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Recent Tasting Notes

Many thanks to Teavivre for this generous sample!

Oh, this one is fantastic! Gentle, golden, BRIGHT sweet potatoes! I’ve had only one other of this type of tea, and in comparison, this has a bit of…orange? to it. Sort of like you put a touch of orange juice in your baked sweet potatoes? And let me also emphasize the word baked. There is definitely some sort of delicious crust to this ;) This is one special unflavored, delicious exactly as nature produced it tea!!!!

I have to also add that the leaves are so fluffy and gorgeous! They smell so wonderful, too.

Rumor has it that this is an excellent resteeper, and what good timing – I am in the mood for steep after steep today! Off to make some more water :) This is GREAT!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Wanted to add that I had four delicious steeps of this beauty! I adore this tea!

Kashyap

i’m glad i’m not the only one who picked up a roasted pumpkin/squash/citrus hint on this :)

The Tea Show

Wow, perfectly put! That note about baked sweet potatoes with a touch of orange juice and crust is really a valid flavor that I’m getting from this tea as well. – don’t think I could have ever put it into words though.

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A testament to how delicious this tea is: I’m finished my extremely generous sample from Teavivre! Roasty toasty, naturally sweet and so easy to drink. This is exactly what I love in a Fujian daily drinker. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Mmmmmm! This is a great example of a Gong Fu Black tea! Roasty cocoa, sweet and very even-keeled. Maybe even a little fruity on the end of the sip. It is extremely flavorful but does not feel strong – so nice and easy to drink. Not a bit of bitterness or astringency. Smooth as can be! I adore it!

I also love the little packets :)

Thank you Teavivre for this generous sample! It’s FANTASTIC!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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thank you to angel for this sample.

jasmine is a favourite of mine… not just the tea, but also the flowers that climb, their scent wending its way in through windows echoing the motion of the vines. jasmine has an interesting caffeine effect i find… i can drink it anytime without fear that it will keep me awake so it has become a lovely warm nighttime beverage.

to be honest i think the most striking aspect of this tea is that it unrolls… as an artisan tea, the pearls meet the requirements nicely. each ball is reminiscent of fiddlehead ferns as it uncurls. aside from that though it’s a nice jasmine, but it doesn’t stand out remarkably aside from that. nice, but not something i would pay shipping for.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Did you use the parameters listed there? 195F for five minutes is waaaaaay more than I give this one. I wonder if you would like it better at 175F for three? I actually prefer the cheaper premium pearls they sell to this one, though I like both. Their Jasmine Silver Needle is aaaaaawwwwwesome!

JustJames

i did try it both ways; their way and mine. i preferred mine. tbh flavourwise i thought it was about on par with the boxes of stash jasmine my wife takes to work. the unfurling is a whole different ball game…. a lovely thing indeed to watch. sadly, the taste didn’t follow the visual for me.

JustJames

fair or not i compare everything to verdant teas yunnan white jasmine which is the most astonishing i’ve ever had.

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Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the generous sample!

I chose this one because I like black teas and I’m always looking for more options – I don’t think I’ve had a Keeemun before, unless it was from DavidsTea.

I steeped this for 3 minutes and the result is a golden amber liquor that smells lightly of honey and smoke. It’s quite tantalizing. I’m getting fruit and a hint of smoke with each sip too. It’s really enjoyable, and I’m looking forward to resteeping it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Apparently i tried this two years ago. I’m happy to say i had the same reaction now as i did then. TOO MUCH JASMINE lol Sorry folks, as a hater of jasmine, this tea is just too much for me. heh

TeaBrat

I know the feeling, I recall their jasmine pearl is a bit more subdued

Sil

heh yeah… jasmine has to be REALLY subtle for me to get behind it. it’s like drinking potpurri otherwise for me lol

TeaBrat

it can be overwhelming, I agree

Dinosara

No, all of the jasmine!! :D

TeaBrat

Dinosaura – it’s all you! ;)

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Another jasmine green to try out today from teavivire. Again, the jasmine is just too much for me to handle. I’m sure that this would be a really nice cup for anyone who likes a smooth floral cup of tea but it’s not for me.

