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I finally recieved my beautiful gaiwan tea set from Teavivre yesterday. This morning when I woke up I knew exactly what I was feeling ready for, a pu-erh. Now I haven’t really tried much pu-erh yet so keep that in mind.

I spent lots of time last night pouring with my gaiwan and getting a feel for brewing this style. I feel so important and involved with this process.

I’m not really sure how to review pu-erh tea. I’m not really familiar with the termonology I see other people using to describe pu-erh but I’m going to wing it here. I’m using the suggested gaiwan brewing times from Teavivre.

The first steep is curious. Not as overwhelmingly strange tasting as I was expecting it to be. It’s an interesting flavor, something I’ve never really experienced before. Maybe a tiny bit fishy? But it’s actually not offputting….very weird…

Wow. The second steep looks like a completely different tea. It’s so much darker than the first! The wet leaves smell a little smokey. This steep tastes like the first one, but with a little more oomph.

After a third steep the wet leaves are starting to smell leathery. Now I understand what people mean when they use “leathery” as a description. This steep is surprsingly sweet in a way. Much different than the previous steeps.

By the fourth steep I’m starting to get stuck on the fish smell for some reason. It doesn’t really taste fishy, but it smells just fishy enough to be getting a little weird. I’m having trouble focusing on anything else. One thing I am noticing though is that my tummy is feeling much better than it did when I woke up this morning. It could just be in my head but either way it’s a plus.

I think I’m going to have to stop here. I know I could continue steeping but I think I’ll have to dive into a few more pu-erhs before I take this one all the way. I’m going to hold off on a rating for now.

And I almost forgot to thank LiberTEAS for sending me some of this! What an interesting start to the day =) Oh, I forgot to add I haven’t burnt my fingers once yet! Woohoo!

Bonnie

How fun to have a new set! I don’t know how long your steeps are but maybe too long? They should be 20-30 seconds in a gaiwan and you should have rinsed once first for that long too (which you probably did). I find that this helps. But, there are lots of milder pu-erhs out there too. Some like vanilla, some like bread, some like cedar wood or mushrooms. I wouldn’t stop trying.

Mrnixonpants

I used the suggested times on Teavivre’s website which were : rinse(10s),10s,15s,20s,25s,30s, etc.

I’ve got quite a few more pu-erh samples around here that I have been saving to try so I’m looking forward to how the next one will compare. It’s not that I didn’t like it….just that I’m not sure what to make of it yet. Who knew tea could be so complex?

Brewing this way is so interesting and relaxing to me. It’s so much different than putting the tea in my Breville and letting it do all the work for me. Yeah, I’m definitely enjoying this tea set!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Bonnie, can you recall one that was especially cedar-like? I’m looking to find one – since cedar is one of my favorites :)

Bonnie

WP 2 that are carried by Mandala are 357 gram 2007 Menghai Jade Luster and 357 gram 2008 Menghai Dayi Hong (I reviewed both). Both have nice cedar. The Menghai Dayi 8592 2009 has nice Vanilla.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mmmm the Dayi Hong sounds delicious!

Mrnixonpants

Thanks for the tea suggestions Bonnie!

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This sample is yet again thanks to the Teavivre gang:)

This tea is not one I am inclined to have again after I am done with the sample. It’s drinkable, but only just. Frankly I got plenty of fruit teas that I enjoy alot more then this, and can get them locally. I’m thinking I should of stuck to black, greens, oolongs, and whites in my taste test, as I’ve been wanting to expand my horizons beyond the herbal, fruit and rooibos teas that have pretty much taken over my cupboard. That being said however, I am looking forward to trying the last tea of the bunch, the Apple Awakening.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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1st smell out of the package: smokey. I have to admit that smell made me nervous given my reaction to the Lapsang Souchong. (Which I have not tried the 2nd steeping idea yet.)
Wet smell: Earthy. Slightly leathery aroma, (Which I’ve been told is a good thing with Pu-erh.)
1st taste without sugar: (Yes the 1st taste was with the 1st steeping. GAG. lol) So I pitched it and started boiling water for the 2nd steeping. I steeped it for 1 minute and roughly 30 seconds. Automatically added 4 packets of Apriva sweetener, (Kroger brand of Splenda.) It worked.

