Teavivre

Recent Tasting Notes

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Dry Leaf – Milky, buttery sweetness with some sweet pea scent.
Wet Leaf – Buttery, Sweet and nutty. Slightly milky.

- 1st Steep – Sweet and slightly savory background with nutty taste. faint vegetal scent.

- 2nd Steep – Nutty sweetness resembles sweet corn and some raw honey. (smells like roasted sweet corn). Starts sweet and nutty with savory hints and buttery feel that then feels clean.

- 3rd Steep – Slightly smells like sweet corn when roasted. the leaves opened fully and the brew is sweet with floral tones and butter like feeling.

- 4th Steep – Sweetness fades away and more floral, is not at clean as the first steeps this steep has a floral aftertaste to it.

Good tea, not the greatest to me, but If you like smoother Oolongs this is one to try.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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74

This one is great, very nice and malty with lots of cocoa/chocolatey flavors that i really wasnt expecting, I WAS expecting the cocoa notes because i’ve had this type tea from other companys but this one was by far the best, I wasnt expecting to actually taste chocolate but i almost did this in this one and that is just perfect to me, I like this one alot better than…well other companys version of it, Also of course its always lovery to watch any tea unfurl when its rolled into a ball so thats a plus too. This tea can take you away if you let it so Let It!! :)

Bonnie

I’m going to tell you (Shush) but my local tea store has this and I can’t tell the difference between teavivre and their’s. It’s even from the same area. Hum. Costs me less. Interesting. I bought some from teavivre too.

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67

This one is very nice and strong(steeped strong)with no bitter and slightly malty(assam type maltyness)flavor changes with more steeps ending with a very nice almost plum-like flavors, I really like this one. Very good with a little milk and a touch of sweetener.

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90

I have come to my last sample in this round of Teavivre’s latest offerings. Let’s see if Teavivre has batted 1,000 again like they have with samples in previous rounds…

When I opened the sample packet, a very strong grassy aroma escaped into the air. It was not unpleasant. It was like the smell of a freshly mowed putting green after a Summer sun shower.

I steeped the long green leaves for two minutes at 195 degrees. A pale green liquid emerged at the end of the brewing cycle.

The taste of this tea was light, fresh, and grassy. There also was a slight hint of sweetness beneath the leafy flavor. There was no bitterness to the taste and a light and fresh aftertaste lingered on my palate.

Like the several other Teavivre green teas that I have tasted, one word best describes the flavor of this selection: FRESH. All of Teavivre’s green tea offerings have a just picked taste that makes you think the leaves were harvested this morning.

This is yet another exceptional tea from Teavivre. I can’t wait to see (and taste) what they come up with next!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

The leaves for this smell great first of all! Pretty grassy, yet roasted too, a bit more than a TGY in my opinion. However, although I do like some qualities of this tea it’s not my favorite. The roastedness is a bit overpowering for me sometimes. The first steep is nice and grassy, with a little bit of a sweet aftertaste, although not as much as a TGY. By the third steep it reminds me a lot of a Green Tea Frappuchino from Starbucks. It’s sweet, mellow, and has the sweet milk taste that I was looking for! I like this one, but not as much as a TGY. Thanks Angel!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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90

Revised note;
Dropped the temp to 185. I had this tea AGAIN tonight yet didn’t remember that I had it before until I saw my score on the Steepster reviews page. It’s funny to go back and see what I was writing my first few days of being on here. I don’t see anything that I think is wrong, just not enough of it. I shall correct…
Normally I like to do my tasting withn a fresh palate before eating (not sure if it makes a difference), but today I could not help myself. I made my wife scrambled eggs with sweet onions, sweet banana peppers, jalepeno, and tomatoes (Mr Stripey/Ruckers) all pulled fresh from the garden. Wow fresh is good. Only wish I woulda grabbed the brown eggs I considered stopping for the other day.
On with the tea. Pale green color. Unfurling brought good sized leaves. Nice aroma that I soon found hinted at taste to follow. Initially I was impressioned with a green, but not grassy, slightly minty flavor. There were delicate notes of floral sweetness and little to no astringency. The buttery creaminess was so good and it hung with me for a little bit, coating my mouth and leaving a pleasant aftertaste indeed.
Second steeping the sweet remained though not as sharp or minty. The creaminess was still present too. The flavor became bolder but the astrigency remained nuetral. It’s very refreshing and, truthfully, hard to put down. I ended up steeping this one maybe 7 times, backing off the amount of water and bumping up the duration a little each time. I found it to change slightly each time with the final cup leaving me with a salty soup like flavor that was still holding on to a touch of the sweet notes. A splendid drink I would suggest to anyone.
Tune;The Glorious 9th,by Ludwig Van
I did not listen to this tonight, we were actually playing the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Edition of-Risk, though I left it to see if anyone knows what I meant by it…

