Teavivre

Recent Tasting Notes

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This tea has become a regular re-stock for me, and one that I have on hand at all times. It also may very well be the one drunk most often, because I find it holds up well to two or sometimes three Western style steeps. I often throw it in and fill the pot for enjoying on my own or with the beau or if I’m working I do up a T-Sac and steep it in my travel mug for a few minutes and save the bag for a second round later on. It does better with the teapot than the T-Sac as there is more room for expansion but even in a tight spot I find it yields good strong flavour. There is some cocoa and nice depth. I never find it bitter and it doesn’t seem to be very tannic because even when black teas are giving me heart times (happens when I get too stressed sometimes) this one doesn’t tend to bother me. It’s a fave!

I seem to remember the price on this one going up a few months ago but even at $14.90/100 grams it is a really good deal. In some ways I even prefer it to my beloved Dragon Pearls, though they do have presentation on their side. I am not an iced tea fan but this is good hot and also at room temperature which is saying a lot for me!

Flavors: Cocoa

Stephanie

Yeah, this one is quite nice

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88

I got a sample of this one with my last Teavivre order as it sounds like the sort of thing I would enjoy. The beau and I steeped it up this afternoon and I was pretty enticed by the aroma. Hello cocoa! I love a good natural cocoa note. The beau finds it smells earthy which I can understand, but for me it’s cocoa all the way in the dry smell.

Rather than doing this in the gaiwan as I usually would, we’re doing this western style as this has been the weekend of tea, relaxing and video games. I’ve been playing Alice Madness Returns while the beau alternates between Silent Hill Downpour and R.U.S.E. I’ve also gotten halfway through the newest Carlos Ruiz Zafon book today (Prisoner of Heaven) and I am LOVING it. It’s nice to have a weekend of our favourite things after the hustle and bustle of December.

Back to the tea! Steeped 2.5 minutes, I have an incredibly fragrant cuppa. It smells like bakers chocolate or even just cocoa powder. I am not a dark chocolate person but I LOVE cocoa notes in tea. The depth of the smell is impressive, it seems extremely rich.

First sips are smooth and rich, not as bold as the aroma had led me to believe but still an excellent quality black tea. I still get cocoa but I’m not picking out anything else at the moment. It’s bold without being bitter and has a sweet smoothness at the end of the sip. This is a great infusion and I think I can probably get a couple more out of this sample. When I do another Teavivre order, I think this one will be on there. Very nice!

I’d like to brew it side-by-side with Bailin Gongfu and see if they are as similar as my memory leads me to believe. I have been stocking the Bailin but this may be better…

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77

This was part of a free sample package from Teavivre, and was the first in the set I have opened. The only green teas I have tried so far are the Jasmine Dragon Pearls and although I like them very much, I enjoyed experiencing a vastly different tasting green tea.

The aroma was somewhat sweet and floral at first, but quickly vegetal notes, such as spinach and other dark greens took over. This was very similar to the taste- at first sip the tea has a slightly sweet characteristic but quickly turns into a very earthy vegetal brew. It was smooth and enjoyable and as I write this I am on my second steep with no change in characteristics that I have noticed. I steeped it longer the second time (3 min 15 seconds) which I found to bring out more of the dark green flavor without adding any real bitterness.

Overall, I am very impressed with the tea and surprised with how different it is from the jasmine pearls I am used to.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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83

My second blooming flower tea from Teavivre’s random blooming flower tea pack. This one bloomed very quickly and looks so beautiful floating in the water and looks very much like it’s picture. It’s amazing to watch it develop into a beautiful flower in only 3 minutes.

The tea once brewed has formed a light yellow colour with a slight sweet and vegetal fragrance similar to sweet pea.

The tea tastes of Silver Needle tea but with a slight hint of flowers. It’s sweet, vegetal, refreshing, subtle and floral. Anyone that likes green or floral tasting tea’s would love this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
darky

oh flowering tea’s had a few ages ago, its wonderful to watch :)

KittyLovesTea

There is something very peaceful about watching them open :)

Roughage

Flower teas are ace. I love bringing them out at the end of meals with the family, partly to wash the food down with but also just as entertainment in their own right.

