1231 Tasting Notes

drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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I snagged this tea to get my DavidsTea package to free shipping, I figured it was going to be “okay” as it’s just vanilla and oolong.

Totally wrong. Creamy vanilla puddling like flavor, with hint of floral and light oolong is a great combination, adding lots of interest.
Even better was I got 2 decent resteeps that held onto the creamy taste! Very surprised!

full review and photos at my blog http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/vanilla-orchid-from-davidstea-tea-review/

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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400th tasting note, baby!

I got this tea on my recently davidstea order, which was mostly teaware with some teas tossed in to hit the free shipping.

Hmmm. This tea is interesting. I like coconut and mint – however I got too much apple taste for my first infusion with mint being on the back burner. Second infusion was really good and what I was expecting the tea to taste like – creamy coconut + mint – YUM!

Full review with pictures at my blog. http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/cocomint-cream-from-davidstea-tea-review/

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Congrats, 400!! Look at you go! I’m trying to hit 1200 by my “Steepster Anniversary”, which is in about… 9 days….


Congrats on 400!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Happy 400th! And ty for posting that which reminded me to check my count so that I actually noticed I’ll be 500 in 10 more notes. oh wow.

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drank Yuzu Kukicha by Den's Tea
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I was worried this tea was going to be tart or sour, but turned out pretty nice. Minimal tart and no bitterness. Very good citrus flavor, I love the zip of citrus at end of sip.

I’m thinking I need to try this iced, this would be great with some lemon slices and sweetener! yum!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/yuzu-kukicha-from-dens-tea-tea-review/

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Wow, this pu’erh is very nice! I found it the least fishy unflavored pu’erh I’ve had, with some really nice honey and floral notes. This tea also resteeps very well, with 2nd and 3rd infusions that were amazing and I didn’t want to end! Later infusions became juicy with those honey notes! Honeysuckle was not bitter, even with multiple infusions.

I’m keeping this tea stocked for sure!
I did a full tea review here: http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/honeysuckle-by-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review-and-promo-code/
and I also have a Promo Code posted there if you wanna give this tea a shot!

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I’m really low on caffeine free tea, so I made a cup, popping in 4 lumps of rock sugar. Came out really good – sweet strawberry and a little tart rhubarb, not awful tart at all! It was like drinking pie filling! So happy I ordered more, as my husband likes this tea. Totally bumping up this rating.

I was sipping on this tea while I was working on some drawings for my tea blog, http://oolongowl.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/img_2390.jpg a little sneak peek.

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I got 3 samples from Physique and Jade blend is the first one for me to try.

Overall – Jade blend is a tasty blend of strawberry, melon and cucumber with a bit of a herby bite – very good for someone who wants a cool, juicy fruity tea hot or iced. If you are looking for a slimming tea, this one tastes pretty darn good, as I felt full drinking it. I got 2 decent resteepings out of it.

The bag performs not so great – leaking out grainy sandy bits that feel really rough on the tongue when you get to the end of your cup. The grainy effect stays for a couple resteepings. I strongly recommend to steep this tea using other methods. I used an ingenuiTEA, which filtered out all the texture.

I’m finding this hard to rate here on Steepster. Taste, for me a 85. With the sandy bits, a 50 to 65.

I went pretty indepth with photos and review on my blog, so please check it out! http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/jade-blend-oolong-by-physique-tea-tea-review/

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I had another run with this tea, adding a big picture review on my blog http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/potato-pancakes-applesauce-tea-butiki-teas-tea-review/

The tea is nice, light and apple saucy! I really dig potato in this tea – soo cute!
/pinches cutie potato cube cheeks
I gotta say, Butiki teas has some really photogenic teas!

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I believe this is one of the funkiest flavor ideas I’ve read yet—sounds like fun!


OolongOwl….I like that….love owls!


Enjoyed the review! :)

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
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/Super Sad Owl

I had a pouch of this from my Den’s tea sampler. I decided to try it this morning and hopefully review it for my tea blog.

I guess I was a little too tired this morning, and I set the water to boil and overcooked this tea into a bitter, undrinkable pot. Of course, I used the entire pouch.

Sigh. Maybe another time, Sencha Fuka midori.

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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I had an insomnia night, which happens rarely. I was up 5am commenting on discussion boards and studying my korean – at least it was productive! Now I’m sleepy and had to bust out this tea. Not that I’m complaining, love this stuff! The raspberry flavor is yum!

CHOCOLATE ROCKET BLASTS OFF AGAIN! http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/chocolate-rocket-from-davidstea-tea-review/

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Best reference.

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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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