1202 Tasting Notes

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
drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
1202 tasting notes

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.

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 :)

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
drank 2015 Poundcake by White 2 Tea
1202 tasting notes

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?

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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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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