1202 Tasting Notes

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This is an interesting tea. It’s a fruity herbal. The pomegranate flavor is quite nice – tastes like pomegranate juice, though much weaker, but the tea finishes off with a bit of raisiny and vanilla flavor.

Totally not a fan of the raisin and vanilla mix with this tea. Tart pomegranate mixed with warmy sweet raisin and creamy doesn’t agree with me. I do love the pomegranate in this tea though. The best application has to be iced as it tastes like pomegranate juice, but with the weird flavors at the end. Worst was cold steeped – it was just pure on raisin tea. Not for me, but I’m sure someone out there will enjoy this tea! Anyways – this tea is in my swap pile, I hope it’ll find a loving new home!

Full Review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/pomegranate-fruit-from-georgia-tea-company-tea-review/
(fyi, prewrote this review before I got a cold, so it’s not my weird sinus cold making the tea taste funny).

Preparation
Iced

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90
drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
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DUNDUNDUHHNNNN!

I think I really only crack open this tea when I’m sick. Which I am. NOOO! It was my husband’s fault. He barely gets sick, and when he’s sick its a little sniffle. When the cold is passed to me it’s mutated into much worse.

So, lots of lemon slices and honey in this cup of Earl of Lemon. I think I’m not tasting much. A teeny bit of citrus and sweet. Craptastic! Hopefully my cold hasn’t hit my sinus killing my sense of taste again. Thankfully my lemon tree has gone beserk – I will be raiding it after this post to create delicious KILL COLD tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m really on a pu’erh kick these days. Something about pu’erh this weekend that has been calling out to me “DRINK ME” and each sip is very delicious and fires me up!

Annnd, lowering the rating on this one, as Butiki Tea’s Three Friends is much better for chocolate orange flavor! However, I think coffee drinkers would prefer this one more for the deep pu’erhness.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sip down?

I forgot I even had this matcha! This was the first matcha I got, and I didn’t get the tin, so it was in a glasslock container squirreled away in the back of my tea book shelf. (yeah, my teas take up a book shelf)

I made this as a breakfast smoothie with soymilk, soy protein powder, caramel matcha and vanilla ice cream. Very yummy! I might need to get more of this matcha, but we’ll see once I start sipping down the others.

Preparation
Iced
tea-sipper

I thought about putting tea on my bookshelves, but then I realized I have too many books. :D

Terri HarpLady

:D I recently removed the majority of my cookbooks from the shelves I have in my kitchen, to accomodate my teapots, gaiwans, etc. I never really cook from them anymore anyway. I think I’m going to start an ebay page & sell them. More money for tea!

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Sip down!

As a latte, with honey and german rock sugar. Adding both honey and german rock sugar has been my sweetener of choice these days. The german rock sugar is good, but the honey adds a little extra flavor. Really nice evening dessert tea.

Drinking this tea while snacking on some korean puffed rice cake. Kinda miss the korean market back home in Vancouver Canada – they had the crazy machine thwacking away making them.

CRAP, forgot to check the tea isle while I was at the korean market!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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85

Having a reward cup of pu’erh after 2 hours of making kimchi.

I was up to my elbows in reddy spicy garlicy sauce! Phew, so much work but so worth it. I used this recipe http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/easy-kimchi

I did a really short steep of 45 seconds, so I can have a lighter cup, but with a bit of tropical flavor. yum! My roommate likes this tea way more than I do, but I love the bold pu’erh taste mixed with tropical combination.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Terri HarpLady

Yay! Homemade Kimchi! It’s almost time for me to start a new batch. The one we’re eating now is a root kimchi, with burdock, radishes, carrot, turnips, etc. I’ve really enjoyed it, but it is almost gone. Did you include the squid?

Stephanie

My husband makes kimchee too, have you ever tried making kimchee fried rice with it? So good!

Oolong Owl

I didn’t find any good fresh squid, so I left it out for this batch. Hopefully next time I can find some fresh squid.

and yes, I’ve had kimchi fried rice – love it! Though, I’ve only made it with store bought kimchi, so this’ll be a treat when I make it.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I really want to make her daikon kimchi. It looks so good. Maybe if I do like 1/6 the recipe. :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ve never put squid or anything like that in my kimchi. I grew a lot of daikon this year, so we still have tons of cultured daikon. I did some with ginger slices & some with chili’s & garlic & the rest went into kimchi. I also tried a jar with lime slices from my key lime tree: Fail!
We live, we learn…

Oolong Owl

I heard some people put pears in their kimchi – I wanna try that out too!

My husband loves radish, so I wanna try the daikon kimchi too! Too many recipes to make! Though, for my recent kimchi I made half her recipe, and gave a mason jar full of kimchi to my in laws.

Terri HarpLady

Nice! I buy those little 1C jars & give them away to people all the time, as a sample. :)
That way if they don’t care for it, it won’t sit in their frig forever. When they bring the jar back, I fill it with the newest creation! Right now I have a batch of pink kraut fermenting. I want to start a batch of ginger carrots, I think that will be awesome!

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85

uh oh! I can see the bottom of the tin now!

I made this matcha as a breakfast drink – so soy milk, some ice cream, frozen strawberries, soy protein powder and matcha. yum!

I feel like having adventures today, a sunny saturday in Long Beach! Hmmmm.

Preparation
Iced

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90

I don’t know what is up with pu’erhs, but when I have an icky cough, a few rounds of pu’erh helps out.

This pu’erh is really nice. Oddly, I had a great first steeping which was unexpected. 2nd was too strong, 3rd was tasty! I’m on the 4th now and it this is the best one, next to the first!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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90

Geeze, I’ve been so pooped today. I drank this tea with lunch, finished my blog review, then napped longer than I thought I was going to nap!

Now, after waking up from my nap, I think I’ll need another cup of bursting lychee before I cut off my caffeine for the day. Man, Steep City, not sure what it is, but all the teas I’ve tried are pretty tasty. I love the lychee flavor in this – it’s juicy and even milky like eating a real lychee.

Sweetened and iced, this tea tastes like lychee juice! Very good!

Full review on my blog, the oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/bursting-lychee-from-steep-city-tea-tea-review/

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

Mom lychee

Stephanie

*mmm (stupid autocorrect)

Grace

It’s honestly a bit shameful how funny I found “Mom lychee.”

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85

OMG THIS TEA HAD CORN, PEAS, CARROTS AND PEACHES! I have no fear in trying this tea! (though, in the back of my mind I was worried this would taste like veggie broth). Benson, my holland lop, will be very angry if I didn’t buy rabbit themed tea!

Hot, this tea is quite light tasting that is slightly peachy, with lots of buttery vegetal flavors going on. The corn adds some interesting body to to this tea that I’m not sure if I like or not. It’s kinda weird. Sweetened, it really tastes like corn. Weird.

However, cold steeped is where this tea is at! 2 hours in the fridge = magic! The light Rabbit Garden tea becomes this full flavor garden of super peachy and sugar snap peas deliciousness!

Really hard for me to put a number rating on this tea. Hot, it is okay – really light though. Cold steeped is amazing! I will cold steep the rest of my 1oz stash!

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/a-rabbits-garden-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Stephanie

Yum, I have been very interested in this one!

Kittenna

I think I’ll be picking up a sample size of this one, to split. I’m curious, but… yeaaaahhh…

bookshark

I’ll have to give this another shot and try it cold-brewed! Thanks for the tip.

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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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