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76

I owe Angel and teavivre a better review for this tea – work got insanely busy this afternoon and my first steep cooled before i’d even tried it. Long story short, i’m not a fan of most oolongs. This tea? pretty delicious!

and wow…this has been waiting for several hours for me to finish. not going to happen stupid work. long story short, i need to try this one again when i can pay attention to it. but on the whole, a nice tea, and it you like oolongs, probably even more yummy to you!

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TeaVivre

When i feel stressful, i often take a break to enjoy a cup of tea, to relax the body in the intervals of heavy works.

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soooo random teavivre sample of the day! I pikced this one, and of course didn’t realise, half asleep that i was, that this was an oolong. Now, to be fair I picked up some oolongs, greens and blacks from teavivre as my first order, to try and branch out from my blacks.

When the water hit the leaves, it was the smell that woke me up. There is something about the smell of green oolong that just makes me cringe. I was originally going to take this to work in my travel mug, but as it sat there steeping and the smell intensified, i just couldn’t do it. I was close to just saying i give up and dropping it down the drain, but instead i poured it into a mug and let it sit there…watching me…taunting me.

So i did it. I took a sip (albeit it was after i’d brushed my teeth, so maybe that influenced my tongue) and it was kinda good. While the smell was OOLONG, the taste wasn’t quite the usual oolongy taste that I’ve come to associate with oolongs. I did manage to drink nearly all of it while running around the house getting ready for work and brewing up my other teas to take to work.

I’m going to hold off rating this one because i didn’t take the time to experience it and really focus on it, but all signs point to this possibly being something i might enjoy, if i can ignore the smell. I have the leaves i can resteep tonight, as well as another package i can try.

Soooo for now, thank you teavivre for this. I drank almost a whole cup of greeny oolong! woot woot!

K S

Baby steps. I can relate that’s how I used to react to smoky tea.

Sil

heh i’ll take a smokey tea over a green oolong every day! :)

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87
drank Unbridled Love Fruit Tea by Teavivre
809 tasting notes

Well my unbridled love for this tea continues. I made this as a cold brew yesterday. Todays cup is extra tart. Not sure why. Maybe because its from the bottom of the pitcher. Still the closest to a blood orange flavoured tea/tisane I have found. Anyway, I am cold brewing what I have left of this overnight. I am going to miss it when its gone. I shouldn’t be too sad about it though, I am pretty darn sure I will be getting more of it!

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87
drank Unbridled Love Fruit Tea by Teavivre
809 tasting notes

I got this a long time ago with my last Teavivre order but was never really interested in trying it. I only got it to bump my order up in order to get free shipping. But then I was reading some reviews on Steepster, and many of them said it tasted like blood orange. Well I love blood oranges and have been disappointed by many teas claiming to mimic blood orange. But I am still willing to try to find one, AND this tea does not claim to be blood orange. So might as well try. After reading the reviews on here, I decided to split up my little sample pack in half for a cold and hot steep.

The dry mix does not smell like much to me, maybe a bit of citrous. Nothing blood orange.

The hot brew is not too bad. Steeped for 4 min at boiling temp. It is a bit tart. I am not getting much blood orange but am getting citrous. Sour orange. A bit of green apple.

The cold brew is SUPER good. I brewed for about 9 hours. It smells like citrous but not blood orange. But the taste – BLOOD ORANGE!!!!! It is not exactly like blood orange but it is pretty close.

This one is definitely going on the shopping list. It is unfortunately not on sale with Teavivres anniversary sale that is going on right now, but I am sure I can tag it on to my next order, which will most likely be happening soon!

tigress_al

Hmm, I was thinking about ordering this one when I put in an order this week for their anniversary sale but then I took it out of my cart. You have changed my mind and I am gonna try a sample now! It sounds so good

Cavocorax

I added this to my wishlist based on how it sounds – your review just helps convince me to grab some when I order!

