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A huge thank you to Teavivre for the opportunity to win this tea along with 4 other spring greens in a giveaway!! I have received the teas after a long journey and am excited to get back into tea with some new ones in my cupboard. It’s been a while in a tea rut for me so maybe I’ll spring out of it now!

The dry leaves smell so yummy and vegetal, reminiscent of Laoshan green from Verdant to me, I wonder if it’s coincidence that Laoshan and Lu Shan sound similar haha :) the leaves are fine and slightly curled in appearance. Smellso so fresh! I steeped these Western style for 3 min with 175 degree water.

The steeped liquor smells richly nutty and vegetal, with a slight salted note. I want to say cashews, even though I have never eaten themy cuz of my peanut allergy lol.

As for the flavor, wow this is so rich and good! Very nutty, I’m not sure what kind of nuts but that is the main flavor, with a beany soy and vegetal greens note. The aftertaste is salty nuts and lingers for quite some time.

Overall, this is a very satisfying and rich tasting green tea. Not overly light in flavor, it has lots of body. Hopefully the caffeine doesn’t snack me too hard haha. Once again, thank you Teavivre and especially Angel for ensuring this tea arrived after a long journey :)

Flavors: Nutty, Salt, Soybean, Vegetal

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Thank you Angel from Teavivre for sending me this sample to try.

I love the name of this tea, Moonlight Beauty sounds so pure and happy. The website says that though this tea is a raw Pu-Erh it is also similar to a white tea due to the processing of the leaves. You can see the similarity when you inspect the leaves.

In appearance the leaves are long and fairly thin with lots of downy hairs. They are a very pale green, almost white colour and they bare a soft, fresh scent of grass and pepper. Enough to smell like a Pu-Erh but living up to it’s subtle nature. The leaves are also crisp to the touch and could easily be broken into small pieces with fingers.

I will be using 5g of leaf in a 220ml teapot with boiling water.

First Steep – 1 minute

After the first steep the leaves now smell malty and wooden, a real contrast to their dry form. The tea also shares hints of wood and malt, with pepper and sweet pine. The liquid is very light yellow.

In flavour this is more subtle than it smells. The first thing I notice is the smoothness of a fresh pine and sweet peony notes. The after taste is dry and slightly nutty. It actually reminds me of a Bai Mu Dan white tea in flavour.

Second Steep – 2 minutes

More peony and slightly sweeter than the previous steep, though just as mild. More drying in the after taste too. It tastes like spring rain drops that have landed onto flower petals, that imagery is in my mind every time I sip.

Third Steep – 3 minutes

Slightly sour during this steep but with a creamy finish and just as much peony. It has to be said that the dryness is somewhat spoiling it’s subtle elegance.

Overall – I am not a fan of white tea usually and that is exactly what this tea reminds me of. It’s not very Pu-Erh like except for the peppery, wood notes in the leaves once you start to infuse it. That being said it was still a pleasant and non offensive tea. I don’t think I could drink it all the time though, it’s just too mild for my personal taste. I imagine it’s great to keep hydrated with on hot summer days though. I also imagine that the mild nature of this tea would make it rather forgiving should you over steep it. Essentially it remained very similar throughout all three steeps.


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Water: 8oz

Leaves: dark green, long twisted leaves

Steep: 3m

Aroma: Vegetable

Color: light yellow

Clarity: great

Taste: This tea wouldn’t fit in my teaspoon so i eyeballed how much i would need. I also noticed with my more recent reviews I’ve been immediately diving into doing longer steeps for teas instead of giving them 1m+ per steep, i may go back to try multiple steeping times and adding on 1+ each time. As for taste: light in flavor with a smooth mouth fill & slight bitter hint that lingers after the last sip.

This also starts off my Spring 2016 tea reviews!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a light-roasted Tie Guan Yin. Strong metallic/mineral flavour and not super buttery, more on the fruity and floral side.

Not bad, but I prefer my Premium Tie Guan Yin / Premium Light Roasted TGY from Yunnan Sourcing over this one.

