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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
4720 tasting notes

5/28 sipdown

soooo if this WERE something i actually enjoyed drinking, this would be up there in terms of teas. It’s got an excellent flavour to it and the tea is smooth and unassaulting. The oolong and coconut blend well together and thereisn’t much of a floral note. I’m just not a fan of coconut or oolong lol so it’ll never be up ther ein my books BUT if you like coconut oolongs, try this one!

thanks for sending this my way omgsrsly

OMGsrsly

Well, I had to try. :)

Sil

always!

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Iced.

YES. Perfect.

(Below, plus ice to make about 34 oz.)

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Rooibos, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Blueberry Rooibos by SOKO Tea House
4720 tasting notes

yep…this is one of my favourite blueberry teas. Thanks for sharing this one with me omgsrsly i’m pretty sure this IS the same as the one MissB sent me, but either way i ama satisfied blueberry fan :) the rooibos isn’t overpowering and it’s a delicious blue berry tea…what more could a girl ask for tonight? NOTHING!

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drank Imperial Keemun by SOKO Tea House
370 tasting notes

Of the keemuns I’ve tried, this is definitely bolder and smokier than most. There’s still that undeniable sweet nutty taste that I love about keemuns. Also I discovered a little while ago that keemun black iced is /fabulous/.

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drank Blueberry Rooibos by SOKO Tea House
4720 tasting notes

omgsrsly sent this one and i think you’re right in that it’s like that other one missB sent me. delicious. bluerry.yummy. MINE! :)

OMGsrsly

:) I really really like this one. I, uhh, may have bought 100g after drinking through 50g in just a couple weeks.

Sil

Hahaha awesome..

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Sipdown of a sample from OMGsrsly!

I honestly couldn’t really tell you the difference between all of the coconut oolongs I’ve tried in the past, but I’ve enjoyed all of them, and this one was no exception.

I think my favorite is still the one from Davidstea, but this one was also very tasty! Creamy, buttery, and coconutty without tasting fake.

Thank you for the sample, OMGsrsly!

mj

Did this one have lemongrass in it? The one from DT did and I HATED it because of that. I love my coconut pouchong from Golden Moon Tea though :-)

whatshesaid

That’s a good point…The original Davidstea version of coconut oolong had no lemongrass, and that’s the one I love. I haven’t tried it since they brought it back with the lemongrass, this one has none! :)

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I have a hard time telling coconut oolong from different companies apart, but this sample, from OMGsrsly, has a sweetened coconut-cream finish that makes it stand out in my mind.

I did two steeps with the first serving and four plus steeps with the second serving. The flavoring holds up surprisingly well. I might even like the latter steeps better; I’m a sucker for mellow or smooth things.

Right now, I have a giant tin of Zen’s coconut oolong, which is still delicious. However, when I run out, and if I’m in the right area, I might go with this one instead. I just wish Soko did the e-commerce thing.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Flowers, Sugar

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1914 tasting notes

I am exhausted after an early and packed morning of teaching, and a large lunch including a alcohol. Nap time?

I saw this one peeking out of my stash at me and decided I had to have it. And now it’s brewed and smelling delicious and being too hot to drink. Mmm so much coconut macaroon. I had a HUGE one the other day at an art fair, and this is so much like it. Thanks again to OMGsrsly for my sample of this one!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Memily

I’ll bet this is everything I wanted Argo Tea’s coconut oolong to be. (It’s full of licorice root, weirdly.)

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1914 tasting notes

Yay, a tea from my surprise package from OMGsrsly! And she put the samples in tiny individual bags that are one serving each. Such ease!

I love a good coconut pouchong/baozhong, so I am always up for trying a different company’s offerings. They are usually all similar but some stand out. This is a standout! It is one of these coconut pouchongs that tastes intensely like a coconut macaroon. Sweet, baked coconut and meringue cookies. YUM. Thanks for the samples of this one OMGsrsly, it is delicious!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cookie, Sugar

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Yay! This is my favourite, but they recently put it into their clearance bin and I am full of sad.

Dinosara

Oh noes! Stock up now? Have you tried Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong? This is closest to it of the ones I’ve tasted.

OMGsrsly

They finally got back to me! Apparently they pack up a few bags of random teas and discount them to encourage people to try new tea. :) So PHEW.

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1373 tasting notes

OMG, this is so good. I even added some cream to make it even more decadent. The oolong is fresh and green and reminds me of lilacs. The coconut is beautiful and toasted, like a coconut macaroon. Excellent as a latte if you’re not lazy like I am (heating milk is too much bother!), excellent plain, excellent with sweetener.

Yep.

