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This smelled so heavenly last night that my eyes rolled back in my head in ecstasy. I had to resteep those pearls this morning. I am usually a stay at home homeschooling mom who teaches music lessons at home, but right now I am working for three weeks for the Board of Elections, as I always do when there is an election. I made my resteep, put it in my JoeMo XL and had loveliness to sip as we began early voting. The scent of this tea is so sweet and soothing I just feel tension ebb away when I inhale and sip. This one HAS to stay on hand. Since it resteeps so well, it is well worth the modest amount they charge for it. I think the price is excellent for a tea of this high quality.

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Continuing along the vein of yesterday…my neighbor has a broken foot that needed surgery. We are helping him with this and that. Yesterday I asked if he drinks tea, and he said he drinks some grocery store bagged greens for health. bwahahahahaha! A new victim!

Since he loved the Silky Green yesterday, I took this one today. He LOVED it. I mean, he LOVED it. He kept exclaiming over the aroma, and how sweet it tasted. Both days, he couldn’t get over the fact that I had added nothing at all to the tea. The jasmine really does lend a sweetness to this already smooth green base. He is already talking about ordering some loose leaf teas next time I place an order, and wants to try puerh and a few others over the next few days.

New tea converts are SOOOOO EXCITING!!!!


You’re like a missionary. :) good job!



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Hubby drank tea with me again last night! I can not convey how soothing I find a good jasmine to be, and this is one of the best I have had. We made about six steeps from two teaspoons of pearls in an eight ounce glass pot. The jasmine does start to fade a bit after several steeps, but it is still there, and the green tea base was still going strong!

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We drank this on the heels of Chun Mei tonight, and as much as I liked the Chun Mei, I must say this tea blew me out of the water. The sour Chun Mei with its sweet aftertaste only intensified the sweetness of this jasmine beauty.

We made this one gong fu style and got about five steeps out of it before running out of hot water. We were not yet out of flavor though, so the leaves have been saved for another pot tomorrow. This one has to stay on my shelf, not matter how ruthlessly I try to cut my tea inventory. Smooth, sweet, silky, this is a great tea.

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On Valentine’s evening, I asked hubby to join me for Teavivre’s Two Dragons and A Pearl flowering tea since it was a special occasion and he had given me a glass pot. I was very surprised last night at about bedtime when he asked if we were going to drink tea again! He is a Tetley kind of guy and I knew this was a sacrifice of LoVe! :)

I chose this tea because it is one of the main reasons I wanted a glass pot. I love watching the pearls turn into ittle pinwheels as they open up.

This has such a wonderful, natural jasmine flavor. It sweetens the tea without dominating it completely. The steeped tea is yellow, and remained about the same color through five steeps. Each was also delicious. The green tea base is mild and smooth with no bitterness or bite.

I am hoping that the “tea together before bedtime” thing is going to become a ritual! :) Or at least a frequent occurrence.

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I woke up this morning to find the tea table decorated with bouquets for my daughters and me, new tiny teacups and saucers, and a new glass teapot! EEEEE!


Yes, I have a thoughtful, romantic hubby. Yes, I do appreciate him! Yes, I try to be as good to him as he is to us!

I KNEW this tea was going to taste even better in a pretty glass pot, and it does! Actually, it tastes the same, but I love being able to watch the pearls open up. I really have to, HAVE TO, keep this tea on hand. My first experience with jasmine from another company was not good at all. In fact, I am surprised I ever bothered to try another, but I am glad I did.

This jasmine is just right for me and the base is incredibly smooth and silky. It resteeps nicely, too.
I am so glad I put this in my first Teavivre order.


Nice! Happy valentine’s day. :)


Beautiful teapot! (sucker for green glass so bookmarked and now trying to put out of mind for now, lol). So happy for you! (can feel the happiness this far away)


Happy Valentine’s Day, all! It is a great day to focus on all the kinds of love in our lives!


That is so awesome!


Sooooo cuuuuuute!

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Oh yes! I loved clicking Add to Cupboard for this one!

