Category Archives: Oolong Tea

Camellia sinensis leaves partly oxidized.

The Confusion of “Purple Tea”

The whole thing about “purple tea” seems to be marketing jargon, almost like calling some lightly oxidized teas “yellow teas” instead of “oolongs” or even “pouchongs.” But is it really just hype to gain the interest of tea drinkers who seem to constantly crave something new on the tea horizon? Or is this tea different enough from other types of tea to be truly set apart in the tea lexicon? Time for this little teapot to look into this further. TOOOT!

Online search pops up a lot of hits.

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Shop for Teas from Vietnam at The World Tea Portal!

Our page for teas from Vietnam is up and ready on The World Tea Portal! We were pleasantly surprised to find quite a few tea vendors carrying some teas from that country. It is not an area that gets a lot of notice overall in the world of tea. We are doing our part to change that. TOOOT! Continue reading Shop for Teas from Vietnam at The World Tea Portal!

Little Yellow Teapot Educates: Oolong Tea Oxidation Chart

Awhile back, this little teapot came across a discussion about whether Spring Pouchong is more correctly classified as an oolong or as a green tea; and that pointed out the importance of oxidation for oolongs. I began digging around and found various standards, opinions, ideas, etc., about what range of oxidation oolongs should have. There is a general rule of thumb, but rules are meant to be ignored, broken, and stood in the corner until they behave. And it seems that a number of people have their own ideas of what that rule is in the first place. Nevertheless, an oolong tea oxidation chart seemed in order here, consolidating the various versions out there into one. TOOOT! Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Educates: Oolong Tea Oxidation Chart

Summer Tea Line-up

While you humans in the Southern Hemisphere of our globe pull out your Winter teas, those of us (humans and teapots alike) in the Northern Hemisphere seek teas that are more soothing for those hot days ahead. That Summer tea line-up will be essential for your daily comfort. Your little teapot is here with some tips for the best teas to enjoy. TOOOT! Continue reading Summer Tea Line-up

Little Yellow Teapot Educates: Tea Growing in Thailand

When you humans think of tea and of countries where it is grown, Thailand may not even be on the list. However, teas from Thailand are becoming better known to those seeking out something new to try. Production and export are fairly limited at this time. Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Educates: Tea Growing in Thailand

Tea Sellers with a Theme

Lots of you humans out there are enjoying tea more and more. And so more and more of you are getting into the business side and selling tea. This little teapot applauds you. And the creative way in which some of you approach this most serious endeavor has not escaped my attention. Time to bring them to your attention, dear tea loving readers. TOOOT! Continue reading Tea Sellers with a Theme

Reviewing Our Reviews of Boston Tea Co. Teas

We had the honor, my humans and I, a few years back to try a number of teas from the Boston Tea Company and thought that a review was in order. TOOOT! Continue reading Reviewing Our Reviews of Boston Tea Co. Teas

5 Facts About GABA Tea

Time to go exploring a special kind of tea called GABA.

Health claims being made about a special kind called GABA tea. And that tea, very popular and Japan and other Asian countries, is becoming increasingly known in other parts of the world, partly due to various health claims and partly due to its devotees who swear that the flavor is very different and more pleasant. Continue reading 5 Facts About GABA Tea

Valentine Double-Date with “Milk Oolong” from The Republic of Tea

Time for another Valentine “tea date” – and this one is a double-date! That wonderful team of “Tiny Teapot” and “Chuck the Chahai” doubled up with two special sipping cups just right for oolongs. So what better tea to enjoy here than an oolong? Specifically, “Tiny” steeped up some Milk Oolong from The Republic of Tea. Let us say that it was a heartfelt experience. And, of course, we had to serve it up to our humans on a heart-shaped tray with our Chinese forever know nearby to show our wish for their eternal love. TOOOOT!

WiT_ValTea_RofTMilkOolong1We’ve steeped up quite a few oolongs over the years, the Tea Gang and I, and they have run the gamut from “Bleh!” to “Holey Moley!” This one was just a few shades short of the latter. You get an aromatic impact of fruit aroma (natural, not added) when you pop open the tin (another tin that was not full to the top, so there was flavor robbing air inside…sigh!). My humans boiled water, added some of the lovely tea nuggets into “Tiny,” poured in the water, and let him steep away for 6 minutes. Then they strained the liquid into “Chuck” who served it into the waiting sipper cups. The flavor, as my humans reported to me, was coconut/pineapple with slight vegetal undertones and tended to linger. It also had a rather smooth mouthfeel that is not surprising in a milk oolong. I’m thinking that more “tea dates” lie ahead for this foursome and my two humans.

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