I’ve always had my eye on White2tea’s 2020 Foxdown black tea, but I was waiting for the next season of teas. However, it was announced the cakes were in low stock, so I panicked purchased a cake blind along with some other goodies. At this time of writing, there are only Foxdown minis left. 2020 Foxdown is a Yunnan, bud heavy, sun dried black tea, promised to be malty daily drinker. Leaf and Steeping Method What a gorgeous golden bud cake with a malty dark scent. For gongfu style, I used 1 gram of leaf per 15ml of vessel size,… Continue reading, hoot!
I am guilty of buying tea for wrapper art and concept. I didn’t even see what Crimson Lotus Tea’s 2020 The Way Shou Puer was made of, I just clicked buy. My nerding of Star Wars knows no bounds. The Aurebesh looking font is hella cool. 2020 The Way shou is a blend containing ample LaoManE and promised to be dark and rich. Leaf and Steeping Method The leaves smell acidic cinnamon and earthly. I used 1 gram of leaf per 15ml of vessel size, gongfu style steeping in boiling water. After a rinse, the leaf smells of hot earth,… Continue reading, hoot!
I love Taiwanese white teas, so when Mountain Stream Tea was having a sale, I snagged 100 grams of 2020 Sanxia White tea. This is a 2020 Winter tea of Qin Xin Gan Zhong cultivar. Leaf and Steeping Method The leaf looks quite wirely, though in the bag you can see that is a hairy tea. Interestingly, the Sanxia white leaves has a sugar cookie scent. I disregarding the steeping instructions as I like my white tea in my face, so a gongfu ratio of 1 gram of leaf per 20ml of vessel size, boiling water. After an infusion, the… Continue reading, hoot!
The 2021 March White2tea club is a wild one! Enclosed was Liubao Laochapo in both fresh and roasted forms, as well as Three Spot Guanyin. It has been a while since the last Liubao in the club, so happy to try something different. Three Spot Guanyin This Fujian Tieguanyin has a honey roasted scent, pretty close to smelling like Cheerios. I used around 1 gram of leaf per 15ml of vessel size, and after a boiling rinse, the leaves give off a fruity nutty scent. Three Spot Guanyin has nutty milk, honey, and a bruised nectarine taste, with a floral… Continue reading, hoot!
This post is my 1000th (Owlthousanth) post, holy hoots! It is a feat to stick with blogging this long as I’ve seen many tea bloggers come and go in my time. Oolong Owl started back in January 2013 in a quest to get more tea and creative control over my tea reviews. I thought I’d take the time to share some of my more memorable Oolong Owl posts and talk about the ones I enjoyed writing. Most popular post of all time Matcha Comparison series – Honesty is the best policy and in these tea reviews, I had no problems… Continue reading, hoot!
Tillerman Tea’s Laoshi Dong Ding is one of my favorite oolongs, and my favorite tea from Tillerman so far. Today, I got three Tillerman Tea Chen Huan Tang Laoshi oolongs…so… Laoshi tea battle? All teas I did gongfu style with boiling water and a 1 gram leaf to 15ml vessel ratio. 2020 Winter Dong Ding Laoshi Oolong The leaves of this 2020 Winter Dong Ding has a softy nutty roasted scent. After a rinse, the tea smells fruity and roasted. The 2020 Winter Dong Ding starts off light and sweet butter, with a lot of salivation going on, along with… Continue reading, hoot!
When I saw the leaf shape of the 2020 Nannou Leaf Assamica White Tea, I could not resist purchasing it. I enjoy teas from Nannou Mountain as I do not recall having white tea from there. Leaf and Steeping Method The 2020 Nannou Leaf Assamica White Tea is foil wrapped in 8 gram leaves. This tea has a fresh, juicy, and floral scent like freshly cut flowers. I had to break this pretty leaf to fit into my 1 gram to 20ml gongfu ratio. Steeped up with boiling water, the leaves have a bright and sweet scent. Tasting of Yunnan… Continue reading, hoot!
White2tea’s 2020 Sentinel black tea was highly recommended to me, so during a previous order, I purchased a sample. 2020 Sentinel is an old arbor large leaf varietal that is sun dried. Leaf and Steeping Method The leaf has an apricot and honey scent. The compression is on the tighter size here, but I also got the beenghole sample. I used around 1 gram of leaf per 15ml of vessel size. Once boiling water was introduced to the leaves, Sentinel scent goes more cherries and apricots. Tasting of White2tea’s 2020 Sentinel Black Tea First Infusion: 2020 Sentinel Black tea starts… Continue reading, hoot!
I have a problem as I blind buy too many white tea cakes as I know I can enjoy them many years later. Today, I got 2020 White Crow and 2020 Impress Forcibly Through Unexpectedness to review, both from Bitterleaf Tea. 2020 White Crow from Bitterleaf Tea I seem to buy Bitterleaf Tea’s White Crow every year – I just can’t resist as it is good value for the quality. Here are the reviews from previous years – 2019 White Crow and 2018 White Crow. 2020 White Crow’s leaves have a creamy malty scent. This cake has some compression to… Continue reading, hoot!