1154 Tasting Notes


mmmm, I haven’t had this one in awhile, as I’ve been unable to open the tin!

The tin of this got dented a bit during my move. Usually, when I want this tea, I’ll try to open it briefly, give up and move onto another tea as I have lots of options. insane tea stash ftw!
This morning I tried really hard to open it and it took a couple minutes. It was sealed pretty good as the scent of this tea hit me hard with the strawberry, spicy and tart.

This cup seems more on the rhubarby tart side – it’s not awful tart but just enough for me to enjoy. The strawberry here is very good and natural tasting. Yum! Hope this tea doesn’t disappear off DT’s online site.


My pumpkin chai tin is like that! Totally worth the battle though!


insane tea stash


^rapping about tea, he he.

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Drinking the last of this tasty mango rooibos. Always feel I need to do a kind of moment of silence when I’m drinking the last of good tea.

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Weirdly, when I was at the Lupicia store this tea was called “King and I”. Unless I was mixed up and they have another durian tea. I dunno.

Enjoying a nice big pot of this, laughing at the memories of this christmas – I took a tumbler of this tea over for christmas eve dinner and terrorized everyone. I thought this tea smells tasty fruity yummy, everyone else was “uggg durian!” FOOOLS!

Something I did notice with this tea – the scent likes to linger in teaware despite rinsing. It stuck in my Steeper and my tumbler – I had to soapy water and baking soda scrub to get the smell out. I didn’t do that for my tumbler and it made my next tea taste like durian.


Lupicia had two different Durian oolongs.

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Good Morning! I received this tea in my Lupicia happy bag. Uggg I’m in pain all over, holiday break from jiu jitsu and returning after the break = painful. I hurt all over and feel tired. Feels great to be back, though annoyed I couldn’t finish a choke on a guy as he got saved by the bell!

STEEPED: classic dark amber brown black tea look.

TASTE: English breakfasty tasting, though I find this one (compared to other bags of English breakfast I’ve had) very clean tasting. No bitterness or dryness.

Admittedly, I don’t drink this kind of tea very much and it’s something I don’t buy for myself, so other than it tasting pretty clean and not bitter, not sure how this stacks up against others. Though I think this tea not bad.

Going back to ice packs and heating pads.

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eh, that’s not fun. Hope you feel better soon.

Also I never been to fond of breakfast teas. They always seem kinda blahzai.

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ARG, my tea stash went out of control recently and I’m out of nice tins again. I got 3 big ugly cookie tins that I need to modpodge pretty with crazy pink christmas paper, which I’m going to do once I’m done this tea! I believe I got this tea in a trade with Rachel Sincere, ty! This tea is in a bag.

STEEPED: Very pale yellow tea – sweetless coconutty mellow smell.

TASTE: Okay, this is interesting in flavor. First off, very light in flavor. What I do get is creamy mouth coconut and buttery coconut fleshy taste up front. The flavor is close to real coconut. Light green flavor, barely there. Aftertaste of a little lemongrass. Not really getting the ginger. Overall I find this tea kinda savory as it is not sweet at all.

COMMENTS: I’d love to have this tea with some curry or thai food – that would be yummy! I think this tea could chill out a mouth burning with spicy food! However, it seems too light of a tea for me to enjoy whenever I want. Next time I’ll try a longer steeping and hopefully the ginger and green comes out more. In the end, I do enjoy the fun pairing with coconut and lemongrass.

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soooo i totally just had time to look at your blog. i need a boomkin! sigh

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

hehe, I love my Boomkin, Boomy! He hangs out on my desk and moonfires everyone!

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I had the craving for earl grey after insanely chewy, filling and cheesy mochi pizza (that turned out really messy to make). Decided to give this tea a shot from my Lupicia Happy bag!

Double strength, poured over ice and soymilk with a little agave. Wish I had honey but I’m out. Overall, pretty good. The earl grey flavor is both citrusy and bergamont. The rooibos as a latte is not strong – good for me who isn’t into red rooibos taste. I probably should do a tasting not as a latte, but this is pretty solid and would do it again! Wish this was a little more bergamont in flavor.

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Snagged this tea in my Lupicia Happy bag, Fukubukuro, along with 8 other teas. I’m making mochi tonight – pizza mochi in fact http://youtu.be/e59erF1YiFA but that’ll be later in the night, too late for me to have matchy tea, so I can’t pair the pizza with my tea, boo!

STEEPED: Pale spring green. Obviously matcha in this, but the colour is a good green, like I busted out some of my good matcha and not the lower quality browny matcha.

TASTE: Rice toastyness, light green tea flavor, bit of sweetness. Very fresh tasting at first sip, little bitterness at the end. I did a 45 second steep, might try 30 seconds next time.

COMMENTS: Pretty good genmaicha. I like the pairing of the matcha in this tea. I’m not a genmaicha expert, I’ve had two similar teas, one bagged and another I got from the LA farmers market. This one is much better, less bitter and actually sweet! Right now, I actually don’t have any matcha genmaicha and have been adding my own matcha to some regular genmaicha – this one does better than my tea experiments.

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Never had mochi pizza but added to list of things to try.

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Mochi Pizza?!? following the vid now…

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

the mochi pizza was really really chewy, stringy cheese and filling! Really neat texture! Making it took a lot of work as the mochi crusty was difficult to work with.

Kasumi no Chajin

Mochi is Always difficult and temperamental… but worth it. thanks for mentioning it!

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Trying this tea out from my Den’s Tea sampler – that and I’m thinking of doing an order and I wanna see if I like Houjicha.

DRY: super roasted scent from the brown tea leaves, yum!

STEEPED: pretty dark amber tea, smells more roasted.

TASTE: Theres an interesting sweetness to this tea, along with juicy freshness. Tea is medium / light in flavoring. A mellow roasted rice taste at the end. Like others, surprised this is a green tea – could pass for a light oolong for me!
RESTEEP: same colour for a 15 second steep! Scent is a mellower roasted rice. Sweeter lighter taste and slightly savory now. Very good, I’d drink this resteep again!

COMMENTS: very neat and I like, be a great lighter alternative to genmaicha – though now I need to try Den’s Houjicha genmaicha – that combo sounds delicious!

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Yum, drinking cake and eating matcha pound cake for breakfast! Sadly, the tea is the healthy part of this meal, but tastes unhealthy with it’s tasty cakeyness.

ERRRG, need to start eating healthy soon. Maybe I just need MOAR dessert teas! Or need to eat all the unhealthy stuff (like making Mochi Pizza OMG) to get over with it and go back to nice food.

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MMmm, almost out of this tea – so tasty with the cinnamon and white chocolate stars! Sadly, not much cinnamon flavor in this pot, but just as creamy chocolately as always!

Really good with my Pistachio matcha pound cake! Oh man, owning a bread maker is going to get me fat again /cry

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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.


Long Beach, CA



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