Kamba Berry from Butiki Teas – Tea Review

Kamba Berry is a purple tea blended with freeze dried blueberries, strawberries, Ethiopian sweet basil and powdered ginger. This interesting berry tea comes from Butiki Teas!

Wah, purple tea? I’ve had purple tea before, as a sample from Butiki Teas, and it was pretty good, though it was awhile ago. This Kamba berry tea sounded really good since I love both strawberry and blueberry, so it sneaked its way into my shopping cart.

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DRY LEAF: Berry tart smell with a slight medicinal herb smell to it – ginger?

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The smell of berries has attracted a wild OWLBEAR to our tea session! I guess he got bored hanging out on my cute crochet blog

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STEEPED: Deep red tea with a tart, hibiscusy berry smell.

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I steeped this tea as per instructions: boiling water for 3 minutes.

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Kamba Berry from Butiki Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (8)aHey, I get to taste the tea first! Shooooo!

TASTE: Tart! 6/10 on the Tart-o-meter! Despite that, very delicious, natural blueberry flavor! This blueberry has a bit of natural sweetness to it – very much so like drinking diluted pure blueberry juice. After that blueberry taste, it has a good herbal kiss to it adding lots of interest.  There is a dry aftertaste at the end, drying out my throat – encouraging me to sip down more. 5/10 on the Dry-o-meter. I’m not sure if I’m picking up the Purple tea – it could be adding to the dryness or the herby taste.

Sweetened with rock sugar – much better! The tart is down to a 3/10 on the Tart-o-Meter. The blueberry here is nice, and I can pick out a tart strawberry flavor here finally. Middle of the fruit flavors I’m getting a little herbal flavor. End of sip I get a bit of ginger dryness and slight herby flavor. Cooled, I can taste the herby-bitter ginger bite more but interestingly this ginger is not spicy at all.

Kamba Berry from Butiki Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (9)Owlbear’s review? *owlbear burp*

ICED: I steeped a cup worth with half the boiling water and poured it over ice, a little honey and a lime slice. Kamba Berry iced reminds me of a light cranberry-blueberry juice blend. It is refreshing and full of fruity flavor! I don’t notice much herby flavor, but the dry ginger is still present inviting me to drink more to quench my thirst. The ginger dryness slightly reminds me of ginger ale, but without that pungent ginger taste. Adding the fresh lime was a good match as well! I prefer Kamba Berry iced! It’s an iced tea to sit outside with, savoring each sip and the spring scenery with.

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COMMENTS: I do love a good fruity tea – and Butiki Tea’s Kamba Berry is quite lovely – despite the tart and dryness,  this tea has lots of interest going on with the slight herby bite and ginger dry aftertaste.

I gotta say, this Kamba Berry tea is addicting to me. I think it’s the throat drying effect encouraging me to have more. After a glass of iced Kamba Berry, I want more. Sneaky!

Overall Butiki Teas Kamba Berry is a refreshing, full flavored berry purple tea with lots of interest. If you are into berry teas, don’t mind a little tart or dryness, this tea is a must try!

Kamba Berry from Butiki Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (5)It appears Mr. Owlbear claimed the rest of my Kamba Berry stash. 

RIP my cute sakura tea pot

/Sad owl

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My sakura print tea pot broke. ;___;

What had happen was I was cleaning my pot. I had done a bit of baking soda scrub to get out the tea stains on the inside, as well as cleaning the spout. The baking soda made the pot slippery and it fell into the sink. And broke.

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I love having a 2 or 3 serving tea pot instead of a large mug as my tea stays hotter. The crappy part is that I’ve broken a couple of these pots already as I’m a klutz and these pots go through quite a bit of use.

Sigh. Well, I guess I need a new 2 cup tea pot.