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Angel sent me this sample a few weeks ago. I was very curious to try this out when I saw it on the website. I was so excited to open this up! I had never tried a tangerine peel white tea… not even an orange peel tea, though I have seen them in the past viewing tea sites, chats, and blogs. So I used a very small clear glass teapot for this – approx 200mL. Upon opening this up, I poured the contents into the teapot. I saw two large pieces of dried, tough, dark orange tangerine peels mixed with fluffy white to medium green leaves that were small to medium sized. Some pieces were smaller I am assuming due to the packaging and me opening it up so excitedly! The scent of the dry leaf was fragrantly sweet but not overly so.

Brewing this tea – I didn’t use a timer but it was under 1 minute (approx 40 seconds). I loved observing the tangerine peel and tea leaves unfurling and dancing in the water. The brew was a light to medium yellow with a citrus scent. YUM! I love citrus. I did two brews only for this tea as it is late. (Just watched Copa America – Argentina vs USA! Messi is amazing!) Talk about tangent… anyway, the taste of the first brew was light, delicious, citrus with a mild walnut/nutty taste to it. I also detected a trace amount of floral tones to it. Maybe its just me. I love the sweetness this imparts with a hint of astringency toward the end of the cup. The second steep was a lot lighter. I steeped for 1 minute. Perhaps I could have gone longer but I am always wary of doing that. I don’t want to “burn” the tea. The wet leaves had a sour/sweet citrus scent. The liquidy goodness was still good but at this point the acidity of the citrus prevails – but not in a bad way. There is a hint of metallic-ness to it just like how some oolongs give me that flavor. Almost reminds me of lemon and water. The first steep was my favorite for sure. Good overall! I need to look up how this tea is made. I love the picture – I can imagine the tea being packed in that tangerine peel. I will definitely be trying my second sample of this soon.

Flavors: Citrusy, Sweet, Tangy, Tart

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Leaves are fragrant of sweet hay, honey and spice. Brews a clear golden yellow – amber.
Tastes smooth, mild, sweet and slightly spicy floral. Pleasant soft/slippery mouthfeel.
Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Re-steeps many times.
5g, 110ml, 185F, 60 sec
Thank you for sending this, Angel!


185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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This is an assertive green tea with a strong vegetal flavor and aroma. Notes I could detect included green bean, cooked spinach, toasted rice, and stewed vegetables. A chestnut or peanut like flavor is present too – especially if more leaf is used – along with a tiny bitterness at the end. This isn’t my favorite, but may be interesting to those who want a green tea that’s robust and less subtle.

Flavors: Green Beans, Spinach, Toasted Rice

175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I liked this better than Teavivre’s Nonpareil TGY. It has the classic TGY flavor profile but mellower and not over the top floral. Just a nice, smooth orchid/violet flavor. It’s a little one-dimensional to me but still a nice every once in a while tea.

Flavors: Orchid, Violet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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Thank you Lala for adding a sample of this into the box for me! It’s one I’ve been curious about for a while now, but not curious enough about to actually buy any.

I cold brewed half the sample Lala included, and then left the rest so someone else could also get a taste of this one if they were interested. I’m wishing, now, that I’d taken some proper notes because I’ve since forgotten any of the finer details/nuances of the tea I’d observed at the time of drinking it. What I do remember is that I definitely tasted more of the vegetal base than anything else and that I felt like there was an overwhelming lack of strawberry flavour, or even fruit flavour in general.

Eh, you can’t love ‘em all. If this makes it way to me again and I get a chance to revisit it I think I’ll definitely choose a different style to prepare this in.

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Another sample courtesy of Teavivre!

The moment I open the packet, I can smell why they call this one “Fragrant”. Wow! Bright, sweet notes of stonefruit, clean hay, fresh cut grass, and sweet potato. I can already tell this is going to be a new Teavivre favorite. Their yunnans really are something else.

The long narrow leaves brew up to a lovely reddish amber. Upon tasting, I notice that the flavor is heartier than the aroma. It has a satisfying, bread-like note in addition to the stonefruit and other flavors. The end of a sip is what tea so interesting, though. On the exhale, you really do get a fragrant, sweet smell/taste that is wonderful. I’m not sure how to describe it, exactly. It’s smooth and complex at the same time. Highly recommended.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Freshly Cut Grass, Malt, Stonefruits, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A free sample from Teavivre!

The dry leaves are a medium long and yellow-green. It’s a very clean and sweet and mineral brew. Notes of green bean, chestnut, and sugarcane with a slightly floral finish. As the leaves open up they become bright green and reveal nice budsets. A nice and refreshing green, mao fengs are my favorite.

