January White2Tea Club

I savored this month’s White2Tea monthly tea subscription club – all the teas sounded great to me!

For the White2Tea club, every month you get teas that are curated by White2tea. These teas are samples from their current line up, previews to new teas to their shop, as well as some private stash and discoveries. The subscription is month to month, cancel any time. So far, all the teas I’ve received has been pretty good – I recently dropped a bunch of cash for a group order, buying more teas that I received in previous months. Good stuff!

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For the month of January, the White2tea club teas are: 2008 Haichao Chenxiang Ripe Puer (125 gram mini cake), Dark Feather Dancong (10 gram sample) and Big Red Tree (10 gram sample). I took almost the entire month to sample all these teas. I steeped all these teas with boiling water and gongfu style short infusions.

2008 Haichao Chenxiang Ripe Puer
I drank this ripe puer twice. I had a really bad ripe puer the day before the first sampling of 2008 Haichao Chenxiang, so I was super happy to get some good puer in me!

January White2Tea monthly tea subscription club - oolong owl tea review (2) I found 2008 Haichao Chenxiang Ripe Puer very easy to drink ripe! The tea has a clear dark color.

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2008 Haichao Chenxiang Ripe Puer starts off pretty rich like a comforting morning coffee with notes of malt and chocolate. The tea ends smooth and sweet. I’d show this tea to someone new to puer – the flavor is not too complex but good quality. I didn’t get that many infusions, about 8 for both runs, but all were pretty good.

Dark Feather Dancong
I love the name of this dancong!

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Dark Feather oolong is smooth and lots of creamy lips. The flavor is roasty deep like walnuts and pecans with a peachy and leafy aftertaste. My favorite part of this tea is the lingering creamy peach breath.

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At about the 5th infusion, Dark Feather Dancong gets quite dry, 5/10 on the Astringency Meter, with dry cheeks but mega aftertaste.

Big Red Tree
Big Red Tree is interesting – it is from old arbor puer trees. The tea is fermented but then made into black tea. The dry leaf of Big Red Tree is pretty as it has long gold highlighted twists of tea with a touch of grape scent.

January White2Tea monthly tea subscription club - oolong owl tea review (6) First cup has an orange color – wow so pretty!

January White2Tea monthly tea subscription club - oolong owl tea review (7) In totally random the hot steeped leaves smell like raspberries! Big Red Tree’s flavor is thick with a creamy malt edge to it. The tea reminds me of a golden tipped yunnan black however there a berry notes to it that make the tea more unique in flavor. I would like to say the berry flavor is raspberry, but it’s pretty close.

This tea has lots of resteeping potential, I got around 14 resteeps! Later infusions the color of Big Red Tree got more deep orange. I was getting a buzz on the tongue might of been tea drunk. In an interesting twist, the final infusions where surprisingly buttery!

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In the end, my favorite of this month’s White2Tea club teas was Big Red Tree – very cool, unique tea! Boo, I’ll need to get more Big Tree Red and I just made an order! I am unsure how much of a deal I got this month as the 2008 Haichao Chenxiang Ripe Puer isn’t on sale due to limited stock, Dark Feather Dancong, at the time, isn’t listed. Big Red Tree full size is $35. I look forward to next month!

Keemun Mao Feng Black tea from What-Cha – Tea Review

I am still on the quest for a good Keemun! Hoot! Let’s sample some keemun from What-Cha. What-Cha, at this time, has a couple different keemuns to choose from. Today, I’ll be tasting Keemun Mao Feng Black tea. This one attracted me due to its promise of smooth caramel flavor.

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Dry Leaf

What-Cha’s Keemun Mao Feng Black tea smells like burnt caramel and char scent. The dry leaf is tight thin wires of tea with the odd gold tip.

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Steeping Instructions

I followed the steeping instructions stated on What-Cha’s packaging – 200f for a 3 minute infusion, using an in-mug tea infuser basket. What-Cha’s Keemun Mao Feng Black steeped up a smokey scented tea in a gorgeously clear amber brown.

