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Back logging – It is 56 degrees with a tornado warning this morning. Going to be in the teens and snowing tonight. Crazy. Outside my window are billowing black clouds, a vivid lightning show, and a torrential downpour. The power of nature is awesome. I think cranking REO’s live version of Ridin’ The Storm Out seems appropriate. To go with it, I picked this very delicate tea as it represents just the opposite of the storm. The day holds in the one hand unflinching wrath, and in the other peace and grace. I choose grace. Wonderful cucumber/melon notes in this cup. Excellent choice!
Update – the storm passed with no reports of serious damage. We were without power for a few hours but all is well. Ordered pizza with family, then went to praise band practice so I never had time to post yesterday.
This was our second tea for the tasting today, and it was fabulous. The aroma of the steeped tea was so awesome we all had to stop and give it an extra moment of appreciation. No one could describe it better than JacquelineM already did – a naked sweet potato with skin on. I can even picture the amber syrup seeping out from where a fork or knife has pierced the sweet potato.
There is a honeyed sweetness to this. It was excellent paired with our foods today, which were Hickory Farms Beef Summer Sausage, Cheese with Onion, Breton Multigrain Crackers, fresh fudge-y whole wheat brownies from freshly ground wheat topped with whipped cream and served with strawberries on the side. This was the tea I kept coming back to when it was time to refill my cup.
Absolutely delicious. Teavivre, this tea is a magnificent work of art. Thank you!
Ah, white tea, my old nemesis. Hah, not really, but still, I haven’t had a ton of luck with white teas in the past. Not that I have brewed white teas that I’ve actively disliked or couldn’t finish the cup, but I have always been a bit disappointed. But this is a tea that a lot of people who say they have had problems with white teas have liked, so I am interested to try it.
To me the dry leaf smells a bit like alfalfa hay. The leaves are fluffy and I used about 2.5 perfect teaspoons in my 12oz cup, though of course the fluffy leaves mean probably less leaf ended up in there, but hopefully it was a decent amount. Steeped, the scent of the tea reminds me of fresh-cut grass, and a bit of cooked vegetables. This is definitely a smooth, relaxing, and pleasant tea. The flavors are light but distinct; a little grassy/hay-like, a tiny bit floral, and a very smooth mouthfeel. Am I a white tea convert? Maybe not quite, but at least now I “get” more of what it’s all about. Thanks again to Angel Chen & Teavivre for the sample! (Finally, one of my boxes of samples that I got over the last couple of months is all tasted! I am running far behind on trying my new teas…)
I love tea in general, but l drink black tea most of the time. That’s why I ordered all Keemun that TeaVivre has – grades 2 & 1 and Premium.
When I opened all these I saw that they’re made in Mao Feng style and seem to be broken. Furthermore, Premium is just a slightly bit tippy than Grade 1, which I wasn’t expecting. In appearance they look almost the same, but in fragrance, well… that’s another story actually.
Brewing this Keemun might be disappointing if you ignore instructions (90C water), and go with boiling water, or just under boiling. Keemun doesn’t go bitter if you do so, but you will lose a great deal of aroma and taste. Other grades I ordered are fine with that BTW.
With its light body that goes bolder after swallowing this isn’t my usual early morning cuppa. I’m not up to breakfast tea for my morning either, so I try to find something between those two. I could sip on this throughout the day, though.
What I find out with this one is that its characteristics tend to shift a bit with different water. I usually brew tea with bottled water, and supermarkets don’t sell the one I like the most anymore… I hope I’m wrong. When I drank this tea with that particular water liquor was crisp and fragrant, with a nice smokey note. With this water I’m using now I still get all those characteristics, but only slightly diminished.
All in all, this is great tea that I drink on daily basis, I only regret that it’s water sensitive .
I thoroughly enjoyed the last Teavivre Pu-erh tea that I sampled so I was excited to try the mini tuocha rose injected version. I’m not a flowery tea enthusiast but Teavivre seems to do a great job in keeping the flower from running away with the flavor.
