1231 Tasting Notes


OPERATION: Finish Old Teas

Looks like I took a spoon out of my sample and never touched it. Think I know why now.

Steeped, has a great peanut nutty smell. Taste wise, it’s very smokey. A little too smokey for me, almost reminds me of black tea. The more I sip it, the more astringent it gets and tastes like munching on peanut shells. Totally what Charoma said in their review.

However, I didn’t follow Adagio’s steeping times, might be better as a quick steep over multiple steepings.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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We meet again Three Wishes, for one last cup in my stash!
This time I went really conservative, 2.5 mins, 175f. Much much better!

Very floral, peachy with depth of the black tea. The black tea isn’t getting bitter here. Not sure why DT had the steeping times so nutty – sometimes I think they just stamp 98c for 4-7 for most teas.

Three wishes?
1. Never get injuries in jiu jitsu or weight lifting again
2. Always get the perfect cup of tea
3. Free tickets to all the concerts – pfpfffff $200+ to see BIGBANG tomorrow? I’ll just admire GD from afar on youtube for free http://youtu.be/6IHq9yv_qis

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I think my concert-related wish would be for more bands to make stops in my city.

But $200 is ridiculous. I’m glad most of the bands I listen to don’t charge that much.


Injuries while lifting = tiger balm. ouch.

Oolong Owl

Me and tigerbalm are good friends. Epsom salt is another close friend.


this is one of my fave teas <3

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Finally finished up this tea from last year! I really need to finish up my older teas, I’m making that my goal before I do big tea order (I’m thinking Lupicia).

/waves fist! Curse you Mom’s apple pie! I still remember have that perfect cup once and never again! The last of this tea I get a bit of bitter apple.
Regardless, this still was fun trying to get that perfect cup.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
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For peeps who follow me, you’d figured I’ve tried this tea – Forever Nuts, a popular DT item. Okay, 3 months before I was moving out of Canada, I was trying to get a sample of this tea. 4-5 visits and they never had it in stock or it just ran out. I didn’t want to buy online in case I didn’t like it. My sister grabs me a sample from Victoria before visiting me, but said it was the dregs and not 20g worth. Sigh.

DRY: Nutty, very nutty. The roommates already think I’m weird and commented (yet again) why I’m drinking trail mix. For some reason my evening teas resemble trail mix.

STEEPED: Smells like apple pie with crust? Steeps up an interesting pretty opaque pink.

TASTE: Buttery at first tongue hit reminding me of pie crust. Then the sip finishing off a bright, brisk tart apple.

COMMENTS: My tea hating husband took a sip and said it tasted like weak cider. I would say that too if I could taste any spice. I would like this tea more if A. Stayed buttery tasting B. More spice to move towards apple cider C. Less tart D. all of the above, but then it would taste apple pie, yum!

Maybe I’ll try it with sugar next time.

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Drinking this tasty cantaloupe tea while my fall stew is simmering on the stove.

Mmm, tastes so much cantaloupe with a lingering melon aftertaste. All this over a good white tea base. Super juicy tea! Yum!!!

In other news, this is tealog # 300! WHOOOO! Shout out to all the Steepster peeps for being super nice and introducing me to new teas! Tea has been awesome to me!


Woot woot ! Grats on 300!

Hesper June

Happy 300!

Butiki Teas

Congrats on 300! Yay!

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Totally dragging my butt this morning and wanted something sweet. For some reason this tea tastes more over the top apple skin flavor than normal today.
Not getting the caramel, but digging the natural apple flavor.

Man, I want a candy apple! Or not, I should go workout.

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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Back from jiu jitsu and SOOO freaking hungry! I could probably eat and entire pizza or something right now, must resist!

I haven’t had this tea in awhile but I’m totally cheating it!

Steeped this tea along with a big chunk of vanilla bean pod (leftover pod I scraped awhile ago) and rock sugar. I prefer making this tea as a high powered latte with brown sugar, but I don’t want all those calories tonight.

Super super creamy mouth and lips! However, the flavor is pretty mild from all the vanilla I added. Tastes like i’m drinking liquid cream rather than creme brulee.

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drank Jade Oolong #18 by Adagio Teas
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Doing my halloween nails. Not going out anywhere interesting besides jiu jitsu class – they said I can come dressed in costume, but not sure if that is safe, lol!

Okay, this tea has been sitting in my cupboard for awhile and barely dented. What I’m tasting could be totally off due to age. ehh, need to drink it!

This oolong is light. Slightly buttery, warm green leafy veg taste. Starting to get astringent as its beginning to dry my mouth.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Love Life Tea by Harney & Sons
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I received a couple bags of this tea from Rachel Sincere, ty!
I need to do a Harney & Sons order sometime!

STEEPED: Fruity, roasty and creamy sweet smells over light gold tea.

TASTE: Lightly strawberry flavored first, then a blend of vanilla and coconut flavors wave in, over a gentle base of ricey puff green tea. Get a bit of a roasty aftertaste sometimes, other times a naturally sweet strawberry vanilla aftertaste. Overall a light tea.

Second steeping, the strawberry flavor is gone, but the coconut and roasted green is still present and quite tasty.

COMMENTS: Pretty nice tea – great flavor mix and delicious! However, this tea is pretty light. I’d be all over this tea all the time if it was stronger in flavor, but if I’m in the mood for a great light tea, this is good!

160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Interesting, I completely skipped over this one when I made my order. How vegetal is it?

Oolong Owl

not too veggie, I mostly tasted the rice, but it’s very light green tea.


Hmm, sounds like it’s worth a shot. Anything green and roasty sounds promising.

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Okay, my sister is one of those people who LOVES Disneyland. Like she goes every time she’s in town, sometimes being 2-4 times a year. She always wants me to go, but I bail every time after seeing the $125 price tag. Last time she went she surprised me with a tin of this tea.

DRY: Spicy ginger and peachy sweet smell. Really cute tin btw – very Alice in Wonderland all over it.
STEEPED: Sweet fruity and gingery over dark brown tea.

TASTE: Warm flavored black tea, strongly flavored with apricot with a zing of ginger at the end of sip. The black tea is bordering on bitter.
Sweetened, the apricot comes out more, however this cup got quite bitter as it cooled. I wonder if I over steeped or added too much leaf. I think adding milk would fix this, but not into adding milk today.

WHO SHOULD SNAG THIS TEA: If you like apricot ginger, this is decent and a step above bagged tea. Also you should be a tea peep who likes to sugar and milk their teas. And finally, if you are a Disney fan, probably would love the tin. Heck, I’m not a Disney fan and I love the tin!

COMMENTS: I liked the first cup for the good apricot taste, but wasn’t anything super special. Then the black base got all bitter crazy on me, and it became a pour out. I could see this tea being a decent iced tea.

Ehhhh, overall not for me, but I’m keeping the tin!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I love Disneyland too. When we lived down there and my grandparents were still with us, every year they would get an annual pass for me and my oldest daughter (who was my only daughter at the time) for our birthdays because our birthdays are one day apart (Mine is May 30, hers is May 31). And we would go all the time. I love where we live now, but, Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm are what I miss most about Sunny SoCal!


I absolutely love Disney, too. Grew up in southern California, so went to Disneyland all the time as a kid. This past summer I went and saw all their tea stuff and freaked out!! Bought a glass tea press, but my cat ended up breaking it recently. Heartbroken :‘[
Anyway, I wasn’t a fan of this tea either haha.

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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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