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Hmmm, I could have sworn I wrote a tasting note about my first session with this tea. But it’s not on the page. My earlier sessions of it were light and floral, without much roasting. This one was different, but maybe I’m remembering wrong? It’s hard to say now.

Sipdown, 117. Hmmmm. This one is way more roasty than the previous two packages I had of this. Miss-packaged, perhaps? However, I can’t complain because this cup is DELICIOUS. Wow, yum. It is sweet and almost bready. Reminds me a bit of a slightly sweet challah. Could this actually be the Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding that I loved so much just the other day in cold brew? Maybe I am falling in love with lightly roasted oolongs, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Mmm, challah. Nice description.

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I think this is my favourite Tteavivre mini tuo. I used two with multiple infusions to fill up my 40 oz thermos.

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84

Backlog:

A really lovely Iron Goddess. My first infusion was delicate, with notes of flower and a delightful creaminiess. Subsequent infusions became creamier and smoother. Hints of vanilla! Toward the end of my “infusion party” with this Tie Guan Yin, I started to notice a slight acidity to the finish … almost like citrus, but not quite.

A really delightful tea, I love that it’s Organic!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/21/organic-superfine-tie-guan-yin-iron-goddess-oolong-tea-from-teavivre/

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1

following : Gaiwan 3oz Tea: 1p 6 steeps: rinse(10s),10s,10s,10s,15s,20s,30s

Rinse: dark colored brew, wet leaves smell like barn yard hay.
1st steep: Still smells of barn yard hay. ruby red brown liquor. :/ tastes like dried grass.
2nd steep: :? :/
3rd steep: :/
4th steep: :/
5th: it’s not really… astringent…. or too bitter…. its just a wierd “hay” flavor. :/
Quitting. I just don’t like it. Le sigh. atleast I have pu erh a try :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this lovely sample!
This smells deliciously green and fresh.
Taste is definitely a green oolong, very floral with vegetal buttery notes. This tastes very fresh. I get notes somewhere of spring water. Mouthfeel is smooth

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used ~1.5 teaspoons tea, in a 75 ml (2.5 oz) gaiwan, with ~170* water, brewed for:
rinse,20s,35s,70s,120s. as per website instructions.
First infusion: slightly astringent. has a weird flavor. hmmm… Not sure I like this one yet.
second infusion: weird flavor is leaving, now its taking on an orchid like taste (like tgy).
third infusion was better as well. Not sure I like it or not. may have to have it a few more times to decide.
fourth tastes much better. :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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80

Water: 8oz Boiling

Leaves: Various mixture of petals & fruit

Steep: 9m

Aroma: Citrus

Color: Deep Red

Taste: Compared to the other herbal fruit teas I’ve tried so far this one was a more citrus in both flavor & aroma. Yet true to the other teas it had a slight tartness to it as well.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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71

sipdown! (back to 160) This is not the tea for me. It’s not a bad little puerh, but there’s a peat sort of taste hanging about this one that i don’t much enjoy. I like the format of this one, and the scent is really nice. As i sip it, i find that the initial sips are tasty, but it’s the after taste that i’m not a fan of. While not quite the mini tucho for me, i wouldn’t turn it down if it was offered to me in the future. There’s no fishiness to this one either, for those that are worried about that :)

Stephanie

I am thinking about trying some of their flavored mini-touchas

Sil

i’ll keep an eye out for your tasting notes. :) I think on the whole i prefer garet for all my puerh, though there are a few loose puerhs that teavivre has that are really nice. Mandala has made me spoiled though. Teavivre is good for my black teas though :)

Stephanie

I agree about Mandala’s puerhs being SO GOOD! :D

Terri HarpLady

What Sil said :)

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90

Another sample sipdown. Used a little more leaf this time just because there wasn’t enough left to brew again. Today, I am getting a strong honey note at the end that I didn’t really notice before. I think this may be my favorite of the oolong samples that Teavivre sent me.