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80

Mmm, toasty. I really enjoyed this and got several good steeps out of it in my small glass teapot. I really need a small ceramic teapot too. Time to start looking for that again, but first this tea. It’s toasty and floral on the first hit, and smooth, so smooth. This is a tea that would be easy to drink all day and I should probably try that with my gaiwan, when I next get another sample. I also need to compare it to Canton Tea Co’s offering, which I received as part of the tea club but have not yet sat down to taste.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I have a small porcelain? from purepuer.com that I love. I got the matching fair cup and tiny cups and saucers to match, as well as the tea leaf holder/displayer. Good prices, IMO. Great service from those folks, too. Every time I call, I get the owner.

Roughage

That site looks quite good. I was not aware of them before, so thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Oddly enough, I found a lovely little teapot in my local Chinese supermarket, but I bought it as a birthday present for my father, and they have not had any in since that are as good. I do have my eye on a couple from berylleb on eBay but I need to sell some more stuff myself before I can buy them. The funny thing about teapots, for me at least, is that I just cannot stop at one! They appear to be addictive once you start looking at them. :)

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100

I love Jasmine Pearls and try to keep stocked up at all times for whenever the mood strikes me to have a mug full. Since I regularly order from Teavivre it made sense to order a batch in to store in their wonderful new tins.

Well today I walked the few miles to a fish shop to see what they had to put into my tanks after unfortunately a few died over Christmas of old age. I came out with a female Siamese fighting fish (called Chun Lee), a red finned shark (called Sharky) and a pair of breeding Dwarf Gourami (yet to be named). I not long arrived home and I’m out of shape after Christmas so I let my husband sort the fish out while I sat down puffed out on the sofa. Then the craving hit me, JASMINE JASMINE JASMINE … I deserve the treat. I have had countless cups of this tea and am very surprised that I have not done a review for them.

The pearls look slightly fuzzy with a mix of greens and silver with a sweet and fresh jasmine scent. They are only small pearls but pack a lot of flavour and smell.

Once brewed the tea forms a pale golden colour with that has the same strong yet sweet and somewhat perfumey jasmine fragrance as raw but on a stronger level.

The flavour is smooth, naturally sweet and very fresh. The jasmine seems fairly strong at first but it mellows very quickly making each sip seem like it’s the first one. Whilst being perfumey it’s still refreshing and cleansing. The balance is perfect.

This is my favourite jasmine pearl tea and I don’t think it can be beaten in quality and taste. It truly is the perfect cup of jasmine green tea.

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

Ahhh… Teavivre Jasmine teas…the best!

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82

What is a Camellia? Camellia, the camellias, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. – Thank you Wikipedia. :)

I ordered this tea thinking Camellia may be similar to Chamomile even though I am not a fan of Chamomile but wanted the chance to try something new. The flowers look similar, they are mostly small whole yellow flowers with virtually no fragrance. The quality looks very nice and fresh.

Brewed with the given instructions this tea forms a honeyed yellow colour that has a slight toasty and floral scent.

I’m completely surprised by the flavour…I thought it would be overpoweringly floral and perfumey but it’s nothing of the sort. Instead this tea tastes toasty and sweet, similar to an Oolong but not as strong. It does pick up in flavour the more you drink and starts to remind me of genmaicha but less thick and ricey.

Overall I am finding myself liking it more and more. I can’t believe this doesn’t have any reviews yet! A wonderful in-between tea drink that will cleanse the pallet nicely.

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

I saw this and was super curious about what it was! Definitely looked like chamomile. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

TeaVivre

Maybe next time you can try brew it with green tea too!

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90

The tea consists of small, thinly rolled, black leaves that smell a little like earthy fermented fruit.

Once brewed the tea soup is browny red in colour with the same malty yet sweet fermented fruit fragrance.

