1231 Tasting Notes


I forgot I had this tea! I was in a hurry to make some cold steeps before I went out to do grocery shopping.

I cold steeped this.. uhh.. a couple hours? I forgot which one was this one until I took a sip. Coconut? Walnut – ahh walnut brittle!


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My first Verdant Tea! Uh oh!

I selected this oolong as my first, hey, Oolong Owl, yeah?

I did a gongfu brewing and went completely tea drunk crazy. I need to do this again! LOL

Very good oolong – I was impressed how rich and flavorful this tea was in very short steeps! Lots of great nutty, caramel and floral notes. At infusion #8, I was getting mineral notes and bell pepper vegetal which was interesting. I had a really good tea trip adventure!

The cold steep was okay, but I prefer this tea hot!

Full, long and crazy review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/shui-jin-gui-wuyi-oolong-from-verdant-teas-tea-review/
Owls wearing tea strainers? Oh boy

200 °F / 93 °C

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I’m watching more k dramas – tonight is Rooftop Prince! Man, I like historicals. I almost was tempted to watch Faith over again, that series is amazing!

So, veg’n out on popcorn and this tea. There was a time I thought “I will blog ALL my teas” but figured in the end, with 200 teas in my cupboard, that will take a year. So, I figured I woulnd’t blog this one.

This one is okay. It has a tropical edge with the pineapple and papaya, however the dreaded raisin is present. I don’t mind raisins in tea (ie, Oatmeal Raisin cookie by Della Terra), though they don’t seem to agree with me so far for fruit herbals. The taste is just kinda funky. Oh well. I’ll finish this off.


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Back logg’n

I had a crazy week with etsy related stuff – I came out with a new owl crochet pattern, which took up most of my week of writing, taking photos of owls, answering emails and repeated trips to the post office. Arg.

So, I forgot to tea log this. Orange Brulee is very candy like – the orange is sweet and strong, with savory caramel and creamy flavor! Bit grassy at times too. I got a solid resteep and probably could of gotten another one.

I found this tea pretty sweet – I like to try a new tea once with sweetner, but Orange Brulee was already pretty sweet!

I love how strong and full flavored this tea is. Also amazing how DTT got the orange, caramel and cream to come out. However, as much as I like candy like teas, this was pushing the sweetness level for me – so I can see myself saving this tea for super sugar cravings.

Full Review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/orange-brulee-from-della-terra-teas-tea-review/

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I’m still not used to the climate here in southern california. Friends and family back home are talking about the snow melting, and it was 20c here today. Of course, not used to the dryness vs. Vancouver rainyness and I’m coughing more plus allergies are starting! Boo!

ANyways, I needed my required pu’erh intake – I swear when I drink pu’erh any slight cough I have goes away. And after this cup, I have only 1 cup left of the tropical white pu’erh – that went fast! I dig the tropical flavor here – totally reflects living in this warm climate. 1.5 minute steeping was very nice!

I miss the rain and wearing my awesome daisy print rain boots. I almost wore them yesterday because I felt like it, even though theres no rain in sight and it was warm outside.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Sakura Tea by Obubu Tea
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Tea peeps? This tea is FREAKING BEAUTIFUL!

This is a new tea for me, and from what I was told from the tea seller, yunomi.us, this is a very traditional japanese flavor. Ehh! A Challenge! An Adventure! Lets go!

Dry leaf, these pretty blossoms smells like pickles. Oh boy! Most likely they smell like this since they are salt pickled cherry blossoms.

The taste? I get a cute kiss of a sweet cherry taste that is floral. The sakura tea’s flavor flutters softly towards a more savory flavor that’s a little salty. The more I sip away, the more stronger and floral this tea gets.

Full review with lots of gorgeous pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/sakura-tea-from-yunomi-us-tea-review/

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm….I have a cherry tree…I wonder if I can salt pickle some of the blossoms…

Terri HarpLady

This also sounds like a perfect tea for the book we’re reading in the steepster book club!

Oolong Owl

I’m not sure if they do a special process when they salt pickle it, but it be interesting if you could pull it off! If I had more of these, I’d be experimenting with their other suggestions on how to use the blossoms.


What a beautiful blossom! You are right – it would be AMAZING for a wedding!


That is so cool! I wish there was a tree in the neighbourhood I knew hadn’t been sprayed that I could steal some blossoms from in the middle of the night… :)



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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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Yes, Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong – we are together again! I could not resist adding you to my cart.

I dig the floral and the sweet coconuttyness in this tea! The oolong here is fantastic as well! YUM!

And I drank my entire pot really fast while I was working on my crochet blog and pattern sales.

The Snowy Owl is a photo bomber and the Green Owl likes tea!

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Oolong Owl

those are super cute! I like the big eyes! I’ve done 1 knitted toy, a penguin off knitty, it didn’t come out so well. I haven’t mastered doing a tight gauge with knitting that I can pull off with crochet


Do you do cats?


I love those! I should learn crochet! :o


Ah owls, so cute! Stephanie: did you make the pattern for those owls?


So cute!!


Dinosara, yeah, I made up the owls! Never really wrote out a proper patter though. They sold well, but I just couldn’t get enough money for them to make it worth the time I put into them. They took 45 mins to make EACH plus materials and I couldn’t charge more than $5 each really because of how small they are!

Oolong Owl

@ starfevre – not yet, but I could probably modify one of my patterns to make a cat. On my list for patterns to create is a cat, though it has 6 legs or something (a D&D thing)


They’re soo cute!

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I mindlessly sipped away at this tea this morning while I worked on my crochet pattern stuff.

Last night I was so tired after brazilian jiu jitsu, but I needed to buy soymilk after class. I saw chocolate soy was onsale and I bought that instead of buying the usual stuff – now I’m stuck with chocolate milk for everything!

I wanted a pancake for breakfast and it was made with chocolate soy – I figured Eight Candles would match. I almost had S’mores, but I have more of Eight Candles. It was a very caramel, marshmallowy chocolate morning!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank My Morning Mate by Teavana
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I have some leftover of this tea from a tea trade – I let my roommate try some of this tea. He’s the one who drink coffee thats insanely strong, and also best friend of my husband, this friend has been having a rough time with his health, despite being not even 30 yet.

Anyways, he was steeping it up, and I went upstairs to my office to work on tomorrow’s tea review. He aim’d me and said, “that is the best tea i’ve evar had”
(yes, our household instant messages each other, despite we could probably walk or yell across the house).

He was really happy, and loved the resteep! I think he wants to go to Teavana and get some more! I’m gonna make him cookies after dinner.

200 °F / 93 °C
Rachel Sincere

This is one of my favorite morning teas and my favorite mate.

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Hmmmm. I made this as an iced latte and it doesn’t taste right. Maybe I added too much sugar, or this tea doesn’t work this way.
The peanut butter tastes kinda funky instead of smooth yummy. Ehhhh, next time hot!


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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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