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

Beethoven’s 9th, I’m assuming?

Kittenna

You want to see if anyone knows what you mean by the tune you posted?? Beethoven’s 9th? I’m confused :P

Rebecca Lynn

Clockwork Orange!

Charles Thomas Draper

Try cold-brewing this one

tunes&tea

BRAVO! Rebecca Lynn!

Kittenna

Interesting! I was thinking that there’s no way you were fishing for just what I wrote :D

meliorate

Milk oolongs are so delicious, aren’t they?

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94

Yum! I am not usually a fan of black teas, but this tea is something else! Bold and round in flavor, yet very mellow at the same time. It’s one of those teas that’s easy to gulp down, but you’ll miss out on the subtleties if you do.

This tea is rich and malty with bready tones, and a very pleasing aftertaste. I’d like to say it calls to mind caramel and cocoa, but that’s not necessarily a very accurate descriptor. It has the gentle, comfortable characteristics of caramel and cocoa without being very sweet about it. Even though it’s not exactly a flavor descriptor, I’d like to say that this tea makes me feel cozy. It’s yummy alone or paired with desserts! Resteeps well at least three times, and it tastes great even if I forget about it and steep it a bit too long. It never gets overly aggressive or tannic! Excellent! Now that I’m out of my sample, I find myself remembering it fondly and craving more.

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96

So, this is my first taste review considering that I’m decently new to Steepster so I’m hoping that this will be insightful for anyone looking to try this tea out. Let me start off by saying don’t hesitate, over the past couple of brews with this tea its become very clear that is easily now one of my favorite teas. It’s absolutely amazing, the dry leaves have a very subtle sweet aroma to it but once brewed that scent really comes to life. The taste is a little more buttery to me than “milky” like the name suggests, but that isn’t a bad thing it’s just more of have the tea resonates with my tastebuds. The second steep is just as amazing as the first with the grassier notes coming through more giving it a balance with the buttery flavor. This is defiantly a repeat purchase for me, I don’t see myself getting tired of this tea anytime soon.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Free sample from Teavivre. Thank you.

Wow, opening the packet hit me with a strong aroma. It practically knocked my socks off. The smell is asparagus and pork chops. More asparagus in the dry leaf, which is a dark brown. Then I brewed the tea and the aroma was much meatier on the first steeping. The liquor was as advertised: yellowish green. The leaves turned from brownish to bright green in the hot water, and such dinky little leaves too. Lovely. The taste was fresh, grassy, slightly nutty with a light, sweet aftertaste. There was no astringency that I noticed and it rebrewed well three times. I really enjoyed this one.

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

Hey, what’s this…you’re a little too close…hahaha!
If your socks came off it’s your feet you smell!
Actually, I know what you mean. I’ve smelled roast beef and so on and been amazed. Sounds very tasty. We do love our teavivre’s!

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96

Sent to me by Angel of Teavivre for review and a huge thank you to them for this!
You know I kept planning to sit down and write the review many times but I kept getting pulled back into the tea just relaxing, enjoying, and almost sending me to a heady meditative place.
I needed it too!
The sample is quite generous and for that I am very happy as I can have another full pot to tide me over until I can place an order with Teavivre next month! Eek that seems so far away thinking about it!
This tea has a bright fruity aroma and a juicy fruity after taste that is lovely and quite different from its malty and sweet potato flavor on the initial sip!
Its sweet but of course there is no added sweetener to the tea itself and I did not add any sweetener so this is an all natural sweet goodness here!
It has a velvety rich mouthfeel which makes me feel a bit spoiled – its decadent!
The tea also provides a nice but mellow caffeine kick!
I would absolutely keep this in my perma stash!
Thanks again Angel and Teavivre! you got me with this one for sure – then again you get me with most all of your teas lol.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

Oh, I have this sample waiting for me, too! I can’t wait to try it next week!

