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This is the first milk oolong I’ve had that actually does have a milk flavor I can discern—I tried a few from a couple different companies early on in my Steepsterin’ and was very weirded out by how I tasted zero resemblance to anything milky and a lot of strange stuff like seaweed, marsh, and sulphur instead. So it’s reassuring to know there’s at least one I can say DOES seem kinda milky to me finally (needless to say I haven’t been chomping at the bit to try more after those early encounters). That said, this isn’t what “milky flavored tea” initially conjures in my mind, not the sweet creaminess of, say, earl grey creams or coconut oolongs, not nearly that dessert treat-y. It’s more like low-fat, clean-tasting, relatively unsweet milk, with a whisper of bitter vegetal or perhaps mineral notes floating around the edges, especially with the first steep.
As it cools, the milk flavor grows stronger and more uncanny—now I’m really impressed. The more I drink, the more it grows on me. I particularly appreciate the way no matter how milky it gets in both texture and flavor (and it does get fuller, creamier after the first steep), it always retains the flavor of tea too. Really great balance.
I confess I’d probably reach for those sweet coconut oolongs far more regularly, but I can finally see milk oolong’s charms, so yay for that.
Still wondering if my first foray into milk oolongs months and months ago was just an anomaly or maybe my palate’s grown some. I’ve been afraid to try those first few again to find out!
Another one done from my box of many samples (from many people). I will get to them all – hopefully soon-ish.
I like this one :) Sweet potato up front, and dusty cocoa in the after taste.
Sample compliments of Dex – Thank You!!
—huh, I had this not too long ago – a sample from another steepster member, and got a totally different taste profile this time around. But it looks like I enjoyed it both times around.
Another delicious sample Cameron B.
This is surprisingly light and honey sweet. I’m not getting the sweet potato, but I’m going for steep 2, maybe it’ll show up then. I really enjoyed how light this was, very different from another Tan Yang that I tried from another company. The other one, to me, was deeper in flavour and very malty. Both are very tasty in their own way.
Definitely will purchase on my next order from Teavivre. Thanks Cameron B!!
I have Dexter3657 to thank for my sample of this lovely tea.
This is my first sampling from Teavivre – I have an order coming in (hopefully soon), and I pleased that this is so tasty. I’m not really surprised, I have read many good things about their tea’s.
The dry leaf is varies in colour from tobacco brown to a light golden. The aroma smells a little like tobacco.
The first steep was malty with some cocoa. Delicious. The second steep was not as deep in flavour. There was a lighter almost fruit like note in the second steep. The aftertaste brought some tobacco flavours out. I prefer the first steep – it had a deeper, stronger taste that I enjoyed.
Another thanks goes to Angel of TeaVivre for this sample!
I’m starting to enjoy green teas more in the morning than I once did. There are some mornings (although few) when I don’t need to blast off into my day fueled by the robust butt-kicking black teas.
I opened the sample package of Lu Shan Yun Wu green tea and instantly noticed a fresh to-the-ground flavor. I steeped the short dark leaves for two minutes at 175 degrees instead of the recommended 176 degrees (my tea maker can only deal with increments of five degrees).
The brewed color was a pale golden green. The aroma was fresh and grassy.
My taste buds are currently somewhat challenged by the attack of Fall allergies. That may be why it took several gulps of this tea before the flavor began to get my attention. The taste was fresh and green with just a twinge of sweet. There was also a smidgen of sweetness in the mild aftertaste. As with all of TeaVivre’s teas that I have sampled or purchased, this tea was totally free of bitterness.
This is a fine fresh-tasting and slightly sweet green offering from TeaVivre. The flavor is light and tender. It is also so smooth and easy to sip that I found myself gulping it down quickly. That is a positive attribute because I have tried other teas (that will remain nameless) where my eight-ounce cup seemed to hold eight gallons and I struggled to coax them down my throat.
The Meteorologist finally got the weather right! These last few weeks we’ve been expecting rain but got nothing. It’s nice to hear a rumble or two of thunder every once in a while. Listing to the rain outside while I sip on this cup of tea. the fresh vegetable aroma comes from the dry leaf, it seemed to be fresher than before maybe because this tea was harvested last month on April 10th. I never really gave it much thought to when a tea was picked but I’m starting to think it does make a difference.
Water: 8oz at 180 degrees
Leaves: very fine tightly would leaves
Aroma: Vegetable like/Sencha
Color: Light Greenish yellow
Taste: The first thing I noticed about this tea is that it looked & smelled similar to Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Green!! As I got ready to brew I used 1 tsp of tea leaves then added my hot water & steeped for 1m. Removing the lid off my pot really brought out the lovely aroma! The taste was very light and refreshing! Even with multiple infusions I never had any bitterness!
