1264 Tasting Notes

2017 Teabook raw is a tea for someone who hasn’t tried or is intimidated by puer. This tea is quite flexible to steep, I even used boiling water and stewed in a travel tumbler for an hour. The cake is pressed lightly, so you don’t even need a tool to break off pieces.

The notes are quite light, with notes of citrus pith, dew, and cotton.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2017-teabook-raw-puer/

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

When you say dew, do you mean the flavor was weak and watery? Where I live, dew doesn’t have any flavor since it is basically very pure distilled water condensing out of the atmosphere. I suppose in cities in might taste like carbon if it picks up smog and impurities in the air.

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I was actually impressed with this tea. For the price, it is quite solid aged white.

The flavor is of paperback books, honey, and woodsy. The final infusions got dark and slightly medicinal. Some more age likely will get more medicinal and date notes. I love the colour of aged whites as they steep up light gold, then finish off dark like a black tea.

I should really buy a couple cakes to stash to age, maybe at the next Teavivre sale.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2012-fuding-shou-mei-white-cake-teavivre/

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 17 ML

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100 gram brick and 9 squares are huge portion sizes for white tea! This brick is also hard to break due to the big leaf and tight pressing. Excercise caution!

I got 13 infusions, and likely more if I stove boiled it to finish. I got notes of linen, aloe, tulips, wood, honey, and a bit medicinal in the end. It is not as sweet as other white teas. I plan to let this brick age, otherwise right now it is pretty daily drinker like.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-chocobrick-white-black-tea-white2tea/

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“Exercise Caution”


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The squares in this brick are pretty big, considering it is a 100g brick and only 9 squares.

Chocobrick black was easy to break. The notes are mineral, malt, bittersweet chocolate, sweet, and bit of a brisk quality to it. I got 9 infusions, with the final ones being quite dry and bitter. Overall, a pretty good daily drinker.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-chocobrick-white-black-tea-white2tea/

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Fantastic tea! They use a jin xuan milk oolong, barrel aged in Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey.

The flavor is so balance with the whiskey, without being overpowered. I got notes of butter, milk, woodsy, caramel, grass, floral, and fruit. No strange alcohol notes. This tea does well western and gongfu style, resteeps very well, though I think western does a better job.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tennessee-oolong-steven-smith-teamaker/


oh nice…this sounds delicious!


That price though!!! Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review.

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This is an awesome puer, especially for the price. The notes are clean and bright, tasting of mineral amber and rocks, rock sugar, stone fruit, and floral. The body is heavy and thick. Wuliang H has plenty of energy too. I got 13 good infusions.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2016-wuliang-h-essence-tea/

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Nice review! I know what you mean by a tea being too powerful for as a workplace tea, but not complex enough for an amazing session. That being said, I have a Mangfei and Mengku tea that were at that stage even after they had a year to settle, but are now nuanced enough, and just as powerful as ever, for a good session. Perhaps this tea, too, will require another year to really come into its own.

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drank Gaoshan Oolong by Tillerman Tea
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This review is for the Spring 2017 Gaoshan.

This Gaoshang is great quality. The flavor is buttery, fresh corn, pine, tulips, and daisies. I got 9 infusions and the leave expanding into giant monsters as wide as my palm.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/spring-2017-organic-chingjin-gaoshan-oolong-tillerman-tea/

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The 2017 Spring Silver Needle at FLT is killer this year!

It is super fuzzy and fresh tasting. The notes are syrupy sweet, aloe, sweet grass, crisp asparagus, and lychee. The texture is on the heavy side too.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2017-spring-silver-needle-white-tea-floating-leaves-tea/

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 18 ML

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drank 2016 Nightlife by White2Tea
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A very complex Moonlight white – you can tell the material is very good. The body is very heavy, the flavor is floral, buttery, a bit citrus, and paperback book.

There is some dryness, but I wonder if with age that will go away. I got 16 infusions.

Full review http://oolongowl.com/2016-nightlife-white2tea/

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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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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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