Azzrian

Hope you enjoy it! :)

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89

Thank you Angel at Teavivre for this sample!

This Oriental Beauty is very complex. There are so many different taste and flavors that I really like! It’s smooth and chocolaty. Slightly sweet and a little malty. Buttery, with a small amount of saltiness at times.

The amber colored liquid and cocoa-like aroma, become much much mellow on the 2nd steeping. There is very little of the creamier and thicker taste, more of sheng pu’erh – in the way of a light hay flavor.

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

I just ordered this last week and it is on its way! Liberteas had sent me a sample and it was too good to resist.

Pureleaf

Good choice ashmanra! It’s hard to believe how nicely different this tea is to other oolongs (as if you can single all other oolongs into one class:). Truth being known, I had 8 cups of this tea back-to-back. Each were very enjoyable!

wiicked

Did you do the blog thing?

ashmanra

Wiicked: not sure if you were asking me or Pureleaf, but I have gotten samples from Teavivre about four times over the salt eight months or so, just not this particular tea! But Liberteas sent me some in a swap and I loved it! Now, if you were addressing Pureleaf, it is his turn to answer! :)

wiicked

Nice!
My samples are on the way right now!

ashmanra

wiicked: I think you are going to love them! Mine have all been great. I end up ordering about half of what gets sent, and friends who try it with me have wanted it, too.

wiicked

That’s awesome
Have you ever ordered a puerh tuocha or cake?
And how big are te samples?

ashmanra

I have ordered lots of their puerh, and have more on the way right now! LOL! I think in the mini tuocha samples there were about five to seven to a pouch? I had to order two packages of it because my non-tea drinking son and his girlfriend liked it so much that they wanted their own. Then I got a sample of Mengku Palace loose puerh and swooned over it. I have that on the way! The other types of tea probably have enough in the sample to make two or three 22 ounce pots at least, and that isn’t counting resteeps.

wiicked

Haha nice!!!

Amber

thanks for following me!

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Since it has happened four times, I guess I can say it is now a Friday night tradition for hubby and me to go to the Chinese buffet. While I was there tonight, many of the food aromas were evoking memories of green and oolong teas I have had. It really makes me wish they had good tea there, and not just plain old bags of Lipton black tea!

At least I have great tea waiting for me when I get home! This particular one is a free sample provided for review by Angel and Teavivre. Thank you!

When I cut open the pouch, a wonderfully fresh spinach aroma rushed out to greet me. The leaves are very dark and so long and thin and twisted! I used what I thought was about eight grams for my teapot, but I may have misjudged. I used their recommended 194F for my water and gave it a 1 1/2 minute steep to hit a happy medium.

The liquor has a light body and light but somewhat lingering flavor. It is buttery, vegetal, and a little nutty. It is smooth and I don’t detect any sourness. This was very good, but a little more subtle than I was looking for tonight. The meal really needed something with a little more OOMPH to follow it up. I think next time I will actually weigh the leaves or make it in a gaiwan for better control.

Edited to add: the flavor became stronger as it cooled, with no increase in astringency and no sourness. So this would be a great sipper!

Thank you, Angel and Teavivre!

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99

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

YUM! I’m with Angrboda here, Fujian black DOES = OM NOM NOM NOM!!!

So rich and satisfying. So yummy delicious. Lovely dark cocoa notes, and a strong undercurrent of caramel sweetness. When it comes to pure black tea, it really doesn’t get any better than this. This is the stuff!

Angrboda

OM NOM NOM NOM FUJIAN! Second cup of Peony Tea S’ unsmoked LS is imminent over here. :9

LiberTEAS

I will watch for your tasting note, I really enjoyed the unsmoked LS that I tried from Townshend’s.

Angrboda

I wrote about it a couple of days ago, so you may have already seen it. :)

LiberTEAS

yes … I just re-visited it though and re-read it. I was a little down and out a day or two ago, so I was reading… but not really paying attention, if that makes sense. I was more or less just sort of looking at the screen and feeling kind of miserable. But, fortunately, it didn’t last too long.

