1221 Tasting Notes

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I’m really tired this morning, but awake enough to use loose leaf.

I added german rock sugar while steeping – yum! I love the cakey, pineapple flavor of this tea! Bleh, still tired though, need to drag myself to the post office.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Sample sip down!

ARGGGHHHGG! I got the hiccups and they are bothering me! GO away! /hiccuphiccup! I got a sample this with my last DavidsTea online order. I cold steeped this tea for like 7 hours.

Ehhh, it’s okay. The pomegranate is really light as an aftertaste with a snippet of tart. The main flavor is the strong green mixed with a bit of black tea richness in it. I’m oddly picking up some floral, like jasmine. My roommate thought this was a jasmine tea as well.

Drinking this makes me miss Pom Power – now that’s a pomegranate tea!

Preparation
Iced

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85

Sip down!

Sad – had an interesting tea tale with this one. I disliked it the first time I tried it, but was told to make it as a latte, now we are talking! Steepster is awesome!

Anyways, my last latte. I’ve been saving this cup, but I really need the tin room right now. Sadly, as much as this is tasty buttery, rummy, coconutty latte tastyness, I don’t think I’d get more of this tea for awhile as it’s only good as a latte.

Anyways, off to work on some artwork – it’s my wedding anniversary soon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Ms Bonnie sent me some of this months ago. I drank it on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. The remainder is in a special treasure chest, with other teas that I have deemed worthy of that special swashbuckling day!!

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85

More samples! Wahh, this one is kinda old, oh well. This one came from Kittena!

First sip and I’m reminded that 52 Teas makes good lemon teas. The lemon tastes zippy and flavorful with a hint of sweet. The strawberry fruit hits me as a mild aftertaste. The white base seems a little stale, however, this sample has been kicking around my “try it” box for awhile.
I’m gonna wish list this one – I can see this being a killer iced tea, with slices of lemon and strawberries! YUM!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Yeah, I should finish off the rest of my packet of this. I think I was saving this for making into iced tea, as I enjoyed it that. I should really check…

Sil

mmm sounds soo good

Stephanie

Ooh, sounds up my alley

Terri HarpLady

yeah, this sounds interesting!

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70

Sip down sample! This one’s from Kasumi no Chagin.

I got 4 rounds with a gaiwan on this black. First 2 infusions were really good! Had an interesting sweetness and fruity (grapey raisin?) going on that I wasn’t expecting. However, steeping 3 it started getting bitter and steeping 4 was full out bitter.

I find the bird logo on these Majani teas quite attractive!

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

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90
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
1221 tasting notes

Sip down!

I gotta say, this tea is lovely. Cool name! Still tastes like minty cream soda to me, with a slight astringency.

Must drink down samples to make room for more tea! Maybe I should just buy more tea tins.

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

How was the base tea on this one? I’m very tempted to try it, but haven’t had terribly great luck with the few teas I’ve sampled from 52teas. (I know I’m a wierdo.)

Oolong Owl

I only had a sample, but the base was fair. Overall, I prefer 52 teas green, white or honeybush bases over their blacks. Need to fuss with steeping times and temps a bit too.

Lindsey

Yeah, I didn’t fare too well with the blacks I tried. But this sounds like it might be a better fit for me.

Kittenna

This one isn’t overly finicky, not like Sun & Cloud Mist. I used approximately the same infusion parameters as Awkward Soul, and it worked great (I wouldn’t go over 82C or 2.5 mins).

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70
drank Chateau Blanc by Teavana
1221 tasting notes

I’m at like 197 teas – dangerously close to 200. Sad thing is that I never cupboard my samples and they get shuffled to the bottom of tea tins – so my stash is probably more like 225. Time to drink ALL THE SAMPLES, or at least try to dent them.

This one is an old one from Rachel Sincere. Tastes like.. wine? It’s oddly malty to me. It has a slight sourness from the pineapple thats rounded out by the raisiny grape flavor. Very interesting, not really for me /waves fist at raisins, but I think i might have to get some for my MIL, who I’ve been getting wine teas for. However, she says she’s overloaded with tea – with a stash of like 12. OOOooooOooOOOO, 12! I don’t think I could function with a stash of 12!

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

I got that one last June, so you are still within the year mark! I only smelled that one; I never tasted it. It was a gift from my girlfriend but I never really wanted to drink it. (Oops.)

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70

Trying to get the hang of my gaiwan. After my first experience (that I’ll blog about later) my gaiwan skillz got better. Today I’m just accident prone. I knocked over my cookie batter bowl, then the electric hand mixer. I missed chucking my tea leaves into my compost pail, so there’s red hibiscus tea splotches on my tile. Probably not a day to gaiwan, but I’m stubborn.

I got 3 runs so far, twice burning my fingers and one spilling accident. Of course, I just cleaned the kitchen this morning, but now its got cookie dough and tea all over the floor and counter!

First two quick steepings of this black was pretty good – rich, bold and a little caramel like. 3rd round my cup is now astringent, but still good.

Though, this tea goes well with my cookies!
http://www.culinate.com/content/1682/Chinese+Five-Spice+Cookies
I wish my cookies were pretty, I just sliced them. Knowing my luck today, I would of cut myself with the cookie cutter.

TY Kasumi no Chagin for the sample!

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

I always seem to burn myself baking. Your description of this day is going to make me nervous about prepping tea now!

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95

First to tea log Blushing Geisha?

I thought this tea would be really tart. Green tea, jasmine flowers, marigold petals, safflowers, hibiscus, and natural flavors? Hmmm.

Anyways, Blushing Geisha is really easy to steep! 212F for 2 to 3 minutes and it comes out a delicious, not too tart, lightly floral & sweet and very hibiscus fruity tea! The green tea is light here, as the mystery flower fruityness took over. With sugar or made as an iced tea – watch out! Very good and exotic!

Only thing that didn’t come out was the resteep and cold steep. Resteep was too light and the cold steep was too tart and not all the flavors came out.

Full blog review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/blushing-geisha-from-steep-city-teas/

My husband, the tea hater, needs to try this one as he might like it. He was at work when I was drinking this – I’ll report back if I can get him to try this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

seems nice and I love the tea name, so poetic

Ze_Teamaker

I feel your pain. I keep trying to find teas that my brother will like and not just say that it tastes like water. I think he might like roasted mate’ though.

Ze_Teamaker

random thought maybe if you brew this tea at normal green tea temp; say 175F? That might subdue the hibi and fruit and make the green tea pop more.

Oolong Owl

@ysaurella – it’s a gorgeous tea too!

@ ZE_T – if the tea tastes like a strong fruit juice, my husband sometimes likes it. Hmmm, i’ll try the lower temp and see what happens. 212F seems pretty hot!

Sil

Interesting…maybe have to try it out

david

Hey guys, glad you enjoyed this one. A favorite at many cafes that carry it. The tea is great at 175 as well, some times we steep it at 212 for a stronger punch. :D

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85
drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
1221 tasting notes

NoooooOOooOOOoOOoooOOoo! Sip down!
/downward spiral

I made Kamba Berry iced – came out super strong strawberry! There was quite a bit of small bits at the bottom of my bag. Though, it resulted in a very natural tasting strawberry tea! Very yummy!

Back to making cookies! Hate when I’ve already made the cookie batter and I find out I need to chill the dough. Boo, the oven is all ready to go!

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Mmm cookies. What kind?

Oolong Owl

really interesting ones – it’s like a shortbread cookie that has almond extract and chinese 5 spice powder.

Sil

ooh i need to try this one 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.

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