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Continuing with the backlog and thanks to Angel at Teavivre for this sample.

Like the Lu Shan Yun Wu, the dry leaves look like delicate green shavings of green. They have a distinct warm hay aroma that changes to a delicate umami upon the application of hot water. The green becomes more vivid in the pot and a light yellow liquor develops. The tea has a slightly spicy, green bean flavour to it that sparkles on the tongue and leaves a pleasantly sweet aftertaste. The liquor itself is creamy, verging on buttery and very pleasant on a hot summer’s day.

Flavors: Butter, Green Beans, Hay, Spices, Umami

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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The last of my free samples from Teavivre. Thank you.

I have high expectations of Teavivre, because the quality of their teas always seems high, even when it is teas that are not to my personal taste, so I approached this tea with pleasure.

The silver and dark green leaves are a pleasant aesthetic change from the flat leaves of the Long Jings that I have had recently. They smell vegetal, or of beans perhaps. There seems to be a bit of hay in there too. When steeped the wet leaf has a slightly savoury aroma, and the liquor, which is a dark yellow, transmutes that aroma to a thick, buttery, beany one.

Tasting the tea, I am struck by the thickness of the liquor too. It feels more like eating than drinking the tea. It is definitely buttery, the beans disappear from the taste and a new fruitiness emerges with a spicy aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. The sweetness lasts for a good while and I can feel myself calming down and de-stressing as I drink it. This is a ‘whole body’ tea. I just wish I could place what type of fruit it is. My expectations have been met and this is another splendid tea from Teavivre.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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86

Great black tea, right up there with Laoshan black for me.

Smooth with no bitterness, will be picking this one up in the future for sure!

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Another from Lala’s package. Decided this morning, before I head to the University to see Robyn, would be a good time to try out a straight green tea! Honestly, I just picked one of them at random. I have some cold brewed tea that I plan on taking with me later today, so I’ll review that later today.

This is DEFINITELY not something I would have bought myself, so it’s kind of interesting to get a chance to try it (and other teas) that are so out of my comfort zone. Visually, the dry leaf is really pretty – it reminds me of yarn, sort of. However, I find the aroma really off putting. Yes, it’s sweet (just like the description says) but there’s also a really unappealing vegetal smell.

1 tsp steeped for about 1 min and 30 seconds. The smell is really off putting and unappetizing. First few sips? I almost spat it back in the cup…

I can’t really explain WHY I dislike it – it’s for sure sweeter than other straight green teas that I’ve tried and I usually like sweet teas. But there’s something just not sitting right about this one. The aftertaste is really funky too…

I think I’m going to give the remainder of this to Robyn today.

Unrelated, this (http://jonathanmangum.tumblr.com/post/61788079605/whimsical-autumn-teapot-fully-functional-clay) is what I’m going to enter into Stacy’s contest – the art one that is. It’s fully functional, and I do make tea in it occasionally! It’s kind of fitting, I think, that this contest is starting as Autumn is and I’ve got a fun, whimsical autumn teapot!

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Free sample from Teavivre! Thanks a bunch Angel! This tea is one of my very favorite kinds of oolong.
I opened the package and sniffed. VERY milky aroma, and even a bit caramelly. I used the entire packet – about a tablespoon – and steeped for 35 seconds in my glass steeper. First sip is lightly vegetal. As I continue with the cup the milky flavor emerges and leaves a wonderful sweet aftertaste. I am loving this!
Second steep 40 seconds. The steeper is completely filled with leaves now. The brew smells more floral this time. Taste is mostly floral and a little vegetal. The sweet aftertaste returns midcup. By the end of the cup I can taste a hint of the milkiness, but just a hint. The floral was super strong in this steep.
3rd steep 45 seconds. Once again quite floral.
Thanks again Teavivre for an opportunity to try another of your delicious teas!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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Another sipdown! (96)

I find this one has a mild floral taste, a bit of grassiness and a lot of cream to it. It seems like this milk oolong is stronger some of the other unflavoured milk oolongs I’ve had. It’s funny, because when I had it before I didn’t get much cream, but this time I did. Maybe I’m getting better at detecting notes?

Maybe?

