1259 Tasting Notes

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I’ve been drinking a gyokuro for most of the afternoon for my blog. I made a huge mess! Water and leaves all over the place! It reminds me how back in art school I was always the one who’d get paint, pencil shavings and graphite all over myself. Things never change!

So, I was craving a good white after all that green tea, and I got time to squeeze another cup in before I cut off caffeine for the day, so how about one of my fav teas? Iced of course – it’s 30c here in Long Beach! WTFFFFFF! I know some of you Steepsters still haven’t seen spring yet!

Super yummy! Love the watermelon flavor, so fantastic! Back to working on blog stuff!

Preparation
Iced
moraiwe

Oh man. I’d kill for that weather. It snowed again here today >_<

Oolong Owl

/sends warm weather to moraiwe

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65

Yeah, sample sipdown!

This time, as a latte! Hmmm.. I really think this tea would be better as a black instead of the mix of black and green. The latte came out a little weak, despite using double the leaves.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Having this iced!

Argggg! I made a nice big tea tumbler of Agua di Jamaica iced, set it on my desk in front of me, then forgot about it when I was knitting. I’m trying to design a market bag knitting pattern and having some issues with cast on stuff.

So, my drink got kinda watery from the melted ice once I realized there’s a nice cold tea in front of me. Really nice berry flavor with a citrus aftertaste! Yum!

Preparation
Iced

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drank Jade Oolong #18 by Adagio Teas
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Cold Steeped! Darn it, I thought this could be a sipdown, but I got another serving left! BOOOO!

This is much better cold steeped as the astringency is gone. It’s kinda buttery, lots of sharp veg flavor with a little nutty. Ehhh, stale though probably because this tea is kinda old.

Preparation
Iced

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80

YES Sip down! 205 teas now! ARGGGGAHAHHHHH!

I had a very angry bunny this morning. I guess my bathroom trip at 5am got him angry. Benson, “Hey, let me out of cage! 5am is rabbit hours!” Which I didn’t do, and went back to bed.
When I got up, his chew box was flipped over, the litter box was kicked around, and he tore big wads of paper from his litter box and stuffed it inside his food bowl until it was bursting. EWWWW!
I let him out, and he proceeded to nose my legs right where I got mat burned last night at brazilian jiujitsu, which hurt! So I gave him a carrot to stop. The carrot offering appeared to please the bunny for now.

Ugg. I found the last of the Perfect Pear, and steeped the leaves earlier than what I liked, as I wanted tea now to escape the bunny headache. Overall, not bad. Still wish there was more to this than pear. Pear Crumble? ooooh

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Mercuryhime

I love your bunny.

Oolong Owl

Aww! My previous bunny was also a little mischief fuzz ball who’d pull all the tissues out of the tissuebox and knock over everything with his nose. A friend of mine has 3 bunnies and they are all cuddly angels, but also piggy food thieves.

Cavocorax

Haha. Bunny tantrums are cute – when I don’t have to clean up after them.

Mercuryhime

I have a soft spot for mischievous animals.

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drank Magnolia Oolong by Tea District
1259 tasting notes

Freaky, I thought I tea logged this?

Anyways, I got a sample of this from Kasumi no Chajin, yay ty!
First time, I cold steeped it. Very very good! I saved the rest of the sample for a hot round, which did not happen. The last of my sample is me drinking it as another cold steep.
So good! I love the floral in this tea – its like jasmine but much better as it is also sweet and light. Why isn’t there more magnolia teas? The oolong is so crisp and refreshing and the cold steep works very well!
Gah, I should of tried this hot! Oh well, I might just have to order some myself!

Preparation
Iced

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90

Wow, this puerh is really different! There’s no fishyness! It’s not pitch black and strong for the first few steeps – even following the recommended steeping of boiling water for 4 minutes! Butiki’s japanese puerh has some good barley, nutty, brown rice syrup, and coffee. What I found interesting was there was a slight dryness in the first few cups, but it went away with further infusions.
And this tea can resteep very well!

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/organic-japanese-puerh-from-butiki-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

this sounds very interesting!

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70

I decided to cold steep this Iron Buddha Oolong.

A few hours in, I sampled the cold steep and it taste kinda seaweedy. I got distracted with weight lifting and crocheting stuff. Could hours later, I’m finally having this cold steep. IBO has this strong veg bite to it while going towards a slight bitter taste. I’m getting a lemongrass taste which is really refreshing. Actually, this kind of tastes like the skin of a roasted green pepper!

hmmm, I think I like this cold steeped more, but maybe I’ll go lighter on the leaves next time.

Preparation
Iced

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85

Another sleepy morning. Brazilian Jiu jitsu was really tiring last night. And sweaty! UGG! In BJJ we wear thick gis, which absorb the sweat (ew) – when we do no gi (so just workout top and shorts) the sweat is everywhere. So, my last sparring partner’s clothes felt all over like a wet towel. EWWW! After that, it was shower, crawl into bed. Wake up, crawl out of bed for breakfast and tea.

Mmm, earl grey creme? This came out really good and is waking me up. Love the creamyness and that nice wave of bergamont! My cup cooled as I went for tiger balm and petting my bunny Benson – EGH is still creamy and yummy!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Sip down, yeah! Gahh, I need to get under 200 teas!

Made this iced! The mango here came out a little different, mixing strongly with the rose. The peach is a great refreshing aftertaste, working well iced. Actually, this is better iced, the refreshingness is pretty good!

Gotta get ready for brazilian jiu jitsu. Bleh, no gi tonight, so overly sweaty class!

Preparation
Iced
Sil

hahahaha i’m with you there! from 190 to 264 with more inbounnd. lol need some tealovers anonymous or something

Fjellrev

Oh, you guys in the 200+ range. I’d go insane haha.

Sil

incendiare….hey i WAS doing better! i was under 200!

Fjellrev

Yeah, keyword: was. hahaha

OMGsrsly

Incendiare, just imagine how many teas you’ll have after our group orders! :D

Fjellrev

We’re going to be swimming in tea. SWIMMING.

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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.

Location

Seattle, WA USA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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