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Tasting of What-Cha’s Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea

What-Cha’s Keemun Mao Feng Black sips in with a thick burnt caramel flavor that gets sweeter throughout the sip. The burnt char smokey notes are quite light, 3/10 on the Smoke Meter. Mid sip, the caramel flavor shifts brighter and sweeter along with a rich malt taste. The finish of this keemun has molasses notes. Throughout the sip, Keemun Mao Feng had a very smooth flavor with a lightly silky texture. No bitterness or dryness too!

Second Infusion: Kemmun Mao Feng black made for a good second infusion. The flavor is lighter and sweeter, mostly with bright caramel notes with a hint of malt. The tea is still not bitter or dry.

Comments

What-Cha’s Keemun Mao Feng Black is deliciously caramel. I love the rich malt and smoke notes which keeps the tea drinker on their toes. The smoothness of this keemun was my favorite part! Keemun Mao Feng Black tea is flavor packed and rich – a great tea for waking up in the morning. A coffee drinker would like this tea too.

Bonus: Tea Owl breakfast! Keemun Mao Feng Black tea goes great with spiced bran muffins!

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(tea provided for review)

Tiny Yixing Tea Pot

When you think “tea pot” how big is it? I did a quick amazon search and the top tea pots are Gravity Steepers, 16oz (475ml ish), with a bunch of tea pots ranging from 700ml (23oz) to 1200ml (42oz). Search “Small teapot” and you’ll get 2 cup/500ml/16 oz sized tea pots. PSSSHHHHHH, that isn’t small.

This is small. 40ml (1.35oz) small. US quarter coin for scale.

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I’ve noticed tea shops tend to sell tiny tea pots like this pretty expensive. I’ve done a bit of visual arts way back in art school and yes, making stuff smaller can take just as much work as full size, maybe more as it’s so freaking tiny! When I crochet tiny Tea Owls, they take the same amount of yarn and time, as it is just my tools and yarn that went smaller and thinner.

However, cheap cheap tea ware can be found – Aliexpress! I paid $7 for my tiny yixing tea pot. This tiny tea pot arrived late last year in so far the weirdest packaging job I’ve seen. The packaging consisted of first being wrapped in a standard shipping grey bag, then Styrofoam creatively taped into a box shape.

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Inside, more random Styrofoam chunks and my tea goodies!

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Sweet a sample of unknown tea since there is no English on it. I love those! Also, my tiny yixing tea pot was wrapped in Hello Kitty news paper!

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Weird as the packaging was, everything arrived perfectly!

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However, for $7 I surely paid for some imperfections. There are a few fingernail dents in the clay and the filter on the inside looks kinda ugly.

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Now, what to do with a 40ml tiny yixing tea pot? I’m not sure. So far, my tiny yixing tea pot is unseasoned. Realistically, since I am a single tea drinker and if I have a small amount of an expensive tea, I can use this pot for that. I can see myself dedicating this pot to some aged oolongs I have kicking around. I’ve noticed the more I do gong fu style tea steeping, the smaller I’ve been wanting the vessel to be – this could be I just want to try all the infusions and move on. 40ml seems an entertaining drastic jump down in tea pot size. I imagine that there are some teas I simply can’t use in this tea pot due to crazy honking leaf size expansion.

My 40ml tiny yixing tea pot also has endless entertainment and display value. If I never use this little tea pot, $7 was a fine price to pay for adorable novelty to show on my tea shelf that will wow guests. Look how tiny this tea pot is next to a mini tuocha! Hmmm, I wonder if I have to break the mini tuocha into 1/4 to steep it in this tea pot?

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Look at Intern Tea Owl! The 40ml tiny yixing tea pot is like a 4 cup sized tea pot for him!

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While I am not using this tea pot, the Tea Owls can have afternoon tea without me! They’ll show that Youtube fine dining hamster who’s boss!

Sunny Fruits Puer from Lupicia – Tea Review

I tend to buy puer blends, just for the hell of it. They are so uncommon, but puer is getting more attention these days so I see more blends available. Of course, Lupicia has some really nice blends, it is hard to resist a puer blend from them!