Strawberry Blizzard from Georgia Tea Co – Tea Review

Strawberry Blizzard is a fruit and spice herbal from Georgia Tea Co. This blend features strawberries,  apple bits, hibiscus blossoms, guava bits, orange bits, cardamom, cinnamon, foamy sugar drops, egg protein, strawberry slices and a bit of rose and mallow petals thrown in. FYI, this tea is not vegan friendly!

Alright Georgia Tea Co – this is my first time ordering with them. Their teas are very well priced. I actually went for larger sizes as it seemed more of a deal!

I’m guessing this tea is supposed to be iced, but might as well be thorough and try it hot.

The packaging on Georgia Tea Co‘s teas are interesting. This tea is a 2 oz, and it came in a big paper foldy bag, with the tea sealed inside plastic.

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DRY LEAF: Best smelling tea out of my entire Georgia Tea Co order! Very sweet strawberry scent! I just want to smell this tea non stop!

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Weird drop things in this tea – which look like little meringue chips.

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Also – giant orange slices! I’ll save that for another steeping!

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STEEPED: Very fragrant strawberry smell! Smells like I buried my face in a flat of strawberries!

This tea came out very red, practically black on camera. Sadly, the foamy meringue didn’t dissolve completely. I tasted one and it tasted like meringue off a pie!

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I had to guess on the water temperature but the steeping times were listed on the packaging.  I went with boiling for 5 minutes.

TASTE: ULTRA TART! ALERT ALERT! 9/10 on the Tart-o-Meter! /sirens sounding!

If I get past the tart, I can taste some strawberry and a bit of spice. MUST ADD SUGAR NOW!

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Sweetened, Strawberry Blizzard is still violently tart! like a 7/10 on the Tart-o-Meter! Did I not add enough sugar? Maybe it’s on the bottom of my cup! Despite being pretty tart, I can now drink this tea without my face sucking into its self. There is a really nice fruityness – strawberry mostly. Mid and end of sip there is some light spice – I can barely pick up the cardamon, but I’m really sensitive to cardamon. The spice sounds a little weird, but it really rounds out the flavor not making this tea flat. The aftertaste is delicious tasting natural strawberry. I don’t notice any flavor from that weird egg foamy sugar thing. Don’t forget throughout all that, it’s pretty dang tart. As I drink more and more of my cup, I start getting some dryness in my throat, which might be from all the tart.

As this tea cools, it is much more drinkable – a good sign of good iced teas to come! I let my tea hating husband try and he thought it tastes like apple cider, but with strawberries. HE LIKE IT! OMG (though I figure he might, as the only other tea he liked was also a violent-tart blend)

Alright, time to stop puckering my face.

ICED: Okay, this is really good! I steeped Strawberry Blizzard with lots of german rock sugar and poured it over ice and lemon.I got a bit of creamyness right away, with loads of strawberry and a gentle hum of spice. Just a light tartness, like 3/10 on the Tart-o-meter.

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What I did notice on future iced teas I made with Strawberry Blizzard is that I need to add A LOT of sugar to get rid of the tart flavor. Booo!

COMMENTS: Unless you really really love tart fruit teas, Strawberry Blizzard hot is not drinkable. Sorry guys. But hey, I know there are tart lovers out there – if you are one, you need this tea in your life. This is up there on the most tart teas I’ve ever drank – I seriously thought my face was going to implode!

Strawberry Blizzard iced is very good – I love that the teeny bit of spice adds interest making this iced tea unique and fun! I quite like this tea iced and I’d be tempted to buy more of it for summer! I’ll probably need to sweeten it with Splenda/whatever so I don’t pour lots of calories in my cup.

Lemon Lime Cream Tart from Della Terra Teas – Tea Review

Lemon Lime Cream Tart is a rooibos and honeybush blend featuring lemon and lime bits and flavoring, along with cream and vanilla flavors. This caffeine free tea is from Della Terra Teas.

I bought 2 oz of this tea. I knew it would probably be pretty good, since I love Della Terra Tea’s Lemon Chiffon.

