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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
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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