1209 Tasting Notes

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Oh yeah this one is good! It’s pumpkiny, a little spice, maple syrup, over a creamy black tea. It tastes like a moist pumpkin pancake!

If you want a good pumpkin tea, this is it! GOGOGOGO

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/a-quarter-to-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Inkling

Ugh, would y’all STOP posting these amazing-sounding tasting notes for A Quarter to Tea??? I’m determined not to buy more tea until the Black Friday sales, but I am SO tempted to try this company out right now!

Oolong Owl

A couple of us tea bloggers got a 10% off coupon for A Quarter to Tea if that lessens the blow.

Kaylee

I’m pleasantly surprised by how good these blends are. I’ll probably go ahead and make use of that coupon code, even though I’m trying real hard to sip down my cupboard.

Kaylee

Also, I love Little Orange Tea Owl’s costume!

Inkling

Thanks, Oolong Owl! I did see that on your blog and will definitely take advantage of it if I end up caving and ordering tea from them.

fission___mailed

I am so tempted to try this tea!

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80

Yum, this tea has a good balance of blended flavor and tea base – the apple, nuts and spices don’t drown out the nilgiri black tea base. The tea is lightly spiced and has a tasty apple flavor.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/a-quarter-to-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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80

This is a different one – a tie guan yin with high oxidation and roasting. However it doesn’t come out like that – it’s on the light side, like a light roast oolong, with black tea notes. it’s pretty complex with milk bread, toasty, sweet, honey, clover, buttercup floral, bread pudding notes. No bitterness or dryness at all, so this tea can take abuse.

However, this tea lacks the richness and high roast flavor, as well as not much of a fragrance of an oolong. It doesn’t resteep as much as I hoped it would – 7 infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl. A photogenic tea! http://oolongowl.com/tie-guan-yin-black-tea-from-sanne-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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95
drank 2005 Rocket Yiwu by White 2 Tea
1209 tasting notes

This is a fantastic priced 2005 sheng, right now $88 for 400 gram cake. There are notes of amber, incense, camp fire, stone fruit, humid storage essence, floral potpourri, and orange. Lots of tea drunk in this one. I got around 14 infusions, so even more rocket fuel for your dollar. A good daily drinker for the daily tea drunkard.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2005-rocket-yiwu-sheng-puer-from-white2tea-tea-review/

TEAM ROCKET IS BLASTING OFF AGAIN!

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40
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1209 tasting notes

I recently purchased Pumpkin Chai online, so this is the 2015 batch.

I’m pretty sure they changed the black tea base. It’s more watery and has a bit of sour and astringency to it. It’s not thick and heavy smooth of a black base. It also has less pumpkin flavor. I’ve drank this pumpkin chai 4 seperate times now and still is watery. I leafed harder, I tried steeping longer, but still no luck.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Come on DT, don’t cheap out on us!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

Oh nos!!
Something about the flavouring in this one is just off for me. Tastes like raw pumpkin

Flyawaybirdie

Aww, I have this in my online cart ready to go too! I guess I should go get a sample before ordering 4oz of the stuff.

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65
drank Buttered Rum by DAVIDsTEA
1209 tasting notes

They had to of changed the formula, unless my tastes completely changed. When I had this tea years ago it was strongly flavored of rum and butter. Now it smells like rum but the rum doesn’t come out for the steeping, and the tea isn’t as thick tasting or buttery. I used to love this one as a latte but it’s too weak for it as is.

I was very tempted to pour a bit of my homemade vanilla infused rum into my cup to compensate. I’ll give it a few more tries, just in case I had a freak steeping or need new parameters.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tamarindel

I recently ordered this, and I agree! It doesn’t taste anything like the old tea. I even emailed David’s about it, but they denied everything, and said I must be steeping it wrong ;(

Oolong Owl

They changed it for sure! Ditto for the Pumpkin Chai and Oh Canada. All the teas I bought from them recently don’t taste like the ones I got previously. Pretty sad, I was hoping when they IPO’d things would stay the same and not cheap out. Even the tins changed, mine’s lid fell apart. :(

Tamarindel

Oh I missed the news on the IPO, but that makes sense. So sad though, they had a good thing going and who’s going to buy a luxury product if it doesn’t taste good?

