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I am pretty sure I wrote a note on this one before, but as happened yesterday, that note seems to have disappeared.

I had never heard of osmanthus until a few years ago when I ordered an osmanthus puerh. It was very good but I had nothing to compare it to so that I could really separate the flavor. I have since had a couple of teas with osmanthus and I think I can recognize it better now. It isn’t nearly as sweet or as strong as jasmine to me, nor does it have the thick mouthfeel that rose can have.

The oolong here is not a dark roasted one, and it combines beautifully with the floral. I believe that this tea would have been rather floral on its own, and the addition of osmanthus just sweetens it a bit more. This was a lovely oolong for a late night treat, lasting about six infusions and really could probably have kept going for more.

gmathis

I’ve had an osmanthus tea before, but my mouth wasn’t sure what to look for, it just registered as “not unpleasant.”

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drank Seven Samurai by Gurman's
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I was so sure I had reviewed this one already. Maybe Steepster ate it.

This is fantastic. I mean, really, so good. I served it yesterday at tea time and I amd ringing ita gain today with my salad for lunch. The green tea base is so smooth and slightly creamy, the coconut comes through nicely though it is subtle, and the pineapple is softened, not tart or strong. Everything just really melds together and makes for an awesome cup (pot) of tea.

Gurman’s is really batting .1000 for me!

Tea Sipper

Seven Samurai! One of my favorite movies!

ashmanra

I haven’t seen the movie, Tea Sipper! Maybe I should check it out!

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drank Palace of Roses by Gurman's
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This was one of my Christmas gifts that eldest daughter picked up in Dublin. Oh. My. Gosh. I have to say it was amazing. I get rich, rich apricot and raisin mostly, with a little mango. This is full bodied and so flavorful. Fantastic! Taken plain, and served at tea time with homemade lemon pepper crackers and cranberry White Stilton cheese.

Ysaurella

no roses ? :) awwwww

MsWhatsit

Sounds awesome.

gmathis

Even your snicky-snacks sound elegant. You’ve got more refinement in your little pinky than I do in … well, most of my other body parts :)

ashmanra

Actually, Ysaurella! there ARE roses! I just mentioned the flavors that stood out to me but the pretty Rose petals are there.

Ysaurella

sounds better so for a palace of roses :)I should try this one so as a huge rose tea lover

ashmanra

Gmathis: if you only see me stumping out to the coop in my big fuzzy red robe wearing baby blue socks and brown clog sneakers at 7 am, you may rethink the term “elegant” for me! LOL!
Ysaurella: I will try this again and pay careful attention to the rose. It was not the predominant flavor for me yesterday, but it may have been distraction or the food pairing that affected my perception of the taste.

gmathis

I will see that red robe and raise you a purple fleece one with tweed wool hunting socks and lumpy black slippers.

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drank Snow Dragon by Harney & Sons
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I haven’t had this in a while but for the past few days hubby and I have been making a large tetsubin of tea and doing yoga together by candlelight with Pandora playing before bed. I am trying to spring back from this blasted upper respiratory thing and get back in decent shape. I picked this one tonight. We typically have green, white, or oolong together, rarely black tea.

This still has a delicate creaminess, but I tasted something tonight I don’t remember picking up before. In previous notes I said it had a light nutty flavor, perhaps walnuts, but tonight I am definitely getting a fruity note. The last tea in the tetsubin was a plain Bai Mu Dan but I did actually make the tea in a smaller pot and resteep the leaves to combine the two steeps in the tetsubin. The last tea in that small pot was Palace of Roses, but I rinsed it before making this. I wonder if it still could have added flavor to the tea? If it did, it was a brilliant accident because this is amazing. I see another note that mentions this tea tasting floral. I feel like I am getting a light fruity note for sure. I will have to try this again and see if I get the same thing.

__Morgana__

Wow, the tea + yoga by candlelight sounds so wonderfully romantic!

Terri HarpLady

Awww, that IS SO romantic! :)

ashmanra

It is rather romantic, especially with Pandora playing my yoga radio station. Until an ad jars us to reality! We have the tetsubin behind us on the floor with our cups and we drink tea between sets.

Terri HarpLady

Nice! I use Pandora with my yoga practice :)

MsWhatsit

Sounds interesting. I love the name. Also, I hope you feel better soon.

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Congratulations to Teavivre for being named on the Top Ten Teas in the World list by Fox News! You deserve it!

I can’t believe I didn’t have this listed in my cupboard! I love love love Teavivre’s jasmine. The first jasmine I had as a newbie loose leaf drinker was not good – it was so perfume-y and fake it almost made me sick. I thought I would never have jasmine again, and then I tried Teavivre’s jasmines. I think I have had every type they sell. And it is almost a drug for me. I unwind and unclench and drift away when I drink it. Aaaaaaahhhhh.

