101 Tasting Notes
mm. Delicious. mm mm, delicious. mm. Delicious. mm mm, delicious. ← That is the song that I am currently singing to myself as I drink this tea. The tea is making me do it! I can’t help it…it’s just so good!
This tea is pure, simple happiness. You know what is in here? Green Tea, shredded coconut, and flavors (which I am assuming is just more coconut). That’s it. Plain and simple. But don’t let it trick you, this tea is going to take your taste buds on an amazing ride.
Steep 1: 1 heaping teaspoon, 2 minutes, 8 ounces of water, 185 degrees, and a touch of agave
the first flavor to hit you is the sencha… it’s smooth and buttery. As the sip ends you get an influx of glorious coconut. Sweet, lovely coconut. Almost like the coconut that you bake with..it’s just naturally sweet, undeniable, milky coconut without the artificially in your face over-flavored taste that many teas seem to take. There is a bit of astringency towards the end of my sip nothing too off putting.
Steep 2: same leaves, 2 minutes, 6 ounces, 175 degrees, a touch of agave
WOW! Even better than the first steep. No astricency whatsoever. Just perfectly silky, creamy, buttery sencha and coconut. The two flavors perfectly balance each other out. One is not too dominate over the other, solely working together to create a beautiful medley.
Steep 3: same leaves, 2 minutes, 6 ounces, 175 degrees, a touch of agave
Yum. Dear cup, please don’t end. You are making my taste buds dance like a joyous greek family dancing at a wedding.
Steep 4: same leaves, 2 minutes, 6 ounces, 175 degrees, a touch of agave
This tea just keeps going and going with the same amazing flavors. Ahhh. Soo good. Commence the singing that started this post.
So it’s no secret, I really like this tea. It’s buttery and coconuty and makes me happy. What more could I want?
Flavors: Butter, Coconut
CUT!!! Come on tea, what are you doing? You are supposed to do it just like we rehearsed (in my head). For you see it is my 100th tasting note (Yay, happy dance)…so it is kind of a big deal. I want it to be about a tea that is super delicious..and that is supposed to be you given my love for pink lemonade..but you have to work with me. Okay? Okay. Back from the top.
Take One: 2 tsp. tea, 8 oz. water, 205 degrees, 5 minutes….
-Blech, what is this?? You aren’t really convincing me of the whole “I’m a delicious pink lemonade drink me because I’m just so good” role that I had envisioned. Your stevia is just not working for me, it’s too overpowering. Wait…maybe it’s not you…perhaps it’s the scenery…let’s cool it down a bit.
Take Two: 2 tsp tea, 8 oz. water, 205 degrees, 5 minutes….this time ICED
-Much better. Looks like you are starting to get the hang of it. You start out strong with the scrumptious pink lemonade flavor that I was hoping for but your finishing notes are just sooooo stevia… sooooo not good. Why is it there to begin with? I don’t want stevia in the center of my stage! Maybe there is just too much of you…let’s try toning you down a bit.
Take Three: 1.5 tsp tea, 8 oz. water, 205 degrees, 5 minutes….
Are we shooting underwater here because you are a bit muted and watery for me. Nice job cutting down on the stevia, though..it isn’t nearly as present as it had been. Can we try amping up the cuteness, though.. I do like a sweet lemonade.
Take Four: 1.5 tsp. tea, 8 oz. water, 205 degrees, 5 minutes….with AGAVE
Okay, this I can work with. We are getting there kid, don’t give up! I’m getting the delicious tangyness and the stevia is toned down…but something isn’t quite right.. too hot again. Stage crew, change the set, please!
Take Five: 1.5 tsp. tea, 8 oz. water, 205 degrees, 5 minutes….with AGAVE..and ICED
Erf… Not enough flavor. Give me a little more pizzazz! It’s a little bland right now…Picture a hot sunny day and all you want is to cool off with a nice refreshing glass of fruity tang..now go sell those lemonade notes!
Maybe you need a costar…
Take Six: 1.5 tsp. tea, 8 oz. water, 205 degrees, 5 minutes….with AGAVE…and MILK (erm..why not? tried everything else:P)
Abort, abort!!! Bad idea.. cup going down the drain. Sorry milk.. maybe we will bring you in next season with another costar…change the main characters just like Doctor Who!
Okay, tea…. I really don’t know what to do with you now. Boss says that you must be used but I can’t figure out how to make the story work. Maybe we will change the plot. It will be about a tea that should have been really good….strives to reach its goal and improves along the way only to crash and burn at the end. Not quite the happy go lucky storyline I was thinking of…but it’ll have to work. Take the rest of the night off, kid.
aside to assistant maybe we should tell David to rethink the whole stevia thing… tea would totally have worked without it. It’s really too bad..there was great potential.
Also, be sure to thank the lovely Ost for sending this one my way! .
This is another amazing tea from Teavivre. These guys just continue to amaze me…amazing customer service, fabulous (and organic!) teas, and just the happiest customers.
