1998 Tasting Notes

Not long ago I mentioned on here that I had tried every Jasmine tea from Teavivre except this one. What came in the mail today but TWO tuo cha of it from K S! Steepsterites are the best!

We had gone to the big city of Raleigh to top off the Christmas shopping, but mostly just for fun, and we wanted some tea and spice cake when we got home. I made this in my new Kamjove pot that I got from Teavivre.

I didn’t look up the instructions but I used boiling water and kept the first few steps short. My first impression…I took a sip and said, WOW! The first few steeos had that light, natural Teavivre Jasmine flavor that I love. As the Jasmine flavor faded and the raw puerh came forward, I accidentally left a steep too long. That steep was still good, and all it took was a little extra water to tame it. These later steeps had a briskness that turned almost immediately to a rising sweetness that I really enjoyed.

This is on my next order. Thank you, K S, and Merry Christmas! I hope you are feeling better, and I LOVE my card with sparklies. I am a sucker for sparklies and I know Mrs. K S must have made it herself! Many thanks!


Awesome. Glad to help Teavivre sell more tea. lol. Mrs. KS made all our cards this year. I watched. Merry Christmas to you and your’s.

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I wanted to review this again now that have used it some more.

First of all, people who see it think it is so cool and so much fun. It is! I guess we are easily entertained!

My son’s girlfriend wanted to know where to get one the very first night she saw me using it. A week later my son-in-law wanted to know why the tea wasn’t going all the way down, and said “Coooooooooool!” when I pressed the button.

I used it with my best friend before giving her one for Christmas. She sent me a message that night saying that even though we had a TON of tea already that night, she was using her new pot to make more tea. She told me today that she has used it every single day since getting it.

We used it tonight to make two liters of Puerh while watching old movies. It is clean, convenient, easy, and fun. I am not seeing any staining yet and it is easy to clean. I rinse the basket with the button up, then with the button down, then turn it upside down and press the button to get the last of the water out of the strainer.

This will be going on vacation with me from now on. If anything ever happens to it, I would buy another right away.

Terri HarpLady

I have a small one of these in my desk at work. At lunch time I bring it out & treat myself to a gongfu session with whatever tea I brought that day. It’s the highlight of my school day :)

Terri HarpLady

Super easy at work


And no one’s had any problems with them breaking? I’ve had 3 from different companies now, and each of them have shattered when I’ve been making tea. :/ IDK what I’m doing wrong if no one else has had this problem!


Terri: that looks like mine, but mine is the 500 mL. It is fun and easy, isn’t it? I bought one for a friend who is a teacher because I thought it would be easy for her to use at school. I am loving mine! Plan to use it tonight!


OMG: I have only had mine for a week or so, but no problems so far. I have a glass gong fu pot and double wall glass cups and all have held up so far. Someone gave me a cheap glass gift set of a pot, glass infuser, and flowering teas. The infuser shattered right away, but the set was not borosilicate glass. I think it really matters to have borosilicate glass, but having said that, K S had one shatter on him when it struck a faucet just so. My borosilicate French press held up but I gave it to my daughter long ago and she hardly ever uses it.


I have a french press and the wee davidstea pot and double walled mugs. No problems with those! Maybe I need to find a more reliable brand of these things. :) I really liked how easy it was, and it was fun to use the jug by itself for the occasional flowering tea.


If yours was a Kamjove, maybe you could try Piao I? Has more than one Kamjove broken on you? Is it possible it was too cold when hot water was poured in, or did it break because it hit something? I hope these will last!


I have a feeling they were off-brands. One had a fault in the glass, and two just shattered when I drained the tea. I had started pre-heating, too! I should look for a better quality one. :)


Oh, I love the idea of using them for flowering teas! My glass pots are too tiny to let them show all their beauty, there just isn’t room. But this would be great! It is tall and narrow, just right!

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I bought this from Teavivre and got an extra one for a friend for Christmas. I was torn about what size to buy, as different websites show the larger pot having different shapes. There were two reasons I bought the middle size instead of the large. First of all, the large one at Teavivre has a long spout instead of the cute little pouring lip, and I didn’t want to risk that since it was glass. Also, hubby pointed out that the infuser cup part appeared to be the same size no matter what size your pitcher is, so I might as well buy this since I will need the same number of steeps. Mandala sells these as well, so perhaps if Garrett sees this note he can clear that up for us. Other sites show the large pot having the small lip, but I don’t know if the photo is accurate. One site indicated that the infuser is larger for the larger pots, and the number of ounces they list isn’t the same even when the pictures appear to match. This made it harder to choose where to order from and what size!

I used it for my puerh sample tonight and it was wonderful. I made one steep and immediately refilled the infuser section. The second steep comes to the bottom of the infuser, so if you don’t start pouring right away your tea could oversteep and become bitter. As it was, we were pouring pretty quickly and made a total of two liters of tea with our sample and had no trouble. Two steeps at a time were being mixed together.