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90

My second free oolong from Teavivre! This one was much more up my alley than the previous. The dry leaves smelled very vegetal/green, but the taste was much different.

1st steep: Texture is creamy, and it has a kettle corn-like sweetness with a light roasted flavor. No bitterness/astringency as far as I can tell.

2nd/3rd steep: Same sweetness/roasted flavor, but slightly less creamy and has a tiny hint of bitterness.

4th+ steep: Still sweet, but the flavors are getting weaker and the tea is tasting more watery.

Overall, I’m very happy with the flavors and resteeps with this tea. I don’t know if I will reorder yet (depends on my other samples, etc), but it’s definitely high on the list!

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90

I drank numerous cups of this throughout the afternoon.
Crisp, sweet and nutty with a hint of buttery spinach. No bitterness.
Delicious, and a pleasure to drink even when cool.

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87

Nostalgia. This smells and tastes like the agar agar jellies my mom and grandma used to make for us when we were kids. I asked mom recently why she doesn’t make them anymore and I was told that it’s a treat for children. Kids get all the good stuff!
Other than that, sweet floral aroma. Light and smooth and brothy. Yum!

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95

Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this wonderful sample!

Dry: Lovely short and twisty black loose leaf tea. Has a pleasant lightly malty and mellow dry aroma.

Steeped: Medium brown clear liquor. I didn’t add anything to this and the brewed fragrance is a little bit sweet and vaguely fruity with that nice malty note from the dry leaves.

Taste: I really like this tea! It is so well balanced- probably more so than any other straight black I’ve tried so far. It is also really good for a breakfast selection. Smooth, mellow, naturally on the sweeter side without being overly so, and has a nice malt character without being too earthy or heavy. There are very subtle fruit and smoke notes in the aftertaste that linger on the tongue. This is a tea I can just sit and enjoy while contemplating the activities of the day ahead. It makes me look at my Assam tin sideways and don’t even get me started on some of my less favorite flavored teas. Yes, Keemun- Grade 1, I like you quite a bit! I am excited to try the others that Teavivre sent, but this one has started my day in a lovely and flavorful way.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TeaVivre

It’s a perfect breakfast tea, Keemun is the key ingredient in many breakfast blends, notably English Breakfast and Russian Caravan. It is great to drink by itself, or with milk or sugar.

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75

Too much cocoa. In that sense, this reminds me of the kinds of Chinese black teas I don’t really like—it’s lighter and less malty (although still quite malty for an oolong, I think) than those teas, but still. I’m not even sure I would’ve been able to identify this as an oolong if I hadn’t known; although it does have that light, refreshing oolong aftertaste it also has a lot of characteristics I tend to associate with black teas. In addition to the cocoa, there’s also some honey. There’s not much in the way of florals or roasted notes, which is a minus point for me as I love both those kinds of flavors in oolongs. For reference, I brewed this western style (as I brew most everything).

I got this sample from either Nicole_Martin or Fuzzy_Peachkin —thanks to whichever one of you it was, and thanks to both of you for letting me try some of Teavivre’s teas—although this wasn’t a huge hit, many of the teas I’ve sampled from them have been, and I’m looking forward to placing an order soon.

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Tea provided by Teavivre for review

Osmanthus dominates the flavour of this tea, I had a hard time tasting/enjoying the oolong. The osmanthus isn’t an unpleasant or bold flavour, but it’s the primary flavour.

Overall I have mixed feelings about this tea because I don’t enjoy overly floral teas. My husband liked it and said it reminded him of ginseng flavour (I agree). So it’s not something I’d buy, but I know a lot of other people enjoy floral teas. I’d recommend it for people that love floral tea with a mild and unobtrusive tea base.

Steep parameters:
400ml water, sample (7g), 1 steep (2m)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

Previously I tried this sample gong-fu style and was a bit disappointed. Today I tried it with a longer steep in a glass mug and it turned out better.
I found the astringency too off-putting with many short steeps, but it isn’t too noticeable with a single longer steep.

