Teavivre

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The tea consists of small, thinly rolled, black leaves that smell a little like earthy fermented fruit.

Once brewed the tea soup is browny red in colour with the same malty yet sweet fermented fruit fragrance.

This truly is superfine. It’s smooth and fresh with no bitterness or chemical taste (like some other Keemun’s have). The taste is sweet and malty but in a subtle form that remains light. A great light black tea that can be drank at any time of the day.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

looove this one! On heavy rotation as a breakfast tea!

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mmmmm delicious pearls! sorry to see this go, but it won’t be for long :) These are my favourite pearls that are readily available so they are a constant restock as i’m inspired to have pearls in my cupboard :)

Sami Kelsh

This is directly at the top of my list of things I’m going to order a crapload of as soon as I’ve moved into my new flat, job or no job! Little bundles of pure delight. SO GOOD.

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Long day…i missed out on the chance to participate in stacy’s contest in the evening yesterday because my other half decided spur of the moment that he wanted to pain the living room RIGHT NOW….so last night i was up way too late. I then missed out on picking up a tentacle nordic mug from davids because i slept in and had a busy day. lol I’m home late tonight because i promised colleagues we’d go out and tomorrow i’ve got ppl coming over so no relax time then. first world problems, i know, right? lol

anyway, i haven’t been drinking as much tea as usual because i’ve been busy and i’m a little tea-ed out. So i’m drinking what i want, when i want and not stressing over it lol

gmathis

Send your spur-of-the-moment painter our way: we’ve got a bathroom that’s been under renovation for so long I’m thinking about hanging blueprints on the wall and claiming it’s deliberately a “construction” theme!

Terri HarpLady

We were gonna paint the front porch tomorrow, but I’ll be planting sweet potatoes instead…guess we’ll paint next week!

Terri HarpLady

Stacy’s contest? Dammit, why am I always the last to know about these things? sigh…

Lariel of Lórien

This one is coming to my house soon.

Sil

Terri – because you have more of a life than me? :)

Terri HarpLady

Only in spurts, LOL :)

OMGsrsly

Planting sweet potatoes. Wow, Terri! I’m seriously wishing I had garden space right about now. :)

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I have a few more packets of these that i should enjoy and love! I am trying to hold off opening my large bag of keemun from teavivre since when that’s open, i tend to gravitate to drinking that first, and i have other teavivre teas to drink first lol (i know first world problems, right?) lol I haven’t had this one in a while so it was a refreshing reminder of why i love these. rich, dark and malty – soooo good.

looseTman

“I am trying to hold off opening my large bag of keemun from teavivre since when that’s open, i tend to gravitate to drinking that first, …”

I know exactly what you mean! What times of the year do they typically have their most significant sales other than Black Friday / Cyber Monday?

Amariel

This is one I really like. It was one of the first I ever had.

Sil

looseTman – not sure, i don’t track teavivrew sales as much as other companies since i’m comfortable buying from them at regular prices

boychik

It’s July. Their Anniversary . I think deals were even better than BF

Sil

there you go… butiki and teavivre seem to line up then haha does not bode well for my wallet!

looseTman

Thanks Sil & boychik! I missed the Cyber Monday sales. I was out of town assisting with my elderly father’s medical needs. Suddenly, July is such an excellent month!

Boychik, How about: Hugo, Joseph Wesley Black, Mandala, Shang, The Tao of Tea, Yunnan Sourcing, Zhi?