Why did I want this with all the pots I already own? I don’t like the morning multi-tasking and delays. I make the dog an omelette and then start my omelette, toast, and tea. When the food is ready, I am still in the kitchen waiting for the timer to go off and I don’t want to carry the pot to the dining table and have to take a bowl or dish to put the infuser basket in while listening for the time, which I will have to get up to turn off anyway. Call me OCD but I don’t want a messy bowl of leaves on the table if I can help it. I wanted a pot I could carry with me before the leaves are done steeping and then have it mess free. See? Lazy!

The most I can see making easily with this size pot is about 14 ounces. Otherwise your leaves are in the water. Of course, you could remove the infuser, but my whole point was that I wanted to be able to make and drink tea with moving the leaves and making a drippy mess and I didn’t want to have to get up from the table. This is my lazy pot! But it will also save money because it is going to be super easy to make tea for one by resteeping a single teaspoon of leaf. One could also easily make a tea concentrate with this and add water to dilute if you wanted larger amounts at a time.

The bottom line is that it is going to do exactly what I wanted it to do. It was easy to use, it is really cool to watch, and my son’s girlfriend immediately wanted to know where I got it because she wants one. There was no mess from dripping or leaves.

A few reviews here and there said that in time the infuser cup gets dirty and stained. One person remarked in the comments that they use a denture cleaning tablet to clean the infuser portion. I will give that a try if I have a problem with unsightly staining in the future.

I am pretty excited about using this. I think it has solved my morning breakfast conundrum.


I’ve used denture tablets before, with some improvement afterward, but usually, I let my baskets get so scaly before I tend to them, they’re pretty hopeless to begin with. (Creative minds are rarely tidy. I read that quote on the Internet so it must be true :)


Were you cleaning a plastic basket like this one or a stainless steel one? I wonder if that tea stain remover Mandala sells could be used on this. So far I have no staying or gunk and we have made three liters of puerh and a few batches of oolong. The stains wouldn’t freak me out, though. It’s only tea!

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Heh heh heh. Hee hee heeeeee. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! ANOTHER CONVERT!

Last night was Writers’ Group night at my house and copious amounts of teas a are always consumed. The writers range in age from 16 to 68. Lots of the young people are getting into good tea and that makes me happy.

One of the college students brought his mother last night. We had met only once before but I knew she was interested in trying some good loose leaf tea. She drinks flavored Lipton and Celestial Seasonings and told me that she is not very adventurous when it comes to food and drink. I let her smell several different puerh teas, which drew a rather deadpan expression and “yes, it really does smell….earthy.”

So what did I do? I gave her the tea that scares a lot of hard core tea drinkers! Puerh!

I set up a bamboo tray on the floor by the Christmas tree. We had Jasmine Silver Needle first to get her feet wet, and she liked it. Then I cleared away, got a new pot out and started this.

She liked it best! And says she is bringing a young lady with her next time who is also eager to try new tea. She liked the creaminess and natural sweetness. I have another lady coming Monday who had tea with me a couple of months ago and now she wants her adult daughter to get into it. Loving all these padawans!

Also, every like and comment I have made on Steepster today has disappeared, so maybe I typed this note in vain….

Cameron B.

Adorable, tea party under the Christmas tree! :D


Wow, that’s impressive! Kudos to her for being so open-minded. It took me quite a while to try pu-erh, and yep, can’t say I am a fan haha.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
1998 tasting notes

Toronto dwellers – I need your input! Eldest has chosen Toronto as the locale for youngest daughter’s 17th birthday trip. They will be in Toronto sometime in late January probably. She is planning to stay in a hotel in the Path? paths? Something like that! Any suggestions?

Now to the tea! I served this to the group of little girls yesterday and to their big brother who was in attendance with them, home from college for Christmas. I offered both Earl Grey and called this “a fruity one.” They all chose fruity. They added milk and sugar, the brother took it plain, I think, and I took mine plain.

This is easy to drink without additions and is good both as a hot tea or a sweet iced tea. It has a broad appeal and is good to serve to people who are not quite ready for a competition grade oolong, but could appreciate a nice flavored tea. A friend who had it at my house ordered a pound thinking she would ice it but has ended up drinking most of it hot.


*on the path :) hahaha it’s our underground network downtown – no need to walk outside when you can get from the hotel to a bunch of places downtown, including the subway!


I stayed at a hotel on the path once. It really made it easy to get places.


I visited Toronto recently and used Airbnb for part of my trip and a hotel for part. Airbnb was cheaper and so much nicer. Something to consider?

aisling of tea

I do not have hotel suggestions, but I do have tea shop suggestions. And the Zoo! Everyone should come to the Zoo!

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drank The Earl Grey by Twinings
1998 tasting notes

We are continuing our sip downs of older teas, trying not to be wasteful. Yes, I have given away boxes of tea, I have swapped, I have invited people over and poured tea down them.
I bought way, WAY too much tea plus people give me tea and thus I am blessed with an abundance.

This is the special black box called THE Earl Grey, not just Earl Grey. I truly feel it is higher quality than the bagged or the American yellow tin. Although I don’t buy Twinings often I was pleased to see that our local grocery carried their Earl Grey and English Breakfast in loose leaf in a tin, and recently noticed that they no longer have it. I guess it wasn’t selling.