This truly is superfine. It’s smooth and fresh with no bitterness or chemical taste (like some other Keemun’s have). The taste is sweet and malty but in a subtle form that remains light. A great light black tea that can be drank at any time of the day.

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

looove this one! On heavy rotation as a breakfast tea!

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86

mmmmm delicious pearls! sorry to see this go, but it won’t be for long :) These are my favourite pearls that are readily available so they are a constant restock as i’m inspired to have pearls in my cupboard :)

Sami Kelsh

This is directly at the top of my list of things I’m going to order a crapload of as soon as I’ve moved into my new flat, job or no job! Little bundles of pure delight. SO GOOD.

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86

Long day…i missed out on the chance to participate in stacy’s contest in the evening yesterday because my other half decided spur of the moment that he wanted to pain the living room RIGHT NOW….so last night i was up way too late. I then missed out on picking up a tentacle nordic mug from davids because i slept in and had a busy day. lol I’m home late tonight because i promised colleagues we’d go out and tomorrow i’ve got ppl coming over so no relax time then. first world problems, i know, right? lol

anyway, i haven’t been drinking as much tea as usual because i’ve been busy and i’m a little tea-ed out. So i’m drinking what i want, when i want and not stressing over it lol

gmathis

Send your spur-of-the-moment painter our way: we’ve got a bathroom that’s been under renovation for so long I’m thinking about hanging blueprints on the wall and claiming it’s deliberately a “construction” theme!

Terri HarpLady

We were gonna paint the front porch tomorrow, but I’ll be planting sweet potatoes instead…guess we’ll paint next week!

Terri HarpLady

Stacy’s contest? Dammit, why am I always the last to know about these things? sigh…

Lariel of Lórien

This one is coming to my house soon.

Sil

Terri – because you have more of a life than me? :)

Terri HarpLady

Only in spurts, LOL :)

OMGsrsly

Planting sweet potatoes. Wow, Terri! I’m seriously wishing I had garden space right about now. :)

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86

I have a few more packets of these that i should enjoy and love! I am trying to hold off opening my large bag of keemun from teavivre since when that’s open, i tend to gravitate to drinking that first, and i have other teavivre teas to drink first lol (i know first world problems, right?) lol I haven’t had this one in a while so it was a refreshing reminder of why i love these. rich, dark and malty – soooo good.

looseTman

“I am trying to hold off opening my large bag of keemun from teavivre since when that’s open, i tend to gravitate to drinking that first, …”

I know exactly what you mean! What times of the year do they typically have their most significant sales other than Black Friday / Cyber Monday?

Amariel

This is one I really like. It was one of the first I ever had.

Sil

looseTman – not sure, i don’t track teavivrew sales as much as other companies since i’m comfortable buying from them at regular prices

boychik

It’s July. Their Anniversary . I think deals were even better than BF

Sil

there you go… butiki and teavivre seem to line up then haha does not bode well for my wallet!

looseTman

Thanks Sil & boychik! I missed the Cyber Monday sales. I was out of town assisting with my elderly father’s medical needs. Suddenly, July is such an excellent month!

Boychik, How about: Hugo, Joseph Wesley Black, Mandala, Shang, The Tao of Tea, Yunnan Sourcing, Zhi?

boychik

Hugo , I haven’t noticed any deals. I asked Tyler. His response was their teas already priced lower than it should be. I was really hoping for Mother’s Day promo, even free ship. I don’t want to spend $40 to get it
YS just recently had it. First on black, white, green 12% off. The. It was ripe puerh. I always post it or sansnipple under Miscel. Sales thread. Follow them on FB and Twitter. You will know first
Mandala has sales fr time to time. I love Mandala puerh.
Joseph Wesley I got on NYC tea Fest so I dunno. He gave me very good deal I didn’t even asked. I read somewhere you can call them up and ask if they can give you discount. I suggest to try samples first. I may like something you don’t ;)
Shang tea is exceptionally good. I only didn’t like jasmine or orange blossom(bitter). I just not into florals much. I enjoyed Tangerine blossom a lot. Would be great for hot summer
The rest you mention I didn’t order yet
Sil I’m very sorry I didn’t want to hijack your note. After looseTman reads it I’ll remove it;-)

Sil

no no…it’s good info for anyone wondering. I am all for the hijacking! :)

looseTman

boychik, Thanks for all the great info!
It would be great if there was a Steepster master calendar showing all the annual sales (e.g. Anniversary sales) for the many popular Steepster tea suppliers.

