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I can’t believe I didn’t have this listed in my cupboard! I love love love Teavivre’s jasmine. The first jasmine I had as a newbie loose leaf drinker was not good – it was so perfume-y and fake it almost made me sick. I thought I would never have jasmine again, and then I tried Teavivre’s jasmines. I think I have had every type they sell. And it is almost a drug for me. I unwind and unclench and drift away when I drink it. Aaaaaaahhhhh.
I think my favorite is their Jasmine Silver Needle White tea, followed by Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls, then this one, then Silver Jasmine Green. The last one is excellent with a meal and so economical, but the others are my favorites for drinking alone.
In my cupboard. Woot! Yahoo! Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh! It finally got here!
I served this at tea party today and as always it was DELISH! The jasmine smells like grape candy in this to me, incredibly sweet, and the flavor is just perfectly floral and not perfume-y. I really love both types of Jasmine Pearls they carry, who can choose just one?
This is a free sample provided for review by Angel and Teavivre. Thank you!
I am a huge fan of Teavivre’s Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls. They calm and soothe me, they are elegant, they taste like an indulgence, they are a must-have tea for me. So when I saw that they had added a new, even higher grade jasmine pearl tea, I was curious. Would there really be a noticeable difference in the two? Would it be worth the price difference?
We compared the pearls of each kind. These are slightly smaller than the Premium. Both show a lot of white streaks of the silver tips. Both smell heavenly. These may smell a tad sweeter than the Premium.
I made this in an 8 ounce gongfu pot using one tsp. as recommended. The first steep was very pale. The liquor has that sweet jasmine aroma and taste that I love – not perfume-y or cloying or artificial, just sweet and amazing. I haven’t seen anyone else mention it, but it seemed very creamy to me, bordering on a light butter-y feel and taste for the green base. Magnificent.
The second steep is darker than the first now that the leaves have unfurled most of the way. The flavor really isn’t diminished.
Yes, this is worth the additional price for when you want an extraordinarily special jasmine pearl tea. The Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls are very special and priced to fall in line with a tea you want to enjoy often. Both are excellent, the main difference I find being the creaminess of the Superfine. Both have just the right amount and type of jasmine flavor for me.
Thank you, Teavivre, for letting me try these amazing pearls!
I had a craving for Chinese food tonight, or what passes for it around here. I know it isn’t really authentic. Since hubby had to go in to work because of an emergency (thunderstorm downdrafts brought trees down and crushed seven cars at the military base) I decided to just make some egg fu yung and noodles at home instead of going out.
I used my little eight ounce pot and made three steeps of this in all, though it would have kept going for more. I used only half the sample pack. I didn’t read the instructions because I CBA to go get my reading glasses. I made it at 175F and was very loose with my timing as well.
No matter, because it came out fantastic anyway. I saw olive oil used as a descriptor at the top of the page, took another sip of this last cup, and I totally get that. This is a pale tea in color but not in flavor. It is delish, and really can be adapted easily. Want a little bite for an after dinner tea? Hotter temp and more time. Want something sweet and smooth but with a veggie edge? Make it at 175F and give it about three minutes western style or less gong fu.
Good stuff and went great with my supper. A bit of chocolate now and I will be right as rain and set for the night.
I received these wonderful samples from Teavivre, made notes on several, and then set the others aside because I was going off of proton pump inhibitors and was afraid green tea might be a trigger for stomach discomfort in the midst of rebound reflux. I shouldn’t have been afraid of this one. It is as smooth and sweet as can be and wouldn’t hurt a fly.
We had it with our meal of veggie lomein and orange chicken and it was a bit covered up. Now, long after the meal, I am sipping the tea that remained in the tetsubin and find it mild and soothing, sweet and slightly mineral. There is a hint of soft flower – orchid, maybe? Not overly vegetal, light and sweet and smooth without astringency.
The brewing parameters have changed since I had this four years ago but this is even softer. Excellent tea for stepping back into greens as I start eating and drinking more like normal again!
Thank you, Teavivre, for the wonderful samples!
This is a free sample provided by Angel and Teavivre for review. Thank you!
Opening the little sample pouch, I was greeted by an exquisite aroma almost too fresh to believe. How can the camellia sinensis plant produce such diversity? I used the whole sample in my 22 oz. pot since the instructions recommend 1-2 teaspoons per cup. I steeped for two minutes and when I removed the infuser basket the leaves looked so tasty I wanted to eat them! They are dark green, swirled, and soft, looking very much liked cooked spinach. And the smell of the liquor is so very vegetal that you know this has to be good for you!
There is not a trace of bitterness or sour taste. The tea has good strength and is not so delicate as to get lost with a meal. (I am having my tea with some Chinese takeout leftovers.) This reminds me very much of a DragonWell. Delicious!
Thank you again, Angel and Teavivre, for the opportunity to try your excellent teas.
This is a free sample provided by Angel and Teavivre. Thank you!
I made this western style tonight to enjoy after supper. Hubby joined me having tea and greens are a bit iffy for him still, being a Tetley-with-milk-and-sugar kind of guy, though that is gradually changing.
