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Tonight was magical. A warm sunny spring day with no wind. A mid-western cyclist dream. A “hilly” ride, with the smell of freshly cut grass and lots of flowering trees. Wind and sunshine on my face! Yep, I was already in heaven and then I had some of this tea. Now, I am sitting here with everyone in bed enjoying a quite house and a warm cup of tea. Can I hit repeat on this day?

This tea is smooth and hearty. I get sweet potato with a bit of what I like to say is a “meaty” finish. There is no astringency. The last part of the sip also has a hint of sweet. This is delicious. I received this tea from ashleyelizabeth in a swap. I was intrigued to try this because I started my loose leaf tea habit with the Teavana’s version of Golden Monkey. I will have to try them side by side. I am curious to see how my perception of that tea has changed. Thank you ashleyelizabeth for passing this along!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Charissa

Although I haven’t gotten any teas from Teavana in a while, I remember at one time buying their Golden Monkey, and it was very good! From what you described, this Teavivre Golden Monkey sounds like it tastes just as good or better. Yes, you should definitely try them side-by-side and see how they compare! (I will look forward to your review!:-)

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I received a sample of this from Angel and the folks at TeaVivre. Thank you!

This came in a vacuum sealed packaging with brewing instructions written on the package. This is my 2nd or 3rd keemun. The first keemun I tried had quite a bit of smoke to it and I really enjoyed it. I was anticipating the smoke for this tea and there is only a hint of smoke for me. This tea is medium bodied. The first part of the sip is very smooth that hints at a tad bit of bitterness towards the end. There is also a dry malty taste with a hint of smoke. I am not sure what to make of this tea. It is a tasty cup, but not one that I would crave. I will have no problems finishing what I have but I am not sure this one would be a restock for me.

I want to note that my ratings are based on my preference and whether or not I would restock/repurchase a tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
looseTman

“This tea is medium bodied.”
You might consider: 8 oz. / 7 g / 194℉ / Rinse, 1, 2, 3 min. steeps

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I received a sample of this from boychik. Thank you!

This has been on my list since I started exploring EG’s. For some reason I had the impression that this was an EGC, but it is not. It is however a very lovely EG. The base is the first thing I noticed. It is so malty and delicious. It, for me, is what puts the silk in this silky EG. When I drink EG I get two flavors, a bit of citrus and a bit of spice. I am not sure how to describe the spice other just saying spice. This was missing the spice component and was just a lovely citrus. The citrus for me was hidden under the wonderful base of this tea. It wasn’t hiding so much that it wasn’t noticeable, it did make itself known. Everything was well balanced and so delicious. I hope to purchase more down the road.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Darjeeling Blend by Harney & Sons
202 tasting notes

I received a very generous sample of this from boychik in her “Explore Darjeeling package”. Thank you!

This is really hitting the spot this afternoon. I am working on my second cup. After the TTB I am a little burnt out on flavored teas. For the last day or so I have been sipping quite a few of my straight black teas. This tea doesn’t have much spunk. There is nothing notable about it, but it is very enjoyable. It is a light cup, with a very dry feeling. It has hints of fruit and a tad bit of that muscatel (sp?) taste at the end of the sip. I will have no problem finishing this sample but the verdict is still out on a repurchase.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

Darj are very finicky . So this blend always delivers, no let downs. It’s not wow but it’s there for you.

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
202 tasting notes

Its been a while since I had a cup of this, but I have sent the last of it off, so I wanted to record my thoughts. The flavors in this didn’t quite do it for me. I remember the tea being pretty heavy on the rooibos and light on flavor. I wanted more out of this. I am also finding that coconut and tea for me, might not be my favorite combination. I am glad that I got to try this one. I am also glad I have been able to pass this along to some folks that will enjoy it much more than I.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TTB&C #21

I saved a tsp of this before sending the box on its way. I enjoyed this for one of my morning cups. I love mint, and I love bergamont, so the combination sounded pretty good, and it was. Neither flavor out did the other. It wasn’t one of those, must run out and buy this now cups, but I could see myself enjoying this again in the future.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I received a sample of this from Angel and the folks at TeaVivre. Thank you!

This came in a vacuum sealed packaging with brewing instructions written on the package. My verdict is still out about the magical Fujian black teas. I have liked most that I have tried but are they really THAT good? This tea may just make me a believer. One sip of this and I was in tea heaven. It is smooth and sweet. For me some sips had a dark chocolate note, and others had the malty caramel. I have had some Fujian black teas and I would describe a lot of them with the term sweet potato. This one however, did not have as much of that. I would describe it as more of a baked bread taste than a sweet potato.

I re-steeped this and the 2nd cup was just as amazing as the first. I will definitely be ordering this in the future, and probably more like the near future. Thank you for allowing me to try this one!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaVivre

TeaTiff, so glad you like this one. And thanks for the review:)

Marzipan

This one sounds right up my alley.

Charissa

Mmm that sounds terrific!

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I received a sample of this in a swap from bluebelle. Thank you!

I made this tea similar to how I would make a chai. It has a very distinct cardamon flavor with hints of chocolate. This was enjoyable, but given the choice between this and a favorite chai, I will probably always choose the chai. Thank you for allowing me to try this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sungma Autumnal by Harney & Sons
202 tasting notes

Thanks goes out to boychik for sharing a large sample with me!

I had a bit of insomnia last night. The brain gets churning and all the relaxation techniques in the world sometimes just don’t do the trick. So, I did what I am not suppose to do when I can’t sleep, drank caffeine and watched the boob tube. I know, I should stick with caffine free warm drinks and I should do house chores instead, but oh well.

Boychik sent along so many Darjeeling to try. This is the first of many. This was very nice. It was medium bodied. The first part of the sip was sweet followed by a hint of fruit, and then a musky finish. This is only my second or third Darjeeling and I am not sure how to describe them yet. As I work my way through these Darjeeling I am interested to fully understand what taste profile defines a Darjeeling and what sets them apart. For now this was an enjoyable cup!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
202 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from boychik! Thank-you!

This is a wonderful cup! Before reading the description of the tea, I had a slightly sweet, lemony cup, which matches the description pretty well. This makes me very warm and happy inside as I settle down to do a little bit of reading. This will definately stay on the wish list and be added to my next H&S order!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

Glad you liked it:)

MissB

I’m also loving this one. It’s just sooooo yummy!

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

Rating:
90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.

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