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94

Sipdown and one that I am sad to see go. I am bumping the rating up for this one because I brewed it stronger tonight and new and fragrant notes came through that were light, savory, fresh, and mineral all together. It was particularly purifying after an afternoon of sampling craft beers from Colorado and Georgia both. I am headed to Colorado in a couple of weeks so we wanted to try some from there before we arrive. It was fun, but I was really looking forward to a mild green tea afterwards with nothing added and this fit the bill perfectly. Resteeps nicely also. I am moving on to my third and it is still quite lovely, if a touch watery. Goodbye for now, Liu An Gua Pian!

Flavors: Mineral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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94

Dry: Lovely large rolled dry leaves, grass-green in color with a few faded pieces. No broken tea or stems noted. Smells light and fresh with a slight spice note.

Steeped: Olive green clear liquor. Very subtle aroma, faint scent of fresh greens with a hint of sweet.

Taste: Mild is the word I would use to describe this one. If you do not like strong or complex green teas, this one would be a good option to try. Soft spinach with hint of sweet and a hint of spice. No bitterness or bite noted. Smooth and mellow, a nice experience but nothing that really grabs and holds my interest beyond enjoying a simple and pleasant experience. Holds up to a couple more steeps and I am glad I tried it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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74

Light amber in color with a nice woodsy aroma. It has the taste of hay and wood mixed with a the flavors of dried apricot and maybe a little bit of plum. Slightly astringent aftertaste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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86

The aroma is that of sweet hay. This tea is light and sweet. It has a pronounced melon flavor with hints of hay and cucumber.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
239 tasting notes

Brewed up the last little bit of this bag.

Sweet and malty with a hint of fruity caramel. Smooth and so delicious, especially with some cream.

This was my first tea from Teavivre and I have enjoyed it a lot – will repurchase.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Dexter

This is one of my favorites from Teavivre – glad you like it.

caile

Mine too!

Sil

love this one!

TheTeaFairy

We’re all in agreement here!! Major staple.

caile

haha yes, it seems to be a staple for many!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll chime in!

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
239 tasting notes

I have been drinking this every morning the past few days. Simply delicious and sweet, and perfect with a dash of cream. Best brewed at the recommended lower temperature.

Dexter

Agreed, this is a good one. I also like it steeped at a lower water temp, but then I’m finding I’m steeping a lot of my black teas at a lower temp. :))

caile

Yeah, I usually steep everything at a bit lower temp also. Probably doesn’t matter so much mostly, but this one really is better that way – otherwise a wee bit bitter or something. :-)

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
239 tasting notes

This tea is so delicious! Dark and rich flavour with malt and caramel – perfectly sweet and tasty!
I like it with a bit of cream and am going to re-steep the leaves for another cup right now.

Added: And the second cup is just as good! Maybe even more malty with raisins.

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
239 tasting notes

I actually meant to brew a different tea but realized I made this instead. No matter as this is so good!
Rich, malty and bold on the first cup – dark rye bread and so sweet with buckwheat honey.
Delicious and so flavourful even after my cup has cooled completely!

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
239 tasting notes

Brewed this again last evening. Very fragrant and delicious – tastes mildly malty with bread and honey. This is naturally sweet and seems to get even sweeter with each re-steep; the fragrance is pure dark honey. So good with a bit of milk as well.

And, my husband who always says he doesn’t really like tea, had a cup, said it was pretty good and even had a second cup when I offered. Nice!

Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this generous sample.

Nightshifter

I haven’t opened this one yet, but now I can’t wait to try it!

Bonnie

It’s good…bready and grainy.

caile

I’m trying to decide which ones I like best of the samples I received but it is difficult – they’ve all been good so far.

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
239 tasting notes

My generous box of samples from Angel at Teavivre arrived today – so exciting!

This is the first one I chose to try, and upon opening, the freshness of tea in the packet was incredible and lovely.

The dry leaf scent was of fresh sweet hay and barley, and once brewed, had the aroma of rye bread and honey with some fruity floral notes – so fragrant!

Taste is bright, malty and grainy with a bit of smoky pepper. I’m not sure if I get caramel or chocolate but there is something like a dry cocoa lingering aftertaste, but not dark – more of a brighter fruity cocoa if that makes sense.

