1128 Tasting Notes

85

GREEEEN SHROOOOOM! The wrapper is super cool! Breaking off pieces from a mushroom was a little difficult.

This young sheng is delicate with vegetal, peachy and amber notes. Moderate amount of dryness in the later steeps. I’m going to stash my shrooms away and see how they taste in a few months.

I tried it cold brewed as well and it was interesting as it was really thick creamy texture that was very nice!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/july-white2tea-club-with-2015-green-shroom-puer-tea-review/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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85

I scored this pu’er at the World Tea Expo, but it looks like LongRun sells their teas on Amazon.

This raw pu’er starts off with an unripe sour fruit flavor and smoke with a moderate dryness. With each infusion the pu’er gets more peachy sweet with wisps of smoke. Lots of tea drunk in this one as I had constant thoughts of Bigfoots.

I steeped this with boiling water, though I think I need to try it with cooler water for less dryness.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2011-chunhui-unfermented-sheng-puer-from-longrun-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

Bigfoots lol

curlygc

I’m considering purchasing one of their fermented cakes from Amazon. 357 grams is a lot of tea to have if it isn’t good though.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I tasted one of their ripe cakes at WTE, I don’t which one it was but it was so so. Too bad they don’t do samples of the cakes. I got a whole bunch of instant pu’er and pu’er tea bag samples though (I question how those will taste!)

curlygc

Oh dear, instant pu’er sounds…. nope, lol! I went ahead and ordered the 2011 Chun Hui ripe cake. Will post a review here once I get it. If it’s a halfway decent morning drinker, I’ll be happy.

Brian Dougher

I just finished off a 2011 Chun Hui ripe cake. It was great. Very rich, creamy and delicious. If you don’t like it I’ll glady buy it from you @curlygc :)

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Oooh that sounds good @Brian! Now I’m tempted too

curlygc

I will let you both know if it doesn’t work out, I’m always up for a tea trade. It just got delivered today and I’m still at work (not working, clearly), so I’ve not had a chance to try it. Ah, new tea… makes every day like Christmas!

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90

Floral white tea lovers get your hands on this one! I found this white tea a tasty bouquet of flowers with honey notes and silky texture.

Out of the two white teas I had from The Tea Shelf, I liked this one the most, though I think it’s personal taste due to my love of floral teas. The price is quite steep though, $41 for 100g at this time.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://www.exoticmeatmarkets.com/lionmeat.html (I compare this white with the other white The Tea Shelf carries)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

A solid white tea! The one I had is a 2015 winter flush. I got creamy, straw, corn stalk and leafy green notes. The tea is sweet, thick creamy texture and very fresh clean in taste.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://www.exoticmeatmarkets.com/lionmeat.html (I compare this white with the other white The Tea Shelf carries)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

This young pu’er is really sweet! It was sweeter than expected that I accidentally poured it on myself (and prior to that stabbed myself with a pu’er pick). Besides sweet, the tea is a bit floral, kettle corn and steamed vegetables. I personally loved the sweet start of this pu’er but undecided on the vegetal final infusions, I think I need to play with times and temperatures a bit. The sweetness alone is enough to convince me I should buy a cake (and the sweet as f wrapper design)

Note – I’m referring to the 2015 Teaclub gourd, which is the same material. I’m curious how the cake may differ in taste due to tightness of pressing.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/june-white2tea-club-tea-review/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Sil

you can’t buy this one right? just available as part of the other month’s club?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

The gourd shape is club only. He mentions there was some for sale, dunno if there’s any left. Otherwise, it is the same material as Poundcake.

Sil

oohboy. Yeah i’m just losing my mind, was looking for poundcake but didn’t see it…now i do lol

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85

Nice, super thick sheng with citrus, stone fruit, straw and steamed vegetal notes. The texture is my fav part of feeling fluffy and thick. I got 12 infusions via gaiwan. It does get pretty dry in the later infusions, so if I were to have this again I’d probably not carry it as long.

Big leaf too!

Full review and pictures on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2010-kunlu-spring-sheng-puer-from-wymm-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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85

This travel tea tumbler is sweet! It does the job mixing matcha (as well as other tea/chocolate/protein mixes) and has a nifty pressure release valve so the unit doesn’t leak or explode in your face. I love it even as a regular tea tumbler as it’s light weight, durable non glass and it can roll around my purse without leaks or threat of air expansion.

The big problem with this travel tumbler is cleaning it (so many nooks and crannies in the froth attachment thing) and if you use it with hot milk you need to be extra careful. I use soy milk and it froths up a lot, so it goes past the safe line and will hiss out the button if you aren’t careful.

Full in depth review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/davidstea-matcha-maker-travel-tea-tumbler-review/

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95

Wowee, this green tea is GORGEOUS! You need to check out my photos Steepster readers!

Nine Lotus is delicate. It has a creamy texture yet crisp and clean. The notes are sweet grass, lemongrass, unripe crisp pear, kiwi and lemon curd. This tea is so beautiful and the leaves are almost perfect! Nine Lotus is also cultivated by Buddhist Monks, how cool is that?

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/nine-lotus-green-tea-from-mandala-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec
KiwiDelight

Seems amazing all around!

Kaylee

Beautiful photos!

Garret

Nice! Thank you. I’m really happy you’ve been enjoying this one. When I was on the mountain in 2012, I was pretty sure I could taste the sweet air there. Now, not on the mountain, I taste the air in the tea and I’m really happy about that.

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95

Super tasty! Though I am biased as I love chestnut teas!

The flavor is pretty natural roasted chestnuts without being too sweet. The black base, though light and pretty close to a high oxidized oolong (which this is actually a chinese oolong fully oxidized) with roasty caramel flavor. The base goes well with the chestnut flavor. I got a really good second infusion too!

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/single-origin-teas-flavored-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Sounds amazing. I love Lupicia’s Chaud les Marrons (or whatever it’s called).

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75

This was a fun black tea – a perfect afternoon tea with a tropical twist. The dry leaf has a dainty accent of blue, yellow and red teeny flowers and flavored with passionfruit. I tasted a malty black with a tropical vibe and dry finish.

Full review at Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/single-origin-teas-flavored-tea-review/

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I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk. I am also a crochet / knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 512 Teas May 2015.

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