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Oh wow.. Good Morning Sunshine is AMAZING iced!

I made a double strength cup, poured over ice, extra water, agave syrup and fresh lemon slices. Lemony, sweet, tangy, slightly creamy and ultra yum! I need to do this again!

I totally need the caffeine hit. Long jiu jitsu day yesterday night, and another tiring jiu jitsu session this morning. Went to IKEA, bought 3 sets of tea tins ($3.99!), then passed out. Now I’m heading to a metal concert soon – Devin Townsend and Katatonia! Excellent!

Butiki Teas

Mmmmmm, that sounds like a great way to make Good Morning Sunshine.

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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It was simply a matter of time before I would make this:

Sifted cheesecake green matcha + raspberry white matcha (both Red Leaf Teas) + soy milk + sweetener + ice + blender bottle = lazy and amazingly good!
It’s liquid raspberry sauce cheesecake! Creamy, cheesecake tarty and raspberry sweet. No freaky white matcha astringency.

Good amount of froth produced, despite the white matcha anti frothness thanks to the milk and blender bottle. If you have a blender bottle totally try using it for cold matcha drinks!


I need to get these and try this. It sounds so delicious!

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Love sent to BoxerMama for snagging this tea for me!

Unfortunately I can’t do a full review or rating, but will do it soon. It’s freaking hot here in southern california, 35c, a little too hot for my westcoast Canadian hide. 2 tea packages show up and I’m like ugggg, iced tea only!

2tsp Chai Amazonia, 2 big lumps of rock sugar steeped for 5.5 minutes in a little 98c water, poured over ice and vanilla soymilk = OOOH YEAH!

Very creamy, subtly spicy ginger and cinnamon comes out with a little heat in my throat. Just the energy pep and spice I need for jiu jitsu! Watch out blue belts, this spazy white belt gal is coming at ya!


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Having a small pot of this while I finish up my amigurumi commission. Pretty darn cute http://awkwardsoul.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/img_1749.jpg

Oddly this tea tastes really sweet too, maybe my taste buds are outta whack today. However, I can really taste the chocolate and licorice this time, especially as the tea cools. Unsure whether I like licorice in teas or not.


Octopi! How adorable.

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I forgot I had a sample of this tea from a DavidsTea order!

Taking it easy today. The other day I got my 3rd stripe on my white belt in brazilian jiu jitsu. Yesterday I rolled and got a buggered thumb and a cut lip. I got an advanced class tonight and probably going to get more damaged similar to last week as blue belts pick me off doing crazy moves on me.

With that said, a nice strawberry tea? yum!

DRY: Very sweet strawberry smell that is also nutty. I ate one of the brittle pieces and it was chewy, weird! Lots of brittle pieces and strawberry chunks. (wonder if they load samples to be a perfect spread of tea?)

STEEPED: Strawberry and black tea smell. Hmmm.. now I recall I did get my nosed winged in last night too. Uggg, I’m an injury magnet.

TASTE: Black tea base with a slight tart strawberry (like as if the strawberry wasn’t fully ripe tart). Quite sweet. I couldn’t pick out the nuttyness.
Sweetened, the strawberry comes out more. However, sweetening this tea seemed overkill as it is already sweet. No bitterness or astringency.

WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: A black tea drinker that likes sweet teas – it’s already sweet! Also a pretty good black base that isn’t ultra robust, so someone wanting to try a black tea could give this one a go.

COMMENTS: really good but I wish I didn’t sweeten the last of my pot as it was just too sweet for me! I added sweetener before I tasted it. I wish I got creamy and nutty notes from the name strawberry shortcake, all I got was strong tarty yet sweet strawberry.

Overall, not bad, probably would be good iced (the focus of the summer collection).

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
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Much much better iced! Sweet, fruity tangy and strawberry and refreshing! Still has that weird colour though.

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Raspberry Matcha – White Matcha base

It took me awhile to put two and two together to figure out Red Leaf Tea’s Matchas http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/ white, black and red matchas are actually from white, black and rooibos teas! Derp! What is super cool with Red Leaf teas is that you can get white/ black/ red matchas on their own, or select it as the main base for your flavor matcha!
For me, I love white teas with fruit in them – the white tea is delicate, delicious and does not take away from whatever fruit is in it. With that said, I felt I wanted to try something new, so I selected a white matcha to play with fruit elements.

My matcha specs:

*Raspberry Matcha
Quality: White matcha
Flavor: Robust *(again, I love a strong flavor so might as well go with a bang!)

I went with raspberry as I find it slightly uncommon as a fruity tea, and often is tart. Raspberries are very tasty too!

