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drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
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I took this one out with me for a walk earlier in the afternoon for a break from the keemuns i’d been sampling. I like this one better with it’s other formulation so i’ll have to keep my eye out for Verdant to go back to the other version and pick some up for fall. Still though, the version with goji berries is about an 85 for me, so still a solid tea when looking for a little chai in my life :)

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I had this in the afternoon since i REALLY need to drink up some of my smaller puerh samples instead of accumulating them all. I still think that while i could live with having most of Mandala’s puerhs in my cupboard, there are a few that i MUST have…and this isnt’ one of them. it’s delicious, but not something that i’ll be wishing for often, now that it’s gone.

The first few steeps were a middle of the road brew that was smooth and delicious, while also not being out of this world. Later steeps brought out hints of woodsy vanilla. I’ll have to see if i can cold brew the rest of this over night just to see how it fares after a number of steeps hot brewed :)

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Farewell my blend, until we meet again. I think in the grand scheme of things i prefer my original blend to the final, final version but not by a lot. I am happy with the creation of this one as stacy is a masterful blender! I feel like this makes me want to come up with another sort of custom blend though… hmmmm deicions, decisions…

Roswell Strange

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Roswell Strange

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Sil

haha stacy was working on a caramel pear a while back

Kamyria

Uh oh… a caramel pear pecan… I don’t think I could resist.

Butiki Teas

The caramel pear was not working out, though that was because I wanted to make it a poached pear and it kept tasting like fresh pear.

Butiki Teas

Oooh, I think I just gave myself an idea of how to fix it.

Sil

um… i can take fresh pears with caramel…just saying…

Butiki Teas

Haha. Meh, fresh pears

Sil

just for that i think i should make you, make me, a fresh pear tea :P

Butiki Teas

Well, that would be on your taste buds :P

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85

Yep….this one is my favourite of the Teavivre Keemun’s though on the flip side, runner up was the grade 2 version because of the smokier factor of it…so price wise they sort of even each other out haha. Glad i had the chance to try several cups of each and compare the versions. :)

That also gives me sipdowns 5 and 6 for today

VariaTEA

I am also at 6 sipdowns today. Yay for sipdowns!!

Sil

i figure i’ll probably hit 10 today then anything tomorrow is bonus haha

looseTman

Your highest rated TeaVivre tea. Have you had a chance to do a side-by-side comparison with their Premium Keemun Hao Ya?

Sil

I have. I prefer this one by far. I actually don’t mind grade 2 – but it’s smokier than the rest so you have to be in the mood for that, though far less smokier than say their lapsang.

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72

This is the most second most expensive keemun in teavivres arsenal and i think it might be the one i like least. Which, of course suits me just fine lol. The aroma of this one reminds me of taiwain teas that have that “juicy” sort of aroma.

Drinking this along, side grade 2 – it’s clear that grade 2 has much more smoke than this one. I think, the level of smoke lessens as you go up the ranks. While this one isn’t bad, drinking it next to the grade 2, i prefer the grade 2 for it’s seemingly smoother brew and smokier notes. Can’t wait to compare these to what i think will be my favourite from teavivre!

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tigress_al

What do you think is your favourite?

K S

This was my first exposure to smoke. Scared me senseless for a time. Now I love experiencing different levels and layers of smoke.

Sil

The organic superfine is likely going to be my favourite :)

looseTman

Sil,
FWIW, TeaVivre’s current prices:
– Premium Keemun Hao Ya 100g (3.5oz) = $15.90
– Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant 100g (3.5oz) = $21.90

Sil

i see what i did there…wasn’t paying attention to 50g vs 100 :)

looseTman

Wow, I’m surprised that their Premium Keemun Hao Ya was the lowest-rated of the four TeaVivre Keemun teas you tasted. I’ve found it to be a very enjoyable breakfast tea. I’m sure the organic certification adds to the cost of this Keemun compared to the two less expensive ones that are not organic.
I’ve been following your comparison with great interest as I’m only familiar with their Premium Keemun and have wondered how these four teas compare. To date, I’ve enjoyed nearly 1,700g of it. Perhaps our different impressions are due to brewing methods? From your tasting notes It looks like you prefer 212*F and a 3-minute steep. What quantity of water and tea do you use?

looseTman

Sil,
Have you tried the following brewing parameters for Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea?
8oz / 2tsp (8g) / 3 steeps: rinse,1m,2m,3m
http://www.teavivre.com/info/recommend-brewing-guide/#black

Sil

negative looseTman – i have enough issues getting around to drinking my puerhs with multiple short steeps, that when it comes to black teas i just want to be able to drink them western style with possible resteeps as long as the first. i’ll try that next time i pick up a few samples packs :)

looseTman

The above parameters are TeaVivre’s western style brewing recommendations. With 194*F and shorter steeps, you’ll notice a smoother cup. More leaf provides a richer flavor, fuller body, and 3 steeps.