This is surprising to me, but I guess I like oolongs now. That’s what happens when you drink one each day for a few weeks, I guess. :P I still can’t say much about them, and remember exactly which one is which, but I do find myself craving one first thing in the morning as a gentler wake me up.

I even chose this over trying new teas from DAVIDsTEA. :P

So I’ll definitely have to order something from Teavivre. I just don’t know which oolong I’ll want. And then maybe I’ll order a few more samples to help me figure out what I like. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
El Monstro

I had to kind of warm up to oolongs, didn’t like them when I was younger. Flash forward to the past few weeks, it’s almost all I’ve been drinking.

ifjuly

Agreed. I really really didn’t like oolong until very recently, and it started towards the green end and has slowly been creeping over to the roastier side. Oolong drift!

Cavocorax

Oolong drift – I love that term. :)
Glad to see I’m not the only one. Did you guys end up getting the samples from Teavivre when they had them for $8?

Cavocorax

(Because that’s what got me into trying them)

ifjuly

Alas no! (But I do really dig this oolong, think it was one of the ones that really convinced me.) Lately, and I know this isn’t tea snob popular but, I’m finding oolongs make a much better base for additional flavors than black tea. I love coconut and milk oolongs (flavored or natural), and really fruity and tropical flavored ones as well.

I’m trying to wait ‘til I have a huge order ready for Teavivre, ’cause Teavivre packages are guaranteed to be ones I have to go to the post office to pick up and I’m so very lazy about that stuff. I’ve had a handful of their oolongs in sample size though…this was one of my favorites along with, IIRC, a TGY (and man, I used to really dislike all the Wuyi oolongs).

ifjuly

got cut off somehow, huh. I used to really dislike all the Wuyi oolongs but IIRC Teavivre’s was one I didn’t mind too much and I’d be curious about trying it again and seeing if I’ve changed.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I hate how my post office guy doesn’t EVEN TRY to deliver my Teavivre packages. It’s not a huge deal, but if I don’t get a ride it’s a half hour walk and that won’t be fun in the winter. I’d better order soon, or in the spring.

El Monstro

Yeah I bought a bunch of the samples when they were having the oolong sale, still have a couple I need to open and try.

El Monstro

Also, upton has pretty good, inexpensive oolong samples.

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This was tasty, but not as creamy as some of the other milk oolongs I’ve had. I wonder if the flavoured version of this tea would have that creaminess?

TeaVivre

This Jin Xuan Milk Oolong is special for it’s milky aroma is natural, it is not manually added milk when process as other milk teas. The first three infusion of this tea will have slight milky scent. The Flavored Jin Xuan Oolong Tea is produced by adding edible flavoring to accentuate the milk flavor. So the milk aroma of this Flavored Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong is stronger. It is better for people who like strong milk fragrance.

Cavocorax

Oh That makes sense! Thanks for the detailed explanation. I’ll have to try your flavoured version next time I order, although I did enjoy this one too.

TeaVivre

It’s my pleasure,hope you like the flavoured version :)

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Thanks for the sample, Heather!

I’m not the hugest fan of green oolongs, and this isn’t really an exception. The leaves smell green and somewhat roasty, with a hint of mineral.

Steeped (I used 2 tsp in 16 oz), it smells sweet and a little floral, reminiscent of the ocean sand. I could swear there’s jasmine in here, just a hint.

It’s really different. I can’t say I really like it, but the fact that it’s not the same as other green oolongs I’ve tried is nice. The flavours are more “me”. While there’s a mineral aspect, it doesn’t taste like seaweed. It reminds me more of a nice jasmine green than anything, only with WAY less jasmine.

Not bad.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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99

I recently went off to college for my freshman year, and I could only take one of my yixing pots and its associated tea. Naturally, I went with this divine black tea! It’s taste is so unique and its flavor fits with every mood (I put in a ginger sugar with it if I’m feeling for something sweet).

I’ve come a long way from my novice tea days: I started out at Teavana (their actual tea POTS are awesome and beautiful, they should just stay away from selling tea LEAVES), then I ended up at adagio (to which I was informed is also a low quality tea store), then I ended up where I am at the wonderful world of Teavivre. Every tea I’ve gotten from them (their Iron Goddess, White Peony, Tian Mu Mao Feng) is just 100% quality. They even give you all of the certificates to prove that they are all organic and not from factory farms.