With this order I snagged a tin for my matcha for $3.99. The tin is a perfect size for the matcha as well as having a good seal. I think I’d like to bling my tin sometime with those foil fruit stickers or glitter polish once I get time. Anyways, I recommend ordering the tin because the matcha comes in a non resealable bag and you don’t want to get the deliciousness ruined by the air.

Out of the package, the white matcha is mysteriously weird brown grey powder. However, there was AN EXPOLSION OF RASPBERRY SMELL! Holy cow! I felt as if I was getting smacked around by a sweet pump raspberry.

I sifted up my matcha over a wide mug using a fine tea strainer. From there, used 180f water and whisked the matcha. This matcha was hard to create a froth and the froth did not stay, despite my efforts.

As a traditional cup of hot matcha, the taste is super bright and strong raspberry essence! The raspberry flavor reminds me of those raspberry syrup shots you can get at a coffee shop but unsweetened. No tartness here! The white matcha was lovely and rich. It wasn’t veggie tasting or bitter and was a great base to not disrupt the raspberry attack. However, there is astringency present, drying my throat, which lingers for awhile after drinking. The colour of this cup of matcha was an interesting brownish green. The astringency and power of the raspberry was a little much for me – next time I will need to go easy on the amount of matcha I add as I think I went with 1tsp.

Of course, I needed to try this matcha as a latte – I’ve fallen in love with how amazing Red Leaf’s matchas are in lattes and it’s way better (and cheaper) than getting it made at a coffee shop.
I added 1/2tsp of matcha sifted and whisked in hot water and sugar, topping it with vanilla soy milk. The colour of the latte is a pretty light creamy brown. The taste is wow – the perfect tea latte with a shot of juicy raspberry! The white tea is present and makes the latte really light. The astringency is gone as far as I can tell.

Overall, very delicious as a latte and I think this matcha would be killer to mix with another flavored matcha – I’m thinking chocolate matcha with this would be insanely yummy! For someone looking to order, this would be great as a 50/50 with another flavor (a cool option Red Leaf Tea has).
Commenting on white matcha, I think an awesome combo would be grape flavoring, which would work well with the astringency.

180 °F / 82 °C

how do you feel about the white versus the green? I know a lot of ppl have mentioned they prefer the green…

Awkward Soul

I like the green more. I’m not a fan of astringency unless it’s helping or creating a flavor experience (like wine). With no astringency, its pretty good. I think the green is more fun with the froth and happy green colour as well.
My upcoming order will have a black matcha, might as well try them all! I’m scared of the red matcha though, but will try it sometime soon.


Nice. Looking forward to the reviews. I’m thinking I’d enjoy the black


I was not a huge fan of the white, but it’s worth a try. I spend it on whatever matcha is on sale so it’s not as expensive.

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I am totally weird.

I have a little bit of soy milk left which I’m saving to review some more matcha later. However, I just lifted weights and need a protein bump which I normally do with a protein smoothie. Instead:

1/4tsp of Cheesecake Matcha sifted + Strawberry non-fat high protein greek yogurt (150g, Dannon Light and Fit Greek)

The colour is awful pukey green brown pink but the taste is really good! The cheesecake comes out, makes a smoother yogurt and goes with the tartness of the strawberry. A little hint of green tea. It’s like eating strawberry cheesecake filling! It’s pretty sweet, maybe almost too sweet for me.

With that said, I think I could pull off plain greek yogurt with a flavored matcha.


Great idea! Just close your eyes when you drink it.

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drank Mango Mate by Fusion Teas
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I hate when this happens. I make a tea order, it ships. While I’m waiting I check out the online store again and see teas I should of ordered along with my order! ARGGG! Mango mate was one of them, thanx Kittena for the sample!

STEEPED: sweet and fruity with a hint of grassy smell. Steeps up a deep golden yellow.

TASTE: Sharp hit of earthy grassy mate with a sweetness of mango. Actually a pretty sweet tea on its own. Not bitter, tart or astringent.

WHO’D LIKE THIS: peeps into green, unroasted mate. It’s a little grassy compared to roasted mate.

COMMENTS: overall, really good green mate. The sweetness is nice. I wisht here was more to it, like creamy or stronger fruity, but Mango Mate is not bad. Fusion does great mates and I’ll be back sometime to get more.

185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

I seem to not be a fan of green mate, so glad you like this one more than I recall I did! (If I even reviewed it!)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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I needed a 3rd matcha today and I didn’t want to crack open the other matcha yet.

I predicted it would be good, 1/2 tsp of Caramel Matcha + 1/2 tsp of Cheesecake Matcha (both from Red Leaf teas) + a tsp of sugar + vanilla soymilk = AMAZING! Cheesecakey caramel yum! I prefer to mix my own creations as I have more control of my tea.

Back to crocheting!


Woot! So exited to get mine

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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
Della Terra 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.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA


Long Beach, CA



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