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Another tea from this morning and it’s a partial sipdown. I finished off my older bag, but since i recently picked up more of this, no change to my cupboard…just a more fresh cupboard lol While Mandala’s are still my favourite, these are my runner up for pearls, and my go to, since Mandala hasn’t been able to source more of the others :) Just a nice malty tasty cup this morning.

Terri HarpLady

I need to do my ‘tea pearl’ sipoff, maybe this week :)

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Anyone else feel like the search functionality was broken or something. Teas just don’t come up for me, even when using my usual tricks. So i have to view all and go find them, or dig through my cupboard. Ah well…

This was a morning tea as i’m trying to work on some of my larger quantities of teas to help trim my cupboard down :) I still enjoy these which is good since my favourites are no longer available. These are a great second choice :) Today was 7 pearls for my large travel mug and it was delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Courtney

I had that problem with White Rhino. White Rhino from Tea Emporium came up as the only hit. Only when I entered “White Rhino Butiki” did the the tea I want come up.

Sil

yeah even that wasn’t working for some of the teas… tried variation on themes and nothing. :(

VariaTEA

Had that issue with DAVIDs Genmaicha. I had to go through my cupboard.

Dinosara

Yeah I’ve noticed that sometimes I will enter a tea name exactly and it won’t come up in the drop down, I have to actually hit enter to search for it. I figure it’s something buggy that will smooth itself out eventually… the search is often one of the buggiest things :P

Dinosara

I think I figured out the search: it is suddenly sensative to work order. Case in point, I just searched for “vietnam tung ting”… no drop down results. I searched for “tung ting vietnam” (actual name of the tea) and it showed up. When working with retailer names, you can put them before but you still have to put the first word of the name in first (I can search for “davidstea tung” and get the tea to appear in the dropdown, but not “davidstea vietnam”)

Oh, quirky code!

Sil

AH! i shall try that tonight dinosara….good catch :)

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86

picked up a few more of these in my teavivre order, so it will be a while before they’re gone. Had this yesterday to start the day with a nice, malty delicious cup of yum!

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86

another tea from this morning. the world has distracted me today. :) However, i am looking forward to sipdown saturday! and sample sunday! woot woot!

Fjellrev

I love the idea of Sipdown Saturday haha. Muchly needed. And I LOVE this tea. :D

Cavocorax

Oh, I totally need to rock some Sipdown Saturday! :D

Sil

i have a bunch of samples i think? i can finish in one cup….but then i have a TON of samples that i haven’t tried that will take a few cups. so i’m hoping i can use sat and sun to do that since there are 15 teas in bound to me…no way i’m hitting 150 this month with all the travelling.

Terri HarpLady

I wish I had time for a sipdown Saturday or Sunday this weekend, cuz I have SO many samples & such. Maybe I’ll make this coming week a sipdown extravaganza :)

Sil

I’m going to try and get through as many as i can…since i suspect there will be tea buying in the very near future…

Terri HarpLady

:) there always is…

Sil

i’m looking at verdant, herbal infusions and river tea at the moment…plus since we’ll be going to florida in february, i’m likely planning an order from at least one place that i can ick up while there (H&S? S&V? Adagio?) AND if i get any free time in chicago this week, i’ll be stopping by adagio and tea gschwender…so team might be picked up there…

Terri HarpLady

I placed my Verdant Birthday order yesterday…just sayin’…

Terri HarpLady

So…where in FL are you guys going?