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DRY LEAF: YOWZAAAA! This tea smells fantastic! It smells like sugary sweet citrus – more on the lime side. Really reminds me of a creamy lime mousse. /DROOOOOL

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STEEPED: Smells very creamy with a sweet citrus finish. Oh yeah! The appearance is a classic red-brown rooibos colour. I followed the steeping times as per packaging – 210F for 3 minutes.

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TASTE: Very creamy mouth feel! Each sip is a creamy cup that is lightly citrusy – I can pick out the lime mostly but also some sweet lemon! The lemon reminds me of a lemon drop candy! There is a slight bittery tart finish on some sips, something I associate with lime and citrus peel. A 3/10 on the bitter-o-tart-o-meter. It is interesting how creamy this tea is without being cloudy, must be the magic of vanilla! Let’s talk rooibos – the funky rooibos flavor is not here. The tea doesn’t taste as strong as it smells, but it tastes pretty good!

Sweetened, Lemon Lime Cream Tart is still beautifully creamy. I can first pick out that lemon drop sweet flavor, then a gentle hit of lime.

I found the longer you steep this tea, the more creamy it gets. However, the rooibos begins to pop a bit at the 4 minute mark.

ICED LATTE: Sounds weird, but I dig a good iced latte – you’ll probably see me do this more over the summer. Anyways, Lemon Lime Cream Tart as a latte? Why not? I steeped a strong, cup of this tea with less water, then poured over soy milk and ice. The result is pretty good – the lemon pops out the most, with a hint of lime. This iced latte is really creamy, more creamy than milk on its own. If you like creamy citrus things, you’ll love this tea as a latte!

Tip: do not add lemon slice to the latte! I did this for pretty photo purposes and it caused the milk to curdle a bit. I’ve had no issues with this tea (or other citrus teas) curdling milk.

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COMMENTS: I’m really craving to have this tea with a nice shortbread or butter cookie – that would be the most perfect night time snack.

Overall, really good. I’m not into rooibos teas but Lemon Lime Cream Tart has low weird rooibos taste.

I like Lemon Chiffon a little more, but that’s really personal taste on whether you like lime or lemon more. Della Terra Teas offers a Lemon Chiffon and Lime Chiffon tea – can’t decide between both? Try Lemon Lime Cream Tart! I’d personally just get all three. The teas are caffeine free, so you can enjoy them whenever you want! I’m personally going to keep one of those teas stocked in my tea stash at all times!

(bonus Lemon Lime Cream Tart shot from my Blooming tea pot review)
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Blooming Glass Teapot from DAVIDsTea – Review

I snagged myself a Blooming Glass TeaPot from DAVIDsTEA a few months ago.

It was on sale (whooo!) and I needed a glass pot for all the blooming teas I’ve been collecting and not using.

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I bought this teapot online – so it came all the way from eastern Canada to California! I was really worried it would of been smashed. However, my tea pot arrived in perfect condition – everything was packaged very well!

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This tea pot is large. 40 oz / 1.2 Liters. Totally a tea pot to take out to share tea with a couple people.

Overall, feels quite sturdy despite being made of thin glass.

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The lid has a bump to keep it locked on. The lid fits on nicely, and stays in place while the pot is being poured – though when you get to the last cup of tea, it can fall off.

Blooming Glass Tea pot from DavidsTea - Oolong Owl Review (6)the lid is a little steamy looking here as I took it off the teapot to take the photo.

DAVIDSTEA is etched on the bottom of the teapot.

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You only really notice the etching when the pot is empty. Or if you feel like living dangerously by lifting the teapot in the air with tea in it.

Blooming Glass Tea pot from DavidsTea - Oolong Owl Review (9)I feel kinda bad as all the teas I’ve put in it so far haven’t been DavidsTea 😛

In use, the body and lid are VERY HOT! Do not touch!  However, the handle is cool the touch!

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The blooming glass teapot pours LIKE A DREAM! Wow! Best pour I’ve seen – no drips and very controlled!

