1230 Tasting Notes

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!

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

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

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70

When I got into my bag of tea I noticed that all the starfruit slices are sticky! Uh oh!!! I’ve never had that happen to tea!

With that said, I should really drink this tea down! This cup wasn’t too bad – I added a bit more extra leaf than normal. The fruityness was improved, but the white base is still unappealing. So disappointing!

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

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95
drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
1230 tasting notes

What the? Sipdown? I thought I’d have this tea perma stashed.

But it was my last iced tea batch, barely. There’s 1/4tsp of strawberry rhubarb parfait in there. Lots of dusty bits that got steeped – yum, bottom of tin bits!

Very melony for my last iced teas! I made this with both german sugar and a little honey – very tasty! This tea will be missed, or restocked next time I do a DT order. Not sure when that’s gonna be, I already asked my dad to buy me teaware I wanted from the spring collection!

Preparation
Iced 7 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
1230 tasting notes

This sample was amazing!

I wish I took pictures of this blend! More if I could capture the smell to show everyone! Very amazing apple scent!

Taste? Great black tea base, loads of natural and fresh apple flavor. I sat there awhile trying to figure out what kind of apple I was tasting. The apple was crisp, like a golden delicious, but the skin tasted sweet like a red delicious or gala. The floral is really low here but melded with the apple.

Love it! I need more of this tea sometime.

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 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
1230 tasting notes

Mmm, Nina’s Japon smelled amazing before steeping!

I do like the combination of the black tea and genmaicha, plus it was creamy! Those flavors really worked well with the creamy, caramel and coconut aftertaste. I’d personally like a little less black in this blend, but I did like the extra depth it added.

This one seemed picky to steep and needs a shorter steeping time.

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
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I thought it even smelled like melted butter!

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drank Mon Secret by Nina's Paris
1230 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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95
drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
1230 tasting notes

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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85
drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
1230 tasting notes

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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100
drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
1230 tasting notes

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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80

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’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.

Location

Seattle, WA USA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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