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94

This is just a lovely green tea. I had the last of it tonight and it was perfect for my horribly sore throat, plus it has a lovely taste and resteeps beautifully. I only have a small bit left of the organic Dragonwell from Teavivre and I plan to order one of these again in a larger size to keep around. Just having hard time deciding which one! I’d get both, but I find that I drink primarily black teas so it doesn’t make sense to have greens stockpiled all over the place like I have now. Just a few of the favorites from here forward so they don’t get old before they can be enjoyed properly. Goodnight all!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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94

Dry: Lovely long, thin dark green leaves attached to a stem with one bud. It is so light and airy that the 7g sample really filled the infuser. Smells fresh, grassy, mellow, and vegetal.

Steeped: Clear very light green-amber liquor. The hot aroma is very green, fresh, and savory. Although this takes up most of the infuser, it didn’t really expand at all so no need to use the extra large one for space.

Taste: This one reminds me a LOT of Dragonwell, maybe a touch less potent and a touch more creamy. Not a sweet base at all, instead a flavorful (and a touch buttery) green tea veggie soup with a tiny bite at the end of each sip. I can’t decide if I liked this one or the Organic Superfine Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea more out of the green tea sampler, but both are quite enjoyable for the green tea fans out there.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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90

Thank you Angel and TeaVivre for this sample! I’m no expert on oolong teas but, thanks to TeaVivre, I’m getting plenty of exposure to them!

When I opened the sample package, the aroma that burst forth was like cinnamon. Another TeaVivre oolong that I sampled recently smelled like snickerdoodles and this one had a similar odor.

I steeped the dark green rolled tea buds for 2 minutes at 212 degrees as instructed on the package. The brewed color was pale gold. The aroma was again like cinnamon…or snickerdoodles! I may have to buy a box of snickerdoodle cookies for…uh…research…to verify that I am accurate with this comparison…yeah…that’s the purpose.

When I first tasted this tea, my taste buds didn’t immediately locate a flavor to identify. However, after about two or three sips, the sweet and slightly floral attributes began to seep through. This has consistently been my experience with oolong teas.

One half-cup of this tea later, I found the flavor to be quite mellow and sugary (just how I like it!) with a floral dash thrown in. There also was a faint and pleasant tea taste. No bitterness existed. The aftertaste was nice, sweet, and lingering.

Even though I prefer stronger and more robust teas, this selection is quite good when judged on its own merit. I would enjoy sipping it in the late afternoon or early evening when I’m ready to start winding things down.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

I swear I get more food cravings reading steepster than anywhere else. I need to bake up some snickerdoodles!!!

Stoo

I know what you mean, Fuzzy_Peachkin! I’m really craving snickerdoodles BAD now and I have myself to blame! :-)

K S

Stoo you cracked me up. I don’t even know what a snickerdoodle is but I want one… or nine!

Stoo

K S, A snickerdoodle is a cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour rolled in cinnamon sugar. It’s great! You can get them in most stores in the U.S. Even nine aren’t enough to satisfy me. Once I start, I usually eat the whole box. I highly recommend them! Uh-oh…I’m starting to crave them AGAIN!!!

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89

Light Oolong that is pale green in color and has a steamed spinach and a faint floral aroma. This tea has a little bit over everything in its flavor, I get some floral, some fruitiness, a little steamed spinach flavor, and a tinge of butteriness. None of the flavors dominate the tea’s taste, but I like the way they work together.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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I’m the first to write a tasting note on this tea. Thank you Teavivre for this sample!

This tea is really pretty! The white tea is fuzzy, and there are whole flower buds in there too! The dry leaf smells primarily of rose.
I used the whole packet. The tea brew smells very floral, especially of rose. The taste is floral, but more delicate than I was expecting. That is a good thing! I don’t find the flowery taste overpowering, but then again I like floral teas. In this first steep, I don’t taste the white tea much.
The next steepings are similar, with rose being the predominant flavor and aroma. I can taste the white tea in the background now, which is pleasant.
If you like rose, you will LOVE this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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91

Thank you again to Angel and Teavivre for providing this sample!

The dry leaves are mossy green and rolled quite thin, like new blades of grass. The leaf smells like fresh hay, sweet and slightly savory.

Once steeped, the aroma is very green and very much steamed veggies. And the taste works right with that!

Honestly, this was one of those teas where Fiance got an instant message of me gushing about a tea.

The flavors are a balance of spinach, nori, and asparagus. It’s natural sweet, but still buttery, full and vegetal. The aftertaste lingers and holds onto that buttery veggie flavor with just a subtle hint of a roasted flavor. I think it tastes a lot like over-roasted asparagus with that full-bodied sweet and slightly nutty note.

