1075 Tasting Notes

70

Sip down of buttercream – I left enough for a small pot. My stash is getting out of control and I really need to finish older teas to make space for new ones!

I have a love / hate relationship with this tea. I love the smell but I don’t like the chamomile. I do hope DT brings this tea back for others to enjoy!

However, today I’m needing that relaxing chamomile – I got a evening at home to study Korean. I should be going to jiu jitsu, but last night I armbarred someone, but when I fell to the ground to finish them off I got shinned in the head by the pair next to us. So I got a tender head today and probably should take it easy. Time to relax with some Buttercream!

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75

I had way too much fun with this tea’s appearance! It was like being a little kid again and arranging Cheerios on a plate!
The rings were so pretty too and looked amazing up close and steeped!

Taste? Moderate level of jasmine with a bit of dryness at the end. Not much “wow” factor in flavor, but the appearance is so cool!

full blog review of me playing with my tea http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/jasmine-daughter-rings-from-natures-tea-leaf-tea-review/

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

This tea was so neat looking. I agree.

ashmanra

I love your Sakura blossom/ rabbit plate! These are so cool! I think I have some on the way and I can hardly wait to try them.

gmathis

Those leaves are beautiful!

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55

Onyx has a nice light pu-erh taste – no fishyness or crazy strong robustness. The tea bag performed well here and did a good job letting out flavor and keeping all the leaves inside. Also, the tea bag held up perfectly with all the infusions – the durable physique tea bag was made for this tea!

I think this tea would be great to take to work, I’m thinking a Monday after a weekend of too much fun. Or, you are just coming back to work after a nasty cold. This tea is no fuss, reliable, easy to steep and keeps putting out flavor.

I got 5 resteeps and I could of gotten more – however, each resteep tasted the same. I was hoping for more depth or interest that I’ve gotten with other pu erhs.

Full review with pics at my blog http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/onyx-from-physique-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

This tea is dead on pineapple upside down cake. DEAD ON.

On its own, the tea tastes like yellow cake batter with that oozy brown sugar top (err.. bottom?) of an upside down cake.

Once sweetened, the pineapple flavor pops and BAM, pineapple upside down cake in a cup. Very tasty!

The downfall of this tea? Now I want to bake a pineapple upside down cake and I don’t have any pineapple.

my full review with pics at my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/pineapple-upside-down-cake-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Jackie T

I didn’t even consider trying this tea until reading this review. YUM…I need it in my life.

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90

I snagged this tea to get my DavidsTea package to free shipping, I figured it was going to be “okay” as it’s just vanilla and oolong.

Totally wrong. Creamy vanilla puddling like flavor, with hint of floral and light oolong is a great combination, adding lots of interest.
Even better was I got 2 decent resteeps that held onto the creamy taste! Very surprised!

full review and photos at my blog http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/vanilla-orchid-from-davidstea-tea-review/

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

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85

400th tasting note, baby!

I got this tea on my recently davidstea order, which was mostly teaware with some teas tossed in to hit the free shipping.

Hmmm. This tea is interesting. I like coconut and mint – however I got too much apple taste for my first infusion with mint being on the back burner. Second infusion was really good and what I was expecting the tea to taste like – creamy coconut + mint – YUM!

Full review with pictures at my blog. http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/cocomint-cream-from-davidstea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Congrats, 400!! Look at you go! I’m trying to hit 1200 by my “Steepster Anniversary”, which is in about… 9 days….

Claire

Congrats on 400!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Happy 400th! And ty for posting that which reminded me to check my count so that I actually noticed I’ll be 500 in 10 more notes. oh wow.

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85

I was worried this tea was going to be tart or sour, but turned out pretty nice. Minimal tart and no bitterness. Very good citrus flavor, I love the zip of citrus at end of sip.

I’m thinking I need to try this iced, this would be great with some lemon slices and sweetener! yum!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/yuzu-kukicha-from-dens-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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90

Wow, this pu’erh is very nice! I found it the least fishy unflavored pu’erh I’ve had, with some really nice honey and floral notes. This tea also resteeps very well, with 2nd and 3rd infusions that were amazing and I didn’t want to end! Later infusions became juicy with those honey notes! Honeysuckle was not bitter, even with multiple infusions.

I’m keeping this tea stocked for sure!
I did a full tea review here: http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/honeysuckle-by-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review-and-promo-code/
and I also have a Promo Code posted there if you wanna give this tea a shot!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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85

I’m really low on caffeine free tea, so I made a cup, popping in 4 lumps of rock sugar. Came out really good – sweet strawberry and a little tart rhubarb, not awful tart at all! It was like drinking pie filling! So happy I ordered more, as my husband likes this tea. Totally bumping up this rating.

I was sipping on this tea while I was working on some drawings for my tea blog, http://oolongowl.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/img_2390.jpg a little sneak peek.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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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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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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