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I’ve finally gotten around to trying this sample from the lovely Angel at Teavivre!! Thank you for the free samples!!
After my lapsang fiasco this morning, I needed a good black tea to counteract the tastes in my mouth. I knew this would be a good black even though it’s my first time trying it haha, so into the steeper it went. The dry smell is a lovely Yunna black tea, that sweet hay and potato scent. I used about 1/3 of the sample packet at 185 degrees for 2 minutes.
The resulting liquor is a dark golden brown, and smells so malty and honeyed good!! The flavor is definitely a dian hong, possibly my favorite type of black teas. Malty, sweet potato goodness, smooth with a touch of hay. Mostly sweet potatoes though, mmm almost bready in texture to me! I am wishing there was a little more honey to the aftertaste like there is in the aroma, but maybe it would come out more with a slightly longer steep time. In comparing to other dian hongs I’ve had, it’s definitely rich and a thick mouthfeel. Golden fleece had more honey, Zhu Rong had chocolate, and Yu Lu Yan Cha was darker and chocolatier as well. But this one definitely holds its own. It is possibly the most sweet potatoey and that malt…mmmm. A very easy cup to drink, it feels heavy in the mouth, but refreshing at the same time. I feel like I could have multiple cups of this and feel just perfect, at peace with the world. Oh, and dian hongs seem perfect for fall with their texture and flavors :) so a good pick for today!
Overall, this is a very delicious tea! I am so happy to have tried it, and am excited I still have 2.666 sample packs left! Probably the dian hong that I could drink many times and enjoy, not get overwhelmed by sweetness, etc. so far of the ones I’ve tried. Once again, thanks Angel for the sample!!
I used the recommended amount of 4 tsp and it was a little strong. I think that brewing a shorter time might not make it quite as tart either with all that roselle.
I find that orange and apple are the most prominent with currant in the background. A little too tart. A tsp of sugar helps it out a bit.
I think I will stick with the blueberry fruit tea, I enjoy it much better.
The dry leaves are thin and needle-like, with a bright vegetal smell. They unfurl into the cutest little yellow-green leaves. The brewed tea is a very, very pale yellow. As in, you can barely tell it’s not water. But it sure doesn’t taste like water! This is wonderfully vegetal and buttery, without being too heavy. There’s a nice dry aftertaste too. This easily gave me two good steeps. I probably could have gotten a third, but I’m trying to make a dent in my stash. As usual, high marks for Teavivre. Many thanks to Alysha for the sample.
Protip: Teavivre’s sample packages always have more than one serving but aren’t easy to reseal. Luckily, the labels on Teavivre’s sample-size packages peel right off and stick nicely to a tin or baggie! Most people have probably already figured this out, but I thought I’d share for anyone who hasn’t.
Thank you Teavivre for this sample.
Wow some of these leaves are huge! An estimation of 5cm long and 2cm wide, some of the largest leaves I have ever received. Half are large and the others have unfortunately broken in half :( but hey ho. In appearance the leaves are very thin in width but dry and slightly crisp to the touch. They are a mixture of dark and medium greens with a beautiful silver shine that always reminds me of cats eyes (well the way that they reflect anyway). After time to breathe from the packet the leaves have a sweet yet strongly green and vegetal scent. Rather broccoli and grassy in combo.
Using Teavivres steep guide I shall be doing the following:
Teapot – 8oz (roughly 200ml)
Leaves – (7g)
3 steeps – 1m,2m,3m
Temperature – 80ºC/176ºF
First Steep – Once steeped the tea is light yellow with a buttery and mineral green aroma with a little sweetness. Flavour is light and sweet with a floral and green nature. Not quite as mineral as the aroma but almost, like fresh broccoli with sweet flowers and a touch of butter. Light but a very nice introduction to the tea and what it has to offer.
Second Steep – The green mineral flavour is enhanced and very fresh tasting without being bitter, dry or perfumed. The sweetness has been toned down a little or at least blends in better than the previous steep. Still I must say it’s not as floral or strong as I was expecting but again it’s in a good way. As long as a green tea has flavour then it doesn’t matter about it’s strength.
