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I made this for my husband this morning. For some reason, I really try to LOVE Yunnan teas, but I gotta be real… I’m just not that into Yunnan. So my husband got this tea and finished it off. He loves the smokey and strong black teas, like Lapsang Souchongs and such. I added some milk and sugar to this, as per his request. I stole a sip and realized it tastes great with milk and sugar!
This is the first of my second shipment of samples from Teavivre, and I have to say I’m pretty excited. The first infusion is a nice deep red, but not so dark that I can’t see the bottom of my cup. The aroma of the infusion is interesting and hard to describe, but it’s not as strong as I expected. The taste is also very interesting in that it is sweet. I think more complex flavors will develop later, but for now it is a bit generic. The aftertaste of the tea is a bit like very dark chocolate, and lingers on the hard palate of the mouth.
More to come later.
I am finishing my sample from Teavivre. I think either this one or the Dragon Pearls will be going on my order, probably the DP.
I couldn’t sleep because I am achey so I got out of bed to make a cuppa. Four ounces into this tea I am nodding. Good stuff. Good night, all!
I was really surprised by the scent of this tea, opening the package. I’ve had a fair number of very nice jasmine teas and dragon pearls at this point, and my previous aversion to what I thought of as a soapy flavour has been overturned. With slight variances, they largely smell and taste the same. This one, though, instantly came across very markedly sweet. Very floral, but with a candy-like sweetness. It translated into the flavour in what is probably the freshest-tasting, least perfumey jasmine tea I’ve had to date.
I still don’t find this the most exciting type of tea, personally, but Teavivre’s is the nicest dragon pearls I’ve had. Several pearls yielded three great big flavourful infusions, too.
I had to try this one a couple of times. I had to amp up the water temperature and increase my serving size. In the end, I had a chocolaty malty tea. I enjoyed it…eventhough this is not my favorite type.
I’m going to give this one another go at a later date, as I got thoroughly distracted during the tasting of this one, generously supplied to me by Teavivre.
That said, I did enjoy my little pot of this. I broke in the Alice in Wonderland pot I’ve had for a few months now , it’s perfect for a nice relaxing day of sipping tea.
I wanted to try it straight at first, but because I am so used to drinking sweetened teas (I can count on one hand the number of teas I don’t add sugar to), the flavor profile was overwhelmed by, well, tea. It tasted like tea, but I couldn’t identify more than that.
Then I added a touch of sugar and wow! The flavors exploded. I tasted the fruity/floral beauty that is this tea. it was sweet and delicate, but there is definitely a lot going on with this gorgeous little tea.
I’m on the fence about this tea. I enjoy it, but I don’t know if I enjoy it enough to restock when we place our Teavivre order. Maybe I’ll know after my next cup.
I used one package of leaves (2-3 tsp) for one pot (18 oz)
This was a very lovely tea. I already have some that was purchased in Flushing N.Y. and I really love it. It is one of those Jasmines that have a very soft fragrance and the flavor is sweet and delicate and it becomes more intricate with each steeping. I brewed this in the Gaiwan and it is one of those teas that seems like it could steep forever without losing its flavor. I had around 6 steepings and it was still going strong. I truly believe Jasmine are a nice nightcap. They are very relaxing and in all honesty I think last nights Silver Jasmine knocked me out. So far I am very happy with all of the tea that Angel from Teavivre has sent me. I like to cold brew Dragon Pearls not only to watch the pearls unfurl but to enjoy the beautiful flavor….
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…back. I left the leaves in cold water overnight, and now I’m drinking 4th infusion (2m), or is it 5th since the leaves were cold-steeped. BTW, cold infusion was quite flavorful.
For 4th(5th) infusion there is some flavor left but it’s not my thing. I think it could go for one or two infusions before losing its flavor to hot water.
A jasmine tea, probably this one, will be going on my order to Teavivre. This is so soothing.
I looked back at my last tasting note and it was a stolen, peaceful moment in the midst of the chaos of a house full of teens, which I love but really, one must rest sometime! Tonight, I needed some soothing “me time” as I couldn’t sleep after the frustration of having to enforce chore time like a drill sergeant. Sigh.
I read once that people think lavender is the most relaxing herb, but that testing showed jasmine to be best for inducing sleep. Oh, I reached for this one, and one sniff of the pouch made my troubled brow uncrease! What a heavenly scent! I am so glad my first experience with bad jasmine black so strong and artificial that it gave me a headache didn’t keep me from trying other jasmine teas, because they are delightful when done well. This one is done well.
All is quiet, the wind is blowing in a cold front making the Buck Stove rattle softly, everyone else is in bed, and I am sprawled on the living room floor with a candle, Chinese flute radio on Pandora, and a whole pot of liquid tranquility.
The green tea is light. I steeped for less than two minutes and I think it could go longer. There is a slight drying of the tongue but absolutely no bitterness. This is smooth and comforting.
