99% Oxidized Purple Oolong is a unique oolong from Sumatra, Indonesia. This tea is sold by Art of Tea. *Oolong Week!* I’ll be reviewing Oolong teas all this week. Yeah, I started late, it was a holiday weekend! I am really interested in this tea. I’ve heard mostly about oolongs from Taiwan, but not Indonesia. However, the biggest selling point is it is a “purple” oolong. Purple is my favorite colour! Purple Owl here also loves purple! DRY LEAF: 99% Oxidized Purple Oolong has a gentle smokey scent. The appearance is quite interesting – it has that tightly bunched oolong look, but with a deep … Continue reading, hoot!
I wanted to introduce you all to my bunny, Benson! He’s a 1 year old holland lop. A very handsome rabbit. However, he’s rarely photogenic and always full of bunny mischief. I’ve tried taking photos of him with tea and it usually doesn’t go very well. That’s a tea tin under his bunny butt!! I tried to photograph him with the tin, and he quickly dragged it around then sat on it. I guess he doesn’t like black tea. Now can you see why this blog is called Oolong Owl and not Black Tea Bunny? Before this photo, I was … Continue reading, hoot!
Mrs. Li’s Shi Feng Dragonwell is a green tea from Verdant Tea. This dragonwell is organically produced, hand picked and roasted by the Li family in Shi Feng, Dragonwell Village in the Zhejiang Province of China. My tea owlets, I admit, the dragonwells I’ve had so far I wasn’t very impressed with. Though, I’m not sure how old the dragonwells I had were. Verdant Tea was taking preorders for their spring teas, and I figured I should give Mrs. Li’s Shi Feng Dragonwell a shot. This is the freshest tea I’m going to get my owl claws on. Seriously. The leaves were picked early April. … Continue reading, hoot!
Pomegranate Magnolia White Tea is a unique blend from Upton Tea Imports, an online tea seller. This tea is from my first Upton Tea Imports order! I love that all their teas come in inexpensive sample sizes, so I can try a bunch of teas before committing to buy a large size. You can also have your name printed out on these – I should of had “Oolong Owl” printed on everything. Hoot. So, why this tea? Well, I do love pomegranates and floral teas. I have a pomegranate tree in my backyard and it is exploding in flowers. Oh man, I’m going to have even … Continue reading, hoot!
Hey tea owlets! This is my 100th post on Oolong Owl! Thank you, my tea owl readers! I hope you all have just as much fun reading my posts as I do writing them! Also, lots of love to you tea sellers out there who get their teas attacked by stuff owls here at Oolong Owl! Wow, I didn’t know I had this many Owls! Thankfully, I have lots of tea to feed all the them!
Organic Silver Needle (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) is a white tea from Teavivre, an online chinese tea seller. I received this tea, and a few others for review, from Teavivre. They have a really nice lineup of unflavored teas and blooming teas. I also love Teavivre teaware – great prices! My tea was shipped from China and came a few weeks later, in perfect shape. DRY LEAF: Organic Silver Needle has a peachy dry floral scent. Very nice looking white tea leaves with a mix of silver and green. Organic Silver Needle is also FUZZY! Oh, I’m a sucker for fuzzy tea leaves. Oh man, I just had the … Continue reading, hoot!
Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green is a green tea from Verdant Tea. Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green is from the He family farm in Laoshan Village, Shandong Province, China. I have a giant pile of teas and samples that I haven’t gotten around to trying yet. It is pretty bad. While I was waiting for my rice to cook, I figure I should get the gaiwan going. My little crochet Owl Laoshan came over with my sample of Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green with a disapproving look on his face. We went to the computer and saw this tea is out of stock for the new Verdant Spring Harvest Laoshan … Continue reading, hoot!
Bao Zhong is a twisted pouchong oolong tea from The Persimmon Tree. Mmmm, Bao Zhong, I love this oolong! It is also used often as a base in all my favorite oolong blends that feature creamy or fruity flavors. Oh yeah! I had to give The Persimmon Tree‘s Bao Zhong a try! DRY LEAF: Mmm, delicious smelling dry leaf! It smells sweet, buttery and a little floral. Nice big leaves too! STEEPED: I steeped Bao Zhong as per instructions on the tin – 190F for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, I had a golden yellow/green cup of tea that smells buttery! TASTE: A very delicate tea! Bao Zhong has … Continue reading, hoot!
Today, I am sampling some 2013 Yiwu Spring Sheng Pu’er from Misty Peak Tea. This tea is produced in pu’er country – Yiwu, Xishuangbanna Yunnan China. Misty Peak Tea was giving away a free sample of this tea and I jumped on it fast. Sheng pu’er? YUM! DRY LEAF: This one is a doozy as I’m pretty sure my sample was smashed up by USPS – it happens. I had one small intact piece of cake, with the rest being pretty loose. I’m not getting much smell off the dry leaves. The tiny green Owl is sitting in my tea cup. I bet … Continue reading, hoot!
Wonders of Kashmir is a unique white and green tea blend featuring sweet corn, pineapple, papaya and jasmine. This tea is from Della Terra Teas, an online tea seller of some really creative blends. I bought this tea purely on crazy unique value. Corn? Fruit? Jasmine? YEAH! DRY LEAF: Wonders of Kashmir features some nice big leafy tea mixed with large corn kernels and cubes of fruit. Giant corn! There’s only one jasmine bud in my entire 1 oz! Kind of odd, I guess they wanted the jasmine to be really slight – I’m going to make sure it makes it way into … Continue reading, hoot!