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It has been a long while since I’ve really been interested in drinking green tea, anymore it only seems I do so when I’m eating Chinese or Japanese on the odd occasion I don’t cook and decide to order in. This morning, however, I woke up with a craving for it so I pulled out one of the samples that came with my TeaVivre order.
I haven’t tried this specific type of green tea before, but I really enjoyed it. It has a very strong vegetal flavor, but beyond that it is subtly sweet with slightly nutty undertones. As the tea cools the sweetness becomes more apparent and the vegetal flavor mellows out a bit.
This is such a wonderful green tea, I really do need to explore what others TeaVivre offers. Surprisingly, I’ve tried very few and I have been missing out.
Thank you so much to Angel at Teavivre for this wonderful sampler of oolongs! I love oolongs in the fall and winter, they are just so comforting.
This is my first experience with a gaiwan and I will definitely need more practice because I almost burnt my hand. I followed the websites steeping parameters (R, 25s,25,30,40,60,90,120,180)
The first 4 steeps were very floral and has milky aroma and mouthfeel. There is a natural sweetness.
The last 4 steeps lost a bit of sweetness and seemed a little more vegetal.
I also want to sample this with the western method so I know where I really stand with this.
Tea provided by Teavivre for review
I’ve been wanting to try the sample for quite some time now. Unfortunately I caught a cold and it impaired my tastebuds and I really couldn’t taste anything. :(
With that out of the way, I’m ready to jump back into my daily gong fu tea sessions. Anyway, onto the tasting notes:
The first steep had a really nice balance of vegetal, sweet, and buttery characteristics. It’s really smooth and nothing seemed bitter of off-putting.
Some nice spice/cinnamon came out during the third steep.
Onward down to the eighth steeps, it maintained a nice flavour that was true to the initial steep’s aroma. It finishes off somewhat weak, but not so much that I only taste the water and not the tea.
Overall I’m impressed with how well it steeped, the balance between the flavours, and that I couldn’t taste any bitterness or off-putting flavours. It never seemed too dry or overpowering either. The price is a bit steep, so I could see it as a nice gift. I think the flavours justify trying it out if you have a discerning palate for quality.
Steep parameters (as suggested by Teavivre)
85ml water in a gaiwan, sample (7g?), rinse and 8 steeps (30s, 50s, 70s, 90s, 120s, 120s, 150s, 180s)