Sunny Fruits Puer is a tea blend (puer black tea as stated on the ingredients list) with dried mango, dried papaya, and safflower.

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Dry leaf

Sunny Fruits Puer smells super fruity! It has a tangy mango scent, with the dark tea leaves mixed with mango chunks and reddy orange petals. I could smell this tea all day!

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Steeping Instructions

The steeping instructions on the package state to use boiling for a 1.5 to 2 minute steep. I went with 2 minutes, steeping the tea in a glass mug.

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Tasting of Lupicia’s Sunny Fruits Puer

Sunny Fruits Puer steeps up a dark amber tea with earthy mushroom scent with a dash of tropical. Tropical mushroom? Why do I think man-eating mushroom?

Sunny Fruits Puer sips in with a distinct papaya mango flavor. The papaya is more upfront for me and fairly natural tasting. However, to me the papaya flavor borders tasting like fruity flower soap. The base is earthy and a little mushroomy. The more I sip the more I enjoy the blend’s contrast of tropical and dark puer. This confirms this tea is a man-eating mushroom fungus scented like tropical fruit to lure you into it. You then get tea drunk as you get digested. The aftertaste is the best part – smooth Philippine yellow mango! Fruity burps!

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Iced: Iced Sunny Fruits Puer is tastier than hot Sunny Fruits Puer – after having this, I will probably always prepare this tea iced. The tropical fruit comes out more and with an even better papaya mango flavor and is a little sweeter. You don’t need much sugar in this tea as the fruit does the work for you! I found iced to be less soap papaya – I think my first cup had more papaya chunks in the teaspoon of dry leaf.

Comments

Lupicia’s Sunny Fruits Puer is a fun fruity puer blend for someone that wants to get some puer in their tea rotation.The puer base is easy to drink not overly heavy for western style steeping. If you love a tropical black blend this would be a tea for you.

I personally prefer Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puer more as I think a earthy deep ripe puer pairs better with berry, chocolate and creamy flavors. However, if you want iced puer, Lupicia’s Sunny Fruits Puer  is the winner!

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong Smoked Wuyi Black tea from Verdant Tea – Tea Review

The colder season has made black tea even more tasty than usual for me. I recently purchased a bunch of blacks from Verdant Tea. One of them I felt I was taking a bit of a risk on, Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong Smoked Wuyi Black Tea, as I’m not huge on heavy smoked teas, I simply purchased for the recommendation that roasted oolong lovers would enjoy it. Let’s review it!

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea is crafted in the Wuyi Mountains from the Li Family. This is the Autumn 2014 batch. Pictured is the sample size, though I also have 1oz of it.

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Dry Leaf

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea has a lightly smokey BBQ scent. The tea looks like dark twists of wide ribbons of tea.

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Steeping Instructions

Verdant Tea always has great steeping instructions for both western brewing and gong fu style. I followed the gong fu instructions, which were obviously made from tea experience of the tea seller. I used boiling water and did two rinses. I did 2 second infusions to start, slowly increasing the steep time as I went on.

Tasting of Verdant Tea’s Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea steeps up similar to the scent of the dry leaf – smokey charcoal sticky BBQ. The smoked tea has a light brown, reddish amber colour going on.

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First, Second and Third Infusion: Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea sips in sweet and very smooth. The tea has a light cedar wood flavor but with an additional level of sweetness of tree sap. As the sip goes on the tea gets more smokey. First, the smokiness starts like a wisp of sandalwood incense then builds to charcoal burnt pine. However, the smokey flavor is quite smooth as if the smoke isn’t disrupting the clear blue skies. The smokey level is moderate, 4/10 on the Smoke Meter. Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea has no bitter or dryness.

With each steeping the flavor of Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea gets a touch stronger in intensity that is like the smoke is heating up the sky.

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Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Infusion: The flavor intensity peaked to a smokey dark chocolate flavor. Each sip of  Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea is creamy with swirls of rich dark chocolate and smoke. The tea has gotten more sweet, however the smoke is getting more wispy light and delicate with each infusion.

Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Infusion: I moved to 30 second infusions here and turned out this batch was the best infusions! Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea tastes like milk chocolate. The tea sips light then the flavor builds to chocolate. There is more going on than chocolate – the texture is very smooth, sweet and clean with a light floral tickling the background. There is very little smoke, if any. With each infusion, the tea is getting sweeter too. It is like the fire was put out, the smores have melted and I’m licking the molten chocolate off my fingers.

Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Infusion: 1 minute infusions. Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea is stabilizing as light chocolate and sugar flavor with a creamy marshmallows taste. As expected, with each infusion the flavor drops.

Thirteenth Infusion: The lucky last hurrah 8 minute infusion! Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea is nicely sweet with background of chocolate. I can probably get another long steeping or two but I’ll stop here for now.

By the way, this cup is also from Verdant Tea – so pretty!

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Comments

Verdant Tea‘s Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea is a comfort food, campy snuggle tea. Early steepings felt uplifting with the forest pine and incense notes. The mid steepings were of campfire smore roasting to later infusions of clear night sky while snacking on chocolate. I love a tea that takes you on a journey!

As a lapsang souchong I loved it – the smoke was low moderate and added to the experience. It was complex in flavor and not like liquid smoke. I heard from others that they prefer a lapsang souchong that tastes like the tea was burnt over tire fire, so Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea is probably not for them. I agree with Verdant Tea that a dark oolong drinker and a chocolate notes black tea lover would enjoy Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong  Smoked Wuyi Black tea. This is tea is also friendly to a tea drinker getting their taste wet for smokey teas.

Tea House Tea Pet – Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Tea Pets – the coolest thing to have on your tea table next to the trusty Oolong Owl Tea Owl. I have one tea pet, purchased on Ebay. It seems tea pets have been easier to find these days thanks to the ease of purchasing things internationally with ebay and Aliexpress, but otherwise tea pets are hard to find, even moreso from a US seller.

Joseph Wesley black tea, besides having amazing black teas and gorgeous tea chawans, they have a tea pet – a Tea House!

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Mine is unglazed and all white, but at Joseph Wesley black tea you can get your Tea House with orange, blue or light blue accents.

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Anyways, these tea pets are made in conjunction with Canadian potter Dayna Wagner. The Tea House is a symbol of community, family and sharing (of tea!). Net proceeds are donated to Detroit’s Freedom House.

Appearance wise, this tea pet is well made. The house is very distinct looking, with the back imprinted with the Joseph Wesley Tea logo.

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There are cute little windows on the sides!

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I’m used to seeing tea pets that are more the yixing clay colors of red, black and brown, so a white tea pet has a nice modern, stand out look to it. A very cool item, for a nice cause for a tea drinker!

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1 month later, and with lots of use on my Tea House, it is starting to tint to a tea colour. My tea house reminds me of the houses back in Vancouver, where you’d see a line around the base of the house after it has rained.

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Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong from Teavivre – Tea Review

Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong is a hand crafted oolong harvested from Anxi County, Fujian Province, China, sold by Teavivre.

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My sample came in mega vacuum packed packaging. Inside, the tea was wrapped in more vacuumed packaging.

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These vacuumed oolongs look and feel so cool, irresistible to squeeze like bubble wrap. Vacuumed Oolongs are also known Tea Owl weapon alternative to rocks in socks (I am unsure why a Tea Owl would need a weapon…)

Dry Leaf

Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong leaf is in large clumps of oolong.

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Some of the tea is wadded in balls, while others sport some pointy hats, like gnomes. Tea gnomes! The tea smells quite fragrant and fresh with a buttery floral scent.

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Steeping Instructions

Teavivre always lists western as well as gongfu steeping instructions, which is really nice. For fancy oolong like this, gongfu is the optimal choice in my opinion. I followed Teavivre’s Gong Fu steeping instructions, but found them too be too long of an infusion, leading to some overpowered tea.