boychik

Hugo , I haven’t noticed any deals. I asked Tyler. His response was their teas already priced lower than it should be. I was really hoping for Mother’s Day promo, even free ship. I don’t want to spend $40 to get it
YS just recently had it. First on black, white, green 12% off. The. It was ripe puerh. I always post it or sansnipple under Miscel. Sales thread. Follow them on FB and Twitter. You will know first
Mandala has sales fr time to time. I love Mandala puerh.
Joseph Wesley I got on NYC tea Fest so I dunno. He gave me very good deal I didn’t even asked. I read somewhere you can call them up and ask if they can give you discount. I suggest to try samples first. I may like something you don’t ;)
Shang tea is exceptionally good. I only didn’t like jasmine or orange blossom(bitter). I just not into florals much. I enjoyed Tangerine blossom a lot. Would be great for hot summer
The rest you mention I didn’t order yet
Sil I’m very sorry I didn’t want to hijack your note. After looseTman reads it I’ll remove it;-)

Sil

no no…it’s good info for anyone wondering. I am all for the hijacking! :)

looseTman

boychik, Thanks for all the great info!
It would be great if there was a Steepster master calendar showing all the annual sales (e.g. Anniversary sales) for the many popular Steepster tea suppliers.

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Another tea from this morning and it’s a partial sipdown. I finished off my older bag, but since i recently picked up more of this, no change to my cupboard…just a more fresh cupboard lol While Mandala’s are still my favourite, these are my runner up for pearls, and my go to, since Mandala hasn’t been able to source more of the others :) Just a nice malty tasty cup this morning.

Terri HarpLady

I need to do my ‘tea pearl’ sipoff, maybe this week :)

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Anyone else feel like the search functionality was broken or something. Teas just don’t come up for me, even when using my usual tricks. So i have to view all and go find them, or dig through my cupboard. Ah well…

This was a morning tea as i’m trying to work on some of my larger quantities of teas to help trim my cupboard down :) I still enjoy these which is good since my favourites are no longer available. These are a great second choice :) Today was 7 pearls for my large travel mug and it was delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Courtney

I had that problem with White Rhino. White Rhino from Tea Emporium came up as the only hit. Only when I entered “White Rhino Butiki” did the the tea I want come up.

Sil

yeah even that wasn’t working for some of the teas… tried variation on themes and nothing. :(

VariaTEA

Had that issue with DAVIDs Genmaicha. I had to go through my cupboard.

Dinosara

Yeah I’ve noticed that sometimes I will enter a tea name exactly and it won’t come up in the drop down, I have to actually hit enter to search for it. I figure it’s something buggy that will smooth itself out eventually… the search is often one of the buggiest things :P

Dinosara

I think I figured out the search: it is suddenly sensative to work order. Case in point, I just searched for “vietnam tung ting”… no drop down results. I searched for “tung ting vietnam” (actual name of the tea) and it showed up. When working with retailer names, you can put them before but you still have to put the first word of the name in first (I can search for “davidstea tung” and get the tea to appear in the dropdown, but not “davidstea vietnam”)

Oh, quirky code!

Sil

AH! i shall try that tonight dinosara….good catch :)

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picked up a few more of these in my teavivre order, so it will be a while before they’re gone. Had this yesterday to start the day with a nice, malty delicious cup of yum!

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another tea from this morning. the world has distracted me today. :) However, i am looking forward to sipdown saturday! and sample sunday! woot woot!

Fjellrev

I love the idea of Sipdown Saturday haha. Muchly needed. And I LOVE this tea. :D

Cavocorax

Oh, I totally need to rock some Sipdown Saturday! :D

Sil

i have a bunch of samples i think? i can finish in one cup….but then i have a TON of samples that i haven’t tried that will take a few cups. so i’m hoping i can use sat and sun to do that since there are 15 teas in bound to me…no way i’m hitting 150 this month with all the travelling.

Terri HarpLady

I wish I had time for a sipdown Saturday or Sunday this weekend, cuz I have SO many samples & such. Maybe I’ll make this coming week a sipdown extravaganza :)

Sil

I’m going to try and get through as many as i can…since i suspect there will be tea buying in the very near future…

Terri HarpLady

:) there always is…

Sil

i’m looking at verdant, herbal infusions and river tea at the moment…plus since we’ll be going to florida in february, i’m likely planning an order from at least one place that i can ick up while there (H&S? S&V? Adagio?) AND if i get any free time in chicago this week, i’ll be stopping by adagio and tea gschwender…so team might be picked up there…

Terri HarpLady

I placed my Verdant Birthday order yesterday…just sayin’…

Terri HarpLady

So…where in FL are you guys going?