This tea did not disappoint me. It has a very deep, woodsy, earthen taste. The color is a dark rich brown, like molasses.
I had salmon for lunch yesterday and I guess it is still very much on my brain and tastebuds. With my first sip, I thought I detected a salmon-like flavor within this tea. Then, I came to my (tasting) senses and realized that this was just the subtle rose attribute peeking out from the other strong and dominant musky flavors.
It is fascinating to me that the flavors of this tea seem to contradict each other yet are in perfect harmony. The light and delicate rose flavor blends exquisitely with the rugged and powerful earthy taste.
This is a pleasing complex tea. Teavivre has once again proven to me that flowery teas do not have to taste like perfume.
Tea of the morning……
Wow. I am the first to log this one! Since I am a lover of all types of Keemun, I had to give this a try. Since I purchased this one, I requested a sample of Grade 1 Keemun from Teavivre, so it will be fun to compare all three grades of Keemun available from them. I hope I am up to it!
I would say it is slightly smokier tasting (this, of course does not mean it is a smokey tea…) than the Keemun variety I usually drink for breakfast. It also has just a hint of astringency at the end of the taste. In general, that makes this one just a little bolder than I am used to. Since I drink Keemun for a breakfast tea, it is not really a problem, though. I need a little bit of a kick start some mornings. After a few more tastings, I will know if this one will work for me in the long run. The one I liked best was somewhere between this one and the Harney English Breakfast. I think I might try a shorter steep next time or a little less leaf to see if that will improve the flavor for my specific taste. I am sure I will drink it all!
Usual mug method.
I thought I was doing bad as far as getting around to trying my samples from Teavivre, but it turns out there are only two I hadn’t tried, and this is one of them. This was yet another green tea that I requested for furthering my tea education since I know next to nothing about different types of green teas.
The dry leaf is full of fluffy, squiggly leaves. The aroma of it is a little offputting, at least for what I look for in a tea, because it’s very savory and brothy. It really reminds me of miso broth you might get at a sushi restaurant. Steeped, it’s still a bit brothy but more vegetal, and some distinct nutty tones have come out as well. It smells a little less like a bowl of soup, which is good (in my mind at least!). The flavor is definitely light, and I feel like I’m “tasting” the aroma more than the tea itself. It’s got that grainy/miso-y flavor to it, followed by a vegetal note that ends up being a touch sharp toward the end. A very interesting tea, but not one of my favorite greens from the box. Thank you again to Angel Chen and Teavivre for giving me the chance to sample it!
I cold brewed this for maybe 48 hours. The cucumber flavor is dominant. It is a very refreshing brew. The delicate yellow liquor is quite cooling and also truly reminds me of summer veggies that you would eat raw like cucumbers and green bell peppers. It is very enjoyable but I would suggest to myself to only brew it for 24 hours or less. It is very invigorating on this rainy day. On a day when I will probably drink a Shu or something along those lines this has provided a bit of sunshine.
I has a happy! Tomorrow is a birthday in the family, so my son and his girlfriend, and my godson are all staying here for a few days. Today we had the birthday pizza, and my son told me to make some puer so he wouldn’t feel bad from all the fat!
His girlfriend, though she is Asian, doesn’t drink tea, but she told me she likes coffee. (Does that sound bad? I don’t mean it in a bad way, just surprised that so many of the Asian people I know are coffee drinkers, not tea drinkers, even though they cook primarily Asian food at home.) Today when I made this I offered her some but she said, “no, thanks!”. But I thought, hmmm, she likes coffee, so…I told her she might like this if she liked coffee. And guess what? She did! We have now had ten cups of puer, all made gong fu style. She really, really likes it. We had two different kinds and this was their favorite. They said the one from another company we tried was too weak for them.
I would never have guessed that these young college kids who totally nix tea would go for puer, but I am delighted!
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!