1260 Tasting Notes

drank 2016 Trap Bird by White2Tea
1260 tasting notes

Trap Bird is a good aroma focus shou, daily drinkery, and resteeps well. I had mine air out awhile, then forgotten in a shou pumidor. It smells really funky when I got it last year, and it still has some slight funk in the early infusions.

I got notes of wood, butterscotch and whiskey, though flavor wise is on the light moderate side – most of the flavor is the in smell as you drink it. A good shou if you love aroma.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-trap-bird-shou-puer-white2tea/

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

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Fantastic shou puer! I got 16 infusions and likely could get more with a yixing pot instead of a gaiwan. This shou runs expensive, but at least you get plenty of reinfusions.

The notes are strong woodsy, mushroom, molasses, hazelnuts, and honey, brewing up very dark. What makes Black Gold incredible is the powerful aroma and thick body.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2010-black-gold-shou-puer-crimson-lotus-tea/

Preparation
1 g 0 OZ / 11 ML
looseTman

Sounds very appealing. CLT BF sale?

Sil

Oooooh

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So I sat on this light/medium fermented shou for over 4 years. It sounds like awhile back it was certainly greener. As of 2017 it is dark and tastes like roasted chestnuts, early infusions with a bittersweet bite to it. It gets nicely sweet and creamy in the later infusions. Not bad for paying $12 over 4 years ago.

Full review http://oolongowl.com/2009-menghai-dayi-yellow-box-tuocha-shou-puer/

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

That was great tea! It was a sad day when the last of those cases were gone. I really enjoyed that one.

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I drank this along with the 2016 Oriental Beauty.

This Oriental Beauty is dark. It is woodsy and has an interesting cinnamon note. Later steepings get dark honey like and could be confused for a black tea. The colour of this tea is dark too. Very good grandpa style, but is great gongfu style too.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-vs-2017-oriental-beauty-comparison-floating-leaves-tea/

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

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I drank this along with the 2017 Oriental Beauty.

The 2016 is more fruity, tasting of green grapes and pears along with floral notes. The later infusions get honey and woodsy. It is best gongfu style as you can taste the more delicate fruity notes.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-vs-2017-oriental-beauty-comparison-floating-leaves-tea/

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

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I got this as a free sample with my order and was quite surprised how much punch it had. The flavor has a perfect level of strength, which is a nice contrast to all the sweet light 2017s right now. The notes are daisy, stone fruits, buttered green beans, and slight char. It gets sharper in flavor each infusion, and also builds up some astringency, but a drinkable dryness. The energy of this tea hits after the session.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2017-nancai-ancient-sheng-puer-essence-tea/

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

You tried the Jingdong yet?

Oolong Owl

I sadly didn’t get that one. I just have Secret Forest left to try for puer.

mrmopar

I still have some of the Secret Forest too. Message me your address I will pack you some Jingdong. Be warned potent like Lao Man’E if steeped too long.

Alexander

Haha, yeah Jingdong is super awesome! :-)

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FDT is all about the texture! The broth is weighty and sticky, like drinking a bone dense stock, making for an interesting body feel of a tea session.

Flavor note wise, it is light. FDT leans on the savory side with sweet grass, vegetal, and sticky rice. It does get stewy tasting in the later infusions, but it very much drinkable. I think leafing harder than normal gives the best result, and I wouldn’t go under boiling as you’ll lose the texture and the flavor would be too weak.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2017-farmer-direct-tea-sheng-puer-white2tea/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 12 ML

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Plum Rooster is the favorite so far out of the black teas from Teabento. It is a black Long Jing. The notes are of pomelo, butter, mineral, and various baked goods like eggy cookies and sourdough. This tea is quite delicate, so it gets bitter and dry in 5 infusions.

Full review, along with other Teabento black tea reviews, on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/black-teas-teabento/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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This is a unique black as it is a Yunnan black, processed as a Taiwanese black. Happy Panda has notes of blackberry, malt, and clover honey. The texture is super oily, which I love. This tea does get quite bitter and dry at the 4th infusion.

Full review, along with other Teabento black tea reviews, on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/black-teas-teabento/

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

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Yes, I love unsmoked Lapsangs! This LS is deep woodsy, orange, creamy, and malty. It reminds me of a chocolate orange. It does get dry and bitter in the later infusions. I got 7 reinfusions.

Full review, along with other Teabento black tea reviews, on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/black-teas-teabento/

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

Are you gonna try the oolongs? I’ve been curious, but I am on the fence.

Oolong Owl

I have 5 of their oolongs. A review will be coming eventually.

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