Sil

Always Orlando :) “family” is there

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third black pearl for the day and it falls somewhere in between the two. Given that Mandala’s may not be back…ever? I’ll have to be content with these ones, not that they are bad by any stretch of the imagination. I just love the flavours that weave through mandala’s black pearls.

These on the other hand are sweet, chocolately with a touch of malt, though not overly so. There’s another note to this that i can’t quite place as well, but i’m sure it will come to me. I could probably steep these a litter longer as well to enhance the flavour a bit. I was just trying to see where things landed when i kept everything the same for all 3 versions i was trying. good times! Not to decide what to buy if anything today haha

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

These are my favorite since I don’t care for the smoky notes in the Mandala pearls.

Sil

these are pretty darn tasty!

Fjellrev

i love these so.

Tea Sipper

I like your idea of comparing all the pearls with the same steep parameters!

Sil

it was fun. :)

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is it? could it be? yes it is! SIPDOWN! The best part of this sipdown? Nothing says GOOD MORNING! like a cup of this malty, chocolate delicious black tea with a homemade mocha brownie first thing in the morning. Oh yea ladies and germs, i’m breaking all the rule and eating a delicious delicious brownie. with tea. and said brownie has coffee in it. and it’s sooooooo gooooooodd with this particular tea. HAPPY MORNING!

Terri HarpLady

Hey, who’s judging? :)

Ze_Teamaker

I always eat my treats in the morning. Ice cream is the breakfast of champions.

Shmiracles

spoken like a champion!! woooo Ze!

Awkward Soul

A few times when going to a restaurant for breakfast, I’d just order off the dessert menu. Total WIN! Hey, breakfast is important! heheheeee!

Sil

haha

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SIPDOWN! Oh yeah baby! I’m going to get REALLY excited everytime i get to say that because ladies and gentlemen, my cupboard is a giant mess. I likely won’t get organized until the end of march but anything i can do to get through my smaller samples will go a long way.

I would for sure order this again if i needed a staple black in my cupboard. Do i love butiki’s premium assam and verdan’t laoshan black more? yes but this is a good solid delicious black that can hang out in my cupboard anytime i want a bit of a change from those two :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been craving some Dragon Pearls for about a week. I also want to order & compare Teavana’s, Mandala’s, & Teavivre’s pearls. I went to Teavana for the instant gratification of getting some, & they were out :pppppppppp

Guess I’d better leap into action & place a few orders. Ironically, I’ve drank all 3, but not side by side, or even with days of each other. They all taste wonderful to me!

Sil

i think i have some coming from tealux as well to try out.

Terri HarpLady

might have to add them to the list…

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Random Teavivre Sample of the day!

Wheee! I accidentally ordered a sample of this in addition to the sample that comes in their black tea sample. Luckily though, I’m enjoying this one. SO much so that I was just kind of sipping on it this morning without thinking about the fact that this was a brand new tea! gasp the horror! :)

I can totally get behind this tea. It’s the first dragon pear i’ve had so it was fun getting to watch them unfurl as it stepped this morning. I’m sipping on this tea while munching on the last of my cardamon and orange shortbread…yes you heard that right. Visit shortbread.ca if you want to see what i’m talking about…sweet AND savoury shortbread! I am also digging their garlic and asiago….though not with tea :)

Ok on with the tea…. This tea is much more chocolatey than other blacks that i’ve had that I enjoy. I wish there was a bit more maltiness to it, but it’s also nice not to have that total malty taste up front for a change. It’s on the lighter side of blacks that i typically enjoy but it’s delicious nonetheless!