Sil

Always Orlando :) “family” is there

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86

third black pearl for the day and it falls somewhere in between the two. Given that Mandala’s may not be back…ever? I’ll have to be content with these ones, not that they are bad by any stretch of the imagination. I just love the flavours that weave through mandala’s black pearls.

These on the other hand are sweet, chocolately with a touch of malt, though not overly so. There’s another note to this that i can’t quite place as well, but i’m sure it will come to me. I could probably steep these a litter longer as well to enhance the flavour a bit. I was just trying to see where things landed when i kept everything the same for all 3 versions i was trying. good times! Not to decide what to buy if anything today haha

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

These are my favorite since I don’t care for the smoky notes in the Mandala pearls.

Sil

these are pretty darn tasty!

Fjellrev

i love these so.

Tea Sipper

I like your idea of comparing all the pearls with the same steep parameters!

Sil

it was fun. :)

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86

is it? could it be? yes it is! SIPDOWN! The best part of this sipdown? Nothing says GOOD MORNING! like a cup of this malty, chocolate delicious black tea with a homemade mocha brownie first thing in the morning. Oh yea ladies and germs, i’m breaking all the rule and eating a delicious delicious brownie. with tea. and said brownie has coffee in it. and it’s sooooooo gooooooodd with this particular tea. HAPPY MORNING!

Terri HarpLady

Hey, who’s judging? :)

Ze_Teamaker

I always eat my treats in the morning. Ice cream is the breakfast of champions.

Shmiracles

spoken like a champion!! woooo Ze!

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

A few times when going to a restaurant for breakfast, I’d just order off the dessert menu. Total WIN! Hey, breakfast is important! heheheeee!

Sil

haha

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SIPDOWN! Oh yeah baby! I’m going to get REALLY excited everytime i get to say that because ladies and gentlemen, my cupboard is a giant mess. I likely won’t get organized until the end of march but anything i can do to get through my smaller samples will go a long way.

I would for sure order this again if i needed a staple black in my cupboard. Do i love butiki’s premium assam and verdan’t laoshan black more? yes but this is a good solid delicious black that can hang out in my cupboard anytime i want a bit of a change from those two :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been craving some Dragon Pearls for about a week. I also want to order & compare Teavana’s, Mandala’s, & Teavivre’s pearls. I went to Teavana for the instant gratification of getting some, & they were out :pppppppppp

Guess I’d better leap into action & place a few orders. Ironically, I’ve drank all 3, but not side by side, or even with days of each other. They all taste wonderful to me!

Sil

i think i have some coming from tealux as well to try out.

Terri HarpLady

might have to add them to the list…

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86

Random Teavivre Sample of the day!

Wheee! I accidentally ordered a sample of this in addition to the sample that comes in their black tea sample. Luckily though, I’m enjoying this one. SO much so that I was just kind of sipping on it this morning without thinking about the fact that this was a brand new tea! gasp the horror! :)

I can totally get behind this tea. It’s the first dragon pear i’ve had so it was fun getting to watch them unfurl as it stepped this morning. I’m sipping on this tea while munching on the last of my cardamon and orange shortbread…yes you heard that right. Visit shortbread.ca if you want to see what i’m talking about…sweet AND savoury shortbread! I am also digging their garlic and asiago….though not with tea :)

Ok on with the tea…. This tea is much more chocolatey than other blacks that i’ve had that I enjoy. I wish there was a bit more maltiness to it, but it’s also nice not to have that total malty taste up front for a change. It’s on the lighter side of blacks that i typically enjoy but it’s delicious nonetheless!

The more i drink this, the more i am really enjoying that this is a more “pure” black in that there’s just the dominante chocolate flavour coming through. So glad i got to try this and happy that I have a bunch more thanks to my order mistake lol

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Sample sip down! One of the teas I brought with me that arrived before I left for the cottage that I took so that I wouldn’t have to add them to my cupboard ha! This is a really nice black that I. Happy to have tried. Theres a smoothness to it that I quite like.

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