I taste an almost creaminess to the tea, I can see how others have gotten a caramel-ish taste in it. I am not wowed at all in this tea, however not about to judge all pu erh by it. I plan on trying out some other ones, (though not willing to yet try the ones with other flavors mixed in, like from Teavana’s)

I would not refuse a cup of this if offered from a friend, though. And now that I finished my cup, I feel mixed, because even though it didn’t wow me, I liked drinking it. How weird is that?! Maybe my palate is changing. That would be great, because I really would love to enjoy traditional teas, though I do not want to give up on my crazy love for flavored tea combos from stores such as Teavana….I don’t think my budget could afford that anyways. Heh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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My teapot came yesterday! Out of nowhere on Friday it started being tracked on USPS…in inland Massachusetts. I’m just glad it avoided this whole weather mess. It is SO cold here. I think it was windy earlier this week because of Sandy when it was near FL, and now it’s even windier because of this cold front…and it is so so so so cold.

I picked this at random from my bag of flowering teas. I’ve noticed that there are so many people who make their opinion known about how they’re just for show. Pfffttt. I would eat flowers all day long so you better believe I’ll make it and drink it, and also admire it.

This one has some fruity notes to it but obviously the strongest notes are jasmine. It’s very sweet, and the floral notes are actually quite mild. I’m not sure how to explain, it’s like it’s clearly jasmine you’re tasting but it’s not in your face, like you’re drinking perfume. The marigold lends just a bit of a different note, giving the floral taste a bit of complexity.

I love flowering teas. I also love that you can brew them so many times. And then after that’s done, I think I’ll just put room temp water in there and stare at it. And I’ve got 9 more to go!

LiberTEAS

Hurray for the new teapot!

Invader Zim

I’m glad you got your package before the brunt of the storm. I’m slightly worried about some I have coming in myself.

Nik

Tea in transit in this weather… I’m thinking it’s a new thing called “pre-steeped.” Eep!

Invader Zim

Thanks Nik, now I’m doubly worried!

Nik

Oops, sorry. :D

Babble

Glad your package finally arrived!!

I’ve never really brewed a flowering tea. How do you keep them from getting bitter??

momo

The directions even say to use boiling water, and I’ve not had a problem yet with bitterness. I steeped this one for 3 min or so and there was no problem.

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Bonnie

Me too, one of the ones I keep around!

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I tried something different with this tea today:
11 pearls in my mug, 2 min – yum & awesomely rich & delicious
repeat @ 3 min & 5 min
This kept me happy for most of the morning
rich, sweet, malty, & delicious

OMGsrsly

How big is your mug? :)

Terri HarpLady

10 oz or so :)

OMGsrsly

That is a lot of pearls! I’m gonna have to try. :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ll admit that the 3 min steep was a little intense, hahaha, but still extremely satisfying!

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This tea was my companion in the garden this morning. The task at hand was to water the Northwest Quadrant & dig up the rest of the garlic. While doing so, I came across a burrow of baby bunnies, in a little hollowed out place under the straw. I admire their cuteness, but didn’t touch them, & gently layer the straw back over them & went on with my work.
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
I grew 6 kinds of garlic this year! My whole house reeks of freshly dug garlic, & that is awesome! There’s lots of hanging & braiding to do, & hopefully I’ll never have to buy garlic again!
Lovely tea, by the way. I’ve reviewed it plenty of times, so that’s all I’m saying.

boychik

So cute! What’s your secret of keeping garlic ! Mine stunk the house and hubby said its either him or garlic. I bought a lot on farmers market

mj

Those bunnies are so adorable :-)

K S

Just read your Golden Monkey/breakfast post, now this one – I’m jealous of both.

Ubacat

Oh, those bunnies are so cute.

