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Free sample from Teavivre. Thank you.

I like Alishan, so I was really pleased to be sent this for review. I had a friend round for games last night (yes, I am a gamer), so I made a pot for both of us to see how he, a non-tea drinker, enjoyed it.

Upon opening the packet I was faced with little dark green nuggets of tea leaf. They had a slightly milky aroma to them. Upon steeping they opened up to fill the pot with huge leaves, some with large bits of stalk still attached. It’s a wonder there was still space in the pot for water! Did I mention that the leaves are huge and whole? Beautiful.

As the hot water hit the leaves, a waft of honeysuckle sweet oolong smell filled the room. The tasting notes from Teavivre mention gardenia scent. I’m going to have to sniff some gardenias for comparison. Whatever, the scent is brilliant. It’s sweet and floral and brings to mind all the good things about a springtime garden.

Drinking the tea, I was most struck by the creaminess of it all. It was smooth, sweet and clean, but also round and creamy. It brought to mind sipping nectar from honeysuckle, when I was a child. The sweetness extended into the aftertaste, which was great while it lasted, although I did not find it endured as much as other teas. The tea itself was also very relaxing. I felt very much at peace after drinking it. If you like floral, full-bodied teas, then I think this one is for you. Well, it’s for me, anyway.

Oh, and my friend? He said that I had spoiled him with a really great tea. Job done, I think.

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TheTeaFairy

Lucky friend of yours, you really got me with this review, I’m drooling over my ipad screen reading it, lol! Totally my kind of tea, will be adding to my next Teavivre order, that’s for sure. I love their oolongs, this one must be new cause I never noticed it before.

Roughage

I’m pleased the review enticed you to try the tea. I hope it turns out as you hope.

I have not had an Alishan from Teavivre before, so it could be new. I shall be adding it to my next order too. :)

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TheTeaFairy

Lucky friend of yours, you really got me with this review, I’m drooling over my ipad screen reading it, lol! Totally my kind of tea, will be adding to my next Teavivre order, that’s for sure. I love their oolongs, this one must be new cause I never noticed it before.

Roughage

I’m pleased the review enticed you to try the tea. I hope it turns out as you hope.

I have not had an Alishan from Teavivre before, so it could be new. I shall be adding it to my next order too. :)

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My favourite teas are Darjeelings, sheng puerhs and Anji Bai Cha. I return to these every time, after whatever flirtation with other teas I have been involved with.

I no longer rate the teas I drink because keeping ratings consistent proved to be rather hard work while not really giving me anything in return.

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