1066 Tasting Notes

75

I got 3 samples from Physique and Jade blend is the first one for me to try.

Overall – Jade blend is a tasty blend of strawberry, melon and cucumber with a bit of a herby bite – very good for someone who wants a cool, juicy fruity tea hot or iced. If you are looking for a slimming tea, this one tastes pretty darn good, as I felt full drinking it. I got 2 decent resteepings out of it.

The bag performs not so great – leaking out grainy sandy bits that feel really rough on the tongue when you get to the end of your cup. The grainy effect stays for a couple resteepings. I strongly recommend to steep this tea using other methods. I used an ingenuiTEA, which filtered out all the texture.

I’m finding this hard to rate here on Steepster. Taste, for me a 85. With the sandy bits, a 50 to 65.

I went pretty indepth with photos and review on my blog, so please check it out! http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/jade-blend-oolong-by-physique-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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90

I had another run with this tea, adding a big picture review on my blog http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/potato-pancakes-applesauce-tea-butiki-teas-tea-review/

The tea is nice, light and apple saucy! I really dig potato in this tea – soo cute!
/pinches cutie potato cube cheeks
I gotta say, Butiki teas has some really photogenic teas!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I believe this is one of the funkiest flavor ideas I’ve read yet—sounds like fun!

Lynxiebrat

OolongOwl….I like that….love owls!

Kittenna

Enjoyed the review! :)

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/Super Sad Owl

I had a pouch of this from my Den’s tea sampler. I decided to try it this morning and hopefully review it for my tea blog.

I guess I was a little too tired this morning, and I set the water to boil and overcooked this tea into a bitter, undrinkable pot. Of course, I used the entire pouch.

Sigh. Maybe another time, Sencha Fuka midori.

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100

I had an insomnia night, which happens rarely. I was up 5am commenting on discussion boards and studying my korean – at least it was productive! Now I’m sleepy and had to bust out this tea. Not that I’m complaining, love this stuff! The raspberry flavor is yum!

CHOCOLATE ROCKET BLASTS OFF AGAIN! http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/chocolate-rocket-from-davidstea-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

Best reference.

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70

This tea smells amazing and mouth watering – the fruityness appears to be a fruit salady mix. The black base is okay and the smokey caramel is pretty back burner.

Sweetened, this tea is much better – the caramel and fruit comes out more. Cooled, even better. I’d try this as an iced tea!

My full picture review here http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/fantasy-by-lupicia-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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95

Okay. I’m nuts about this tea. Cough medicine never hits my stomach well, so I just wanted a nice, buttery sweet tea this morning. Didn’t take me long to pull out my bag of Dragon Feelers! Doh, I should of ordered more on my last Butiki order, I’m running a little low.

And since I’m still sick, I’m in a wacky mood. I did a blog review for this tea, and had some fun on photoshop. http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/dragon-feelers-by-butiki-teas-tea-review/
would you drink little steeped dragons (if they weren’t hurt in the process)?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Hahaha, that blog post was so cute. I love the photoshopped pics. They are so fun! I’m gonna link to this review on facebook/twitter/pinterest.

Claire

The pictures are adorable!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

cool! Probably first of many blog posts about your teas! My blog is pretty new, so it’s going through some tweaks still

Butiki Teas

Nice! By the way, I love the owl in the cup. So cute!

ashmanra

Love it!

Kittenna

Loved the photoshopped leaf! :D And the review!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

okay that post was ♥adorable♥

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85

Woot, got the blog going, muhahahahha! If you wanna see pictures with this review, check out http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/white-christmas-by-lupicia-tea-review/

FYI, this tea I’m reviewing is in bagged form, flavor might vary in loose leaf.

DRY LEAF: Smells kinda fruity. Huh? I guess I feel as if this tea should be minty. You know, like Stash’s “White Christmas”? I loved that tea until I had loose leaf tea.

STEEPED: 2 minutes over boiling water. Annoyingly, the package did not have English instructions, so I guessed the steep time. I was off my 30 seconds, oh well, I don’t want oversteeped black tea. White Christmas smells very fruity.

TASTE: Apricot! Very much like apricot and it is the first thing I taste! The apricot here is pretty natural tasting and well done, mixed with a little sweet and creamy taste. The black tea here is light and more present end of sip. No bitterness or dryness in this tea. Good clean black tea flavor too.

COMMENTS: The apricot flavoring is VERY well done here. Actually, this has to be the best apricot tea I’ve had so far. It’s not bitter and weird-dried-apricoty-sulfur taste. This tea is great on its own, Lupicia suggests using milk, but I probably won’t try this tea with milk as I think that it would take away the apricot flavor.

If you want to try a good apricot tea, give this one a shot! Even if you aren’t into black tea, this one is quite light – so it could be enjoyed by non-black tea drinkers. I could be convinced to purchase some of this, but I more so will be on the lookout for other Lupicia apricot teas. Lupicia does fruity teas VERY well and one could never have enough fruity teas.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

I love your little oolong owl logo! Adorable!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

yay, thank you! I drew it myself. I was planning to colour the whole thing, but I ran out of time (and patience).

Sil

Heh I too started a blog this past month. I needed a creative writing outlet and tea seemed to fit for the time being.

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65

Okay, the trick to this tea is a 1 minute steep at 175, with a slice of lemon.

The flavor is lighter, but less chance for icky baggy mulchy green taste. The floral here is nice and the lemon slice adds freshness. OHH YEAH. I went with this tea because I’m lazy. Me + bagged tea = lazy times.

Once I’m done – I GET THE NICE TIN! Prettttty tin (once I remove the safeway label)! Crap, hate when I buy teas just for the freaking tin!

Sigh, gave in. My family has been pestering me. I’m starting a tea blog. I was worried on time constraints, but I figured out a style. See how it goes, still working on the design. I’ll post more once its up.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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85

sipdown of Oh Canada

I will miss you Oh Canada and your strong maple flavor! I made the last of my tea as a latte with honey. Super maple!
Oh, I ran out of honey and asked my husband to buy some. He came home with 5lb container of it!

Mercuryhime

Costco? :) I had that jug of that much honey once. It got all crystallized a third way through. Eventually, I had to cut the jug open and scoop out the honey to use like a spread. Sealed it between uses with plastic wrap and a rubber band. :D

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

he got it from Ralphs, a large grocery store chain. I was surprised a typical grocery store would sell a bulk thing of honey!

Faith

Sounds like something my husband would do! Haha, gotta love ’em, eh?

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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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