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74

In terms of the keemuns from teavivre, this is second from the bottom, just above the grade 2 that they sell. I prefer this one to grade 2, though not because it is more keemun-like to me, but because there is more malt and a sort of cocao note that’s in here as well. I also prefer the aroma of this one brewed, since the grade 2 didn’t smell like much of anything to me haha There’s a note in here that bites towards the end, which will likely be the reason i prefer the organic version but we’ll see…

Edit: after a few variations of trying this one and that one against one another, i think i’ve come to the conclusion that i actually like Grade 2 and the Organic version the best…

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looseTman

As a reader it’s confusing to read: “I prefer this one to grade 2 …”
Yet you rated this Keemun a 74 and gave Keemun #2 an 80.

Then later read an edit: “i’ve come to the conclusion that i actually like Grade 2 and the Organic version the best…”

Sil

And that’s why there’s an edit. I don’t feel the need to redo my tasting notes after I experiment and figure things out.

Sil

…my initial thoughts were that I liked this one more…then I drank another 4-5 cups trying to nail down things and changed my mind. I’ve articulated that in my tasting note and in my ranking….

SFTGFOP

I’ve been having a hard time with the ratings. I’ll go back, and certain teas I remember more fondly than I had ranked them.

looseTman

Sil, I understand. As a very interested reader in your TeaVivre Keemun comparison, it was at first confusing to follow.

Sil

tman – got it :)
SFTGFOP – yeah.. every now and then i try to go back and fitz with my ratings…it’s more of a sliding scale for my own sake anyway. 70’s i’ll drink them if they’re around but likely won’t re-order 80’s are “average” cups for me…in that a lot of those will rotate through my cupboard… high 80’s and into the 90’s will likely land as a permanent home. anything under a 60 is pretty much not worth my time.

SFTGFOP

I may copy that. Unfortunately then it would mean I will have to slide a lot of teas down to below 70!

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80

I’m going to try and get to my Teavivre Keemuns today. In order of price per 100g this one is at cheapest and so far, my least favourite :) This is a sort of malty, kind of astringent brew. It’s not a bad tea, but if i only had to have ONE keemun in my cupboard, it wouldn’t be this one. There’s a hint of smokiness hanging out in the background, but nothing that anyone who didn’t like smoke, should have a problem with.

I may edit this later as i use the other half of my sample pack to compare against at least one other version from teavivre.

Edit: i think this one is actually more smoky than i imagine it to be because i’ve gotten used to that level of smoke in my tea and love it, especially with maple.

(also sipdown 4 for today)

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drank Doke Rolling Thunder by Butiki Teas
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I pulled this one out of the cupboard to finish up since i packed some of it up in a swap last night. While the focus is on my older teas, sometimes it’s nice to finish up a more recent one if it’s down to a mere Sil sized cup full! This is an oolong that i can get behind. it doesn’t taste like an oolong but it’s clearly not a black or green tea. The flavour is light but not missing. mmmm Really enjoying some of the newer teas that Stacy has found, especially in the straight tea world.

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drank Pu-er 1990 Kunming by SOKO Tea House
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I received this one from omgsrsly aaages ago, well at least in my world as far as swaps go :) I haven’t had time on weekends to really sit and enjoy my puerhs so it’s taken me some time to get to this one. This is an earthy, bold puerh. it’s not a puerh for those who don’t like earthy, mushroom sort of puerhs. I had a few steepings of this, and all were that strong delicious sort of wake me up kinda of puerh that i enjoy, though more so in the morning. Thanks for sharing this one omgsrsly!

OMGsrsly

Welcome! This is one of my favourites. I mean, the bready ones are amazing too but this one is just… forest.

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