Thank you, Angel and Teavivre. Tonight you are my sanity. :)
Jasmine is so relaxing. I love the aroma. When you pair it with a good tea the results can be heaven. This one is a bit strong but far from overwhelming. I probably was a bit heavy with the leaves so I had a steep of 2 minutes. It’s a golden hue with a dry in a pleasant way liquor. Once again I have a thumbs up from my non- tea drinking GF who hails from Anhui. I think she’s a fan of Jasmines. I am a fan of this. The second cup has lost much of the jasmine flavor but it has retained the character that this tea is all about. I am getting a slight numbing of the palate with cup 2. You will see in my profile that I am not a fan of flavored teas but I do enjoy a good jasmine. So very relaxing….
This tea was sent to me for review by Teavivre.
I think this is the last of the sample of teas I was given. The packaging was puffy on this one, which was to be expected since it is white peony. The inside packaging were small white packets. They were cute. Again, I totally appreciate the large amount of samples.
The dry leaves were fluffy and fuzzy leaves with buds and some shiny green leaves as well. The colors were mixed with white and green. They were beautiful. It smells like a white tea. It smells strong green and floral.
I brewed this in a kyusu. The liquor was a mild yellow color. The flavor was fantastic. Just like other white peony teas, this one was flavorful and bold for a white tea. It tasted fresh like fresh salad with sweet floral tones to it. It was delicious! There was an underlying nutty tone to it as well. Good tea!
This tea was sent to me for review by Teavivre.
This was another large solo sample inside a large resealable bag. The dry leaves were very pretty! It was straw colored intermixed with medium brown leaves. They were fuzzy and curled and twisted as well, almost like twine. The scent is very strong, nutty, warm, toasty.
I brewed this Western style. I was in desperate need of tea as my old tea kettle failed me, and I didn’t want to use any of my cooking pots to boil water or heat water up in the microwave. So my husband and I went to Bed Bath & Beyond to purchase a new tea kettle. So finally, I was able to get some tea in me! Steeped, this was a honey-brown color. The scent is a bit milder. The taste is great! Very toasty and nutty with a very mild hint of sweet florals and fruits. Delicious! However, I didn’t enjoy the strange after taste… I think it was astringency. Otherwise, this is a very good tea. As far as yunnan teas go, this one is good!
Tea sample provided by TeaVivre. Thank you.
I’ve drank only few TGY so far, and I’m not quite fond of it. I guess I was just drinking mediocre tea, since this one blew me away.
Just few minutes ago I asked my roommate if he wants some tea, and then pointed to boxful of TeaVivre’s tea packs (I’m such a showoff). By pure randomness I picked up one pack and it was this TGY. So I dumped one whole package in teapot, which later might prove a waist of good leaves (5 gr of tea, 8 Oz water, up to 7 infusions). I’m drinking 2nd infusion as I’m typing this and I’m almost full, so I’ll pour cold water over leaves overnight and see if it’s any good when I brew it tomorrow.
I’m pretty sure that anyone who ordered tea from TeaVivre isn’t indifferent of their way of packing tea. I’m pretty impressed by it.
And now, the fun part.
I really didn’t observe dry leaf, but I did take a one good sniff after I dropped them in preheated teapot. It was AMAIZING. Unfortunately, it goes beyond my repertoire of aromas to describe it in its fullest . I can identify, however, fresh crisp grassy note that breaks it’s way to the nostrils along with some roasted notes and some of which I really can’t put my finger on (maybe some vegetables or something like that). At that moment I was listening to some Dragon Ball Soundtrack (the old – oldschool one) and it reminded me of Shen Long in an instant :)
The first infusion (60s) was really, really impressive – clear light green liquor, almost the same aroma as of dry leaf, with a note of steamed greens, very refreshing and heavy with long nutty and sweet aftertaste. Roommate left at this point, I’ll ask him tomorrow what he thinks of it.
Second infusion (1m15s) expanded leaves to their fullest and brewed a green liquor leaning to a yellow hue. It had the same characteristics of its predecessor only with addition of mild tingling sensation on the rood of the tongue, and with more expressed nutty finish and aftertaste.
Third infusion (1m30s), I think I’ll stretch this one for half an hour or so, since I’m pretty much full. As palate tastes the same tea liquor in prolonged period it gets saturated of certain notes while others take in their place. At this point I’m definitely getting more of nutty aftertaste than of grassy and vegetable notes. This session was of highest quality, but I’ll have to stop now. I hope I’ll enjoy the same leaves tomorrow as well.
All in all, the best TGY I’ve tasted so far.
This is delightful! A new muss – no fuss…White! Peony, indeed! Gentle and soothing a semi sweet floral make this wonderful!
