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Sipdown, 137. Awwww, sad. I will miss this delicious tea, although it is hard to be too sad about sipping this down because I have a pile of other delicious green spring TGYs in my cupboard right now.
Just realized that the first time I steeped this one western style I used Teavivre’s instructions (boiling, 2 min), whereas this time I defaulted to my standard western style TGY parameters (195°F, 3 min). Will be interesting to see if it’s noticable!
I’m not sure if the change in steeping parameters made much difference, but this tea is still awesome. So buttery, sweet and floral, fresh and green and lovely. Wow, this just continues to blow me away. I always go out of my way to try the Verdant green oolongs as they are released, and let me say that this is up there with the best of them (like the reserve club first pickings). So good!
Mmm, this was my second gongfu session today. Unlike the aged TGY, this tea epitomizes the floral, green, new-style oolong. This is a beautiful, beautiful tea, and it is exactly my kind of tea. I love these.
The first steeps were sweet and very very floral. The type of flower is most definitely lilac, because it strongly reminded me of some lilac bushes currently blooming outside my office. Slightly buttery, but in a very sweet cream butter way. A bit of peach-flower; almost fruity, but not quite. I feel bad that I got distracted and couldn’t pay attention to the tea toward later steeps, but it was really, really delicious. This is a TGY that I would definitely reorder to keep around, even though I have a pile of TGYs from Verdant, because it’s that awesome (and really, I can never have enough TGYs!)
This tea was actually a surprise; it wasn’t on the list of samples they were sending, and I didn’t request it, but I am so glad it came.
I steeped this one western style following Teavivre’s instructions. I opened the vacuum-sealed pouch, and there was another pouch inside of it! And once I opened that one, the strong, heady floral aroma came wafting out from the dry leaf. It is beautiful, dark green balls shot through with bright green streaks. The minute the water hit it I knew this would be a winner. It smelled sooooo buttery and intensely floral, along with a peachy-melony scent that really rounded things out. The flavor was everything a tieguanyin should be. It is so fresh and green, with lilac-y florals that just surround you. The texture is smooth and creamy. It reminds me of drinking tieguanyin in China because you can tell that it is so fresh and high quality.
When I do make an order from Teavivre this will definitely be on it. It is really really beautiful. Thanks so much for sending a sample of it, Angel!
1 1/2 tsp in 8oz
Really like this! Not as full bodied as the Bailin Gong Fu. A hint of the flavor I usually associate with Dian Hongs, so that’s probably because of all the golden tips. Personally, this would be my pick among the Teavivre black teas I’ve tried so far.
If you like jasmine tea, these are pretty much pure perfection. These are smaller and sweeter than most other jasmine pearls I’ve tried, and the base has a really light almost butteriness that’s only enhanced by that delicate familiar flowery flavor of jasmine. It’s not cloying or artificial, just amazing really.
I was able to get 4 steeps brewing with a standard gravity steeper, and probably could have gotten one more, but it was inching close to bedtime. Will definitely have to experiment here. Especially with my gaiwan.
Unfortunately this was a sipdown, so to the shopping list!
I made this in my gaiwan and did 6 steeps. I wrote more details in my tea journal so I’ll just give you the quick version. The first few steeps were very strong with a leathery/smokey sweetness and earthy undertones. The last few steeps turned earthy but there was still a nice, light sweet smokey flavor. The aroma was deep and woodsy through all of the different steeps. I liked the last few steeps the most.
This tea is nicely balanced. I think jasmine whites are slightly higher on my favorites list than jasmine greens. It has such a pleasant sweetness, and the jasmine isn’t too heavy. I really think the white tea adds something extra. This tea is probably one of the more lightly fragranced jasmines I’ve had, so if you don’t have any experience with jasmine it may be a good choice!
Thank you again Teavivre for the delicious sample! The people at Teavivre really are exceptionally generous. I highly recommend their company!