This tea is amazing, and Teavivre is my number one place to go when it comes to buying tea :)

Almost forgot my preparation method haha:

First steep I give it 1.5 minutes
Second steep I give it 2 minutes
Third steep I give it between 2.5 and 3 minutes
I haven’t tried squeezing out a fourth steep, but I feel like it could definitely give one more.

Buy this tea if you want a quality black tea!

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

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84

Sipdown (182)!

Now that I have my (admittedly small) Teavivre order from Tea Jail I don’t feel so bad about sipping down one of the few Teavivre samples I still have kicking around from the care package Lala sent me when I was brand new to Steepster.

This final amount of leaf was just a little bit more than a tsp. worth of pearls, which I steeped in 80 degree celsius water for 1 min. 30 seconds.

The tea was very light and delicate with a tolerable green base (vegetal, but light and buttery too) and the jasmine was just a touch sweet and perfect. This was a very, very nice tea to calm down and relax to – especially since I’m watching the most recent episode of Supernatural and it is an emotional rollercoaster. I definitely needed something to anchor me to a nice feeling of “zen”, if you will.

I got two lovely resteeps out of this. What a beautiful sipdown!

VariaTEA

I WATCHED THAT AT THE SAME TIME!! We are kindred spirits you and I :P

Roswell Strange

I started watching Chuck while on vacation – and I kept thinking that it could be something you’d be interested in :P

VariaTEA

I started watching it too :P I ended up watching Covert Affairs instead. By the way, I thought of you the other day. My friend gave me a honey rooibos tea and I thought it was something you would like because it is similar to Honey Bee. I will be buying it when I go back to Thornhill because they sell it in a bakery by my place. When I pick it up, I will send you some :)

Roswell Strange

You’re too thoughtful!

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84

So this came with me to work today.

I woke up really sore and stiff, and I just KNEW it was going to be a lousy day so I figured something delish and soothing like Jasmine would be the perfect comfort drink today during my shift. And I was so right.

Actually though, my shift started off alright and I spent a few hours texting Robyn about all of the ridiculous calendars we sell. But, at the same time I really wish I had been texting James. Pardon my language (I seem to recall reading somewhere to avoid swearing in reviews or on the forum), but fuck him. I’m so frustrated with how things worked out (I even shared my favourite tea with him!) – and I guess I only have myself to blame for being so stupid about all of it and so trusting. Still, even if it was only a month or so talking to him during every shift sort of became a routine for me…

Anyway, this was practically a sipdown for me. I only have enough leaf left for one more cup, which is disappointing because this was SO good. I savoured this ALL day – and it was perfect hot and cold. I need, NEED to get more.

And, because I don’t want to cram it all into one review, tales of my awful day will continue in my next tasting note for what I’m currently drinking… Best to pace the pissed off rants, right?

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
keychange

We can’t swear in our tasting notes? That’s a shame…there goes half my personality, LOL.

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A gift from Lala! I’ve never tried a Teavivre tea before, nor have I tried dragon pearls so this is a really new experience for me! Out of the Teavivre samples Lala sent me, I picked this one to start off with because it’s not REALLY a straight green tea – there’s jasmine in it. So, that seems like a pretty decent middle ground when it comes to trying out new green teas and straight teas.

I’ll admit, I haven’t had a lot of exposure to jasmine flavoured teas. That’s not because I dislike jasmine though (I actually quite like jasmine), more so it’s because there are just so many flavours I like more. Dry leaf for this one DOES smell like jasmine, in almost a perfumy sort of way but still more natural than perfumy. In fact, all I CAN smell is jasmine – no green tea. Hmm, that’s pretty appealing to me. I’ll be honest though, I think I’m secretly hoping that I’ll hate this tea since, based on the different stores and websites I’ve been to, dragon pearls are NOT a cheap tea. It’d just be so much easier on me if I turned out to have a taste for the really cheap stuff!

