Teavivre

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This is my second steep of this and continuing on with my hectic work day (which is still ongoing at 8p) I have barely noticed this tea haha!

This is a tasty tea, but it hasn’t really stood out to me. That very well could be my day, but I’m not completely sure. There is a lovely sweetness and a very light maltiness, and the second steep has held up quite well, but I’m not sure if there’s anything special here. Ultimately I love the sweetness, but prefer a heavier handed maltiness. Thank goodness I have about two cups worth remaining in my sample to try again.

1st steep 2.5 minutes
2nd steep 4 minutes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
derk

Hopefully you’re relaxing right about now!

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I’ve had a busy week at work and have forgotten about pretty near every cup of tea I’ve made this week. This tea is no exception!

Since the tea is now cooled, it seems to be flirting with the idea of being smoky, which seems to be a somewhat recurring theme with Teavivre teas. I’ve even had that happen with my beloved Bailin on an off day.

I like the depth of this tea and the sweetness that lingers after each sip. There’s hints of chocolate, but not as lovely as the Fengqing pearls. I have about two cups worth remaining, so hopefully I can get some more detailed notes with my next attempt.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sipdown 51- 2021
Chocolate, turbinado sugar, and sweet potato. Another delicious black tea from Teavivre. Sipping my way through my samples way too quickly.

tea-sipper

But that means you’re finishing them fresh. :D

amandastory516

True! Unfortunately that means all of my older teas are just getting older. XD

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Sipdown 50-2021
Another really tasty Teavivre offering. Sweet potato, white flowers, and an intense woodiness. I’m finding this one to be a bit less craveable than other Teavivre black teas that I’ve tried.

ashmanra

A favorite!

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72

I’ve been gravitating towards straight black teas almost exclusively for the last couple months, so I’m going through my Teavivre sample stash fairly quickly. This happens to be one of my least favorite that I’ve tried. It’s not a bad tea by any means, it just pales in comparison to some of the others.
There’s a bit of malt and dark chocolate. But, the flavor dissipates from my mouth rather quickly, and lacks any complexity.

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80

Strong with aftertaste

Flavors: Spicy

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Sipdown 43- 2021
A sad sip down. This tea is absolutely divine, and puts me in such a good mood. Once I get through all of my Teavivre samples, I will make another purchase.

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93

Another Teavivre winner! This one is really bready/yeasty, and has a bit of a savory quality to it. It’s also incredibly sweet and honey-like (more of an avocado honey). This one is also quite thick and rich.

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Sipdown 45-2021
Still getting that lovely baked bread note, followed by intense florals (like gardenia or a subtle jasmine). Such a tasty cup!

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87

I’ve been really impressed with everything I’ve tried from TeaVivre. This is no exception. It’s quite complex and multidimensional, and was an extremely enjoyable drinking experience.
It’s thick and slightly savory. Notes of molasses and white flowers follow. Baked brown bread and raisins are in the finish.

Cameron B.

Teavivre is definitely one of my favorites for Chinese teas!

Courtney

Seconded!

ashmanra

Fourthed!

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85

Full-bodied and strong, tastes a little like Golden Monkey to me

Flavors: Heavy

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I’ve been neglecting my straight black tea samples. Well no more!

This is very yummy. It has a rich malty, bready flavor and a thick body. There’s a little touch of savory that reminds me of smoked meat or something similar. But also here is a creamy, starchy honeyed sweet potato sprinkled with dark muscovado sugar, and a tart yet deep syrupy dried cherry note.

Such an interesting combination of flavors! It’s a highly satisfying tea that makes me feel as if I’ve just eaten a small meal. And the sweet potato with the dried fruit and deep sugar tastes like autumn in a cup!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cream, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt, Meat, Molasses, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Tart, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

I love this one! I always taste something that reminds me of BBQ meat marinade or sweet n sour sauce from the combined smoke/honey/orange flavors in Chinese blacks!

Cameron B.

I’m glad I’m not the only one with meat connotations, lol!

derk

GUH wild lapsang

LuckyMe

I don’t drink black tea often but this one is memorable. Best unsmoked lapsang I’ve ever had.

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Another 2016 harvest in a sealed sample packet from Leafhopper!

Very sweet, very gentle. Full-bodied and silky. Basically liquid powdered sugar-melon-sweet beany with mild floral and vegetal accents that gives way to a sweet corn, mouthwatering and mineral swallow. Mouthfeel turns creamy right as the aftertaste shows up with sweet corn and apricot, some mild bitterness emerges on the back of the tongue.

So sweet. Simple and very easy to drink. Rating is in accordance with my preferences – I like less upfront sweetness and more bite – but I know many will love this :)

Flavors: Apricot, Beany, Bitter, Butter, Cream, Creamy, Flowers, Kale, Kettle Corn, Melon, Mineral, Nectar, Powdered Sugar, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 190 ML
ashmanra

This one is very good.

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drank Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea by Teavivre
906 tasting notes

2016 harvest, sealed sample packet from Leafhopper!

Dry leaf is pungent! chestnut, cacao, an impression of cherry pie filling. The look of it reminds me of Laoshan green. I’ve had this as mini-bowl tea 1g:100mL and teapot 2g:190mL, 3/4min. Prefer the bowl.