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My only complaint with the design of this tea pot is the handle – it is very thin and feels awkward to pour, especially with a near full pot of tea. With the thin handle, it also makes the pot feel very heavy when tea is inside. Since the rest of the pot is crazy hot, you can’t touch the base or spout for support without busting out oven mitts.

The strainer does a fair job despite its looks. It’s a wire coil that rests on the inside of the pot, with a wire that hooks over the spout. It is removable and easy to put back in.

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I testedthe coil strainer with a white tea and it filtered out many of the pieces, even small pieces.

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Just a little bit of debris in my cup. That coil strainer did well!Blooming Glass Tea pot from DavidsTea - Oolong Owl Review (11)

The Blooming glass teapot looks pretty cool empty – all the leaves pressed up against the glass!

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I’m not sure if I’d trust this pot with something like rooibos, but then, if you want to show off the pot, you’d be using more attractive teas. I had no tea debris with using a blooming tea, though only a few small pieces broke off.

Well, just for you tea peeps – I quickly tried out this pot with a rooibos blend! Lemon Lime Cream Tart!

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While it steeped, lots of rooibos bits floated through the coil strainer. For my initial pour, it was a burst of rooibos bits in my cup. So who ever gets the first cup will be very sad! Though, it appears that the coil strainer works better after a little pouring as the strainer is all jammed with rooibos and other tea bits!

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However, there is still a little that does escape so the second cup wasn’t that drinkable as rooibos floats on the top.

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With that said, I’d find another way to steep up a rooibos like tea in this pot.

I decided to test whether DavidsTea’s metal perfect infuser that came with my Bubble Pot  worked with this glass tea pot.

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It fits in the tea pot! However, it is a little wobbly as it doesn’t sit inside the pot like it does in the Bubble pot. The lid fits nicely ontop the infuser though! I’d personally use that perfect infuser with teas that have lots of small bits and don’t expand much, like rooibos. The infuser may be too small for the size of the glass pot. And really, the coil strainer works very well anyways.

A surprise: DavidsTEA’s blooming glass teapot retains heat quite well! It’s not as good as their Bubble Tea pot, but pretty good and better than I expected. I’ve owned a couple glass tea pots so far. The both did not retain heat at all, so I didn’t use them. I made my blooming tea, watched it bloom, took photos, drank a cup, left and came back 20 minutes later and my next cup was still a good hot temperature, when I thought it should of been lukewarm or cold. I also kept the lid on, I imagine that plays a huge difference.

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Overall, I’m very happy with this tea pot. This glass tea pot kills my previous glass tea pots! I want to use this tea pot more for its attractiveness and good performance! It is a tea pot that works best with full leaf or blooming teas. The thin handle is a minor issue. Since the thin handle and VERY HOT lid and body, I wouldn’t use this tea pot around kids and crazy pets.

Now I need more people to come over and drink tea with me! This tea pot is wayy to big for 1!

BONUS ROOIBOS GLOWY SHOT!

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Organic Mango Pear Deluxe from ESP Emporium – Tea Review

Organic Mango Pear Deluxe is a white tea blend from ESP Emporium, online loose leaf tea seller.

I ordered this tea because the fruit combination sounded really cool! I don’t seen enough pear teas! LOL, pears bring up memories of living up in orchard country in British Columbia, Canada… sneaking in and snagging a few green pears. Don’t do that!

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DRY LEAF: Nice mango and pear smell! The tea is mostly white tea leaf, with some apple and mango bits accented with marigold petals.

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STEEPED: Fragrant mango pear scent – great combo! Bit of a weird dry smell at the end. The colour is a nice pale gold! I steeped this tea within the steeping instructions on the package – 185 for 2 minutes.

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TASTE: Piping hot, this tea is more mango in taste, but left to cool a few minutes, the pear pops out. Balanced with the fruityness is the Bai Mu Dan (or Pai Mu Tan whatever). The white tea base here is okay and slightly flat.

