1012 Tasting Notes

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
1012 tasting notes

Woot, I won first place in the Butiki unflavored tea giveaway! Drinking my winnings away now starting with Gui Fei Oolong!
I’m sipping tea, listening to the new Devin Townsend Epicloud album and working on the knitted shawl of dooom! 12 rows left (that are 300+ stitches long with beading)! Nice and relaxing!

DRY: Kinda floral, sweet, and fruity.

STEEPED: Oolongy nutty woody and lots of other smells. Pretty complex.
I did the recommended 4 minute steep for my first steeping.

TASTE: I can pick out a great nuttyness, subtly sweet honey and a roasty taste almost. The honey note sits on my tongue, yum! No astringency or bitterness.

Second steep I did for 8 minutes at 175f, and it was much sweeter and fruity! Amazing! A slight slight astringency is starting to peek out, but no bitterness still. I could drink this steeping all day! Next time I’ll do the first steeping at 8 minutes.

COMMENTS: mmmm very tasty! I chose this tea because Kittena did a long steep saying it tasted like ice wine. MMm ice wine! Reading the description of this tea… “green leafhoppers are allowed to bite the tea leaves..” OMG bugs ate this tea?? I wonder how they rigged it so the bugs didn’t eat all the tea? I know if my bunny ate part of anything he’d leave broccoli and fur notes instead of honey notes!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Haha, I was going to ask whether you tasted the ice wine notes or not, but as you used the recommended infusion, it doesn’t surprise me that you couldn’t. As a side note, I also overleafed my cup a little, I think. I need to try it again, myself! Perhaps later tonight. Delicious.

Awkward Soul

Close for the second infusion but it wasn’t sweet enough. I can see if for it happening for the first infusion at the long steep time.

Kittenna

Tried this again tonight, and was again successful – posted my tasting note just now. Hopefully you like it as much as I do! It’s probably my favourite oolong right now!

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Love sent to BoxerMama for a sample of this tea!

Since my tea pot broke, I started using the other small tea pot I got for my birthday last year. However, I discovered it leaks when I pour, BOOO! I’m probably going to convince the husband to buy me a new tea pot. I can do it myself, but I’ll probably come back with lots of teas! I’m saving up for big DT, Butiki and Verdant orders.

DRY: Very strong chocolately spicy cinnamon. The tea is coated in a dust of cocoa, oooh yeah!

STEEPED: Murky cloudy dark brown tea, still smelling of spicy chocolate cinnamon.

BTW, i went heavy on the leaves, so 2tsp for a cup of tea because I’m crazy!

TASTE: Straight strong cocoa with a hit of cinnamon that warms down my throat. Really cocoa. Holy cow this is chocolately!
Sweetened, this is really good and pretty much hot chocolate with spicy cinnamon. I can hardly taste the earthy mate though.

There lots of remnants on the bottom of my cup, despite using a DT Steeper, which usually does a good job. The closer I get to the bottom of the cup, the more spicy and grainy the tea becomes. Also gets slightly bitter towards the end of the cup.

The cinnamon lingers in my throat after drinking CC!

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Chocolate lovers who like cinnamon in their cup. Spicy cinnamon tea lovers. CC also doesn’t taste very mate like, good someone who wants to try a mate for the stimulant hit or for someone who doesn’t like the grassy mate taste.

COMMENTS: Phew, I feel VERY awake after drinking that! Overall, amazingly chocolately and I love a good spicy hit and the cinnamon was great! I didn’t like the grainyness at the end of the cup.
I could see this being an amazing latte! OOOh yeah, next time!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Love sent to Stacy @ Butiki for this sample on one of my orders!

Uggg. I was walking down the stairs and I tripped but recovered. My tea pot didn’t and went flying and shattered on the carpet. BOOOOO! Luckily I have another small tea pot and there was no tea in the pot that broke! OMG, if I had a sample sized tea in there I would of cried!

DRY: I’m thinking I can’t smell much with teas in plastic baggies.

STEEPED: Lovely floral oolong smell in a light yellow tea. I ate a few freezedried pineapple chunks. They were deliciously sweet and yummy. Then I got mad at myself as that probably killed having a resteeping.

TASTE: Refreshing light oolong thats silky. A great taste of pineapple and sweetness as well. I’m talking fresh pineapple too, not that sugary stuff. No tartness.
Sweetened with some plain rock sugar (I should really get some brown rock sugar) the pineapple comes out more at the end and is amazing.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: pineapple lovers and fruity tea peeps that need to be schooled!

