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drank Purple Leaf Tea by Justea
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This Purple Leaf tea steeps up beautifully! I suggest you check out my photos in the link at the end of my review. You get a unique pale purple, that turns pink with lemon.

The flavor is quite light, a little vegetal and plummy. However the texture is quite dry and it makes your whole digestive tract dry. I steeped this low temperature, so the balance of flavor output and astringency is VERY fussy. Someone cold brew this and report back. It is good if you like really delicate, dry green tea.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/purple-leaf-tea-justea/

175 °F / 79 °C

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This Dong Ding has been roasted 3 times.

I pushed this tea to 23 infusions, but I likely could of gotten more if I had used a yixing tea pot and didn’t take the night off.

This dong ding is great – it has lots of nutty, mineral, caramelized sugar, umami, and roast flavor. The roast here is not ashy, sharp, or burnt. The tea is never bitter, only with a little dryness way late in the reinfusions. The body in this tea is very heavy and thick.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-winter-charcoal-dong-ding-aka-3-roast-floating-leaves-tea/

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

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This shou starts dark – lots of rain on hot pavement, earth, dirt, and hot crust, but also plenty of sweetness. I get around 10 infusions, and the last infusions are quite sweet and creamy. There is no bitterness, weird young shou funk, or dryness. A few more years would likely smooth this one out even more.

I found it best leafed hard, 1g 10ml.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-thats-no-moon-shou-puer-crimson-lotus-tea/

May the 4th be with you

Boiling 1 g 0 OZ / 10 ML

And Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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This is pretty solid black tea from Adagio teas!

It is chocolately and fruity, with a nice amount of mineral. It is smooth, never getting dry or bitter no matter how long you steep it. I found it did better western style to get those chocolate notes out. Gongfu gave some great infusions, but got mineral heavy at the end. It is up to you.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fujian-rain-fujian-baroque-adagio-teas/ (also with Fujian Rain)

Boiling 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Cacao by Tisano
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This tisane is made of cacao shell, making for dark chocolate strong tea. It reinfuses well too. It is pretty strong, potent dark chocolate on its own. I find it does magic adding some to my other teas. I’ve even added it to grandpa style and gongfu teas – Milk oolong + Tisano chocolate tea is amazeballz.

Full review and blending ratios on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tisano-chocolate-tea-review/

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drank Cinnamon Cookie Puer by Lupicia
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Sip down! Seriously, I drank this entire 50g trying to figure out the best way to steep it and never found it. I tried even cutting it with chocolate teas and vanilla beans.

I’ll just deduct this tea sucks. It’s got a bitter burnt coffee vibe, mineraly, yet not very cinnamon or cookie like. It was fishy the first 25g too. Hard pass.

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drank Oriental Beauty by Tillerman Tea
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This is the Summer 2016 Oriental Beauty.

This OB tastes very competition style. It is sweet, light, and very floral. The floral and oxidation buzzes together to a peachy like flavor. Later infusions get woodsy, sweet orange, and a bit dry in texture. I got 8 infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tillerman-tea-oolongs-tea-review/ along with 2 other Tillerman Tea oolongs.

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

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drank Anuenue by Lupicia
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Not much info on this tea besides it being a 7 colored leaf green. I got this in the Hawaii collection set from Lupicia in Honolulu.

Admittedly, this tea is old. The leaf is pretty with a mix of cornflowers, red flowers, rose petals, and yellow curly things. Steeping, it smells like licorice. The flavor is a big mix of floral, sharp grassy sencha, sugary candy, and mystery fruit. Papaya?

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Red Peony by Floating Leaves Tea
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Well I owned a total of 10oz of this tea. It is good!

It is a ruby 18 processed into a bai mu dan white. It is pretty bombproof, malty, and heavy, yet juicy melon, floral, and honey sweet like a white tea. I find it shines best in an aged white seasoned clay pot or grandpa style. Grandpa style tends to make the refreshing notes of ruby 18 pop a bit more.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/red-peony-floating-leaves-tea/

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 20 ML

You’ve piqued my interest on this one! Thanks for the great review.

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This review is from drinking a cake sample. This puer is a fragrance bomb. It is bright, citrus, sweet, amber, grassy, vegetal at first, then a sweet mineral, pavement, buttery, vegetal finish.

I feel this be a good puer, in its current young state, for an oolong drinker. It’s got that fragrance that you just don’t get in many puer, but what oolongs tend to have.

In comparison to the same priced 2016 We Go High, Tuhao is more approachable as it is less bitter. It is totally for an oolong drinker and a great tea to try if you are new to shengs that are expensive or hate bitterness. You more pro, want epic tea drunk, and got that young sheng gut for bitter – We Go High is a better match for $149 cake.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-tuhao-fuck-sheng-puer-white2tea/

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I see why Andrew loved it so much.

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I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
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.

To contact me for reviews, check out details at OolongOwl.com/about or email me at [email protected]

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.


Seattle, WA USA



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