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Thank you so much Angel and Teavivre for the opportunity to taste this Pu-erh.
I wanted to do a simple cup of this one but I cannot manage to cut the little cake, too hard. So I decided to go for a full teapot to use the entire cake.

After steeping, the leaves are very green and are a mix of cut and entire leaves.

The taste is not so smocky but very on the honey and dry stone fruit side to my opinion. It has none bitterness at all.
The texture is light, not mellow, very refreshing.

I loved this one very much, sure I’m not afraid at all anymore of Pu-erh !

You can see some pics here on my blog :http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/raw-pu-erh-mini-tuocha-teavivre/

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Yay! No longer afraid of pupu :-)

I love those minis and I loved your blog!


Thank you :) I can add pics so that’s so nice. I need to create an instagram account as well


Oh!!! Please come and join us on instagram, it’s so much fun ysaurella, people are great there too!! :-)

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Thank you Angel from Teavivre for this sample.
I am very very very far from being an expert in Pu-erh. I am even an absolute beginner at this type of tea. I think I only tried one before this one.

First while opening the sample packet, the aromas are lovely as are the dark leaves, with some white points. Funny leaves. After steeping they are now so long, so green, still lovely.

I steeped this tea western style, 6 minutes as recommended and in a boiling water.
The liquor is very very pale, incredible regarding the dark leaves.
I add 2 brown sugar rocks and the liquor becomes now a pale orange.

Drinking it now it is a little bitter but not that much and a kind of special bitterness which adds personnality to a tea.
The notes are fruity : grapes and apricot maybe ?

This is a pleasant tea and ideal for the season, not too heavy, easy to drink.
I am knowing by now I can and should drink some straight pu-erh without fear.

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Thank you so much Angel from Teavivre for this lovely sample and thanks too for providing us such an high Jasmine tea quality.
The pearls are really small little marbled green and brown pearls. The liquor is a pale yellow, very pale yellow.
The texture is silky and the taste reveals a soft jasmine, very natural and not overwhelming.
This is probably one of the very best jasmine teas I had for sure.

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I am enjoying this cup right now before going to bed. Tomorrow I have to wake up at 4 o’clock to take the first train to Montpellier (south of France…not Montpelier in Vermont, unfortunately because Vermont sounds really much exotic to me !) to see a client.
I hate going to bed too early…

This is a tea sample I got a long time ago from TerriHarpLady and it is a quite nice foral Oolong.

Since a little while now I am drinking very very few flavoured teas (except Earl Greys). I think I’m going to post soon a giant tea swap proposal with a lot of my flavoured teas.

I still appreciate drinking some time to time like this smooth, light Oolong with light buttered notes. The coconut is absolutely not overpowering so it’s really refreshing and delicate. Lovely. Thank you Terri.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Floral

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Cameron B.

It’s funny that you think Vermont sounds more exotic than France, when I would never think that! Just shows that no matter where you live, there’s always a longing to see other places. The grass is always greener on the other side, I suppose!

I’m finding that I don’t enjoy flavored teas as much now either.


I’ve never been to Vermont and I’ve only been to eastern France, near Germany, but I’m pretty sure France is probably more awesome than Vermont :)


as a French I just cannot find France exotic for sure but I do think Vermont is a lovely place, seems so green, I’d love to visit Vermont :)

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This is an Ali Shan Oolong sent by Angel from Teavivre. Angel, thank you a thousand times.

I am an oolong drinker. My preferences in terms of Camellia Sinensis generally go to these teas and black straight Taiwanese teas .

There is no exception with this Oolong, I appreciate it but probably less than many others. This tea is extremely light and floral, the liquor has also a delicate smell of spinach. Its color is a very pale yellow, translucent. You can see the bottom of the cup effortlessly. Mineral notes are also present, especially late in the sip.

The texture of this tea is extremely creamy, soft, almost silky. It’s lovely.

I think I was wrong by choosing this Oolong to be my morning tea. It is not the appropriated tea for me at this moment of the day .But this tea is exceptional and I’ll enjoy drinking it in the evening and even just before bedtime.

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Heureuse de te voir la frimousse ysaurella :-)


Hereuse de Te voir I know. But what is frimousse?


Nxtdoor, don’t even know if they say it like that in France, but here in quebec it’s a cute way to say “your face”.


yes yes we say frimousse as well – thanks TheTeaFairy :)


O. Thanks for the language lesson! :)

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This is a fantastic Oolong tea which I unfortunately only get an adorable sample given by Adagio Breeze. thank you very much for sharing.

The Oriental Beauty teas come from Taiwan and are quite oxidized. Such oxidation is due to the presence of an insect, kind of tea leaves eater … in reaction, and for their protection, the leaves begin an intensive oxidation process.

At first glance, you think more of a black tea as an Oolong because the leaves are dark and long and not rolled like most oolongs. But Oriental Beauty are like that. It is therefore classic. The leaves of this one do not have a very strong scent, hard to decide about this tea at this stage.

I like the Oriental Beauty teas in general, but this one is especially tasty. May be less smooth than those I have tasted so far but with different and very harmonious fruit notes: apricot, peach, plum .. they are definitely there. Delicious. And Honey would you ask? There is also there as in any good Taiwanese tea.

This tea, in my opinion, is more lively in the mouth than other Oriental Beauty teas with more roundness and mellowness. This is another aspect of this type of tea that does not displease me.

A cup of tea I highly recommend.

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drank Breakfast by Jardin d'Asie
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Yes ! another new tea at the hotel I generally sleep near Aix en Provence. It was a sachet : lovely leaves in a pretty muslin. Quite neutral and pleasant taste, made to please the largest audience.
Not an high character tea but a nice cup to begin the day for sure !

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Taiwanese tea I got from Sil, thank you Sil.
It has the classic notes : honey, fruit. The body is really light even very light. Not my favourite Taiwanese tea but a pleasant cup.

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drank Jubilee by Fortnum & Mason
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Thank you Adagio Breeze for this tea.
It is a little too mild for me but not a bad tea at all.
Very refreshing in those hot days here (36°c) and one of the few teas I am able to drink hot since 1 week.
It seems to be a straight tea but it is so much sweet and fruity it can make think to a light flavoured tea.
My daughter adores it. Lovely

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This is a sample I got from TerriHarpLady, thank you so much Terri for sharing.

For an unknown reason I thought it was a plain tea not a flavoured one . I’m having this tea for my breakfast and this is a pleasant fruity break.

I don’t have much to say about this naughty vicar except praying its smoothness and its good taste of black currant. None atringency even if I stupidely left it steep for 6 minutes, so it is clearly a docile tea.
Pleasant even if not something I would add to my cupboard.

Flavors: Black Currant

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Naughty Vicar? Oh my, I would have bought it at once!

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First, please forgive me for my English and all the grammatical mistakes you’ll find in my posts.
As English isn’t my mother tongue it sometimes makes things more difficult to express cleverly and accurately what I feel.

I was mainly in black flavoured teas, green as well if not bitter.
I’m now drinking much straight teas because my palate is now developed enough to appreciate them .

My favourite brands are : Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard

94 to 90 : Excellent tea, often in my cupboard

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even nice, why not having it sometimes, but well, not so urgent !

69 to 50 : Meh, deceptive or just not for me – but has some qualities

49 to 30 : I just don’t appreciate it

Under 30 : is this tea ?!?!?

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