There is some astringency in this tea, and while I don’t find it offputting (or even bothersome), I could imagine that some people might.

I got two really solid steepings out of this (the third fell flat), but the first was by far the best.

This is well worth a try for green tea lovers!

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

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90

Thanks again, Angel, for this sample!

I don’t have a handle yet on what makes a fine oolong tea. Until I do, I’ll continue to focus on taste.

When I opened the sample packet, the aroma was familiar. It took me a few seconds to identify it. And then I got it: snickerdoodles!

I steeped the twisted little dark leaves for two minutes at 212 degrees as recommended. The brewed color was a pale yellow. The smell was slightly syrupy and airy.

The flavor was light, a bit sweet, and extremely smooth. One thing I’ve noticed about all of the oolongs that I’ve tried so far is that this category seems to be devoid of the earthy and grassy flavor characteristics that I’ve grown accustomed to with black and green teas. This selection was no exception.

The flavor was not powerful but it was sweet, pleasing, and refreshing. No “tea taste” was present and not even a whisper of bitterness could be found.

This is an engaging oolong tea with a faintly sweet and pleasant aftertaste. I wouldn’t add it to your list of robust blends, but if you are looking for a light, sweet, and silky smooth brew, this one can’t be beat! Oh, and did I mention it is sweet?

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
7627 tasting notes

sipdown(183)! I needed a tea to cleanse my tastebuds but wanted to try and get another sipdown in. So i picked this one since the flavouring feels very natural. While not a huge fan of oolongs, this is one that i can get behind whenever i’m craving that strawberry flavour that isn’t artificial. This tastes like the strawberry aftertaste of freshly picked garden berries :) Always love this one from teavivre!

caile

hehe Great multi-taskn

caile

Lol – that posted without me.
I meant to say great multi-tasking! Cleansing your taste buds and another sipdown. :-)

Sil

i have to! my cupboard ran away from me! lol

TheTeaFairy

Already down to 183? You’re a real tea vacuum!

Terri HarpLady

I’m at 366 now, hahaha…although I did manage 7 sipdowns since New Years day!

Sil

teafairy yea it helps the samples dexter sent me are fairly small considering i drink double cups most of the time. :)

Dexter

:)) I sent you a “taste” of all of them, rather than quantities of a few. If you would like more of any that you liked, just let me know.

Sil

hey i’m not complaining dexter! it was perfect sizes to try them all out :)

Dexter

Sorry I didn’t mean to imply that you were complaining – I was trying to say “my cupboard is your cupboard” – if you would like more :))

Sil

haha just making sure you didn’t think i was upset :) i’m sure i’ll be poking you at some point for samples of things heh

Dexter

Poke away!! I think I need to go and buy more tins to deal with that box I received today…

Sil

i haven’t quite figured out what i want to do about tins…i bought clips from taiwai tea crafts that i like for bags that you cut. I just want figure out what i want my cupboard to look like. Tins = harder to figure out what is where for me…so i like bags. but samples from friends = little mini tins i found when teaopia went out of business..small enough to hold things and keep flavoured smells from mingling, but they all fit in their own bigger container heh.

Dexter

I like the color coded ones from Davids. As long as the correct type is in the correct color all is well. I leave most teas in the resealable package – unless it’s permanent in my cupboard, then it will have a tin. The box I got today has a lot of “quantity” tea in zip bags (that’s fine we split orders). I can’t just leave them like that considering I might not get to them for a few months. I’ve bought cute little spice jars from the dollar store with colored lids – those also work for me for smaller quantities – but I haven’t taken the time to paint them, so they have to go in the cupboard to prevent light exposure. Uggg – I need a month vacation to organize and do all the projects I have planned….

Shmiracles

i like the David’s Teas tins too. but i use whatever tin i have and color code using magnetic labels. i’ve bought some of the colored ones, but also use the plain ones they send free. old pic, but you get the idea http://instagram.com/p/Uh6GZyIc-N/
i love organization discussions!

caile

Awsome pic! I wish I had drawers like that – it looks so organized and easy to see everything!

Dexter

Shmiracles – I need to hire you to come and organize my stash….My house looks like a tea store exploded…

Shmiracles

i accept payment in TEAAAA!!

Dexter

LOL that seems win- win to me….

Sil

if i had drawers i would do that, but i’ve got a bookcase type set up with doors on them

Sil

hahaha my other half took one look and went YAY! someone else that makes a way worse mess than you ever do!

I’d love to have those teas in my house though..

