1979 Tasting Notes

Have you ever been away from home and wanted to be back so bad you fantasize about having the transporter from Star Trek? That’s how I felt today as we drove ALL OVER Moore County.

We picked up Chinese buffet takeout and I called youngest to prepare some tea. This one. And oh my goodness, it was so amazingly good it made it twice as nice to be home. Smooth, rich, and so flavorful that I could plainly taste all of its goodness even with the food, and I am so grateful that there is a bit left in the big ole pot to keep drinking because I am exhausted but I want more more more!

My daughter told me that this finished the bag. I told her that I would be lying in the floor crying if that were true. I have more Teavivre TGY’s waiting!

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I’m getting down to the bottom of the tea tin on several of my Teavivre teas.
Only a matter of time…


The offer still stands..


Thank you, mrmopar! I will definitely take a look!


This is my FAVORITE oolong. :D

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I was sure I had reviewed this before….

This was the final tea of tea party today, and the one with the heaviest flavoring is usually served last for several reasons, but mainly so we can experience the food without it being upstaged and to add interest to the final cup after we have eaten.

This smells so rich and chocolate-y, like a cup of cocoa. The flavor is strongly chocolate with a bit of rose sweetening the cup. The chocolate flavor is of the unsweetened cocoa sort, so there is a little bit of dry mouthfeel that seems to be coming from the chocolate rather than from the tea. This has a rich aroma.

I liked it very much, my guest preferred the other two teas that we had today. Youngest hasn’t tried it yet but perhaps I can add her opinion when she does.

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drank Fete de Versailles by Nina's Paris
1979 tasting notes

We are gearing up for holiday mode even though our one or two chilly days went away and hot temps came back. We are making pumpkin flavored everything and starting to bring out our fall tea flavors, as well as Christmas ones.

I don’t like many Christmas teas. They all seem to take the same harsh orange flavor and some cinnamon and clove and shove it in your face. There is usually an acidic bite to those teas to me. Most of them are just too pushy.

This tea, however, is festive and more subtle. The orange flavor is mild and sweet and the tea is overall smooth and amiable. It doesn’t scream CHRISTMAS!!! I really think it is great with fall foods to accompany the pumpkin and cinnamon and clove, and it would be a great Christmas tea, but I also think of it as a fabulous New Year’s tea – something special after the holidays that is lighter and more genteel and ushers in the hope of spring. It was great along with our pumpkin scones and apple walnut cake. The light orange flavor really complimented the food.

This is a winner from Nina’s, and I love the special white tin. It is definitely fit for a Fete!


Tried Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Swirl bread for breakfast toast today. Thumbs up.


Oooooo, I haven’t seen that!

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Tea party day! Well, we have two a week now but Wednesday is still the one where we have three teas and LOTS of food. Youngest made pumpkin scones that had a glaze over the top and then a pumpkin drizzle on top of that. The scones were sooo moist. The texture was perfect, not hard and dry like the ones you buy.

I like an unflavored tea with the food, so this tea went first. I had her prepare by the package instructions instead of using my usual Western parameters for black tea. It was really so very good. This is a shelf staple.

It is a very satisfying tea by itself but also goes well with food. It is economical as it resteeps very well. And it is so good, with slight malt, a little yam, and just plain good tea flavor.


I need the scone recipe please…


I love Golden Monkey and you are making me drool over the scones:) This sounds like a lovely party!


mmmm i second the recipe comment!


Here you go, mrmopar! We did a few changes that won’t matter…we used fresh, homemade kefir in place of buttermilk, and she ground her own whole wheat flour from soft white wheat, and we did grind clove buds instead of using ground cloves. Those changes shouldn’t affect how great these were. She says this site has been very good to her – lots of successful recipes!



Sil, I hope you get to make the scones. They really are good! We just took a couple to the assisted living center and they didn’t last any time, even though my MIL barely eats.


yay! thanks for the share!

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Sometimes this tea tastes great, sometimes I wonder why I bought it. Today it had a good day. I had my daughter make it with 203F water steeping for three minutes. It was super. The last cup of the pot had that bitter edge that this tea can get because you can’t let it cool and you can’t drink the dregs! While it was fresh and hot, it was delightful.

In case anyone wonders why I often say that my youngest daughter makes the tea, it is because afternoon tea time is served between teaching music lessons. She prepares the tea and plates while I teach so that we can go straight to the table when the lesson is over. Today she made an apple walnut cake for our tea time. She is amazing!

Would I recommend this tea? If you need lots of tea for little money and can pay attention to parameters and make sure it is served in the optimum conditions with no forgiveness needed, then yes. I absolutely do. It is a bargain. If you take your tea plain and may not be able to pay attention while making it or you can’t drink it right away or at least get to reheat it, then no.


Can I borrow your youngest daughter to make me tea and cake for when I need a break?


Cheri, she is in the kitchen right now making pumpkin scones with both sugar glaze and pumpkin glaze. We are considering getting some of the magic chain from Stardust to put around her ankle, just long enough to go from her room to the kitchen! She even does all the washing up and clean up from cooking! I am enjoying her new hobby as the scale will testify…She is skinny as a rail and runs every morning at four am so she doesn’t have to worry about it.