Last night Angel messaged me and said to use the Gaiwan. I listened and I am truly enjoying this beautiful tea. Yes the dried leaves have an intoxicating aroma and the liquor is all and more that I would expect from a Keemun. I was totally enjoying the first cup which I followed the direction of 2 to 3 minutes. The second cup I let steep for a bit longer and the liquor is sweeter and far more flavorful. I cannot wait to do the Ballin GongFu in the Gaiwan. Thank you again Angel for the teas and the advice. It is apparent that you care about your product….
I guess you would say I’m double fisting Teavivre style this morning. I enjoy jasmine teas quite a bit. They are not everyday teas for me but there is a comfort that jasmine brings to me. It reminds me so much of summer and going on vacation. Dragon pearls fascinate me as well…as do other artisan teas. Yes Hollywood has corrupted me because every time I hear pearl I think Pirates of the Caribbean. If you saw my previous post about pirates and drinking tea. Arrr! I think there is a beauty in watching the pearls open up like watching a Ti Kuan Yin open up. I really like this version of pearls because the jasmine is a little more subtle and not overpowering. This would be a great after dinner or afternoon tea. Thus continuing my high esteem for Teavivre.
I can’t believe I have forgotten to review this one. Many thanks to Angel for this sample.This is my morning pot. I don’t have to be in to work till the afternoon so I’m relaxing a little bit and enjoying this tea steeped in the perfect teamaker that I saved 10 dollars on Ebay with. Is it bad that I am starting to compare other teas up to the standard of Teavivre? This one is excellent a nice caramel liquor. I would say this is more of a mellow brew. It’s not as peppery as a Keemun. It kind of reminds me of baked potatoes. Growing up our church had chicken barbecues and when it was done everyone who worked ate. There always used to be the Styrofoam cooler with the baked potatoes. I used to grab one, they were made with a little butter in the foil, peel the foil and eat it straight like an apple. That’s the way to enjoy baked potatoes. This tea is excellent! I am really starting to fully enjoy good black teas.
Yunnan perfection! The taste is smooth, sweet. Beautiful peach fragrance. Steeping in zisha teapot makes it even better. Such complexity is rare in Yunnan teas. Fruity, zesty, honey sweet, not flat even after many steeps. This is an ideal tea for every occasion. Clay teapot strongly recommended. Do not use boiling water. Wait at least 3 minutes for water to cool down. Pour vigorously over the leaves. This is a keeper for sure!
This is my second experience with Bai MuDan. I had a 200 gram container from Prince of Peace that I mostly used for cold tea. This one is far superior. I brewed in the Gaiwan for 2 minutes with half of the pouch. I immediately picked up on the cucumber sensation. The tea is incredibly calming in the same realm as last nights very relaxing Yunnan Jasmine from Verdant. A very fine tea….
I finished off the last that I had of this sample yesterday evening, it was a lovely tea with which to unwind as the day ended. Here is my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/01/11/silver-jasmine-green-tea-mo-li-yin-hao-from-teavivre/
Yep, no disagreement with all the glowing reviews of this tea! What a great Fujian. I find this type so calming for a black tea.
I needed to quickly snatch up a tea on my way to work to brew in the bottom of my infuser glass. Black is never really an option for that, but I had a susupicion that this one would hold up well. Indeed it does. It’s been hanging out at the bottom of my glass for two infusions over 45 minutes, and it has been consistently honey-sweet and delicious. No bitterness! just a nice, slightly roasty depth. I find it quite cocoa-y, which is really complementing the coconut flour brownies I made last night. Delicious! The lovely little packets are also perfect for work-brewing, but I’m hoping to try this one in my gaiwan soon. Thanks again to Teavivre for the samples.
I finally got to trying my sample of this tea this morning. I had a really hard time getting out of bed and wanted something gentle to wake up with. I’ve found Huang Shan Mao Fengs to be pretty great for that type of craving in the past, and this one didn’t let me down. There’s something very round and fluffy and comforting about it.
The dry leaves smelled wonderfully green, buttery, and sweet. They were also fascinatingly rich green and fresh-looking. I steeped it in the Breville for 3 minutes, which yielded a nice mellow cup. I was worried about bitterness at 3 minutes, but there was none in sight. Less buttery and more floral than I was expecting from the scent. A very nice stand-by. I do wish this had different packaging rather than coming in an not-reseable bag. I’ll have to drink this quickly since I have no spare tins at the moment, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
Thank you Angel for the generous samples. Now to this lovely tea. When I opened the tiny sample bag and smelled the aroma of soft cocoa I knew that I would be in for a treat. So rich and full of flavor. I am getting flavors similar to the Zhi Gung Fu. I saw this was noted by another reviewer also. I only used half of the sample bag for the first cup. For cup 2 I am using the rest of the bag. I will give it a shorter steep time and see what happens. This such a fine tea. One sip and you are in tea heaven. I am brewing this basket style and quite frankly I am saving some for later. It is very uplifting and one of the finest black teas I have had the pleasure to sip. Now I see what my fellow Steepsterites have been gushing about. Again, thank you Angel….