I purchased White2Tea’s 2015 Channel Orange during the Black Friday sale. The brick was a cart sneaker of “that sounds fun” rather than a serious purchase. Reading more into this tea, it is a puer blend of 3-8 year old Xinhui Chenpi orange materials, mixed with orange skins. I have to say that Black Friday and holiday tea buying was hectic. I only had 1 order not screwed up – but I say this as positive as I can, as I am very happy my fav sellers are busy and I trust my tea dealers as they are all awesome. That … Continue reading, hoot!
Just a quick Sunday Tea Hoots this week. First off, I need to announce the awesomeness that is Oolong Owl being the 2016 Internet Community Winner from The Oolong Drunk! 2016 was a good year for tea community – with most of us North Americans being solo drinkers, reaching out to meet other tea drinkers is a great opportunity to share and enable each other to buy new teas with. I met a lot of cool tea people, in person and online, and it is great to have a growing group of tea buddies. Get out there and meet people! There are other cool … Continue reading, hoot!
This years New Years Resolution is to be injury free. I want to finally compete in weightlifting, I just have to not get injured or be sick for a long enough stretch! Matcha is my go to for preworkout, along with other weightlifter concoctions. I spotted The Tea Spot’s Matcha Fitness Set and thought this would be a fun tea thing to try to get me pumped back to lifting again after being out after surgery. Matcha Fitness Set Specs Steep & Go Brew bottle – 20oz/ BPA Free/ built in and removable filter with sports cap. Multiple color options. Dishwasher safe. … Continue reading, hoot!
I bought White2Tea’s 2015 Tuhao As Fuck early when it came out, took awhile for me to drink, and enjoyed it enough to not drink it again that I was considering to purchase a cake. I procrastinated, then the 2016 Tuhao AF came out so I purchased a sample of that. I am still procrastinating on a cake as I am quite happy with multiple cakes of the cheaper 2016 Teadontlie. Anyways, today’s the day to try the 2016 Tuhao AF. I felt I needed to drink this soon to compare with my recent review of 2016 We Go High, another … Continue reading, hoot!
Happy New Years! 2017! I have completed another year of tracking all my teas, how much I drank and received. I track my entire tea stash and consumption on Google Sheets, which I find handy as I can access it on my phone and computer. If you want to learn more about my spreadsheets – Tea Stash Spreadsheet | Tea Consumption Spreadsheet. Due to popular demand – here is a template of my Tea Stash Spreadsheet! Save a copy to make it yours. 2016 was a crazy year for me. I moved from Los Angeles to Seattle. I finally got a full pumidor set up … Continue reading, hoot!
I cannot say no to a jing mai material puer! Today’s review is Bitterleaf Teas’ 2013 Hummingbird Spring Jing Mai Sheng Puer. This puer is spring, gushu (old tree) material. Bitterleaf Teas sells their 2013 Hummingbird in a few different styles – sample, 357 gram cake, and mini coin 10 gram cakes. My sample is from a cake. Reports from my tea friends saw the coin form has smaller leaves so flavor could vary. Dry Leaf and Steeping Instructions The dry leaf smells sweet and floral. I love when puer samples give you a nice hunk of tea! Bitterleaf includes steeping instructions … Continue reading, hoot!
December 2016 White2Tea Club! This month came with a 250 gram brick of 2010 LiuBao with a sample of Hot Brandy 15 grams and 10 grams of Qilan Trees. I reviewed Qilan Trees back in September 2015 and I bought a cake of Hot Brandy (review incoming). I also got the first round of other White2tea orders come in at the same time as my club. I decided I will just be drinking the club LiuBao today. I am unfortunately missing the information handout that usually comes with the club. A photo posted by Char (@oolongowl) on Dec 5, 2016 at … Continue reading, hoot!
I first encountered The Wall Tea Infuser at the World Tea Expo. I walked by and saw it on display. I thought, “What crap, it is only for right-handed people.” The Boreal Wildcraft guys promptly told me, “We do carry a left handed one, and oddly it sells just as well as the right handed ones, despite left handers are only like 10% of the population.” Then they showed me the left handed model. To be honest, at that point I bought a left handed one without a second thought. I did not care how good the tea infuser was or … Continue reading, hoot!
November 2016 White2Tea club. This marks 2 years with the White2Tea club, which started in November 2014. For the 2 year mark, we got a single 50 gram sheng puer cake. It is Lincang material, picked in September, pressed October, and arrived in November. “B_D_” is a mad lib, go fill in whatever gutter brained stuff that comes to mind, but I automatically thought “Big Dinosaur.” Mr T-Rex is usually at my husband’s work desk, but he came home for a visit. He’s been busy chewing on mini tuochas and rawr’ing at Tea Owls, it seemed B_D_ was right. B_D_ … Continue reading, hoot!
If you are familiar with the UK tea seller Bluebird Tea Co, the World Atlas of Tea is written by their mixologist, Krisi Smith. Bluebird Tea Co has some fantastic tea blends unique to them, that I should really try more of. I keep buying or getting tea books over the last few years, however I never reviewed any until today. I am more partial to the cook book variety of tea books as I collect physical cookbooks with my husband, and buy everything else as ebook. Lets check out the World Atlas of Tea and learn about tea! World Atlas of … Continue reading, hoot!