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ARG, my tea stash went out of control recently and I’m out of nice tins again. I got 3 big ugly cookie tins that I need to modpodge pretty with crazy pink christmas paper, which I’m going to do once I’m done this tea! I believe I got this tea in a trade with Rachel Sincere, ty! This tea is in a bag.

STEEPED: Very pale yellow tea – sweetless coconutty mellow smell.

TASTE: Okay, this is interesting in flavor. First off, very light in flavor. What I do get is creamy mouth coconut and buttery coconut fleshy taste up front. The flavor is close to real coconut. Light green flavor, barely there. Aftertaste of a little lemongrass. Not really getting the ginger. Overall I find this tea kinda savory as it is not sweet at all.

COMMENTS: I’d love to have this tea with some curry or thai food – that would be yummy! I think this tea could chill out a mouth burning with spicy food! However, it seems too light of a tea for me to enjoy whenever I want. Next time I’ll try a longer steeping and hopefully the ginger and green comes out more. In the end, I do enjoy the fun pairing with coconut and lemongrass.

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soooo i totally just had time to look at your blog. i need a boomkin! sigh

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

hehe, I love my Boomkin, Boomy! He hangs out on my desk and moonfires everyone!

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I had the craving for earl grey after insanely chewy, filling and cheesy mochi pizza (that turned out really messy to make). Decided to give this tea a shot from my Lupicia Happy bag!

Double strength, poured over ice and soymilk with a little agave. Wish I had honey but I’m out. Overall, pretty good. The earl grey flavor is both citrusy and bergamont. The rooibos as a latte is not strong – good for me who isn’t into red rooibos taste. I probably should do a tasting not as a latte, but this is pretty solid and would do it again! Wish this was a little more bergamont in flavor.

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Snagged this tea in my Lupicia Happy bag, Fukubukuro, along with 8 other teas. I’m making mochi tonight – pizza mochi in fact http://youtu.be/e59erF1YiFA but that’ll be later in the night, too late for me to have matchy tea, so I can’t pair the pizza with my tea, boo!

STEEPED: Pale spring green. Obviously matcha in this, but the colour is a good green, like I busted out some of my good matcha and not the lower quality browny matcha.

TASTE: Rice toastyness, light green tea flavor, bit of sweetness. Very fresh tasting at first sip, little bitterness at the end. I did a 45 second steep, might try 30 seconds next time.

COMMENTS: Pretty good genmaicha. I like the pairing of the matcha in this tea. I’m not a genmaicha expert, I’ve had two similar teas, one bagged and another I got from the LA farmers market. This one is much better, less bitter and actually sweet! Right now, I actually don’t have any matcha genmaicha and have been adding my own matcha to some regular genmaicha – this one does better than my tea experiments.

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Never had mochi pizza but added to list of things to try.

Kasumi no Chajin

Mochi Pizza?!? following the vid now…

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

the mochi pizza was really really chewy, stringy cheese and filling! Really neat texture! Making it took a lot of work as the mochi crusty was difficult to work with.

Kasumi no Chajin

Mochi is Always difficult and temperamental… but worth it. thanks for mentioning it!

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Trying this tea out from my Den’s Tea sampler – that and I’m thinking of doing an order and I wanna see if I like Houjicha.

DRY: super roasted scent from the brown tea leaves, yum!

STEEPED: pretty dark amber tea, smells more roasted.

TASTE: Theres an interesting sweetness to this tea, along with juicy freshness. Tea is medium / light in flavoring. A mellow roasted rice taste at the end. Like others, surprised this is a green tea – could pass for a light oolong for me!
RESTEEP: same colour for a 15 second steep! Scent is a mellower roasted rice. Sweeter lighter taste and slightly savory now. Very good, I’d drink this resteep again!

COMMENTS: very neat and I like, be a great lighter alternative to genmaicha – though now I need to try Den’s Houjicha genmaicha – that combo sounds delicious!

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Yum, drinking cake and eating matcha pound cake for breakfast! Sadly, the tea is the healthy part of this meal, but tastes unhealthy with it’s tasty cakeyness.

ERRRG, need to start eating healthy soon. Maybe I just need MOAR dessert teas! Or need to eat all the unhealthy stuff (like making Mochi Pizza OMG) to get over with it and go back to nice food.

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MMmm, almost out of this tea – so tasty with the cinnamon and white chocolate stars! Sadly, not much cinnamon flavor in this pot, but just as creamy chocolately as always!

Really good with my Pistachio matcha pound cake! Oh man, owning a bread maker is going to get me fat again /cry

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Cake mode? Yes, cake mode! I made a Pistachio Matcha pound cake in my bread maker! I added 1.5tsp of sifted matcha to the pound cake recipe that came with the instructions. The cake came out slightly green.

Flavor is sweet, with a hint of pistachio but with lots of pistachio aftertaste. Overall came out very good and tortured the entire house while it baked – I would try again, maybe adding more matcha and another flavor. I was tempted to do a fruity matcha, but I’d also like to add fruit and not sure how to pull that off in the breadmaker.


I love love love baking with matcha. It adds such a lovely punch of flavor and makes simple desserts seem a lot more rich and decadent.

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I’m having one of those “dont’ want to get out of bed” mornings, still wearing blankets from the bed. For breakfast I just want tea – and more unusual for me is I’m too lazy to clean my steeper so I went with a bagged tea. This one came from my Den’s Tea sampler.

DRY: yummy bergamontness

TASTE: Mellow, slight creamy mouth feel black tea, not bitter or dry. The bergamont here is light, but shines through as an aftertaste, not rindy or tart. Oddly refreshing and relaxing.

COMMENTS: I love the black tea here – the creamyness is nice with the balance of the bergamont. My favorite bagged Earl Greys have been Tazo’s and Stash’s Double Berg – this one I like more than Tazo. I doubt I’d order more for myself as I’m more of a loose leaf peep, but this is a good bagged earl grey – I might snag a box at Murakai as a gift.

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Just finished off the rest of this sample and I’m sad. Maybe that is an indicator that I should buy more on my next Della Terra order.

Love the lemon and creamy smoothness of this tea. This tea is amazing iced too! /sad now I’m wishing I made a pot of another rooibos tea I have more of instead of finishing this one.

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BNB made with soy milk and a tiny bit of light agave, steeped for 10 minutes.

Flavor is pretty light – I get a little artifically banana, a sharp flavor of walnutty skin and a bit of date at the end smoothing it all out – but the soymilk is the front player here. I love the nut flavor in this, but wish the banana came out stronger – and I added 2.5t for my large latte.

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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 am also a crochet / knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

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
White 2 Tea
Steep City Teas
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
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.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 512 Teas May 2015.


Long Beach, CA



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