Tea Fest PDX was the very first tea festival in Portland, Oregon held on July 22, 2017. I visited Portland for the weekend to experience Portland, go to the tea festival, and eat various foods. I arrived in Portland the night before the festival, enjoying the evening of dinner and donuts. We went to the famous Portland sign… and Voodoo Doughnut. The Buttermilk Bar was my favorite despite me being a big Crueller fan. Sorry Americans, you cannot beat a Tim Hortons Honey Crueller. I arrived Saturday morning of the Tea Fest PDX right as they opened at 9:30 am. To … Continue reading, hoot!
Red Rose is a tea I drank as a kid growing up in Vancouver Canada. Majority of restaurants and coffee shops in Canada carry Red Rose. Likely many homes have a box of it in the cupboard, along with Canadian Tetley tea. Interestingly, and I have wrote about this before, Canadian boxed tea is prized in the US as it tastes better than the ones made for US drinkers. It appears the Canadian Red Rose tea in particular is a straight Orange Pekoe, vs the weaker blend that the US gets. It actually took me visiting four shops in Vancouver to find Red … Continue reading, hoot!
| Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Haul | What was trending at the 2017 World Tea Expo? Lots of Korean Tea – The most common question I was asked was “I got X-amount-of-time, what do I need to check out that stands out this year?” My answer every time was “Korean Tea!” There was so much Korean Tea this year, at least 7 booths! Previous years there was only one or two Korean tea booths and they mostly carried traditional medicine stuff. I’ve been busting my butt trying to get Korean tea for years, but so much of it doesn’t … Continue reading, hoot!
| Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Trends & Thoughts | HAUL TIME! I packed ultra light this year, so I had most of a carry-on left for tea. I even left my camera behind, which gave me more personal bag carry room. I still had things shipped home because I bought something sharp, but I ended up using a medium flat rate to lighten the damage. Thankfully, my flat rate box arrived in 2 days as I was going crazy trying to not open what I took home in my suitcase. This is the full spread, mixed with samples and … Continue reading, hoot!
| Day 1 | Day 2 | Haul | Trends & Thoughts | This was a shorter day today, due to me having to leave a few hours early to make the post office and my flight home. Today’s goals were to get to the remaining places on my list and vulture circling to lighten my wallet. The Expo today had a smaller turnout and many vendors were late or not ready, causing me circle around and around for the first hour. Zealong Tea uses the Taiwanese Qing Xin cultivar, but grown in New Zealand. Of most interest was their unflavored teas and modern … Continue reading, hoot!
| Day 1 | Day 3 | Haul | Trends & Thoughts | I started Day 2 of the World Tea Expo with some Rhubarb Oolong from the Tea Source. I actually quite like this flavored oolong as it does taste like rhubarb. I forgot to post this for day 1, so here it is today – while I waited for the expo to start I saw this tea bag which gave me a chuckle. First booth to flag me down was Cusa Tea. I will admit, I am scared by instant tea these days after a few bad encounters, especially at World … Continue reading, hoot!
Welcome to Oolong Owl’s coverage of the 2017 World Tea Expo! Day 2 | Day 3 | Haul | Trends & Thoughts | Day 1 was a short day of 3 to 6pm, which made it more of a networking day as there wasn’t much time to see much of the show floor. I flew in that morning, and arrived to the convention center early, wandering around looking for people I knew. This year was kind of sad as many tea bloggers and people I know were not in attendance. Upon opening of the day, they had dragons open the show. First stop, I … Continue reading, hoot!
The Tea Owls and I will be at the World Tea Expo 2017 in Las Vegas June 13th to 15th! World Tea Expo is an industry only event, showing the best and newest happening in tea! This will be my fourth year attending. Here are my previous World Tea Expo adventures! World Tea Expo 2016 – Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Haul World Tea Expo 2015 – Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Haul World Tea Expo 2014 – Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Haul These will be the Tea Owl in attendance for … Continue reading, hoot!
Back by popular demand… W I L L I T G O N G F U ! The first Will It Gongfu? Oolong Edition was just an April Fools Joke, but many of you requested it to be a regular thing. Likely as you all just want me to drink more gross things. Funny enough, while I was at a tea shop in Vancouver, other patrons were explaining gongfu cha to some new tea people. They said, “Gongfu is masterful brewing… it will make any bad tea taste good.” Well I got some questionable tea to put to the test. Will … Continue reading, hoot!
What I have been finding interesting is that I make tea differently for when I drink to write for Oolong Owl compared to my everyday drinking. Maybe you have noticed it? I own and post photos of tea pots, yet more often you see me using a gaiwan on my blog for tea reviews. I think the big thing comes down to how I approach Oolong Owl. What I really want to do as a blogger is present tea neutrally made and for you to be able to replicate it. There are still plenty of error of course, going down the gaiwan heat … Continue reading, hoot!