The more i drink this, the more i am really enjoying that this is a more “pure” black in that there’s just the dominante chocolate flavour coming through. So glad i got to try this and happy that I have a bunch more thanks to my order mistake lol

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Sample sip down! One of the teas I brought with me that arrived before I left for the cottage that I took so that I wouldn’t have to add them to my cupboard ha! This is a really nice black that I. Happy to have tried. Theres a smoothness to it that I quite like.

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SIPDOWN!

Dropping the rating on this one a little as it’s not nearly as delicious as i remember from my first run through it. I think as i’ve tried more and more teas, i’ve come to grow fonder for those dark robust blacks, while the “lighter” blacks have less appeal for me. Not that this is a bad tea, but it’s not going to be my favourite ever. :)

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This is a delicious tea! I’m really happy that I got to try this one from Teavivre. It’s a beautiful tea. The first sips of this give way to a medium malty tea, that tapers off with notes of honey. I’m looking forward to seeing how the resteeps work out with this one. I’d rank it up there with my other favourite blacks.

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Thanks to Alphakitty I have been craving this tea all day. I placed an order for 100g from Teavivre a couple of weeks ago and I’m still waiting for them to arrive. Thankfully I remembered to put a sampler aside for times like these.

It’s my birthday tomorrow and I hate getting older. Tomorrow I will be 25..me..an adult….I’m married to a man whose almost 30. I mean 30…seems so old.I don’t feel a day over 14. Maybe that’s the problem. Oh look I’ve gone and given myself a sour puss, grump face.

Oh well…tea time. Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip Gongfu style. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Sil

Happy early bithday! 25 isn’t old! I hope you have a fabulous day tomorrow!

Starfevre

I’m 30! 30 isn’t old because I’m not old yet! Oh yeah, happy birthday young’un.

MissLena

Happy early bday! We are almost bday buddies, mine’s in 5 days :)

NofarS

Happy birthday! You are as young as you feel

Alphakitty

Happy Birthday~

TeaVivre

Happy Birthday^^

Indigobloom

Happy happy birthday!! hope there is plenty of tea :)

Terri HarpLady

Happy Birthday, Kitty! I turned 54 last week, although I’m only about 4 on the inside (her name is Little Terri, & she basically runs the show most of the time). I hope you have an awesome day.

KittyLovesTea

Thank you everyone :)

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thank you cavocorax for sending this one my way. I struggle with roasty oolongs. There’s something about SOME of them that i dislike, while others i love. I dislike the aroma from this one in dry form. However, as a brewed tea, the flavour that i don’t like in roasty oolong isn’t present. There’s an earthiness to this that is rather pleasant and if nothing else, this is a smooth brew.

Anna

Okay, I have a very ignorant question – how does a roasty oolong and a houjicha differ in taste?

Sil

i’ve only had a couple houjicha…and it’s terrible since my automatic response would be… roasty oolongs have that oolongy taste and houjicha doesn’t. lol not so helpful. i have consistently enjoyed the houjicha that i’ve had, while oolongs are hit and miss with me.

Hopefully someone else will have a better description than me lol

Anna

Haha, aww, Sil – thanks, though! You should just start calling it Eww-long.

Sil

i usually say it’s oo-wrong for me :) that being said there ARE a few oolongs that i’ve really enjoyed. so i haven’t crossed them off the list entirely :)

Anna

I won’t cross anything off the list until I’ve tried all the teas.

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My internet is being stupid today. I had this one and it’s not bad but it’s still an oolong for me. ;)

also…the new version of the app apparently seems to rate everything at 100 now..

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Teavivre random tea of the day. Yes, ladies and gents it’s an oolong. :) I don’t really have much to say about this one. I don’t hate it, don’t love it…it leaves a bit of a dry taste in my mouth at the end of my sip. It’s a sweeter tea..there are hints of floral in it, but not so much that it causes me to strongly dislike the tea. overall, not a bad one, but not fantastic.

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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