The dry leaves had that rich buttery veggie aroma that makes me giddy. I knew this was going to be a treat. I used 194F water and gave the first steep 1min. 30 sec. and the second steep 2 min.
The liquor was a light to medium yellow. The aroma is sweet buttered veggies. The taste is so smooth and sweet. Hubby drank four cups. Not my tiny cups, the medium sized 6 ounce ones! And I had….erp….about six of them.
This resteeped very well. I agree with the person who said that if you like Lung Ching (DragonWell) you will probably Iike this one, I think this is slightly milder, but definitely worth having on hand if you like buttery sweet and smooth green teas.
Thank you, Angel and Teavivre!
I think Missy got this with her last set of samples from Angel, so thank you to Angel :)
Hoooo boy, this hit my tart button good and hard. Wow. I think this one needs a couple gallons of sugar and some ice before I think I’m going to want to keep it around. I’ll have to grab a bit of this and try it sugared up. Until then… I think I’ll skip a number :)
When I saw this listed as a new tea on the Teavivre website I was hoping to try some. I got my latest order from them and as if they knew, there it was. When steeped it gets dark quickly and I gave it a whiff every minute or so to check on it. My first sip I knew this would something special. I has all of the marks of a very fine tea. Flavor. Aroma. And an incredible energy. Definitely a tea that I will order. This is truly a must-have.
So the last (and first) time I tried a milk oolong, I was put off by its “so-strong-it-must-be-artificial” milky flavor. I was still curious to try other milk oolongs, but finding one that wasn’t artificially flavored I could tell was going to be difficult, as the definition of a “milk oolong” does not seem to be set in stone. So when I noticed Teavivre had both a flavored and unflavored milk oolong, I figured hey, there’s no way the unflavored version could be flavored! I know, that sounds silly, doesn’t it.
This really is interesting, and definitely not artificial in the subtle flavor. I can honestly say it’s like nothing I’ve had before. It does have a very creamy, heavy feel to it, and is just slightly floral without being perfumey. It also has another flavor, one I can’t quite identify, but it reminds me of….a nice hotel room (I swear I have the strangest “flavor notes” ever…).
It’s good, but to be honest I probably should have picked a different tea tonight— I’m just really not feeling oolong-y. Gladly Teavivre is generous enough in their sample sizes that I have enough to try this again on another night (or three) when I can appreciate it a bit more.
Free sample provided by Teavivre for review
Many thanks to Angel and Teavivre who contacted me about doing another round of reviews. The shipping was REALLY FAST this time-8 days to my door! And of course, practically before I opened the box, Angel messaged me to make sure everything was okay with the shipment. Teavivre is really on the ball and I love it! I received approximately 16-21 grams of every tea in individual foil bags all inside one large re-sealable foil pouch.
This tea is first up, it being a Keemun (which I really enjoy) and a new tea being offered by Teavivre.
The dry leaves are long, a dark chocolate brown, and twisted to be very thin, with just a couple of light brown leaves mixed in. The scent is very fruity, similar to some FF Darjeelings, but without the accompanying “weedy” smell.
First Steep (Infused One minute @195) The liquor is predominantly orange with touches of red and brown. Brewed leaves smell more fruity and a little floral-a bit like a Ruby Black. Flavor is smooth with a fruity finish. No smokey or chocolate notes really. I did catch a couple tannins while splashing this around the back of my mouth.
Second Steep (Infused for 2 minutes) Brewed leaves are really starting to smell like a Ruby Black now-according to my notes, that means a little malty and a little of some type of mint. The flavor is weaker. I’m catching just a tiny hint of smoke and chocolate. Tannins are a little more noticeable. Mouthfeel is almost light.
Third Steep (Infused 3 minutes) Brewed leaves smell more like Ruby Black than ever-crowding out other notes. The tea is now starting to taste a bit like Ruby Black, although overall the flavor is weaker.
As always, this is a high quality tea from Teavivre. If you have wanted to try Keemun, but are afraid of smoky notes, this is your tea. However, if you really enjoy the distinctive smoke and chocolate notes, you may miss that with this cup.
Another very flavorful, fragrant, jasmine tea from Teavivre… but this one is green!
Thanks again to Angel and the team! Or wait, did I buy this one? Hrmm. Ah well, thanks to them anyway!
Compared to the pearls, I think this one is just a little bit less awesome. The jasmine is much stronger in this than on the pearls, and the green tea seems a little less delicate, a little stronger.
Missy and I both prefer a tad more subtlety in our jasmine teas, so I believe we’re going to be sticking with the pearls. However, this is a very strong contender.
This was a sample (to Missy!) from the wonderful Angel and the Teavivre crew.
The first thing you notice about this tea is WOW, JASMINE! It is very heavily fragranced, they definitely do not skimp on the jasmine for this particular batch.
The tea itself brews into a beautiful, placid, lightly yellowish-green color. You think for a second that maybe you haven’t brewed it long enough. Especially when you pour it into a big red mug!
The flavor is a really strikingly powerful sweet jasmine flavor, with a secondary flavor that sits somewhere near golden apples. Sweet and fruity, powerfully so. Beneath that, there is a lightly hay flavored, dry white tea taste, with a hint of that brushy-pepper aftertaste that I associate with many white teas.
