1231 Tasting Notes


This herbal is tasty! I prepared it iced and sweetened. Not sweetened, Citrus Hibiscus Herbal is a pucker tart fest! Sweetened, very orangey, hibiscus floral, with a zesty lemon and lemongrass finish. There is red rooibos in there. Even though i dislike red rooibos, the tea was in the background adding a bit of woodsyness depth that was nice. In the end, this tea is very refreshing and full of flavor.

Full review of this tea, and the May Simple Loose Leaf Selection club box, on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/may-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club-oolong-owl-tea-review/ (also, coupon code!)

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I selected this tea as part of May’s box for the Simple Loose Leaf Selection club. This is a light/medium roast oolong with dark raisin, cherry wood, charred earth and leafy green notes. Slight astringency as well.

This oolong was okay even with a broken dry leaf – it’s a good starter roasty oolong to try before going into trying the expensive, mega roast oolongs out there.

Full review of this tea, and the May Simple Loose Leaf Selection club box, on my blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/may-simple-loose-leaf-selection-club-oolong-owl-tea-review/ (also, coupon code!)

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drank Watermelon Mint by DAVIDsTEA
1231 tasting notes

This tea was interesting. I made it iced, as all i had was a sample.

The tea steeps up a gorgeous watermelon pink!
Without sweetener, it was mostly peppermint with an underripe and flat melon flavor.

WIth sweetener – really really good! The melon flavors, mostly watermelon with some honeydew, is delicious! I’ll be buying more of this!

Review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/shooting-starfruit-watermelon-mint-davidstea-oolong-owl-tea-review/


Haven’t had many melon teas, but this one sounds interesting combined w/the mint

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MMm, I do love creme brulee! However, the last 2 weeks I’ve done a big diet overhaul with calorie counting madness. With that said, I need to keep my desserts in check even more. WIth this tea, the main flavor is the black base, with a light burnt sugar taste with a creamy texture.
For a black tea drinker wanting a little sweet hit, this is the tea. I was hoping / expecting something closer to DavidsTea Creme brulee, which has a much stronger flavor.


Hope your diet goes well… I’m having a hard time getting started.. Ugh. I’m sure dessert teas will be a staple when I finally get the motivation.

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I was surprised with Little Red Cup Tea co’s keemun – its smokey! This keemun has a brown sugar sweet start, earthy, wood and spice notes. End of sip there is a bit of briskness, fruity and chocolate richness. A bit of floral notes when the cup has cooled.

Pretty cool! The last keemun i tried was more on the smooth and sweet side, but this keemun is dynamically delicious!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/keemun-black-tea-little-red-cup-tea-co-oolong-owl-tea-review/


What is your favorite Keemun?

Oolong Owl

I had a few good keemuns at the LA Tea Festival from Chado Tea Room. However, they have like 6 different keemuns and I didn’t know which ones I tried! Been kinda chasing that flavor ever since.

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Wow, a lovely sweet spice wuyi medium roast oolong!
I’m planning a Mandala order, with that said, sipping down all the samples I have just in case I want to order more of those samples! (or in a few cases, setting aside to review for Oolong Owl)

I believe I requested this sample an order or two ago. Very delicious oolong, I love how sweet it is, with interesting milky quality to it. Resteeps nicely with no dryness. Quite addicting of a tea as well. I’d say this is one of the nicest medium roast oolongs, however I personally prefer a darker, richer roast. (OMG Mandala’s Big red robe is amazing!)

200 °F / 93 °C

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drank Plum Oolong by Ocean of Tea
1231 tasting notes

SO MUCH PLUM! Plum plum plum! I’ve had a couple Plum teas, this one from Ocean of Tea being the most plummy (is that a word?) blend out there.

I found this tea tastes different hot, sweetened, resteeped and iced – the best being sweetened and iced.

Hot, it’s a fresh tasting, lightly roshipy tart tea with the main focus around a berry flavor with a hint of plum.

Sweetened – 100% plum flavor. Never ending plum taste.

Iced – My favorite – refreshing, fruityness with plum notes, lingering plum flavor, with a hint of citrus floral adding interest.

resteeped – a lightly roasted oolong with a tart finish.

Ocean of Tea’s plum oolong is all about the plum – this be the tea if you want a strong flavored blend. As an oolong? There is not much in oolong here, just a bit in the background adding an earthyness pairing great with the plum, but sweetened and iced, I can’t taste the oolong.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/plum-oolong-ocean-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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drank Blueberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I created the ultimate filling breakfast drink with this matcha: night before, I took 300ml of vanilla soymilk, bit of honey and 3 T of chia seeds and left them puff up overnight. This morning, I took half of that concoction, 1/2 cup of more soymilk, half a scoop of protein powder and 3/4 t of blueberry matcha and shook ’em in a jar.

This recipe probably works with any matcha, but the blueberry flavor worked really well here and matches the weird texture of the chia seeds. Yum! Now to get on with my day – I got a shawl to block!

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An excellent iced tea! Flirt With me is a green rooibos with mango, papaya, passion fruit and rose petals. The flavor is mostly the tropical fruits – the mango papaya blend nicely together, and there is quite a bit of passion fruit flavor (if iced).
The green rooibos is in the background, but has a nice brothy green earthyness to it. The blend is a little watery, but that seems to happen with rooibos blends, but is countered if prepared iced and heavier on the tea.

Pretty good – the price is right ($4.50 for 2oz) and makes a tasty iced tea. I’ll be drinking this all summer!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/flirt-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Iced 5 min, 0 sec

Love it when they have fun names!

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Oolong Owl confession: I have a whole bunch of Verdant Teas, unopened. Many of them pu’er and oolong. I have the tendency to save stuff for the “perfect” day to sample, sometimes forgetting about it.

So I found this tea in the bottom of my box of sheng pu’er. I probably was going to review it on Oolong Owl, but looking at Verdant, this tea isn’t available anymore, and I don’t like to review teas people can’t get their hands on. Anyways, I had a late night last night, trying to watch my calories so I’m feeling drained, so I thought it is the right time to sample an 11 year old tea.

11 year old tea! YES! Mt. Banzhang tastes rustic – kind of musty, light spice and hazelnutty. Big cedar notes too that are pretty tasty. Really neat sweetness at the end of sip that is kind of fruity, with each infusion getting sweeter and cleaner. As per instructions, I only used 3 grams, and with 4 second steepings, this tea certainly has lots of flavor!

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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.


Seattle, WA USA



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