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935 Tasting Notes

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
935 tasting notes

I didn’t know there was pieces of bunny grahams until I opened the tea package – so neat!
The flavor is light, but very natural tasting strawberry, bit of a cakey crust flavor and rhubarb tart. I love the light spice in this blend, really adds some oomph that other strawberry/rhubarb blends I’ve tried.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/ruby-pie-tea-butiki-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/ featuring unreal looking red rhubarb.

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I decided to start my morning with this black blend. Mmmm, deliciously maple brown sugar syrup notes finishing off with walnut and almond flavor! A very delicious sweet tea for breakfast when you have a sweet tooth, which is me, all the time. I’m still thinking about how I wanted an extra round of ice cream last night!

If you missed my blog review on it, here it is http://oolongowl.com/nutty-love-black-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/ + enemy crab

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Another sample from MissB, ty! This rooibos is very red rooibosy tasting, with a hint of bitter dark chocolate. Not really picking up the almond, yet I saw them in the dry leaf.
I’m digging the chocolate flavor, though unfortunately I’m not a fan of red rooibos if I can taste it. Though, this rooibos blend is less watery than most rooibos tea blends.

My cup got cold while I was mucking about on videogames and I found this blend gets a nice creamy texture.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Ty to MissB for a sample! I’ve been wanting to try more Tea Desire, especially since they don’t do samples last time I bought off them. This blend definitely tastes a little tropical, lots of pineapple, bit of mystery tropical flavor (the mango/papaya) and some creamyness.
There’s some astringency popping out the more I sip, as well as some savory notes. Overall, not bad for a tropical tea, I have really similar tea from lupicia somewhere I haven’t tried yet so I may have to compare the two.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

This is one of those bagged teas, if you are used to great loose black teas, tastes kinda meh. However, after a couple runs and fussing with temperature and times, I found at the 200F and 3 minute mark gets a decent cup. About 10oz for a bag. I oversteeped the first couple and the blend is kinda bitter and weird tasting with not much pineapple.

The black base is a little uninspiring, but the pineapple is quite nice. It’s very pineapple tasting with a bit of a candied brown sugar taste. Actually, it’s not bad.

Ugg, I miss Hawaii. Wish I could move there!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

mmmmmmmm pineapple…

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85

mmmMMmm! Sips in a nice sweet candied pineapple with a light cakey flavor! Very nice! I find the pineapple and cake flavors go great with the shou mei base, which is light, sweet and slightly flowery.
The only thing is I’m not sure if I didnt’ know it was already supposed to be Angel food cake I would of noticed. It does taste like cake, but hey, it works since it’s a white tea!

Arg, I was going to actually try and review this tea while in Hawaii, but the water water temperature was too unreliable on the ship.

Overall, very tasty! If I didn’t have so much tea, I’d buy another if it was in stock.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

Spiffy white and black tea blend! This one is mostly crisp white tea in flavor, but with a hint of black tea that adds some extra body. Plenty of dry grape flavor (with a bit of dryness at the end of sip) and rose. The grape flavor is on the artificial side, and pretty much the same “champagne” tea flavoring in a couple other tea blends, but I do like how that bit of black tea in this blend adds extra interest to the tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fleury-doux-champagne-tea-art-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Back to crocheting on my assembly line of Tea Owl wings. So many wings!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95
drank White Night by Mandala Tea
935 tasting notes

Complex, unique, mysterious! This white tea is quite different than other whites – this one went through some processing encouraging it to age, so apparently after a few years, this white will be a black tea! Nifty! The leaves are big, open and fuzzy with a salt and pepper colouring, as some leaves are silver, others black.

Taste? Really neat and full bodied – white tea taste of sparking grape and juicy, a bit of black tea maltyness, with raw pu’er flavors of ultra creamy sticky and bit of musty (a tasty musty). This isn’t your light, crisp floral white tea – it’s mystery in a cup. Especially in the later steepings as it gets wispy and still creamy.

Also Tea Drunk in a cup. White tea tea drunk? I’m totally tea drunk WAHHHHh.

Full review with lots of pictures on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-night-mandala-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Really nice smell on this tea – super pumpkin pie and creamy. The taste is quite smooth, pumpkin with a moderate level of spice – mostly ginger, candy cinnamon and clove.
A pretty sweet blend for not having any sugar. Cons? No oolong flavor (can’t taste any tea for that matter) and has a watery end of sip.
Ehhh, worth 75% off!

Hello.Kiki

It’s hard to resist that 75% off! I know I didn’t, lol

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Steepsterites, you need to check out the colour of this tea. BLUE! WILD! (oh, and it will turn colour if you add lemon).
The taste? A touch floral, kinda vegetal snap pea (but not grassy), sweet and pretty herby. A really neat alternative to other flowery herbals such as chamomile. I found the best flavor was adding lemon and it masked some of the herbyness.

Full review and photos on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/organic-herbal-blue-tea-bluechai-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Crazy part is that I just ordered some undyed wool – I’m gonna try some tea dying, with this fun herbal on the list!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML
__Morgana__

Great pictures. It’s like a science experiment. LOL.

Sil

that’s fantastic!

Mercuryhime

That so neat! I want to buy some just to make all my food blue!

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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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