1066 Tasting Notes

85

OOOOH YHEHAAAH Strawberry rhubarb pie tea! Lets rock this!

DRY: juicy strawberry with that funky honeybush smell? I think it’s the honeybush, the same smell is in my peanut butter cup cheesecake tea. Nice lumps of freeze fried strawberries!

STEEPED: Fruity and kinda buttery smell. Light brown tea.

TASTE: Very nice natural strawberry flavor with crust taste. The aftertaste is slightly tart rhubarb and butteryness. The crust and buttery flavor is close to the Peanut Buttercup cheesecake tea, could also be like graham crust taste too.
This tea is not that tart, its just in the aftertaste and it’s pleasant, like rhubarb pie, ya?

Sweetened with a bit of rock sugar, the strawberry is sweet like pie, yay, and the buttery crust is present. Not as tart, very slight, could pass for just strawberry pie here.

COMMENTS: I’d love to try this iced – overall, I prefer this tea unsweetened. I was scared this would of been a tart fest, but turned out very well! Happy to have another solid caffeine free tea in my cupboard.

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

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80

If you haven’t tried this as a latte yet, do ittttt! I made this cup with soymilk and a little rock sugar.

VERY chocolately! I actually like this more than hot chocolate as there is more going on – black tea base that is kinda smokey, rich dark chocolate flavor – like I melted one of those 70% rich dark chocolate bars in my tea.

MMMM!! I like this tea more as a latte! YUM! Feels like I’m spoiling myself this morning, ehhh almost christmas anyways.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Mmm, I added sugar and a cinnamon stick to a pot of this apple pie tea, very good! So nice to have tea, I only had 1 pot yesterday since the power was out most of the day.

I got a serving left of this tea – I really need to make that latte with caramel with the last of it!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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70

Okay, this as a latte is pretty good.

I sweetened this with honey, with vanilla soy milk and double strength Forever Nuts. It’s like drinking nutty pie crust with lots of vanilla creamyness from the milk. The baby pink latte was also visually appealing.

Undecided if I’ll buy more of this tea. I wasn’t too keen on it regular hot tea type but it’s a good latte and I didn’t try it iced yet. Hmmm. Maybe.

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75

I got a fat lip in jiu jitsu last night that really PO’d me. Last time, my ankle got cranked too fast – all this sitting out with ice packs doesn’t give me more mat time.

This tea was given to me by my mother in law, who hopefully doesn’t see my lip. What, $30 for this tea?

DRY LEAF: very nice looking whole leaves.

STEEPED: Strong sweet green tea raisin smell, gold colour.

TASTE: Full bodied, a little sweet, like artichoke and bean. Not grassy, but theres a little dryness coming out.

Not bad but not amazing either. I enjoyed the full bodied veg flavor. Now to go back to icing my face.

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

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90

I need a good tea to start my week off – and get ready for a couple days of busting my butt at brazilian jiu jitsu before the school is closed for the holidays. Figure it was time to try this peachy tea from my recent Lupicia order!

DRY LEAF: smells like peach gummies that fell on the grass.
STEEPED: Wow, very fragrant tea! Rosey floral and slightly sweet smell.

TASTE: After I took a sip, I had to stop everything. Slightly naturally sweet white peach upfront, with a delicious floral base and light juicy oolong.

MMMM! Very good! I’m a sucker for good floral and fruity! This is just delicious! I was hoping this would taste more like peachy gummies, but maybe I’d need to sugar this tea – but Momo Super grade is good as is!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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95

Okay, I decided to make my own green tea toner http://missionbeautician.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-all-natural-green-tea-acne-toner.html
using some loose leaf gunpowder green I had laying around. I had the brilliant idea to use 3t and maybe 6oz of water to make it super concentrated. Being curious in all, I decided to sample that steep.. EWWWW BLECKBLECKBLECK! It was bitter horrible smokey cut off my tongue now taste!

I already had the kettle at the right temperature, so I decided to follow up with this tea to counter that horrible experiment. The worst part was waiting 4 minutes for it to steep! First sip was magically buttery corn sweet veg flavor, total yum! This green is fab! Yum yum!

Reminds me I am overdue for a Butiki order, once I’m done buying stuff for christmas I’ll start buying stuff for myself!

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75

I can’t believe I’m saying this, being a Canadian in all, I’M FREEZING in Southern California! Maybe its we dont’ have the heater on.. I didn’t think we need it! Of course, back home it’s like – 3c and snowed.

Having this for breakfast – not bad black tea. Still wanted more sweet or floral for it to be more to my liking, but still a solid black tea.

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

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90

Yum Yum Yum! This tea is so yummy!

I made a small pot (3cup) latte of this with soymilk! Caramelly and marshmallowy! Plus now it’s creamy, which I wanted for this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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85

i had this love hate relationship with DavidsTea’s Apple Pie tea – I had one cup out of a 50g bag that tasted right. After that.. not so great. I’m hoping this Della Terra Teas Apple pie will work!

DRY LEAF: lots of chunks of apple! My kitchen smells like coffee, there was a huge incident last night involving an exploding french press. Finally my roommates disgusting coffee making skills caught up to them (they use 50% coffee, and top the press up with hot water to make this pure black sludge)

STEEPED: Nice apple pie smell, crust and spices in all!

TASTE: The spices in this are spot on – I finally noticed a trend in Della Terra doing really good in the spice department. Natural apple flavor comes out, but more of a fresh apple on some sips to me. Pie crust after taste. The black tea is present and adds some good depth. The black tea also is not bitter.
I think this tea could use a bit of rock sugar, but I’m too lazy to go downstairs to get some, plus my legs are sore from brazilian jiu jitsu. Aww screw it, I need to take out my laundry anyways..
Sweetened, the apple comes out more and I think I like both ways. So if you are the type who adds sweetener, this tea is good!

COMMENTS: Much better than DavidsTeas! The spices are perfect and the tea is yummy pushing me to drink more.
I’ve had Della Terra’s Candy Apple tea and this Apple Pie tea is much better with the flavoring and lack of apple skin taste.

evil plans? I’m thinking back to I think Starbucks had an apple cider that was caramel sauce and whipped cream on it. Apple Pie tea latte with whipped cream and caramel? MUUUAHAHHAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 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

Location

Long Beach, CA

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http://oolongowl.com/

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