Oolong Owl

Totally! I gives a market to the smaller tea sellers who use high quality ingredients. I guess like Teavana they just want to attract non tea drinkers who don’t know better. It’s not that the tea is different as well, it just doesn’t even taste good now, everything I got from them is watery and weak.

Tamarindel

Yep, I had 3 teas in my last order, and two of them were off. I’m totally for supporting the smaller tea sellers, but it was nice to go to David’s and feel like you had a 100 wonderful teas to choose from. Oh well, guess I’ll be shopping elsewhere.

Eadig

I recently purchased a new batch as this was on the fond farewells… This doesn’t taste the same as the older formula. Yikes.

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drank Peanut Butter Cup by DAVIDsTEA
1209 tasting notes

This is the third time drinking this tea and I’m still undecided on it.

It’s certainly peanutty, kinda bland and watery. I think it’s neat that there’s no peanut in it (just almond) but tastes like peanut. There is a bit of chocolate in there but it’s watery.

However – you need to steep this one right to get the flavor. Boiling for around 4 or 5 minutes does the trick. If you steep it longer than that, it becomes more apple and tart in flavor which really tastes pretty yucky. Oh and adding extra tea helps get more flavor. But it is certainly too watery to make it with milk.

Meh. I think a Peanut Butter Cup tea can be done, but DT missed the mark.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kristal

Have you tried it as a latte at all? I find I liked it a lot better as one personally :)

loveme_teame

Really? I am obsessed with this flavor. I just finished the last of it to salty, peanut butter infused tears!

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85

I’m drinking the reblend from Liberteas/Anne.

Very delicious tea! I brought this tea with me on vacation and drank it a couple times. It’s got a maple sugar and cream flavor, with a background of grassy floral oolong. The flavoring isn’t overpowering over the oolong. The Canadian in me loves the maple! This tea pairs amazingly with fresh berries on the side.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/maple-cheesecake-tie-guan-yin-from-52-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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40
drank French Spice Quartet by Teavana
1209 tasting notes

This blend is supposed to be oolong and pu’er and I found it had next to no pu. The spices are very heavy, especially on the clove. There’s more cloves and spices than oolong. I got this tea at tea 75% off sale, this might be a cheaper way to get whole cloves than a spice store!

The spices are good if you love clove, however the base is meh. The oolong just does not do it for me, this tea should be a black or ripe pu’er, using a green oolong just makes the whole thing kinda watery with spices.

I steeped this tea hard at another session. 9 grams for a 12 oz mug. It was mega spice without any tea flavor. It makes a crappy latte too since the base is so weak. A meh. I can probably salvage by adding some other tea to it.

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
loveme_teame

I find almost all of teavana’s teas on the weak side…and their staff on the strong/overwhelming side.

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70
drank Hua Ki by Lupicia
1209 tasting notes

Exclusive Hawaii Lupicia Blend! This one is loaded with fruity chunks, I had one giant ball of fruit that weighed 3 grams.

The flavor is very fruity as tastes like the ingredients mango, papaya, and pineapple. The base is a malty black. This tea would make a really good iced one!

My sadness is there is another mango papaya in the Hawaii collection, Kuuipo, and 2 other teas that have mango, papaya, and pineapple (so 4 teas out of 8) and 3 of those are the same black tea base. For the entire collection of 8, all are fruity teas except for one – Malama. I wish there was more variety between the collection. As I drink through the set, I’m getting a lot of “tastes kind of samey as the other blend”.

I reviewed a few others awhile back on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/exclusive-lupicia-hawaii-original-tea-blends-collection-lupicia-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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.

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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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