Angrboda

I know what you mean. And even so, it’s impossible to keep everything in your head all the time, anyway. :)

LiberTEAS

Yes, it is. I am glad that you were able to try some unsmoked Lapsang Souchong, as I do remember you being interested in the Unsmoked LS that I tried from Townshend’s. I might have to give the one from Peony a try too.

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92

Ahhhhhhh! This smells amazing! Dry…It smells like Sun-Dried-Tomatoes. LOVELY! Post infusion liquid TOTALLY smells like Sweet Potatoes! TOTALLY! COMPLETELY! Sweet Potatoes (even with a little bit of Brown Sugar!)

Taste-wise this has a grainy-texture-E-Malt to it…not like a Standard Malty Black Tea with that sort of mouth-feel (as much as I hate that term LOL) and it doesn’t have a Bakey-Cakey sort of malt to it either. It’s different but good.

It’s slightly brash but in a good way. There is a gentle burnt-toast and smoky flavor to it too! The end of the sip on to the after taste it has a quick pop of various fruit flavors that is neat!

This is Awesomely Flavorful and Memorable! Two thumbs up! If I had 3 Thumbs…I give it 3 Thumbs up!

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97

I love black dragon pearls! So sweet and cocoa tasting. The notes of chocolate are on the dark chocolate spectrum of cocoa flavors which is wonderful, but there is also this sweet, roast, almost marshmallow like flavor as well. Add to that a baked flavor goodness this tea reminds me of smores!
A staple for sure.
I am enjoying this cup SO much that I am finding it difficult to allow it to cool down much – burns be darned I will sip this tea boiling hot! lol beware!
I will need to pour a second cup to let it cool a bit as we find new flavors when a tea cools a bit … so … be right back … ohhhh mmmmmm nummy.
Yes I realize my review is not flowering with eloquent words here and in no way can my words match the goodiness of this tea but it is transporting that is for sure.
This is not only a tea that can perk you up but also unwind you depending on what it is you need in the moment. There is this slightly smoky flavor coming through as it cools but nothing like a lapsang souchong by any means just this nice toasty flavor that is very understated.
I do pick up a subtle yam flavor in here as well but I LOVE yams so that is alright with me!
This was a free sample from Angle at Teavivre and I want to give her a big thank you for it! Now I have to get some ordered! So delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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89

My only chance to sample more new tea today is in the morning. Green tea doesn’t give me the caffeine burst that I need to kick my brain into motion, but I will go ahead and take one for the team anyway.

When I first opened the sample package of Organic Tian Mu Mao Feng Green Tea (I’m glad I only have to type it and not say it), the strongest pre-brewed smell that I ever experienced launched from within. I’m not sure how to identify it. Fresh cut asparagus on steroids is the best descripion that my sputtering brain can come up with (without my morning cups of turbocharged black tea).

I brewed the long thin black leaves for two minutes at 195 degrees. A greenish gold liquid became the final product.

The flavor of this tea is very light. There are twinges of sweetness and grassy or vegetable attributes, but nothing that takes charge. That is not to say this is a weak tea, because it is not. The flavor is full but not overbearing. I found it very easy to guzzle down four cups of this brew. I also enjoyed the light sweet aftertaste after each sip.

Teavivre has created another tasty and distinct tea with characteristics all its own. This would be a terrific selection to enjoy in the afternoon, at dinner, or for dessert.

I wish my favorite local Chinese buffet restaurant would offer this product. I would gladly switch back from their water to hot tea to wash down the mass quantities of peking duck and sushi!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91

Teavivre bailin gongfu. First off.shout out to the good people of teavivre for sending out a wonderful box of samples. That have not only made my day but also gotten me a date. Anyways have you ever just been wowed. Wwell this tea will do it. Its something about this tea that just transport you to another world. It has such a smooth flavor that it almost brought a tear to my eye. The tea has a refreshing flavor that doesn’t leave the mouth dry but refreshing. It almost has a buttery or creamy flavor and a strong aroma that you can enjoy while drinking. Once again thanks for the sample

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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93

Sip down with my son. His review – funky with a grassy aftertaste. My review is less cerebral – Mmmmmm dragonwell. Love it!