Third Steep – This is the first steep that is so heavily mineral that it is a touch dry in the after taste but only minimally. All that is left after the mineral flavour is a hint of sweetness.
Overall – It’s a nice mineral green tea that remains fresh and light throughout. Another mild green tea hit for me.
I am really glad that I ordered this sample because I find myself really enjoying roasted oolongs.
I used the whole sample package for this cup.
This is delicious. I didn’t get the coffee notes, but I also only brewed for 1 minute. I found it a bit sweet and roasted notes really shine through with that buttery TGY. It tastes almost a bit creamy.
I might have to order this!
Resteep at 2 and 3 minutes. I think the second steep was my favourite because all the notes really melded together and it was really smooth and almmost velvety.
I probably could have gotten more steeps out of the leaves but I ran out of time in my day :(
Ok….last cup of the day…well caffeinated cup. Gonna make me an iced herbal next…then bed time.
I really need some nice creamy, hot herbals to go to sleep with…all I have are fruit herbals…and I’m not a fan of entirely fruit herbals..it’s like hot juice…weird.
Anyway…lemme tell you, this one REALLY expands in the steeping basket. It would probably love a tea pot because my basket looked a little crowded.
It smells really good. Really oolong. And almost sweet. Comforting. I can’t wait for it to cool enough to drink.
It is kinda rich. I don’t know exactly how to explain it. It does have a strong oolong. but it is sweet. Not incredibly milky…well,,,there is some dairy aspect to it…and it is sweet…but the oolong lends a pretty strong vegetal. It’s really good tho. Sort of has a thick texture…I mean if tea can be thick. I dunno…it don’t find it as sweet and buttery and creamy as some others I’ve had. I think it’s the oolong base. It’s strong. I brewed it as directed on the packet…and I think I will brew it another time at a lower temp…maybe that would change it. It is a little drying to the mouth…not bitter but kinda dry……
But the flavor is good….just maybe not the best one I’ve ever had.
Hubs took a sip tho and he says wow…it’s like tea and milk…haha!
Still a tasty one. I’ll give it another go at lower temps and see if it doesn’t change the intensity of the base. Because I think it’s overwhelming some of the other creamy characteristics for me. So no rating for now.
Ok as it cools it starts getting a lot better…I do pick up more of the sweet creaminess left over…lingering in the aftertaste. And it starts to get sweeter….gonna sip on this one slowly for the rest of the night…let it unfold it’s magic…and then try and go to sleep with all this caffeine. HA!
Edit: Oh baby…the closer you get to room temp the sweeter and creamier it gets…it just kind of goes from “i dunno” to better…and then better…just gonna keep sippin’
A sample I got in my very generous sample bag from Teavivre today. I’m so giddy. Opened up the package to find so many goodies! And I’m so glad I was given an herbal. I end up drinking most of my tea in the evening and night. So herbals are what I usually end up stocking up on around here and I was kinda bored with my current stash.
I open it and the dry fruits smell PRETTY. I mean yes, fruity and pineapple…but PRETTY pineapple. :)
I am going to drink this iced…because I can…and sometimes the idea of drinking warm pineapple and fruit just weirds me out. Unless it has a crust..(ya know…pie crust)…warm fruit is just unnatural. Anyway…
So I went ahead and steeped the whole sample packet and I’m going to put it on ice. I really enjoy drinking my fruity herbals this way. It’s so refreshing and brisk.
Anyway….back to waterlilies….
It’s brewed and it still smells…PRETTY!. :)
Sipping on it warm and it’s still pretty…but in that slap you in your face with too much lip gloss kinda pretty. It’s sweet, and fruity and good but woooooweeeee! That’s tart. Like lemonade tart! Gonna have to put this on ice for sure! But I will say it is PACKED with juicy flavor. It’s juicy and good but watch out for the tart…
So on ice….
It’s like KoolAid red!
