1182 Tasting Notes

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Sample, thanks to Kasumi no Chajin! TY!

Soo thirsty, but I got really distracted watching korean dramas and browsing red bean pancake recipes. Decided to give this sample a go – Iced because I wanted something.. iced. So, I steeped this over ice and orange slices. No sugar.

Pretty good flavor. It’s tangy and tart with some mellow chamomile. I don’t pick up the mint, but bit of a herb taste. Probably my orange slice is messing with flavor a bit, but is a good, unsweetened iced tea. I don’t think i’d order this, but hey – was good to try!

Preparation
Iced

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I’m enjoying this tea while snacking on salted okra chips! MMmmm! I’m enjoying the marshmallowy ricey tea with the salted sticky tooth’d okra! All this while watching more korean dramas, this time Flower Boy Next Door!

Nooo, my tealogs today are making sound like a preggers lady! I’m not! Just slightly crazy today from lack of tea.

Mercuryhime

Okra chips?! Whaaa??!! That sounds awesome! Where do you get them?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I got them from the grocery store, Sprouts! they look like this: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bWIlkyH22UE/TycX_T7pMCI/AAAAAAAAGiY/YFcrdlGDY-k/s640/3325175687_99d9497c09.jpg
they are really crunchy like chips and salty, but as you chew they get kinda sticky on your teeth.

Mercuryhime

oooh, looks and sounds amazing! Gotta try and find some of these. I love trying new foods! Which explains why I have so much dang tea since I want to try all of them….

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Yeah. For some reason I had a craving for minty black tea. And wasabi almonds. I’m drinking this tea sample and eating wasabi almonds at the same time. It’s pretty awful, but both items on their own are good.

I think I could of wait and had each item separately, but I’ve been without tea today until 3:30pm – OMG! I needed tea now!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Stat! get this woman some tea! lol

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OMG STARFRUIT TEA! STARFRUIT TEA!

This tea is a light, fruit strawberry tea hot. I get a teeny bit of starfruit flavor. Sweetened and iced, the strawberry and papaya pops more – reminding me of candy!

However, I was hoping for more tangy flavor and stronger starfruit flavor. The white base was flat, losing the full potential of this tea.

My full review (with lots of pics) on my blog, the oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/starfruit-strawberry-from-esp-emporium-tea-review/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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another sip down!

And out of lazyness, I did a 1.5 minute steep which turned out very nice! Lots of floral and a bit of fruity over the pu’erh.

Looks like I’ll do a resteep to put in a travel mug for my trek to the post office

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Mmmm, love this tea!

Did a blog entry on it, http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/flowery-pineapple-oolong-from-butiki-teas-tea-review/

I’m spending the day working on crochet stuff and watching more Boys Over Flowers. That show is total soap opera like and addicting! Perfect to watch tea to!

Indigobloom

Nice! are you watching the Japanese version?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I’m watching the Korean one. I’m working my way through a big list of Kdramas.

Indigobloom

ah. I think that’s what I watched to. but my supplier ran dry. What others do you have? I’m hoping to youtube it!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I’ve been watching them on dramafever.com. The ads suck, but they got a good collection.

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Sip down!

Yes! Must sip down more teas! Oddly, my last small pot wasn’t very minty – just an little echo of mint end of sip.
You will be missed, mocha mint mate!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Mmmm pancake tea!

I’ve noticed I’ve been having this tea every time I make pancakes. This morning I did a full review with pics.. with pancakes! Whoo! pancakes!

Blog Entry: http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/pancake-breakfast-from-52-teas-tea-review/

My husband has been requesting french toast now instead of pancakes. I bet there’s a french toast tea out there somewhere, at least there better be!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Welllp, that made me decide to make pancakes pretty effectively! :)

ashmanra

Dang it, there just had to be a picture of the pancakes, with butter and syrup, no less.

Indigobloom

I had waffles yesterday morning, and they are gluten free so end up tasting almost just like pancakes. If only I had some of this tea to go with it lol

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Sip Down!

This tea was a hit and miss for me. Sometimes it was not bad, other times the flavoring fell flat for me.

I sipped a small pot of this tea while I sewed up the loose end of my Star Blanket of Boring I crocheted. Then I drank the cold leftovers while I wrote up my blog entry on my crafty blog http://awkwardsoul.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/blanket-achievement-unlocked/

This last pot was meh. I got a bit of cherry taste, wishing there was more. I preferred this tea mixed with a little flavored matcha.

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I did this last night and again today with good results

1 part loose chamomile
1 part loose peppermint
2 parts DavidsTea Creme Brulee

The result is a creamy, relaxing, caramelly, slightly minty tea!
And again, I’m chilling out, crocheting a blanket, watching Boys Over Flowers. Occasionally squealing “OPPA!” to my confused husband.

Emilie

I’ve managed to get my roommates to watch Boys Over Flowers with me! It’s a bit of a weekend tradition now. If only I could get them into tea as well

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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

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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