Terri HarpLady

Boychik, I’m hanging it from the pipes in the basement, at least for now. There are photos somewhere in my FB page of the first garlics & shallots I harvested this year & braided. So the soft neck garlics are being braided, & the hard neck ones are just being hung up from string until they dry out, & then I’ll cut the stems off & put them in a basket, I guess.

boychik

Ok I have to put them in a basement otherwise … I don’t mind the smell actually but I have allergies. I should look up pics on FB

Terri HarpLady

While you’re there, friend me!

MzPriss

BABY BUNNIES!

Terri HarpLady

We have so many rabbits in my neighborhood already, it’s ridiculous. They aren’t even hardly afraid of people, they are out all day, but at night it’s like they are taking over the place, they are everywhere.

OMGsrsly

Makes me think of my time at UVic. It got to the point where the university set up a spay/neuter plan for the rabbits. Catch, fix, release. They were burrowing under a couple of the old buildings, but people got so upset with the idea of a cull.

Terri HarpLady

We also have foxes, hawks, owls, raccoons, & coyotes in the area, & although a lot of people are freaked out about that, I personally love having so much wildlife around, & of course rabbits are food for all those other creatures.

OMGsrsly

We ended up with one or two cougars living on campus, which was a little worrisome because they can be large and dangerous cats. Puma. Those things. :)

Terri HarpLady

We get reports of mountain lions in St Louis county every so often. :)

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I thoroughly enjoyed these pearls today. They are sweet & malty, just what I needed!

MzPriss

I want to love these more than I d, especially since I have a whole tin. Maybe they will taste better to me another day.

Terri HarpLady

I always used more pearls than recommended. Today I think I went with 6 pearls for 3 minutes. I meant to resteep for 5min, but got sidetracked, & by the time I realized it, the cup was cold :\

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YAY!!
My box from Sil came today, AND my order from Yunnan Sourcing also came. This is the first tea out of Sil’s box, from a mutual order we placed with TeaVivre. I have long awaited these little pearls. Delicious!

Photos of both boxes: https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak

Note to self: When ordering from Yunnan Sourcing, don’t go with the cheap shipping unless you want to totally forget about your teas by the time they arrive. Just sayin’

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Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for this generous sample

First off, I love Teavana’s Black Dragon Pearls. That’s actually one of the only teas I buy from them, & the convenience of being able to zip over to the mall & get some is pretty nice. It’s a yummy malty breakfast tea that I enjoy. SO I thought I would brew a cup of that alongside Teavivre’s Fengqing Dragon Pearls, just to see if there was really any difference.

Dry, the difference was noticeable. The Fengqings were smaller, but more aromatic, with a little more of a malty smell. I used 6 of the teavana pearls in one 8 oz cup, and 8 of the Teavivre in another. The main difference I noticed in taste was that the Fengqing had a bit of a berry flavor, & then I realized that I had ruined the taste test. Damn!

You see, last night I made a cup of decaf blackberry vanilla black from some local tea company. It was a gift from one of my students a few years ago, & I was really just trying to use it up to get it out of my cupboard. I ended up dumping it out, it just wasn’t really a tea that I enjoyed. I swear I washed my tea strainer well! But somehow that flavor stuck, & ended up in the morning’s cup.

SO…the taste comparison was ruined! Luckily, there was enough tea left for another sample, & although I’m not doing another comparison test, I will say that this is a very tasty, malty, satisfying cup of tea, with chocolate croissant undertones, just the way I like it. It is delicious & smooth plain, & also quite tasty with stevia! Yum!

Ellyn

A tea with chocolate croissant undertones? YUM! Count me in.

Bonnie

It does have a bakey undertone.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, the chocolate is slight, in comparison to some other teas, & it does have a bread or pastry quality, which I like to think of as croissant, of course, I have a vivid imagination, & since I’m intolerant to gluten, among other things, it’s been years since I’ve had a croissant, so what do I know…LOL

Donna A

I agree this is a very nice tea. Haven’t tried the Teavana one. Do you have a preference between the two, even though you didn’t get the side by side done?