This is a delicious and very fragrant tea. I did two steeps and will probably try for one more.
I’m so pleased to finally try this and am looking forward to the many more samples. Thank you again, Angel and Teavivre!

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80

Backlog. I tried to post a tasting note on this last night, but #$&%@*! Steepster was having One Of Its Episodes.

I… don’t think I have an opinion on Tie Guan Yin. I’ve had two of them now, and they’ve both been about the same; brightly vegetal, a little bright-fruity, a bit on the roasty side. I don’t like it, I don’t dislike it. It’s enjoyable, but not something I would crave or reorder. It’s the kind of tea I have to be in the right mood to drink; unfortunately, usually when I’m in a “tea” mood I’m picturing black tea, so I’m seldom in the right mood for this kind of flavor, unless I’m doing a late-at-night cleansing tea or something.

Rosehips

One Of Its Episodes. Ha! Thats exactly it, isnt it?

Holly Faye

It seems to have a lot of them… it was really bad last night. It stalled every time I tried to go to another page, then I tried to put this tea in my cupboard, and then it wouldn’t show it in the cupboard. errgh

ashmanra

Be very cautious. When I first started drinking tea, I wondered what all the big deal was about TGY teas. Then they got their hooks in me….now I crave them and slurp down a cup like a person dying of thirst in a desert!

greenteafairy

I REALLY have to be in the mood for Tie Guan Yin as well – there are times when I’ve had it and thought it was the greatest tea in the world and times when I’ve just found it kind of blah (same vendor and batch and everything).

Holly Faye

Kinda nice knowing I’m not alone! :P

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80

Sipdown! I like this one a bunch :) I may have to put this one my rotational list just to remember to pick it up every now and then. Tooooo tired to write more. Is it bed time yet?

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80

i had this today too, and will likely have a few more steepings now that i’m home. I think i prefer the other puerh i had from teavivre this past week, but not by much. this is a really nice mellow, refreshing puerh that i’m glad i have a bit more of!

Nxtdoor

A refreshing pu’erh ?!? Hrm…

Sil

Haha I love puerhs, there are a few I’d call refreshing :)

BoxerMama

Totally agree, some I could drink forever.

Terri HarpLady

Yup! Some of them have that minty kind of quality to them.

Holly Faye

I think I got a sample of this with my order… I am really, really intrigued now.

Sil

I like the other one I had this week better but this one is lovely. I’m really starting to love my puerhs more and more…which is good cause I have 239847239847238476 samples to get through looks at terri

BoxerMama

hahahaha!

Terri HarpLady

wink wink…nudge nudge…Say no more… ;)

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84

This tea has a strong malty taste with slight hints of chocolate and brown sugar. It is quite sweet and not too rich.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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82

Light Oolong that is yellowish green in color and has a floral roasted green veggie aroma. This tea has a light and sweet taste with a floral flavor with hints of gardenias and jasmine. It also has a little grassy flavor to it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this lovely tea sample!

I appreciate Teavivre’s generous samples! Don’t know what got into me the last few days, but I’ve been screwing up pots of tea and over-brewing the past few days.

You think I’d know better after all the tea I’ve had but Nooooo, even an experienced tea drinker can get arrogant!

Too much water to tea leaf ratio or an overdone steeping causes astringent tea that makes a person retch!
I owe those who harvest and process this tea an apology because I should have followed directions and remembered to take care.

So, I began again…humbled by my own tea rudeness, with 16 oz fresh filtered water boiled at 185 degrees…and steeped the leaves for 2 minutes. For the packet of tea provided, this was perfect.

The liquor was dark golden brown with the scent of brown sugar and clover honey.

My first sip was not too sweet and tasted like whole grain wheat bread warm from the oven.
I added cream (not milk) and the rich breadiness became croissant pastry. Flaky, sweet, buttery layers and a light honied aftertaste.

Having enough tea to brew again was important in my discovery of what this tea had to offer since I blew it with my earlier lack of effort and care. I’m so glad that I had a second chance at redemption!

The moral of the story for me is to pay attention and not take for granted what I think I know about tea. Never get lazy about brewing tea either, because I’ll be sorry if I do!

This is a tea worth tasting!

