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Just finished off the sample that Angel sent me. I must have more of this tea, so I just placed my first official Teavivre order! Woohoo! Can’t wait!!

Stephanie

This one is soooo goooood

TeaVivre

So glad you like this tea, and thanks so much for your supporting on Teavivre:)

Scheherazade

I loved this one too. It’s an amazing tasting tea!

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I’m really digging the hot matcha lattes. Almond milk is so freaking creamy that way! This matcha is nice, but it’s more of a hint of strawberry, rather than a definite strawberry. Maybe I need to up my flavor level to robust from now on. Anyway, it’s still creamy and delicious!

Lariel

That sounds delicious!

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tealux
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Sipdown! I just finished off my tin of this tea. Such delicious milk chocolate goodness. Kind of sad, but I need to just bite the bullet and finish some of these little bits of teas, even if they’re my favorites. I would say I’m now more in love with unflavored black teas that taste like chocolate, but those tend toward the dark side (lol!) and it’s good to have milk chocolate once in awhile. I love the well-rounded flavor in this tea. It’s like you could eat it!

I’m leaning towards cutting down the amount of different teas I have so that I can really focus on the great ones. I cleaned out my tea cupboard yesterday, and organized it differently. I think it’s set up better to drink down some of the variety. I have one container of potential sipdowns, one container of teas that are best iced, and other containers of various levels of preference. I also moved my empty tins to another location, so there’s less clutter! Yay! Soon, I will be placing more tea orders!

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Mmmmmm, this tea is so fresh tasting! It’s like tasting Spring! This is another sample Angel sent me. Thanks, Angel! It really makes me rethink green tea. I’ve had a hard time really enjoying green teas, except for toasty genmaicha, but this is really hitting the spot!

It’s so fresh, like the leaves were just plucked from the farm. Amazing! I had a cup directly after another dragon well from another company and this one was noticeably fresher. It could be that the other company’s sample was probably sent to me about a year ago, though, which proves the point that green teas should be enjoyed as soon as you get them. Good to know. ;) I’ll have to make sure of that in the future!

Stephanie

Are you sure it wasn’t the She Qian you were drinking? http://steepster.com/teas/teavivre/45568-organic-nonpareil-she-qian-dragon-well-long-jing-green-tea if so it was literally just plucked from the plant. They picked it march 24th!!!

Tealizzy

No, it’s labeled, but I’m sure that other one is awesome!

Stephanie

Ok just making sure :) you made it sound so fresh!!!

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drank Hanalei by Lupicia
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Mmmm, banana runts iced tea. Lol! I do love Hanalei though, and the amazing shave ice over macadamia nut ice cream you can get there! Man, I need to get back to Kauai!!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Hot latte is the way to go with this one. Thanks for the tip, whatshesaid!!! Absolutely delicious and creamy, now that I got the proportions right. Yay! :)

Marzipan

What proportions did you use?

Tealizzy

1/2 tsp matcha, whisked with a fork in about 1-2 oz. of 176-degree water, and then mixed with about 8 oz. warmed almond milk. :) I messed up big time the first time because one of the flyers I had from Red Leaf contradicted their other flyer, and recommended 1 TBSP! That was icky bitter.

Marzipan

Oh wow that would be bad!

whatshesaid

Oh yay!! Glad it worked out :)
It would be terrible to hate the one that the whole world loves, haha

Tealizzy

No kidding! :)

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And another sipdown today! This tea was pretty fabulous. I loved the vanilla flavor. Wouldn’t mind getting more, but I’m making room for others! Yippee!!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown this morning! Hate to say this, but I’m kind of glad to see it go. It was not my favorite. Something about Harney’s chocolate flavoring just doesn’t work for me, but it wasn’t bad…just not great.

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Angel also sent me this tea to try. Thank you, Angel! If you like jasmine tea, this one is really delicious. I kind of have to be in the mood.

These pearls are adorable! Tiny and cute! I found the tea was sweet, smooth and with no bitterness and it wasn’t like drinking perfume…the jasmine was well balanced. This is a great tea to enjoy later in the day. It has a calming effect, like a spa treatment! I think it would be fabulous paired with Chinese food, like dim sum! Mmmm, now I want some dim sum! :)

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O. M. G. YUM!!! This is absolutely fabulous! This tea was one of the samples Angel sent me and I can see now why it’s such a popular tea. Thank you so much, Angel!!

When I first tried a cup of this, I wasn’t really sure how many pearls to use, but it turns out I estimated correctly for western brewing based on their website. I also couldn’t believe the recommended steep time ranged from 5-10 minutes. I mean, 10 minutes for a black tea? Are you crazy? So, I went with 5 minutes. That turned out to be a mistake, because, although the flavor was good, I could tell it was weak. I guess I should just follow directions!

So, today, I put 9 pearls in a 16 oz. mug (my whale color-changing mug ;) ) and steeped it for 9 minutes. That’s the way to do it! Those little pearls are so cute, but once the water hits them they totally unfurl. Have you ever had a tea with a pearl-like shape that didn’t want to fully unfurl? I’ve had that happen and it’s kind of annoying, especially with those flowering teas. Anyhoo, this tea is amazing! It has a rich black tea and unsweetened cocoa taste. It’s like those dark chocolate bars that are 60-80% cocoa. Amazing! Teavivre’s teas are so good and of such high quality, it’s sad that I’m just now discovering them. I do have to admit though, that the timing is right, since I seem to have developed a much stronger taste for unflavored teas lately. This is going on the order list. :)

Stephanie

Love these!

Tealizzy

I know! They’re awesome!

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I thought my profile needed a facelift, so here we go:

My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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