Sweetened, the fruit flavors become juicy – with the mango mostly doing the work with a slight pear buzz. When the tea cools, the pear is very strong – even providing some fleshyness to the tea. The flat white base is more covered up by the pear and sweetness.

ICED: Mango Pear Deluxe prepared iced comes out more well rounded. I might of added too much lemon slices here, but I first taste lemon, with the white tea as very light background, but with a really nice aftertaste of mango and pear.

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COMMENTS: This tea is decent – the combination of mango and pear is lovely! However, I’ve had better, juicier and more fragrant Bai Mu Dan bases for white tea blends – if Mango Pear Deluxe had a fresher base, it would be a killer tea! I keep thinking, “this could be better.” Very similar to their Strawberry Starfruit white blend flat base. I think I’m just spoiled, honestly.

Overall, it’s a good tea if you are new to white tea blends or want a mango or pear blend.

Agua di Jamaica from Steep City Teas – Tea Review

Agua di Jamaica  is a fruit green tea blend from the delicious Steep City Teas!

I heard that this is one of Steep City Teas popular teas. I’ve never heard of Agua di Jamaica – yay wikipedia! Yowza, that sounds pretty hibiscusy tart of a drink! I’m glad Steep City loaded this tea with lots of berries!

DRY LEAF: Luscious, tangy fruity citrus smell! Very interesting appearance with the tightly curled green tea leaves, bright flower bits and fruit!Agua di Jamaica from Steep City Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (1)

Loads of big hunky fruits. Steep City isn’t kidding around here – get a load of this cherry: Agua di Jamaica from Steep City Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (2) (I ate it later on, it was yummy!)

STEEPED: Fresh citrus and berry scent! Over a dark golden steep – it was trying to turn pink! I steeped this tea as per package instructions – 175F for 2 minutes.Agua di Jamaica from Steep City Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (6)

I had fun watching the hibiscus lightning!Agua di Jamaica from Steep City Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (4) Agua di Jamaica from Steep City Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (5)*zap!

TASTE: Very juicy, refreshing, fruity and citrusy! I can pick up some brisk lemon flavor along with assorted fruits. A slightly tart cherry comes out, along with some cranberry along with some luscious mixed berry flavors. The green tea is not bitter, is a little savory, but is really in the background – the huge lemony and fruity flavors pack won the fight here! Tart-o-meter rating of 2/10. I could be rigged, as I was expecting a tart steep, but it is just slightly tart, showing off the natural tastes of the fruits.

Sweetened, the berry flavors pop out more – I can really pick out the strawberry and blueberry now. Agua di Jamaica just got serious. Seriously fruity! This seriously tastes like “ICE TEA ME”.

RESTEEP: (yes, I’ll get to ICE TEA MODE eventually) – a slightly lighter version of the first steep. Lemony, cherry, berry flavored tea. Agua di Jamaica is going more savory as a resteep.

ICED: Finally! I got more of a pink steeping this time around. Agua di Jamaica is great iced – the lemony, slight hibiscusy causing the berries to pop! I added a little honey, some lemon slices and fresh blackberries! This would be really good with some fresh strawberry slices too! The green tea swims around at the end, melding the flavors together.

Very good and insanely refreshing! I prefer Agua Di Jamaica iced, this is fab! Agua di Jamaica from Steep City Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (7)

COMMENTS: With all the fruityness going on, this really reminds me of that expensive, but fresh and good quality fruit juice. I can sense the sun and vitamin C pouring into me! There is many interesting fruity flavors going on, everything tastes fresh too!

I’ve been scared off with hibiscus sometimes as some teas go overboard, but Steep City used it very well here! Yay!

I can see why Steep City Teas‘s  Agua di Jamaica is popular and if you love fruity citrus teas – this is a must try!

