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Sample sipdown!

Sipping at this tea while I crochet a commission (it’s soo cute!) My husband also just came home post dentist with a super temp front tooth. Insurance rolls over next month, so hopefully the tooth stays in place. No beef jerky for him until then!

Yeah, I really need to get these samples down. This one, hmmmm. A bit of citrus with hibscius and quite tart. I made this iced with a bit of honey. I’m not getting much strawberry, mostly a mid sip murmur. Not bad iced, but this would be much better with fresh lemon slices and some frozen strawberries.

Preparation
Iced
OMGsrsly

I had my temp teeth for about 6 months… :) If he’s careful about how he eats things it should last pretty well!

Awkward Soul

He had his temptemp tooth for 2 hours and took a bite of beef jerky and half of it fell off. I’m thinking he didn’t learn from the first incident!

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I’m up to no good.

ORDERING YARN ONLINE! Watch out! I’ve been determined to use my stash, which is quite large (similar to my tea) but everything I want to make, I don’t have enough or the right yarn. So I’m in love with a shawl pattern, and I give up and decide to order some yarn. Of course, with shipping, might as well order more. So now I’m ordering around 4 shawls worth of yarn and maybe half dozen owls too.
Oh man.

Cup of tea to console me in this purchase. I’ve been thinking about this tea for days. Sooo creamy! Love the mushy rhubarb flavor! Highly recommended!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Haha, I never thought about it, but you’re right, yarn stashes and tea stashes can both be very dangerous ;)

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drank French Toast by 52teas
932 tasting notes

Latte mode with dark agave syrup!

Very delicious! Buttery, lightly cinnamon, quite mapley! Though, I needed to add more leaf and syrup. I was too tired this morning to figure out what was going on, and unsure why I decided to tackle making a tea latte.

Last night was exhausting. Jiujitsu was insanely stuffy and my husband lost a front tooth eating beef jerky. Luckily, it was a temp crown, but he looks scary!

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

Wow! on beef jerky? yikes!

Awkward Soul

he went to tear a piece and the tooth snapped complete off and fell on his lap! He’s got a dentist appt tonight, hopefully it’ll be fixed then.

OMGsrsly

Oh geez. Better beef jerky than pavement though. Here’s hoping the dentist is reasonable and mostly pain free. :)

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This tea is very very tart, so unless you can drink tart, be prepared to add sugar. I bought this tea to make iced.

Lots of cherry flavor with raspberry, blackberries and hibiscus notes. Iced, the cherry flavor stands out more than the other berryness going on. Both hot and cold, this tea has a tart dryness, despite sweetening. However, I found Pondi Cherry not flat at all!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/pondi-cherry-from-new-mexico-tea-company-tea-review/

Preparation
Iced
BrewTEAlly Sweet

Do you have anymore of this left to swap out a sample??! I am super interested!

Awkward Soul

Sorry, I finished it the other day. I got the 1oz size, and that was only 3-4 cups worth since its a heavy tea.

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I’m doing it again. My brain thinks I should blog review every new tea that passes through. The problem is, if I do that and get no new tea, I’m covered for the year and probably the samples will go bad. Sigh. Doesn’t help that Mandala Tea gives out great samples – I can tell there’s thought put into it and a nice size for a couple cups.

So, I’ve had a couple dragon pearl teas in my life. I’ve quite like the Adagio one. Mandala? What the, smells so good and blows my in stock brand outta the water! I caught my roommate sniffing this one a couple times.
Taste, even better! The jasmine is fantastic – not overly perfumely or chemically, with some sweetness. The tea base is buttery smooth. The adagio one’s perfume is edgy bitter and the base isn’t as good. Okay, I think when I restock my old jasmine pearls, I’m going to restock with this one (if I can even drink my old one again)!
enough sample left for one more cup!

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85

Woot! I won this tea off the FoodNetwork blog! What really sucked was it came right before I left on vacation – so it was sitting on my table, unloved, until I got back. Well, Owly loved it, he nested in the massive amounts of tissue paper!

Overall, quite a high quality tea. Fresh green tea, big leaf with attractive orange chunks and petal curls. The flavor has a great balance of orange and grassy green tea with no tart or bitterness. The orange has a slight tang and candy flavor to it, so no sweetener needed. The green tea also had a silky texture to it.

Iced, not so great so far. It came out very grassy. I think I’ll need to play with this tea some more if I want a better iced tea, however it is a solid hot cup.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/la-fleur-d-oranger-from-le-palais-des-thes-tea-review/
+ vacation photos and new owl!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
932 tasting notes

Backlog + Sipdown

Back from my vacation to Utah! Ate lots of food, hiked around Zion national park and went to the Brazilian Jiujitsu school there a couple times (to blow steam off from being stuck with my inlaw family!) Utah is HOT! like 105f / 41c oven dry hot. I thought SoCal was bad!

I took a bunch of tea with me, all friendly to boiling water. Lupicia has lots of boiling water teas, despite being greens, whites and oolongs. I had a number of good rounds of tea and finished off the bag. Very good floral with a plum flavor. The oolong seems too grassy for the combination, but resteeps toned it down.

Uggg, hopefully Oolong Owl blog stuff will resume tomorrow. I’m trying to get my crochet work in order and all post travel stuff done.

Preparation
Boiling
Stephanie

How was the Juijitsu school? Did you win any matches? :)

Awkward Soul

hehehe I did! They don’t have many students, especially women at my level. Though one guy tool’d me quite well, but I still learned lots :)

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I’ve been due to have some pu’er for awhile now. I feel I need it – I’m going on a trip to Utah tomorrow to see some husband’s relatives and hopefully go beat up the jiujitsu school there. Well, try to lol!

Anyways, this toucha is not bad. It says 2007 on the label, and I find it not fishy at all. My first batch of steeps (after 2 rinses) were fairly light – bit of brisk earthy flavor with some floral that goes a little bitter and sweet at the end. The floral, hmmm.. tastes more like rose to me. After the 4th steeping, I’m getting the jasmine, though the tea is getting more and more bitter. This tuocha base is very black tea like. Later steepings, the bitterness goes up a bit and the floral takes over.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
932 tasting notes

Cold steeped overnight! So I don’t have to be awake to make tea! This one is easier to drink if cold steeped, the grapefruit is slightly gentler. Still not awake yet, I’ll probably need to switch to something with more oomph to it.

Preparation
Iced

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drank French Toast by 52teas
932 tasting notes

Yum! Very tasty! I love the combination of the earthy black base, cinnamon, maple flavors with buttery pastry finish. With sweetener, the maple flavor pops more!

I like this blend more than Pancake breakfast!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/french-toast-black-tea-from-52-teas-tea-review/

Moonfired french toast?

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

OMG!!! Your blog post is soooo cute!!! I love the owl!

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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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