21 Tasting Notes

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I should start off by mentioning that the tea that got me into drinking tea was Wuyi, now it was indeed a teabag, but I think we all were there at one point or another :P (in-fact I am relapsing back into teabags). After about 6 months of strictly drinking Wuyi as my tea of choice, I decided to move on and try different teas, about 3 years has passed since then, so this was the first time in 3 years that I tried Wuyi again, and I was not disappointed! This tea was everything that I remembered minus the bitterness and a bit more full bodied. After a quick rinse, the first steeping was a bit bitter and uneventful, but I find that common in oolongs. The second steeping was where all the flavor came out, and it brought back memories of drinking my Wuyi out of a 32 oz. Mason jar in a massage chair looking out the window in mid fall _. The third steeping was a little bit weaker than the second, but it was still very good, but then I felt like it had a sudden drop off at the fourth steeping, but the way I was steeping it, I was quite impressed with the third! I’ll admit, the tea was a little dusty, and had a decent amount of sediment at the bottom, but for the most part, it was clear, and very nice to look at. I would recommend this to a friend that is on the fence about drinking tea, this is a darker tea, but I recommend it just by the mere fact that it drew in me, a devoted coffee lover instantly.

Over all, the taste was 100/100, aroma 100/100,and the was appearance 93/100.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Smoke, Tobacco

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Earth, Smoke, Smooth

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I chose to try this tea purely on the fact that it was a flavored oolong, and a flavor that I have not yet seen for an oolong. The aroma that comes from the bag is a very pronounced sweet strawberry smell that is quite enticing to the senses. The tea itself is a tightly rolled light oolong tea, that to be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of. I decided to go the “western” route on brewing for this tea, and didn’t rinse this tea very much at all, just a quick touch in the water; I didn’t want to wash away any of the flavoring. Since this tea was so tightly rolled, I steeped it in water for a bit longer than I would normally for an oolong, and the resulting liqueur was on the darker side of a light oolong, with a very prominent strawberry smell, but was lacking a lot in body, and was quite empty in flavor. The tea soup itself was very clear, with almost no sediment at the bottom of my cup. Overall, this tea was okay, the aroma was 100/100, visually 100/100, and taste was 35/100. Visually this tea was beautiful, and the aroma was great, but there was really not much for the taste, the 1st brew was astringent and vegetal, and the 2nd and 3rd brew were sweeter and more floral, but it was lacking much, and was definitely not my favorite from Teavivre, but I wouldn’t couunt this tea out yet, perhaps it was just my batch; I will update later if it improves.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grass, Strawberry, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ll be honest, the selling point of this tea for me was the “milk” part of it, I am a very avid drinker of oolong and was very enticed with the idea of it having a nice sweet creamy flavor. The trick with this tea is in the steeping times and temperature, I found that when it was slightly over steeped that it had lost it’s sweet creamy flavor, and when I used too hot water (200F) that it became slightly astringent, and the creaminess was replaced with a grassy flavor. Once you get the steeping times and temperature down, this tea doesn’t fail to impress! After a quick rinse, the leaves were already omitting a sweet milky scent. The first steep had very nice sweet creamy tasting notes, with a slight grassy taste, I was quite surprised with this very prominent taste of sweet cream, and the second steeping didn’t disappoint! It was the same as the first steeping in terms of flavor, and was slightly darker with a little more tea dust in it, and the third steeping the sweet cream flavor was lessened, and was replaced with grassy flavors, but it had very nice flora accents with it as well, so it was a nice trade off, and was a very very nice light oolong, I highly recommend!

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Milk, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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This pu-erh is hands down, one of my most favorite pu-erh teas I’ve ever had; although I am rather new to pu-erh tea, I know what a bad pu-erh can taste like! After about two 5 second rinses, letting the tea leaves rest in between the rinses to open up better, the first two steeps were rather uneventful, a slight vanilla flavor in the background, with a very earthy/moldy aroma, and was a little astringent. The third steeping is where the flavors really boomed, very nice sweet taste complete with a rather prominent vanilla flavor in the background, just a little earthy and fishy, but that isn’t a downside for me, personally I like it. The color of the tea was a very dark amber color, but it wasn’t a “slap-in-the-face-flavor”, it was actually very light in contrast to its color. The mildness of the tea means that you can’t really mess it up/over steep! I accidentally over steeped mine majorly (about 3 hours), and it was comparable to coffee, which I am an avid drinker of, but it had all of it’s delicate flavor notes still. After drinking that, I decided I would try to get an extra steep out of it, and got 4 more! This is definitely an all day tea, which is a major plus.

Flavors: Earth, Fishy, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 103 ML

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Flavors: Earth, Fishy, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 103 ML

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