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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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80

Sipdown! I like this one a bunch :) I may have to put this one my rotational list just to remember to pick it up every now and then. Tooooo tired to write more. Is it bed time yet?

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80

i had this today too, and will likely have a few more steepings now that i’m home. I think i prefer the other puerh i had from teavivre this past week, but not by much. this is a really nice mellow, refreshing puerh that i’m glad i have a bit more of!

Nxtdoor

A refreshing pu’erh ?!? Hrm…

Sil

Haha I love puerhs, there are a few I’d call refreshing :)

BoxerMama

Totally agree, some I could drink forever.

Terri HarpLady

Yup! Some of them have that minty kind of quality to them.

TeaKlutz

I think I got a sample of this with my order… I am really, really intrigued now.

Sil

I like the other one I had this week better but this one is lovely. I’m really starting to love my puerhs more and more…which is good cause I have 239847239847238476 samples to get through looks at terri

BoxerMama

hahahaha!

Terri HarpLady

wink wink…nudge nudge…Say no more… ;)

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84

This tea has a strong malty taste with slight hints of chocolate and brown sugar. It is quite sweet and not too rich.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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82

Light Oolong that is yellowish green in color and has a floral roasted green veggie aroma. This tea has a light and sweet taste with a floral flavor with hints of gardenias and jasmine. It also has a little grassy flavor to it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this lovely tea sample!

I appreciate Teavivre’s generous samples! Don’t know what got into me the last few days, but I’ve been screwing up pots of tea and over-brewing the past few days.

You think I’d know better after all the tea I’ve had but Nooooo, even an experienced tea drinker can get arrogant!

Too much water to tea leaf ratio or an overdone steeping causes astringent tea that makes a person retch!
I owe those who harvest and process this tea an apology because I should have followed directions and remembered to take care.

So, I began again…humbled by my own tea rudeness, with 16 oz fresh filtered water boiled at 185 degrees…and steeped the leaves for 2 minutes. For the packet of tea provided, this was perfect.

The liquor was dark golden brown with the scent of brown sugar and clover honey.

My first sip was not too sweet and tasted like whole grain wheat bread warm from the oven.
I added cream (not milk) and the rich breadiness became croissant pastry. Flaky, sweet, buttery layers and a light honied aftertaste.

Having enough tea to brew again was important in my discovery of what this tea had to offer since I blew it with my earlier lack of effort and care. I’m so glad that I had a second chance at redemption!

The moral of the story for me is to pay attention and not take for granted what I think I know about tea. Never get lazy about brewing tea either, because I’ll be sorry if I do!

This is a tea worth tasting!

Fjellrev

Sounds wonderfully wholesome to me. :)

Bonnie

Wholesome and comforting like you’d want from a good morning or afternoon pick-me-up tea. An antidepressant in a cup of delicious TEA.

caile

Sounds wonderful! I’m looking forward to trying this when my sample from Angel arrives!

TeaVivre

Thanks for your valuable experience. And reminding me if we want to appreciate the real taste of tea, we’d better to put in some time and effort. Time, mood, water, tea sets, brewing, tasting and enjoying the whole process.

Indigobloom

Tea has a way of teaching you lessons when you least expect it! :)

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95

So I found a hidden sample of this in the cupboard yesterday, which was great because I thought I was out completely. It was exactly what I needed to soothe an unhappy tummy. Bright sparkling minerals, airy, naturally sweet, and faintly nutty- what’s not to like? For those that don’t like strong savory greens, this would be a good one to try.

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