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Full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ at 6pm central time May 14th but here are snippets:
The aroma of Organic Superfine Moderately Roasted Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea is milky and creamy, which is surprising since I was really anticipating a deeper roasted aroma. Regardless, I love a milky tea so if it tasted milky I would be fine with that. I decided to go ahead and let it steep for a couple more minutes since Iron Goddess does not get bitter with longer steeps. This seems to be the way to go because after two more minutes after an initial 2 minutes it became stronger, bolder, with a coffee like aroma and that roasted aroma I was expecting. I will later hate to try it with a shorter steep though as I am sure that milky aroma had something to it!
Also this is a tea that keeps on giving. Even with my long five minute steep the first time around I can continue to keep on steepin! Following steeps have some interesting notes highlighted that bring about the thoughts of a green tea, such as green bean for example, but more like veggies that are fire roasted! So good! I love having this Iron Goddess with some milk chocolate, it really taste like s’mores between the creamy note in the tea and the smokiness with the toasty note, and of course the chocolate!
Water: 8oz boiling water
Leaves: very tiny brownish-black leaves
Taste: Before buying this tea i had never heard of Pu-erh before, it was something completely new and still is. Before brewing I had rinsed the tea twice each time for 1 minute b/c I read it’s good to rinse Pu-erh. Then the brewing process I was surprised at how dark the color was it remind me of black coffee. As for the taste I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s a very smooth tea.
Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for a sample of this tea!
I love silver needles- the little fuzz all over the leaves just makes it seem so alive!
This might be the RICHEST white tea I’ve ever tasted. It is hard to describe. The smell of wet straw dipped in white chocolate maybe? Its sweet, earthy and VERY smooth.
If you like white teas this one is a sure bet!
This is a sipdown of my sample.
I really enjoyed this lovely oolong. It is a little bit vegetal and I think I prefer more roasted oolongs now. However, I would never turn down a cup of this and rather enjoyed the freshness of the leaves. I might even order more samples some time so I can enjoy it again.
I needed a gong-fu tea tasting today, so I tried it with this tea. I followed Teavivre’s parameters:7 steeps: rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s.
I found this green oolong to be buttery, slightly vegetal but not overpowering. I found it fruity and slightly sweet, just as the description states.
Overall, I am glad that I ordered a sample of this tea and ejoyed it.
I received this as a lovely sample with my Teavivre order. The dry tea is a very small dark olive, producing a golden green cup. A silky, sweet, hay and honeyed cup, which is reminiscent of a sweeter, softer, less green dragonwell. Not bitter, not flowery, but vegetal and honeylike. Very much enjoyed.
Water: I boiled 8oz water & let it cool slightly
Leaves: mini yellow-ish brown flower buds
Steep: 3 minutes
Color: pale yellow almost clear
Taste: I made this tea the same day as the blooming tea,I had no luck with this one either it was tasteless as well. Maybe I should have let it brew longer time I’m going to give it another go. I’ve been having difficulty writing reviews b/c I haven’t been getting much taste from my teas.
Second Tea Log
This time when I made this tea I mixed it with green tea the a second batch with white.It was better from when i first tried it.My first time blending teas together.
I bought this online from Teavivre a while ago. I used all the leaves from one packet, but I could have split it into two or three parts to use later. Keemun is not particularly my favorite black tea, but it was one of the first loose leaf teas I had ever bought. This tea is actually very good. It is smoky but not overpowering or ‘in your face’. It is a little woody and has a hint of cacao in it. It is ever so slightly astringent, but it is VERY smooth. In fact, I didn’t add any additives to this tea at all. This was a pleasant and good experience and a great morning brew.
Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Malt, Wood
This is a nice, soft Keemun. It smells like the cocoa, malty scent that Keemuns possess. I brewed this for 2.5 minutes, which I think is long enough. It is a little bitter and astringent in my mouth. It was a honey brown colored brew. The taste is lighter Keemun, which is nice because sometimes Keemun can have an overbearing malty almost metallic taste in my mouth. This one doesn’t leave my mouth that way. This is a nice Keemun, but not my favorite.
Oh how I love green teas! This was my first straight Dragon Well. Thank you Angel and Teavivre for the sample :)
I’m really much more familiar with Japanese greens. This is a less grassy and buttery than a sencha, but it is still sweet and very vegetative. It reminds me of steamed broccoli, where a sencha would remind me of kale or spinach. It is rich without being buttery, but VERY smooth!
Extremely enjoyable, thanks very much Teavivre!
This is the second of two Dragonwell samples I was sent by Teavivre.
This one was a little sweeter then the first one I tried and seemed to have a more balanced flavor profile. The only negative thing I can think to say about this is that I wasn’t able to get as many steeps out of the leaves as I did with the other one. Though the steeps I did get were very good.
