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84

Thank you Angel at Teavivre for this sample.

I like the new tables that show both Western and Chinese brewing information on the Teavivre website.

I bought an 8oz Gongfu teapot from Teavivre last year so for the sake of this review I shall use the suggested 3oz (or guess the equivalent as best I can).

Tea – 7g (one small silver foil bag)
Water Temperature – 100℃
7 steeps : rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s

The tea itself consists of dark green and light green leaves that make up small to medium sized balls and squiggles.

They have a sweet lily, orchid and mineral green scent.

Throughout the steeps –
It starts with a thick but sweet lily fragrance. Tea tastes subtle, sweet, mineral green and floral with vegetal elements. Perhaps slightly buttery and perfumed in the after taste.

It gradually becomes rather dry and less sweet. The lily is still very thick. The vegetal tone becomes more distinguished and fresh broccoli like.

Eventually around the fifth steep it tones down a lot in flavour and becomes as mellow as the first steep. It still has lily characteristics and vegetal tones but it’s also much dryer than previously.

Overall – It’s a very floral Oolong which has light and medium strengths/highlights throughout. No bitterness was present. I enjoyed this, would consider purchasing some in the future.

Preparation
Boiling

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50

I only had two samples of this and I took them with me to dog sit tonight whilst my parents are out. They have gone to see a band called The Cult, my mum used to be engaged to Ian Astbury the singer so she goes to see them whenever they come over. I’ve been treated to an Indian take away tonight :D

Steeped colour is mahogany with an earthen, musky scent. I can’t particularly smell any magnolia or anything floral but there is a delicate sweetness.

Flavour is thick and perfumed with some astringency and dryness in the after taste. The flavour is more magnolia like than it’s scent but it’s not fresh enough for my personal liking. The Puerh is still very musky and earthen but somewhat toned down from what I was expecting.

It’s certainly drinkable but this tea just isn’t for me. Too perfumed and dry for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I drank this one today too! Did you notice the tea is actually mostly green, not pu? Weird right?

KittyLovesTea

I did notice but thought I must have been mistaken from the steeped colour. Could it be a blend of both Sheng and Shu? I also thought the flavour was vastly improved once the tea cooled town, it was less perfumed and sweeter. Went up at least 10 points.

Stephanie

Yeah, it was very unusual but I enjoyed it. Doubt I’ll buy any, but it was fun to try.

mrmopar

I think the blend would be correct. A lot of factories do this now to puerh.

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85

Jiu Jiu Jiu is very fun to say, that is my reason for buying this tea. Not as intelligent a reason as I would like but it’s as good an answer as any.

The tea consists of dark green and light green leaves rolled into medium sized loose squiggles and balls. They have a pungent mineral green scent mixed with sweet flowers.

In flavour this is floral, buttery, sweet and vegetal in a delicate/mild package. To be precise I taste notes of fresh spinach, dandelion petals, honeysuckle and seaweed. There is a hint of dryness in the after taste.

A very light and tasty Jiu Jiu Jiu that would be great to use with my yixing flask when I go on walks and day trips. Would also perhaps be something that I would re-purchase.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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82

First Steep – 1 minute

Mahogany in colour with a smoky, musky yet sweet wooden aroma. Flavour is very smoky and rich like velvet with notes of wood, clay, damp earth, musk and sweet straw. The smoke is definitely the most dominant factor in terms of scent and flavour.

Second Steep – 1 minute

Flavour is still very smoky but the sweetness has also increased. Still of medium strength overall and the wood, clay, damp earth and musk are still present.

Third Steep – 2 minutes

A little darker in colour now and it resembles soy sauce. The smoke is still dominant but the sweetness is toned down from the previous steep. Now the second dominant flavour is the damp earth and it remains very rich and also a little dry.

Fourth Steep – 2 minutes 30 seconds

Holding it’s flavour nicely so far, remaining heavily smoky, damply earthen and rich. The sweetness however is almost now non existent and the after taste is becoming increasingly dry.

Fifth Steep – 3 minutes 30 seconds

This is still holding up very nicely, rich and strongly smoky but the sweetness, clay and damp earth have been lightened quite drastically. The musk and dryness remains at equal strength which gives the Pu Erh enough flavour to be pleasant.

Sixth Steep – 4 Minutes

Much lighter in colour now than the third steep. The flavour is very mild now even in comparison to the previous steep. The smoke is still present but toned down from what it initially was and any other flavours are hard to detect.