This tea is amazing!!! I love how it is rolled into small pearls which makes measuring simple. To brew I used the exact instructions on Teavivre’s website 5 pearls for 8oz of water at 212 degrees for 1 minute. This brewed a great tea, not too strong not too weak, but full of flavor. The first steeping had notes of chocolate, malt, a sweetness, and a flavor that I could not exactly name, but reminded me of something that most naturally carbonated/fermented drinks give me. The second steeping was also full of flavor, though not as strong as the first. I love this tea and can’t wait for everyone to try it.
So this was my guinea pig tea for Gongfu brewing. I recently bought a Gaiwan from Teavivre (go check out their teapots and gaiwans, they’re truly works of art) and bought a white tea to go with it– this white tea!
After I finally got the temperatures and steep times down, this tea really blossomed into a wonderful beverage. The color is golden, the flavor is perfectly white, and the aroma is heavenly! This is definitely going to be a tea I keep around for a while, because it’s the perfect tea for a quiet, relaxing night around the house :D
Thanks go to Angel of TeaVivre for this tea sample!
I prefer robust teas and find oolong selections to be a little lighter in flavor and kick than I need, particularly in the mornings. However, I am starting to enjoy oolong and green teas at those times when I don’t need to be jolted out of my morning stupor.
I opened the sample of this tea and was greeted by an earthy aroma and little rolled green leaf pellets. I steeped the pellets at 212 degrees for two minutes as recommended by TeaVivre.
The brewed color was light gold with a greenish tint. The aroma was slightly floral and grassy.
My first taste of this tea produced a very faint sweet, earthy, and grassy flavor. In all fairness, this is the beginning of Fall and allergy season here at home, and my sinuses are already being assaulted.
After a few more sips, the sweet, floral, and slightly leafy flavors became more pronounced. The tea was smooth throughout without bitterness. A very gentle floral aftertaste seemed to remain. Even though I live in the Southeast, where Osmanthus is said to thrive, I don’t remember running into it in my neck of the woods. I therefore would not be a good judge of the authenticity of Osmanthus flavor in this tea.
Although I initially struggled to register the complete flavors of this blend (again, this could be due to my allergy-challenged sinuses this morning), once I did, I found them to be quite pleasant, peaceful, and polished. I would enjoy sipping this selection in a tea room with friends on a Saturday afternoon while watching THE USC (University of South Carolina) football.
I’ll be honest, the selling point of this tea for me was the “milk” part of it, I am a very avid drinker of oolong and was very enticed with the idea of it having a nice sweet creamy flavor. The trick with this tea is in the steeping times and temperature, I found that when it was slightly over steeped that it had lost it’s sweet creamy flavor, and when I used too hot water (200F) that it became slightly astringent, and the creaminess was replaced with a grassy flavor. Once you get the steeping times and temperature down, this tea doesn’t fail to impress! After a quick rinse, the leaves were already omitting a sweet milky scent. The first steep had very nice sweet creamy tasting notes, with a slight grassy taste, I was quite surprised with this very prominent taste of sweet cream, and the second steeping didn’t disappoint! It was the same as the first steeping in terms of flavor, and was slightly darker with a little more tea dust in it, and the third steeping the sweet cream flavor was lessened, and was replaced with grassy flavors, but it had very nice flora accents with it as well, so it was a nice trade off, and was a very very nice light oolong, I highly recommend!
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Milk, Sweet, Vegetal
This pu-erh is hands down, one of my most favorite pu-erh teas I’ve ever had; although I am rather new to pu-erh tea, I know what a bad pu-erh can taste like! After about two 5 second rinses, letting the tea leaves rest in between the rinses to open up better, the first two steeps were rather uneventful, a slight vanilla flavor in the background, with a very earthy/moldy aroma, and was a little astringent. The third steeping is where the flavors really boomed, very nice sweet taste complete with a rather prominent vanilla flavor in the background, just a little earthy and fishy, but that isn’t a downside for me, personally I like it. The color of the tea was a very dark amber color, but it wasn’t a “slap-in-the-face-flavor”, it was actually very light in contrast to its color. The mildness of the tea means that you can’t really mess it up/over steep! I accidentally over steeped mine majorly (about 3 hours), and it was comparable to coffee, which I am an avid drinker of, but it had all of it’s delicate flavor notes still. After drinking that, I decided I would try to get an extra steep out of it, and got 4 more! This is definitely an all day tea, which is a major plus.
Flavors: Earth, Fishy, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla