Today’s tea review is of a collection of fancy teas! The Tea Spot Connoisseur Collection contains samples of four luxury teas – Organic Black Pearls, Golden Pu’er, 88th Night (shincha), and Organic Silver Needle White. This collection is quite interesting as you get a wide range of teas from pu’er to white, rarely do you see pu’er thrown in a collection like this. The Connoisseur Collection is true to the name as it is an expert line up of teas. The Tea Spot also sells the teas individually. The Tea Spot Connoisseur Collection comes in a set of four little tea tins. Looking on their site, you … Continue reading, hoot!
The Tea Shelf sent me a bunch of different Indian teas and I saw this as a great opportunity to compare the two white teas they carry at this time. The similarities are they are both white, Indian nilgiri and 2015 winter flush teas. Dry Leaf First and on the left of all photos is Billimalai Nilgiri White. This tea is from the Billimalai tea estate. The dry leaf is more colorful with a range of olives and golds with an almost smokey scent. Second, and on the right is Chamraj Nilgiri White, from the largest Nilgiri tea factory Chamraj. … Continue reading, hoot!
Today we will be checking out two teas from Shang Tea! I’ve heard of Shang Tea before, and have been recommended to them a few times for excellent white teas. For sampling today I have Jasmine Snow Dragon and Cinnamon Wu-Long. By the way, Shang Tea will be at the Midwest Tea Festival on June 6th 2015 in Kansas City, MO! Tasting of Shang Tea’s Jasmine Snow Dragon and Cinnamon Wu-Long Jasmine Snow Dragon The dry leaf is fuzzy with a heavy jasmine scent. I got this sample in February/March is it is certainly the 2014 batch. Sadly I only … Continue reading, hoot!
There is a 52 Teas Kickstarter going on right now and it’s going to fund! Only a few days left! If you love tea blends you really need to check out The 52Teas Reboot Kickstarter! Let’s get’em stretch goals! I’m really excited for Lime Jello Salad Green tea and that Maple Cheesecake Tie Guan Yin! I’ve done a number of 52Teas reviews, all really fun blends. A trend I noticed, even though the flavors can be adventurous, the tea is still the center piece. They release a new tea blend every week, occasionally reblending some. I always recommend getting on the … Continue reading, hoot!
It’s August! For me August means as busy month as I will be overwhelmed with pomegranates from my tree and my tea hating husband’s birthday! Also, with a new month I get another Simple Loose Leaf Selection Tea Club box! I got to say, Simple Loose Leaf has great timing on shipments as I tend to get my box on the first or second business day of the month! If you are new to Simple Loose Leaf, Each month you get to choose from a selection of 5 teas. You may also select the option of sampling all 5 teas, or … Continue reading, hoot!
One of the first booths I encountered at the World Tea Expo 2014 was Zen Tea Traders, who were super nice. Zen Tea Traders has some interesting blends, as well as some solid classic unflavored teas. Today I have Earl Grey Tahitian Blend and Peachy Peony. The teas I’m sampling came in tea bags, but Zen Tea Traders sells the tea in loose leaf. We also have a guest Oolong Owl assistant – Amigurumi Critter Fox! Tasting of Zen Tea Traders’ Earl Grey Tahitian Blend Earl Grey Tahitian Blend dry leaf has a bergamont zesty goodness scent and interestingly I can also smell a sweet creamy finish. The steeping instructions … Continue reading, hoot!
Lemon French Macaron White Tea is a white indian tea tea with almond slivers, amaranth, calendula and vegan organic natural flavoring. This tea is blended and sold by Butiki Teas, online tea seller in New Jersey, USA. I love lemon desserts – lemon pound cake, lemon bars, lemon cookies and lemon meringue pie! I haven’t had a lemon macaron though, but I imagine they are delicious! All the times I’ve had macarons I get suckered by crazy colours, so I’d get pistachio green or strawberry pink. There is an interesting story to Lemon French Macaron White Tea – Butiki Teas … Continue reading, hoot!
Cockatiel’s Tea is a white peony tea infused with habanero peppers, blended with freshly dried ginger. This tea is blended and sold by Pelican Tea, online US seller of spicy teas. More habanero infused tea! Time for more spicy burning tea love! Previously on Oolong Owl, I reviewed Pelican Teas’ Tentacle Tea, on the spicy end of medium heat. Today’s tea, Cockatiel’s Tea is rated as “mild” with only 1 hot pepper on the packaging. Of course, from the previous tea, these are spicy food lovers terms of heat. Boy do I need some hot food right now to add some pep … Continue reading, hoot!
Purple Peach is a white bai mu dan (aka white peony) tea with blue mallow flowers and natural peach flavoring. This tea blend is from Steep City Teas, US based tea seller. I do tend to use lots of blues and teals with Oolong Owl, but not so secret with my friends and loved ones, I love the colour purple. I buy so many purple knicknacks and jewelry. I have so much purple yarn! While making my last Steep City Teas order, I already had a white peach tea blend and but I saw Purple Peach white tea as was “Oooh, purple. Buy!” … Continue reading, hoot!
Fleury Doux Champagne is an organic white peony and ceylon black tea blend with rose petals and muscatel grape flavor. This fancy tea blend is sold by Art of Tea, US tea seller. This is one of those tea blends I couldn’t pass up. Something about mixing teas, like white + black or green + black I find fun to try. The teas combined are on different levels, requiring different treatments, how do they make the blend work without it being over steeped? Why do they need to add the second tea? Ah, tea blender fun that I’m happy to … Continue reading, hoot!