So, I’m using 1 tsp for about 6 oz of water, steeped for a minute. The liquor barely changed colour at all during the steeping time, but finally settled on a very pale (almost peachy) yellow colour. The smell is still purely jasmine, but a much more toned down jasmine.

First few sips and… Ugh! I’ve made a mess! I totally forgot I was wearing BRIGHT metallic red lipstick, and now it’s all over my cup and all smudged. On the plus side, the tea itself tastes great! The tea is very lightly jasmine flavoured but still has enough flavour you don’t have to search for the jasmine. I CAN actually taste the green tea, but it’s not really all that vegetal so I’m not minding it too much.

Well darn, I was really hoping I wouldn’t like such an expensive tea. Maybe I can make it work by getting relatives to buy me it for holidays and such, so I don’t have to sell out the money myself. I’m probably gonna have to look, now, for a cheaper jasmine alternative since, now that I really think about it, I don’t actually own any tea with jasmine in it. I think jasmine definitely needs a spot amongst the teas I permanently stock. My friend Robyn has DT’s Buddha’s Blend and I think that has a large amount of jasmine in it – I’ll have to see if I can steal a sample from her.

EDIT: Got a really good resteep out of this one. I doubled the steep time, but otherwise everything was left unchanged. Tastes practically identical to the cup I enjoyed earlier today.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

Teavivre sells a cheaper version of these pearls that is excellent as well!

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Thank you to Teavivre for this sample tea!

As always the service from Teavivre is of the highest quality with the best packaging and kind notes from Angel!

Now and then I encounter a tea that is…“not my cup of tea” and there is no way to get around saying it. I can’t possibly love all tea’s… nobody can.
I discovered last year is that I can’t taste some green tea’s whatsoever! A few Butiki’s flavored green tea’s taste like water to me because I can’t taste the base tea. Silly taste buds!

The fault isn’t the tea or Teavivre or me, it’s what happens in human beings.

All that being said, I’ll tell you what the tea tasted like to me and you might chuckle (or not).

I’m a super-taster of sorts due to the health condition I have which gives me a stronger than average sense of taste and smell. I have to be careful not to wear perfumes when I drink tea. I tasted Golden Monkey on two occasions to make sure there wasn’t anything interfering with my senses.

What I tasted both times was like V8 Juice.
Primarily Celery leaf juice, brothy diluted tomato with mixed vegetables. Not the best tasting tea if you know what I mean, but an ok soup.

I know, I know… different than anyone else…yada yada.

I’m a black tea lover not a hater but this one hit the stranger than strange tea alarm in my mouth.

Sorry Angel, this one was a giggler. It happens.

Indigobloom

Soup!! I love soup :P

Bonnie

Hi cutie professional lady!

Indigobloom

hehe hi hi Colorado belle :D

Stoo

Coincidentally, I’m drinking this TeaVivre Golden Monkey Black Tea right now! My allergies-racked taste buds also detect a different taste to this one than TeaVivre’s other black teas but V8 Juice isn’t registering. I’m thinking…hhmmm…something more like…broccoli!

Bonnie

Mmmm breakfast broccoli! I loved the rose black and keemun….um…going to go look for those. You should have added a little lapsang souchong to your broccoli tea since you like it and that would make a soupy cuppa. I’m nuts huh!

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a quick note on the fly here.

i stuffed this entire immense sample into my steeping basket. it was excellent!!! lychee notes, bamboo notes, very smooth.

lovely clear steep, tiny bit of sugar added. will buy for sure…. and back into the craziness i go. (haven’t even had a cup of tea yet today!!!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
keychange

Here’s to hoping the craziness settles down some.

OMGsrsly

Hope school’s going well, James! :)

JustJames

nope! the day stayed completely mad! i have midterms in less than a month too!!!!! i am one hiccup away from being a spaghetti monster, lol!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, that’s the way of school. :) You can do it!

JustJames

my first 2 test results are in 90% and 100%. not giant tests, but hey, it all counts! =0)

OMGsrsly

Woohoo!

