This lucky tea owl got to participate in a traveling tea box! A traveling tea box is a tea package full of tea goodies pass-mailed around. Whatever tea you take out or sample, you replace with teas you own, then you mail the box to the next person. Of course, these boxes take quite a bit of organization to pull off and trust that they don’t get lost. Some tea boxes are shipped around the world! This particular one I participated in was for US only, to save on shipping costs. There are a couple travelling tea boxes going around … Continue reading, hoot!
Hello Tea Owls! I’m having a small giveaway with New Mexico Tea Company! $10 Gift Certificate Coupon Code! SWEET! What I like about New Mexico Tea Co is that they have 1oz sizes, nice diverse selection of teas and free shipping in the US! They got some neat herbals that are really fruity. Yum, Pondi Cherry! But also some adventurous pu’er like this Mandarin Orange filled pu’er. My favorite so far is Plum Oolong, which is fun to share with an Owl friend. With cool artwork for their tea labels. I’m a sucker for their Guayusa Spice just on picture alone, hoot. Also … Continue reading, hoot!
Usually I just post what I get in the mail on my Oolong Owl Facebook page, however this Yunnan Sourcing.com order was pretty epic. It wasn’t a huge order, but an interesting one. By the way, if you aren’t familar with Yunnan Sourcing, they have 2 sites – the China based one, Yunnan Sourcing.com and the US based one, Yunnan Sourcing.us. My order was with the China based one, as one of these items is only on sale there at the moment. First off, my order took a few weeks to arrived as I cheaped out on shipping. Hey, more money for tea! … Continue reading, hoot!
First of all, this is the first post of OolongOwl.com! I’m happy to of made the move to my own domain and webspace! Yunomi.us posted an interesting method of steeping tea – Ice Steeping. The idea of this tea steeping method is for the tea leaves to steep away as the ice melts. I do plenty of iced teas (hot tea chilled) and cold steeping (tea steeped in cold water in the fridge) but steeping just with ice is a new idea to me! Ice Steeping apparently works best with spring harvested teas, like gyokuro. I got some fantastic gyokuro, Kurihara … Continue reading, hoot!
Finally, it is time for… THE SEASONING A horror film with a great black metal soundtrack. The air is filled with the earthy clay scent of yixing clay. Boiling pots of water of cleansing and dark shu pu’er THRASHING WITH QI! /metal yell Yeah I’m weird. Admittedly, I am a little scared of THE SEASONING, hence the horror film theme playing in my mind. These yixing pots are pricey little tea pots and it’s something I don’t want to mess up. Though logically, seasoning a yixing pot sounds easier than boiling pasta. As planned, I decided to season Oolong Owl’s Yixing pot … Continue reading, hoot!
In early into my tea journey, Gravity Tea Steepers got me started into making amazing loose leaf tea. Before gravity steepers, I was use those tea ball chain things which were messy and didn’t give tea room to expand. I also used paper filters that you can fill with your own loose leaf, but I found that was a bit of waste. Once I got my first gravity steeper, in my case DAVIDsTEA the Steeper, I immediately noticed a flavor difference. Tea had a fuller and stronger flavor! Years later, I acquired other tea ware for steeping, such as teapots and … 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!
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!
MY FIRST PU’ER CAKE! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! I mentioned previously that I’ve been shopping for pu’er cakes. I did lots of research and set a budget. After checking ratings, I discovered Mandala Tea has a great lineup, along with their own exclusive cakes. They also have really great customer support! This Mandala “Wild Monk” Raw Pu’er 2012 caught my eye for it’s promise of smokey and creamy notes, without any bitterness. It is also a 100g cake, so it is small enough to be affordable and low risk for a new to pu’er cake tea owl like me to try. I got this cake, and … Continue reading, hoot!
I had met some other tea lovers in person from Steepster the other weekend and we had a tea swap. One had brought a baggie filled with pu’er tuochas. I was happy to take some off her hands! The problem? We weren’t sure what tuocha was what, since there was very little English on the packaging. She did inform me there was some sheng/raw pu’er in there, but not sure which ones. I’m not experienced enough to tell any of the little cakes by smell, if that is even possible to do. To my surprise, Tuochas are smaller than I thought … Continue reading, hoot!