Venturing a little deeper into the pu-erh world is fun! This is my first raw pu-erh. I didn’t even read the label before I made it – but as soon as I saw the light, golden liquid I did! So different from the ripe ones I’ve already tried. The first steep was light and vegetal – the initial smell reminded me of canned green beans, but not as pungent. The taste was smooth but a bit astringent – just a little drying, but not bitter or unpleasant.
Second steep was sweeter – I got a distinct apricot smell. I steeped it a little longer this time (just over a minute, the first steep was probably around 45 seconds) and it was lovely.
I’m still working on my third steep but this is definitely a nice tea. I think I prefer ripe over raw, just because the flavour seemed more…blunt? My favourite thing about pu-erh is that I have experienced a mineral taste that just feels so quenching and healthy to me. I’m not sure I would buy more of this one for a while, simply because there are so many more ripe pu-erhs that I want to try, but I’d gladly drink it again :)
First, thank you Teavivre and Angel for this really delicious sample!
Wow, I love this tea! The sweet pea flavor is just so refreshing and bright. No bitterness or anything else unpleasant can be found in this tea. It’s even a little creamy, which is my favorite thing to find in a tea. Yay!
Second steep 1 min 15 sec. The leaves smell exceptionally savory this time around. It seriously smelled like pot roast to me. Maybe I’m just really hungry…the tea definitely doesn’t taste like pot roast though. It has more nuttiness this time, and less sweet pea. Still delicious!
I used 2 tsp for 8 oz.
So I got this in the mystery box from the giveaway! :D
I was actually REALLY excited to try this because I’ve always been interested in blooming teas, and just my luck, I got some!
So I put it into my steeper (though I don’t know if I’m supposed to, but I did) and boiled my water.
At first I didn’t want to damage the delicate flower, so I poured the water around it instead of on top. I later on realized the water needed to be poured ON to the flower, so I did.
The flower was the delicate flower that bloomed within five minutes, because it was so beautiful, I expected it to taste just as good as it looks, I ended up a bit disappointed.
The tea itself was just any regular plain fruity-jasminey tea, nothing really special, but nonetheless I really enjoyed it.
I’ve experimented with this a little to find my favorite steeping parameters, and I think 5 pieces is perfect. My favorite part is when it cools; the chocolate comes out a bit. If you like that flavor profile, you will probably like this tea. I didn’t find the cocoa notes very strong, but they were there. I like that this tea is not ‘in your face’. It’s a very pleasant tea to drink for that reason. Thank you Teavivre for the chance to try this tea! I’m very much enjoying finding black teas that I like!
Today is Memorial Day here in Israel. It is a very serious day for us. Military service is mandatory, and there is hardly anyone here that hasn’t been touched somehow by the destruction that is war.
It is a sad day today – so I need a happy tea.
I’ve not had much green tea lately. For a long time now I’ve been having, almost exclusively, blacks, unflavored with milk, and rooibos. Just the mood I’ve been in.
This morning, while rummaging through my sample drawer, I found a sample of this that I had forgotten I’d ordered. I remembered how when I had first discovered tea my favorite pick-me-up tea was TGY oolong.
So thinking that maybe a green will also pick me up, I brewed a whole pot.
Yes. This is it. This tea is perfect.
Such a gentle and light Dragon Well. I’ve read that other’s found it nutty. Maybe my taste buds differ, because I’m not tasting nutty, only grassy, vegetal green goodness. It’s delicateness makes me think of something pure and innocent. And that is exactly what I need right now.
8g / 200ml in banko-yaki kyusu.
1m/2m @ 85C
Had to test this tea in the new dedicated green/white banko pot.
As always the bankoclay delivers.
A stronger aftertaste compared to glaspot. Smooth and full. Although white teas arn´t prone to astringency, the banko clay would take care of that :)
A wonderful tea!
Im very fond of white tea in the evening, this one is so relaxing.
A very even lighly fruity and a bit nutty taste.
The steeping suggested by teaivre is pretty much spot on. Although i think this tea is very forgiving. Any temperature 80-90 would do and still taste super.
I always have a tin with this one at home :)