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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
937 tasting notes

I’m thinking this chai is a staple for me, but not in a sense that I drink everyday, but I love to have on hand – also seems a decent shelf life to last a year until it comes back in stock. It better go back in stock in the fall! With that said, bumping the rating on this tea!

Anyways, very good latte this morning – pumpkiny, sweet, smooth. Very awesome with dark agave syrup, the maple adds even more oomph.

Pumpkin chai distracted me temporarily, I’ve been CRAVING Beard Papa’s cream puffs for 24 hours, and I need to wait another 24 hours until I get some.
It’s distressing at times when I find something I loved back home in Vancouver, BC that I can’t find in the LA area. However, Beard Papas are all over here, so YESSS! Please have green tea flavored cream puffs!!! Oh man, need to take extras home to have with tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

This is pretty good – great oolong flavor of lightly grassy with lots of buttery. The magnolia floral is moderate – nice enough to taste it, but not overpowering, finishing off sweet and tangy. A very friendly floral tea that is easy to drink.
Later infusions I got a bit of grapefruit notes, but yet not bitter or tart.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/magnolia-oolong-from-upton-tea-imports-tea-review/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
937 tasting notes

I forgot I owned this tea! I remembered it as I was working on a review for another oolong (that I haven’t posted yet, Upton’s Magnolia Oolong, as I need to try the cold steep – wish I could get instant cold steeps) and was reminded on VO’s candy like vanilla flavor.

My cup came out really sweet, strong floral with a strong grassy background, a huge change from just drinking a light refreshing buttery floral oolong! Actually, the change is drastic and made this tea taste not as good because of added vanilla flavoring. Very weird! Still good tea, just not for today.

Back to blog work. And knitting a shawl on yarn so tiny I think i’m gonna go blind.

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

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95
drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
937 tasting notes

Life has just been busy and crazy. So, last weekend when my husband rescued that turtle, we went to the hardware store to get a pond setup. We found out the hardware store was going out of business, so we came home with a new refridgerator and deepfreeze that were like 65% off!

This weekend we got the fridge into the house andddd I now have filtered water and ice! I’ve been slaving with brita pitchers and icecube trays. Took 24 hours to get ice, and I had to make an iced tea – how about tamarind pop! I haven’t had it in awhile!

Very tasty! Caramelly, spicey, sweet and a nice black tea base. Well, I made some bibimnaengmyeon (korean spicey cold noodles) for lunch so I only got to enjoy this ice tea at the beginning until I lost my mouth to super spicy heat.

Preparation
Iced

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80

I had this tea in my travel mug today.

I went on a drive to a few cities over to a “create your own lotion/bath stuff” kind of place. It was pretty funky as you can combine the essential oils they had to scent your lotion. I ended up doing one tea inspired scent for body lotion “Strawberry, Cucumber Melon, Honeydew” and a salt scrub that was rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus. I tried doing a Moroccan mint and failed.

Anyways, this tea in a tumbler.. BLECK! Just did not work. At first, it was fine on the drive to shopping, though despite looking fantastic in my tumbler, the floral got too strong and soapy for me. I had to dump it out and drink some raspberry iced tea stuff during lunch.

Lesson: do not oversteep 8TY.

Chelle

Oooo! I love rosemary mint scented bath things.

Ze_Teamaker

Wooooo, that bath place sounds like fun. I would love to make my own lotion and bath salts.

Yeah 8TY should not be brewed over 2:30 min at max. Any over and it gets weird.

Awkward Soul

the bath place was super fun, easy to get into trouble – luckily just $45 damage. You can get so many things like shampoo, face stuff, creams, masks, room sprays.. and yeah, sitting down making your own fragrance was the best part.

Tealizzy

Ooh, was it Sinfulicious? I was at the San Diego location a few weeks ago! Lots of fun! I ended up with a guava, grapefruit, and vanilla salt scrub and oil! Smells like candy!!

Awkward Soul

I went to The Bath Workshop, though googling Sinfulicious, it’s very similar – and ooh, not too bad of a drive for me too. I need more customized bath products in my life!

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90

Why isn’t this tea sold out? At this time there’s still lots in stock!

So SDHBYUM! Hot, unsweetened – rummy lime flavor finishing off with some bubblegum strawberry. The honeybush works fantastic with the rum flavoring!
Sweetened and Iced, the strawberry pulls to the front with the lime.
When I was sipping away at this iced, it was like I was drinking a real strawberry daiquiri! I need to have my husband dig out the shaved ice machine and attempt a slushie version.

My only complaint is the strawberry is bubblegum candy in flavor – I personally wanted a stronger, tangy strawberry. The strawberry only pops when this tea is sweetened. However, the honeybush, rum and lime work so well – very tasty! I’ll drink this all summer!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/strawberry-daiquiri-honeybush-from-52-teas-tea-review/

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

Man, I so wish I could drink honeybush. Mostly because of reviews like this.

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85

Uggg, the weather is just annoyingly hot for me the last few days. Thankfully, it’s supposed to cool off soon, but probably it’ll be hot again.

Made a latte with this tea this morning, coming out really cinnamony smooth and delicious! I didn’t notice the pop rocks while steeping. Very good! I like how fun this tea is!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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80

I took forever to getting around to trying this tea. I wanted a pink owl to go with the review, and I finally finished her last night!

8TY is pretty interesting, the floral bouquet is flipping fantastic and the sweet notes are very yummy. The woodsy cedar turned honeylike in resteep and iced. However, I was hoping for more fruity, I only got a little mystery fruityness and my 1oz bag didn’t seem to have much in goji berry.

In the end, I enjoy this blend iced the most – very refreshing!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/eight-treasures-yabao-from-verdant-tea-tea-review/ also introducing: Attractive Pink Owl.

Preparation
Iced
Terri HarpLady

This is such an awesome visually appealing tea too. It looks like tea that Fairies would drink :)

OMGsrsly

Now I really want to try this tea! So much so that I have a shopping cart sitting at Verdant waiting for me to click the button. :)

Fjellrev

Aww, love the pink owl. Sounds like it would make a fantastic cold brew.

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drank Uji Gyokuro by Unknown
937 tasting notes

Finishing off some mystery gyokuro from a tea meet from Meeka, ty!

Always something weird going on at my house. My husband and I were driving home from the grocery store (OMG 8lbs of watermelon for $1!) and there was a poor turtle crossing the street. We drove around and my husband decided to take him home. Aaacck. Well, okay. Now researching what to do, or take it somewhere.

Thankfully, I had this tea going, cold steep style, in the fridge. Tastes a little grapefruity of an aftertaste, and a little light for gyokuro. Now to wait to see what my husband comes up with.

Preparation
Iced

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75

I haven’t had this one in awhile!

Annd, I get to try out my new milk frother thing that I bought at IKEA. Pretty yummy! I made a latte, cool, with a bit of sweetener. The frother didn’t seem like it was working until I realized I gained an inch of height! Taste? I taste some cookie, but I’m still not a fan of the black matcha base.

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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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