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87

Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for sending me this sample.

I am not usually a straight green tea fan, but I never pass up the opportunity for free samples from Teavivre because I find my tastes are changing and sometimes I discover something I wouldn’t have normally tried!

I used 1 tsp of leaf. This is an excellent tea. It is smooth, not too vegetal. It has a nutty flavour and now that I read the description, it says chestnut, and ya, I get chestnut. It is buttery and not astringent in any way. It tastes so fresh.

Resteep at 2 minutes. I think I enjoy this steep even more than the first.

I am glad I got to try this and might just order it in the future……look at me…..growing up in my tastes and ordering straight teas more and more…lol.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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81

A lovely sample from TeaVivre!

This tea was amazing! It brewed to be a really pretty amber colour. The apple flavour really popped out from the first sip. It was was the perfect level of sweet. I would definitely buy this again!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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85

I received this as a free sample and both me and the kids loved it. Has a true apple taste with a nice tartness that was perfect. Much like other reviewers, I think this would make an excellent iced tea. The only thing I did not care for was the fact that it dried my mouth out a bit. Used Teavana Perfectea Rock Sugar to sweeten and steeped for 11 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
TeaVivre

You have mentioned it dried your mouth a bit. A strange effect of teas is that with some teas, people will feel thirsty even when drinking plenty of the tea, while for others, tea can quench thirst. Sometimes this can be a physiological reaction due to dehydration if your body is lacking in water content or electrolytes. The contents of the actual tea, the type of tea and fermentation level can all affect the effects of drinking tea.

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79

Light with a little bit of buttery sweetness. Has a vegetal taste of steamed spinach. Not too much character in this tea but it is not without its charms.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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94

I haven’t had this in awhile and it was top of my list when I placed a recent teavivre order, and the first cup I made when my order arrived.

This is even better than I remembered! Very fragrant like clover and honey, and so flavorful with delicate, sweet pastry-like notes. Perfect and delicious!

This is one of my favorite teas and I’m happy to have it in my cupboard again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Nice to hear! I bought some blindly during the BF sale and I’ve yet to try it. Sounds awesome.

caile

Yay, I hope you like it too! :)

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94

Drinking a small pot of this today. Smooth, mellow with earthy sweet potatoes and a bit of caramel.
The last time I drank this I got some citrus notes which I don’t get now; this is more lightly earthy… still really good and easy to drink, and I like it.

Steeped at 190F for 2 1/2 minutes.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
caile

So maybe it is me and my lack of patience right now but it is next to impossible to post tasting notes since the update, when using my tablet. Posting this one was really!hard to do!!

moraiwe

I used to do quick updates from my phone, but it’s become pretty much impossible after the update, so I totally get this.

caile

Thanks. I don’t think I’ll try again on the tablet – it was a test of patience that’s for sure, and even then, couldn’t add in the steep times etc.

OMGsrsly

I do a lot of zooming, and making notes in the tasting note itself. I did that before the update as well, but I’m finding it harder to do. :/

caile

I did that before as well, but for some reason am unable to scroll to the bottom of the note or do any kind of controlled zooming now. It must be my tablet not cooperating with the new format. Also, when I posted the note it went to the black ‘put the kettle on’ page, but fortunately the note had posted when I went back to my dashboard. Hopefully the kinks will get worked out eventually though!

caile

Just went to my laptop to see if I could add in the steeping parameters, and yes, much easier!

OMGsrsly

Interesting. I have an ipad/iphone, and can still zoom and scroll.

caile

Mine is android so maybe that’s different? Or maybe my fingers just didn’t have the right touch today. ;-)

OMGsrsly

Probably the difference between android and ithing :)

caile

haha – I think so! : )

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94

Sweet malt and spicy citrus. Delicious and smooth as usual with a dash of cream.

This is a really good tea and on my repurchase list.
I recently placed an order with Teavivre but decided to go with the Bailin Gongfu this time. I like both but decided that this one will have to wait for now – I do have one last sample packet though so am not entirely out.

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94

My second sample to try from Angel at Teavivre.

Dry leaf smells of dried cherries or raisins.
It seemed to brew up darker in color than the Bailin Gongfu sample from yesterday with same amount of leaf and brew time even though this one recommends more leaf, but maybe I am not remembering correctly.

