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Hooray, home again! I had several lovely packages waiting for me, including my 3rd anniversary sampler from TeaVivre. Hooray! And then I realized that the one thing I forgot at my mother’s house… my brew basket. Fuck. So for now I’m brewing my tea in a Pyrex glass cup and pouring it through a sieve into my mug. Definitely inconvenient, but at least it works… I’ll order another basket with Amazon Prime and have it in a couple days. Obviously I should order two! :P

So, this tea… The dry leaves are dark and they have that long, spindly, spider-leg appearance that I generally associate with Taiwanese black teas. The scent is super malt with chewy grain and dried fruit notes. Yummy!

Brewed aroma is still quite malty, and there’s an interesting tang in there, maybe from the dried fruit? Also dark grain and molasses notes. I was very surprised when I tasted this that the first thing I detected was smoke! I didn’t get that at all from the aroma. The first sip was definitely smoky and earthy, with malt and dark grainy bread. However, I noticed as I kept drinking this tea, the smoke and earth taste dissipated. I was left with a combination of bread, raw chewy grains, and toasted grains. There was also a bit of woodiness along with pipe tobacco (unlit) and just a little hint of syrupy, rich dried fruit and molasses. I got a very thick and rich mouthfeel, and there was a little bit of creaminess accompanying.

Overall, I find this to be a rather complex tea with a lot of different notes, I can see it being interesting gong fu style. Thanks so much to TeaVivre for giving me the chance to try this lovely tea for (basically) free! Love you gals! :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Earth, Grain, Malt, Molasses, Roasted, Smoke, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MzPriss

This sounds yummy.

Cameron B.

I was so happy when I saw that this was one of the options for the sampler. The name along is intriguing! But the flavor was very good too, if you like grainy teas. :D

Terri HarpLady

Just placed a Teavivre order, in part to get some of this one :)

Cameron B.

Awesome! I placed mine the minute Round 2 of the sale started, lol. I was way too excited. :P

Tea Sipper

I thought this one would be like the other one from Teavivre that isn’t my favorite.. I should have got a sample of this one!

Cameron B.

Tea Sipper, you mean the other nonpareil black tea? I haven’t tried it, but I think I ordered a sample. :)

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MzPriss

This sounds yummy.

Cameron B.

I was so happy when I saw that this was one of the options for the sampler. The name along is intriguing! But the flavor was very good too, if you like grainy teas. :D

Terri HarpLady

Just placed a Teavivre order, in part to get some of this one :)

Cameron B.

Awesome! I placed mine the minute Round 2 of the sale started, lol. I was way too excited. :P

Tea Sipper

I thought this one would be like the other one from Teavivre that isn’t my favorite.. I should have got a sample of this one!

Cameron B.

Tea Sipper, you mean the other nonpareil black tea? I haven’t tried it, but I think I ordered a sample. :)

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Hello, my name is Cameron. I’m 24 years old and currently living in Saratoga Springs, New York with my lovely boyfriend (a software architect). I am currently not employed, which leaves plenty of time for cooking and tea-drinking! I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-face dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one. :(

I originally got into tea a couple of years ago. My sister introduced me to Teavana (there was a store in the nearby mall) and I was hooked. I have just started to drink tea again and I am very grateful to have found this community where there are so many with experience and wisdom to share!

I am a shameless Western steeper!

I love swaps! If you see something in my cupboard that you’d like to try, shoot me a private message and we’ll work something out!

My general tea info:

Likes:
Taiwanese Blacks
French Flavored Teas
Yunnan (esp. Pure Bud varieties)
Lightly Roasted Oolong
Japanese Greens (esp. Sencha & Gyokuro)
Genmaicha (traditional or otherwise)
Blueberry
Vanilla
Fig
Almond/Marzipan
Most “Dessert” Flavors (caramel, toffee, butterscotch, cake, cookie, etc.)

Favorite Companies:
Lupicia
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing
Fauchon
Mariage Frères
Yunomi

Not A Fan
High Mountain Oolong
Overly Floral (esp. Rose)
Licorice Root
Hibiscus
Rose Hip
Strong Bergamot

Rating Scale:

90-100: Spectacular, a staple
80-89: Delicious, might buy again
70-79: Pretty good, won’t repurchase
60-69: Just “okay”
00-59: Undrinkable!

Location

Saratoga Springs, New York

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