Lala

I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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I used 1 tsp of tea for this cup.
I love jasmine teas and Teavivre has really set the bar high for my expectations of jasmine teas.

This one is a good green jasmine, not quite as sweet or silky as either of the pearls that they offer but it pairs well with meals. The jasmine isn’t overwhelming or perfumey. There is a tad bit of astringency in the aftertaste. This is a decent, economical choice.

Chilled, this is quite refreshing, with less astringency than hot.

Teavivre jasmine comparison coming soon….lol

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

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97

Thanks again Angel at Teavivre for this fabulous sample!
This tea is so lovely with gorgeous green leaves bursting open in my steeper.
Notes of floral, butter, honey, and green vegetables waft through the air and in mouth. This is luxurious and meant to really be savoured.
Resteep at 2 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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97

Thank you so much to Angel at Teavivre for this sample!
I used 1 bag for this cup.

Dry leaf: beautiful green tea leaves with an incredible fresh scent
Taste: sweet and buttery oolong with floral notes in abundance, vegetal like fresh spinach
Resteep 3 minutes: WOW, now this is good! Less vegetal, and it seems to be creamier

I think maybe next time I would only do the 1 minute steep, and then resteep. I still have 1 bag to play around with.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

They sent me a sample of this a few weeks ago and it was SO GOOD! I just got my order of it two days ago! :)

tigress_al

Definitely, I want to play around with it a little more!

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95

I used 1 tsp of leaf for this cup.
This tea took me by suprise, I wasn’t expecting it to taste this good. It is slightly sweet with light fruity notes. I am also getting a little bit of a malty note to this. In the aftertaste, I am getting subtle floral notes.
I didn’t get a chance to re-steep but I suspect it would still be wonderful.

Colour me shocked, I will now have to try their other offerings of Keemuns.

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

This is too funny! I also received this tea in my last Teavivre order that just arrived a few days ago! I had the sample a while back and thought it was great and I am really running low on Keemuns so I threw this in the cart.

tigress_al

Might as well!

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Super stressed and trying to write a paper that’s due in about 6h that I’m nowhere near complete… gah. Why do I always do this to myself.

Anyways, 6:30am, sounds like a good time for a tea break (also I need some caffeine. Fading really fast.) Time for another sample from Teavivre!

Getting quite a vegetal smell from this one – didn’t know what to expect as I haven’t tried a Dong Ding oolong before.

First infusion (3min/100C)
Smells like sweet boiled veggie. Taste is pretty strong, astringent without being drying. Probably should have gone with shorter infusions but that wasn’t happening tonight… er, this morning.

Second infusion (3min/100C)
Definitely less aroma. Also less flavour, and possibly a strange taste coming out that I’m not sure I like.

Hmm, so I’m not sure that Dong Ding oolongs are for me. This certainly isn’t bad, but it tastes to me like more of a green tea – I’m not getting that oolongy finish that I love. Also, I’m finding there’s too much astringency for me to really enjoy this, so I think I need to cut down the infusion times for the next packet, and perhaps try it when I have time to write a more detailed note!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I received this as a sample from Teavivre – thanks! Figured I would try it out as it’s one of the samples I had yet to get to, but the reviews have been good… so why not!

As soon as the water hit the leaves, I smelled a distinct fishy smell. Not super strong, but enough to make me a little wary. I’m still not a fan of pu’erhs with any fishiness, although I’ve found that sometimes, an initial fishy smell doesn’t translate into the flavour. So, hoping for that!

The initial flavour reminded me a ridiculous amount of Verdant’s Cornfields Shu Pu’erh that I tried recently. Except a bit fisher, and a bit stronger. Difficult to describe. A bit of sweetness, a musty flavour, fairly smooth… definitely a pu’erh, but beyond that, I can’t describe much else. It’s actually a bit too strong for me, and making me cringe a bit, for whatever reason. Too much mustiness per mouthful.