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In the end, I steeped Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong in a glass gaiwan with boiling water. I did a 5 second rinse and did the first infusion at 20 seconds. Each infusion I added 15 to 30 seconds.

Tasting of Teavivre’s Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xian Tieguanyin Oolong

Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong steeps up a pristine clear, light yellow tea with a mega orchid scent.

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First and Second Infusion: Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong sips in with lots of flavor being quite  fresh and sweet floral. There are delicate lemon cream notes with a strong finish of floral that reminds me of orchids and roses. The floral notes is the most prominent flavor, 6/10 on the Floral Meter as it is not perfumery or over the top. The after taste of Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong is a lovely peachy floral.

This tea is like sipping on a lemon ice soda, carrying a basket of fresh flowers. on a breezy summer day wearing a summer dress and over sized sun hat. The tea is so fresh, breezy, light, refreshing and cheerful, warmed by the sun.

Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Infusion: With each infusion of Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong there is less lemon notes and more mellow smooth flavor. The tea is getting buttery with a floral finish. The tea floral has gotten lighter, down to a 4/10, with a more butter cup flavor than orchid.
The final infusions had no floral aftertaste, replaced with a bit of dryness, 2/10 Astringency, that made the tip of my tongue went dry.

The leaf quality looks pretty good. Nice big leaves, some in perfect condition, some a little owl pecked.

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With big leafy Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong made my gaiwan was full and bursting!

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At the 3rd infusion my gaiwan was already full. Last infusions the lid of the gaiwan was resting on leaves rather than on glass, making a satisfying “PLOP” sound when placed.

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Comments

I’m more of a higher oxidized oolong drinker, but I found Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong to be excellent. The best quality of Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong is the freshness – the flavor is clear, clean and crisp. The flavor is also strong and delicate at the same time with a pleasing amount of floral notes.

Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang Tieguanyin Oolong is totally for a floral tea drinker and would be much loved by Tieguanyin fans.

(tea provided for review)

January Simple Loose Leaf Tea Co-op Club

Yes, January is here, and with that, all my Tea of the Month tea boxes roll in! First tea sub that arrived – Simple Loose Leaf!

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The Simple Loose Leaf Tea Co-op Club gets you 4 to 6 loose leaf tea samples (1/4oz size) of different teas including straight teas, blends and herbals. Being in the Tea Co-op gives you a membership ID which gives you 50% off their Simple Loose Leaf Tea Shop.

You can enter the coupon code OolongOwl for a 50% off your first Simple Loose Leaf’s Tea co-op box!

This month – Genmaicha, Black Pu’erh, Assam Earl Grey, Brazilian Toasted Mate, and Chai Green. I’ll be sampling Chai Green and Assam Earl Grey.

This month, Simple Loose Leaf gave me more cloth tea bags. I keep meaning to use them, but the Tea Owls have been using them for potato sack racing. Another time!

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Chai Green
Very spicy scent! In the dry leaf I spot some whole cloves – actually, Chai Green looks about 50/ 50 spices to tea – a sign of very spicy chai things to come!

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simple loose leaf tea club coop January - Oolong Owl tea review (4) Chai Green is indeed tastes full of spice! The tea sips in ginger candy sweet over a buttery green base. I can taste cloves and cinnamon too. The high spice over the delicate light tea base is an interesting contrast and a nice change of pace over the usual heavy black tea base. I’d give Chai Green a 7/10 on the Spice Meter – this chai is for someone who wants a good amount of spice fan for an evening tea session.

Assam Earl Grey
Great dry leaf smells full of citrus tasty. The dry leaf is just tea, no frills citrus chunks here. I steeped Assam Earl Grey in boiling water for 3 minutes.

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Assam Earl Grey tastes super smmooooth! The Assam is sweet malt with smooth texture undisturbed by the bergamot flavor. For the bergamot flavor, I’d rate it a moderate level, 6/10 on the Bergamot Meter. End of sip the tea has a dry briskness, 3/10 on the Astringency Meter. Assam Earl Grey is a very nice earl grey that many would enjoy for pure bergamot flavor and great tea base. My favorite tea from the Simple Loose Leaf Tea Co-op Club this month!

