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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
506 tasting notes

Oolong flavour is not as robust as I would like it- results in a rather thin-tasting brew. I may try using a higher concentration of dry leaf next time.
Thank you to Sil who shared this with me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
5369 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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drank Imperial Keemun by SOKO Tea House
379 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
5369 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 Blueberry Rooibos by SOKO Tea House
5369 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
2031 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
2031 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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Another one. As an eggnog tea latte.

Yes. Blueberry Rooibos EGGNOG latte.

It works SO well. Delicious fruity custardy amazing yum yum yum. I would highly recommend trying some fruity teas as eggnog lattes now.

Thanks for the comment about Blueberry Jam working well, VariaTEA! :)

(16 oz drink, mix of milk and eggnog)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad this was a success and that someone agrees with me about the great combination of fruity teas and eggnog lattes.

OMGsrsly

It was like liquid custard!! And nutmeg goes well with blueberries, so why not eggnog?

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I had some of this with a bag of plain tulsi added to the mix. Interestingly, I can’t really taste the tulsi. I can feel it a bit, as it has a somewhat minty cooling flavour, but I can’t taste it. The blueberry is strong in this tea. :)

I had a surprise trip to Ikea tonight. I have my friends car for the weekend, and she was going to bus to a concert tonight… only she realized she forgot her change at her BF’s. So I went to drop off change, and ended up playing with makeup then driving her there! And since I was downtown anyways, I picked up another friend and we drove out to Ikea to SHOP. :) I got some tasty things (cake! lingonberry-apple soda juice stuff! apple glogg!) and some pretty things (a rug! a tablecloth I can use as a bedspread!) and some useful kitcheny things (moose and hedgehog cookie cutters!). My friend got… furniture! Yay! She’s not looking for a permanent position for at least another year, so she decided to get some furniture for her place. This is exciting. I was concerned she was going to find a job in some horrible place and then I’d never see her again, or she’d find a job in some amazing place and I’d have to save ALL the dollars to go visit her. Which. #2 is definitely a good option, don’t get me wrong… but staying here is pretty awesome too. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Yum yum yum. A nice tea that doesn’t call for milk to be added. In fact, I think the hibiscus would probably end up curdling the milk, so it’s probably best if I don’t try adding any.

A nice, tart, fresh, blueberry-y tea.

Definitely a favourite. SO good iced in the summer. I haven’t tried a cold brew, I don’t think. I tend to not cold brew rooibos, but I probably should try at some point.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A gigantic mug. Plain.

Yum.

Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Hibiscus, Rooibos

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Made a thermos of this iced to take to see Guardians of the Galaxy last night!

I AM GROOT!

ahem Yes, well. It was a super fun movie. There are some language and story choices I’d have preferred to be different (Seriously they tried to stick in some love interest stuff?!?! Pfft. Groot and Rocket BFF 4 eva.), but that doesn’t change the fact that it was fun, had a great soundtrack, and I laughed a LOT during the movie.

The tea was awesome as usual. Delicious blueberry with a bit of rooibos in the background. It was a good choice for a late showing on a hot Sunday night!

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Rooibos

Lala

My dad’s review of the Guardians of the Galaxy : “good, but a little risqué”. LOL

Sil

haha

OMGsrsly

It’s a total comic book movie, and reading up on Wikipedia they did change the story fairly significantly. But I think this flowed better, and allowed for character growth throughout the movie. That being said, I saw it for the fun factor, not because it’s a cinematic masterpiece. :)

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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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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
5369 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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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
1700 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
1620 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
1157 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
5369 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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