This tea drinks like a meal—it feels chewy and full of grain, kind of the way stout makes me feel (not in taste necessarily, just, the heavy “sandwichiness” of both). And I get that toasted bakery rye or maybe even pumpernickel (there’s some molasses, especially on resteep) bread thing again! (Why am I the only one who smells and tastes that? Weird.) It almost feels savory to me somehow, not sweet. One serving’s worth of leaves could easily last me all day, because after a single cup you just want to lay back and pat your tummy, pacing your gut, aaaand it resteeps a buncha times. Very thick body, as thick as a heavy coffee.
Does this thing where upon resteep it gets sweeter AND slightly more bitter/toasty at the same time. Kind of impressive, that. The bittersweetness gives it a sort of chocolate-y effect. Also, second go-round it looks and feels like coffee in terms of opaqueness and body to the point of being nearly indistinguishable (not a bad thing).
Water: I boiled 12oz water
Leaves: one big tea ball
Steep: 3 minutes
Aroma: light floral
Color: almost clear when brewing but dark yellow in mug
Taste: Although very beautiful to watch is it blooms,I couldn’t help but to take a picture. Overall I found this tea to be tasteless.
I like that when you order samples from Teavivre they tend to give you two packets (separately sealed for freshness woot!), so you can brew gongfu and Western style, with significant time in between. Very cool. Going to try to hold off half of each type I ordered until my gaiwan from Verdant (! yippee) arrives at the end of the month.
This tea is so fragrant, smells like very sweet delicious sweet potato (cleanly so, like a steamed or boiled one, not a roasted, caramelized, or heavily spiced version) and just a little like bread/yeast , especially while brewing. This one’s also pretty in the cup, a very fine dark mahogany. There is a tinge of astringency, but the tea is sweet and “clean” enough tasting to make it bearable. This is yummy! I’m happy to find it’s not heavy or intensely rich like Laoshan Black; I don’t think I could devote myself to both, ha. It’s stronger, deep-darkier though than Honey Orchid or Mi Xian too (can you tell I’m trying to get my bearings with premium tea via plot point mapping dimensions?). I love that it’s not like any other tea I’ve tried so far, but at the same time very easy to drink.
Oooh, as it cools it deepens, and a slight, mysterious muskiness comes in. It also takes on a slightly bitter component, but somehow it’s not unpleasant. There’s some hay.
This may be the first tea I’ve had where the tannin and astringency build up doesn’t bother me somehow, because there’s also a velvetiness to go with it.
1st resteep per Teavivre’s instructions on the website yielded a darker, more opaque cup that is maltier, breadier, less sweet potato smelling than the first. Also a bit more bitter, but totally manageable.
Opening the bag, little curly, fluffy,corkscrew leaves in lovely shades of green from pale to deep. When steeped, sweet vegetal taste with a hint of smokiness and honey. More subdued in flavor than a good dragonwell, tending more towards a white in its lightness. Very smooth with a silky, slightly smoky aftertaste that lingers. A good alternative to Dragonwell and a good added staple to a green tea lover’s larder. Inexpensive, for the quality. An excellent value for everyday drinking.
I received this tea as a sample and I’m glad I did!
Small ebony leaf, smells like caramel, honey or candy in the bag without being cloying.
A light sweet smooth, plum-like, cocoa-caramel, very low in smokiness with no bitterness. No one scent overpowers, but a rich and mellow flavored Keemun. Priced economically, a good tea either hot or cold
Tea provided by Teavivre for review
First short steep brought back all my lovely memories of drinking fresh Bai Mu Dan; crisp vegetal, fruity, and honey sweet flavours. It’s been a while since I’ve had this tea, but it tastes just as good (as I can remember).
Second steep had a more noticeable “fuzzy” feel on my palate. And the boldness of vegetal/fruit flavour became bolder and stayed strong from the second to fourth steeps.
Ending on the fifth short steep, it’s a bit faded but still retains a good flavour without becoming flat or too dry.
I’ve always been a fan of Bai Mu Dan. It is easy to prepare and its flavours are gentle on the palate. Depending on how hot my summer is, I sometimes like to cold steep it overnight to drink as an iced tea. So far my August has been rather gloomy in Ontario, but it gives me more time to enjoy gongfu tea and I’ve spent less time this year glued to my sofa in front of my air conditioner. ;)
It’s really starting to get hot and humid where I live, and preparing this cold steeped overnight really hit the spot. I like how the chilly water brings out a refreshing flavour of the floral Bai Mu Dan.
Also, it really helps me get through a lot of 2012 purchases so I can buy the current year’s stuff. ;)
6 tea spoons of tea leaves, 1 liter jug of water, steeped for about 15 hours in a refrigerator.