Terri HarpLady

Still not sure. I have plenty of the Teavana version in my cupboard, so it will be awhile before I have to restock, either way.

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KS posted about this a little while ago, & I realized I still had one Tuocha left, and with the damp & cool weather we are having (which I’m not complaining about, my garden loves it, even if my body doesn’t), this seemed like the perfect choice for my next cup.

Thanks KS for bringing it to mind, and thanks again to Angel @ TeaVivre for the sample. As soon as my finances allow, I am planning a TeaVivre order, & I’d like to get some of this I think.

It’s a very soothing, earthy, grounding cup. The flavor is of a really well aged compost, tobacco, a hint of vanilla. I wish the rose flavor was more prominent, as I do like my roses!
It’s a sipdown. I’ll resteep a few times, of course.

K S

Happy to inspire.

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*Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for this lovely sample!

There are 2 of this adorable mini tuochas in the sample bag. They are wrapped in white paper, and opening one, I find a little birdnest, with a rose petals pressed into the bottom of it. The smell is similar to the other shu puerh’s I’ve tried thus far: earth, mineral, ocean.

I’m brewing the first tuocha americano style, in my cute little glass pot, so I can watch the tea fall apart & swim around, & really see the color. The disintegration is spectacular, with particles almost exploding in all directions! The tea was finely chopped before being tightly compressed, or so it seems, as the pieces are very small.

This made for a very dark & potent cup, & although I was hoping for a little more rose flavor & aroma (as I do like that), it isn’t really there. What is there is a deep, satisfying puerh that brings to mind an old, old forest with ancient trees & layer upon layer of decomposed leaves, acorns, wood, & moss. I have to leave the house for the afternoon, but when I return, I shall re-steep!

Bonnie

I like to watch Puerh unfold too. You must be very visual also.

Azzrian

I have never tired one of the flower touchas! I may have to get a couple.

Terri HarpLady

@Bonnie: I love watching Teas unfold, swim around, & do the crazy things they do! It’s like my own little aquarium show. :)
@Azzrian: I have a few here I’m trying. I got the Rose one, I got a Chrysanthemum one from TeaVivre also. I also have a jasmine tuocha from The Tea Spot that I’m looking forward to trying. I’m sort of thinking it’s more for visual effect. I didn’t really get much of a rose taste, but I’m please to say that when I got home I did my 2nd steeping of it, & it was a very juicy brew! I know it sounds silly to say that a tea was ‘wet’. “Of course it was wet! It’s made of water”, someone might say, but we all know how drying some teas can be, & this steeping was mouth watering, & oh, so smooth!

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My first tea of the day
Nothing new to say
It’s lovely to have around
I’m getting close to a sip down
Its on the restock list
along with the Qimen I’ve missed
It’s only a matter of time
And now I’ll end this rhyme.

boychik

you are good ;)

Terri HarpLady

I’m kind of silly ;)

tea-sipper

I do believe a Teavivre anniversary sale is approaching. :D

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Winter Break!
That means NO students for 2 weeks, no getting up at 5am either.
Of course, I have hundreds of things to do to get caught up over the next couple of weeks, & I already know I won’t get to most of them, but Ms Theresa is making her lists & checking them twice. To be honest, my main goal is to enjoy drinking tea, to catch up on sleep, & try to organize my office so that it is once again functional. The highest priority on my list is practicing for a recording with a vocalist. We were gonna try to go into the studio today, but I think Friday will be a better day for it, so that’s what I’ll be doing all week. And a late night xmas eve gig.

This is a solid & delicious Yunnan, a perfect start to my day. I brewed a cup that went with me to physical therapy, & although the resteep isn’t as good as the first cup, it’s still solid & was great with breakfast.

Sil

yaaaaaaay! holidays are great!

gmathis

Merry, merry! (Little Miss Lazy and Old Mrs. Get-R-Done are likely to have a holiday battle at my house, too.)