Fjellrev

Sounds wonderfully wholesome to me. :)

Bonnie

Wholesome and comforting like you’d want from a good morning or afternoon pick-me-up tea. An antidepressant in a cup of delicious TEA.

caile

Sounds wonderful! I’m looking forward to trying this when my sample from Angel arrives!

TeaVivre

Thanks for your valuable experience. And reminding me if we want to appreciate the real taste of tea, we’d better to put in some time and effort. Time, mood, water, tea sets, brewing, tasting and enjoying the whole process.

Indigobloom

Tea has a way of teaching you lessons when you least expect it! :)

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95

So I found a hidden sample of this in the cupboard yesterday, which was great because I thought I was out completely. It was exactly what I needed to soothe an unhappy tummy. Bright sparkling minerals, airy, naturally sweet, and faintly nutty- what’s not to like? For those that don’t like strong savory greens, this would be a good one to try.

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95

This one is a sad sipdown as I really like it and will need to get more. Bright air and sparkling minerals meet soft nutty sweet notes. I wish I could describe it in more tangible terms, but it is light and lovely, like the clouds when you are laying on your back in the grass trying to decide what shape they are. I will miss you Huang Shen Mao Feng and will see you again soon. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95

Dry: Light, feathery long leaves, buds, and stems. I was intrigued from the scent of the dry tea. It smells subtle, sweet, and ever so slightly green and dewy without any heavy vegetal notes. It is not a stretch to imagine that this tea is grown in the clouds and mist of the mountains.

Steeped: This brews into an exceptionally pale yellow clear liquor. The scent from the infuser is more green than the dry leaf with an almost nutty aroma.

Taste: This is where this tea really shines for me. I was very pleasantly surprised by the flavor, which has nice depth and character. This is not a heavy buttery vegetable tea, but rather light and airy, naturally sweet, with soft hay and floral notes. I am not getting anything fruity, roasted, or nutty from the taste, but I am also not getting any bitterness whatsoever. This is holding up nicely to short steeps of 1 min, 2 min, and 3 min- just lovely!

I am really enjoying all of the Teavivre greens, but this one might need to become a staple in my home at some point.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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88

Wait a minute I logged this before? When??? I don’t remember this tasting note. I remember there was one oolong I tried to do, but I crapped it up so much I didn’t even bother with a tasting note, and I thought this was it. Apparently not, because it appears I’ve rated the damn thing, and quite highly too. Argh! My short-term memory SUCKS!

I’ve found I don’t much care for the roasty-oolong flavor I get a lot, so I did this for about 1 min 15 sec (especially since the water was still a little on the hot side.) It’s quite pleasant. I need to stop comparing everything to bai mu dan, but honestly, that’s what it makes me think of out of the other teas I’ve tried. It’s grassy, but it’s also a little floral and sweet in a delicate, enjoyable way. A bit of brightness on top of that sweetness too, in a way I really can’t quite define. I’m wondering what would happen if I tried it for a little longer?

Also, for the love of god, somebody please start reminding me to use bottled and/or filtered water for my tea. I’ve been trying to be more careful with all the other variables in my tea-making, but for some reason, water is the one element people talk about making a big difference, and I’ve just always been kind of punk rock about it. We get well water out here, or we used to, and I’ve found it to be the most “neutral” tasting of the waters I’ve tried, but I’ve never given really good filtered water a try.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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88

Day off wound up being a little bit of an off day. Nothing went quite as intended, and I’m just left feeling kind of frustrated and slobbish rather than relaxed.

Finishing off with this tea, one from the oolong sampler. I’ll have to give it another try on a day I haven’t left the water to cool so long. So far, I’m getting a light, pleasantly floral/vegetal oolong with a bit of… not maltiness, not roastiness, but a somewhat savory effect. Refreshing and relaxing.

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66

Dark red almost black in color with a woodsy aroma. I taste earth, wood, and leather. It is like drinking a mug of cowboy boots.

Preparation
Boiling

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97

I was in the mood for something different before lunch and I had exactly 7g left of this. I generally do not like floral teas, but this one is the best as far as jasmine green teas go. The best of the best.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

My favorite jasmine green EVER. And their Silver Needle Jasmine White is addictive.

Nightshifter

I will have to try that one next time!

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