Teavivre

Recent Tasting Notes

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Yep….this one is my favourite of the Teavivre Keemun’s though on the flip side, runner up was the grade 2 version because of the smokier factor of it…so price wise they sort of even each other out haha. Glad i had the chance to try several cups of each and compare the versions. :)

That also gives me sipdowns 5 and 6 for today

VariaTEA

I am also at 6 sipdowns today. Yay for sipdowns!!

Sil

i figure i’ll probably hit 10 today then anything tomorrow is bonus haha

looseTman

Your highest rated TeaVivre tea. Have you had a chance to do a side-by-side comparison with their Premium Keemun Hao Ya?

Sil

I have. I prefer this one by far. I actually don’t mind grade 2 – but it’s smokier than the rest so you have to be in the mood for that, though far less smokier than say their lapsang.

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Sipdown! (161) and on to the shopping list is goes. I’m supposed to be drinking down things this week but all i want to do today is look at placing orders. I blame terri – she has me looking at TTC and YS today…and then of course i’m also busy looking at MF, DF and theodor. Not to mention needing to place an order to restock this one…though i may try to hold out for a bit until i’ve got a few more teas to pick up form teavivre.

Lala

Have you made an theodor order yet or just looking at it?

Sil

I haven’t placed it yet…just cart building so that i can haha

Terri HarpLady

I placed my teavivre order, including an actual tin of this, since I love it so much.
I’ll probably do YS this week, if you want me to include anything, let me know!
How’s that for enabling?
And yes, put me down for pleine lune, LOL

Terri HarpLady

& whatever you think I want to share…

keychange

You lot are a bad influence on me—just added this to my shopping list as well!

Sil

keychange..it’s delicious! esp with a splash of maple syrup

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85

I had this yesterday as well. Not quite a sipdown but “today” it will be haha

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85

hello sweetie…

so i likely won’t get any sipdowns in today and my cupboard may likely explode in short order but I don’t care. I’m working from home tomorrow to get my tea drinking on AND next week should be a good one with at least 2 extra days of tea drinking, hanging at home enjoying things days!

I’m nearly done this one, but all that makes me want to do is plan another purchase. or five. that’s ok right? goals are meant to be broken as long as you’re having fun? :)

yyz

Sil, I think you could argue this is a staple in your cupboard. You are allowed to replace staples.

Sil

haha yeah but it’s the other stuff i’d get with it! :)

Nicole

well, you have to justify shipping costs somehow…

Terri HarpLady

I’m almost out of this one AGAIN!

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85

Delicious cup of tea from this morning. I opted to try and come in to work today, which likely isn’t the best idea but i needed to actually talk to a couple of people. At least this weekend’s release is during the day so i can relax and sleep in between testing.

still loving this…need to restock soon!

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85

this was good. so there. :)

Nicole

I approve of this tasting note. :)

Bonnie

Me too!

keychange

Me three!

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85

yeah…bumping the rating up on this one since it seems to be the tea i’ve been reaching for when i just want something that i’m comfortable and familiar with and that makes me happy. I ALWAYS drink this one down without realising it so it deserves a higher rating since i clearly love it…with a splash of maple lol

Bonnie

Yum…I think this is my favorite Teavivre Tea.

Sil

it really is delicious!

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85

first tea of the day (yes my notes are out of wack) this + maple syrup is always a great time. I just really enjoy the way the flavours blend. Must remember to always keep a stock of this in my cupboard since i seem to REALLY like this one the more i have it. :)

Bonnie

I really like this one too!

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85

Another tea from my afternoon with Raritea I have to say, for anyone who hasn’t placed an order with teavivre this weekend, that i am a fan of this particular keemun, which happens to be going on sale tomorrow. :) I adore this one with a splash of maple syrup! I also chose to bring this one with my today because it’s another one that i haven’t had in ages. I was waiting to find out if the box i sent to terri would ever make it before drinking it, since i was ready to split my half of the order again if it hadn’t come back to us. But it did, so now i can enjoy it and bask in the delight of this mildly smokey, delicious tea!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I think I’m doing a Teavivre order tomorrow, as a reward for all the crazy hours of practicing I’ve been putting in this weekend!

Sil

haha didn’t you just get teavivre teas from me? miss terri will not approve.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, you mean Ms Theresa? LOL, I’ll deal with her ;)

Sil

yes..wow i’m tired today… i’m looking at 2 more orders tomorrow.. sigh

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85

SIPDOWN!

Oh yeah! one more bites the dust. see previous tasting notes, but overall this is an enjoyable cup of black from teavivre.