Skulleigh

The one thing I miss from being a kid in school is Winter Break. I want one as a grown up! :D

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I enjoyed a cup of this while fixing my breakfast. I’ve reviewed it several times, so there isn’t much more to say except that it’s a beautiful & tasty cup of tea!

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Yesterday I started the day with Teavivre’s YunNan Dian Hong Golden tip, today I’m starting off this one. They are both delicious & satisfying, & maybe eventually I’ll compare them side by side, but for now, I enjoy them both.

Today is my Daughter Jessica’s 31st birthday! She is my oldest child, lives a block away with her hubby & 2 kids, is a paralegal, & I’m super proud of her. She’s really more like a best friend, & I’d better start cooking, cuz she’s coming over for a Mom-made breakfast!

Sil

YAY!

keychange

Your daughter (and your relationship with her) sounds awesome!

caile

That’s great! I’m sure she’ll enjoy her delicious breakfast!

looseTman

Happy Birthday to Jessica & her very proud Mom!

I look forward to your Teavivre Yun Nan Dian Hong comparison.

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I really enjoy this tea. I also love Teavivre’s yun nan dian hong golden tip. It’s hard to say which I prefer, but it doesn’t matter, cuz I have plenty of both right now! :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha, that’s also the way I see things now, don’t HAVE to have a favourite, so true!

boychik

I have them both, they are quite different so no preference for me either

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My Teavivre order came yesterday!
It’s nice to have this rich mouthed Yunnan back in my collection. :)

TheTeaFairy

Yay for you!

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I think the next time I drink this tea, it will be a sipdown probably. I originally tried this several months ago when Angel sent me some samples. I enjoyed it so much that I purchase 100 G of it, along with some of TeaVivre’s other tasty teas, & I haven’t regretted that purchase, not one bit! This is a gentle, sweet & somewhat malty tea, with a nice clean & thick linen mouth, & a little bit of a sweet potato taste to it as well. Very tasty!

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This is such a lovely tea.
I shared 2 pots (steep & resteep) with one of my students this morning.
A nice thick mouthfeel, a slightly bold depth, a rich middle. It doesn’t have a super bright high note, but that’s ok with me, as I’m more into the middle & lower ranges in my taste anyway.

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First tea of the day, so smooth, I love the thick tongue sensation of this tea. It’s an earthy sweet potato type taste, with a little black pepper thrown in. A really nice start to my day, beautifully re-steepable.

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First cup of the day!
This is a lovely Dian Hong, not too bold, but sweetly smooth, & a nice wakeup to enjoy whilst fixing my breakfast. The flavor is full & rich, but mellow, with a caramel & sweet potato essence, & a linen thick mouthfeel. I steeped the 1st cup for 2 minutes, 2nd cup for 3. Both are delicious & satisfying (I guess that’s my word of the week!).

Recently I cataloged all of my teas (including samples & trades), & am checking them off as I drink them, in an effort to work my way through everything on a regular basis. I have 18 straight unflavored black teas, with 4 more on the way. Here’s the analysis of my drinking habit over the past week (probably really just 5 days), just for fun. The number represents either a cup of that tea, or in the case of teas that were brewed in a gaiwan, a session:
White – 0
Green – 2
Oolong (any style, flavored or plain) – 1
Black (plain) – 14 (on some I cheated & drank them more than once, but I’m not counting the cheats)
Black (flavored) – 12
Puer (shu) – 1 (I really like shu, & I have plenty, just been busy)
Puer (Sheng) – 2 (same as above)
Puer (flavored)- 3
TOMC samples that don’t fit: 3
Samples from friends: 8

So we can see where my true allegiances lie, where teas are concerned.

Indigobloom

that sounds like me, with the black. I loooove my assam! though I drink more green than puerh

Terri HarpLady

Black tea is just SO AWESOME!

Indigobloom

Hehe, agreed!!!

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Tasty, satisfying, this is a really nice dian hong, with the linen feel, a nice honey malt taste, & a really good grounding sensation. Just what I needed!

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