1136 Tasting Notes

90

OMG what is this oolong sorcery?!?!?! Clover Patch oolong?

This oolong has a potent aftertaste, probably the most potent tea so far. I think the entire block could smell my tea breath. It’s floral, fruity, citrus, buttery, linen, custard and wet leaf. Later infusions the aftertaste is stronger than the tea. I really enjoyed the tea, though I didn’t get many infusions. I would of sold my first born for more if it was more roasty and higher oxidized, but that’s just personal taste.

Full review on Oolong Owl. Review also has the other W2t club teas – Fresh and Aged Dahongpao http://oolongowl.com/august-white2tea-club-featuring-dahongpao-and-clover-patch-oolong-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
curlygc

I was going to try this one tonight, but I opted for Duck Shhh instead. I think I’ll dive into the Clover Patch tomorrow, from your review it looks like it’ll be a nice Friday night treat!

Stephanie

whoa sounds amazing

Equusfell

Sounds incredible! To the wishlist!

TheLastDodo

Interesting. I am so glad I brought all the DHP with me to Vegas :P

Cwyn

Did you get the Lin’s roaster at the Expo? Maybe roast your own…;P

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95

Love this pu’er! It was nice and fruity with peaches, apricot, cream, and edamame notes. The balance of thick texture, bitter and dryness made me very happy. I got 13 infusions.

I drank this together with CTL’s 2014 Planet Jingmai Sheng

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/crimson-lotus-tea-20142015-jingmai-sheng-comparison-tea-review/

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

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90

MMMM giant sheng ball! I got 17 infusions out of this beast, though the first couple were too weak to drink. I failed at following instructions on loosening the ball with long rinses.

The flavor is citrus, linen, cream, woodsy cedar, sap and artichokes. A very fun sheng to steep due to the shape!

I drank this together with CTL’s 2015 Midas Touch Jingmai Sheng

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/crimson-lotus-tea-20142015-jingmai-sheng-comparison-tea-review/

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

I really enjoyed this review!

What size gaiwan did you use for Planet Jingmai? I’m a little worried that 3oz might be to small.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I used a 120ml. Works for the pu’er formula I like of 1 gram for 15ml.

KiwiDelight

Thanks for the tip!

teatortoise

Formula, I like that.

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90

I got 4 grams of this from the Pu’er TTB! Gah, so tiny and I wish I had another gram or two to get the ratio better for my gaiwan.

Great taste too – it’s quite peachy fruity, bit of lemongrass, hint of smoke and a bit of dryness to add some fun. The mouth feel is very oily, more slick than my recent drinking of w2t 2 late, and I love it.

I liked this until I fell asleep and oversteeped it to death. Bitter hoot of dooooom! Great cha qi too. I’m considering buying some, though I have so much 2015 cakes right now. tea problems.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 75 ML
Crimson Lotus Tea

4g is just a tease! :-)

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95

This is the pu’er for peeps who like it sweet, mouthfeel crazy and lots of crazy feels. I got notes of peach, cream, metallic, savory, butter, herb, spearmint, and floral. The texture is mouth fluff oily and heavy making for a great addictive sip.

I quite enjoyed 2 Late. I like it a touch more than Poundcake, but that’s more of a personal preference thing – both are fantastic teas of the same price.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-if-you-are-reading-this-its-2-late-sheng-puer-from-white2tea-tea-review/

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

I think I like it more than Poundcake too.

kieblera5

I also like this one more than poundcake #tongperson :)

eyitsrichard

I need to taste both this and poundcake against each other again, but I think I like this one more. Of the two, it’s the one I have a cake of :)

Cwyn

I think OolongOwl’s parameters here are good advice for both teas, to go lighter on the temps. My obs is that the teas pressed after the unusual rains are wetter, the leaf doesn’t hold up as well to high temps. But that is likely to change after a few months or a year when th cakes are drier.

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85

OMG IT’S LIME JELLO SALAD TEA!!!!!!!

This is the reblend from the 52 Tea kickstarter, made by Liberteas (Anne)! I never had a chance to drink the original, but I always wanted to as this blend just sounds wild enough for my liking.

This tea indeed works – it’s fruity citrus. There’s some pineapple and lime flavor, with a grassy lime finish. The sencha is smooth, probably from the marshmallow root. This tea is really good iced as well. A super fun tea!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/lime-jello-salad-green-tea-from-52-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cwyn

Omg OolongOwl…subtitle the blog “going where no tea drinker has ever gone before.”

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95

Sooo goood! Qimen is gorgeous – delicate leaf with a honey, fruity, and dark chocolate flavor with a hint of smoke and floral. I did mine gongfu style for 8 infusions and even with a really long final infusion it didn’t get overly dry. Nice complex black that is easy to drink.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/limited-edition-qimen-from-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Lindsay

Gorgeous teaware in that post too. :)

KiwiDelight

Beautiful wet leaf.

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85

I got a small sample of this pu’er from the Steepster Sheng and Shou Pu’er Travelling Tea Box!

This is a really nice, easy to drink sheng. I’m a mouthfeel addict, and I love how fluffy each sip is. The pu’er starts out light and a little fruity, buttery and smokey, with later steepings developing a nice apricot flavor. Final steeping are mineral and a bit of bitterness.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 3 OZ / 75 ML
Crimson Lotus Tea

I do love those apricot notes. :-)

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

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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 573 Teas – August 2015.

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