Brigadoon Tea from Adagio Teas
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by Oolong Owl
4d ago
Breakfast teas have made a comeback in my tea drinking. My work schedule is just too busy to gongfu. Lazy style just gets over brewed. I have time for a 3pm pick me up with tea and a biscuit. I’ve heard about Adagio’s Brigadoon Tea from others, but never got it as it is sold only on February 29th, so only 1 day every 4 years. I reliably get suckered by limited edition things. Adagio kindly sent me a tin of Brigadoon early. So what’s up with Brigadoon? This tea is named after a Scottish legend of an enchanted town stuck in a time warp, only being visible one day every hundred years. The story ..read more
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Red and Honey Bug Bite Oolong from Third Culture Bakery
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by Oolong Owl
3w ago
Today’s oolongs are from Third Culture Bakery – a brick-and-mortar California shop known for its Mochi Muffins! It is awesome to see a cafe carrying good tea, but also the ability to purchase online. The sourcing of these oolongs is a 3rd generation farm in Luye Valley of Southern Taiwan, which is 20 minutes from the Third Culture Bakery owner’s mother’s house! Red Oolong from Third Culture Bakery At this time, Third Culture Bakery sells their oolong in compostable tea bags. Each bag has 3 grams of leaf, which is awesome for flavorful tea. Most bagged teas contain only 1-2 grams of tea. 3 gr ..read more
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Oolong Owl 2023 Tea Year in Review
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by Oolong Owl
1M ago
Welcome to 2024! 2023 went incredibly fast for me with all the caffeine and crafting. 2024 is looking to be a large shift compared to previous years. I’ve been Oolong Owling for 12 years now. A decade public display of my tea guzzling, teaware collecting, addiction, and wallet destruction. Oolong Owl’s Tea Stash Google Sheet Template of my Tea Stash Spreadsheet!  Save a copy and start keeping track of your stash. Spreadsheets are forever, flexible, and unitaskers – you’ll never be at the mercy of an app or website. Previous Years 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018&nb ..read more
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Kuura Esprit De Corp 2023 Tea Club – Spring Raw Sheng Puer
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by Oolong Owl
2M ago
This is my most anticipated teas of the year – the Kuura Esprit De Corp 2023 Tea Club. When they announced it, I didn’t even hesitate to join. I’m a sucker for limited quantities, and there were only 50 spots. This club has 2 shipments, which include 3 teas, a teacup, tea cloth, and “surprises”. I was also able to add on other Kuura teas to ship with the club. The first shipment, which arrived in September, included a booklet, teacup, and 200g raw sheng puer cake. The cup has delicate walls and a griddy unglazed texture on the outside. The booklet covers more information on the puer material ..read more
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Aozora Matcha from Naoki Matcha
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by Oolong Owl
3M ago
Today’s tea is a Single-origin organic Matcha from the Isagawa region of Shizuoka, Japan – Naoki Matcha’s Aozora Matcha. I’ve had a couple of Naoki Matcha’s Master Collection, the most recent one being Mame Matcha, and they are fantastic. The powder smells fantastic! It is sweet and grassy with a vibrant green hue. It is recommended that this matcha be sifted first and to use 65c / 150F water. I failed both. I used a paste method, adding a little water and whisking till smooth, then slowly topping up with 71c/ 160F water. Aozora Matcha whisked up fantastic and thick, almost like milk foam ..read more
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2023 Space Girls Raw Puer from Crimson Lotus Tea
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by Oolong Owl
4M ago
Space Girls is an ongoing series of raw puer by Crimson Lotus Tea. For the 2023 Space Girls version, you get a tong of four 50 gram cakes. This gives you the tong experience for a low price and you won’t be stuck with a lot of tea. The tong fits in my hands. I love opening tongs. It is almost like I’m doing something I shouldn’t, like it should stay incased. The cute artwork on the wrappers is done by Stasia Burrington. Each cake has a different space girl on it. The compression is on the tight side, not iron cake tight but you need a good puerh knife tight (and here are the best puerh kn ..read more
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2023 NW Tea Festival Seattle – Hooty Tea Travels
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by Oolong Owl
5M ago
Tea Festival season is back, peeps! The NW Tea Festival was held on September 23 and 24th in Seattle Washington. 2019 was the last time this festival was held. NW Tea Festival is the biggest tea festival, likely because the PNW tea scene is strong. This year we had a few from outside PNW in attendance. Unfortunately, I could only attend the Saturday as I had other engagements on Sunday. NW Tea Festival was packed with a long queue to get in. There were times I couldn’t walk down an aisle as it was just full of people. From years of doing tea festivals, the plan of attack: If you desire to do ..read more
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2023 March White2tea Club feat. Lapsun, Predawn Dark, and Harlequin
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by Oolong Owl
5M ago
The 2023 March White2tea club arrived with a selection of oolongs. But also included are a couple of new roasted White2tea teas that are teas that are not typically roasted – Predawn Dark Roasted Shou, Hareliqun Roasted Sheng, as well as Lapsun, a puer material black made into Lapsang Souchong. All these teas come in both 8g mini balls and 200g cakes. I figure most would be more interested in reviews of those teas, which you can get outside the White2tea Club, so let’s do those! 2023 Predawn Dark Roasted Shou Puer Predawn Dark is a White2tea shou blend roasted by those who roast Wuyi Yancha ..read more
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Gongfu Tea Drinking Temperature feat. Oolong Owl’s Asbestos Mouth | Sunday Tea Hoots
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by Oolong Owl
6M ago
I have been thinking about Gongfu tea drinking temperature lately. Not too long ago, I had tea with some friends. It has been years since I’ve had tea with others (due to covid) and it reaffirmed my asbestos mouth and hands. If you ever drink with me, I drink fast. Boiling steeped tea gets poured, and I immediately drink it. No need to wait for it to cool. All the while my party hasn’t started sipping yet. My hands are pretty good at hot cups too. It seems my hands don’t feel hot anymore. I have gotten too lazy to grab a fork, so I pluck noodles out of boiling soup pots with my fingers. Then I ..read more
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Owl’s first tong – Bitterleaf Tea’s 2022 Body & Soul Black and Shou Puer
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by Oolong Owl
6M ago
10 years of drinking puer and I never officially tonged, until this one tea. I’ve always enjoyed drinking something new. There are always new boutique blends coming. Each year and season is a new flavor. I also have no delusions that my puer cakes are reselling investments. But the day came – I tonged 2022 Body & Soul from Bitterleaf Teas. I just love Bitterleaf Tea’s Body & Soul blend, it is a shou and black tea blend. The 2020 Body & Soul I drank the sample and wish I got more. I have almost guzzled a whole 2021 cake down and I’ve been pacing myself. There is something about th ..read more
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