1226 Tasting Notes
Bana Tea Company has some of the best ripe pu’er. This mini cake is one of their cheaper offerings, but is pretty solid. It tastes a little young, but has a good earthy, bittersweet, molasses, brown sugar, mineral flavor. The last steeps are like drinking dessert with all sugar taste. There’s some dryness early on, but is very approachable mid to last steeps. I got 11 resteeps.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-bulang-ripe-puer-mini-cake-bana-tea-company/
This black is worth playing with steeping methods – gongfu and western give you different results, but both very complex.
Gongfu (boil, 1g 15ml), I got a savory tea of chocolate mole, char, bittersweet, molasses. Later steepings got brown sugar and malt sweet. It was never dry.
Western (190F 4g 10oz), the keemun was a meld of savory, fruity and sweet with a dry finish that wasn’t present in the gongfu steeping.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/05-keemun-congfu-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/
This tastes more like Carrot Cake if steeped 175f 2 minutes. The steeping instructions for 200F for 60 seconds is meh and I didn’t get good results.
I got raisin notes, carrots, lots of toasty rice notes, and fresh green. Pretty good, and lightly sweet. A fun blend!
I’m not one for green oolongs, and this Lishan is pretty green, however this oolong is pretty solid. It is super fresh (despite me having it in my stash for almost a year!) and the notes are strong, crisp and clean. I’m getting fresh grass and a strong zesty green mango flavor with a nice lingering aroma of fruity.
This tea was in a bag and I hacked up the bag to put the leaf in gaiwan. The leaf looks excellent, untouched and huge intact leaf.
If you love green floral fruity oolongs you are gonna love this tea! As more of an stronger oxidized tea drinker, the fragrance and strong notes win me over too.
This matcha has a really good balance of flavors. It’s lightly marine, but also kelp, nutty, and creamy with a bit of sweet. Super fresh taste too! The colour is vibrant and whisks up pretty decently. Pretty good for an organic matcha. So far many of the organic matchas I’ve had weren’t that great.
This matcha is also sold on amazon. The price is on the steep side (at time of writing) compared to other really good matchas like DoMatcha, ItoEn, but looks like there’s promo codes on amazon.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-lovers-organic-ceremonial-matcha-from-my-matcha-life/
Another exclusive Lupicia Hawaii tea! This is a rooibos blend with coconut and banana. I like bananas and coconut, but rooibos not so much. Opening up this tea and it smells really flipping good – like ripe bananas and sweet.
However it’s not rooibos that ruins this tea, it’s the banana. It’s really artificial, it tastes like that gut rot banana candy (runts or those marshmallows) and it is really strong. It also reminds me, unfortunately, like the banana penicillin I had as a kid. It’s gross strong banana that fades into creamy coconut and woodchippy rooibos. Then fake banana taste.
If you like banana candies you’ll love this, otherwise this tea is a no.
Another exclusive Lupicia Hawaii Tea!
This is a blend of assam, darjeeling, hibiscus and orange. Pretty much just tastes like 80% tart hibiscus with a heavy dry brisk of darjeeling and malty aftertaste. Despite the sweetener I added, it’s super dry.
I don’t mind hibiscus (iced and with sweetener, which is what I did for this tea) but the pairing with assam is a bleh choice.
This shou is quite woodsy, wet earth forest floor, lightly shroom and mineral sweet. It very much so tastes like how the forest smells on a rainy day on the west coast. Later steepings it develops a more mineral and wet stones sweet taste.
A very good daily drinker and a great first shou cake for a new pu drinkers as the price is really nice for 500g. It’s very approachable and easy to drink, not over thick or bitter.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2014-iron-forge-shou-puer-crimson-lotus-tea-tea-review/
From the Jan 2016 White2tea club
This shou is a really nice daily drinker at an excellent price. It’s pretty friendly for a new pu’er person too. It’s a cedar wood flavor and later steepings getting really sweet. It’s clean tasting and absolutely no funky shou shenanigans going on. There’s some sour notes in the early infusions, but it fades fast.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/january-2016-white2tea-club-featuring-2015-old-reliable-ripe-puer/
This shou is nicely fruity, without any bitter or dry notes. I did get the chocolately notes, along with some fruity dates. There is some sourness in the first 5 steeps, but once you get passed that the shou is quite nice. I would buy this one to drink later, it needs some time to lose that ferment essence.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2014-gu-ming-xiang-bulang-gushu-2-0-shou-puer-crimson-lotus-tea/