The floral and vegetal flavours have a nice balance, and the body is more subtle than it is bold. There are also some nice hints of cinnamon, spice, and honey.

Overall it’s a decent oolong with a good price. However (if I had to choose) I prefer Teavivre’s Jin Xuan (unflavoured) over this.

Steep parameters:
400ml water in a glass mug, 7g sample, 1 steep (2m)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

First steep had a nice honey-sweetness and a strong floral flavour.

The floral flavour became stronger with each steep, and the liquor also became increasingly astringent. By the fifth steep, the astringency became a bit distracting.

Ending on the sixth steep, there is still some flavour I tasted at the beginning, but the floral aroma and the astringency are off-putting to me.

Overall, it’s a very flavourful oolong with a nice price. I found it a bit too floral, but I know others find that flavour appealing. Not sure if I’d short steep this again, I’ll have to try the western method sometime to see if I like that better.

Steep parameters (as suggested by Teavivre)
85ml water in a gaiwan, sample (7g?), rinse and 6 steeps (25s, 25s, 30s, 60s, 70s, 80s)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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85

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

First steep had a delicate vegetal flavour, with some sweetness.

Second steep onward, a floral flavour gradually builds up and a bit of spice can be felt at the back of my throat.

Finishing off with the eighth steep, I thought about how well the tea flavour stayed consistent. The last cup didn’t seem too weak at all.

Overall I quite liked this Ali Shan. Perhaps not as flavourful as I’d expect, but still enjoyable. But I didn’t find it bland or uninteresting. Sometimes a tea will grab your attention as you drink it, or you’ll pick something that is so flavourful you don’t need to focus on it’s nuances. This isn’t that kind of tea for sure ;)

Steep parameters (as suggested by Teavivre)
85ml water in a gaiwan, sample (7g?), rinse and 8 steeps (25s, 25s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s, 180s)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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I always forget how much I enjoy a good jasmine green.

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89

Sipdown, 117. I get it. I finally get it. What a really, really lovely tea. Thanks again so much to Teavivre for sending me this.

So the first couple of times I had this I was a bit underwhelmed. I don’t typically looooove high mountain Taiwanese oolongs but I do usually enjoy them. My first gongfu session I used my small teapot (6oz) but that was clearly too much. This time I followed Teavivre’s gongfu instructions on the site exactly and used the gaiwan that they sent to me (3oz). The florals were just intoxicating.

I ended up having one tiny cup from each steep and dumping the rest (only enough for another tiny cup at the end once all the leaves expanded!) into a cup to drink at the end. All of them were lovely, including the final cup. Smooth, luxurious florals, fresh and green. The texture was smooth and silky, and the flavor was rich and complex in every steep. Spring in a cup, which is lovely to have at the beginning of winter.

TeaVivre

Gaiwan is a common tool that used in tea ceremony, as well as in the gongfu way for brewing tea. And it’s interesting to watch the little particles expand to leaves.

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89

Thanks to Teavivre for this sample. I actually tried this tea last night in a gongfu session but did not write about it because I didn’t feel comfortable doing so. See, it was really quite bland and uninteresting. Kind of vegetal, but otherwise I couldn’t get much flavor out of it. Perhaps I should have used a smaller brewing vessel, but I dunno.

So, I decided to do a western steep of this. Mash all the flavors together and see what comes out, haha. Unfortunately for me this is still sort of uninteresting. It SMELLS divine. Floral, buttery, creamy. But the flavor falls flat. It is so light, barely there. Slightly floral, a bit vegetal; very similar to the gongfu steeps last night. Perhaps I’m just not one for Ali Shans (I’ve never been wild for them in the past). Other people rave about the flavors in this one so I think it must just be me. I have one more sample pouch of this; perhaps I will try it in a gaiwan session with it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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