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drank Ginger Lily Oolong by Tea Ave
488 tasting notes

I was a little suspicious of Tea Ave at first. They sent an email asking about samples, but when I went to find them online the website didn’t exist, so I ignored the email. A few months later I started to see some chatter on here about folks receiving samples. I emailed them and they were kind enough to send me a few of the tea sachets. Thank you Tea Ave. for allowing me the opportunity to take part in tasting your line of oolongs!

This tea is amazing. It is a light creamy oolong with hints of ginger and floral. It is a flavored oolong. Usually when I see a flavored oolong I run the other way. The flavor is usually so strong and doesn’t blend with the tea that it ends up just tasting weird. This is not the case with this tea. The flavor blends so well that I hardly notice that I am drinking a flavored oolong. The feel of this tea in my mouth is one of the things that makes it stand out so much to me. It is like drinking silk. So smooth and creamy. It really makes me want to try the straight Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong that is the base of this tea to compare.

I really look forward to trying the rest of the teas. I think I see a Tea Ave purchase in my future.


This one sounds really good. I love Ginger and their other teas I’ve tried so far have been amazing.


This was amazing. This was right up there with my favorite milk oolong. It was one of those teas where I wanted to order more immediately!

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I love this tea! It is amazing. It is one of my favorite evening cups. It is one of the teas I want when I curl up in a blanket with a book. Okay well that is most teas, but it is always so amazing. It always makes me stop what I am doing and just sip and “think”. Life without this tea….. na lets just not think about that. I still need to try this tea in the giawan. I can only imagine that it gets even better.

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I received one of these cute mini tuochas from Stephanie. Thank you!

I logged onto TeaVivre’s site before brewing this and didn’t find any brewing instructions. I didn’t think to check Steepster as half the time folks do not add steeping paramters, at least I know I don’t. I brewed the first infusion of this up at 212. It was wonderful. It was light hints of Jasmine, mixed with a slight tang. The next cup I did the same and let it steep a bit longer and the cup really had a bite to it. Oops! I then got onto Steepster and saw that some folks were using 180 degree water. The rest of the infusions were done with this temperature. It offered some lovely tangy Jasmine. This was so nice. It wasn’t the heavy scented Jasmine that I am use to. The Jasmine really blended with the tea. I really enjoyed this one!

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Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for this amazing sample!

First off, I don’t think I have ever opened a tea packaged up so nicely. It was in vacuumed sealed pouch inside of another vacuum sealed pouch. I brewed the entire 7g in my gaiwan. I did 2 rinses to open up the leaves and then shamelessly neglected the TeaVivre steeping instructions for the first steep but quickly corrected my wrong doing.

I under steeped this a bit for the first infusion. It was a bit on the light side, but still wonderful. It is a very smooth floral oolong. Others have mentioned peach notes, but I did not get too many fruity notes to this cup, it is mostly just smooth flowers. The smoothness of this tea is what amazes me the most. With a lot of TieGuanYin teas I get a bit of a bitterness, with this tea there was absolutely none. Another wonderful offering from TeaVivre!

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drank Honeybush Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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I had 2 stashes of this tea. One stash I bought at Lollicup across the street, the other I got with a sample pack from Adagio. The stash from across the street smelled amazing. Really really hazelnut. The stash from the sample pack smelled of chemical BLAH! Before I had a chance to really determined what was going on I had dumped them together in the same container.

So I brewed a mug hoping for the best. Not undrinkable, but there is definitely a chemical funk to this one. I had really high hopes for this as I love the Hazelnut black and the first stash of tea smelled so nice. Oh well. My wallet is thanking me for a tea I don’t dig.


That’s frustrating

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I am in the process of cleaning and reorganizing. My husband says it is early “nesting”. We are adding a 4th member of the family to a 900 sqaure foot condo…. nesting/reorganizing whatever you want to call it things have to go:) I am starting with the kitchen. Our dining room area will soon turn into the adult room with a pretty sweet murphy bed that is a bed by night and a kitchen table by day. In the process of rehoming some of the things in this space. I found a lonely single sachet of this tea tucked away in the cupboard. How it found its way up there I will never know.

