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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? :)
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
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!
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!
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.
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!
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…
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.