1213 Tasting Notes

drank 2016 Diving Duck by White 2 Tea
1213 tasting notes

hashtag Peanutpool.

This is the first 2016 (not including Fade) of the White2tea line up I tried. This puer has a yiwu character of soft, sweet, apricot, bit grassy, and quite light in taste. What makes this tea good is the thick loose custard body and floral fragrance after each sip. Push it hard and you can get some delicious apricot explosions. The tea has low dryness, no bitterness, no smoke. You can chug Diving Duck as it is so easy to drink. Hard to say whether a newbie pu drinker would like this as it is pretty subtle, but yet not complex enough for a long time drinker. It would all have to go down to personal taste on what you like in a young sheng.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-diving-duck-white2tea-tea-review/

Number rating this tea is hard, i keep bouncing 85 or 90. A screw it, no number rating for you duck.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
Cwyn

I like the custard adjective. Actually I love custard, so a real visceral food comparison.

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95

My favorite out of the 2016 Floating Leaves High Mountain oolongs. This one has good balance of floral, buttery, and sweet with a thick body. The thick creamy body is what I like best about this oolong. It does well gaiwan or bowl style. I even boil this oolong and it doesn’t get too dry.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/hooty-tea-travels-floating-leaves-tea-seattle-part-22/

I did a 5 oolong comparison. I found ShanLinXi was my favorite. The DaYuLing tasted better (gaiwan only, it wasn’t good in a bowl), but the ShanLinXi price is much better for me, haha!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
juliebeth

oooooh this made me crave a nice oolong! it’s super hot outside though, i may not get around to it for a few more months. sigh. putting this one on my wishlist.

Daylon R Thomas

95 is a pretty high rating. Darn. What would you rate the others?

Oolong Owl

yeah Im too lazy to put them all on steepster. Dayuling 95, lishan 90, alishan 85 or 90, hehuan shan 70 or 75.

Daylon R Thomas

Still, that’s promising. I’ve always wanted to try a good Dayuling. Then again, there’s Andrew’s next group buy with some Hawaiian green tea…

Rasseru

Ive had good Dayuling with these wondrous apple & pear notes, i’ll try to remember which one it was

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95

I love this sheng, it is a puer texture junkie’s dream. The tea is super oily thick! The notes are fruity, char, browned butter, peppery, amber, and hay. It gets more savory with each steeping. I got 16 infusions. The dryness is minimal and it is complex, yet easy to drink.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2008-bana-tea-company-limited-edition-sheng-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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90
drank Black Bean Oolong by Oolong Inc
1213 tasting notes

Black bean oolong, wth?

This oolong is for all the people who love that roasty smoky taste, but the black bean improved it by removing that bitter element of smoke. What you get is a sweet, roasty oolong smoke and a bombproof tea that you can grandpa or gongfu. I gongfu’d mine and it was bright, roasty, and sweet with a unique savory brothy taste. You’ll love this one especially if you like houjicha, roast barley teas and high roast oolong. I can see this tea being awesome iced!

Full review on OolongOwl http://oolongowl.com/black-bean-oolong-oolong-inc-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Hinagiku

Wow! I never heard about a tea with beans, it’s very interesting! Very nice review on your blog!

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85
drank White Pearls by Adagio Teas
1213 tasting notes

Giant white tea ballz! This white tea clocks in 4 to 5 grams each, rolled giant bai mu dans. I did gongfu, 200f. Early steepings are sweet, creamy, coconut, linen, hay, honeydew rind. Later steepings get musty, medicinal and tart. 11 steepings total.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white-pearls-adagio-tea-review/

Trying to find this tea in the steepster database and I found they have a 4 to 5gram green tea version!

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

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95

An excellent white! This white tea has an excellent thick body and sweet notes of green grape skin, linen, and lilac. Final steepings I got must, floral, pepper with a bit of dryness, likely from my aggressive steeping method. I got 6 resteeps, which is pretty good for a young white.

The fragrance on this tea is excellent, if you love oolong you will enjoy this white.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/kumaon-white-young-mountain-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 18 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Six steeps from a white! Impressive.

Daylon R Thomas

Crap. I’m a floral oolong lover. I’ve spent so much already…

Evol Ving Ness

hehehehehehe, perhaps there will soon be a support group for this obsession. Oh, maybe this is it. Support or enabling, hard to tell.

Oolong Owl

Join us on the Steepster Chatroom on Slack. We are enablers supportive, haha!

Daylon R Thomas

I did. I’m still getting used to the site lol. I see all the members with messaging options, but haven’t found the discussions page if there is one. More than likely I’m just be a novice. And thank you for letting me join!

Daylon R Thomas

*being a novice.

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85

Looking for a tasty puer blend? This one is up there. Not as good as Lupicia’s puer blend, but this Marmalade Puerh blend is better than Adagios and many others I’ve tried.

It is zesty, tangy citrus, just like a rindy marmalade, candied orange notes, hint of sweet licorice, with an earthy background of puer. The puer isn’t funky and the licorice is really subtle.

However, this is provided you steeped it well – this tea is fussy to brew. It weighs a lot, and if you overleaf you will get something too licorice and sludgy. Best is 6 grams, 10oz water, 3 minutes. No rinse.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/marmalade-puerh-california-tea-house-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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From one of the group buys (dark matter?)

Maybe it is my brewing parameters, or queued in my senses due to current life events, but when I steeped this up and the first two steeps, this tea tastes just like that weird plastic sweet scent of new black garbage bags. SERIOUSLY.

Later steepings is malty and coconutty. It did not resteep well though, I got 5 and it died. The flavor is light despite the high gongfu ratio.

I think this would of been better western or 1g / 10ml or jam as much leaf as you can in the gaiwan and flash.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 13 ML
Gooseberry Spoon

I had luck western steeping this, but I noticed it was rather lighter with resteeping some other blacks.

CWarren

I had a similar issue with the subtlety and was told by What-Cha that western parameters were better suited for it.

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40
drank Mint Sencha by Pique Tea
1213 tasting notes

I did not like this one. It had the qualities of their sencha tea crystal (which was vegetal and buttery) but with an oversteeped swampy spearmint flavor. I think what was more disappointing in this mint flavor had potential to brighten the instant tea, adding freshness that it lacks, but the mint was just overstewed tasting to fix anything.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pique-tea-crystals/

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60
drank Sencha by Pique Tea
1213 tasting notes

I wasn’t a fan of this one. It was mellow, marine, vegetal and buttery, but it lacked that fresh grassy taste that I associate with senchas. This product is instant (just add water) so you are getting something easy to make and you don’t have to worry about water temperature, however you lose fresh and complexity vs loose leaf.

This one is much better iced, likely the best use of this tea crystal.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pique-tea-crystals/

Kristal

I suppose one has to trade something for convenience :(

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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.

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