Overall, a very tasty brew if you’re fond of jasmine. I think I prefer Teavivre’s jasmine pearls to this, but in general I would prefer most green teas over white, methinks.
And after one 2-minute brew, these leaves barely look touched. You could easily go two or three brews off these babies.
Deep breath…Here goes my first puerh!! I am excited! Thanks to Teavivre for the sample!
I snip open the sample packet and take a deep whiff. Very surprising! I was greeted by a wonderful savory, mushroomy, brothy aroma. The anticipation is really building now, I absolutely love mushrooms!
I measure out 4 teaspoons for my 12 oz glass cup and set the water to boil. I rinse for 15 seconds; pour off and steep for one minute.
The liquor smells much like the dry leaves. It is a very dark reddish brown. My mouth is watering!
I take a sip. And another. Right now it’s so hot I can barely stand to sip it but I can’t stop myself. It tastes like it smells- like buttery mushrooms. Actually reminds me of the mushroom onion soup they serve at Japanese Hibachi restaurants. Without the onion.
As it cools I am getting less sautéed mushroom and more earthy mushroom. This is my first earthy tea. Interesting! The more I sip, I like.
Whoa..the next sip the broth factor really amped up. It is salty and nummy! Holy carp, and there’s a savory juiciness that stands up as the aftertaste.
This tea really reminds me of something and I can’t pinpoint it! It reminds me of home, i think. Home cooking in Minnesota..visiting Grandpa and Grandma at the northwest angle..eating Grandpas amazing food outside next to Lake of the Woods..I think I have it. It tastes like my Grandparents’ log cabin smells. And it really reminds me of a wonderful fish soup a Laotian friend made me once. The liquor isn’t fishy tasting, but for some reason it brings me there. I think it’s the saltiness.
2nd steep: 1:45 seconds. It’s pretty similar to the first steep ( which is good) so I am going to try an experiment with sweetener and milk. Which is unusual for me, I almost always drink my tea plain nowadays. …I like it with a bit of raw sugar, the sweetness is more in the aftertaste. Now for the milk..and it’s delicious.
Well, I’m pretty happy. I won’t rate it until I have had the opportunity to try more puerhs. But if you’ve never had puerh before, and you like mushrooms, try this!
Time for the second steep. I actually lowered my steep time on this for two minutes. The flavor didn’t change that much. It felt more like sucking on a potato. No sweet flavors to my tongue at all. So I tried putting a little bit of sugar in my cup. It didn’t bring out or cover up any of the flavors. It was a little sweet but not that much.
The more I sipped on it, the more I realized that I was starting to get a case of “numb tongue”. My tongue was starting to go numb and that is never a good sign. I think it is just too much ginseng for me to handle.
I want to thank Teavivre for sending me a sample to try. It was interesting, but just a miss.
This tea is interesting. I have never had any ginseng tea before. The only reason I know what ginseng tastes like is because I have had the Arizona green tea with ginseng before. I used what came out to be 2 teaspoons because the first teaspoon and the last teaspoon were half spoons.
I brewed the first steep for 3 minutes. It is a light color and doesn’t smell like much. I had this with some Nature’s Harvest veggie crunchers and I think that is bringing out a more savory element to the tea. The aftertaste is very ginseng. There was a while there where I started to taste some pepper. I let it cool down and that is gone now. Cooler the aftertaste is less sharp and the tea is smooth on the tongue. I think I’ll wait a while before making the second and third steeps on this one.
Shou pu-erh. It just always triggers something in my memory. It’s the taste of a dim sum restaurant. In my mind, pu-erh is a noisy crowded place filled with the scent of greasy foods and pungent sauces. It’s sitting at a table with my family and a small cup of some dark harsh liquid. Needless to say, the tea was pretty subpar. They servers simply fill a pot with leaves and boiling water. Then they set it at the table. The first few cups are always too light. the last few cups are always too dark. Then the pots are refilled with water and it’s a slightly better brew. But with the leaves they tend to use, it doesn’t get that much better. Until a certain age, my grandparents would just get me a can of soda. Then I learned I could just ask for jasmine or chrysanthemum tea and it was better. So the pu-erh of my youth was not really a good example of this illustrious tea. Yet every time I have a shou pu-erh, even a quality one like this offering from Teavivre, I always remember those dim sum places with my family. and that sub-par tea. The flavor is so familiar to me I don’t even notice what tasting unless I really think about it. All I get is memories.
If pressed, I’d say this tastes like autumn leaves. There’s a leather-y flavor and a smooth sweet finish. And that’s all I’ve got. :) I think shou pu-erh isn’t really my thing, but I think this is a good one. From the few sheng pu-erhs I’ve tried though, those might be worth exploring for me.
Thank you, Teavivre, for this generous sample!
Finished up my sample from my first round of Teavivre samples. I was craving something light and iced but still wholesome, and this is perfect. I’m really starting to get a taste for iced white and oolong teas. Working with Teavivre’s instructions has really refined my preparation, and taught me that I was overdoing it with the heat and time before.