1222 Tasting Notes

Alright! I really need to drink all these green tea samples that are hopefully still good! And if I got time, putting a dent in my other unflavored greens!

Mmm, this one is very juicy, veggie with a hint of dryness at the end.
I also got some other weird flavors, like a fruity – which was probably from contamination NOOOO! Quickly, drink the other samples!

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

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85

This is the best loose leaf Earl Grey I’ve had so far. I love the creamyness and the good level of bergamont flavor!

Full review on my tea blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/earl-grey-heaven-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/
I’m super happy with the close up shot I took of this tea!

Fjellrev

Duly noted!

Starfevre

I particularly like your picture of the USS Tea Canister down at the bottom.

Lynxiebrat

Yeah that was pretty cool:)

Kittenna

Hrm. This is one I have not acquired a sample of. Some day.

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
1222 tasting notes

I had a rough brazilian jiu jitsu practice last night. Mostly involving a 220lb+ guy and having to repeatedly change levels, grab his legs, get up, practically pick him up and toss him to the ground. Got home, found out we had no hot water, so showered in cold water, ugg.

Woke up barely, hurting everywhere, and I made some black tea that I was intending to review for the blog, but inhaled it. Now I figure I should drink the rest of this oolong, which is like half a cup worth. Not sure why I didn’t leave much. I dig the floral and the fleshy cream coconut taste.
I’m hoping to do a Zen tea order and send it to Canada when I visit, or have family bring it to me before visiting.

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

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This came as a sample with my Georgia Tea Company order. I was looking for something to drink before jiu jitsu without having to open something new. Iced of course! I’m going to be overly hot and sweating once I start rolling!

Ehh, not for me. The raspberry flavor is good – I added rock sugar so the raspberry closely tastes like candy.
However, I can taste that red rooibos flavor – which I do not like! I feel like sucha brat for not liking a type of tea and I only like rooibos if I
1. Can’t taste it
2. the flavoring manipulated to taste like crust or whatever in a blend.

So, if you like red rooibos, this has a good raspberry taste, especially iced!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

If you’re a brat, then that means that I am too since I’m the same. Cover that taste up lest I’m not interested.

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85

Okay – I noticed on Della Terra site, it referenced a lower water temperature than what said on my package. I contacted them and they confirmed to do as per website instructions – 158 – 167°F

I totally noticed the difference between 175 and 160F steepings. The higher temp has less creamy and more vegetal and bitterness, whereas the 160F is more creamy and not bitter.

Overall, a nice creamy, tangy tea with a great mix of bases – the buttery green with a juicy white tea. I like this a little more than Lupicia’s Strawberry & Vanilla as the flavoring tastes more natural and has a better base, but Lupicia is more forgiving and easier to steep.

Full blog post review on my blog, The Oolong owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/strawberries-cream-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

This one sounds delish!

Alphakitty

This is the second review I’ve seen saying that this is better than Lupicia’s, which I am totally in love with so now I am even MORE excited to try this one!

OMGsrsly

Oh, good to know! I think this is one I ordered, and I really dislike bitter teas.

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95

Post workout matcha! I made it a iced latte with bavarian cream matcha, splenda, soy protein and ice.

It was a really nice cool day, so I did a jog to the post office. Got home, lifted weights. Annoyed as I had to deload due to spraining my knee the other week and too much time off lifting, but I still did a decent job with 100lb squats. Of course, right now I’m sporting a taped up sprained finger from Friday. Sigh. Now to work up again to 150lb, BLEH!

The matcha tasted almost like ice cream here! Probably from the ice, and thick consistency of the protein powder.

I’m running low on this matcha and a couple others. Looks like another RLT matcha order in a month or so. Boo, so much to save up for!

Preparation
Iced
Starfevre

I think I ordered this one! I guess it’s one I’ll look forward to trying.

ashmanra

This has turned out to be a surprise favorite! I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do, but I do!

Mercuryhime

This is my favorite one to use in smoothies. Makes everything taste like pudding.

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95

I made a strong cup of this tea with lunch, a sort of post workout reward. Dang, I love the peachy orange with that humming ginger! So refreshing! I really needed refreshing, my muscles are killing me! I’ve decided to step up my working out, so I’m doing Rushfit again in the mornings.

Steep City teas – you’re gonna kill my wallet. I’m saving up for another order. I wanna try the orange glam, purple peach, citrus sunshine oolong, and maybe Pom Pom, mint chocolate and a rooibos. Wahhh!

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

We are waiting! :) So happy you are enjoying our tea so much.

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Sip down sample!

I was eating some thin mint girl scout cookies and decided I should have a minty tea. Weird, but I miss the Canadian girl guide cookies. Yeah, theres like 2 kinds, but I dunno.. these american ones don’t taste as good and not as sweet. Made my husband go crazy as I eat Korean rice cake sweets, and those aren’t really sweet! Ehhhh, maybe I just miss Canada. Man, I need those “Dad’s Cookies” in that yellow bag. Too bad shipping to Canada sucks, I’d trade for cookies! I’ll have to wait until family or friends visit from Canada again.

Anyways, I did this tea as a latte, unsweetened cuz I’m too lazy to do anymore. Pretty good – much better as a latte!

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

they changed the recipe for the non minty Cdn Girl Guide cookies, to make them healthier. Not nearly as good these days :(

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70

annnd sip down!

1oz sample didn’t last long – I guess it doesn’t help that it’s a heavy fruit tea. I got 3 cups out of this, 2 of them iced – this being the last iced.

I tossed in some fresh blackberries in my iced tumbler along with lemon slices! I’m hoping I’ll find a really good fruit only tea out there so I can load up for iced teas all summer.

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

If you like grapefruit, the pink grapefruit tea at theteaguy is really nice. The hibiscus lends a tartness that makes the flavour believable.

Oolong Owl

hmm, that sounds interesting. Next time I’m in Canada I gotta order from a bunch of Canadian tea sellers.

OMGsrsly

It’s sold at Steam Teahouse in Vancouver if you ever visit. :) It’s a tiny tea alcove, but the owner is so enthusiastic about his teas!

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95

DROOOL
Having a nice strong cup of Coconut Grove. So coconutty with a delicious white tea base with a hint of rose. The tea tastes so snuggly for me this morning, if that makes sense.

I’m rating bumping this tea because I want to drink this all the time as it has become my favorite coconut tea so far!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Kasumi no Chajin

looking forward to trying it myself!

Stephanie

I love coconut and white tea…must try this!

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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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