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85

I think this still holds true for a black tea that I drink without much thought. That means it’s not a bad tea but it doesn’t knock my socks off. In otherwords this could be a decent staple in my cupboard for when i need a nice pleasant black tea to drink. :) Neaaaaarly a sipdown sigh had to stop myself from overleafing just to be able to call it a sipdown lol

Kittenna

Hahahaha, I am guilty of the occasional overleafing to result in a sipdown :D But only with teas where the extra flavour would be a bonus. Some teas just get gross when overleafed.

Sil

yeah… that’s why i stopped myself.

Dinosara

I overleaf pretty regularly these days for a sipdown. I try not to do it unless the resulting amount of leaf is too little for one of my standard sized cups (12oz), but sometimes I think it happens anyway…

Emily M

I overleaf sometimes, too. Mostly with teas I just want gone.

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85

So sadly this cup of tea has been inadvertantly ruined by my other half. We both have travel mugs and today, he somehow managed to steal my lid and leave behind his lid…which i didn’t notice until i was at work and took my first sip of tea…coffee..wait whaaaat? exactly. Sadly his lid is a giant steaming pile of “i make eveverything taste like coffee” Even now, as i’m drinking this without the lid on, all i taste is coffee. I’m sure that’s my over reactive imagination but gross…so NOT what i wanted when i was expecting a delightful cup of black tea. gross.

Becky

Eww! I sympathize. Had to get a special ceramic mug with a girly flower design so none of the heathens here would/could ruin it with their coffees, like every other travel cup we own. Even so, I washed the silicone lid in the dishwasher once and then my tea tasted like dishwater (omg, barf). The moral of the story is that lids ruin everything.

I hope your next cup is better!

Sil

LOL yeah he made up for it by finding the shoes i was after at a store and putting them on hold for me to pick up :)

Becky

Man, all I get from my husband is terrible puns. Trade?

Sil

oh that’s almost a fair trade. i LOVE puns! my other half hates them. :)

K S

I relate. My wife takes my spoon in the restaurant to stir her coffee and then tells me I am being a baby by complaining. After a while I have learned to make a production out of wiping it off before using it myself and I am pretty sure she doesn’t ask for her own spoon on purpose. :)

Sil

Damn coffee people! Lol

Mercuryhime

This is why I have a DT Perfect Mug at work where I brew tea fresh when I get there. We have a hot water spigot at the cooler which is good enough for me since I like to brew all my teas at lower than recommended temps. If you can do the same, I’d recommend it. Maybe get one of those USB mug warmers to keep your tea toasty. :D

Sil

Mercury – open mugs and I don’t get along at work. I brew fresh at work too but it goes into the travel mug. I’ve already spilled tea all over myself twice at work with an open mug, though thankfully I didn’t kill the laptop. So no mugs for me heh. My morning mugs are just to get me started with my day :)

Terri HarpLady

One of my pet peeves is restaurants that make their hot water by running it through the coffee machine. If I wanted my tea to taste like coffee, I’d order coffee! Luckily these days most restaurant coffee machines have a hot water spigot off to the side.

Tony used to be a coffee drinker, & sort of made fun of what he referred to as my ‘tea habit’. Amazingly, he quit drinking coffee about a year or so ago, and started drinking tea. He doesn’t like most of the teas I like, of course, & pretty much almost exclusively drinks this one earl grey type blend, Jubilee, that he gets from The London Tea Room.

Helena

ICK!! I hate it when things taste like Coffee!! ewwwww!! Only cure for that is to get home and make a proper tasting yummy tea :D

Helena

by the way Contigo makes their travel mugs in various sizes and colours and they work really well :D I use them to avoid
mix-ups :D

Sil

Helena… sadly we DO have multiple colours haha that’s why it was sooo annoying :)

Kittenna

What you need are two different mugs whose lids are not interchangeable! :P

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85

Teavivre (not so) random tea of the day!

I picked this one this morning because I wanted to see how it compares to the other keemun i picked up from Teavivre. I have to say that this one is more enjoyable that the other. I sipped this down fairly quickly without taking much time to relish it, which tells me that it’s pretty good. This tea is not overly intense or strong, but it is delicious. There is a chocolatey undertone to this, but not overly so. Hints of malt are also present but again, not as strongly as other teas (laoshan black i’m looking at you!). Overall a good tea.

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72

This is the most second most expensive keemun in teavivres arsenal and i think it might be the one i like least. Which, of course suits me just fine lol. The aroma of this one reminds me of taiwain teas that have that “juicy” sort of aroma.

Drinking this along, side grade 2 – it’s clear that grade 2 has much more smoke than this one. I think, the level of smoke lessens as you go up the ranks. While this one isn’t bad, drinking it next to the grade 2, i prefer the grade 2 for it’s seemingly smoother brew and smokier notes. Can’t wait to compare these to what i think will be my favourite from teavivre!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
tigress_al

What do you think is your favourite?