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88

This sample was generously provided to me by Teavivre. Thank you Angel and the whole Teavivre Team.
Dry Leaf: Has a sweet grassy aroma.
Wet Leaf: Has a vegetal aroma with a slight nutty component maybe chestnut.
Liquor: Is a yellowish green color.
Taste: This tea is light and smooth with a vegetal flavor and there is a nuttiness flavor like chestnut or something. I was able to also detect a very slight bitterness at the beginning of my tongue.
Overall Opinion: I give this tea a 88. I usually don’t talk to much about the leaf of the tea unless I notice anything that looks different. Well, It maybe my sample but I have noticed what seemed to be an excessive amount of stems in the tea and a good about of broken pieces. Now, most people would associate stems with low quality tea since the stems don’t really do much for flavor. But, to be fair this tea still had a nice flavor so couldn’t fault it to bad.
I feel this tea will work good for people who like Long Jing, Tian Mu Qing Ding, and maybe Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea.
Vessel: SAMA DOYO Gongfu/Kungfu Teapot. 7grams of leaf to 220ml or approx. 7oz of water in the inner cup of pot.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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89

Thanks TeaVivre for this sample!

Dry leaves are a light jade green colour; very pretty short flat leaves. I really enjoy this dragonwell, more than the premium batch. This is nice and smooth with very little astringency. The envelopping nuttiness is enjoyable, and this has a sweetness to it that I haven’t found before in a dragonwell. Good stuff!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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90

2nd infusion…same 4 balls…

Less Chocolate and Less Malt but SUPER Sweet and juicy!
Mouth watering 2nd infusion! Makes Me Smile :)

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90

I used 4 “balls”. and eventho the product description says ‘slight chocolate’ I picked up a whole bunch of chocolate-malty-goodness in this! Incredible!

I’m going to do another infusion after this as well.

This is just what I need at the moment, just want I crave! I really like this! A LOT!

SUPER YUM!

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This tea was a wonderful way to start the day. With most Keemuns I tend to use a bit more leaf and I increase the steep time to about 5 or 6 minutes. I could smell the fragrance. A beautiful aroma. The flavor was so smooth with hints of chocolate and whole grain fresh baked bread. The best part was the lingering taste in my mouth long after I stopped drinking. Sublime. Well worth adding to your tea collection….

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I decided to do a little experiment with this one today. Made by the recommended steeping parameters, it was a refined afternoon cup. I wanted to see if brutal western brewing would turn it into a hearty breakfast cup.

Last time: 194F and 2 1/2 minutes.
This time: 212F and 4 1/2 minutes.

This liquor is still very clean and clear and medium orange red, a tiny bit on the light side of color for a black tea. This is black tea as the Chinese enjoy it.

The test – did it bring out more cocoa, more smoke?

No, it brought out SWEET POTATO! BOOGIE BAM BAM! This is delicious! Seriously, I have Caramella Girls playing in my head from the first sip. Aromatic, steaming, freshly cut open baked sweet potato.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHBUcnIW_Oc

The resteep using these parameters is a bit weak for me, but more refined palates than mine won’t mind it.

So this still isn’t what most people would consider a breakfast cup, but it is great tea! Some keemuns are a little rough around the edges for me. This one is incredibly refined.

Barb

SWEET POTATO! BOOGIE BAM BAM!” ROFL!

ashmanra

Here you go! I added a link to the video so you can LOL even harder! :)

Hesper June

Oh, My!
This little country bumpkin ain’t never seen anything like that before!

ashmanra

LOL! I had to check and make sure the right video had linked. It is a low res one since the originals have been pulled from YouTube. One of my kids likes to listen to K Pop and J Pop, and a bit of RomPop. I think this is actually Swedish with Japanese type animation. Did you know there is a J Pop artist who exists solely as a computer program, both the voice and body, yet tours as a holographic image! There are tons of translations and some truly terrible (to me) videos!

Hesper June

I might have to check out more of them, now that the initial shock has worn away;)

ashmanra

LOL! Well, if you really want to! It is mostly just silly fun, and sometimes my girls and I dance to it as we are exercising!

Barb

OMG I just got back here and saw the link.

^ ^ =0 o= !
Barb

Hmm, that Ascii art didn’t come off quite right…
Let’s just say I am boggled.

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