I have a lot of fun at these “Create Your Own Tea” shops. Purify Tea has some excellent teas and herbs to choose from, along with a great interface. The blend you make at Purify tea is all natural, no artificial added flavoring – the tea and herbals you choose make the flavor. They have 10 tea bases to choose from at this time – Kenyan Garden, Imperial Puer, Mountain Ceylon, Himalayan Caramel, Ocean Sencha, Jasmine Allure, Honey Rooibos, White Spring, Chocolate Oolong, and Golden Darjeeling. I am really impressed with their base selection, especially with a Nepal black, Indian White, and … Continue reading, hoot!
Since I have consumed so much matcha for Oolong Owl and behind the scenes, that I’ve experienced a lot of good and bad matcha. Part it has become a joke when I come across really strange matcha or bad matchas. I was at IKEA buying end tables, and I made a last stop to get an IKEA frozen yogurt while my husband bought a jar of herring, frozen meatballs, and Lingonberry soda. While I was waiting, I saw this display and had a big laugh. IKEA Instant Tea in Matcha, Mate, and Rooibos varieties! Before I thought it through, I threw … Continue reading, hoot!
I’m always on the hunt for Korean teas… though they also tend to be expensive. I was able to get in a deal with What-Chat Teas over reddit awhile back to preorder/group buy/meet his minimum order for these Korean teas. There is a few other sellers that carry Dong Cheon as well, but both teas, Korea Dong Cheon Sejak Jaksulcha Green Tea and Korea Dong Cheon Sejak Dancha Black Tea, are available on What-Cha. Korea Dong Cheon Sejak Jaksulcha Green Tea Sejak refers to picking time, thus this is a Spring 2016 tea. What-Cha has a summer picking available, aka Daejak. Jaksul means “Sparrow’s Tongue”, … Continue reading, hoot!
A tea friend of got his February 2017 White2Tea Club box early and I thought he was trolling when he told me what were the teas that month. GREEN TEA?????? From 2016 with preorders for 2017? This month – Long Jing Green tea and 200X Traditional Storage Qing Bing. Long Jing Soooooo… green tea. I am really out of practice on how to green tea. I just don’t drink the stuff other than torture sessions with various bad or good matchas. I have been finding the more I get into young puer, the less green tea appeals to me. I can … Continue reading, hoot!
Finally, the January 2017 White2Tea Club! The mail has been pretty terrible coming out of China lately, likely a large cause being near Lunar New Year. Oddly, my February 2017 club arrived before my January one! People have been bugging me for weeks to review these teas, Butter Flower in particular, but there was nothing I could do as the shipment was delayed! January 2017 White2Tea club features a sampling of White2Tea’s new oolongs – Butter Flower, Milan Dancong, and Shui Xian. All oolongs are available for purchase now. Dry Leaf and Steeping Method Butter Flower has a distinct floral scent. My … Continue reading, hoot!
This Superior Wuyi Aged Golden Buddha Oolong was a tea drunk upsold purchase at Treasure Green in Vancouver, Canada, during my trip to Vancouver last year. I’ve learned this is why tea shops have you sit down and drink tea with them as the tea drunk makes for easy upselling. I’m at the point where I have accepted this, especially in the hands of a good tea seller – I will always go home with great teas. I am not sure what went through my mind purchasing this oolong. It was harvested in Jiulong Zhai, Wuyi Mountain in 2004 and has gone … Continue reading, hoot!
I purchased a cake of Crimson Lotus Tea’s 2016 Midas Touch Sheng, since I enjoyed the 2015 one so much. The 2015 Midas Touch sold out so fast that I didn’t get my hands on it! That said, I bought this cake blind, not risking on losing out. I did review the 2015 Midas Touch, however it was a comparison piece with another Jingmai sheng… and I found that tea session most legendary for how tea drunk I got, so not the most accurate of reviews. I had to sit down at one point as the room spun. Owning the cake is … Continue reading, hoot!
I first encountered Nepal Tea LLC at the last World Tea Expo. I recall being served some really nice white teas and them being really enthusiastic about their family tea farm being the first certified organic tea garden in Nepal. They also provide housing and education to the locals. I’ve had these teas since World Tea Expo. I have White Prakash and Shangri-La Oolong. With the launch of Nepal Tea’s Kickstarter, I figure this would be good timing to check their teas out! White Prakash Dry Leaf: It is surprisingly dense for a white tea – White Prakash weighed out quite heavy for … Continue reading, hoot!
Tillerman Tea is an online oolong seller located in the US. They only carry Taiwanese oolongs. I happen to enjoy Taiwanese oolongs so I am excited to see how Tillerman Tea stacks up. I didn’t look much into each tea until after I drank them. I got three to try – Dong Ding, Oriental Beauty, and Muzha Tieguanyin. All three teas I steeped with the same method – 1 gram of leaf to 15ml of vessel size, in this case, a gaiwan. I did quick infusions with boiling water. Tillerman Tea’s Dong Ding Dry Leaf: The Dong Ding oolong is big chunky … Continue reading, hoot!
I frequent Floating Leaves Tea quite often and I didn’t know she carried this tea until I was at the Seattle Tea Festival. I can’t remember how it went, it must of been on sample, and I was super tea drunk. Red Peony is a Ruby 18 cultivar, which is usually made into black tea, but is processed like a bai mu dan white tea. WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?! I haven’t even heard anyone do that to a Ruby 18, even then Ruby 18 is a newer tea that you don’t see that often to begin with as people seem to … Continue reading, hoot!