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What, I thought this was a sip down, but I still have another run with this tea!

I enjoy this tea steeped via gaiwan – Spring Twist has a nice vegetal green bean flavor with smooth butteryness. I got 4 gaiwain runs, and once I finish this last run, I will make frozen perogies, which I haven’t had since I left Canada. Not sure why, but they were a pain to find here – whereas back home in Canada they are in every grocery store. That and when I’d ask other americans here they have no clue what I’m talking about! PFFF.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Veronica

Perogies are in all the grocery stores around here, but until I moved to NJ I’d never heard of them.

Hesper June

I love Perogies! I have made my own, but I know Schwans carries frozen ones.

Awkward Soul

I think I’m going to make my own and freeze them. The ones tonight weren’t that great and that’s the only brand I can find in my area. Perogies are awesome, not sure why they aren’t popular where I live.

Butiki Teas

Love pierogies! My grandmother would make them from scratch when I was very young. I found some fantastic ones at Whole Foods. I think they are from a local-ish company that makes them homemade with no preservatives. So good and they are vegan.

tigress_al

Perogies!! I love them. They are a pain to make though. So my cousins and I get together and make a huge batch occasionally.

Kittenna

Lol – thanks to you and all the comments, I am having perogies for supper tonight! They are definitely quite popular in Canada, you’re right!

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90
drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
932 tasting notes

Sip down!

Peach Oolong came out nice and buttery for me today, perfect for the raging creamy tooth I have going this morning. Once I’m done this, I’m going in for a resteep.

haha, reading my previous notes on this tea I talk about canning peaches – funny now as I finally made canning a reality for me to do. Well, my husband did, he bought me a pressure canner, jars and tools. last weekend I did nectarine preserves (like a super chunky jam) and vanilla maple nectarine jam. Today I need to prepare for buying a ton of tomatoes and pineapple tonight, which I will can over the weekend.

Hesper June

Wow…Vanilla Maple Nectarine Jam!? Thats sounds absolutely delish.
I can fruit every year…maybe I should start getting more adventuresome in what I put up.
A Peach Oolong sounds delish too, perfect for this time of the summer where all the Peaches are coming on:)

Awkward Soul

I used the Ponoma pectin, which makes it really easy to use whatever kind (and any amount) of sweetner – I got the recipe out of their cookbook, which has some pretty wild jams. The blubarb jam is amazing! http://www.amazon.com/Preserving-Pomonas-Pectin-Revolutionary-High-Flavor/dp/1592335594

Hesper June

What a fun book! I just might have to see if my library has it:)

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85

I’m working on blog stuff woot! I’m moving Oolong Owl from wordpress.com (freebie blogging site) to my own website with tons more control, space and freedom.

I made a pot of this black, as it’s a pretty good black (in my limited experience in unflavored blacks) and I was expecting I’d need a boost in caffeine in case of explosions. There was a few explosions – pictures went missing, then lost posts. Then I got it all back. Then I discovered I need to download plugins because everything looks like crap. Then weeding through plugins that won’t work, are too crazy, or want money.
The NECL was good, crisp, earthy and got cold fast – I also mostly mindlessly sipped away all the tea while I worked.

More fun was my host providered called me to say hello and upsell crap. He asked, “so, what is your website?” I’m “Lots of tea. And crocheted owls trying to steal my tea.” Kind of blew his mind there.

edit: I think I drank too much (plus I don’t often drink this much black tea) I’m freaking jittering all over the place! OOOh yeah!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I’m cracking up picturing the host caller’s face! :-)

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90

Yum! I really dig Butiki Teas’ Peppermint Patty! I would like to say it is simple, yet effective – mint and chocolate is just simply a great pairing. However, this tea tastes just like those peppermint patty candies (just not as sweet) that it is really impressive!

The tea also has a nice fluffyness to it during sip, great (vegan!) chocolate flavor, ending with a minty crunch.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/peppermint-patty-from-butiki-teas-tea-review/
Mintea the owl approved!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

I’m so jealous!!

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85

Sip down!

YAY! I’ve been holding onto this single serving for awhile and I felt like I should sipdown something as I got more tea arriving soon, with plans to order more! Gah!

I made this iced, no sugar. Actually not bad without sugar – a little sweetness and juicyness from the white tea and strawberry, with a little kick from the ginger. Since I’ve had DavidsTea’s Guava Cadabra recently, this tea isn’t as strongly guava flavored, but more natural.

Now to hunt down other sipdown teas.

Preparation
Iced

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70

I got this tea awhile back.. maybe 2 oz? And I just sipped it down, didn’t last long! I’ve only made this tea iced, and tonight I needed a long steeping tea (10 minute steep uggg) while I load the dishwasher at a snail pace. It’s jiujitsu thursday and I’m super tired, got to the point where my opponent would grab me to take me down, and I’d just crumple to the floor.

Very berry – so berry, its hard to figure out whats going on, plus hibiscus thrown in there. This round? kinda blackberry mostly with a hint of raisiny notes. Hmmm, this tea is okay, a little flat but lots of berryness going on so that makes up for it a bit.

Preparation
Iced

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80

Wow, this is really good cold steeped. I kinda forgot this in the fridge, so it has been steeping for 2 days.

Very little bitterness compared to it hot, and lots of smooth, creamy vanilla and nutty flavor. Yum! Last of my sample though.
I’d love to see this tea in a blend, maybe with some chocolate.

Preparation
Iced
K S

Cold steeped – really? Must try. When my ounce is gone this is one that needs replaced.

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85

I snagged this tea with my last DT order. Actually it’s my roommate’s tea, but I’m tempted to steal one of two packages we got.

JBP actually surprised me – first sip, piping hot was bitter and bleh. I let it sit for 5 minutes and the tea powers took hold. A very smooth, lightish black tea with forestfloor woody qualities, with a light moderate jasmine floral. Lots of honey sweetness and brain twisting raisin notes.
Later steepings, JBP came out more floral and developed spice notes.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl
http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/jasmine-black-pearls-from-davidstea-tea-review/

This tea is on webspecial for 50% off with it only listed there and not the black tea section. I’d snag it quick before it’s gone!

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

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80

I have a sample of this from awhile back from Kasumi no Chajin, ty!

Decided to do more tea rounds in one of my yixing pots – this one for my oolong pot.

Gotta say, this oolong is very different from others I had. It sips in creamy like floral. The ending is very complex: slight bitterness similar to a nut, mystery spice (package said star anise, but just slightly), nutty and sweet. Each steeping got better and better with less bitterness, but losing complexity in later steepings.
I’m not sure how accurate of a flavor I’m getting as my yixing pot is still in “suck all the flavors” mode. Overall, I love everything except that bitterness.

But oh man, I had this tea while making my gumbo. 55 minutes of stirring roux! Totally need tea while I do that as it gets really boring standing there whisking for that long. Then once I added the holy trinity veggies – that smell WOW! I can like drown in that smokey savory smell! I had to stop drinking tea and just inhale the roux gumbo smell of a long time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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90
drank Momoko by Lupicia
932 tasting notes

Oh yeah, this tea is tasty! This has to be made with boiling water or the flavoring doesn’t come out at all.

This bag came out really creamy peachy sweet, like I’m drinking thick peach candy. Oddly, this tea just gave me the memory of this weird japanese peach flavored toothpaste my mom gave me when I was like 5 that she got in Japan, on a layover flight to the Philippines. RANDOM!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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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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