Going Gongfu Tea Set from The Tea Spot

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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!

2010 Puerh Mini Waffle Brick Shou from Treasure Green Tea Company

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I purchased this tea during my last trip to Vancouver Canada. Treasure Green is a tea shop located in China Town in downtown Vancouver. The 2010 Puerh Mini Waffle Brick Shou was a must purchase as it is Treasure Green’s special edition pressing. Turns out, this puer is Bing Dao, Lincang material and it sounds like it is semi-fermented. I purchased the waffle version, but Treasure Green also sells a 200 gram cake that was too rich for my blood to treat a cake as a sample. They also have a special edition 2012 Bingdao sheng (cake and waffle) that I … Continue reading, hoot!

Year of the Monkey 2016 Spring Mengku from Bitter Leaf Teas

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Ooooh yeah, more Bitter Leaf Tea! Today we are drinking Year of the Monkey 2016 Spring Mengku, a Lincang region arbor material sheng puer. This puer is promised to be a good starter puer due to low bitterness and a daily drinker. Dry Leaf and Steeping Method It is always cool when you get a prime sample piece – a perfect crescent of puer cake! The scent is strongly fruity and a little smokey. The leaf is heavy on the silver contrast, with some long leaves and some with long twig. I went with the usual steeping method, 1 gram to … Continue reading, hoot!

04 Dian Hong Congfu from Joseph Wesley Black Tea – Tea Review

It sunk in when I was at Joseph Wesley Black Tea’s booth at the World Tea Expo and what, he has a Dian Hong??!?!?! Despite going to their website often, I never noticed their 04 Dian Hong Congfu, and likely focused on the deliciousness of their 07 Lapsang or Special Edition Qimen. Dry Leaf and Steeping Instructions The leaf is gorgeous – small twists and folds of black leaf with plenty of gold tips plus whole gold leaves, with the scent is of malty peaches. I was planning to follow the steeping instructions of 190F for an 8oz serving… …but this leaf … Continue reading, hoot!

Hsinchu Oriental Beauty from Adagio Teas – Tea Review

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Today’s review is a tea from Adagio Teas’ Masters collection – Hsinchu Oriental Beauty. I am always on the lookout for a good Oriental Beauty and figured this was a good opportunity to try Adagio’s premium tea collection of expensive teas. Hsinchu Oriental Beauty is from Hsinchu County, NW Taiwan. I got the sample tin, which I failed to weigh out to see how much I got. I did run into a problem that they stuff the tins – what I took out I could not put back into the tin, haha! Dry Leaf and Steeping Instructions Hsinchu Oriental Beauty … Continue reading, hoot!

2016 Teadontlie Sheng from White2Tea

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2016 Teadontlie is my favorite White2Tea Spring 2016 Sheng line out of all the samples I purchased. It took me awhile to actually post this review as I needed a couple cakes in my possession first… just in case. A photo posted by Char (@oolongowl) on Oct 22, 2016 at 1:46pm PDT Dry Leaf and Steeping Instructions Gorgeous leaf, I cannot stop looking at it! It looks almost like an oriental beauty but with less red tones. There’s silvers, light and dark greens, some hints of brown. Very pretty! The scent is what sets this puer apart from the other 2016s – … Continue reading, hoot!

2011 Moonlight White Cake from The Chinese Tea Shop – Tea Review

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I’ve been holding onto this 2011 Moonlight White (Yue Guang Bai) Cake for awhile. I am not sure why I was saving it, it is a very large 360 gram cake with a gorgeous wrapper. I bought this cake with my last visit to The Chinese Tea Shop in Vancouver, Canada. The Canadian Dollar was really low at the time, so I went on a buying spree, getting this cake without even sampling. I love Moonlight Whites, I had confidence that Daniel sells great tea, and a couple local tea buddies told me that this cake is amazing. So here is the … Continue reading, hoot!

October 2016 White2Tea Club

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White2Tea club time! This month we got 3 2016 Orange Drops (shou puer) and 2 new oolongs – Hot & Heavy and Dahongpao. /throws up hands. Bloody white balance hates me again. White2tea Club 2016 Orange Drop I just realized that last year’s October White2Tea club also included an orange however this year we got a nicer orange. These puer oranges (though these days more teas have been stuffed into oranges, like black and white tea) are a great new to puer tea drinkers or types looking branch away from flavored teas. I guess it is technically flavored, the tea is stuffed … Continue reading, hoot!

Gui Fei Red Oolong from Totem Tea – Tea Review

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Totem Tea has two Gui Fei oolongs available in their Leaf-Bitten category, and today’s review is their Gui Fei Red (Concubine Oolong). The package simply says Gui Fei on it, so I was expecting something green and sweet. Upon drinking this tea and checking Totem Tea’s site, this is their Red Gui Fei.  This Gui Fei has a mild charcoal roast treatment. Dry Leaf and Steeping Instructions The leaves are rolled dark, with bit a silver. The scent is floral and roasty. Monster leaf! So I messed up and thought I had more leaf in my sample. My sample came up 5.5grams, so … Continue reading, hoot!

Artist Lin Oolong from Stone Leaf Teahouse – Tea Review

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Today’s review is an oolong from Stone Leaf Teahouse, a tea house and online seller in Vermont. Stone Leaf Teahouse offered to send me samples and this Artist Lin Oolong caught my eye. Artist Lin Oolong is a small batch, wild looking garden, high mountain spring 2015 Taiwanese oolong. Stone Leaf Teahouse gave me a coupon code! luyurikyu888 for 25% off, good until November 30, 2016! Dry Leaf The leaf is rolled with stumpy fat stems sticking out. What stood out to me was how shiny and dark the leaf is. The scent is like huffing a stick of butter. Steeping Instructions Max … Continue reading, hoot!