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I love love love peach, and this was so good. I was super glad to find that the jasmine wasn’t super strong, risking overwhelming the peach. If anything the peach was stronger, which balances things out better in this case. Iced or hot, this one is easy to enjoy. Multiple steeps as a bonus.
I tried this in the gaiwan. 1 tuocha, 3-4oz water (which started out boiling and cooled off a bit as I went along – I reheated it a couple of times). I went with the Teavivre recommended: rinse(10s),10s,10s,10s,15s,20s,30s. Then I tacked a 1min and 2min steep on the end for good measure. :)
The flavour is earthy, woody, a bit leathery. It reminds me of walking in the woods after the rain, when everything is damp. I was surprised by the thick, almost oily mouthfeel, and the sweetness at the end of the sip, that lingered. Very pleasant, no bitterness or astringency. I sometimes get a bit of a fishy odour off the leaves, but never in the cup. I didn’t perceive much difference from one steeping to the next – the colour was probably darkest in steepings 2-4, but I found the flavour pretty consistent.
This isn’t blowing me away or anything, but I’m happy to have it in my cupboard. I can see myself reaching for it when I’m in the mood for a straight shou pu-erh.
Flavors: Leather, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wood
Morning cold brew. It isn’t bad but it isn’t great, but it may be my fault. I think I left the tea bag in for too long (for nearly 24 hours) and now it’s on the bitter side. The upshot is the strawberry is stronger than it was when I made it hot. Maybe next time cold brew it for only eight hours or something. Oolong isn’t as forgiving as fruit tisanes, after all.
Finally trying this strawberry sweetheart after all of these years. I have a cold brew doing its thing in the fridge but my impatience has pushed me to make a hot cup. BF extravaganza allows me to be extravagant and have both.
The dry leaf is lighter on the strawberry than I imagined, and the same goes for the flavour. Like someone melted a strawberry candy into my softly floral oolong. It’s a nice change from straight oolongs.
This was fantastic. After my unremarkable first cup of the day, having this next was like night and day. It was softly sweet, and malty, but I could still taste the hint of dryness. Looking at what others tasted, I think it is a slight coffee or cocoa note, but it is very subtle. It wasn’t bitter at all, though I dumped my entire sample in and did 4 short steeps which worked out really well. I am not sure if this would stand up to oversteeping.
Thank you Teavivre for the free sample!
160ml yixing pot filled about half way (80-90ml)
7g of leaves
4 infusions: 5s rinse, 5s rinse, 5s, 10s, 20s, 30s
It’s a rich, creamy shou. Earthy and a little chocolaty too. It starts off light and sweet and the more you brew it the richer it gets. I only did 4 infusions but it has a lot of life left in it that I’m using to raise the pot. Definitely a candidate for purchase. :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Wet Earth
Picked this this morning because I wanted a new puerh but didn’t want to go to the trouble of breaking a cake. This is very tasty and sweet. I am not sure just how sweet because I added sugar so it is very sweet. I’m afraid I am not getting the specific notes in the steepster write up but it is good.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 7.1g leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.
Thanks Teavivre for this free sample!
I steeped this following the brewing guide on the website. The only difference was that I’m using a 4 oz vessel rather than 3 oz. The sample was only 7g so I couldn’t add more to correct the ratio.
I really wanted to like this tea but I couldn’t get it to work for me. The flavor was a bit underwhelming, not really for me. Vegetal, a hint of floral, a really tiny hint of roasted flavor. Next time I’ll increase the steeping times to make up for the discrepancy in water/leaf ratio.
Flavors: Floral, Roasted, Vegetal
I’m a big fan of rice shou, so I stocked up on this during TeaVivre’s black Friday sale without even tasting it first. Luckily it is a good one! And SO convenient. The sachets are individually wrapped!!! I’m normally not a big fan of sachets or wasted packaging in general but these are going to be SO convenient for travel. Seriously. Awesome.
Another Black Friday tea!
This was a tea that I bought blind, so to speak – I’d never tried a sample, but instead based my decision to buy on the reviews of others on Steepster and on Teavivre’s website.
When I smelled the leaves, I thought I’d made a good choice. Lovely, buttery, vegetal – just a good, strong, green tea smell.
However, the taste was very unexpected despite my research. If I hadn’t known better, I would have sworn this was a gyokuro tea!
Both this Tian Mu and gyokuro have that same delicate vegetal snap to them, like spinach or kale. I’m surprised by how much I’m liking this, since I’ve thought for a long time that I’m not a gyokuro person. But this is pretty good!
The leaf is very long and fuzzy here, so I made sure to be generous when I was brewing. I steeped it for 2 minutes, which is the max that Teavivre recommends. Even with the generous amount of leaf, the high steeping temperature (~90C), and the longish (to Teavivre) steeping time, the liquor is a jewel-like surprise. The liquor was pale golden upon first sip, and very heavily vegetal.
