1109 Tasting Notes

85

This tea is a really good pu’er blend. Lots of wine flavor with grape, cedar, blackberry and fig notes. Bit of tart and dryness. The pu’er isn’t heavy, fermenty or weird – but quite woody and creamy. This blend is pretty good iced too!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pu-erh-bordeaux-rishi-tea-tea-review/

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80

Swap from Shadowfall!

Hmm, this is a rich indian tea flavor without the dryness. It’s like it’s pulsing to want to be dry and brisk, but never gets there. The texture is thick with a silky sip, a bit bread crusty, malty with slight stone fruit sweetness. The finish is more bread crust flavor. Not bad, glad to of tried it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
A2ShedsJackson

I love the label and name on this tea; I’m glad to read some more reviews on it. Still mulling over purchasing it myself.

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75

THIS IS THE GOD OF NIGHT SWEATS TEA. A crazy badly translated find on Aliexpress! The highlights of the description of this tea is "God of Night Sweats, prolonged Bear Soaks, Resistant to Impact tea, Shelf life of “jumps over Chen yue sweet”, good back to gan, “fat and moisture”.

Lots of floral! So much floral! With a bit of honey and forest floor notes with a bit of a sour aftertaste. The appearance of this tea is very beautiful – lots of flower petals and buds that expand. Only unattractive thing about this cake was prying off pieces, it was like dealing with a chewy oatmeal bar.

Full review on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/camellia-flower-cake-god-of-night-sweats/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Sarsonator

I didn’t get this exact one, but I agree with your assessment that these cakes are like a “chewy oatmeal bar”. That about sums it up!!!

Marzipan

Hilarious review!

tperez

Mmm, prolonged Bear Soaks :D

KiwiDelight

Gorgeous photos!

mrmopar

I got one of these but the “fat and moisture” just didn’t hit me like I thought.

Lariel of Lórien

Praise to the God of Night Sweats!

Kaylee

I’m fully expecting a report at some point re: whether night sweats were effectively induced (or avoided? I’m not clear on whether this tea is pro- or anti-sweat).

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85

Oooh, a wild arbor oolong! Oriental beauty one too!

This oriental beauty is pretty delicate and complex – earthy, lightly roasty, citrus, cherry wood and peachy. The peachy flavor is like grilled peaches with a burnt caramel glaze.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/wild-arbor-oriental-beauty-oolong/

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

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80

From the unflavored TTB

Mmm, this is good! I had a hard time reading the handwriting on Single Origin Tea packages, so I thought this was an milgiri oolong, then whatever coonoon is.. a raccoon? Turns out Coonoor is the tea estate!

Anyways, pretty tasty tea! Sweet, little light for a black, bready, fruity grapey, dry, and a little caramelly. I’m not a fan of the dryness, but the flavor is pretty good.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Single Origin Teas

Sorry about my hand writing! Maybe I should have gone to med-school. ;)

(I am looking into printed labels though)

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95

Mmmm, a delicious ripe pu’er! This one is very smooth, rich, melty dark chocolate flavor with spice notes. With later infusions the chocolate goes from dark to milk with a wild honey like sweet flavor. Very easy to drink and desserty. No bitterness, dryness or fermentation funk. I got 17 infusions from 6 grams of tea, prepared gong fu style.

2012 Bulang Gushu also has a gorgeous reddish color that is bright and clear – a pretty pretty tea! Totally for someone who loves a rich chocolate note tea!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2012-bulang-gushu-ripe-puerh/

Preparation
Boiling
tperez

Mmm, sounds great!

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85

From the unflavored TTB.

I was using this oolong to test out my new gaiwans and wasn’t sure what to expect. The floral is light – jasmine/honeysuckle – but a bit of almost savory and spice element to it with a sweet vibe in the background. I’m more partial to a more floral or heavier oxidized oolong, but I found colored species to be a fun sip.

BTW, the leaves are intact and HUGE. Just like Mandala’s milk oolong. My gaiwan was quickly an explosion of giant leaves.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp

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90

The best steeping of Laoshan Roasted oolong was the last steepings – it was like drinking a s’more – so sweet, vanilla flavored and roasty!

Before that with the first 12 infusions (out of 14), the tea had roasty, nutty, bark woodsy, chocolate malt, yam, and marshmallow with a light to moderate dryness.

I can’t compare to Laoshan black – i’ve had that tea in blends and once on it’s own, but I do like this oolong. Only if I can have infusion 13 and 14 over and over again.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/laoshan-roasted-oolong-verdant-tea/

Preparation
Boiling
Zack S.

15 infusions? Thats nuts o_O

Tealizzy

Your blog really made me want to get some of this just to gong fu it! Sounds amazing!!

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75

This assam is nice and bold with oaky, malty richness and a fruity flavor that is kinda tart and citrusy – like unripe plums or apricots. With a strong brisk dry finish at the end, this assam would be great with cream/sugar in the morning or afternoon tea.

I found this one a little too dry for me, but was overall pretty decent of an assam.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/september-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club-tea-review/

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85

September Simple Loose Leaf box!
I love how delicate this tea is – the colour is light, the flavor is gentle amounts of tender sweet artichokes and baby spinach. The sweetness is like a drop of honey in my tea cup. A nice green tea for someone how wants a subtle, peaceful tea to enjoy on its own.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/september-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 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

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