COMMENTS: I’m really digging the silky oolong here, so tasty! The pineapple is so natural tasting and yummy! The more I drink, the more I love it! It’s simple but the silkyness of the tea take it to the next level! Yeah, I used a lot of exclamation marks!

Added to shopping list, dang!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

Oh noes! Sorry about your teapot. I have one that I WISH would break so I could justify replacing it.

Hesper June

Mmmm, this tea is just so delish!

Butiki Teas

Sorry to hear about your poor teapot.

Sil

Poor poor teapot :(

Fjellrev

Aww that’s too bad! On other news, I need this tea.

tigress_al

NO!!! I can just picture your accident in slow motion…..poor little teapot :(
On a happier note, this is one of my top 5 teas…
legend…..(wait for it)….ary! lol

Zoltar

breaking teaware is always sad ( i did break a gaiwan the day i receive it once >< ) that why i love plastic tea pot they are less fragile most of the time.

that one sound good as you say natural tasting pineapple i hate the fake taste must pineapple thing have but really love pineapple on the shopping list it’s goes

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Malt tea? Crazy!

Well, I’ve had malt tea before, unsuccessfully. About 6 or 7 years back I noticed some grain teas at my local Korean Supermarket. I came home with a malted barley and black bean tea. Of course, the entire thing was in korean so I had no idea how to prepare it. I tried a few times and it either tasted like nothing, or if I left it in the fridge it went bad. Reflecting upon this, it probably wasn’t milled or whatever.

So I saw Azzrian on “share your orders” order a $1.50 sampler pack – a deal? I checked out malt tea.com and damn, it is a $1.50 + $1 shipping (promocode is on the sampler page) so I decided to check them out. Even without the sampler pack, you can get a pound for like $5! CRAZY!

Shipping took longer than expected, but came in a nice box tied with thin twine. Inside was lots of tea bags tied with twine and labeled. Very cute!

DRY: Smells of chocolate, malt and sweet. Bringing up childhood memories of a chocolate treat that I can’t remember. Ovaltine? I think Ovaltine!!!

STEEPED: I wanted to check out the bits, so I opened the tea bag and used a steeper. Brews up a dark brown tea (weird!). Smells really strong earthy grainy.

TASTE: Mysteriously sweet and totally malt flavored smooth. Not chocolately but a light coffee taste. Honey like aftertaste and freaky malty burps.

WHO SHOULD TRY THIS TEA: For $2.50 (including shipping) for 10 tea bags of various malt tea, why not? For this particular malt, I think coffee drinkers, sweet black tea types would like this for a caffeine free treat.

COMMENTS: totally ovaltine like to me, but no chocolate taste. I’m impressed how sweet this stuff is!
I wish the tea came with instructions. I had to look on their website for preparation (200f, 3 to 5 minutes) not sure how much water to use, but went with 1.5 cups or so.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Fascinating! Definitely need to try some of these eventually.

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1012 tasting notes

Started having a typical morning – I got up, let out the rabbit, Benson, then attempted to leave the area to make tea. Benson was not having a typical morning of running around and he trapped me in the room by jumping on my feet and nosing me. So I sat with him, petting and feeding him snacks for awhile. I’m dying for my morning cup of tea and noticed his fur has been changing colour again. When he was a baby it was black and grey. He then got more and more black. Now he’s shedding and he’s looking kinda chocolately brown black. Mmmm.. chocolate tea? I finally was able to leave once he started playing in the cardboard boxes on the other side of the room.

Chocolate Cake Teaaaa! (from Kittena)

DRY: forgot, lol! Dying for tea!

STEEPED: Dark brown tea that is slight cloudy. Chocolate liquor smell. Quite a lot of debris on the bottom of the cup.

TASTE: Slightly creamy, chocolately and pretty sweet. I found the black tea a little weak, but that could of been me skimping out on the dry leaves or needed a long steep.
I didn’t realized this tea would be so sweet, but I saved a half a cup sweetened with rock sugar. With that, it’s really sweet and still creamy chocolately.

OBSERVATION: this tea left a weird residue in my steeper that I had to scrub out with soapy water. Globby white blobs, I’m guessing from the sprinkles.

COMMENTS: Not bad, I’d love to try this one again. Would love to just go heavy on leaves and have a chocolate overload.

Excuse me, need to feed the bunny some bok choi.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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ick! It’s already hot and it’s not even 9am! I’m so tired of this hot weather!