Flavors: Chestnut, Floral, Green Beans, Mineral, Sugarcane

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Free sample from Teavivre

I’ve not had this before so when I opened the packet I was amazed and delighted by the size of the leaves. They’re huge and flat and green; actually longer than the infuser basket I’m using which is as deep as my mug. Crikey! They smell grassy with a hint of peas.

The liquor is pale green and has a soft mouthfeel. The taste is light and vegetal with a hint of pepper. It’s a savoury tea and quite refreshing with a pleasant, slightly peppery aftertaste.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Peas, Vegetal

3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Angel from Teavivre had sent me several samples again. Thank you so much Angel. I need to post more frequently here. I still drink a lot of tea. I just don’t post as often if ever.

Me being an oolong fan, this one did not disappoint. Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea is very delicious. The dry leaf was a mix of light to dark green leaves curled up fairly loose with some trace fuzziness to some of the leaves. The smell was very fresh, mild-moderately fragrant – floral. The scent of the steeped tea was delicious and beautifully fragrant when I get about 2 inches away. The tea was a very light yellow. The taste was delicious – yum! The first steep was very smooth, creamy, and had a buttery mouth-feel to it. The taste was slightly sweet with hints of flowers, honey, and very mild grassiness.

This is a complex oolong and changed with each steep. The 2nd steep became less sweet and a bit astringent toward the back of my mouth and a kind of dryness. The 3rd steep was more watery but I don’t think I steeped it long enough. I only did 3 steeps of this tea as I become distracted very easily. I love how tea keeps me centered and focused (for the most part!). My daughter turned 3 a few days ago. I can’t believe I’ve been on steepster for longer than that. Times flies super fast.

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Brews a pale yellow. Taste is surprisingly roasty although I brewed it quite strong. The second steeping was better I thought with more of a puffed wheat taste without the extra roast (although I am not sure that this is actually roasted).
I saw after on teavivre’s website that the recommended brewing instructions were less than what I used so would use their parameters next time.
A nice non-caffeine drink!
Sample from Angel at Teavivre – thank you!


whole Embryo?


Their description explains the process better, but it is the inner nutritious part of the buckwheat that is called the embryo as far as I know.


ok, i thought it was a mistransalation


haha, I don’t think so..


Tartary buckwheat is one of my favorite non-caffeinated drinks while in China, and it’s nice to see I can get it online too! It comes in two styles and the “whole embryo” is the less processed (and tastier) one.


Less processed is good. :) And it is tasty!


i’ve ordered some from yunnan sourcing. it was ok


I forgot I have some of the yunnan sourcing buckwheat as well. I really liked it. Not sure if they are the same but will have to have it again. I think it will be good cold too but haven’t tried that yet.


i really don’t know how to make iced tea :(


Often I put the leaf I have already brewed in a jar, add cold water, and leave in fridge overnight. This way I get more out of the leaf and have a nice cold drink.
If I am just using tea leaves for iced tea, I brew it as usual, let it cool a bit, then put it in the fridge. If planning to add ice, then brew it stronger so the tea isn’t too weak as the ice melts. Or just brew strong tea and pour it over a glass of ice, and drink.
Another method people use is cold brewing which is just putting the tea leaf in water in the fridge for a day or so and it brews like that – very easy.
Give it a try. :))

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The dry leaves are big, attractive silver needle buds. The aroma is oceanic, pine, and just slightly floral.

The first brew is very mellow and soft. Slight honey and pine notes with a floral background. Slightly earthy and dank like wet leaves and rich soil. This is a very mild tea, I attempted to overbrew it and bring out bitterness and found that I could not.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Honey, Pine, Wet Earth

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Scent of sweet spice, grains and potato.
Tastes the same with gently spiced sweet potato and a creamy, honeyed nuttiness.
Fragrant, full of flavor and delicious.

195 °F / 90 °C

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Small, wiry, dark green leaves. Primarily vegetal with spinach and green bean notes, but also nutty and roasty with a peach-like fruit sweetness. Not my favorite green tea from Teavivre, but nice nonetheless. I think this would be a good tea to drink with a meal.

Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Peach, Roasted, Spinach

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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