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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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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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drank Momoko by Lupicia
938 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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drank Guava Cadabra by DAVIDsTEA
938 tasting notes

This tea is yum! I do like guava and its funky pear/strawberry/kiwi like flavor – and the guava flavor comes out in this tea quite nicely. Guava Cadabra is exotic, sweet and fun – a nice iced tea! The tart is low medium for hot tea, but quite low iced.

I enjoy the candy like sweetness and found it has a great sweetness iced that doesn’t need additional sweetener! However, I can see this tea being too sweet for some.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/guava-cadabra-from-davidstea-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced

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90

Backlog

I brought a glass of this tea to dinner with my inlaws last night. This tea is great for just bringing a tea tumbler and topping it off with hot water (with questionable temperature). I even used cool water a few times and the flavor transferred though from the leaves. It was still very fresh tasting with a bit of grassy, buttery and sweet.

I feel weird as often I’ll bring my own teas when going over for dinner as I prefer having tea over typical drink options I’d get like juice, soda or wine. It’s like I have a special diet requirement!

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95

Sip down!

I gongfu brewed this tea while I made my usual mass breakfast cooking for the husband’s breakfasts for the week. Today’s huge breakfast: French Toast using a 1.5lb loaf I made the night before.

Sadly, this OHMF is at the end of the bag and kind of dusty smushed leaves as it got crunched a bit in my tea tin. Flavor is a little different – stronger and some interesting raisin notes early on ending with some corny sweet notes in later infusions.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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85

I’m having pizza toast for breakfast and made a great discovery!

Ankara Apple pairs awesome with pizza! The sage and spices taste really good against tomato and cheese. The apple sweet goes well with the sweet tomato of the pizza. Kinda weird, but makes sense. Ehh I’m weird.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 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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