1209 Tasting Notes

90
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1209 tasting notes

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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80

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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80
drank Blueberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1209 tasting notes

I was planning on making a strawberry matcha post weight lifting smoothie, but I found some sad looking frozen blueberries in my freezer and decided to do an all blueberry smoothie instead.

blueberry matcha 1/2tsp + soy protein powder + 1.5 cup soy milk + blueberry jam + frozen blueberries + some greek yogurt + ice. phew!

and I inhaled my smoothie! I was so hungry and this doubles as lunch!

Preparation
Iced
Shmiracles

awesome. just awesome.
i guess i should think about buying some matcha…. :)

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95

I decided to attempt another photo shoot with Benson for the photo contest http://www.butikiteas.com/Contest.html

I chose to use this tea as I should really drink it up, and it’s spring + bunny, hey!

Anyways, I got the bag thrown at me and it got chewed. Now there’s holes in the bag.

Thankfully, I got one good picture and a video evidence of the bag getting chewed and tossed. Benson! My bunny is full of mischief! I’ll link the pic and video once I get it submitted.

Now, I can relax and have some of this tea. I forgot how crazy buttery and full flavored this tea is! yum!!!

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

This sounds pretty hilarious! Can’t wait to see the evidence!

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95

SOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!

Really nice chocolate, orange and marshmallow taste in this tea! With a fab black tea base to boot! Totally reminds me of Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and chilling out with my Dad.

I had some interesting steeping observations, I noted on my blog:
I had a few steeping times that were off due to impatience or not paying attention. I accidentally oversteeped it by 30 seconds and the marshmallows really popped out. The marshmallow was interesting, but I preferred a weaker marshmallow flavor. I found at the 3 minute steeping mark you get a good balance of the chocolate/orange/marshmallow. The 2:45 minute mark there is very little marshmallow flavor in the first steeping.

Full review with pics at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/three-friends-from-butiki-teas-tea-review/

EDIT: this is my 500th tasting note! WOWZZAAaAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Terri HarpLady

I can’t believe I still haven’t tried this!

Marcel Duchamp

Can’t wait to try this one.

Sil

this tea always makes me sad….it doesn’t like me

Indigobloom

500! congrats!!

Kittenna

Woaaaah! 500! :D Good job!

Sil

woot woot! yay for 500!

Shmiracles

FIVE HUNDY!! bam-azing!

whatshesaid

I’ve gotta try this tea. Congrats on 500!

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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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