1120 Tasting Notes

90

What, I only have enough for a sip down? Boooooo!

Oh well – Valentines Day Read My Lips Latte.. for one as I don’t have enough for more!

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95

blarrrgggg!
I decided to go nuts with the breadmaker pound cake and totally messed it up. Probably a good idea to follow recipes for breadmakers, not toss in extra liquids. I got a nice undercooked lump of pound cake. I tossed it in the oven and it over baked. Figures.

At least I have good melon tea to wash it down.

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90

Siipp down!

Darn it, another tasty sip down! Why can’t my sip downs suck so I don’t feel bad that I don’t have any of that tea left!

I was too lazy to rinse out my teapot, which had leftover Vanilla Orchid (davidstea) and poured in the Apricot Cheesecake. Yum! yum! So cheesecakey tart with a little apricot!

Ah well, going back to messing around with the breadmaker.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

This will be a sad sip down for me when the time comes.

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95

This tea is TASTY! TASTYTASTYTASTY!

First off – The Persimmon Tree did a few name changes, so this tea is now Banana Coconut. mmm, coconut!

What I found while reviewing this tea is the magic is in the steep time. I first did the rooibos steep time – which produces a stronger chamomile taste with a banana aftertaste.

I then discovered that The Persimmon Tree has this tea listed as 5 to 7 minutes, the herbal steep time. I made another cup at 6 minutes and WHOA! It’s just a little woody chamomile, finishing off with strong creamy sweet caramelly banana flavors. This tea also make an amazing latte – it’s like having that cup of warm milk before bed but much more relaxing from the chamomile with a tasty banana brown sugar treat.

See the full review on my blog, Oolong Owl here: http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/banana-coconut-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/
I also have a promo code posted there!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

This sounds even better than Davids Dolce and Banana. So yum!

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75

Sip down!
Not bad of a last cup and pretty caramelly tasting. I only had 4 mulberries left and promptly burnt my fingers fishing them out of my steeper to snack on.

Geeze, with all these teas I’m polishing off, my cupboard count is going down – I’m used to the count going up! I really need to order more teas, heheheheheheheeeeeeeee!

Kittenna

What a terrible problem to have! :P Needing more teas… ahahahaha.

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80

Because I’m slightly crazy, or too creative. I decided to sweeten my blueberry matcha latte with blueberry jam.

Chunky, but delicious! Super Super blueberry taste!

I totally needed it too – it’s my rabbit’s birthday today. He’s 1 year old, and very angry about wearing his birthday hat that I made this morning, that it was crazy to get a picture of him wearing it. See picture: http://bunnyjiujitsu.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/img_2828.jpg

ashmanra

GAH! THAT IS TOO ADORABLE!

Terri HarpLady

Heheheh! That is awesome, you just totally made me day!
The best part is that with all the cuteness, you can really see how pissed off he is.
Thank you for sharing!

Sil

haha awesome :) love the pic!

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80

Jasmine Blossom is really pretty with all the amazing pale yellow flowers. Of course, this tea taste super floral – if you love floral, this is the tea for you!

I dig this tea, but I think I’ll mix it with other teas, unless I’m in a floral mood.

Full review on my blog, oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/jasmine-blossom-from-natures-tea-leaf-tea-review/

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85

Siiiiiip down!
yeah!

Of course, the best cup from this tea! Peachy, floral tang, but also a little savory veg in flavor there too. Oh well, it was a good sample and I’ll stick to my Silver Leaf “lovers cup” instead.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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65

Iced latte mode!

Banana Cheesecake genmaicha is better as a latte, IMO, but still tastes a little like artificial funky banana to me. However, this is still decent tasting and I pick up the cheesecakeyness.

I hammered through my crochet work this morning, completing a turtle amigurumi pattern
http://awkwardsoul.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/turt-the-turtle-amigurumi-crochet-pattern/
I’m hoping it does well – my crochet sales go towards tea!

Preparation
Iced
MissLena

Eeee I love turtles :D soo cute!

gmathis

Seconding the love for the turtles. Those are precious.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Omg, those are adorable! ♥

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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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