1265 Tasting Notes

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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drank Masala Blend by Prana Chai
1265 tasting notes

A must for chai latte lovers! This chai is premixed with honey, so it is a sticky lump that is preserved naturally for 1 year of shelf life.

The ratio takes some tinkering, I liked 8oz of milk with 12 grams of tea. YMMV on how many cardamon pods you get.

Prana Chai is fresh tasting, with a good amount of spice. No bitter or astringency despite me simmering it on the stove for awhile to get the taste right. I did not need to add any sweetener, but you might want a touch of honey.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/prana-chai-tea-review/

Nicole

I love the sticky lump.

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drank 2017 Turtle Dove by White2Tea
1265 tasting notes

Great to drink now grandpa style or daily drinker, or age for later. This brick is compressed very tightly and you will need to be cautious. White tea bricks are always a disaster.

The notes are hot forest floor, honey, paperback book, light molassess, and malt. Grandpa styles gives you more of a meld of malt, milk, and floral, almost like a dian hong with 6 infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2017-turtle-dove-white-tea-brick-white2tea/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 18 ML
M Mack

Well that just sounds lovely.

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drank Chaga Chai by Boreal Wildcraft
1265 tasting notes

This is a killer chai made with wild harvested Canadian bits. It is higher on the spice level, yet crisp and refreshing due to the lemongrass and orange. This chai also has chaga mushroom, which adds an interesting nutty depth. This chai is great without milk or sugar, and does not getting bitter even with oversteeping. Oversteeping will turn very spicy though.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/chaga-chai-boreal-wildcraft/

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Pretty Girls is a pretty solid puer that starts off with a dirty mushroom taste. With each infusion, it gets more sweet, mineral, and chocolate in flavor. I got 13 infusions, though I felt I should have leafed a bit more.

If you have a silver tea cup, Pretty Girls comes out really nice as it cuts through the early mushroom infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-pretty-girls-shou-puer-white2tea/

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

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Natural Redhead is an interesting black steeped gongfu style. Blindfolded, I could be fooled it was a ruby black as it had strong fruity notes. Later infusions get malty, woodsy, and orangey. Gongfu steeped pushed to the limit I got awesome clean, floral, and orange aftertaste.

I found grandpa style/ western to be okay, but boring in comparison.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2017-natural-redhead-black-tea-cake-white2tea/

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

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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.

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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.

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