This tea is perfectly sweet and mellowing after a hectic day like today. The dry leaf is adorably fluffy and smells of fresh hay rounds. It tastes slightly floral but it is silky smooth and delicate. The second steep has brewed a gorgeous deep yellow and really brings out the floral notes. Out of all the teas that I have had this tea has been one of the best at pulling off the full floral flavor without being too chemically or perfumy nor too overwhelming. It is just peaceful and relaxing. It has definitely put me in the mood to do some yoga:]
I got four wonderful steeps out of these leaves..so awesome. It has gotten me reenergized but oddly in a calming sort of way. Now back to kicking so bootay :D
Thank you, Teavivre for allowing me to try this amazing tea!:D
This tea almost smells like a sheng to me but with an added freshness like a crisp early morning. The liquor is really quite dark and the cup is sooo flavorful. Talk about a malty flavor explosion! :D As the tea cools, it gets more of the traditional aged white flavor..hay-like notes with smooth malt to finish out the sip..it’s beautiful. And honey..there are glorious honey notes in here, too. Wow, this is an incredible multi-dimensional flavor tea.
Don’t let the brewing instructions catch you off guard..212 degree water and 6-10 minutes brew time for this WHITE tea is oddly perfect. Teavivre has gotten the brewing time down pat:D
Flavors: Hay, Honey, Malt, Smooth
I really do love chai tea and hazelnut is such an enchanting flavor so I had to try this one:P I made it as a latte with some whole milk topped with just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg ..and oh la la, sweet, sweet comfort. This cup was so comfy and happy that I just had to curl up on my bed with a genetics book and just appreciate the pure bliss radiating from my cup. Ahhh, yes. As much as I am a fan of loose tea vs bagged tea, this bagged tea was incredible. The hazelnut was smooth and delicious and the cup was full of flavor and spice. Plus, not to mention it was incredibly convenient…. after so many loose leaf tea cups I almost forget how simple a bagged tea can be to prepare. Plus, this tea is in eco-friendly tea sachets…is organic…and fair trade. How can I not want more of this? A home-run tea for me. Now I really want to try the rooibos version of this…badly. :P tehehe. I bet I will like it even more!
Flavors: Hazelnut, Spices
I have become more and more of a ghost on this website. This is mostly due to the fact that I have spent tooo much time and money on tea these past couple months. sigh but it is so much fun…and so tasty.. Silly bills drying out my tea funds:P Luckily, I have lots of tea in my tea stash…must have to avoid the temptation to buy more.. rawrs. For those of you that have played the game Ni No Kuni illustrated by Miyazaki, I am in much need of more restraint.
Anyways, onto this incredible tea.
I am by no means a pu’erh expert.. but thanks to advice from the awesome Spencer I knew just how to brew this tea. The dry smell of this tea was much more pleasant than I was expecting…probably because some of the other pu’erhs that I have had smelled much like dirt or fish. But this one was fresh smelling. The flavor of the first cup was a light woodsy sweet almost honey-esque flavor with a very like liquor. The second cup had much bolder flavors of musk and floral but oh so smooooth. There was only slight bitterness at the end. A beautiful pu’erh.. hopefully I can age as gracefully as this tea.
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Musty, Wood
What a fun TTB! :D The idea behind it is so cute it makes me feel like I’m back in elementary school transforming “my dog is dark brown” to “it’s Dill’s deck now.” tehehe.
This tea is wonderful. Thank you Kiwidelight for choosing this tea. I never would have picked this out for myself but it is really delightful. It is a delicate black tea with luscious honey notes. Astringency does not exist in this tea’s vocabulary but smooth caramel does. And oh that malt…mmm.. making my mouth water… thank goodness it has given me four steeps..tehehe^.^
Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Malt, Smooth
Yesterday, I decided to make sun tea with this tea. With the sun dancing on my deck the majority of the day, sun brewing was just beckoning me. I really get a kick out of watching the bottle transform into a deep amber throughout the day and nothing can beat the natural heat from the sun. mmm:]
I’m really quite impressed with this tea. The black tea is strong..which is a huge portion of what I was looking for in creating the Arnold Palmers that I craved. The vanilla is smooth and creamy and the almonds were nutty and roasty. Oh, yum. What a summertime treat I have in my hands today:]
Flavors: Almond, Vanilla
Hibiscus! You are the reason I was not too fond of this tea when I first started… but now I better understand you (and can identify you:P). With great care you a a pleasant addition to the world of tea but without it, you can be one grumpy ol’ tartbasket.
This time, I added some sweetener, more leaves, and longer steep time to liven up the tart, almost flat flavors and BAM! This tea is so much better. mm. I really do enjoy the citrusy scent and the almost punchy flavor that this tea has. With some ice, this tea is perfect for a sunny afternoon.
Raising my original rating! 63—>77
Pass the Stash
I received this tea from Marzipan as my present in the Pass the Stash box! Boy, was I ever excited! I swear my boyfriend thinks I am crazy for getting this excited over tea and my dog just gives me the funniest of looks as I dance about in excitement. Ahh, but it is so much fun to enjoy life like this. Needless to say, I had a difficult time waiting this long to dive into this tea.
Wow. I’m so happy with this tea-it is amazing and totally fits the whole summer spirit. I could see myself happily sipping this tea iced on the coast of a warm and sunny beach. Mmm..oh, yes. The mint in this tea is so refreshing and the watermelon is so fresh! Plus, I’m loving the fact that it is an herbal tea so I can drink loads of it at any time of the day..oooohhh, yeah! I’ve already gone through three giant pots of this tea (both hot and iced-both are very tasty) so I can’t imagine that this tea will last me very long… tehehe.
Flavors: Melon, Mint