Tea Review: Cats & Dogs by White2Tea & Crimson Lotus

Are they reading my diary? Did Crimson Lotus & White2Tea really need more of my money? Plausible, I'd say. When this collaboration was announced, I knew I was down. I love experimenting with tea and this is the perfect opportunity to do it. I'll let them tell you about it:

We knew we wanted to do something that would be unique and also had a concept of unity. We tea-drunkenly brainstormed a ton of bad ideas before we came up with the notion of each creating a unique blend of sheng puerh tea that would be able to stand alone but was intended to be blended with the others tea. Once we had that idea in place actually executing it was quite difficult. We tried tons of iterations of each of our blends this Spring until we found the blends that really hummed together.

Dog from White2Tea (aka 2Dog) and Cat from Crimson Lotus were a great idea, and a great marketing scheme to get me to place two orders - because of course I'd be adding more stuff to them! Solid packaging and design, a calling card of both companies, also helped push me over the edge.

Doggo

Doggo

Doggo

Doggo

Kitty

Kitty

Kitty

Kitty

Of course I took their advice and tried both teas on their own, then together. I measured out 4grams of each and 2 of each to put together in the center gaiwan. I steeped them for 1 minute (#teamnorinse) at 200F.

Cat, Together, Dog

Cat, Together, Dog

Perhaps in an effort to subvert expectations, the Dog was subtle and smooth. A well balanced tea that stood on its own quite well, albeit a very light tea.

Perhaps in an effort to subvert expectations, the Dog was subtle and smooth. A well balanced tea that stood on its own quite well, albeit a very light tea.

The Cat was heavier and spicier, with a full body.

The Cat was heavier and spicier, with a full body.

Together they really were better. I really hate to give into the hype. I feel like deep inside I wanted to form a contrary opinion on this series, perhaps favoring one more than the other and together. I didn't.

Together they really were better. I really hate to give into the hype. I feel like deep inside I wanted to form a contrary opinion on this series, perhaps favoring one more than the other and together. I didn't.

They were right on the money with this one. White2Tea & Crimson Lotus really are on the forefront of the "new school puer" movement (I'd throw Bitter Leaf Teas and Tea Urchin in that category too).

The hype is real, y'all.