Winter 2015 Interview – Char (Oolong Owl)

Oolong Owl

Q1. What is your Name?

Char

Q2. What is the name of your blog or organisation?

Oolong Owl (tea blog)

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Long Beach, California, by way of Vancouver, Canada

Q4. Do you have a favourite Valentine’s Day drink?

I tend to lean towards floral teas for the spirit of Valentines day. I love a good floral oolong – magnolia and osmanthus are great, but classics like rose and jasmine are tasty too.

There is a particular tea I reach for every Valentines day – it’s called “Lover’s Cup” and it’s a pretty jasmine green and rose congou black tea blend I found at the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market. Before we were married, my husband and I were long distance, him living here in the LA area. I was really sad that I could only find that tea at that particular farmers market so I asked my now husband to buy some for me and bring it with him when he visits me in Canada. He bought a pound, trying to be overly helpful, but not really knowing how much tea that really is. He also had to explain himself at Agriculture at airport customs. It took years for me to finish that pound of tea and it got kinda stale. This year I bought some more (2oz.. not 1lb) to have for this year’s Valentines Day tea drinking.

Q5. What is your favourite drink during the Winter?

When I lived in Canada, I went for whatever tea was the hottest – blacks being a favorite – to keep my hands warm through my mittens. Living in Southern California, it doesn’t really get that cold, but the weather is great for drinking hot drinks, all the time. This winter I seem to be drinking less delicate teas like white and greens and reaching for lots of the rich stuff like ripe pu’er and black teas.

I also like teas I can oversteep abuse, as with cooler weather I knit and crochet more, thus often losing track how long I steeped something!

Q6. What is the perfect Winter weekend setting to enjoy the drink?

My perfect winter weekend tea sipping setting would be after a big winter, home cooked meal. Next to tea and crochet/knitting, I love to cook and I home make everything from jam to sausages. My perfect winter evening I’ll of just finished that heavy red wine au jus prime rib or something simple like a hearty vegetable potato soup. I’m working on dessert, like a chocolate tart, while sipping on an oolong or pu’er to un-stuff me, haha!

Q7. What is usually your last drink of the day?

My last drink of the day isn’t glamorous – it’s a cup of filtered water from my fridge in a violently orange owl printed tumbler. Ditto for the last tea of the day. My final tea of the day is usually something caffeine free like chrysanthemum, in a busted up mug, mindless consumed while I relax at 10pm watching stupid videos on youtube.

Q8. If you could go back in time, which famous person would like to have a drink with?

This one is tough for me as there’s not much in dead people I want to talk to, nor people I was close to who have now since passed. How about a fictional creature? I’d like to have tea with an Owlbear or an Ewok. I’ll serve it deviled eggs with oolong mayo and rhubarb jam scones and we’ll silently drink sheng pu’er together.

Q9. Where can people find out more about you?

I blog about tea at Oolong Owl – http://oolongowl.com with the help of a staff of crocheted Tea Owl interns. They are unionized!

Or check out my instagram http://instagram.com/oolongowl for my photos of tea, owls, hand crafted items and food.

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