Once brewed there is the aroma of yeasty bread but the taste is light. There is a sweet potato flavor with a touch of lemon. Sweet malt lingering aftertaste.

Re-steeped for two minutes for an even better cup – smooth, mellow and balanced. Having this cup with cream – delicious!!

Nightshifter

I wish I had ordered this! I will have to add it to the shopping list.

caile

hehe – my shopping list slowly keeps getting bigger.

Nightshifter

Same here! :)

JustJames

you do know this is a tea enabler website, right? we just encourage one another to go on flagrant tea spending sprees!!! lol

caile

lol And I was hoping to find a couple favorite teas…I think there are going to be many more than just a few!

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74

Light to medium Oolong with a greenish orange color and an aroma of licorice and herbal medicine. This tea has a sugary sweetness that hits you right away and lingers like I just ate a piece of candy. It taste like a green tea with sugar added to it. I like my tea unsweetened so the sweetness is a little too much for me. Other than that, it has a pleasant taste. The dry tea is interesting in that it is hard and has something similar to a candy coating, probable from the process of adding the ginseng to the tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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90

tasty, viscous, sweet, and a hint of cucumber notes.

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93

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.

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

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85

This was very different than I was expecting. I thought it would be a little sweeter, and more like chamomile. I see in the description, that they mention persimmon and I definitely get that. I like this, but not enough to order it.

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

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94

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!

Flavors: Mineral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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94

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.

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

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74

Light amber in color with a nice woodsy aroma. It has the taste of hay and wood mixed with a the flavors of dried apricot and maybe a little bit of plum. Slightly astringent aftertaste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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88

The aroma is that of sweet hay. This tea is light and sweet. It has a pronounced melon flavor with hints of hay and cucumber.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
292 tasting notes

Brewed up the last little bit of this bag.

Sweet and malty with a hint of fruity caramel. Smooth and so delicious, especially with some cream.

This was my first tea from Teavivre and I have enjoyed it a lot – will repurchase.

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

This is one of my favorites from Teavivre – glad you like it.

caile

Mine too!

Sil

love this one!

TheTeaFairy

We’re all in agreement here!! Major staple.

caile

haha yes, it seems to be a staple for many!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll chime in!

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
292 tasting notes

I have been drinking this every morning the past few days. Simply delicious and sweet, and perfect with a dash of cream. Best brewed at the recommended lower temperature.

Dexter

Agreed, this is a good one. I also like it steeped at a lower water temp, but then I’m finding I’m steeping a lot of my black teas at a lower temp. :))

caile

Yeah, I usually steep everything at a bit lower temp also. Probably doesn’t matter so much mostly, but this one really is better that way – otherwise a wee bit bitter or something. :-)

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
292 tasting notes

This tea is so delicious! Dark and rich flavour with malt and caramel – perfectly sweet and tasty!
I like it with a bit of cream and am going to re-steep the leaves for another cup right now.

Added: And the second cup is just as good! Maybe even more malty with raisins.

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
292 tasting notes

I actually meant to brew a different tea but realized I made this instead. No matter as this is so good!
Rich, malty and bold on the first cup – dark rye bread and so sweet with buckwheat honey.
Delicious and so flavourful even after my cup has cooled completely!

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
292 tasting notes

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.

Nightshifter

I haven’t opened this one yet, but now I can’t wait to try it!

Bonnie

It’s good…bready and grainy.

caile

I’m trying to decide which ones I like best of the samples I received but it is difficult – they’ve all been good so far.

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90
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
292 tasting notes

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!

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80

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.

Rosehips

One Of Its Episodes. Ha! Thats exactly it, isnt it?

TeaKlutz

It seems to have a lot of them… it was really bad last night. It stalled every time I tried to go to another page, then I tried to put this tea in my cupboard, and then it wouldn’t show it in the cupboard. errgh

ashmanra

Be very cautious. When I first started drinking tea, I wondered what all the big deal was about TGY teas. Then they got their hooks in me….now I crave them and slurp down a cup like a person dying of thirst in a desert!

greenteafairy

I REALLY have to be in the mood for Tie Guan Yin as well – there are times when I’ve had it and thought it was the greatest tea in the world and times when I’ve just found it kind of blah (same vendor and batch and everything).

TeaKlutz

Kinda nice knowing I’m not alone! :P

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