1215 Tasting Notes

drank Mon Secret by Nina's Paris
1215 tasting notes

I had high hopes for this one – papaya, melon, peach and cream flavors?

However, I didn’t pick up those flavors, maybe a teeny bit – but the black tea base was overpoweringly strong. The black tea was going astringent for me as well.

I’m not sure if this one just lost it’s flavor, or it’s more for a black tea drinker who wants a strong black tea with secret fruit in it! Alas, this one wasn’t for me – I want melon flavor!

Full Review on my blog, the oolong owl. I did a review of the 3 samples I received! http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/ninas-paris-sample-tea-review/

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

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
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Wooooot! S’mores Genmaicha! I was very excited to see this tea up! Though, my tea no buy plan was unhappy. Pfffff! When a cool 52 Tea comes out, no buys are out the window!

Anyways, I greatly enjoyed this tea and will be buying another package if it ever is reblended! It better be reblended!

This genmaicha is very dark chocolately with marshmallow flavors, with a savory, roasted, little smokey genmaicha. If you had Marshmallow Treat (and love chocolate)

Full Review with lots of pictures at my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/smores-genmaicha-from-52-teas-tea-review/

gotta run! easter craft fair time!! Whhhheeee! Love bunnies!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

The long-awaited review (although I already caught it on your blog via facebook :D). The strong chocolate aroma has me a bit worried after Browncoat Genmaicha, still. I should try that again… or at least, open the bag again…

Ze_Teamaker

ahaha, yeah. I don’t need any more tea yet I bought 5 packets from there; though at least one was for my mom.

CHAroma

“When a cool 52 Tea comes out, no buys are out the window!” Hahaha! This made me laugh because I do the exact same thing! :)

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drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
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Kamba Berry!

This one is a sneaky tea! Purple tea, lots of blueberry going on, some strawberry, little natural sweetness, some puckery tart (making it remind me of cranberry almost), some herbyness, and some dry ginger. The berryness is lovely and I love all the interest with the herby and ginger. The dryness was SNEAKY in making me want to keep drinking! I’m not a huge fan of tart and dry but I enjoyed this tea for the very good berry taste!

Very good iced as well – I think I’ll continue with the rest of my batch iced.

Full Review with lots of pictures (of owl bears attacking my tea) on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/kamba-berry-from-butiki-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Veronica

Ha! Your owlbear is adorable!!!

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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oh yeah! Made a nice 24oz pot of this tea to enjoy for brunch. Turned out very well – 175F for 4 minutes is perfect!
Cherry, creamy, floral flavor, but when I smell the tea it is really sweet, but doesn’t taste overly sweet!

I was feeling off the last day or two, so I thought this tea would be a nice treat, which it was! yay! /love

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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annd I forgot to drink this tea yesterday, which I drank a couple steepings of 2 days ago. EEEP!!!!

So, I steeped the leaves western style for like 5 minutes. Might be kinda crazy waiting 2 days, but ehhh. Flavor is okay, a little light, but still kinda vegetal and kinda sweet.
Goes very well with my Okonomiyaki which I made with my husband’s homemade bacon!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Homemade bacon?! Cue salivation.

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I really really wanted to have a cup of this tea – but I finished my first package and my second one remained unopened. Took lots of talking with myself to open it – I mean, I should drink it! That’s why I bought it!

Anyways, I went on a nice easy bike ride and then came home and baked cookies. White chocolate chip, strawberry cranberry, macadamia nut cookies. Uggg. Totally ate back the calories of that bike ride. Probably 2 two bike rides. Sigh.

Well, time to chase down those cookies with this tasty tea so I don’t eat more cookies!

/sip

OOoooohhh sooo smooth peanut buttery good! Man I love peanut butter right now. Maybe I should make peanut butter cookies next time. ARRRGGGG!

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

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This tea smells amazing!

Though, has an interesting mix of ingredients. It’s a fruit only herbal containing lots of various fruity bits, but also with cardamon, cinnamon and egg sugar drops.

Hot without sweetener, this tea is INSANELY TART! I thought my face was going to suck into itself. Sweetened, the tartness is improved, but pretty tart still.

Iced is where this tea is at (with LOTS of sugar) – Loads of strawberry flavor, hint of spice adding interest. A little creamyness. Not flat tasting at all and quite tasty.

Not a bad tea, but it needs lots of sugar. I don’t mind a bit of tart, but this is pretty crazy super tart! I’d buy this again, but I’m a little worried I’ll just be adding too much sugar.

Full review on my blog, the oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/strawberry-blizzard-from-georgia-tea-co-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced
Kittenna

Insanely tart = hibiscus?

Oolong Owl

super hibiscus!

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I decided to sip down my sample!

I drank 3 steepings – all light, buttery and vegetal. Now I’m full of caffeine, like I feel my eyes are huge but almost tired. I wanted a nice oolong before dinner, maybe this was a little too much before dinner!

Well, hopefully I’ll do another couple steepings tomorrow morning. Very tempted to have them right now, but I’ll be going crazier than normal at jiu jitsu tonight!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Kittenna

I love your new(?) icon!!!! Just noticed it in the forums and had to say :D

Oolong Owl

the green background one or the pink cup one? I’m trying to change the pink cup one to be my steepster one, but it’s not working or taking forever to switch over.

Kittenna

Pink cup!! Maybe it just changed for me due to browser refreshing or something. It’s adorable :)

Oolong Owl

yay, it finally switched for me! TY! I coloured it yesterday after having it sitting around not fully coloured for a month.

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I bought 2oz of this tea, I figured it be good!

I was totally right! I’ve had Lemon Chiffon before, which is amazing, and this one has that lemon drop yummyness, but also with a little bit of bitter lime flavor thrown in. Very creamy of a tea. No funky rooibos taste. The dry leaf smell of this tea is out of this world!

I figured I will try to have this or Lemon Chiffon always in stock. I really need to snag some Lime Chiffon too!

Full review on my blog, the oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/lemon-lime-cream-tart-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1215 tasting notes

Having this tea for breakfast! Very juicy!

I forgot how good this black is – maybe as I’ve had a couple unflavored blacks after this tea, and now having this one. I think it either set the bar or this black just is the one my tastebuds dig. I love the sweetness and lychee notes and lack of bitterness!

Looking back at the info on this tea – Nooo it’s attack of the leaf hoppers! Sadly, those are bugs, not bunnies!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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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