And SOKO just posted a picture with it in their clearance basket. I really, REALLY hope this is sticking around. It’s the best coconut oolong I’ve tried! (I am not a fan of the changes to the DavidsTea one, and also mine went rancid last summer. Zen Tea has a pretty good one, but the oolong isn’t as nice.)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
caile

It sounds good! I ordered the one from zen tea to try, which should be here next week!

OMGsrsly

It is pretty good! Not as floral-green-oolongy. If that makes sense.

caile

Nice! I’m looking forward to it!

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I made this iced yesterday and I like it SO MUCH.

My BFF seriously hates rooibos and spat it out.

More for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 68 OZ / 2000 ML

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Yum.

Tastes like blueberry juice.

Has strawberry and hibiscus, although the hibiscus is strangely mild and unassuming.

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I wouldn’t say that this is a “golden” Yunnan – it has a few golden tips but that’s about it. Having said that, this is a decent Yunnan – nice and rich. Yunnans are my favorite black so it’s not surprising that I like this one, but I don’t think it’s REALLY special.
Thanks Sil for passing a sample on to me.

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drank Pu-er 1990 Kunming by SOKO Tea House
4720 tasting notes

Sipdown 2
I received this one from omgsrsly aaages ago, well at least in my world as far as swaps go :) I haven’t had time on weekends to really sit and enjoy my puerhs so it’s taken me some time to get to this one. This is an earthy, bold puerh. it’s not a puerh for those who don’t like earthy, mushroom sort of puerhs. I had a few steepings of this, and all were that strong delicious sort of wake me up kinda of puerh that i enjoy, though more so in the morning. Thanks for sharing this one omgsrsly!

OMGsrsly

Welcome! This is one of my favourites. I mean, the bready ones are amazing too but this one is just… forest.

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1373 tasting notes

Beautiful Fresh, floral green oolong, rich toasted coconut, not an oily mess.

Seriously the best coconut oolong I’ve tried.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Flowers

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

Oh no, I didn’t need to know this haha.

OMGsrsly

I’ll put the rest into your (seriously late) package. :D

OMGsrsly

It’s way way better than the DavidsTea one.

Fjellrev

You don’t have to if you don’t have much! I wasn’t hinting haha. But that’s exciting to hear that it’s even better than David’s.

I just looked up how to get to the store. Holy. Seems like I’d have to dedicate half a day to go there, at least since I usually stay downtown.

OMGsrsly

It’s totally fine. It’s 20-30 minutes from my place, and I wanted to go out there again anyways. :) You take the 160 and it’s a short walk from the bus stop. But it’s super easy to get turned around in that area.

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Another Sipdown (oops, lost count, LOL)
This one is from Sil, who got it from OMGsrsly. Thanks girls!

Not a bad Keemun, I’d describe it as earthy, almost peat like.

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1635 tasting notes

This is amazing! Thank you so much OMGSrsly for sending me a little bit of this! I think this is possibly THE BEST coconut oolong tea I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink.

It’s creamy, almost buttery, with lots of coconut notes on a backdrop of fresh oolong.

Wow.

Thank you. I love how freakin’ generous people on Steepster are!
And now I’m at 149. :( But I will be sure to re-steep this baby!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

WOW. oh man

Sil

also. you suck. I will get down to your numbers someday.

Cavocorax

I wish I could have shared it with you. It’s just so amazing!

Also, if my Teavana order ever shows up, as well as everything else, I’ll be at 197? So much incoming…. Also, I’m so excited!

Sil

i may try to hit adagio on the weekend. Will let you know

keychange

What’d you order from teavana, cavo?

OMGsrsly

LOL. This one is just AMAZING, I know. Maybe I’ll send some to Sil, she’s been pretty nice to me. :)

Cavocorax

I ordered during the heavenly sale – grabbed some mint cacao, two different white teas that were $2 each, and the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler. A lot of it is backordered though, and there’s no record on the site of the 12 Day sampler. :( I emailed them with my receipt to ask what’s up because I want it. I thought it’d be a super cheap way to try a bunch of Teavana teas! (It was $17?)

I’m really disappointed by the lack of communication though. Also, when I filed a ticket for support, they reply was covered in ads. Not classy.

Sil

ew. not cool.

OMGsrsly

Aww, geez. That’s horrible, Cavo! I tried calling tonight and their hours are awful (for me). 8:30am to 8pm your time, I think. Is that an option for you?

Cavocorax

Well I’ve already got the support email in, so I’ll wait the 2-3 days they estimate it’ll take for a resolution. LOL. Well I was warned about Teavana.

keychange

Wow, that’s not good. But sounds consistent with their reputation, sadly.