K S

This was my first exposure to smoke. Scared me senseless for a time. Now I love experiencing different levels and layers of smoke.

Sil

The organic superfine is likely going to be my favourite :)

looseTman

Sil,
FWIW, TeaVivre’s current prices:
– Premium Keemun Hao Ya 100g (3.5oz) = $15.90
– Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant 100g (3.5oz) = $21.90

Sil

i see what i did there…wasn’t paying attention to 50g vs 100 :)

looseTman

Wow, I’m surprised that their Premium Keemun Hao Ya was the lowest-rated of the four TeaVivre Keemun teas you tasted. I’ve found it to be a very enjoyable breakfast tea. I’m sure the organic certification adds to the cost of this Keemun compared to the two less expensive ones that are not organic.
I’ve been following your comparison with great interest as I’m only familiar with their Premium Keemun and have wondered how these four teas compare. To date, I’ve enjoyed nearly 1,700g of it. Perhaps our different impressions are due to brewing methods? From your tasting notes It looks like you prefer 212*F and a 3-minute steep. What quantity of water and tea do you use?

looseTman

Sil,
Have you tried the following brewing parameters for Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea?
8oz / 2tsp (8g) / 3 steeps: rinse,1m,2m,3m
http://www.teavivre.com/info/recommend-brewing-guide/#black

Sil

negative looseTman – i have enough issues getting around to drinking my puerhs with multiple short steeps, that when it comes to black teas i just want to be able to drink them western style with possible resteeps as long as the first. i’ll try that next time i pick up a few samples packs :)

looseTman

The above parameters are TeaVivre’s western style brewing recommendations. With 194*F and shorter steeps, you’ll notice a smoother cup. More leaf provides a richer flavor, fuller body, and 3 steeps.

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back log from Friday. I had this just to try it out because i really wanted a keemun, but wasn’t prepared yet to go through my entire keemun comparison. I’ve had this a couple of times now and while it’s tasty, i still prefer the other version that teavivre does. That being said all of their keemuns are in my house now, so i’ll be doing a full comparison/battle of the best in the near-ish future :)

looseTman

I look forward to your TeaVivre Keemun comparison.

Sil

Hoping i’ll have time on sunday to spend time doing it. I forgot that saturday is the toronto tea festival heh Won’t have much time for tea drinking then!

caile

Yay! looking forward to your comparisons as well.

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72

mmmm keemun + maple syrup always = my happy place. Especially on colder mornings that i need to get cracking on things. Sipdown as well. I’m not adding the teas dexter sent me until the end of the day so that maybe i can manage to get still be under 160 when i have to add them…or at least not nearly as high above that!

Dexter

I showed great restraint and only sent you 10… and it looks like you are at 156 even with the ones I sent you. Me thinks you are still in reach of 150 by BF.

Terri HarpLady

I might wait until after black friday to add in all the teas you sent me, Sil! LOL, although the ones from Teavivre were already on my list (in an effort to keep up the faith), as were the ones from my Yunnan Sourcing order.

Sil

Dexter…161. There are 5 I’m too lazy to do an entry for on steepsterb exausted they are present from my china a friends:)

Terri…cheating! Hahaha thought don’t blame you….I sent you..um…a lot esp since there were also some inthe. BBB box for you…AND I still have half a box here to go…. Lol

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One of my samples that Angel sent me, that sadly I neglected to pay attention to while drinking. Luckily though, I have another packet that i can use to have this again. I think I prefer Teavivre’s superfine keemun over this one, but this one is still delicious. I added a splash of maple as i always do to keemuns, and had this gulped down in the morning before i realised it!

Terri HarpLady

I don’t think I’ve tried this one yet. I do love the superfine one though.

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Teavivre Random Tea of the day!

Picked this one from my box of teavivre teas this morning and it’s a damn fine tea! I’m looking forward to comparing this with the organic version of this tea, so maybe tomorrow will be a little less random choice.
It’s been a while since i’ve had a keemun and I think i prefer assams now. That being said, this is still a tasty cup of tea. There’s a hint of bitterness at the end of the sip, but it’s nothing that I can’t handle. I don’t get much in the way of chocolate taste like others have. Instead it’s just more of a bold dark black tea taste. I’ll have to spend a bit more time with this one to make a final call on it.

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

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83

Has a grassy and slight earthy flavour. Quite bitter when over-steeped. I recommend halving the recommended steep time for western style brewing.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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100

I’m so glad I tried this out!
It’s perfect and relaxing.
I could taste the chocolate right away!
I can’t wait to actually buy this.
Thank you so much, Angel!

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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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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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