I think my favorite is their Jasmine Silver Needle White tea, followed by Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls, then this one, then Silver Jasmine Green. The last one is excellent with a meal and so economical, but the others are my favorites for drinking alone.

JustJames

agreed! congrats teavivre!!

K S

I turned down jasmine the first time Teavivre offered a sample because of earlier experience with perfume fakery. I think I would reverse your top two and pick the premium over the white. Love them all almost equally except I haven’t tried the econo version yet. I have 100g of it but trying to get my out of control open stash whittled down a bit.

gmathis

It’s nice hobnobbing with greatness, huh?

looseTman

“Congratulations to Teavivre for being named on the Top Ten Teas in the World list by Fox News! You deserve it!” – Congratulations Teavivre!

TeaVivre

ashmanra,thanks for your lovely review. And thanks you all. Teavivre will continue to share more and more good teas with you- tea lovers, as well as provide good service all the time.

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I have been aging this one for a few years now. I have expanded my puerh horizons but I am far from an expert. There are so many flavors I can not equate with something else for a description, especially in a sheng.

I like to steep a shu puerh a nice long time, relatively speaking, and I don’t mind if the cup is inky black. I like it, whether it is horsey, mushroom-y, cedar-y, fallen leaves on a wet woodland path, or leather and barn. I don’t like fishy, not at all.

With a sheng I like to keep things a little milder. This one has now been steeped about nine times and it is still going. The color remains a light amber, and the flavor is hard for me to pinpoint. There is definitely a mineral aspect, like wet stone in a forest with deep shade, a fresh and natural taste, and a muted vegetal flavor. The minty flavor of a few years ago is no longer apparent to me, which could be due to my cold, but I think my sense of taste has come back. I am not getting camphor at all. I have a bit left to continue aging. It will be fun to see if it changes further.

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drank Bohea by Zenjala Tea Company
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I found the last little bit of this sample from K S in my box last night as I was sorting and set it aside to have in the morning. I was excited all night thinking about having it for breakfast. Ha! We tea people are strange beings!

This is Sweet Sixteen birthday weekend for youngest so we met big sister and her hubby at the beach for three days last week and then came home to have the weekend with my son, godson, and her best friend all staying for the whole weekend. Middle daughter already lives here. That’s right, bodies everywhere. I haven’t had a den in three days, but that’s okay. It’s fun!

Her friend doesn’t eat much, but she seems to like to try new “adult” things, so I offered her Bohea and gingerbread almond biscotti for breakfast. She thought it sounded good and accepted. I only had two teaspoons left but the package said it resteeps well, so I steeped it, poured it in a pot, and resteeped it, combining that into the pot as well.

The tea still had nice body and flavor. I found it to be barely smokey, if there was any at all it was mainly in the aroma, but it was sweet and good. I drank it plain, she took it with milk and sugar, and we dunked our biscotti happily through the whole pot!

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Still feeling a bit stuffy, blah, and icky. I can’t taste my Premium Silky Green so I made this to go with lunch since son said he would like green tea instead of lemonade. (Let me squeal with excitement here over that statement. The two eldest kids used to HATE all tea including sweet iced tea and now they ask for it for Christmas and birthdays!)

This one had the guts to go with our meal and not disappear. It is also a SIPDOWN, which is probably good since it is now just over a year old. I am beginning to think that it is time to seriously pare down my cupboard and keep a small number of dearly loved teas…and then I get on here and find ten more I want to try.

Fjellrev

Nooo, hope you feel better soon!

Terri HarpLady

I keep thinking I’ll narrow it down to ‘just the teas I really love’, & then I order more teas. At this point the number of teas I love has grown tremendously! LOL!
I hope you feel better!

gmathis

I still contend that tea packets mate and multiply in the dark when when we’re not watching.

Terri HarpLady

I think you may be correct GG

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My daughter and new brand new husband invited us to spend a few days at the beach with them, and I packed this as a never fail take along. I know it was good and I drank two whole pots of it while we were there but I still have a somewhat stuffy head and a cough and it is affecting my taste worse now than it did at the beginning of this cold over a week ago.

While we were at the beach, a dear lady who taught us to work with stained glass at her studio there died from lupus and complications of H1N1 virus. She never ever complained but just kept going and blessing people with her generous heart and her art. If you think of it, raise a glass to Pati and say a prayer for those who will miss her so much. She was an inspiration.

gmathis

Sounds like quite a vacancy to fill. Prayers for those who are missing her.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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