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I had another run with this tea, adding a big picture review on my blog http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/potato-pancakes-applesauce-tea-butiki-teas-tea-review/

The tea is nice, light and apple saucy! I really dig potato in this tea – soo cute!
/pinches cutie potato cube cheeks
I gotta say, Butiki teas has some really photogenic teas!

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I believe this is one of the funkiest flavor ideas I’ve read yet—sounds like fun!


OolongOwl….I like that….love owls!


Enjoyed the review! :)

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
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/Super Sad Owl

I had a pouch of this from my Den’s tea sampler. I decided to try it this morning and hopefully review it for my tea blog.

I guess I was a little too tired this morning, and I set the water to boil and overcooked this tea into a bitter, undrinkable pot. Of course, I used the entire pouch.

Sigh. Maybe another time, Sencha Fuka midori.

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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I had an insomnia night, which happens rarely. I was up 5am commenting on discussion boards and studying my korean – at least it was productive! Now I’m sleepy and had to bust out this tea. Not that I’m complaining, love this stuff! The raspberry flavor is yum!

CHOCOLATE ROCKET BLASTS OFF AGAIN! http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/chocolate-rocket-from-davidstea-tea-review/

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Best reference.

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drank Fantasy by Lupicia
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This tea smells amazing and mouth watering – the fruityness appears to be a fruit salady mix. The black base is okay and the smokey caramel is pretty back burner.

Sweetened, this tea is much better – the caramel and fruit comes out more. Cooled, even better. I’d try this as an iced tea!

My full picture review here http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/fantasy-by-lupicia-tea-review/

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drank Dragon Feelers by Butiki Teas
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Okay. I’m nuts about this tea. Cough medicine never hits my stomach well, so I just wanted a nice, buttery sweet tea this morning. Didn’t take me long to pull out my bag of Dragon Feelers! Doh, I should of ordered more on my last Butiki order, I’m running a little low.

And since I’m still sick, I’m in a wacky mood. I did a blog review for this tea, and had some fun on photoshop. http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/dragon-feelers-by-butiki-teas-tea-review/
would you drink little steeped dragons (if they weren’t hurt in the process)?

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Butiki Teas

Hahaha, that blog post was so cute. I love the photoshopped pics. They are so fun! I’m gonna link to this review on facebook/twitter/pinterest.


The pictures are adorable!

Oolong Owl

cool! Probably first of many blog posts about your teas! My blog is pretty new, so it’s going through some tweaks still

Butiki Teas

Nice! By the way, I love the owl in the cup. So cute!


Love it!


Loved the photoshopped leaf! :D And the review!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

okay that post was ♥adorable♥

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drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Woot, got the blog going, muhahahahha! If you wanna see pictures with this review, check out http://oolongowl.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/white-christmas-by-lupicia-tea-review/

FYI, this tea I’m reviewing is in bagged form, flavor might vary in loose leaf.

DRY LEAF: Smells kinda fruity. Huh? I guess I feel as if this tea should be minty. You know, like Stash’s “White Christmas”? I loved that tea until I had loose leaf tea.

STEEPED: 2 minutes over boiling water. Annoyingly, the package did not have English instructions, so I guessed the steep time. I was off my 30 seconds, oh well, I don’t want oversteeped black tea. White Christmas smells very fruity.

TASTE: Apricot! Very much like apricot and it is the first thing I taste! The apricot here is pretty natural tasting and well done, mixed with a little sweet and creamy taste. The black tea here is light and more present end of sip. No bitterness or dryness in this tea. Good clean black tea flavor too.

COMMENTS: The apricot flavoring is VERY well done here. Actually, this has to be the best apricot tea I’ve had so far. It’s not bitter and weird-dried-apricoty-sulfur taste. This tea is great on its own, Lupicia suggests using milk, but I probably won’t try this tea with milk as I think that it would take away the apricot flavor.

If you want to try a good apricot tea, give this one a shot! Even if you aren’t into black tea, this one is quite light – so it could be enjoyed by non-black tea drinkers. I could be convinced to purchase some of this, but I more so will be on the lookout for other Lupicia apricot teas. Lupicia does fruity teas VERY well and one could never have enough fruity teas.

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I love your little oolong owl logo! Adorable!

Oolong Owl

yay, thank you! I drew it myself. I was planning to colour the whole thing, but I ran out of time (and patience).


Heh I too started a blog this past month. I needed a creative writing outlet and tea seemed to fit for the time being.

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drank Jasmine Earl Grey by Safeway
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Okay, the trick to this tea is a 1 minute steep at 175, with a slice of lemon.

The flavor is lighter, but less chance for icky baggy mulchy green taste. The floral here is nice and the lemon slice adds freshness. OHH YEAH. I went with this tea because I’m lazy. Me + bagged tea = lazy times.

Once I’m done – I GET THE NICE TIN! Prettttty tin (once I remove the safeway label)! Crap, hate when I buy teas just for the freaking tin!

Sigh, gave in. My family has been pestering me. I’m starting a tea blog. I was worried on time constraints, but I figured out a style. See how it goes, still working on the design. I’ll post more once its up.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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sipdown of Oh Canada

I will miss you Oh Canada and your strong maple flavor! I made the last of my tea as a latte with honey. Super maple!
Oh, I ran out of honey and asked my husband to buy some. He came home with 5lb container of it!


Costco? :) I had that jug of that much honey once. It got all crystallized a third way through. Eventually, I had to cut the jug open and scoop out the honey to use like a spread. Sealed it between uses with plastic wrap and a rubber band. :D

Oolong Owl

he got it from Ralphs, a large grocery store chain. I was surprised a typical grocery store would sell a bulk thing of honey!


Sounds like something my husband would do! Haha, gotta love ’em, eh?

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Hello again grapefruit green! Let’s try you with honey!

So I have bronchitis. Yay! bleh. Explain why I’m still sick and me getting over this is taking awhile. However, happy that it’s not messing my taste buds – that last sinus infection made everything taste bitter. Worst that has happened is I cough into my tea cup, ew.

I should be eating more honey, so I slide some in this tea. Honey and Grapefruit, for me, taste great. The honey here turned off the grapefruit zing, making this tea a mellow grapefruit. Pretty good, but I prefer this unsweetened for the zing that makes this tea unmistakably grapefruity.

back to coughing

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feel better!


Get better soon!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hope you feel better soon! :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Also, if you have raw honey, it’s a better remedy for coughs than prescription cough medicine.

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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 and knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

To contact me for reviews, check out details at OolongOwl.com/about or email me at [email protected]

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.

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 573 Teas – August 2015.


Seattle, WA USA



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