to working on my best friend’s mittens and my mystery shawl of pain.

Some days this tea is great, nice malty flavor that doesn’t get bitter. It works so well in a travel thermos, which I’m using right now because I’m lazy!


Crocheting and tea!! One of my favourite combos as well!

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This was a sample from awhile back that got lost in the shuffle and bottom of my tin of oolongs. Oops!

I did a couple rounds in my yixing pot which were really good. First couple were quite light with later ones being sweet and almost marshmallow like. I ran out of time as I was going to a beading party (making bracelets) to be whisked off to jiujitsu, so I put the leftover leaves in a tea thermos and finished it off. Those steepings were really good – great intense flavor with creamy sweet and floral notes.

Ugg, mostly better though still congested. Nothing like doing stretching and breathing hard as theres so much congestion.

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I recieved this tea as a sample off Lupicia’s monthly flyer/sampler thing. I should do another order with Lupicia so I can continue to get a free tea bag a month.

I forgot what this tea is supposed to taste like and the name “neptune” doesn’t give any hints to me. This tea has a smooth black tea flavor that is quite good with mystery jammy fruity flavor.

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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Ick, I’ve been sick for almost a week, and I’m mostly better and back to normal functioning. However, I’m still kind of snotty. Past week I’ve been snuggling with bottles of orange juice and tissues watching kdramas. Now finally, tea drinking time now that I can taste tea!

Mmmm, a good baozhong is always a nice drink! Love the floral and creamy notes! Now back to snuggling my tea cup watching City Hunter.

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear you’ve been sick, but I’m glad you’re starting to feel better! :)

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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’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 am also a crochet / knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

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
White 2 Tea
Steep City 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.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 512 Teas May 2015.


Long Beach, CA



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