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I always inhale the scent of a tea instantly upon opening the canister. These pearls smell of malty sweetness, earthy and vegetal. All in all, they smell exactly as a good black tea should.
4 pearls per cup plus, I used 16 pearls for my 3 cup tea pot. Brewed at 205F for 1 minute, the tea is pale root beer brown, yeasty and mild in scent.
The taste too was mild, fresh, and sweet. Not as much malt as I’d like, but that may be my fault, either too little tea (too few pearls) or not enough time (2 minutes instead of only 1 minute.)
The resteep of this one will be 2 minutes at 210F, just to see that happens.
Light bodied and mild as brewed, a good evening cup when something strong and bracing isn’t quite called for.
I plan to push this tea a bit, and get out that rich maltiness the dry leaves seem to promise.
Sipdown and one that I am sad to see go. I am bumping the rating up for this one because I brewed it stronger tonight and new and fragrant notes came through that were light, savory, fresh, and mineral all together. It was particularly purifying after an afternoon of sampling craft beers from Colorado and Georgia both. I am headed to Colorado in a couple of weeks so we wanted to try some from there before we arrive. It was fun, but I was really looking forward to a mild green tea afterwards with nothing added and this fit the bill perfectly. Resteeps nicely also. I am moving on to my third and it is still quite lovely, if a touch watery. Goodbye for now, Liu An Gua Pian!
Dry: Lovely large rolled dry leaves, grass-green in color with a few faded pieces. No broken tea or stems noted. Smells light and fresh with a slight spice note.
Steeped: Olive green clear liquor. Very subtle aroma, faint scent of fresh greens with a hint of sweet.
Taste: Mild is the word I would use to describe this one. If you do not like strong or complex green teas, this one would be a good option to try. Soft spinach with hint of sweet and a hint of spice. No bitterness or bite noted. Smooth and mellow, a nice experience but nothing that really grabs and holds my interest beyond enjoying a simple and pleasant experience. Holds up to a couple more steeps and I am glad I tried it.
Brewed this again last evening. Very fragrant and delicious – tastes mildly malty with bread and honey. This is naturally sweet and seems to get even sweeter with each re-steep; the fragrance is pure dark honey. So good with a bit of milk as well.
And, my husband who always says he doesn’t really like tea, had a cup, said it was pretty good and even had a second cup when I offered. Nice!
Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this generous sample.
My generous box of samples from Angel at Teavivre arrived today – so exciting!
This is the first one I chose to try, and upon opening, the freshness of tea in the packet was incredible and lovely.
The dry leaf scent was of fresh sweet hay and barley, and once brewed, had the aroma of rye bread and honey with some fruity floral notes – so fragrant!
Taste is bright, malty and grainy with a bit of smoky pepper. I’m not sure if I get caramel or chocolate but there is something like a dry cocoa lingering aftertaste, but not dark – more of a brighter fruity cocoa if that makes sense.
This is a delicious and very fragrant tea. I did two steeps and will probably try for one more.
I’m so pleased to finally try this and am looking forward to the many more samples. Thank you again, Angel and Teavivre!
Backlog. I tried to post a tasting note on this last night, but #$&%@*! Steepster was having One Of Its Episodes.
I… don’t think I have an opinion on Tie Guan Yin. I’ve had two of them now, and they’ve both been about the same; brightly vegetal, a little bright-fruity, a bit on the roasty side. I don’t like it, I don’t dislike it. It’s enjoyable, but not something I would crave or reorder. It’s the kind of tea I have to be in the right mood to drink; unfortunately, usually when I’m in a “tea” mood I’m picturing black tea, so I’m seldom in the right mood for this kind of flavor, unless I’m doing a late-at-night cleansing tea or something.
Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this lovely tea sample!
I appreciate Teavivre’s generous samples! Don’t know what got into me the last few days, but I’ve been screwing up pots of tea and over-brewing the past few days.
You think I’d know better after all the tea I’ve had but Nooooo, even an experienced tea drinker can get arrogant!
Too much water to tea leaf ratio or an overdone steeping causes astringent tea that makes a person retch!
I owe those who harvest and process this tea an apology because I should have followed directions and remembered to take care.
So, I began again…humbled by my own tea rudeness, with 16 oz fresh filtered water boiled at 185 degrees…and steeped the leaves for 2 minutes. For the packet of tea provided, this was perfect.
The liquor was dark golden brown with the scent of brown sugar and clover honey.
My first sip was not too sweet and tasted like whole grain wheat bread warm from the oven.
I added cream (not milk) and the rich breadiness became croissant pastry. Flaky, sweet, buttery layers and a light honied aftertaste.
Having enough tea to brew again was important in my discovery of what this tea had to offer since I blew it with my earlier lack of effort and care. I’m so glad that I had a second chance at redemption!
The moral of the story for me is to pay attention and not take for granted what I think I know about tea. Never get lazy about brewing tea either, because I’ll be sorry if I do!
This is a tea worth tasting!
So I found a hidden sample of this in the cupboard yesterday, which was great because I thought I was out completely. It was exactly what I needed to soothe an unhappy tummy. Bright sparkling minerals, airy, naturally sweet, and faintly nutty- what’s not to like? For those that don’t like strong savory greens, this would be a good one to try.
This one is a sad sipdown as I really like it and will need to get more. Bright air and sparkling minerals meet soft nutty sweet notes. I wish I could describe it in more tangible terms, but it is light and lovely, like the clouds when you are laying on your back in the grass trying to decide what shape they are. I will miss you Huang Shen Mao Feng and will see you again soon. :)
Dry: Light, feathery long leaves, buds, and stems. I was intrigued from the scent of the dry tea. It smells subtle, sweet, and ever so slightly green and dewy without any heavy vegetal notes. It is not a stretch to imagine that this tea is grown in the clouds and mist of the mountains.
Steeped: This brews into an exceptionally pale yellow clear liquor. The scent from the infuser is more green than the dry leaf with an almost nutty aroma.
Taste: This is where this tea really shines for me. I was very pleasantly surprised by the flavor, which has nice depth and character. This is not a heavy buttery vegetable tea, but rather light and airy, naturally sweet, with soft hay and floral notes. I am not getting anything fruity, roasted, or nutty from the taste, but I am also not getting any bitterness whatsoever. This is holding up nicely to short steeps of 1 min, 2 min, and 3 min- just lovely!
I am really enjoying all of the Teavivre greens, but this one might need to become a staple in my home at some point.
Wait a minute I logged this before? When??? I don’t remember this tasting note. I remember there was one oolong I tried to do, but I crapped it up so much I didn’t even bother with a tasting note, and I thought this was it. Apparently not, because it appears I’ve rated the damn thing, and quite highly too. Argh! My short-term memory SUCKS!
I’ve found I don’t much care for the roasty-oolong flavor I get a lot, so I did this for about 1 min 15 sec (especially since the water was still a little on the hot side.) It’s quite pleasant. I need to stop comparing everything to bai mu dan, but honestly, that’s what it makes me think of out of the other teas I’ve tried. It’s grassy, but it’s also a little floral and sweet in a delicate, enjoyable way. A bit of brightness on top of that sweetness too, in a way I really can’t quite define. I’m wondering what would happen if I tried it for a little longer?
Also, for the love of god, somebody please start reminding me to use bottled and/or filtered water for my tea. I’ve been trying to be more careful with all the other variables in my tea-making, but for some reason, water is the one element people talk about making a big difference, and I’ve just always been kind of punk rock about it. We get well water out here, or we used to, and I’ve found it to be the most “neutral” tasting of the waters I’ve tried, but I’ve never given really good filtered water a try.