Seventh Steep – 5 minutes

Extremely mild with subtle hints of smoke and wood. There is also a slight sour astringency which was not present with any previous steep.

For pictures and more information please view my blog – http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2013/10/22/yunnan-aged-puer-tea-cake-from-nanpu-factory/

Preparation
Boiling

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74

My first tea of the morning, I dug it out of my cupboard yesterday to use up.

Served with milk and 2 sugars. Tea is malty, thick, dry and smoky in flavour. It has some strength but not enough for my personal taste for a breakfast tea. I will perhaps try it tomorrow morning without milk and sugar.

A standard black tea, I would say it was more like an afternoon tea than a morning one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Me too

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57

Thank you Lala for this sample.

Smells like sweet maple and dry pecan nuts. Not quite pie like but nice all the same.

Flavour is light, sweet, dry, nutty and if I’m honest a little sickly. It’s a touch too sweet for my liking, it tastes like I’ve added a few spoons of sugar! It does taste like weak pecan but it leaves a dry after taste.

This one is just not for me. It’s much too sweet and not pecan enough for my liking.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

Yixing teapot – 370ml – (Enough for two)
Tea weight – 10g
Water temp – 95°C
Steeping times – 15 second increments

This tea has a dry, wooden, leather, smoky and tobacco. I took a picture – https://twitter.com/kittylovestea/status/392335220914925568/photo/1

I can taste clay, soil, damp wood, smoke and dry musk. Medium strength overall and consistent throughout but it does weaken quickly. A slight astringency and sourness comes through on the third steep but it’s still rather smooth.

A nice Pu Erh suited for everyday drinking and good for the price but this one is not on my re-purchase list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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77
drank Naked Pu-erh by Tealux
984 tasting notes

Thank you Dexter3657 for this sample.

Yixing teapot – 370ml – (Enough for two)
Tea weight – 10g
Water temp – 95°C
Steeping times – 15 second increments

This tea has a dark, smoky, wooden, straw, damp earthen scent. An overall pleasant medium strength Pu Erh.

Flavour is smoky and smooth with sweet wooden highlights. Non offensive and of medium strength. Flavour remains consistent over three steeps.

It’s a nice Pu Erh but nothing special. Would be perfect for an everyday Pu Erh or as an introduction to it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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94

Thank you Dexter3657 for this sample.

Yixing teapot – 370ml of which I will only be filling half way as it’s for one so roughly 175ml-200ml
Tea weight – 6g
Water temp – 95°C
Steeping times – 15 second increments

It smells sweet like honeysuckle with delicate hints of wood, smoke and hay. Surprisingly sweet and smooth for a Sheng.

In flavour this is creamy, delicate, sweet, smoky and musky. The smoke is like velvet, it’s soft but rich and it lingers in the after taste. Further steeps reveal sweet wood and floral flavours but it remains thoroughly smoky and light.

A very delicious Pu Erh and easily one of my new favourites. I wish Mandala shipped to UK. :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

I need to try more shengs. Sounds tasty!

KittyLovesTea

Well I can heartily recommend this Sheng, a bargain at $17 for a 100g cake. It tastes as smooth as some of the $100 Sheng I have had the privilege of trying.

Stephanie

Good to know! I’m planning on placing a Mandala order soon anyway! :D

Garret

HI! We can totally ship to the UK! Already do. It’s just not an option on the site. Our international customers can email me at [email protected] and let me know what they want. Then we figure out the shipping options, send a paypal invoice and get the teas on their wonderful journey!

Thank you for the review(s) everyone. Each of you are why I keep doing this. I’m so appreciative and humbled. Next China trip in just a few short months. I get to buy more mao cha’s for more private label pressings!

May you all have a glorious and love-filled day!

Garret

Bonnie

Don’t you just love Garret!

mrmopar

Agreed Garret is a great seller!

Garret

Gee wiz… y’all are wonderful :) I am blessed!

Bonnie

We’re stalking ya!

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83

Yixing teapot – 370ml of which I will only be filling half way as it’s for one so roughly 175ml-200ml
Tea weight – 5g
Water temp – 95°C
Steeping times – 15 second increments

The leaves have a musky leather aroma and rich earthen charm. The ageing process seems to have been very kind so far.

The flavour features thick, smoky, sweet, musky, earthen clay elements. Rather smooth considering the amount of different rich flavours it contains.

A nice Puerh that should improve nicely as it ages, if I can keep myself from drinking it all that is.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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