Still feeling sick in the mornings with a icky throat, so I don’t want to try new teas. I needed a coffee like perk this morning and went wtih Good Morning Mate:

Strong steeping of Good Morning Mate poured over ice, soymilk and agave syrup

The cloves in this is really coming out more so than it tasted hot. UGGGG! I enjoy this tea hot once in awhile, but I can’t finish this in its iced tea form. I did wake up drinking this – not sure from the mate or the blast of cloves!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Citron Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1012 tasting notes

Citrus Tea Day!

And wow!

Citron Oolong steeped, poured over lots of ice + a little agave syrup + lemons slices (NEVER ENDING LEMON SLICES! I have a lemon tree in the backyard) = Very yummy!

The amber agave syrup really compliments the floralness of this tea. The lemon in this is just right with no tart. I think my taste buds are returning finally!

I should make this Citron Oolong iced more often. I didn’t think it would be this tasty! I encourage peeps who haven’t tried this one iced to do so!

Preparation
Iced
Kittenna

You have a lemon tree in your backyard? I am so many shades of jealous right now, you have no idea!

Awkward Soul

Hehe! I have a lemon, pomegranate and dragon fruit tree. Err.. if dragonfruit grows on trees, it looks like this catcus tangle thing. I had an avocado tree but my husband killed it!

Kittenna

Yeah, dragonfruit’s a cactus. I grew one from seed but think I killed it rather quickly. Sometimes I wish I lived in a warmer climate just so I could have tons of fun with fruit trees and the like!

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
1012 tasting notes

Citrus tea day (I guess.. its all what I want to drink today)!

Sun and Cloud Mist steeped with a lemon slice, poured over ice. Lemony, rindy, tart and Flooofy! Mmmm floofy tea.

MOAR LEMON!

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drank The Earl of Lemon by DAVIDsTEA
1012 tasting notes

Uggg, I guess I caught a bug and I’ve been feeling sick in the yucky throat way. With that said, I’ve been just craving lemony teas. I’ve been drinking Butiki’s Good Morning Sunshine a lot, but I thought I’d change it up with Earl of Lemon.

Earl of lemon. Hot. Lemon slice. Honey. Heheh!

Very yummy, pretty sure my taste buds are shot as I cannot taste a few elements I usually taste with this tea.

Now time to dig around and find my other lemon teas to drink while I work on the SHAWL OF DOOOOOOM! (making good progress on it)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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HANGOVER TEA MODE!

Ugggg, great metal concert last night. Though, seeing Devin Townsend in his home town shows is waaaay better and crazy than this Los Angeles show. I did escape with minimal injuries and scared one guy while trying to get a flying guitar pick as I did some jiu jitsu arm trap to get his arm out of the way, lol! Don’t mess with this Canadian!

The morning after, hearing sucks (lost my ear plugs), voice lost, head throbbing and sore throat. I kept thinking about that amazing iced tea I had before the concert with Good Morning Sunshine and starting to crave it again.

Post metal concert tea:
Hot, served with a shot of honey and a couple fresh lemon slices.

Better than a cup of coffee! I’m perking right up, my headache isn’t feeling as bad and the honey is soothing my throat. I can just taste a sweet lemon flavor, but my taste buds are shot anyways.

Well, looks like this Sunday will be mostly knitting and drinking hot teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

I am so jealous that you got to go! What did you think of the other bands? I wanted to go mainly for Devin and Katatonia. It must have been such an awesome concert. Damn you Vancouver for having the concert on the first day of classes.

Glad the tea is making you feel better!

Awkward Soul

Katatonia was pretty amazing live! I’ve heard their stuff before, but live blew me away! Paradise Lost’s front man has the flu so his voice was pretty noticeably out, which was a disappointment. Stolen Babies was interestingly weird choice as it was kinda punky – best part was for one song the bassist pulled out a huge stand up bass. Devin was amazing live, as usual. I wished he played something off Ziltiod, but it was mostly stuff off Epicloud and a few classics (regulator, War, Bad Devil, Vampira, Kingdom). The Vancouver shows are better! The Los Angeles crowd was really dull and crabby.

Fjellrev

Awesome! Katatonia is my favourite band ever which made this hurt even more (but I’ll admit that I like their mid-career stuff a lot more than the last few albums). But you’re right, they’re awesome live. I was lucky to catch their 20th anniversary show in Stockholm last December and it was a mind-numbingly stellar performance. Too bad about PL, though. I was a little surprised that Stolen Babies were part of the line-up. They’re entertaining live for sure, but kind of just a novelty act, you know? I saw them with Lacuna Coil and the Gathering, which seemed more appropriate . Can’t wait to hear Epicloud!

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

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 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.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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