Let’s see… lemony, roasted chestnut, pan-fried green beans for sure, steamed escarole, gentle floral-powdered sugar high note, underlying umami. Vegetal, salty-nutty-brothy-sweet ending brisk and tart with a light bitterness on the swallow. Aftertaste is at first metallic, turning into a salted citrus rind tingle then apricot to a subtle impression of violet and lavender.

It’s not extremely vegetal or too robust, has a range of flavors that are well rounded. Pretty dang good for 5 years old.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Broth, Cacao, Cherry, Chestnut, Citrus Zest, Floral, Green Beans, Lavender, Lemon, Lettuce, Metallic, Nutty, Powdered Sugar, Salty, Sweet, Tart, Umami, Vegetal, Violet

White Antlers

I initially read this ‘turning into a salted citrus rind tingle…’ as ‘turning into a salted circus ring tingle,’ and said to myself-Damn! derk has really outdone herself with this tea note!!! Needless to say, I was most disappointed upon re-reading. Ah! The joys of dyslexia.

derk

Hehe. Now I feel compelled to come up with an absolutely batty note.

White Antlers

Oh, I don’t think you make notes up. It was fun to take a break from scrubbing the floors, drink seltzer and try to imagine if you were tasting peanuts, sawdust, cotton candy, grease paint, tiger dander, high wire sweat, clown wig fibres or a combination of all of those.

derk

and the pungency of hungover carnies.

eastkyteaguy

There’s nothing like the pungency of hungover carnies. I love the way the combined scents of cheap cigarettes, sweat, body odor, horse manure, deep fried twinkies, malt liquor, unwashed clothing, crystal meth, and bottom shelf vodka just roll off of them as they emerge from their carnival trailers into the July heat. It’s magical.

derk

That was a real LOL I did there.

derk

I think one of my aunt’s was a local carnie for a minute.

Martin Bednář

I am thinking how tastes salted citrus rinds; never had it!. And all others comments me laugh; much needed!

White Antlers

eastkyteaguy-That was an absolutely stunning and spot on sensory picture!

Leafhopper

Derk, I almost didn’t include those green tea samples because they were so old. Glad you’re getting something out of them.

Eastkyteaguy, your comment made me laugh!

tea-sipper

Tasting note and comments on a roll here. I think my Laoshan is about five years old by now…

gmathis

I was just thinking this tea sounds like its own buffet.

derk

Yeh, Leafhopper, I was surprised. No worries, I try anything that lands in my cupboard through the kindness of others :)

gmathis

Now that you mention it, I really do have circus in my DNA! My great aunt and uncle weren’t performers, but were on kitchen and setup crew, traveling on a real circus train. Wish I knew more. I was an afterthought, a decade behind elder siblings, and by then, I guess it was just assumed everyone had already heard all the good family stories.

gmathis

Moral to you young’uns: WRITE THIS STUFF DOWN. IN A BOOK. WITH REAL PAGES. THAT WILL NOT BECOME OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY.

tea-sipper

That is awesome, gmathis (but not awesome they skipped the stories with you.)

gmathis

(rocking chair creaking) Pull up a chair, honey, and I’ll tell you about how Grandpa won the money for Grandma’s wedding china in a craps game in the attic of their unfinished house and hauled it back from the train in the buckboard…

tea-sipper

:D I had to look up buckboard.

DrowningMySorrows

I don’t think there were any circus folk in my family but there are definitely some stories I wish I knew more about. Certain family members were considered embarrassments for things nobody would bat an eye at now and asking anything about them would get you a “don’t shake the family tree, a bunch of nuts will fall out.”

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Working my way through a mountain of Teavivre samples. This one is absolutely delightful and I will certainly be repurchasing it (at some point). It’s malty, with notes of sweet potato and turbinado sugar.

ashmanra

My favorite Keemun for breakfast!

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Sad to see this one go, but I will probably repurchase in the future. Such a nice, easy drinking Yunnan.

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88

Honestly, I drank this a few days ago and don’t remember much about it. I remember it being malty and enjoying the cup, though!

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Catching up on tasting notes from the last few days. This smells lovely! The jasmine is nice and strong, with just a bit of a sweet peach scent peeking through. I found the peach flavor to be barely noticeable, and much too mild. I’ll have to try it again with a bit of sweetener to hopefully bring out more of the peachiness. Still a nice jasmine flavor, though.

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Oh no, I’m almost out of jasmine samples from Teavivre! Hopefully the jasmine teas in my stash are still decent, because I’ve been enjoying sipping on these in the evening…

This is lovely as usual – sweet, creamy jasmine with some lovely light peach notes over a smooth and mineral, slightly vegetal base. The creaminess is really quite lovely – it tastes as though some milk has been added to my cup. Very slight pleasant astringency at the end that reminds me of a peach’s fuzzy skin.

Quite scrumptious. I’m not sure I would be able to distinguish it from their other jasmine pearls… Maybe sometime in the future I’ll have to order a sample of each and do a tasting. Although really, if there’s no noticeable difference I should just order the cheapest ones I suppose! :P

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Creamy, Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Milk, Mineral, Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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