Terri HarpLady

I’m afraid to do a tea count…I’m guessing I’ve reached an all time high, & I’m still aching to place another ‘birthday’ order, LOL

Amariel

Wow. I’ve been toying with making some coconut oolong lately. Maybe I will soon.

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drank Imperial Keemun by SOKO Tea House
1373 tasting notes

Gave this to my parents today and made a pot for the family to share. It was quite tasty. It says 2 tsp per cup, but I used 4 tsp for a 3 mug tea pot, and it was good. Steeped twice. Left the second steep for about 20 minutes before I finished it, even. Still good.

I prefer teavivre’s keemuns, but this is pretty darn tasty! Mom likes it too. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pu-er 1990 Kunming by SOKO Tea House
1108 tasting notes

Randomly grabbed this from a bunch of samples that OMGsrsly and I met up to swap with just before the holidays. Thank you again for your generosity!

Really earthy smell to this, even brewed. Almost like mushroom soil, if that makes any sense. It’s a bold, strong pu-erh, and I’m confused as to whether or not I like it. I’m drinking it straight, with zero sweeteners, and am wondering if a touch of orange zest and some Truvia might make me love it more. Keeping the rating off for now, until I get a better understanding of how I feel.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
OMGsrsly

It smells like the dirt under fallen trees. :) I like puerh with a bit of cinnamon stick. For some reason the flavours work well together for me.

MissB

Ooh, good idea!

Dexter

Agreed a little cinnamon stick in a big bold rich pu’erh is really good.

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drank Ancient Golden Yunnan by SOKO Tea House
4720 tasting notes

I may have over steeped this one but it was not a cup of tea for me. I’ve had more delicious yunnan’s out there so this would not be on my list of things to pick up. However! As always, thanks for helping me in my quest to try all the teas omgsrsly :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Oh that sucks. I had hopes for their plain teas. I’ll have to try this one today and decide if I want to give it to my parents or not.

Sil

I enjoyed the Keemun!

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drank Imperial Keemun by SOKO Tea House
4720 tasting notes

sipdown! (174) i WAS doing well and then the BBB Box showed up this morning so now i’m back up to 174 with only 8 days left to get down to 150! This was from omgsrsly and a tasty keemun at that. it won’t replace my favourite from teavivre but it was a great cup to have!

Tea Sipper

Which is your favorite keemun from Teavivre and how many have you tried (I think there are four). If you’ve had multiple batches of the same teas from Teavivre, can you tell if they are different year to year?

Terri HarpLady

So far I’ve had the Organic Superfine & the Keemun hao ya. I enjoyed them both. I think I described them as feminine (the superfine) & masculine (the Hao Ya). I have samples of the Keemun 1 and 2, just haven’t tried them yet. That’s my 2 cents worth

Sil

the organic superfine is my favourite from teavivre of the 3? i think that i’ve tried. There’s just something about it that makes it my go to keemun. Others are good but that’s the one i keep going back to. :)

Tea Sipper

thank you both! I should have ordered a sample of the Superfine with my order! Instead, I requested Hao Ya to tide me over, though I already knew I loved it (since I was sipping it while ordering!) Either my tastes are loving the Hao Ya more or I steeped it perfectly. Ah, if only I could order everything, but I went with three other teas instead of either of the keemuns. I’m looking forward to your reviews of 1 & 2, Terri!

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drank Imperial Keemun by SOKO Tea House
4720 tasting notes

Another tea from omgsrsly I was hoping for good things from this keemun since i do love a good keemun. However, this one comes across as a little wimpy imo. I’ve got more to play with, so i’ll see if playing around with the tea helps. I like keemuns when they’re bolder and make me pay attention. this one seemed content to just hang out :) still not a bad cup though!

OMGsrsly

(I haven’t tried this one yet.) Glad it’s ok. I should probably try it before I give it to my parents!

Sil

Clearly your cupboard isn’t up to date….I had to add two teas to the database! ;)

OMGsrsly

LOL Yeah, this one and the Yunnan. Right? I haven’t even tried them. They’re not for me, so I didn’t add them when I got home.

Sil

mmmhmmm….

OMGsrsly

Haha, sure, don’t believe me.

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1373 tasting notes

Om nom nom. Made a couple pots of this while a friend was over tonight. So delicious. We had it with a little soy creamer.

I only got 25g, and I seriously regret it. MOAR TEA!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1373 tasting notes

I have a migraine, so this will be short.

This is so good. If you’re in the Metro Vancouver area, and you like coconut, go get this. Do it. They have a 25g minimum.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

Oh no. Feel better soon. SOKO is a new name to me. I’ll have to look it up!

OMGsrsly

Port Moody! So awesome. They have the loveliest collection of ceramics as well. Oh, and Kusmi and Tea Forte.

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