1258 Tasting Notes


This is a spicy tea! The dry leaf has lots of big plump cranberries. The taste is medium hot clove and cardamon chai like blend, with a sweet and tart cranberry vanilla finish. I’m thinking this tea would make an excellent latte!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/christmas-spice-black-tea-from-secret-garden-tea-company-tea-review/


i really enjoyed this one too

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Man, I’m kicking myself for not trying this oolong before Tea From Vietnam’s thanksgiving/blackfriday/whatever sale, it was 30% off! This gui fei is very nice – lots of sweetness and floral, with some woodsy, honey, and clover notes over a thick texture.

All other gui fei’s I’ve had were greener and Tea From Vietnam’s gui fei tastes more oxidized which appeals to me greatly. Give this one a shot if you love floral and oriental beauty oolongs.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/gui-fei-oolong-from-tea-from-vietnam-tea-review/

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

sounds nice!


Thanks for taking your time reviewing the tea Char! Great to hear that you love it.

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drank Cinnamon Cookie Puer by Lupicia
1258 tasting notes

I’m not a fan of this one. I’ve drank 25g of it and after playing with steep times, I’ve given up and decided it’s the tea.

The pu’er base sucks and just doesn’t work here, it’s burnt, bitter, and a little fishy tasting. The cinnamon isn’t sweet. The blend very much so tastes like a cup of watery coffee. The aftertaste is that burnt bitter flavor you get after you drink coffee, that coffee bad breath.

The best steep was to do a long one and add a vanilla bean, which smoothed out and added some creamy. Milk and sugar would work well for this tea, but on its own it’s pretty harsh.

I’m sure if you like coffee this’ll be your tea. If you love Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Pu’er stick to that one, that one is miles better. I’m disappointed in this one, I figured since Chocolate Strawberry is excellent, this one was too.

Boiling 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank 2015 Pin by White 2 Tea
1258 tasting notes

Really cool wrapper on this cake! This sheng is on the light and sweet side, with notes of moss, linen, straw, hay, and floral. I found it quite gentle with a thick mouth feel. A nice light bit of dryness and bitterness that many pu newbies would like.

2015 Pin is quite different compared to 2015 2Late or Poundcake as it’s lighter. I got this tea with November 2015 White2tea club, and it says to try this cake again in a few months once the excess water in it goes away. That said, these tasting notes may change.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/november-white2tea-club-2015-pin-tea-review/

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Christina / BooksandTea

I found that this tea was a bit bitter using my usual steeping parameters. I’m going to try sometime later with 85C water.

Oolong Owl

Checking, you leafed less and did a lower temp (194f). I’m thinking your steeps were much longer than mine. Or very well could be I’m getting used to bitter sheng.


Maybe it has slight bitterness but I almost haven’t noticed.

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A spicy chocolate tea! I love hot food and this tea has firey bite at the end. The flavor is chocolate with cinnamon over a light malty roasty base. The spice peaks at the end for a nice chili finish. It’s a medium hot tea, a good one for heat lovers or people who want more kick to their chai. If I had more I would of made it as a latte, I think this tea would of been even better!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/spumoni-green-tea-and-mexican-hot-chocolate-from-a-quarter-to-tea-tea-review/

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Finally a Spumoni tea! I’ve been waiting for one and suggesting it for years and finally we have one!

This green is was very heavy on the pistachio flavor, then cherry, followed by a hint of chocolate. The blend was nice and creamy and the cherry tasted pretty natural. Very good, especially if you love pistachio!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/spumoni-green-tea-and-mexican-hot-chocolate-from-a-quarter-to-tea-tea-review/

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NOOOO I wish I hated this tea as the price tag on it is high! Unfortunately, I love it. No wait, I hate it. I hate it so much that I need to consume it like a lust for revenge and blood like I’m a 90’s kung fu movie hero.

First off, cha qi off the charts. Maybe I should of made 3g instead of 7.5? I ran to the gym already and deadlifted 200lbs laughing like a maniac as I worked the railroad. Thankfully, it’s my birthday today so no one is questioning my sanity as I get a pass today, others think I hit the bottle early and needed a muscle pump before birthday dinner. But its TEEEEEEEa!

The flavor is freaking smooth, new born smooth with an aftertaste of pretty orchid floral and fruity green grapes. It’s thick and lubey (HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA) of a tea. That fragrance is the best though

I’m on steeping 10 and it’s not showing signs of quitting. No quitters here, just tea. RAWHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Dammit, my eye makeup is crooked.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 tsp 3 OZ / 90 ML

Happy birthday!

Daylon R Thomas

Happy birthday! I really wanted to try that one, at least a sample just because of the price…


Happy birthday!


Happy Birthday!


Happy birthday. :)


LOL, great note. Now I really want to try this. And a belated happy birthday!

Cathy Baratheon

omg I want this now

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An good daily drinker and probably a good intro to ripe pu’er cake!

I got notes of bitter sweet, wet earth, cream, and mostly walnut. With each steeping the tea got more brown sugar sweet and nutty. Very smooth texture! I didn’t get much cha qi/ tea drunk’n so I ended up drinking this late into the evening. A very friendly, ready to drink, daily drinker ripe that is smooth and easy to chug!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013-ontario-1357-ripe-shou-puer-from-whispering-pines-tea-co-tea-review/

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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To my surprise, this isn’t a jade oolong base. In my head this was going to be a green oolong but was greeted with a wuyi oolong.

It’s an interesting combo but the cucumber cantaloupe stole the show tasting just like the melon/veggie and being super refreshing! I wish I was drinking this in summer and it would do fantastic iced!


I know what you mean! I was not expecting a rock oolong, but i think it turned out quite nice though.

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Oh yeah this one is good! It’s pumpkiny, a little spice, maple syrup, over a creamy black tea. It tastes like a moist pumpkin pancake!

If you want a good pumpkin tea, this is it! GOGOGOGO

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/a-quarter-to-tea-tea-review/

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

Ugh, would y’all STOP posting these amazing-sounding tasting notes for A Quarter to Tea??? I’m determined not to buy more tea until the Black Friday sales, but I am SO tempted to try this company out right now!

Oolong Owl

A couple of us tea bloggers got a 10% off coupon for A Quarter to Tea if that lessens the blow.


I’m pleasantly surprised by how good these blends are. I’ll probably go ahead and make use of that coupon code, even though I’m trying real hard to sip down my cupboard.


Also, I love Little Orange Tea Owl’s costume!


Thanks, Oolong Owl! I did see that on your blog and will definitely take advantage of it if I end up caving and ordering tea from them.


I am so tempted to try this tea!

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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.

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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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