Gyokuro Kin from Den’s Tea – Tea Review

Gyokuro Kin is a top grade japanese tea from Den’s Tea, a Japanese green tea seller.

This is my first time trying Gyokuro!

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I got this tea as a sample. But seriously, I don’t think I’d buy it just to try it. At this time, it’s $14 for 2 oz.  Den’s Tea also sells a more expensive gyokuro, Gyokuro Suimei at $23 for 2 oz. With that said, I’m very happy to have a sample of this tea!

I was terrified I’d mess up steeping this tea and ending up with an expensive teeny cup of bitter hell. I’ll do my best!

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DRY LEAF: Beautiful lush green thin leaves that smell really sweet! YUM!

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STEEPED: Gorgeous green coloured tea!

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Very beautiful when steeped too! The leaves smell really good steeped, like taking the lid off a pot of steamed veggies and you are a hungry vegan. I totally know that feeling, being an ex-vegan.

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Steeping process is quite complex. 3 oz of water at 160 F for 90 seconds. Resteeping is 180 F for 30 seconds.

I totally made a mess making this tea. Mr. Owly was unimpressed.

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TASTE:  Full of flavor! First sip, sweet and buttery. The flavor melts into a deep steamed spinachy flavor. Like, good home grown, fresh organic spinach. Very lush in flavor! The tea finishes off with a bit of astringency that sticks to the roof of my mouth –  a 5/10 on the Astringe-o-Meter.  After this first cup I was feeling quite energized!

RESTEEP: The flavors are more melded together here – still fresh veggie sweet and astringent  Though, I’m getting a little seaweedy flavor this tea. I quite like the resteep here. Though, as I get to the bottom of my cup, it gets more astringent. My teeth can feel it!

I munched on a little leaf – very much tastes like the tea, but stronger! It was so green and vibrant I had to taste.

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I’ve become so hyper right now from this tea!

COLD STEEPED: I cold steeped this as I don’t think I could be trusted to steep this correctly for the remainder of my sample.

The Gyokuro in the cold water was very beautiful to watch and photograph!

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The taste? Ooooh, sooo good! Cold steeped gyokuro kin has an intense butter flavor that carries on as an aftertaste. It’s very refreshing, and has a light vegetal flavor. Savory too! This is amazingly good! There is absolutely no bitterness or astringency here. I don’t want this cup to end!

COMMENTS: This tea totally has some luxury to it with the amazing sweetness, buttery and veg taste! Very energizing too – I feel I can go run around the block!

The tea experience here was more taking the time to steep this tea correctly and enjoying it. So make sure you have the ability to have the water temperature just right.

If you want a good green tea experience, give this a try!

Me? Admittedly, I’m not a fan of the astringency of this tea hot. Cold steeped gyokuro I’m a super fan of now! I wouldn’t mind having some more of this tea, or maybe trying the higher priced range! I’m thinking this tea would be killer in the Green Tea Leaf Rice Recipe I posted. Actually, I might just save the leaves for that! Might as well use everything!

Earl Grey Heaven from The Persimmon Tree – Tea Review

Earl Grey Heaven is a creamy earl grey black. This tea is from The Persimmon Tree!

Okay, I discovered this tea got a rename from Earl Grey Creme to Earl Grey Heaven. With that said, the packaging on my tea is the old name.

My dad LOVES earl grey teas since Captain Picard ordered it. As a kid  we’d sit on the floor (we had couches, but preferred sitting on the floor for TV time) sipping crappy bagged oversteeped earl grey that tasted more bergamont, paper and bitterness. Despite having a loose leaf crazy daughter, Dad still uses the bagged tea variety. He does own a gravity steeper, but since he’s legally blind, he’s not too keen on using it without me around.

Me? I’ve been searching for a decent Earl Grey, let’s see what The Persimmon Tree can dish out!

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DRY LEAF: Very vanilla and bergamont smell – very delicious! Love the generous amount of cornflowers here.

