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Hello sweet tooth tea!

Quite a rich black tea with lots of malty, smooth flavor. The black tea base is accented with hard candy toffee flavor. I like the macadamia nuts in this blend, it’s like chestnuts, but sweet and bright. Very sweet of a blend though, like I already added a small spoon of sugar in my cup, in fact, the ingredients state “sugar” on them too.

With that said, totally a dessert tea for someone who likes sweeter teas.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/sticky-toffee-black-tea-whittard-chelsea-oolong-owl-tea-review/
I wish my Tea owls had more of a sweet tooth, I’m buried in sweets from Christmas! For some reason this year everyone gave me candy!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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Yum.
I think my body wants to be on that cruise ship to Hawaii right now. Yesterdays Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong and today’s Steep City’s Coconut Grove. I wanna start the fun parts of preparing for a trip: selecting clothes and shoes and tea. But I’m stuck writing instructions for the bunny babysitter, writing cheques for bills and last minute birthday and wedding cards (uggg, it was really hard to find a good wedding card for a same sex couple, it really shouldn’t be this hard!)

Yum. Love the coconut and floral flavor of this tea. I’m actually a little low and I could use more. Maybe when I’m back from the cruise, I intend to put a major dent in my tea stash during my vacation!

(see previous notes for review or blog post http://oolongowl.com/coconut-grove-from-steep-city-teas-tea-review/ )

Anna

How about a pineapple oolong next? It seems cruisy for sure.

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
1018 tasting notes

Finally, a day off!
My dad was here for a few weeks, then my best friend. So many days of cleaning and entertaining. I got a few days to relax, then I need to prepare for my cruise.
So today I slept in, relaxed, vegged on the internet, watched UFC (OWWWW Silva, OMG) and cleaned the garage. During my relaxing, I had a few round of Zen Tea’s Coconut Oolong. So creamy and slick of a tea, with a great green floral oolong base. Great smell on this tea too. My cup is empty and I can still smell those juicy slabs of coconut. YUM.

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

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MMmmmm holiday tea!

Very gingery out of the package! Steeped, it’s tastes just like a spicy gingerbread cookie. The flavor gets closer to cookie like with sweetener and is even better with milk. Forget buying a gingerbread latte at the coffee shop, this tea is better!

Santa’s gingerbread holiday tea would be much loved by chai drinkers as the level of spice is quite nice. I will be drinking this tea on christmas!

Full review with lots of christmas tea owl pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/santas-gingerbread-holiday-tea-simple-loose-leaf-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Nooo, they are attacking the gingerbread house kit!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

That tea sounds awesome! It’s going on my list. :D

Cavocorax

I clicked to see the owl attack, and then I nearly died of cute.

Terri HarpLady

What Cavo said…

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Zomg, so busy right now with last minute christmas shopping and entertaining out of town guests, with more pouring in soon.

I was able to squeak out a review of Citrus Sunshine Oolong, yay!
Check it out on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/citrus-sunshine-oolong-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

It was really nice to finally have some of this oolong blend, since I bougth it awhile back and didn’t open it until now. I quite like this one, the citrus is really nice, it’s not too tart and the ginger, though doesn’t have a ginger taste, adds some warmth to this tea. Only con is this tea doesn’t resteep that well since most of the flavor is from the fruity chunks.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Yum, this tea was yummy today – and I only have 1 more serving left! Mmmmm cantaloupe! I had a huge mug full of this tea while I crocheted and talked to me dad.

So, looks like I need to pack tea again, I’m going on another cruise early Jan! 15 day Hawaiian cruise! I think I’ll save the rest of this tea for then!

tigress_al

Yay! Cruises are awesome!

Sil

So. Jealous.

Tea Sipper

Oh wow. I just said two minutes ago “I need a vacation. Sun”. haha. I hope the cruise goes perfectly for you!

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drank Unknown Pu-erh Cake by Unknown
1018 tasting notes

I had some pu’er as a sample from the tea festival. This one is from Bana Tea Co, but I’m really not sure what tea it is, just says “pu’er” and it tastes like a ripe one. Pretty good stuff, not fermenty and a little smooth.

I’m on a quest: get dad to drink pu’er. I know he’ll like it and it will be good for him. However, so far its just been chais and coffee for him. He escaped this round, but SOOOON!

I also put a tea package together for my best friend’s boyfriend with one pu’er in it. yeah!

Preparation
Boiling

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I was working on a yixing pot full of this tea while I made lunch and later on relaxed watching a live owl cam on youtube. Lots of hooting!
Yum, like I said before, I need to review this tea. Super tasty and creamy, I highly recommend this pu’er!
Well, off to the airport to pick up my dad, who’s flying in from Vancouver for the holidays.

NofarS

I love owls. I find them irresistible :)

Garret

Have a blast with your dad! I’m happy that you are enjoying this tea! I really have found that the cakes of this tea are really opening up flavor-wise over the last couple of months. Just wait another year. There will be no stopping this ripe tea! Thanks for the write-up, my dear!! Grateful, as ever, G.

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Oooh yeah! TY to Brewteally sweet for a sample of this!

Today was another operation mega clean. I gotta say, having american thanksgiving so late in November (vs the Canadian Thanksgiving) means my house is still somewhat clean for Christmas cleaning from cleaning I did for Thanksgiving. A good roasty oolong or more often a pu’er is the tea I drink while cleaning. Must be that getting tea drunk makes for a more fun and productive cleaning.

This tea is tha bomb! I love a good dark toasty oolong and this is it! Tastes like a dark roast Big red robe oolong! Dark chocolate notes, roasty campfire, and creamyness. I might have to buy this tea for my collection in the new year.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

I love this one and looking at the teas you like I thought you would enjoy this! And I’m so happy you did!! Yay!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

They are having a 10% off sale for the next two days. Use PC10. They usually don’t have many sales either :) just thought I would let you know

Awkward Soul

wahhh tempting!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Their Fujian black and gold bud look delicious as well! I’m ordering that after the holiday probably:)

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This tea is for coffee drinkers. Whether you are trying to cut down coffee and move into drinking tea, or enjoy the odd cup of coffee, Coco Creme black would be a nice coffee flavored tea for you. My dad is visiting from Canada for the holidays in a few days and he will LOVE this tea as a coffee and chai drinker.

There is a watery chocolate flavor up front, followed up with a nice brisk black tea base. The base is my fav part of this tea! The tea then has a strong coffee and creamy flavor that is a little tart and dry. It’s like having a chocolate tea slowly turn into a cup of coffee! I wish there was more chocolate (and less coffee) in the blend. Since I’m not a coffee drinker, this was too coffee for me. I can see this being a decent latte though.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/cocoa-creme-black-tea-simple-loose-leaf-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

hmmm..

Terri HarpLady

Interesting!

Sil

we haven’t ordered from here yet right terri?

Terri HarpLady

nope, not yet! But I did place an order with A & D, restocking all our favorites plus the Screee!!

Sil

(also i totally just spent like 10 mins revisiting all of awkward soul’s knitting/crochet stuff..good times!)

Terri HarpLady

I used to crochet. I’d really like to learn to knit, if I only I had more time!

Awkward Soul

I’m working on a new knitting pattern right now. Top secret! I’m also rebuilding the crochet/knitting blog once the holidays are over.

Cavocorax

Exciting! I love your owls – I was thinking I’d like to try making them once I finally learn crochet, but know I know you have knitting patterns I’ll be keeping an eye out on your blog/ravelry.

Sil

Cavo….I wannnna turtle!! (Cause I can’t have a boomkin….)

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

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 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.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA

Location

Long Beach, CA

Website

http://oolongowl.com/

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