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(tea provided for review)

DAVIDsTea’s Glitter and Gold tea, Sparkling!

If you aren’t familiar, DAVIDsTea’s Glitter and Gold tea is a Chinese black tea blended with gold sugar balls, gold sugar crystals, lemon peel, cloves and vanilla. True to its namesake, Glitter and Gold does sparkle.

Admittedly, if you brew this tea normally you might not see the tea sparkle. I owned 50 grams of this tea about 3 or 4 years ago and only once or twice saw it sparkle, an only when I used a glass tea mug.

Not too long ago, I was gifted a couple servings of Glitter and Gold tea. One sleepy morning I decided to have a cup of Glitter and Gold tea, but awake enough to set up ideal sparkle conditions. My steeping of Glitter and Gold tea was with a small one serving 200ml glass tea pot, which I bought for gong fu steeping and pretty tea blog photos. This tea pot does not have an infuser, just a filter coil at the spout to stop the leaves from escaping. I didn’t expect my cell phone to film such impressive tea sparkle!

Looks like a field of stars!

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In mug, leaves removed, the tea does sparkle until the sugar is fully dissolved or sinks to the bottom of the cup.

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Spiffy! I think I will have to buy DAVIDsTea’s Glitter and Gold tea again. This tea would be an amazing tea presentation in a larger glass tea pot to serve at an afternoon tea!

Oolong Tea from Buddha Teas – Tea Review

There’s only been a handful of tea bag reviews here at Oolong Owl. Honestly, I’m a loose leaf tea drinker and I do not purchase bagged tea. My tea bag collection is mostly samples and really old teas leftover from my tea bag days. I just realized I should probably throw out those old tea bags – they are probably really old! I tend to drink bagged tea on really lazy and tired mornings. Those days I toss in a tea bag, add water and check my email while my tea bag over steeps.

Anyways, I wouldn’t review a bagged tea unless it was something different or something pretty good. The tea for review today is Buddha Teas’ Oolong Tea, an organic four seasons oolong.

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Dry Leaf

Tea in a bag. I wanted to steep this sucker in a bag just like anyone else would, so in the bag the tea stays. Surprisingly, the tea is quite fragrantly roasty without a paper scent. The tea bag is unbleached with no staples, which is nice. I personally prefer this style of tea bag over those silk plastic ones, as they don’t compost well.

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Steeping Instructions

The package states to steep the tea bag for 3 to 5 minutes with boiling water, and up to 10 minutes. I found this tea did well with the longer steeping – for this review I went 5 minutes, but I did a previous session with this tea for an extended brewing of “leave in cup and forget about it”.

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The tea bag did hold up with the extended steeping. Mmm a wet tea bag. This picture makes me thirsty.

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Tasting of Buddha Teas’ Oolong Tea

The tea steeps up a lovely bronze gold cup with a lightly roasted scent.

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Buddha Teas’ Oolong sips in roasty and full of flavor. There is also a nice fresh vibe to this tea. It isn’t that green tasting, but more roasty, buttery, and with a finish of sweet toasted flowers. Who toasts their flowers? Anyways, the toasty flavor level I’d put at moderate – like a bit of crispy edges on the floral. The texture is very smooth and quite easy to drink. There’s a slight dryness after I drank more than half my cup.

Comments

First off – Buddha Teas’ Oolong Tea is the best bagged oolong tea I’ve had – the tea was flavorful and true to oolong-ness in taste without weird paper notes or watery flavor. Most common issues I’ve had with bagged oolong teas is that they don’t remotely taste like an oolong, little flavor or very stale, like steeping a chunk of cardboard. Buddha Teas’ Oolong Tea is many many steps ahead of the standard bagged oolong game.  I personally enjoyed this tea for the roasty floral notes – I love a roasty oolong so this was a nice treat of a tea.

Buddha Teas’ Oolong Tea would be a great oolong for a tea bag drinker who wants a good oolong, and an oolong drinker who wants the convenience of a tea bag.

(tea provided for review)