But mmmmmm….so good. It’s like the most adult fruit punch I’ve ever had…adult in that it isn’t too sweet…but my god don’t add sweetener! And the tartness has mellowed a bit. It’s fresh pineapple and def apple. I don’t get too much of the rose hip…well maybe a little…maybe that’s why it feels like a grown up fruit punch and not my 4 year olds juice box.
I mean seriously…I really like it. It makes a really nice fun, fruity drink…like juice but the most refreshing juice ever… I find juice to be too thick and sickly sweet….this is great. It’s not like flavored water which is what happens to some of my other fruity herbals on ice…it holds it’s own in that icy glass.
I recommend as a fun fruity summer beverage on a hot day.
An interesting tasting.
I quite like the dry leaves – they’re green, rolled up, and really easy to handle. I meant to steep them for 1 minute, but that wound up not quite happening, although I think they’re still under 2. At the beginning of the sip, the aroma is that half-vegetal, half-roasted flavor that I now associate with oolongs (did I mention I’m still fairly new to oolongs?) But then something interesting happens. Now, I’m not familiar with the flavor of ginseng, so I’m probably tasting it without recognizing it as such. But the longer the tea remains in my mouth, the more of a bright citrusy tangent the flavor takes, getting higher and higher in pitch while the vegetal/roasty oolong base remains until I swallow. It’s almost a bitter flavor, but it’s such an unexpected development that, at least for this tasting, I don’t mind it because it’s a cool experience…
Did you know this goes really well with vanilla ice cream? I had absolutely no intention of them being a pairing, but the pointed, morphing quality of the tea makes a great contrast with the vanilla WHOMP. Damn!
Got my Teavivre samples in the mail today…and some cookie cutters too…so it was a pretty awesome mail day to be sure.
Anywhow….I had so many options I didn’t know where to start so
I left it up to the fam. My 4 year old told me to try the peach jasmine becuase it’s named after princesses….can’t argue with that logic.
I brewed 1 tsp for 8 oz, 2 min. It’s very light. At first when it was steaming hot, I thought I had done something wrong. It didn’t smell very peachy and I couldn’t taste much…of course I did practically scald my tongue so that probably doesn’t help…but I was too excited.
Anyway, if you let this cool to normal human consumption temperatures it does start to develop a fruity peachy taste. Still light. And there is an aftertaste of Jasmine that kinda lingers. But most def not in any way too pronounced. It whispers.
What surprised me most was how balanced the green was…I’ve had my share of greens and this has to be one of the lightest and non-grassy green I’ve had yet. It all works well…nothing overwhelming any component so you get the entire range of ingredients in your sip…you can taste peach, green tea and jasmine all its own but complimenting each other.
A good sip.
Trying it iced….
I’s so light in color.
I think I like it best iced actually…all the flavors just become enhanced. The peach gets juicer.
Oddly there isn’t anything about this tea that screams PEACH! In fact dry, I was kinda worried by the smell of PEACH when I opened the sample. But that’s just not the case. In fact I might think about steeping more pearls at once next time.
Anyway, a very light, crisp and refreshing green.
I love fruity oolongs, but I am quite particular about how they should taste. I want the fruit to be present, but to blend nicely with the oolong base. The dry leaf smells like a tasty oolong and strawberry jam. Yum! I think that this tea has great potential just based on the scent! Once water has been added, the strawberry scent is toned down a bit and the oolong becomes a little stronger.
Sipping… the first part of the sip is plainly strawberry. It’s a bit like taking a bite into a fresh strawberry! It does lack the tartness that strawberries often have, but it still manages to perfectly capture a strawberry! Lovely! The flavor changes into something more floral and almost buttery. I am so pleased with the combination of strawberry and oolong. The flavors of this tea are delicate and strong all at once. It’s so well done that I know I must add this to my next order.
Many thanks to Teavivre for a sample of this delicious tea!
Piney smokey aroma like a dying camp fire. Taste smokey and sweet with a little bit of pine flavor. The smokiness is not overpowering and it does not drown out all the other flavors, which I find happens in most Lapsang Souchong teas that I have tried. It is definitely the best Lapsang Souchong that I have tasted, but I have not drank too many and I do not seek them out.