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I gotta say, this photo of Earl Grey Heaven I took is breathtaking! The colours turned out so well and my camera picked up so much detail!

I love that blue, almost purple colour of the cornflowers! I was so inspired, I went out and bought nail polish of the same colour.

color club bright knight(nail polish, one of my other obsessions)

STEEPED: Earl Grey Heaven smells like bergamont with black tea. As predicted! I steeped this tea at 200F for 3 minutes.

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I busted out this cute floral tea set for this tea!

TASTE: Creamy black tea base with a splash of citrusy bergamont. End of sip, the tea is a brisk with citrus and robust black tea. The bergamont lingers as an aftertaste. The vanilla smooths out the bergamont and adds some sweetness. The bergamont level is moderate in intensity. There is no bitterness in the black tea base.

LATTE: I was excited to try this tea as a latte. I love earl grey lattes!

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This Earl Grey Heaven as a latte is AMAZING! Earl Grey Heaven with milk is SUPER creamy – that vanilla really takes this earl grey into another dimension of creamyness. The bergamont is lighter  but is there to add interest. Overall incredibly smooth!

Earl Grey Creme from The Persimmon Tree - Oolong Owl Tea Review (9)I burned my face trying to drink this – I filled the cup up too high!

COMMENTS: This is the best Earl Grey in loose leaf form I’ve had so far. I love strong bergamont that I can taste. I’ve tried a number of loose leaf earl greys and they are super wimpy on the bergamont, taste like raisins or the base is not so great.

Earl Grey Heaven has a good moderate level of bergamont and the creamyness is quite lovely. I quite enjoyed this tea and if you tea peeps are looking for an Earl Grey, I suggest giving this one a sampling!

I’ll have to stuff some in some tea bags to send to my Dad back in Canada. Over the phone, we can reflect over Star Trek TNG!

Earl Grey Creme from The Persimmon Tree - Oolong Owl Tea Review

Strawberries & Cream from Della Terra Teas – Tea Review

Strawberries & Cream is a green and white tea blend from Della Terra Teas.

Oh Della Terra Teas – your sales are amazing and I have a hard time resisting! I’ve done 2 orders in the last few weeks, plus winning a facebook drawing. There is no way I can pass up a strawberry cream green or white tea!

DRY LEAF: Strawberry Candy smell – like a strawberry creamsicle! Nice red cubes of strawberries in this tea!

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STEEPED: Very tangy, sweet fruit smell coming from a pale yellow, slightly green tea! I did a 160F steep for 2 minutes.

FYI, The website says a lower temperature than the packaging – that’s the temperature recommended by Della Terra, my packaging is incorrect.

Strawberries and Cream from Della Terra Teas - Oolong Owl Tea Review (3)

TASTE: Quite a bit going on here, surprisingly. There’s the green tea flavor that has some butteryness going on, some candy-like tang that finishes off strawberry, bit of tangy, bit of juicy, creamyness that reduces some of the tang and a vegetal finish. After all that, there’s a tangy aftertaste. Phew.

Sweetened, the strawberry pops out more but is still tangy. 5/10 on the Tang-o-Meter. The strawberry is more on the natural tart side, than the candy side. The tang is kind of like sugared sour candy. I prefer this tea unsweetened as it tastes more natural.

The first time I made this tea, I used the wrong steeping instructions, going to 175F. With the hotter water there was less creamyness and a strong vegetal finish. It also got a little bitter. Strawberries and Cream is MUCH better at 160F. Interesting how just a little change in water temperature changes a tea!

RESTEEP: Hmmm! Buttery and juicy green tea with a bit of creamyness, with a bit of strawberry tang at the end. Very good resteep!

COMMENTS:  I wish the strawberry was stronger, but the creamyness here was lovely in this tea! I enjoyed the play of the buttery green and the juicy white too!

I can see others loving this tea but I have to stress you need to have a variable temperature kettle, or take the time to steep it correctly with the right water hottness.