I oversteeped this a little because I was making breakfast at the same time and got distracted straightening a drawer for what was supposed to be a couple of seconds but turned into a couple of minutes. It didn’t really get bitter, though. It will never be Nina’s old formula with the nice Keemun base, but it isn’t terrible for a quick pot of tea on a chilly grey morning.

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
1998 tasting notes

Just an okay Earl Grey. I bought the sample pack out of curiosity and my curiosity is satisfied. It wasn’t horrible and I am not scarred for life or anything, but it was just tea, nothing special. I have purchased these while on vacation with minimal teaware and it sufficed, but Twinings has much better tea available than this one and I take loose leaf with me and find a way to make it work now! Their Blossom Earl Grey is preferable to this one for me.

On another subject, Steepster seems to be glitching horribly. I went to several friends pages and there are dozens, if not hundreds, or reviews that I have “liked” that no longer show it! Seriously, I am reading your notes and liking them, but for some reason it gets removed! I comment now and again, but I don’t know if those are being erased or not. :(


The trouble with this one is the base is just too meh. It is a wallflower. Nice and polite but I couldn’t pick it out of a lineup.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
1998 tasting notes

Still trying to finish the older teas in my stash. I never reach for teabags, which means these boxes last forever. I am making a heroic effort to reduce the number of boxes in the house before ordering more tea. I have already failed.

It has been gray and overcast for days and days with only brief peeks of sun. If I didn’t have Christmas in the air keeping me happy I would be depressed. I need sunshine! After going out in the cold mist this morning to feed and water the chickens and carry out the recycling, I made a pot of this to warm up.

I love mulled cider and that is what this reminds me of. I don’t know if I oversteeped it a little but the orange flavor was a little harsh, as if you have gotten a bit of the white rind in with the zest. It didn’t make it undrinkable, it just reminded me how fantastic the pure, fresh orange flavor of Nina’s Fete de Versailles is. Thus I am planning to serve Nina’s at Wednesday tea time!

This is a serviceable cup, but I don’t think I will repurchase when the box is gone. I bought it out of curiosity because of all the Steepsterites who said it was their first tea!


My first one for sure.


We…have…clouds…fog…and…drizzle…in…the…forecast…for…at…least…a…week. Maybe…more. (Think Eeyore.)

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This is it, the end of this tin. I am okay, though, because I already ordered a large bag of their Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls so I was able to refill the tin as soon as it was empty.

We squeezed all possible goodness from these last pearls. Hubby and I had a Gongfu session on the floor by the Christmas tree with my tiny glass pot and the bamboo tray he gave me a few years ago for Christmas. I managed to use a liter of water on this teaspoon of pearls. The last steep had just the ghost of green tea remaining, with a whisper of jasmine, but somehow it retained the creaminess.

I checked their website and noticed that I have tried every one of their jasmine teas except for the jasmine raw puerh. I accept this as a challenge. I will try to acquire that one as a sample in my next order, and meanwhile I have the excitement of awaiting my latest order, which I saw today on the tracking is in Chicago. I stalk my tea on its way here.

Teavivre’s jasmine teas are like a drug to me, so calming and so soothing. They make a happy place for you and then fluff the cushions when you get there. The tea base doesn’t disappear under the weight of a heavy perfume, but the flavors instead co-exist in perfect balance. Even the economical Silver Jasmine Green, when paired with food, is excellent, though for drinking sans food I prefer the others. Still I can stretch my tea dollars with the Silver Jasmine Green.

I think I HAVE to have a Teavivre Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea and Silver Needle Jasmine White on shelf at all times.

Miss Starfish

Their jasmine tea’s are just fantastic aren’t they? Just, SO good! and I’ve also found that they keep going, and going, and going, regarding resteeps.

So lovely :)


We all need to have our cushions fluffed from time to time :)

Cameron B.

Aw, so cute, tea under the Christmas tree! I’m not a floral person, but jasmine is one of the few I enjoy.

And I totally stalk my tea mail, too! :D

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I had given my son’s girlfriend a cup of green tea a few weeks ago and she noticed that it tastes a great deal like steamed kale, one of her favorite veggies. She liked it, but said she still found it disturbing for her tea to taste like food.

I set a pot of this on the table and walked away saying, “How would like to try a tea that tastes like buttered popcorn?” They continued playing their game and a few minutes later I heard her tell my son, “Taste this! Taste this! It tastes like kettle corn!”

This was new to me, as I always thought of buttered popcorn, but I can see where she got the idea of kettle corn from the natural sweetness of this tea.

It is listed with green tea on their website unless they have changed it, but I am convinced it is a milk oolong. I saw another review site where someone held forth that it as almost certainly an artificially flavored milk oolong.

I got nowhere when I called the seller to find out about the origin and precise description of this tea, but I can tell you that whatever it is, it is absolutely fantastic.


Sounds fabulous. And I’m totally the type of person who wouldn’t want tea to take like steamed kale despite liking it, yet say YES to a buttered popcorn tea haha.


I think this is an oolong as well. It’s really good.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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