Sil

also…i totally just started looking at the pics to see what might interest me haha

Dexter

I posted more in the Tea Buying Hiatus Support Group thread

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81
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
7627 tasting notes

While it’s well known that i’m not a huge fan of oolongs, this is one that i like a bunch. The strawberry cuts the oolongy taste out of the picture and makes it a refreshingly delicious cup of tea. It’s never something i’ll want all the time, but i for sure want this in my cupboard every now and then. I love that the strawberry isn’t overwhelmingly present and it’s not the least bit artificial. great tea teavivre!

boychik

i like it iced

Sil

i’ll have to try that!

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81
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
7627 tasting notes

sipdown! (226) I’m still aiming to get to 200 by the end of the weekend…i have a bunch of smaller samples that i’ll be able to drink. In the meantime, i’m also trying to get a few in, here and there during the week.

Most of you know that i am not a fan of oolongs. Kittenna ordered this with our joint order a while back and i nearly opted to try it as well…but i held off. When this showed up in the canadian travelling tea box, i figured it was meant to be. this is actually pretty tasty. I’d never want it as a permanent fixture in my cupboard but i would keep a small amount of this on hand for any time that i wanted a lighter tasting delicious oolong. It’s got a really nice sweet strawberry flavour, without that distinctive oolong taste i’m not a fan of.

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This is the first milk oolong I’ve had that actually does have a milk flavor I can discern—I tried a few from a couple different companies early on in my Steepsterin’ and was very weirded out by how I tasted zero resemblance to anything milky and a lot of strange stuff like seaweed, marsh, and sulphur instead. So it’s reassuring to know there’s at least one I can say DOES seem kinda milky to me finally (needless to say I haven’t been chomping at the bit to try more after those early encounters). That said, this isn’t what “milky flavored tea” initially conjures in my mind, not the sweet creaminess of, say, earl grey creams or coconut oolongs, not nearly that dessert treat-y. It’s more like low-fat, clean-tasting, relatively unsweet milk, with a whisper of bitter vegetal or perhaps mineral notes floating around the edges, especially with the first steep.

As it cools, the milk flavor grows stronger and more uncanny—now I’m really impressed. The more I drink, the more it grows on me. I particularly appreciate the way no matter how milky it gets in both texture and flavor (and it does get fuller, creamier after the first steep), it always retains the flavor of tea too. Really great balance.

I confess I’d probably reach for those sweet coconut oolongs far more regularly, but I can finally see milk oolong’s charms, so yay for that.

Still wondering if my first foray into milk oolongs months and months ago was just an anomaly or maybe my palate’s grown some. I’ve been afraid to try those first few again to find out!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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SIPDOWN!!

Another one done from my box of many samples (from many people). I will get to them all – hopefully soon-ish.

I like this one :) Sweet potato up front, and dusty cocoa in the after taste.

Sample compliments of Dex – Thank You!!

—huh, I had this not too long ago – a sample from another steepster member, and got a totally different taste profile this time around. But it looks like I enjoyed it both times around.

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Another delicious sample Cameron B.

This is surprisingly light and honey sweet. I’m not getting the sweet potato, but I’m going for steep 2, maybe it’ll show up then. I really enjoyed how light this was, very different from another Tan Yang that I tried from another company. The other one, to me, was deeper in flavour and very malty. Both are very tasty in their own way.

Definitely will purchase on my next order from Teavivre. Thanks Cameron B!!

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I have Dexter3657 to thank for my sample of this lovely tea.

This is my first sampling from Teavivre – I have an order coming in (hopefully soon), and I pleased that this is so tasty. I’m not really surprised, I have read many good things about their tea’s.

The dry leaf is varies in colour from tobacco brown to a light golden. The aroma smells a little like tobacco.

The first steep was malty with some cocoa. Delicious. The second steep was not as deep in flavour. There was a lighter almost fruit like note in the second steep. The aftertaste brought some tobacco flavours out. I prefer the first steep – it had a deeper, stronger taste that I enjoyed.

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78

Yellowish orange in color with the aroma of hay. The hay flavor hits you right away, it has a sweet taste and a little bit of cucumber flavor at the end.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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83

Light Oolong that is yellow in color and has a steamed veggie and floral aroma. This tea has a complex flavor that is sweet and floral with a pleasant aftertaste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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90

Found a sample packet and finished the last of these lovely pearls. Sweet dusty cocoa and malt with a hint of leather.

A perfect cup, and so delicious!

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90

I love this tea. Smooth and rich with soft malty cocoa and honeyed raisins.
So delicious! I used four balls per cup which re-steeped well for three cups.

Thank you to Angel and Teavivre for these samples – I have been enjoying them and this one will certainly be on my order.

