2016 We Go High Sheng Puer from White2Tea

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I snagged a sample of White2Tea’s new 2016 We Go High Sheng Puer, feeling a little scared. This tea could be an inspirational of a puer “we beat those low blow bullies”  or the mega tea drunk style. 2016 We Go High Sheng Puer is described as “A blend of raw Puer material with a diverse profile. Sweet and soft, elegant soup. Weighty flavors appear in later steeps with a soft entry. Pressed tightly for the long haul, but very drinkable now.” Official Wrapper Art Dry Leaf and Steeping Instructions 2016 We Go High Sheng Puer is pretty fragrant. It … Continue reading, hoot!

Going Gongfu Tea Set from The Tea Spot

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I got a preview of The Tea Spot‘s Going Gongfu Tea Set at the 2016 World Tea Expo… and was told to keep it a secret until launch. When I encountered this tea set I was in love with how pretty it was – the glazing and design is so nice! Finally the Going Gongfu set is for sale and I got my claws on it! Ooohoothoothoot! Going Gongfu Tea Set Stats The Tea Spot’s Going Gongfu 8oz/ 235ml tea pot 80z/235ml pitcher 1.5oz/45ml tea cups x 2 (additional cups can be purchased) Lead Free, Cadmium Free. Meets FDA, LFGB, CA … Continue reading, hoot!

2010 Puerh Mini Waffle Brick Shou from Treasure Green Tea Company

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I purchased this tea during my last trip to Vancouver Canada. Treasure Green is a tea shop located in China Town in downtown Vancouver. The 2010 Puerh Mini Waffle Brick Shou was a must purchase as it is Treasure Green’s special edition pressing. Turns out, this puer is Bing Dao, Lincang material and it sounds like it is semi-fermented. I purchased the waffle version, but Treasure Green also sells a 200 gram cake that was too rich for my blood to treat a cake as a sample. They also have a special edition 2012 Bingdao sheng (cake and waffle) that I … Continue reading, hoot!

Sunday Tea Hoots 28 – Post Surgery and 2016 Tea Advent Calender

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I’ve been MIA lately due to recovering from surgery. When I expect to be MIA, I get some blog posts scheduled, but I had 3 days notice for my surgery so I didn’t have much time to prepare. I’m finally well enough to sit at a computer and type, yay! Over the last almost 2 weeks I’ve been mostly sleeping, knitting, and playing Pokemon Moon. Team Rowlet! Not much as tea drinking going on here other than a couple western cups of tea a day. When I was finally moving around enough to make tea, it would take 20 minutes to … Continue reading, hoot!

Year of the Monkey 2016 Spring Mengku from Bitter Leaf Teas

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Ooooh yeah, more Bitter Leaf Tea! Today we are drinking Year of the Monkey 2016 Spring Mengku, a Lincang region arbor material sheng puer. This puer is promised to be a good starter puer due to low bitterness and a daily drinker. Dry Leaf and Steeping Method It is always cool when you get a prime sample piece – a perfect crescent of puer cake! The scent is strongly fruity and a little smokey. The leaf is heavy on the silver contrast, with some long leaves and some with long twig. I went with the usual steeping method, 1 gram to … Continue reading, hoot!

04 Dian Hong Congfu from Joseph Wesley Black Tea – Tea Review

It sunk in when I was at Joseph Wesley Black Tea’s booth at the World Tea Expo and what, he has a Dian Hong??!?!?! Despite going to their website often, I never noticed their 04 Dian Hong Congfu, and likely focused on the deliciousness of their 07 Lapsang or Special Edition Qimen. Dry Leaf and Steeping Instructions The leaf is gorgeous – small twists and folds of black leaf with plenty of gold tips plus whole gold leaves, with the scent is of malty peaches. I was planning to follow the steeping instructions of 190F for an 8oz serving… …but this leaf … Continue reading, hoot!

Sunday Tea Hoots 27 – Moldy times

Over the last few weeks I’ve been feeling under the weather with health issues. Worrying about upcoming medical insurance changes doesn’t help with the stress either. My response has been to camp in front of my computer with giant tea mugs, knitting, and World of Warcraft adventures. That said, my neglected owl house has been a disaster of messes – feathers, paper, boxes, fur, and dishes everywhere. My tea area is covered in a mound of tea pots, dirty cups, samples, tea books, and handouts. In a moment of “I’m going to get stuff done!” mood, I cleaned up my tea … Continue reading, hoot!

Hsinchu Oriental Beauty from Adagio Teas – Tea Review

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Today’s review is a tea from Adagio Teas’ Masters collection – Hsinchu Oriental Beauty. I am always on the lookout for a good Oriental Beauty and figured this was a good opportunity to try Adagio’s premium tea collection of expensive teas. Hsinchu Oriental Beauty is from Hsinchu County, NW Taiwan. I got the sample tin, which I failed to weigh out to see how much I got. I did run into a problem that they stuff the tins – what I took out I could not put back into the tin, haha! Dry Leaf and Steeping Instructions Hsinchu Oriental Beauty … Continue reading, hoot!

2016 Teadontlie Sheng from White2Tea

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2016 Teadontlie is my favorite White2Tea Spring 2016 Sheng line out of all the samples I purchased. It took me awhile to actually post this review as I needed a couple cakes in my possession first… just in case. A photo posted by Char (@oolongowl) on Oct 22, 2016 at 1:46pm PDT Dry Leaf and Steeping Instructions Gorgeous leaf, I cannot stop looking at it! It looks almost like an oriental beauty but with less red tones. There’s silvers, light and dark greens, some hints of brown. Very pretty! The scent is what sets this puer apart from the other 2016s – … Continue reading, hoot!

2011 Moonlight White Cake from The Chinese Tea Shop – Tea Review

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I’ve been holding onto this 2011 Moonlight White (Yue Guang Bai) Cake for awhile. I am not sure why I was saving it, it is a very large 360 gram cake with a gorgeous wrapper. I bought this cake with my last visit to The Chinese Tea Shop in Vancouver, Canada. The Canadian Dollar was really low at the time, so I went on a buying spree, getting this cake without even sampling. I love Moonlight Whites, I had confidence that Daniel sells great tea, and a couple local tea buddies told me that this cake is amazing. So here is the … Continue reading, hoot!