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Thank you Angel and Teavivre for sending me a sample of this. I love this tea. To be honest this is up there with dragon pearls. It’s easily one of my favorites. The dry leaf smells like melted chocolate and caramel to me.
The flavor is so rich and delicious. It has a nice malty sweetness to it then it has a nice sweet potato sweetness with a light twist of caramel.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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99

Bleh. I’m feeling rather lazy today and I feel like I need to clean my house. I don’t think it’ll happen… This is nice and comforting. There is a lot of sweet potato flavors going on in this cup. Thanks again Angel!

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Thank you Angel and Teavivre! Oh the aroma of this one is just lovely. It’s sweet and has notes of honey and fruit. There is something a little deeper I can’t put my finger on though. The flavor is delicious! There is a hint of baked sweet potato with notes of caramel, cocoa, and honey. This is such a nice black tea and I think I’m in love :) Thank you again!!

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A tiny sample from Heather Martin. Just making half a cup of this to taste.

The dry leaves smell so tasty. Nice and dark and malty.

Ohhh, I like this one. A lot. It’s fairly light, sweet, malty, yet strong. (Light maybe because I underleafed.) So good. Definitely on my “to buy” list for Teavivre.

Thanks, Heather! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This was good, and would likely be better appreciated by someone who better appreciated green teas. :)

(Speaking of which, why did I order 9 oolong tea samples? I will likely enjoy them, but I’ll have to force myself to drink them. Otherwise I’ll just choose black teas all the time!)

TeaKlutz

You have the exact same thing with teas as I do. There are some green, white, and oolong teas I really like, but by default I always want black teas!

Cavocorax

That’s good to know. I’ll have to pay even closer attention to your reviews!

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I think this is one of my favorite oolongs I have tried so far.

The smell of the dry tea is not really floral, more fruity sweet and woody. The smell of the brewed tea is almost like aged hard wood. Slightly roasty.

The brewed tea is light, clean and fresh. There is a slightly roasted wood taste but it is not heavy. Slight floral taste. Natural sweetness. The liquor is thick and creamy, although it doesn’t remind me of milk or dairy.

I think next time I will consider steeping this one for a bit longer to get a stronger flavour.

I think I may have gotten a sample of this from Tigress Al, but I know I also got a sample from Teavivre – I have a few sample pack of this floating around. I think I am going to have to hoard these :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to add a sample of this to my Wuyi collection.

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Thanks, Shelley_Lorraine for this tea!

A light, spring-like oolong. It starts out with buttery like sauteed asparagus with a hint of a floral. It becomes spicy with hints of minerals at the end of the cup.

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this was a very nice sample by the ever generous angel at teavivre.

this is a very smooth, warm blend. i think it’s impressive when the taste of a tea is warm over and above the temperature. has a decidedly black essence, but with a less heavy more rosy evolution.

lovely curled black gold yields a medium hued steep. lovely with cream and a bit of sugar.

i plan to buy this in future.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec
TeaKlutz

Have you had their regular Dian Hong? How does the golden tip compare? I’ve only had the regular, but it’s excellent.

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…Uh, so confession: I’m not actually sure this is the tea I’m drinking. I took one of my Teavivre pu-erh samples, put it into a tin, didn’t label the tin, and then forgot about it until I randomly opened it up one day while I was looking for something else. Occam’s razor says this is the shu that fits.

I don’t really have anything to say about this that I haven’t said before. I just really, really like it. I always think of fresh, dark spring dirt and moss. I also like how the flavor is so thick. I was strongly considering coffee this morning, but I decided I needed tea instead, and the thickness makes me feel like I’m drinking a wake-up beverage.

So overall, this tea – like any of my favorite shus – is a combination of caffeine, imagery, and the placebo effect!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

LOL! The shu that fits…love it!

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Exactly how do you rinse a tea? I gave it what I thought was a rinse, but I’m not sure I did it right.

At any rate, I still like this tea. Mellow, earthy, oddly spicy, full-bodied. And a needed wake-up.

KittyLovesTea

To rinse a Pu Erh I Pour boiling water into the teapot for roughly 5-10 seconds and discard the water. The idea is to open up the leaves so they steep with more flavour.

TeaVivre

Yes, The rinse step can help washing and waking up your tea leaves. You can put the tea into the Yixing teapot and pour boiling water, it doesn’t need too much water this time, just cover the tea leaves.

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