World Atlas of Tea, Book by Krisi Smith – Book Review

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!

Going Gongfu Tea Set from The Tea Spot

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!

DAVIDsTea Iced Tea Press – Teaware Review

I love tea tumblers and I was really excited when DAVIDsTea announced this new iced tea press. This iced tea maker looks like magic! I got my hands on one right away, then I’ve been using it regularly for a few months so I really got to know how this thing works. DAVIDsTea Iced Tea Press Stats 16oz / 475ml capacity BPA-Free Tritan material, Double Chamber Only 3 pieces Non slip base Fine Mesh to prevent oversteeping Handwash Only Made in China Various Colours – Right now it comes in Teal and Hibiscus pink DAVIDsTea Exclusive The Iced Tea Press did not … Continue reading, hoot!

Big PO Box Teaware haul for June 2016

Instead of flooding my Oolong Owl Instagram account of many pictures of this tea ware haul, I decided to post it here. I tend to post most of my tea mail on Instagram, however since I’ve been using a PO Box due to the move, I come back with a big bag full of packages. I get so many packages at the PO Box, the lady that works there knows my name just after 2 visits. First up, Crimson Lotus Tea. They are in China at the moment, but if you watch their social media they will post new products … Continue reading, hoot!

Clay Tea Pots from Taiwan Tea Crafts

I found out that amazing Taiwanese tea seller Taiwan Tea Crafts has clay tea pots at a great price. I checked them out, and they got clay tea pots in the $35 to $50 range, but more importantly in the sizes I like – 100ml or less. If you like bigger pots, they also have 160-200ml sizes for $40-$48. I posted my clay tea pots on Instagram and have been getting lots of questions about them. First off, Taiwan Tea Crafts is quite clear these tea pots are not authentic, “…the clay used is tested to be free of heavy metals and contaminants. … Continue reading, hoot!

Yet another Teaware.house raid feat. White Ruyao Gaiwan

I had a Teaware.House order come last month, then I got caught up busy with the mediation of the Tea Owl union moving to becoming a Parliament, so some of these pieces of sneaked into Oolong Owl reviews. Teaware.House has many really nice tea ware pieces and the pricing is really fair. The quality is quite good too, better than many of the rando cheap tea ware I buy off aliexpress. Teaware.House Cups I can easily be persuaded to buy a tea cup, especially pretty ones that cost under $10. It’s for photos and Tea Owls to sit in! That said, I need lots … Continue reading, hoot!

Teaware.House Teaware Review

White2Tea recently opened a new shop, which specializes in teaware – Teaware.House. White2tea does sell some teaware pieces, but Teaware.House expands the beautiful tea ware offerings to “your wallet will weep” mode. There are so many really nice tea ware items, from tea pots, cups, and gaiwans, it is hard to stay in your tea ware budget! Anyways, I got three items from Teaware.House for review (OMG YES!) and more on the way since I went into a buying frenzy after this package arrived. Unboxing of Teaware.House You all know I like to tease you, here’s the box. Boxes within boxes with lots of … Continue reading, hoot!

Libre Tea Infuser – Teaware Review

When I was at the World Tea Expo, I ran into Libre – makers are attractive Loose Leaf tea travel tea tumblers. They were super sweet to give me one to review here on Oolong Owl. Admittedly, I have a Libre already which I bought in 2010. I used it at everyday at work for over a year. Back then, it was the only good looking tea tumbler I could find in Canada. This glass has taken a beating and it shows. Back when I purchased this Libre, all they had was the metal lids and a few different sizes. Now … Continue reading, hoot!

Bonavita Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle 1-Liter – Teaware Review

Variable temperature kettles are the game changer in tea. Not all teas can be made with boiling water and if you are having issues with tea being really bitter, it is likely your water temperature is too hot. I find many black teas that are prone to bitterness do great at 200F, sometimes even 190F. Green teas need to be steeped with a cool water temperature of around 175F or they will be bitter, swampy and awful. Anyways, Variable Temperature Kettles are not cheap, so often people on tea forums are asking about which one is a good kettle. I have two … Continue reading, hoot!

Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Variable Temperature Kettle Review

In my opinion, a variable temperature electric kettle is a must have for a tea drinker. It is a game changer, especially if you drink delicate teas. The biggest complaint I hear from new tea drinkers, especially with green tea and matcha, is their tea is too bitter – really high chance they steeped the tea with boiling water. The same green or matcha steeped at 160F to 175F will yield a tea that is not bitter! I came tame a bitter astringent black by dropping the water temperature to 200F. When I’m without a variable temperature kettle I find … Continue reading, hoot!