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Thanks Teavivre for the sample! I love the shape of dragonwell tea. This tea smells of young spring greens and peas. I love that crisp taste and smell that green teas have. I’ve been drinking mainly blacks and oolongs so this is a nice departure. I brewed this for 2 min. and it is very clear with light yellow hints.
Oh wow, this is such a good tea! The taste is bright, smooth, and just a bit nutty. I’m surprised by the mouthfeel of this one. It is much thicker tasting than I would suspect from such a light tea. I can understand why so many people love dragonwell! This one is a superb example of this type of tea. I would suggest it to tea newcomers and green tea enthusiasts alike.
Good gosh this tea just surprised me. I forgot my water, so it got too hot, then I forgot it again and it got quite cold. I steeped this for 2min. at 160F. You know what? It was amazing. The brew has only the slightest hint of yellow/light green. There are plenty of nutty, sweet notes and it is surprisingly wonderful at this temp. I really enjoy this one and I think that it is a must try for green tea lovers. thank you Teavivre for this sample!
I was more than a bit apprehensive to try these powdery, grey-green nuggets. Some people think pu’erh looks scary, but I find these to be far more intimidating.
The taste, however, is quite nice! The first few steeps tasted mostly of the sweet, grassy ginseng, while the later ones showed more of the flavor of lightly roasted Taiwanese oolong. The sweetness of the tea reminds me a bit of stevia, I wonder if there is any sweetener in the ginseng powder, or if that’s from the ginseng itself? The ginseng is quite energizing, and if I didn’t know any better I’d think someone had slipped some Red Bull in my tea. :P
I’m not sure I appreciate the simultaneously peaceful and hyperactive feeling I’m getting from the tea/ginseng mix. Overall this was pretty nice and I’d judge it to be of good quality, but I think I prefer my oolongs plain.
This tea is very distinctive: it is malty like Assam teas, and has a caramel sweetness to it, but it is also woodsy and earthy. The finish is a sweet fruity flavor, a little bit reminiscent of a Darjeeling, except that the woodsy earthy flavor is present as well. I am not sure how to rate this tea yet, though I do like it.
Appearance: bicolor pearls
Aroma when Dry: light floral, creamy jasmine
After water is first poured: same notes as dry, addition of faint earthy woody note
At end of first steep: slightly floral, jasmine
At end of first steep: buttery brown
Staple? Type yes
Preferred time of day: any
At first: bitter, floral, jasmine
As it cools ? Notes open up, tea starts tasting soapy, tea starts to sour
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, jasmine soap texture
Second steep (3 min)
Taste: Jasmine soap
Appearance: dark, knobby tricolored curls
Aroma when Dry: sweet, milky, grassy
After water is first poured: nothing noticeable,
At end of first steep: faint sweet nuttyness
At end of first steep: hints of brown
Preferred time of day: Afternoon, evening
At first: sour, nutty, grassy
As it cools ? gets bland, sour, grassy
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? yes, with sour grassiness
Another one from my new TeaVivre package!
What can I say..wow! This was amazing. Really strong smell, just the way I like it. Very sweet, but with a ton of jasmine in it!
The taste is very gentle and smooth, and of course, full of jasmine! It leaves a very sweet aftertaste, and the base tastes great, very solid, but not overshadowing the jasmine itself.
Amazing tea, I will try to make sure this one is in my cupboard like..forever?
If only the taste of the first steep stayed…
The first one, when the tea is not yet uncurled and moistered eniugh, is simply godly. The taste is very interesting and complex.
Then… harshness kicks… and I am not sure it is controllable to produce anything comparable to 1st. And this turns it from godly to average… :(
When I first opened the sample of this tea, all I could smell were Peach notes. The leaves are green, curled with hints of yellow. I brewed this tea western style instead of via gaiwan. As the leaves steeped, they opened and produced a peachy, creamy aroma. The liquid is a beautiful golden yellow colour. Now, as some may know, green oolongs are not my favourite. However, I continue to try various teas to expand my tea palate and experience new things, so that was part of the reason of the reason for picking up this tea.
As I continue to sip on this tea, and as i go through the re-steeps, the flavour moves from a creamy, peachy type flavour to a more vegetal floral taste. There is no perfumey harshness to this tea, but it is still too floral for my liking, particularly as you move through the re-steeps.
Overall not something that I enjoy but a reasonable enough tea for me to have tried. I’m sure others will enjoy it much more than me.
SIPDOWN! yeah that’s right! Totally bone tired from today but I have a meeting tonight with china, so awake i must be. So tea i must drink and that means I’m coming for you dinosara! lol
Revising my rating of this one and it IS still a nice oolong (i don’t like them normally) but it’s not nearly as tasty as i first thought, mostly in comparison to some of the others that i’ve since tasted. :) Still i really enjoy the teas from teavivire and will continue to try many more of them!
mmmmm this! This is a delicious cup of tea! I’m getting sweet notes and a small bit of cinnamon??? I’m getting honey notes as I go through a few more steepings. I will really enjoy the re-steeps of this one i think. I’m happy to see as well, that dark oolong are ok with me as there’s not hint of that that i can’t stand in many green oolongs.
I picked this one up from teavivre to broaden my tea experiences and continue in my quest to branch out with teas and figure out what types of teas I most enjoy. I much prefer strong blacks so i knew there wasn’t a lot of hope that I’d fall in love with this white tea. The dry scent is not my favourite. The Jasmine is a bit too floral for me.
This tea brews up into a pale golden liquor but the aroma isn’t overly floral. At first sip, I am pleasantly surprised. This is a really nice cup of tea. As i drink this, the floral builds up and it becomes a bit much for me. That being said, this is a wonderful cup of tea for anyone who enjoys jasmine. It’s smooth and delicious.
Random Teavivre Sample…though there will be more today :)
I haven’t had too many Lapsang Souchong – the last time i had one it was used to cook with :) The aroma of this one isn’t overly strong, it’s a softer smoky scent. This is a really nice tea. I can’t say that I’d drink a Lapsang daily but every now and then, this would be a really great cup to enjoy. I like that with this cup the smoke blends really nicely with the tea.
I took a page out of Bonnie’s notes and added a bit of maple syrup to this tea and it was fantastic! I actually think it would be interesting to make some chicken with the lapsang and a bit of maple. Smokey maple chicken anyone? :)
This is my first Da Hong Pao. It brews a nice warm brown-gold color. The taste is bold and dry and reminds me of a dry sack wine. Its mildly sweet and mineral, and the main flavors that I pick up on are apricot, clove, and slightly cooling spearmint-like note.
I don’t think I used quite enough leaf, as only the first infusion really seemed strong enough. I think I’ll be making it again with a bit more tea.