I am really enjoying this cup today. I have had this before. Didn’t seem to enjoy as much last time. After letting my office water cool for 2 mins I let this steep for 1.5 mins and it is perfect. The vanilla is sweet and adds a nice creamy-ness to the tea. The grapefruit sneaks out in bursts with each sip and mingles well with the vanilla and tea base. This will go on my wish list for the next time I order from the store so I can pick up 2oz.

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So long, farewell….. This is my last cup:( I am sad to see it go, but it had to be done. I have been eyeing the Wild Mountain Black tea on Taiwan Tea Craft’s site. I hope it is just as tasty.

Smooth, sweet, with cinnamon spice at the end. Delicious as always.


“I have been eyeing the Wild Mountain Black tea on Taiwan Tea Craft’s site. I hope it is just as tasty.”
I look forward to your review of it.


I have been hoarding my last serving of this!


Just do it! Drink it down. looseTman – it maybe a long while before I actually get the chance to try it, but I will definitely post a review.


Per Tippy’s Tea “We are working on acquiring some of this tea.”

Butiki Teas

looseTman-No one from that company contacted me about acquiring our TWMB, so I believe they are referring to just finding a wild Taiwanese tea.


Butiki Teas, Thanks for the update. TT wasn’t that specific. http://steepster.com/Teatiff/posts/286544#comments


Butiki Teas, Has anyone contacted you about offering PTA?

Butiki Teas

looseTman-a lot of companies contacted us about both PTA and TWMB. I’m sure they will be offered at some point.


That’s good to know. Thanks!
Will you let us know when this event occurs?

Butiki Teas

Will do. :)


I saw the note about Tippy’s Teas possibly carrying TWMB, if they do that would be great. It will be interesting to see who offers the PTA and TWMB from Butiki.

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This is a sample from MissB’s sample sale awhile back. Thank you!

How I do love bergamot, but the berg and rooibos together. Hmmm. A lot of my favorite Earl Grey’s are my favorite b/c of the base + bergamot. Rooibos, as much as I enjoy the cup and the no caffeine thing, it isn’t my favorite base “tea”. This is okay. Not stellar. I doctored it up with a bit of milk and sugar like I do most rooibos drinks. It is a light lemon rooibos. I would much rather have a normal Earl Grey or Lemmon Chiffon, but it will do for tonight.

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This tea a great morning cup. It is a little more fruity than I remember it, but that is not a bad thing.

I have to keep reminding myself that tea has been around for ages and will continue to be around, I don’t need to buy everything right now! Every time I have a magical moment with a tea, like this one, I want to run out and buy more, but in reality I probably have enough black tea to last me for at least a year. Oh if I could only practice restraint. This will stay on the wish list along with probably all the A&D blends. One tin at a time right?

I think I have decided that this has Darjeeling, Assam, and Cyelon. That is my guess anyway. I do wish the folks at A&D posted at least hints to their magical formulas. I hope we meet again Red-Tailed Hawk.

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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
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I received a sachet of this in my H&S order that arrived at my door step today. Thank-you H&S!

Two of my KC friends, and I went in on an order to get free shipping and we hit the 25% off 75 dollar weekend deal last week so it worked out quite nice. Free shipping and 25% off. I will take it. I got the okay from my husband to create a tea drawer and a spice drawer in our kitchen so I ordered a ton of their 4oz black tins. 75 cents for uniform tins. Heck yeah baby!

This isn’t bad. It is not run to the store and buy more good either. Since restricting caffeine I am still experimenting with the collection of rooibos I have. If I can’t find other wonderful rooibos chai I might come back to this one, but something tells me there are others that will suit me more. It is a weaker chai. The rooibos in this cup takes more of the center stage than the spices, but the spices don’t over power so much that it makes my stomach upset, which is a good thing these days. Not bad, not great. A good evening cup to settle down with my next book…. Wool anyone?

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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!

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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