1197 Tasting Notes

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I’m still not used to the climate here in southern california. Friends and family back home are talking about the snow melting, and it was 20c here today. Of course, not used to the dryness vs. Vancouver rainyness and I’m coughing more plus allergies are starting! Boo!

ANyways, I needed my required pu’erh intake – I swear when I drink pu’erh any slight cough I have goes away. And after this cup, I have only 1 cup left of the tropical white pu’erh – that went fast! I dig the tropical flavor here – totally reflects living in this warm climate. 1.5 minute steeping was very nice!

I miss the rain and wearing my awesome daisy print rain boots. I almost wore them yesterday because I felt like it, even though theres no rain in sight and it was warm outside.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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80

Tea peeps? This tea is FREAKING BEAUTIFUL!

This is a new tea for me, and from what I was told from the tea seller, yunomi.us, this is a very traditional japanese flavor. Ehh! A Challenge! An Adventure! Lets go!

Dry leaf, these pretty blossoms smells like pickles. Oh boy! Most likely they smell like this since they are salt pickled cherry blossoms.

The taste? I get a cute kiss of a sweet cherry taste that is floral. The sakura tea’s flavor flutters softly towards a more savory flavor that’s a little salty. The more I sip away, the more stronger and floral this tea gets.

Full review with lots of gorgeous pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/sakura-tea-from-yunomi-us-tea-review/

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm….I have a cherry tree…I wonder if I can salt pickle some of the blossoms…

Terri HarpLady

This also sounds like a perfect tea for the book we’re reading in the steepster book club!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I’m not sure if they do a special process when they salt pickle it, but it be interesting if you could pull it off! If I had more of these, I’d be experimenting with their other suggestions on how to use the blossoms.

ashmanra

What a beautiful blossom! You are right – it would be AMAZING for a wedding!

OMGsrsly

That is so cool! I wish there was a tree in the neighbourhood I knew hadn’t been sprayed that I could steal some blossoms from in the middle of the night… :)

david

Interesting!

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90

Yes, Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong – we are together again! I could not resist adding you to my cart.

I dig the floral and the sweet coconuttyness in this tea! The oolong here is fantastic as well! YUM!

And I drank my entire pot really fast while I was working on my crochet blog and pattern sales.

Wanna see? OWL CROCHET CUTENESS
http://awkwardsoul.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/owl-amigurumi-crochet-pattern-tea-mug-owls/
The Snowy Owl is a photo bomber and the Green Owl likes tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

those are super cute! I like the big eyes! I’ve done 1 knitted toy, a penguin off knitty, it didn’t come out so well. I haven’t mastered doing a tight gauge with knitting that I can pull off with crochet

Starfevre

Do you do cats?

Cavocorax

I love those! I should learn crochet! :o

Dinosara

Ah owls, so cute! Stephanie: did you make the pattern for those owls?

Tealizzy

So cute!!

Stephanie

Dinosara, yeah, I made up the owls! Never really wrote out a proper patter though. They sold well, but I just couldn’t get enough money for them to make it worth the time I put into them. They took 45 mins to make EACH plus materials and I couldn’t charge more than $5 each really because of how small they are!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

@ starfevre – not yet, but I could probably modify one of my patterns to make a cat. On my list for patterns to create is a cat, though it has 6 legs or something (a D&D thing)

Flyawaybirdie

They’re soo cute!

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90

I mindlessly sipped away at this tea this morning while I worked on my crochet pattern stuff.

Last night I was so tired after brazilian jiu jitsu, but I needed to buy soymilk after class. I saw chocolate soy was onsale and I bought that instead of buying the usual stuff – now I’m stuck with chocolate milk for everything!

I wanted a pancake for breakfast and it was made with chocolate soy – I figured Eight Candles would match. I almost had S’mores, but I have more of Eight Candles. It was a very caramel, marshmallowy chocolate morning!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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70

I have some leftover of this tea from a tea trade – I let my roommate try some of this tea. He’s the one who drink coffee thats insanely strong, and also best friend of my husband, this friend has been having a rough time with his health, despite being not even 30 yet.

Anyways, he was steeping it up, and I went upstairs to my office to work on tomorrow’s tea review. He aim’d me and said, “that is the best tea i’ve evar had”
(yes, our household instant messages each other, despite we could probably walk or yell across the house).

He was really happy, and loved the resteep! I think he wants to go to Teavana and get some more! I’m gonna make him cookies after dinner.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Rachel Sincere

This is one of my favorite morning teas and my favorite mate.

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95

Hmmmm. I made this as an iced latte and it doesn’t taste right. Maybe I added too much sugar, or this tea doesn’t work this way.
The peanut butter tastes kinda funky instead of smooth yummy. Ehhhh, next time hot!

Preparation
Iced

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80

I made this as a breakfast smoothie this morning. I’m too lazy to make oatmeal or eggs.
So, raspberry white matcha, some frozen raspberries, soymilk and soy protein. The raspberry flavoring is really strong!

I’ve been loving this pic http://cheezburger.com/7168217856
though, relating it to tea caffeine instead.

Preparation
Iced
Starfevre

do you like the white matcha better than the green?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I like green more. White has a bit of a funky astringency to it. It’s near hidden as a smoothie.

also, it’s colour is pretty unattractive.

Starfevre

Yeah, at least black matcha masquerades as a hot chocolate colour.

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95

Happy Easter!
This was my easter morning tea while I made french toast! Mmm, this tea is good – I love the candy like strawberry and tangyness!

No chocolate in me yet, though I tend to buy all my easter chocolates tomorrow!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I OD’d on malted milk eggs this weekend…the brain trigger that says “enough” just sorta tripped off.

OMGsrsly

Yes! 50% off chocolates day! :) I’m just sad I haven’t been able to find pop rocks mini eggs.

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Been having a long day. My husband got in a minor car accident yesterday (just cosmetic car damage) and dealing with that – plus he got like 2 hours notice he has to do a 3 hour drive to help out his friend, who’s quite sick. I was almost done my review, but I had to stop and start making food for his drive, as well as treats for his friend.

Finally, onto Tropical Mango! This tea is best iced! It has that “classic iced tea” flavor, but with juicy mango. Much better than store bought mango iced tea!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/tropical-mango-from-teajo-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Aw, you guys are good friends to come help out AND bring treats! :)

OMGsrsly

Ditto what ashmanra says! That’s super nice of you. :)

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Any excuse for me to bake goodies and give them away so I don’t eat them all! The friend was very happy and told me he ate all but 2 cookies!

Hesper June

I am so glad your husband is okay!
I hope your weekend gets better.

Jackie

Look on the bright side; you’ve got a good iced tea and a nice looo-ooong weekend to recuperate, and rest up! Hope the rest of your weekend is awesome!

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90

Dear Steepster,

You need to try this tea cold steeped. I didn’t think it would turn out, as I thought the coconut wouldn’t come through very well. I was totally wrong. 3.5 hours in the fridge turned this tea sweet, coconutty, refreshing with lots of levels of dimension from the white tea. Also creamy. Better than coconut water!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/coconut-creme-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/

Regards,
Totoro?

p.s. tea leaves look great on my head.

Preparation
Iced

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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 and knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

To contact me for reviews, check out details at OolongOwl.com/about or email me at [email protected]

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 573 Teas – August 2015.

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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