1126 Tasting Notes

85

This is an awesome oriental beauty oolong – it’s pretty sweet, with tasty honey, peachy, nutty, malt, brown sugar, and caramel notes. I got 11 infusions out of this oolong, with one messed up long one in the middle. This tea can take a beating! However, later infusions it does get moderately dry.

My only beef is my sample leaf looked pretty smashed up. Otherwise the taste was pretty good.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/eastern-beauty-oolong-green-terrace-teas/

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95

So creamy! Can I have this tea instead of whipped cream on a cake? Thinking about it, Golden Orchid is a potentially awesome Valentines day tea – lots of creamy and sweet notes. There are toasted asian milk bread, chocolate and malt too! Very smooth and thick texture, with some dryness 3 infusions later. Yep, this tea can resteep very well and keep the vanilla flavor – huge edge over other tea blends!

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/whispering-pines-teas-golden-orchid-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g

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85

The best tea out of this month’s Simple Loose Leaf Tea Club Coop!

This oolong is from wild grown tea trees. The flavor is actually quite different – it’s green oolong, but not as delicate as one. The flavor starts tulips, wheatgrass and creamy sweet. With further infusions, the tea gets less grassy and more savory – with a sesame and wheat cracker kind of flavor, which is quite different and fun.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/february-simple-loose-leaf-tea-coop-club/ Dimetrodon in disguise!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
TeaTiff

Oh man this one sounds really interesting and really yummy.

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60

This was the least favorite of mine out of the Teatoxy teas. To me, the best flavor was a short steep – 3 minutes, with sugar, iced. The flavor is quite hibiscus tart, with minty and lemon flavor with a mysterious savory element going on.

The longer infusion (for more benefits stated on the package) the hops comes out adding a savory bitter flavor, with the extended time making the mint taste steamy and grassy, over a lot more tart. Really tart! If you enjoy beer and hops teas, you might like this one, otherwise you might be like me and want less hops flavor as possible.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/teatoxy-detox-tea/ Such colourful tea and pretty dry leaf!

Preparation
Iced

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75

This tea looks really cool – you need to see it! big flat ribbons of green, weird curly pink things and pretty blue flowers!

The flavor is similar if you have had Bluechai (butteryfly pea flower) before. It has herby, bamboo, celery, vegetal note with a lemongrass finish. This is a neat herbal for something that isn’t the usual floral or mint. Plus, this tea steeps up BLUE! Very blue!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/teatoxy-detox-tea/ Such colourful tea and pretty dry leaf!

carol who

Sounds so pretty!

Lindsay

I’m going to have to try the blue tea at some point, just because the colour is so amazing. :)

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85

This was my favorite out of the 3 Teatoxy teas! This one has the concept of morning down for me – it had a comfort feel to it with the combination of fruity and mint, like a lozenge on a cold morning walk to school.

Teatoxy morning has a lemon, hibiscus floral, rosehip tart flavor with a finish of soothing mint and lemon. I enjoy this tea iced and sweetened, but the tart level on its own is drinkable.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/teatoxy-detox-tea/ Such colourful tea and pretty dry leaf!

Preparation
Iced

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50

I snagged this sample online from the seller for cheap. I followed the instructions, boiling it for 2 minutes, 1T sugar, adding milk, stirring and reheat, strain and serve. It didn’t work out well. I wish I could of just steeped this stuff normally as boiling tea on the stove for a busy person just goes badly. Of course, the tea boiled over that few moments I was gone grabbing my mug in the dining room. I used a small sauce pan used for making sauces – even has little pouring nooks. Of course, the tea poured mostly on the counter, and missed the strainer in my mug so I got chunks. User failure for sure in preparation.

The result? Bitter, burnt tasting chai. The spice level is nice, sort of dark chocolately, but bitter oversteeped CTC black and where ever the burnt taste came from, bleh!

Preparation
Boiling
DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, I adore those sauce pans with pouring nooks! It sounds like they’re more for aesthetics than for function, though. bummer.
I am a constant ‘boil over’ type person (I get so easily distracted…).

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95

My favorite so far out of the samples I tried from Tea Ave. The oolong looks great with nice delicately large leaf. The flavor is rich, roasty nutty with a strong peach apricot aftertaste. Later infusions got kinda dry, but the after taste was still going.

I really want to get my hands on more of this tea to get a full gong fu experience – it was originally bagged (and whole leaf!) and I gong fu steeped it with the 3 grams I had.

Full review and preview of Tea Ave teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-ave-oolong-preview/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
TheLastDodo

Wow. Why would they bag up such lovely oolong?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

They will be selling loose leaf, they just made some bagged teas for those bagged tea drinkers. At the time I got my samples they only had bagged teas available for me to try.

Cwyn

I have a 30 year old oolong tea bag from Origin Tea perfectly preserved in cellophane. Hang onto those bags long enough…

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85

Mmmm, I love the ginger level in this tea! It has the perfect amount of ginger, that popped the best after a 3.5 minute infusion.
Ginger Lily is sweet, buttery ginger that warms you up as well as refreshes you.

Full review and preview of Tea Ave teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-ave-oolong-preview/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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30

I have 2 of these in sample form and decided to make a chai concentrate with them, which turned out really bad.

First off, the samplers had rock sugar in it. The first ingredient is sugar actually! I picked out weighed the rock sugar and it was 10g out of 28g tea weight. I couldn’t find any oolong in this tea, but there was lots of mate and rooibos.

I steeped this tea really strong, in a big batch, then poured it over soy milk. YUCK. There was just too much going on, the mate added a grassy bitter swampy flavor and it wasn’t that spicy.

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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.

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.

To contact me for reviews, check out my blog and email me at [email protected]

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