1235 Tasting Notes

Great texture on this jing mai sheng – I got nice creamy feels. The flavor notes are sweet vegetal, cream, buttery, wet stones mineral, tobacco, and raisin with a floral fragrance. I also boiled this sheng, so you likely can get sweeter if you played with it. Just a light amount of bitterness, but overall easy to drink and flexible to steep.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2013-hummingbird-spring-jing-mai-sheng-puer-bitterleaf-teas/

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

Yea I definitely would like to try a sample off a big cake to compare with the little coins. The coins certainly seemed a bit more chopped to me.

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drank 2016 B_ D_ by White2Tea
1235 tasting notes

This little cake is bitttttttter and dry! Underleaf it a bit and flash steep it for awhile. It is a complex tea – wet stones, vegetal, leafy with a heavy pudding texture and big aftertaste fragrance. Drank BD after a month of rest, will need to revisit in a year or two.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/november-2016-white2tea-club-feat-2016-b__d_-sheng-puer/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 17 ML

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drank 2016 We Go High by White2Tea
1235 tasting notes

This tea will get you rekt.

The flavor is potent, even in early steeps. Strong vegetal flavor and a good amount of bitterness (think young bulang) and dryness. There is some floral, stone fruit, and buttery flavors. Boiling temperature got some excellent thick texture.

But really, unless you like bitter sheng, you are drinking this to get completely blasted and forget all your worries.

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

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

Oh god lol that sounds slightly terrifying

tanluwils

Oh…I should have added that sample to the cart. Luckily, I have a Mangfei with similar affects reserved for those darker days.

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This is the same as their house 2010 Bingdao Shou 200g cake, but in a smaller and cheaper waffle brick form.

Really good shou – super clean, sweet, date, dark chocolate, walnut, mineral, all with a really heavy thick texture. This shou still has a bit of green in the leaf too! However, this is a pretty expensive shou, it was $26 CND for this 75gram waffle brick.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2010-puerh-mini-waffle-brick-shou-treasure-green-tea-company/

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

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This is a good, inexpensive sheng for the new pu drinker or daily drinker. In the youngness I’m drinking it at now, it is pretty green tasting. It’s got a nice slick creamy body, with well balanced notes of fruity sweet, mineral, and light floral. I got 10 decent infusions. There is a light dryness, but I think you can steep this a bit lower temperature to avoid it.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/year-monkey-2016-spring-mengku-bitter-leaf-teas/

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

As always, your brewing gets a tea to give up its secrets.

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I gongfu steeped this and got this Dian Hong to produce some excellent sweet apricot, malt, molasses, and mineral flavors. The flavor is full force (though I did ratio on the high side), and got a nice silky texture. A little bit of astringency at the final 9th steep, but no bitterness.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/04-dian-hong-congfu-joseph-wesley-black-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
1 g 0 OZ / 13 ML

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Totem Tea
1235 tasting notes

I rolled in thinking I was going to be drinking some green oolong with lots of floral. I missed the “red” in the title of this tea. This oolong is not green!

This tea has some charcoal roast to it, so this is a floral gui fei with peachy, roasty, woodsy, buttery, and honey notes. This tea is certainly meaty to start. The final steeps are excellent with tasting like straight honey.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/gui-fei-red-oolong-totem-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 16 ML
Zennenn

Sounds just perfect for fall.

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Artist Lin oolong is a unique High Mountain oolong! This one has a really oily thick texture with notes of tulips, honey, pine nuts, and butter. It is bright and crisp, with a long aftertaste. I quite enjoyed this oolong, and if you are a texture floral freak you’ll love it.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/artist-lin-oolong-stone-leaf-teahouse-tea-review/

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

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This is the most mint cooling Ruby 18 I’ve had so far. The cooling sensation starts early on, going with a mellow, fruity, woodsy and sweet flavor. This tea has an excellent thick body too.

A ruby 18 for someone who wants all the texture and feels!

Full Review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pacific-northwest-taiwanese-black-tea-comparison/

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

All of them sound excellent, it would honestly depend on how particular I was for a black tea. I usually prefer sweet and thick chocolate notes in my black tea, but I need plenty of sweetness with the dryness. But I do love fruitiness and being able to taste a balanced variety of the notes that a tea can offer. Decisions. I still need to review their Earl Grey…

Evol Ving Ness

Speaking of Earl Grey. Have you had a chance to try the ones I sent?

Daylon R Thomas

I tried the David’s but not all of the others yet. It was a bit strong. I thought I wrote a note, but I could be mistaken.

Evol Ving Ness

I am looking forward to hearing what you think about the rest.

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At first I thought this wasn’t a Ruby 18. It is quite brisk, tannic, sharp, chocolately and woodsy vs somethig more cooling and fruity.

However in the later steepings that Ruby 18 cooling sensation shows up, giving you almost a bittersweet chocolate mint thang going. This black would be liked by many – something more classic black and rich, but also Ruby 18 minty complex.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pacific-northwest-taiwanese-black-tea-comparison/

Preparation
1 g 0 OZ / 12 ML

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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.

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