I’m not sure that I’m a fan of this one, but will definitely try a shorter infusion time and less lea next time, as I think it’s best drank a bit weak, for me! I’ll reserve a rating until then, but I don’t think this will ever really be a favourite.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to Teavivre for a sample of this tea! I haven’t tried too many dragon wells yet, so am happy for the opportunity to try out another one and see how it compares!

The aroma of the brewed tea is light and sweet and a bit like boiled veggies (although that’s really only a hint). Unfortunately, I think I really underleafed this tea (forgot I was using a bit mug, and probably only scooped in ~1.5 tsp), and I am not getting a lot of flavour from it in spite of oversteeping it by over a minute. What I can taste is a bit of rock sugar sweetness in kind of a boiled veggie broth. Not astringent at all (but I’ve found that dragonwells don’t seem to get as astringent as some other greens for whatever reason). I’ll have to give this another shot later, but it’s certainly promising!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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87
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
1311 tasting notes

I cannot wait for A.C. Perch’s to open in Århus! I’m so excited! Every time I walk past where they’re preparing the store I try to peer in through the windows, although you can’t see plock all.

I’m on a mission to get through some of the older teas in the cupboard. There are a few which are from before we moved in here over two years ago! O.o Probably I’ll end up taking several of them with me to work. It’s easier to get through boring stuff there than it is at home. The trick is to only have boring stuff to choose from. :D I’ve already discovered that if you take a frankly disappointing caramel black and mix it 50/50, more or less, with a lacklustre vanilla, both become quite acceptable indeed.

Now, in order to further this mission I have made Husband make me a cup of something summerly which is a fairly recent acquisition. I asked for something fruity or oolong-y or both, you see.

I’ve actually had this a couple of times before but I haven’t posted about it because something always went wrong. Either I botched the brewing or I forgot to drink it and it turned cold or I simply just had it while being distracted by something else.

Now, this is one of those teas where I’m going to have to try really hard not to compare it too directly with another tea. Sometimes avoiding this is very difficult even though you know that you might as well be comparing apples and oranges. I’ve shared the ACP raspberry oolong with a number of you before, and that was the one I was thinking of when I bought this one. Any sort of red berry flavoured oolong is likely to get my attention, really.

But this really is quite different to the raspberry oolong, and not only because raspberries and strawberries only have being red in common. This is on a greenish oolong base whereas the raspberry oolong is more oxidised. Therefore I would put them in the same general category, but still consider them entirely different beasts.

Gosh, look at me blathering. Let’s just go straight to the tea, which has a strong aroma of strawberry. I mean really, Husband was having strainer related difficulties in the kitchen and I could smell strawberries all the way in here in my room. Granted there’s an open door between it and the kitchen, but it’s still a whole other room. It’s fruity and sweet, but also rather leaf-y. I’m sure the leaf-y note is actually the base oolong, but my brain wants to associate that to strawberries as well and it makes me think of strawberry leaf. I don’t even know if that would safe to drink at all, but my brain doesn’t seem to care about such trivialities. I know raspberry leaf can be used as herbal tea, although I’ve heard that it’s a bit… erm. Let’s just say ‘acquired taste’.

The fruit flavouring is a little more controlled in the flavour. It’s definitely there, still sweet and fruity, and it shows up primarily when swallowing and on the aftertaste. The rest of it is pure oolong. (Thankfully, my brain isn’t enforcing the strawberry leaf clause here, that would just be weird) It’s difficult to tell anything about the oolong, because an added flavouring always comes in the way of analysing it and I can only get a few general notes, if anything at all. This one feels quite smooth and a not too vegetal. As I tend to prefer the more stronger oxidised sorts of oolong, this is a good thing.

I’m quite enjoying this. It’s no ACP raspberry oolong, but it’s quite enjoyable.