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90
drank Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea by Teavivre
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Another thanks goes to Angel of TeaVivre for this sample!

I’m starting to enjoy green teas more in the morning than I once did. There are some mornings (although few) when I don’t need to blast off into my day fueled by the robust butt-kicking black teas.

I opened the sample package of Lu Shan Yun Wu green tea and instantly noticed a fresh to-the-ground flavor. I steeped the short dark leaves for two minutes at 175 degrees instead of the recommended 176 degrees (my tea maker can only deal with increments of five degrees).

The brewed color was a pale golden green. The aroma was fresh and grassy.

My taste buds are currently somewhat challenged by the attack of Fall allergies. That may be why it took several gulps of this tea before the flavor began to get my attention. The taste was fresh and green with just a twinge of sweet. There was also a smidgen of sweetness in the mild aftertaste. As with all of TeaVivre’s teas that I have sampled or purchased, this tea was totally free of bitterness.

This is a fine fresh-tasting and slightly sweet green offering from TeaVivre. The flavor is light and tender. It is also so smooth and easy to sip that I found myself gulping it down quickly. That is a positive attribute because I have tried other teas (that will remain nameless) where my eight-ounce cup seemed to hold eight gallons and I struggled to coax them down my throat.

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

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95

The Meteorologist finally got the weather right! These last few weeks we’ve been expecting rain but got nothing. It’s nice to hear a rumble or two of thunder every once in a while. Listing to the rain outside while I sip on this cup of tea. the fresh vegetable aroma comes from the dry leaf, it seemed to be fresher than before maybe because this tea was harvested last month on April 10th. I never really gave it much thought to when a tea was picked but I’m starting to think it does make a difference.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Water: 8oz at 180 degrees

Leaves: very fine tightly would leaves

Steep: 1m,2m,3m,4m

Aroma: Vegetable like/Sencha

Color: Light Greenish yellow

Taste: The first thing I noticed about this tea is that it looked & smelled similar to Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Green!! As I got ready to brew I used 1 tsp of tea leaves then added my hot water & steeped for 1m. Removing the lid off my pot really brought out the lovely aroma! The taste was very light and refreshing! Even with multiple infusions I never had any bitterness!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100

This tea is amazing!!! I love how it is rolled into small pearls which makes measuring simple. To brew I used the exact instructions on Teavivre’s website 5 pearls for 8oz of water at 212 degrees for 1 minute. This brewed a great tea, not too strong not too weak, but full of flavor. The first steeping had notes of chocolate, malt, a sweetness, and a flavor that I could not exactly name, but reminded me of something that most naturally carbonated/fermented drinks give me. The second steeping was also full of flavor, though not as strong as the first. I love this tea and can’t wait for everyone to try it.

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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100

So this was my guinea pig tea for Gongfu brewing. I recently bought a Gaiwan from Teavivre (go check out their teapots and gaiwans, they’re truly works of art) and bought a white tea to go with it– this white tea!

After I finally got the temperatures and steep times down, this tea really blossomed into a wonderful beverage. The color is golden, the flavor is perfectly white, and the aroma is heavenly! This is definitely going to be a tea I keep around for a while, because it’s the perfect tea for a quiet, relaxing night around the house :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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86

Thanks go to Angel of TeaVivre for this tea sample!

I prefer robust teas and find oolong selections to be a little lighter in flavor and kick than I need, particularly in the mornings. However, I am starting to enjoy oolong and green teas at those times when I don’t need to be jolted out of my morning stupor.

I opened the sample of this tea and was greeted by an earthy aroma and little rolled green leaf pellets. I steeped the pellets at 212 degrees for two minutes as recommended by TeaVivre.

The brewed color was light gold with a greenish tint. The aroma was slightly floral and grassy.

My first taste of this tea produced a very faint sweet, earthy, and grassy flavor. In all fairness, this is the beginning of Fall and allergy season here at home, and my sinuses are already being assaulted.

After a few more sips, the sweet, floral, and slightly leafy flavors became more pronounced. The tea was smooth throughout without bitterness. A very gentle floral aftertaste seemed to remain. Even though I live in the Southeast, where Osmanthus is said to thrive, I don’t remember running into it in my neck of the woods. I therefore would not be a good judge of the authenticity of Osmanthus flavor in this tea.

Although I initially struggled to register the complete flavors of this blend (again, this could be due to my allergy-challenged sinuses this morning), once I did, I found them to be quite pleasant, peaceful, and polished. I would enjoy sipping this selection in a tea room with friends on a Saturday afternoon while watching THE USC (University of South Carolina) football.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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