261 Tasting Notes

Backlog: Catching up on reviewing samples today. I was sent this tea as part of Teavivre’s spring collection and have not yet written them up. This is a shame, because I enjoyed all the teas in the collection. I’ve also just realised that I sampled this tea two years ago. So, how is the 2015 picking?

The leaves are tiny curls that expand a little in the pot to create a grassy bed in the teapot. It’s times like these that I am pleased that I use a glass teapot for these teas.

The dry leaf has a savoury spinach aroma that is evident in the liquor too. The liquor is a lovely yellow-green colour. It has notes of spinach and nuts with that savoury edge to it, but the flavours are delicate rather than strong. The aftertaste has a slight minty note to it, cooling in the mouth. The vegetal notes dominate the aftertaste while the savoury element lurks on the edges. This is a lovely refreshing tea.

Flavors: Nutty, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
mrmopar

Hello Beserker!

Roughage

Hello, mrmopar. :)

mrmopar

Been a while. Hope you have been well!

Roughage

Mostly ok. Kinda snowed under with multifarious unproductive things and a much smaller number of productive things to the point where writing about tea has had to take a back seat to everything else. Still, mustn’t grumble, worse things happen at sea! I did find time to help a friend out with this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBUGQkpk3RE
He does a pretty good job of summarising a core element of my thesis into a 12 minute video. Not all the viewers are happy with the conclusions though! :)

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Another free sample from Angel at Teavivre. Thank you.

This had an aroma of malt in the dry leaf which was golden and gorgeous looking. I love the colour of this one. The liquor tasted smooth, sweet and malty with a hint of grain. Everyone says ‘sweet potatoes’ of this tea. I’m really going to have to get a load of sweet potatoes and see if they are right, because, judging by how much I enjoyed this tea, I should really enjoy sweet potatoes. I mean, it was rich, sweet, and very moreish. I think this may be my favourite tea from Teavivre’s winter tasting pack.

Flavors: Caramel, Grain, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I found a sample packet of this in the cupboard and had quite a yen to drink it again. I enjoyed it last time and my previous tasting note still stands. This is one of the reasons I rarely write additional notes for teas: I would really only be repeating myself and life is too short for that. Well … except with repeating means drinking more of a good tea, obviously. It’s a really jolly good tea and I would happily drink more of it.

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A free sample for Angel at Teavivre. Thank you

The dry leaf smelt mainly of hay with an undertone of floral scent. It looked lovely: a lot of little twisty black leaves. The liquor was a dark brown with an aroma of grain and a hint of malt. The tea itself was silky in the mouth with a light, fruity taste reminiscent of raisins, plums and honey. It’s a great afternoon tea with no bitterness or astringency. All it really needed was jam and scones to accompany it, and my afternoon would have been complete.

Flavors: Fruity, Hay, Honey, Plums, Raisins

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for this sample. So, where does all the time go? I spend most of it sitting at this computer writing, so you would think that I would find the time to write up the various teas I have drunk, but, oh no, that does not happen. How embarrassing! It’s just a good job that I scrawl my notes on the tea with pen and paper first.

The dry leaf smells of wet wood, earth and cedar. I brewed it in a gaiwan and poured out a thick and dark liquor. It looked great and tasted pretty good too. The over-riding impression for me was a continuation of the cedar, tempered by leather, a little woodiness and something sweet and caramelly. Is that even a word? It is now. It was smooth and sweet and very enjoyable, although perhaps a little too middle-of-the-road for me. That said, I’m sure this will be many people’s cup of tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Cedar, Earth, Wet Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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It’s a beautiful, sunny, Sunday here today, so I spent the morning in the garden catching up on my reading (Ryan Lavelle’s ’Alfred’s Wars’, if you are interested), watching the cats play, and drinking this flowering tea. It looks fantastic and I love watching flowering teas open. Better yet, this tea was still light, slightly fruity and very refreshing despite having been in the cupboard a while. A great start to the day and spoilt only by the need to crack on with some work now.
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MzPriss

That sounds like a beautiful morning! I think I might copy you, replacing watching cats with watching my dogs wrestle. Thanks for the inspiration!

Roughage

I heartily recommend watching pets of all sorts play as being both therapeutic and pleasurable. When accompanied by good tea, it is a definite tonic. :)

Kirkoneill1988

did you win that contest for flowering teas? i won some :) i am not sure if i received one of these with it

Roughage

No, I don’t even recall entering it. This is just part of a variety pack that I bought with an old order to Teavivre.

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Another sample from Angel at Teavivre, for which I am phenomenally grateful.

So, catching up with writing up the teas once more, I find myself coming to my notes on this one. I brewed it in a gaiwan for a change and felt the extra effort was well worth it.

Upon adding water to the leaf I was immediately hit by a waft of malt and raisins, and the resultant liquor was very dark. It tasted primarily of malt and raisins with a pleasing bitterness at the back of the throat. Apart from this bitterness, the main experience was smooth and mellow, developing more rounded fruity notes as it cooled. There was a hint of winter berries in the colder brew supported by notes of allspice that gave it a Christmassy feel. The aftertaste was thick and sweet. Overall, yet another tea that I would be happy to have in my cupboard in quantity.

Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Raisins, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 170 ML
mrmopar

Hellow Mr R ! Been missin ya on here!

Roughage

Thanks, mrmopar. I’ve been reading but not writing lately. Lost my writing mojo but I’m hoping to get it back on track, because I have several more Teavivre teas to write up.

mrmopar

Yah I need to clear my back log. Training new employees at work takes a bunch of my time lately.

Roughage

It’s all job and funding applications for me. Kills the desire to write about much else.

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Free sample from Angel at Teavivre. Thank you for this and apologies for taking so long to review it. Life does not always comply with one’s need to taste and write up teas, sadly.

I am always pleased to write about teas from Teavivre because I have never had a dud one yet, and this did not break with tradition.

The dry leaf gave off an instant chocolatey hit when I opened the packet. I tipped the whole sample into my 250ml pot and set to, starting off at a 1 minute steep and adding 2 minutes to the time for each of two subsequent steeps. The liquor was a dark red brown colour and tasted fruity and light when I first sipped it. A dark chocolate taste developed like a high cocoa butter content chocolate (up in the 85% range for the chocolate fiends). Like the chocolate, the taste was thick with cocoa and a bitter edge to it, but it also had an note of warm hay. This developed into sweetness in the aftertaste that I really liked. The resteeps were similar, although the depth of flavour very quickly dropped off despite the large amount of leaf I used. This is another tea that I would happily buy several packets of.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Hot hay

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Bonnie sent me a sample of this tea some time back and I have only now found myself in the right mental place to taste it. So, I threw the pillow into a gaiwan today after work and set to. I’m glad I did. It’s light, floral and sweet with a vegetal base note. It reminds me of why I really should drink more oolong. I should probably write more about it, but the other two tasting notes tell you as much as I would. Read them for more on the tea, because I am going to focus on drinking it instead of writing about it! Thank you, Bonnie.

Flavors: Floral, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I am a qualified peripatetic berserkerologist peddling berserkjaknowledge wherever I can. I have always liked decent tea, but in 2011 I started working at learning what good tea really is. I continue to expand my horizons and discover new teas with the aid of my chums on Steepster, much to the chagrin of my wife, who despairs of my enthusiasm.

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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