Anna

I had no idea about the new A.C. Perch’s store, but as soon as I read this review, I called my friend who’s moving to Århus this fall, and she completely flipped. (The only one more excited than her is me, because I’ll get sooo spoiled with tea care packages.)

Angrboda

I know, it’s so awesome! :D I’m so excited I just want it to be August NOW! :D :D :D

Where are you from Anna? I’m guessing somewhere in Scandinavia?

Anna

August is closer than EVER. I hope they have a ton of grand opening discounts for you to shamelessly exploit!

(Yeah, good catch – I’m originally from Stockholm.)

Angrboda

There have been a couple of other Scandinavians about briefly, but most of them not very long, so I think we’re the only two at the moment. (Although I believe there was someone from Helsinki as well, but now I can’t remember who they are)

Anna

Oh, wow, that’s insane. I seriously consider Copenhagen one of the tea capitals of Europe, and Swedes, well – Swedes sure like their tea. I mean, I get that people feel left out when it comes to NA-only tea swaps and promos and things, but it’s not like the majority of the teas rated and/or discussed are unavailable.

Angrboda

You’re probably right, that’s the problem. I never really felt left out by the community, although I used to get annoyed when every contest and promo and what have you were NA only. I’ve accepted now that some shops are just out of my reach and that’s that. People are really helpful and if I was really desperate to try something I’m absolutely certain I can find someone on Steepster who would be willing to play middle-man in the purchase. :)

These days there are a lot more Europeans about. I do still get peevish, though, when people or companies post a contest or something and don’t mention whether there are any geographical restrictions on participations. Especially when I then ask and get told that it’s NA only. It’s like sometimes people forget that there are users outside of NA too.

Anna

Haha, I know – I was looking through one of the free shipping threads yesterday, and someone had put together what they referred to as (something along the lines of) ‘THE MASTER LIST OF FREE SHIPPING’… and it was completely NA-centric. So anticlimactic.

We should definitely exchange Scandinordic tea shopping tips (or rather, you should let me mooch off your knowledge; I haven’t lived here for the better part of a decade and have only been back for roughly a year).

Angrboda

My best tip is look towards the UK. There are looooots of UK based shops and shipping to Denmark from them is decent. I’ve never found a UK based shop that I deemed out of reach. My absolute favourite is Nothing But Tea, but I’ve also recently come across Jenier which have a large selection (Go for the samples or minipacks as they call them. They’re a whopping 25g each!)

Next for really high-end unflavoured stuff, look towards Asia. TeaSpring and TeaVivre both ship directly from China. The prices of the former are fairly steep, but they have a worldwide shipping fee of $4 or so and the quality is really top notch.

I only have three NA based companies right now that I will buy from. That’s Verdant, Andrews&Dunham Damn Fine Tea and …rats, I forgot! It’s the heatwave, you see. I can’t brain! Anyway, for the other two, the shipping rates are reasonable, but I only buy there very, very rarely. Seems like packages from NA shops have a tendency to attract the attention of customs people, so I frequently get hit with import fees on those. There’s 52teas as well for some truly crazy and popular blends, but after I had a period where there were import fees on three out of four orders, I decided that I didn’t love it enough to run that risk again.

There are some shops in Denmark as well. You already know AC Perchs (and likely their outrageous shipping costs abroad), but also check out Chaplon. They have some interesting Ceylon from a plantation that they’ve actually bought (Quite nice and flavourful too). Besides, that was where I bought tea online for the very first time, so they have a special place in my heart. :) Don’t know what their shipping abroad is like, though.

Anna

That’s super helpful, thanks! I guess I should have emphasized the ‘Scandinordic’ more, though – I travel quite a bit and don’t really have a problem sourcing teas from the US and the Asian countries I’m interested in getting samples from. Scandinavia, though, completely eludes me. Whenever I google something, new tea stores pop up – there are SO many tea companies I’ve never even heard of.

