1120 Tasting Notes

95

Very good oolong with big honking leaves that’ll explode your gaiwan!

The flavor is flavorful and good – quite floral orchid and buttercup, with the early infusions kinda lemon creamy. The aftertaste is an awesome peachy floral. Later infusions the oolong is buttery. I got 7 infusions, with the last two being a little dry, but overall pretty good.

I found Teavivre’s gongfu instructions too long for me, making for the tea to be overly strong for my tastes and I ended up doing shorter infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nonpareil-anxi-qing-xiang-tieguanyin-oolong-teavivre/ hoot

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
leaf in hot water

Lol @ ‘big honking leaves’, great visual! :D

Mikumofu

Tie Guanyin are always so visually interesting when they unfurl- big honking leaves indeed!

LiberTEAS

Do the leaves actually honk?

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85

From the January Simple Loose Leaf Tea coop.

Best tea out of the box this month. The assam malty base is a great match to the bergamot. The bergamot is a moderate level, with a bit of a brisk finish at the end.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-simple-loose-leaf/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

SPARKLE TO THE MAX

http://oolongowl.com/davidsteas-glitter-and-gold-tea-sparkling/

Now for this tea to glitter like mad, use a glass tea top without an infuser. Magic!

Tealizzy

I like the addition of the video!

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A very strong flavored, orchid sheng! He Kai also has a strong vegetal finish. I found this tea not that flexible – if you over steep it it is quite bitter (or maybe that flavor intensive vegetal). The after taste in this tea is really floral, more floral that drinking it!

I love the floral in this one, but I need to play with it more to minimize the punch it packs as I found He Kai too strong for me, even with 5 second infusions.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/kai-unfermented-puerh-jalam-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling

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90

90 for the tea. 100 for puerh wrapper art work!

Love this tea – it starts off like amber insence – amber and a bit of smoke with a super slick texture. Middle infusions got pretty dry, but smoothed out at the end with pear sweet, mineral, wet leaf notes, with a floral aftertaste. Final infusions (12th and 13th) where milky smooth.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white2tea-club-december-2014-featuring-2008-often-raw-puerh/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80

This oolong blend is potent. Very lemony without being tart with a tasty spicy like basil bite. The finish is creamy sweet lemon, like a lemon custard. The oolong base adds a little earthyness, but is really in the background as the lemon and basil flavor are strong and the main focus.

Torn on this one, I love the lemon basil flavor, I could drink this tea all day and would be amazing iced too – but I miss the oolong.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sweet-carrots-green-basil-lemonade-oolong-pekoe-sip-house-tea-review/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

CARROT TEA! Very tasty tea, the carrots have a sweet vegetal mellow flavor that pairs well with the savory buttery green and grassy mate base. End of sip is a pineapple flavor, with an aftertaste of papaya and buttery green. I could see this tea being awesome cold steeped or iced! The fruity and veg flavors are at a nice level to enjoy the green and mate base.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sweet-carrots-green-basil-lemonade-oolong-pekoe-sip-house-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95

Oh man, this is Christmas in a cup! Spicy, flavorful, sweet! It is like drinking a cinnamon heart or cider. The spices are strong enough to tingle the tongue and the sweetness level is perfect. Despite it being a rooibos (and I dislike rooibos) the flavor is full on and not watery. Santa’s Cup is perfect for a spiced tea lover and holiday tea! This is the tea if you love cinnamon heart candies too!

I had this tea back at the World Tea Expo and have been saving it for the Holidays and it’s super tasty! I also love TeaXotics packaging – it has this patterned white and clear windowed bags that are quite pretty and bright.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/santas-cup-herbal-rooibos-tea-teaxotics-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cameron B.

Aw, Hooty-Claus is adorable. :P

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80

A fun twist on Earl Grey! This EG is more on the sweet orange side, with a creamy base and a touch of honey. The bergamont is a low to moderate level and more sweet orange mandarin like. The blend is a little sweet (as there is honey in it) with a brisk finish. I love the orange and cream flavor to this EG, very nice!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/reading-nook-mindful-morning-tea-plum-deluxe-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Sounds delish. :D

Andy Hayes

Great review – thanks!

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85

Floral lovers, this tea is for you! The dry leaf is gorgeous, accented with various flower bits – roses, lavender and chamomile. The flavor is creamy, very floral, mellow and a little fruity. The balance of floral is well done as the lavender isn’t over the top, and you can taste each flower.

However, you totally need to be a floral lover to enjoy this tea. it’s pretty floral, so it can be close to soap territory to some.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/reading-nook-mindful-morning-tea-plum-deluxe-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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
DAVIDsTea
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.

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

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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