I’m jealous at so many levels, it’s not even possible to articulate them all.


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I have mentioned that my youngest daughter has become obsessed with cooking. I feel so spoiled! And she asks to drink puerh with me often now. This has led to a slight problem in supply. I am on my last cake of Mandala Tea ripe puerh. I do have a little loose puerh, and I have two flavored ones, and I have two green or sheng puerh remaining. Still….this is LOW SUPPLY! ALARM! ALARM!

Hubby was in den, so I shouted from the living room that puerh makes a great anniversary gift. He asked me where this great gift would come from, and I told him not to worry, I would order it myself! Am I a low maintenance wife or what? I will even open it before I wrap it and make sure it is good! :D

As to taste: I used about a teaspoon, maybe a bit more, in my tiny eight ounce pot. We had a liter glass kettle of water. The flavor lasted for steep after steep. It was earthy and warm.
Youngest remarked that she particularly enjoyed this session. I think that is a pretty good recommendation.


I know where you can get this if Garrett is out of stock on it. He would be the first choice and if not message me and I will hook you up. P.S. ain’t it great when the kids and grand-kids like our tea! :)


Mrmopar, it warms the cockles of my heart that my kids are all drinking tea now! And two of them are drinking a LOT of it, and my eldest daughter married a fellow from Ireland and naturally he drinks lots of tea! Bliss!


Agreed on the warming of the heart! :)

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What a heavenly day! It was 44F this morning when the sun rose, and just a bit above that when I went out to feed the chickens. Breakfast was served by candlelight and with hot cocoa, but I knew I had to have some great tea to enjoy this first truly autumnal day. After breakfast, youngest and I made a pot of this to enjoy.

Quite a few of the Teavivre black teas have instructions for lower temps and shorter steep times, and I quite often make them by western parameters because I am used to the strength. This one, however, is best made just how they recommend. The water is cooler – 194F and the steep time quite short at two minutes, but that is fine with me because I get my tea faster!

The morning pot of tea was lovely and bracing, comforting and warming. I saved the leaves and we made two more steeps this afternoon as we enjoyed the cool air and the brilliant blue sky with the sunlight hitting the tops of the pines and making them almost glow with fresh green color. And the tea was perfect. Perfect perfect perfect for this beautiful, blessed day. There is cocoa, walnut skins, malt, and pure beauty in this.

Some of you know that hubby used to drink grocery store black tea with tons of sugar and milk, but then he really started getting into oolongs and greens and even whites. He has eschewed black tea for a long time now because he says he wouldn’t enjoy it without additions.

Since he drinks puerh and likes it, I didn’t mention what I was drinking outside on the big quilt in my secret garden. Guess who drank two cups?

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
1979 tasting notes

Today was tea party day, and this was the second tea served after we had our pumpkin roll.
We didn’t have tea party last week because our guest was out of town, so this week we really wanted to kick off the fall season in a big way.

I chose this tea and Indian Spice to bring in fall flavors. It wasn’t cool here today, so I kicked the thermostat down a few degrees to make the house chilly so we could enjoy our hot teas as if we really were having fall weather. I am not ashamed. (I once took a cold shower and cranked the air conditioning way up in the middle of summer so I could enjoy my tea in a heat wave! I don’t do it often, though!)

Youngest has been trying tons of new foods and lots of teas that she has passed over up to now. She asked for just a sip of this, and then said, “Hit me, I’m in!” This is a very likable tea, great for serving to a crowd. This is definitely on my reorder list when it gets low. This is probably my third tin. The bright and cheery flavors of this tea make it really nice for social occasions, while its cranberry almond counterpart from H&S, Boston, is my solitary comfort cup of cranberry, totally different. Both are well worth having, both will stay in my cupboard.


I always wondered how the two compared. Love Boston. So underrated.


I was wondering about this one as well. Its going on my order list.

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I ran out of this tea, but I did not remove it from my cupboard because I had already ordered two more bags. We love it too much to let it run out, and guests who don’t normally drink tea find it really tasty.

Today was tea party day, of course. We missed it last week because my guest was in Florida, so this week we made up for it with a home made pumpkin roll that my youngest made from freshly ground whole wheat and a sugar pie pumpkin that we bought at the state farmer’s market. It was delicious, and just as I had hoped, this tea with its natural sweet potato notes was a great pairing with the pumpkin roll.


I need to re-order this too…

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drank Indian Spice by Harney & Sons
1979 tasting notes

Prepared as a chai with lots of sugar, I liked this well enough. Drinking it prepared as a black tea without adding milk or sugar, not so great for me. The tea base seemed…thin. This one is nice prepared as a milky chai, but without all that milk it is a bit astringent. It smells good. They did a good job in the spices if you want a chai that will be widely liked by a lot of different people with different tastes, but I don’t think I will reorder this one. If I want a chai made with milk and tons of sugar, I will add my own spices to one of my own favorite black teas.

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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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