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Citrus tea day (I guess.. its all what I want to drink today)!

Sun and Cloud Mist steeped with a lemon slice, poured over ice. Lemony, rindy, tart and Flooofy! Mmmm floofy tea.

MOAR LEMON!

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Uggg, I guess I caught a bug and I’ve been feeling sick in the yucky throat way. With that said, I’ve been just craving lemony teas. I’ve been drinking Butiki’s Good Morning Sunshine a lot, but I thought I’d change it up with Earl of Lemon.

Earl of lemon. Hot. Lemon slice. Honey. Heheh!

Very yummy, pretty sure my taste buds are shot as I cannot taste a few elements I usually taste with this tea.

Now time to dig around and find my other lemon teas to drink while I work on the SHAWL OF DOOOOOOM! (making good progress on it)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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HANGOVER TEA MODE!

Ugggg, great metal concert last night. Though, seeing Devin Townsend in his home town shows is waaaay better and crazy than this Los Angeles show. I did escape with minimal injuries and scared one guy while trying to get a flying guitar pick as I did some jiu jitsu arm trap to get his arm out of the way, lol! Don’t mess with this Canadian!

The morning after, hearing sucks (lost my ear plugs), voice lost, head throbbing and sore throat. I kept thinking about that amazing iced tea I had before the concert with Good Morning Sunshine and starting to crave it again.

Post metal concert tea:
Hot, served with a shot of honey and a couple fresh lemon slices.

Better than a cup of coffee! I’m perking right up, my headache isn’t feeling as bad and the honey is soothing my throat. I can just taste a sweet lemon flavor, but my taste buds are shot anyways.

Well, looks like this Sunday will be mostly knitting and drinking hot teas.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

I am so jealous that you got to go! What did you think of the other bands? I wanted to go mainly for Devin and Katatonia. It must have been such an awesome concert. Damn you Vancouver for having the concert on the first day of classes.

Glad the tea is making you feel better!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Katatonia was pretty amazing live! I’ve heard their stuff before, but live blew me away! Paradise Lost’s front man has the flu so his voice was pretty noticeably out, which was a disappointment. Stolen Babies was interestingly weird choice as it was kinda punky – best part was for one song the bassist pulled out a huge stand up bass. Devin was amazing live, as usual. I wished he played something off Ziltiod, but it was mostly stuff off Epicloud and a few classics (regulator, War, Bad Devil, Vampira, Kingdom). The Vancouver shows are better! The Los Angeles crowd was really dull and crabby.

Fjellrev

Awesome! Katatonia is my favourite band ever which made this hurt even more (but I’ll admit that I like their mid-career stuff a lot more than the last few albums). But you’re right, they’re awesome live. I was lucky to catch their 20th anniversary show in Stockholm last December and it was a mind-numbingly stellar performance. Too bad about PL, though. I was a little surprised that Stolen Babies were part of the line-up. They’re entertaining live for sure, but kind of just a novelty act, you know? I saw them with Lacuna Coil and the Gathering, which seemed more appropriate . Can’t wait to hear Epicloud!

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ICED TEA MODE

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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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!

Preparation
Iced
Cedes

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

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ICED TEA LATTE MODE!

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!

Preparation
Iced

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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.

Alphakitty

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).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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ICED TEA MODE!

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
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/raspberry-matcha.html
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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
Sil

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

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

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.

Sil

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

Babble

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’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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