237 Tasting Notes

Sunday morning tea is often a flowering tea in our house. I picked this practically at random from my tin of Teavivre’s flowering teas. The bloom is lovely and reminiscent of spring. It displays well in the glass teapot. The liquor is pale, buttery and with a hint of pepper. It’s sweet and refreshing, and you can really taste the silver needles in it.

Flavors: Butter, Peppercorn

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
TheTeaFairy

i love how teavivre flowering teas actually taste so good! I’ve had many from other companies that are almost tasteless or turn bitter in no time.

Roughage

I totally agree, TeaFairy. This one was particularly good because it had greater depth of flavour than others I have had. It seems like some manufacturers focus too much on the visual aesthetic rather than the whole experience. After all, you don’t make it solely to look at it. Teavivre have produced a good one here.

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I was kindly sent a sample of this tea by a fellow nameless Steepsterite and finally have a chance to try it, having had a throat infection for a week and a half. Tea tasting has not really been on the menu for a while, because I have had my head down finishing my thesis, so it is a real pleasure to come back to it with a solid shu.

The dry leaf smells like Shu with no fishiness or other unpleasant aromas. It’s quite a woody aroma like cedar or something similar. The liquor is medium bodied and dark. The same aroma of cedar is continued in the aroma of the liquor, and also into the taste. It is woody and earthy with a citrus finish that lasts on the tongue and an undertone of cinnamon. All in all a pleasant tea that would be welcome at most times.

Flavors: Cedar, Cinnamon, Earth, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Following up on the last note, I tried this tea with much more leaf and it does come across better. I expect it ought to improve with age too.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
TeaExplorer

So what ratio did you use?

Roughage

7g of tea in a 130ml pot. It gave the whole thing more of a buzz and I thought I could see how they described it as they did better. It definitely needed the pot loading with tea properly. I have run out now, but would consider increasing the amount of tea to 8-10g in future if I get some more of this one.

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This is a buttery, smooth jasmine tea. It is light and refreshing. The pearls will stand resteeping several times and do not lose their potency quickly. I keep this one in the cupboard all the time, because it is my favourite Jasmine tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaExplorer

I’ve been searching for a good jasmine … added this to my shopping list to try … thanks!

TheTeaFairy

TeaExplorer, since Teavivre makes it easy on us by sells samples at very low cost, I think you should also add while at it Silver Jasmine Green. No one does jasmine like Teavivre. The pearls and this one are my favourite jasmine teas ever, but that’s just IMHO :-)

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I received a sample of this as a present from a kind fellow steepsterite (steepsterer?) and have had it on the go for the past three days. It’s smooth with a little edge of something like camphor. There’s a richness to the liquor that I like, and it suits my need in the morning for something thicker than the usual teas. It seems to have reasonably good endurance too, hence it has lasted well and the leaf is only now reaching the end of its life.

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

I prefer steepsterite. :)

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I really liked the Oriental Beauty I bought from Canton Tea Co back when I first started buying from them. It was expensive but was absolutely lovely, so I bought a tin of this from Teavivre with some trepidation. After all, how could this cheaper tea live up to my previous experience?

So, the first steeping was not good. Too much leaf and steeped for too long. It had a metallic edge to it that I have noticed with oolongs when I get the steeping wrong. Not particularly pleasant and certainly not the delicate honeyed notes I was hoping for.

The second steeping went much better. It was like honeysuckle nectar: floral, sweet, light with apricot or peach notes. The third steep went equally well, and has left me feeling very pleased that I have a whole tin left in the cupboard awaiting my attentions. This is a tea that belongs permanently in my cupboard for when the mood takes me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Still a good, filling brew. Has not changed since last time I wrote one of these notes. :)

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I wanted a black tea and have been drinking a lot of Golden Monkey lately, but I wanted something different so I opened my new(-ish) tin of Tan Yang Gong Fu. It was dusty like hay when you shake it out and had a slightly warm hay smell to it. It also stuck together a bit like leaves of hay do. It looked a lot like the Golden Monkey with the curly golden leaf mixed in with darker ones. “Looking good,” I thought to the tea, although the dustiness had surprised me. The liquor is dark red brown and clear and smells faintly malty. Although I used a lot of leaf, the aroma of the tea is still delicate but the flavour is quite direct. There is a hint of malt there, something of molasses and some cherry notes too. It is really smooth and there is greater depth than the Golden Monkey. It’s like the taste and aftertaste sink into your tongue and carry the experience all the way with them. I can actually feel this tea relaxing me, which is surely a good sign. There is a lot going on here and I think I need to drink more just to explore it further. Yes, that’s it. Better add this one to the buying list because I’m sure I shall want to explore it further when the current tin is done.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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