However, I believe that the full impact of this tea is lost if you drink it during the winter. This tea is so light that it’s perfect for spring mornings. I can’t wait to have this again some time in March or April when you can smell the earth and the sunshine and the dew all together. This will be such a good tea to have in the spring!
Couple more to go, this ones name was probably my favourite of them all since I really like dragons and this one is called two dragons and a pearl. Maybe jasmine vines resemble the dragons and globe amaranth is the pearl, and those dragons are fighting for the pearl so another one can rise to the heavens and be the Celestial Dragon! Sight, that D-war -movie could be good if it wasn’t that cheapy.
Back to the tea. I really like the appearance of the flower, the arc is pretty. Tea doesn’t have any specific aroma, also I have a flu so I my nose doesn’t work that well. I really like the taste, it’s like creamy vanilla with hint of sour. I haven’t mentioned the packaging before in these reviews but it’s really excellent, every flower is vacuum packed and in zip bag. Also in every vacuum bag is picture of the flower and name of the flower.
Flavors: Cream, Jasmine, Vanilla
I’ve had this twice so far: once yesterday and once today.
Normally I don’t double up on teas like that, but yesterday I underleafed despite the instructions on the package. I figured I would follow the instructions today.
Speaking of which, the instructions on this one are super weird – 2 tablespoons of tea for 17 oz? At 80C? That sounds like a lot of tea (about 3x what I would normally use for brewing tea Western-style), and the temperature is much lower than I would expect! That’s why when I brewed it yesterday, I only used abou 1 tablespoon for 24 oz of tea.
It was okay, but kind of underwhelming.
The sad thing is, I did use enough leaf today, and I’m still not having my socks wowed off. Should I try using 100C boiling water? Should I use more leaf or less?
I’m getting a bit of smoke and a bit of malt, but this just isn’t ringing my bell. I even used filtered water, too, to avoid that weird alkaline flavour I noticed with some other black teas a few days ago.
Oh, yum. This is a lovely jasmine green tea – smooth, silky and fragrant. Not a hint of bitterness from the green tea base, and none of the soapy aftertaste I got from the last jasmine pearls I tried. And I love tea that comes in pearls! These didn’t all fully unfurl in the first infusion, so I’ll definitely be resteeping.
This is tasty – I am glad to have a bit of a break from teaching, as student teaching is now over, so I have days where I can resteep a bunch of times. I am at my parents’, so my skills as a tea brewer are being tested a bit. I only have my kettle that boils water so I estimate temperature, and there is no water filter so I am aware flavors might not quite be true.
That might be the case with this one, which tastes predominately mineral with floral creamy notes too. It got more floral and less creamy with each steep, and I steeped it three times before being done with it. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t super special.
This is another of my favourite teas I’ve been drinking lately. The taste is sweet and very smooth with a rich smokey scent. I detect notes of pine resins, roasted peanuts and sweet potatoes. I steeped it three times and it kept its flavour until the last infusion. I use to serve this tea to my friends and everybody appreciate it!
I have been drinking this tea for a while but never found the time to review it. So here I am! The golden monkey it’s a really good black tea, with hints of caramel and cocoa. Easy and pleasant to drink. Also the smell is very good and strong as I first opened the bag.
And now it time for the flavoured version of Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk oolong. The smell that comes from the zip bag is oddly familiar. It smells same that that milk oolong that I bought from Forsman. This thing differs from the unflavoured one with the milk flavouring that is sprayed on the leaves, so this is supposed to have stronger milk flavour. At least it smells like milk, bit vinegary like milk or sour milk.
Nuggets of this tea are more even in size compared to the unflavoured milk oolong. Yellow in colour and has milky aroma, but without that osmanthus. Wet tea has more vegetal aroma.
It has quite sweet milk flavour, with hint of vegetality. Milk flavour could be stronger, now it’s about as strong as the unflavoured tea. It’s still pretty good one but my number one in milk oolongs is still from the local tea shop. It has been steamed with goats milk, and that is the stuff.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Milk, Sweet, Vegetal
Cooking TTB #12
This tea has such great reviews, I was really excited to try it! And I got even more excited when it was steeping because it smelled just like a fresh, ripe strawberry. But the flavor was a huge disappointment…very weak and watery. I’m wondering if I should have used a higher temperature or a longer steep time for this one? I followed my usual parameters for oolong, but the package actually calls for boiling water. Withholding rating until I try this again, following the directions!
I was stuck up north for 2.5 extra days because the planes couldn’t fly due to weather (fog, then freezing rain I think?). Anyway. I’m home now, and apparently all of my Black Friday / Cyber Monday purchases finally arrived last week so now I have All The Tea. I chose this one as my first to try, and I’ll probably do a proper tasting note later, right now I just want to say that this is soothing and delicious and just what I needed. :) Cheers, everyone.