260 Tasting Notes

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My daughter has been sick for the past two days, and this morning I woke up with a sore throat. Doh! I tried really hard not to catch it! One of the worst things about being sick is not being able to taste tea properly. I had to try this, though. I am thrilled with what came in this month’s blend package- a genmaicha, a chai, and an herbal. More on the genmaicha later (it’s good!!!). It’s not on Steepster yet and it’s hard to add new teas on my iPad. On to this chai though . I am very happy to see that cinnamon and ginger are at the top of the list of ingredients. A good chai must have copious amounts of cinnamon! Plus, I can still taste cinnamon, even with a cold.

I am so frustrated with my cold! If it tastes this good with a cold it must be amazing normally. My first sip I was a little floored- the Yu Lu Yan Cha really shines in the blend. I did 2 tsp for 2 minutes and I wouldn’t go longer on the first steep. It’s really good! That’s all I can say. :/ I will update when I can taste it with no hindrance to my taste buds!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Sorry you’re sick! I like the pepper in this blend. You don’t get a burn, but the aroma and flavor is savory and adds warmth.Be well!

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When Angel at Teavivre asked me if I wanted to sample some Taiwanese teas, I couldn’t reply back fast enough! There is just something about tea from this region that makes me very happy! Most of them, that I have tried anyway, have a creaminess and sweetness that slowly grow in intensity the longer you sip. By the bottom of the first cup it reminds me of caramel. This tea is quite floral, and isn’t as creamy as others I have tried but it still has the awesome aftertaste. The leaves smell very fresh, and the tiny little pellets they start out as turn out to be quite large leaves. Always fun to watch the leaves unfurl!
Thanks again, Angel! You people at Teavivre ROCK!

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
TeaVivre

It’s enjoyable to watch the tiny little pellets spread out to large leaves.

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97

Dry leaves smell fabulous! Can’t wait to try this.

I used the entire sample packet, probably two heaping teaspoons worth.

Yes, this is good tea! I’m not in the mood to get all wordy today but suffice it to say that this is green with definite roasty notes, and a bit floral, with the characteristic creaminess and slight caramel flavor that is distinctly from Taiwan tea.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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I’m the first to write a tasting note on this tea. Thank you Teavivre for this sample!

This tea is really pretty! The white tea is fuzzy, and there are whole flower buds in there too! The dry leaf smells primarily of rose.
I used the whole packet. The tea brew smells very floral, especially of rose. The taste is floral, but more delicate than I was expecting. That is a good thing! I don’t find the flowery taste overpowering, but then again I like floral teas. In this first steep, I don’t taste the white tea much.
The next steepings are similar, with rose being the predominant flavor and aroma. I can taste the white tea in the background now, which is pleasant.
If you like rose, you will LOVE this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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96

Free sample from Teavivre! Thanks a bunch Angel! This tea is one of my very favorite kinds of oolong.
I opened the package and sniffed. VERY milky aroma, and even a bit caramelly. I used the entire packet – about a tablespoon – and steeped for 35 seconds in my glass steeper. First sip is lightly vegetal. As I continue with the cup the milky flavor emerges and leaves a wonderful sweet aftertaste. I am loving this!
Second steep 40 seconds. The steeper is completely filled with leaves now. The brew smells more floral this time. Taste is mostly floral and a little vegetal. The sweet aftertaste returns midcup. By the end of the cup I can taste a hint of the milkiness, but just a hint. The floral was super strong in this steep.
3rd steep 45 seconds. Once again quite floral.
Thanks again Teavivre for an opportunity to try another of your delicious teas!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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I am so thrilled to have this tea in my stash again!! This is one of my very favorite teas from Verdant. I know this is blended a little differently than last year, so I’m interested to try it out.
1tablespoon of leaf, boiling water.
This first steep (45 sec) I’m getting a lot of fruity notes, to my surprise. The longer I sip there’s also the familiar cocoa and malt. Oh, yes! At the end of my cup the texture is suuuper smooth.

1 min second steep. This cup is MUCH darker- and I taste the puerh much more in this. The fruity notes have been mostly replaced by earthy notes; earthiness and dark chocolate are the prominent notes in this steep.

1 min 20 sec 3rd steep. The earthiness toned down in this steep and the chocolate peeped out a bit more. The flavor is still full and rich.

I will continue steeping this out. I am so happy to have this tea again!

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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93

Second sipdown today! Woot! This is one of my oldest teas, so it feels good to finally be removing it from my cupboard. But now I need to buy more genmaicha. Sigh.

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93

Sipdown! It’s been so long since I’ve had this tea I’d forgotten how much I like it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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We had some friends over tonight, and one of them was from the Netherlands. I brought this out for him to sniff, and he immediately knew exactly what it was, which made me so happy to know there are more people like me! :) Although he pronounced it more like Lapsang Soo-Wong, which may be the correct way to pronounce it, I have no idea. He picked this out to drink and was very happy with it!

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I am so delighted to finally be trying this tea! This was sent to me as free sample from Teavivre- thank you!! I have been waiting for the right mood to strike me before I try this tea. It smells soo good dry leaf- reminds me a bit of liquid smoke, and also smoked salmon. Being that I love smoked fish, I am ready to love this tea.
I am also cautious, however. I follow the low end of Teavivre’s instructions. 2 tsp of tea, 1 min. I am pretty happy with how it turned out! I will definitely need to be in the right mood for a tea as smoky as this one, but it’s a perfect, comforting, inside-warming mug.
Thanks again Teavivre for the opportunity to try this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I love tea. I first tasted loose leaf when my grandpa brought some back from Russia and I remember just savoring it. Not sure what kind it was; all I remember is that it was loose leaf and it was good. =)

I really enjoy oolong, jasmine tea, green tea, and white tea. I have been getting more into black tea, especially those with chocolate notes! Also, chai is a constant favorite.

As far as tisanes go, I enjoy chamomile and occasionally a mint. I am interested to try rooibus and honey bush. I do prefer teas without artificial flavoring but I’m willing to try most things.

I know next to nothing about puerh, but I like what I have tried so far.

I am consistently amazed at the flavors contained in one leaf. I am on a quest to discover all of them! Slowly, though. Good tea is expensive. :P

Other things I enjoy: Books. My family. Truth. Campfires. Animal Rescue. Gardening. Sushi. Mountain biking. Documentaries. Trees. Music. Culture. Sour cream raisin pie. Not necessarily in that order. :P

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