1213 Tasting Notes

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drank Good Morning by Lupicia
1213 tasting notes

Way too rich of a dinner party last night!
My husband made an Emeril recipe that involved duck rolled with bacon, avocado and pistachios. Then a Julia Child french onion soup and my custard caramel pudding. Spent the evening all dragging around from overly rich food.

Woke up and having another “not awake” morning and went for the good bagged tea. No idea how long I left the bag in for – tastes okay though. I’ve discovered if I put a tea on a very visible spot on my shelf, i’ll drink more of it! This one is there, next to a few others I’m trying to work through.

Preparation
Boiling

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I cold steeped Ginger Zinger for around 2 to 3 hours. While I was making tonight’s dessert for a dinner party, http://youtu.be/N6JZx86OyXM (Custard Pudding, or I call it Leche Flan) I was sipping away at my cold tea.

Ginger Zinger is pretty good cold steeped – actually tastes pretty close to how it tastes hot, but now cold! Orange and peach is there and ginger is humming about. Very good, I think i prefer this tea hot, but cold steeped as even more refreshing!

Preparation
Iced
david

Woot glad you liked it!

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I’ve noticed with both white teas I’ve purchased from ESP Emp. that the bai mu dan base is kinda stale and flat. It’s not like the juicy, delicate, lush, and slightly floral like other white tea blends I’ve had with other online tea sellers. Or I’m just spoiled.

The fruit combination was nice and sweetener helps pull out the pear flavor. Pear is nice in tea! I need to find more pear blends!

Full review and pics on my blog, the oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/organic-mango-pear-deluxe-from-esp-emporium-tea-review/

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I was looking for a black tea this morning and I was surprised how much of this tea I have!

I made it as a latte with honey and soymilk. I think I didn’t add enough leaf, as it’s a little light on flavor, but still nice caramel flavor with some pumpkin.

Because its one of “those” weird mornings, I’m watching videos of people throwing bricks inside of running washing machines http://youtu.be/vROdVsU_K80
yeah. I don’t wanna show the husband. He might get ideas for the old washer.

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

That video has me crying from laughing so hard.

Ze_Teamaker

Videos like that is why YouTube needs to exists.

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95

/stretch stretch
I escaped brazilian jiujitsu practice with mat burn on both feet! Not bad, no sprained fingers! Though, very sore all over from 2.5 hours of working out.

This is the first time I enjoyed waiting for a long steeping 6.5 minutes this time! I did stretches while I waited for my tea and feel much better!
The taste? Very good, I love the banana taste and the creamy caramelly flavors. Totally worth steeping this one for extra time!

After this cup, I’m gonna crash to get ready for 9am jiujitsu practice!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Momoko by Lupicia
1213 tasting notes

Having a cup of Momoko to get pumped up for 2.5 hours of brazilian jiu jitsu practice! Yeah! Pump myself up with positive thoughts that I won’t get injured this week!

Good tea – super creamy with a hint of peach. Hmm, maybe I shoulda chose something more energizing like a citrus, ginger or tart tea? Ehhh, this is still good!

Preparation
Boiling
Stephanie

That’s a long practice! Good luck :)

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I received a sample of this tea from Kasumi no Chajin! Yay!

I steeped this up while I’m boiling eggs for lunch and picking off tea tin stickers. Yep, totally glamorous.

Of course, I didn’t add enough water, so it was really strong and bitter until I topped off my cup with some more water. Now I think I got too much water in it! I didn’t add that much extra water!
The green is has a bit of butteryness and I get a bit of tangyness at the end. A little echo of fruity, but I’m not sure what.

Looking at the pic here on Steepster, the packaging looks cool! Yeah, ROCK TEA! Contains no actual rocks though.

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

I love the name of this tea!!!

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90

What? I’m the first to tea log this tea?

Very juicy, refreshing, fruity and citrusy! Lots of fruityness going on in this tea with some gigantic cherries! I was worried this tea was going to be too hibiscusy, but Steep City did a great job balancing the hibiscus with the citrus and berries. This tea has a slight tart, having the berries and lemon tasting fresh.
I got a good resteep out of this tea – which showed off the savory green tea.

However, Agua di Jamaica shines when iced! The berry flavor pops and is very delicious! I can feel the sunshine and vitamins! I know I’m going to drink this tea like crazy during the hot california summer!

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/agua-di-jamaica-from-steep-city-teas-tea-review/
Hibiscus Lightning! /ZZzzzZzap!

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

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drank Champagne Rosé by Lupicia
1213 tasting notes

How is this tea so good? This is becoming one of my favorite fruity black teas!

Especially in the morning when I’m really tired and stumbling around the kitchen and knocking stuff over. I’m hoping I can get some more of this soon – I’ll need to convince my husband to take me to the Lupicia store again!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
irishgirlieknits

Reminded me that I haven’t had this one in awhile. Just had it for afternoon tea, delish!!

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drank Gyokuro Kin by Den's Tea
1213 tasting notes

My first gyokuro! What an experience! Such a beautiful tea with that lush emerald colour. Isn’t that colour “in” right now in fashion?

I made sure I was very awake for this tea so I didn’t mess up steeping. Overall, very good mix of buttery, sweet and veg – but I didn’t like the astringency, as I’m not a fan of astringency at all.

Cold steep? MAGICAL!

With that said, I really don’t know what to rate this tea as.

Full review on my blog, the oolong owl. I took lots of pics!
http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/gyokuro-kin-from-dens-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Mercuryhime

Glad you finally tried it! I live this one! I find it to be very delicate. Try cooler water and less leaf. That’s how I like mine. Cold brew is my fave though. :)

Oolong Owl

noo, the den’s instructions! I had another person tell me after to drop the water to 100 or 120. I’ll try again if I can acquire another sample or save up for a purchase.

Mercuryhime

Haha. Gotta live by your own rules! Be a rebel!

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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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