And yeah, ACP shipping is ridiculous. I’m definitely going to check out Chaplon – thank you. Mostly I’m big on fruity/floral stuff, though. I’m trying to graduate to more sophisticated, unflavoured teas, but it’s a slow process.

I tend to prefer well-established brands who don’t have so much turnover in terms of flavours. 52teas, for example, isn’t really for me, since I don’t love the idea of finding a massive fave and then never being able to buy it again because it was just available for a month. Lupicia is probably my all-time most-loved chain.

You seem to brain just fine, but maybe have some iced tea anyway, JUST IN CASE.

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94
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
627 tasting notes

Sipdown with this lovely gem. Sad to see it’s gone, but happy to have it slide across my taste buds and into my belly. It’s good. Still not super strong on the strawberry, but still very good.

CrowKettle

What!? That sound’s wonderful. I really need to place another order with Teavivre. The fact that it took over four months to get to me last time is the only thing holding me back..

Christina

Did you use the regular shipping option, or a more expensive shipping option? I never experienced any problems with them, but it might be worth it to spend a little more on shipping. They offer a special shipping option to Canada for about $8.

ashmanra

I also spend the extra for shipping, too! Worth it!

Amariel

Um. it was from last summer when Angel sent me samples to review, so I can’t comment on the shipping. You might want to see if there is anyone else near you that would want to do a group order. We’ve done that with Butiki and Della Terra before. I would not mind doing so with Teavivre either….so CrowKettle, let me know if you are interested. Especially after you get your bag o swag from me with the samples I have put in there for you.

CrowKettle

I got the impression that I was a somewhat special case, but the awesome people at Teavivre kept tabs on me and my parcel the whole time, even when I personally forgot about it! It’s only an issue because I don’t know where I’ll be in 4+ months right now. The $8 sounds like a good option though; thanks for the advice!

Amariel, I’ll get back to you on that! :)

Amariel

My samples never take more than a few weeks.

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94
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
627 tasting notes

Boy is this tea ever yummy! And forgiving too. I forgot about my water and it probably was a little too cool, then I forgot it was steeping, and it steeped longer than normal, but…it was still FANTASTIC!

I <3 this tea.

Much thanks, once again, to Angel at Teavivre for sending a sample.

Indigobloom

I’ve heard so many good things bout this one!

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94
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
627 tasting notes

Oolong and strawberry…from Teavivre! When I first saw there were flavoured options (aside from the fruit only ones), I thought I’d only find floral additions…rose, jasmine, etc but no, there were two fruit options! So I immediately requested them for my next sample box, which just came today.

The dry leaf smells like a mix of a milk oolong and a bit of real strawberry, none of that fake stuff here. There’s a sweet and somewhat tart scent that mingles with the creamy oolong aroma. The leaves are pretty tightly rolled, as you’d expect from this sort of oolong base.

I used my bamboo tea spoon, which I think holds about 1tsp or so, on average. I let the boiling water cool a few minutes and steeped 3 minutes. First sips, unsweetened, I get an equal balance of oolong and strawberry, none overpowers the other (though I do wish the strawberry was slightly more prominent). Sweetened, with just a tad of sugar (less than I normally take) the strawberry becomes juicier and sweeter. I bet this one would be amazing with some local honey. Wondering about future steeps and iced. The leaves definitely have more unfurling to do, so I expect a few more good steeps at least.

I was really excited to try this tea, and I am not disappointed. I’ve thrown a packet into my best friend’s birthday tea box, but if it was anyone else, I’d pretend I didn’t have any and horde it all to myself. :P

Many many thanks, and much gratitude to Angel at Teavivre for making my strawberry oolong dreams become a reality. I do hope they continue to make more flavoured teas like this in the future.

Kittenna

Oh…. I need to get some of this…. looks like a Teavivre order is in my future…. someday…

JustJames

how did i miss this one? i look forward to trying it.

ashmanra

I just got the email for their big sale. I may have to add this to my wish list.

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