The dry tea smells quite a bit like artificial strawberry. But a good smell, like bubble gum. The brewed tea tastes like a gently flavoured green oolong. The strawberry flavor is only slightly artificial tasting. It is sweet, ripe berry flavor. The oolong is light and floral, slightly sweet grass flavor. This is a very delicious oolong. The flavours blend well together. I hope this one stays in stock for a long time.
Now this is a sad, sad sipdown if I ever did see one. Unfortunately, this last cup wasn’t quite as good as past ones, definitely due to the fact that I’ve been hoarding this one for over a year. The malt and chocolate notes were nearly non-existant but I’m still pining for more. Let’s cross those fingers that Teavivre will be able to get a hold of more sooner than later. :(
And I’m at 67 teas now? Wow!
Back from my spectacular adventure in Vancouver, packed with a sushi binge, shopping madness, and an amazing concert. The ferry ride home was slightly depressing because it now means even more stuff to deal with other than the research you only deal with over the summer.
I’m still exhausted from the trip due to the running around I was doing, so I wanted to pick a black tea this morning. I reached for this, generously provided by Cavocorax because it both sounded and looked lovely.
These pearls are huge, and ended up using four of them. They brewed up to a rich amber liquor, and when it comes to the flavour, my taste buds are met with cocoa powder. There’s that lovely maltiness going on too which I always appreciate.
These are on the robust side too, which I’m really quite enjoying. It’s sure grabbing my taste buds and waking me up. “Wake up and get with it!” Yes, dragon pearls talk.
The second infusion is on the maltier side, but the cocoa is still going strong.
Did I mention that this is my first Teavivre tea? Ever? The time has finally come, and I’m smitten with these dragon pearls. Now that I stopped moving around, I should make an order sometime from the lovely Angel who I keep hearing wonderful things about.
Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this sample!
I must admit, puerh is not usually my favourite tea but I was interested to try this one. I didn’t hate it or love it. Earthiness with a slight sweet note is mostly what I taste. Maybe I was just having a blah day the day I tasted it, but I didn’t find it that interesting. I still enjoyed what I had, but don’t like it enough to order it.
Resteep 1 minute
Additional notes: I accidentally grabbed this sample instead of the Menghai I wanted to try. Now it’s gone! Too bad too since it is ADDICTIVE pu-erh and it isn’t even on the Teavivre site anymore. It’s really really delicious. Very smooth and sweet and doesn’t seem to have many of those negative pu-erh characteristics that seem to put some people off pu-erh. I will miss this one!
Another sample from Teavivre! Thanks so much I put the entire sample piece of the pu-erh cake in the infuser. Teavivre’s instructions say 212 after a rinse, 30 seconds, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min so that is what I intend to do. The dry leaves are very dark… and I love the idea of tree-ripened. It probably means something different than I think it does!
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling, rinsed, 30 seconds
The flavor is very delicate while still being present. It’s sweet for a pu-erh, mildly spicy. Not very oaky at all, but that was probably because the leaves had barely been unraveled, even after a condsiderable rinse. Very tasty!
Steep #2// just boiled, 1 min
A strict minute! Wow is this cup a deep maroon color.. the darkest tea color I’ve ever seen. But the flavor isn’t tough at all. It’s so tough to describe though… other than to say that this is definitely one of the best pu-erhs I’ve tried.
Steep #3 // just boiled 2 min
Very much like the last cup — and the leaves aren’t really expanding too much yet (though they have fell apart from the cake).
Steep #4 //just boiled 3 min
I could probably keep steeping this and the flavor would be just as amazing. I am not tired of it yet, and these have been four FULL mugs (over two days — I’ve been drinking other teas too!)
I think many people who might have tried pu-erh haven’t tried one like this one and a not-so-delicious pu-erh might have scared them away from all pu-erh. So I hope all tea drinkers try ONE decent pu-erh before giving up on all pu-erh.
If I only wanted ONE pu-erh stocked in my cupboard, this one could easily be it!