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75

I was excited to see 52 Teas came out with another cotton candy tea – this time in white tea, yay! I am quite fond of white tea.

Drank hot, I found the cotton candy flavoring pretty subtle. I think if I had this tea without knowing what it was, I would of picked it as a white with a bit of sugar in it but not cotton candy. Adding additional sweetener helped pick out the sugaryness in the blend.

However, once I tried Cotton Candy White iced – I found it! Liquid, sugary spun sweet! Pretty cool! I like it, and it totally filled my sugar cravings. I wish there was a little more to it, maybe a berry flavoring or something, but overall a pretty neat blend that I will only drink iced.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/05/cotton-candy-white-tea-from-52-teas-tea-review/
(picture evidence of massive cotton candy)

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

Mmm, cotton candy. :) I completely forgot to get some when I went to the PNE.

Awkward Soul

Oooh I love the PNE! Ahh, miss Vancouver.

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85

I feel awful that I preordered this tea, got it in May and never got around to drinking it till now. The tea smells very fragrant and fresh.

What makes this tea session more special is this tea is also hand picked by me. Off the floor. As I dropped the open packet. Sigh. FYI, don’t step on a tieguanyin.

Tastes like spring: daffodils, butter, creamy, crips, wet grass and minerals. Very lovely and quite floral in early steepings – perfect for floral lovers.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/04/hand-picked-early-spring-tieguanyin-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling

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80

Filling combo:

Silk Fruit Protein soymilk in mixed berry + some blueberry matcha + little ice. No sugar needed since the milk is pretty sweet and fruity. The taste got really blueberry with hint of other fruit, so very tasty. But omg, I feel so full drinking this with a light breakfast. I think I need a gaiwan oolong or green session to make me feel less blobby.

(see previous notes for review)

Preparation
Iced

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95

Stayed home from brazilian jiujitsu due to migraine (bleh) and after I felt a little better I made this tea, iced latte style.

Really mellow as I’m towards the bottom of the tin. I find the longer steep really helps bring out the banana. Just before I was done steeping, my roommate enters with a bag of funnel cake mix and asks me to help him make it. Sigh, I missed exercise and now I’m eating funnel cake.

(see blog post for review http://oolongowl.com/2013/02/13/banana-coconut-from-the-persimmon-tree-tea-review/)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
Fuzzy_Peachkin

The missing exercise and eating funnel cake pretty much described my Labor Day weekend. I hope your migraine stays away for the next class!

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95
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
940 tasting notes

COME TO THE SPECIAL DARK PU’ER SIDE!

If I could describe this tea in a few key words it be: rich, decadent, and addictive. The flavor is strong and rich cocoa that gets better and sweeter each steeping. Early steepings the tea is so rich that I had to drink it in slow sips, savoring it. Later steepings I’m guzzling this tea like crazy and wanting more.

I feel I could have this Special Dark Pu’er and Milk Oolong (also from Mandala tea) and be set on dessert teas.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013/09/03/special-dark-ripe-loose-leaf-puer-2006-from-mandala-tea-tea-review/
Owl interns?

Preparation
Boiling
Dexter3657

Great review. I really, really need to find an afternoon to devote to this tea. I keep overlooking it because I want to try it when I have a lot of time to spend with it. LOL Milk Oolong is also on that list….

Awkward Soul

Special dark does need an afternoon. I spent a couple hours working on the tea, totally worth it though.

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95
drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
940 tasting notes

So much canning done!

First: picked lots of pomegranates, like 15 or 20. Then I took the seeds out, blended and separated into juice, about 10 cups. Then I turned it into jelly and canned them. Turned out fantastic again!

After that, blubarb jam – so had to cook down some rhubarb and mixed it with fresh blueberries and turned it into jam and canned that.

Then bleach down the giant mess made, pomegranate splotches everywhere! I probably need to do more watermelon jelly, but after that I’ll be done the canning (and xmas presents sans the wine jellies planned for the when next 5cent Bevmo sale)

After all that, need a big glass of iced tea – tamarind pop! Very tasty, I added some light agave for sweetness. Flavor is great, as always – little tarty tamarind candy and a slight caramel like taste at the end.
Time to relax and knit!

Preparation
Iced
BrewTEAlly Sweet

watermelon jelly??!! :o Oh my word that sounds delightful.

Mercuryhime

Sweet! After canning, I’m too tired to even boil water for a cup of tea. That watermelon jelly sounds divine.

OMGsrsly

Watermelon jelly?! I’m so jealous of your pomegranate trees. Pomegranate jelly sounds fantastic. :)

Stephanie

Yay canning! If you have leftover watermelon, look up Alton Browns watermelon sorbet recipe. It’s super good!

tigress_al

Wow, you were busy!

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90

Mmmmm, liquid yellow cake batter tea!

I need to start this day off with a good black. It will be busy today with canning pomegranate jelly. What really sucks is getting all the seeds out! Gahhh!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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60
drank White Acai by Art of Tea
940 tasting notes

I was excited to try this tea and I heard it was a popular one.

The dry leaf smells like purple grape drink. Hot, the flavor is a mix of pineapple and berry with artificial sweet and dusty texture.
Maybe I’m not digging this because I’ve had real acai (my brazilian jiujitsu school are huge fans and would give us acai bars and other things). I was hoping for a more intense fruit flavor.

Oh well, I try this iced later.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95

Must sip down some matchas! This one is close, maybe another 2 servings. I made this with soymilk, sweetener and lots of ice cubes.

Uggg another hot day today. I might have to give in and turn on the AC, crying at the power bill.

Preparation
Iced

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55

Rethinking my rating on this one to lower. I’ve had some great pu’er since I last had this tea, and this one is really weak in comparison. Western steeping the tea doesn’t get very dark, and with shorter steeps, there is little change of flavor. The flavoring isn’t very complex. Quite dull really, like stereotypical diet food.

I iced it, as out of all the pu’er in my collection, this would ice the easiest as it is light on flavor to begin with. Came out light, with a bit of sap flavor with a 7 minute steeping, no rinse.

Preparation
Iced
mrmopar

Good puerh will make you rethink some of the things you have had. I drank some bad ones at first and was like don’t know if this is for me. Then I found the good ones and away I went.

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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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