Three steeps shared with oldest daughter today. Magnificent! The base is so smooth, the jasmine so soothing, and even on the third steep it still had lots of color and body. We were making 16 ounce pots, not using the gong fu set, so I feel pretty good about the amount of tea we coaxed out of those pearls.

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I am so glad that I have this on order and it is on its way. I still have enough of my sample to make it one or two more times, but I do NOT want to run out!

I made this in glass for the first time because I wanted to watch the pretty pearls open up. The container was very large, though, and I think I underestimated how much water I was pouring in. The tea looked very pale, but it was still delicious. I resteeped right away with a lot less water and combined the two steeps. I am getting the glass teapot from purepuer.com especially for this tea and Teavivre’s flowering teas.

This has been a perfect tea for today. It is sunny and about seventy degrees outside, the windows are open, and the girls and I have a tea tray in the middle of the bed on my big fluffy down comforter so we can sit in the cross breeze to do our afternoon reading and have tea and cookies. Feeling very blessed.

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I have been looking forward to trying this one! I steeped this in a gaiwan, keeping a tetsubin of hot water over a warmer nearby so I could resteep easily.

This is only my second jasmine dragon pearl green tea. The first was not a hit. I gave it away.

If you try to take this one away from me, you may draw back a nub. Just kidding! But it is very good. The first thing that impressed me when I opened the inner pouch was that the aroma was equally jasmine and buttery vegetable green tea. (My other one and the jasmine black from SS that I have are just knock-you-down, artificial jasmine.)

The steeped tea is much lighter in aroma, the jasmine subtle and the tea standing forward equally with it on the first steep. (I am sharing with youngest so I decanted into some smaller cups and started resteepng right away.). This is mild and smooth on the sip, with a nice little green bite at the end. The jasmine doesn’t overpower and doesn’t fill my nose and sinuses like someone who wears a gallon of cologne and makes it hard to breathe. It is a ight and lovely addition.

The pearls are ADORABLE at the end of the first steep, having unrolled about halfway. They unfurled fully by the third steep. I agree with the other post that this would be so pretty in a tiny glass pot. I have a glass pot but the infuser broke. I think I will buy a borosilicate glass one.

On subsequent steeps the jasmine is a little more subtle and the green tea is a bit more prominent.

I took this to four steeps without a significant reduction in flavor. Delicious! Thank you for another wonderful tea experience, Teavivre!


I can’t wait for my package from Teavivre to come… I’m really looking forward to trying this one.

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I saved the leaves late last night for resteeping today, because you just shouldn’t waste good leaves. Youngest made these two steeps for me as I took pooch across the street for a playdate and to have a nice break from cleaning out all the school cabinets and getting our books ready for the new homeschooling year.

The second steep is still rich and tasty. Who would have believed that a delicate white tea could have such presence? I found it to be a little nuttier than the first steep. The third steep is especially nutty – definitely walnuts, now. This is pairing nicely with our Kerrygold Dubliner cheese.

On a side note, my friend Marsha just joined steepster and I gave her a big box of tea to start reviewing! I am luring her to the loose (leaf) side. If you have a moment, find her and follow her! Her username is The Marshain!


Followed. You might warn her about me … :)


Thanks! I actually sent her a note to look for you and follow you before I posted this review! :)


Found her and followed – :)


Oh boy! Thanks! :)




Thank you! Thank you! And yummy!


Followed :D

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I found another sample packet of this from Teavivre and chucked the whole thing in to steep since my daughter visited tonight and wanted to have tea together. This was refreshing and lovely. The most memorable part of this tea to me was how it seemed to dance over my tongue, like it was washing over but not really touching. It was an interesting and very enjoyable sensation, and there was such a freshness to the cup. Sweet, sweet grass or hay, fresh snowmelt, the barest hint of nut…

In the past I have noted a slight drying sensation or astringency as the tea cooled, but I didn’t pick that up at all tonight. (Maybe we drank it too quickly for it to cool to that point.) Just refreshing, clean, pure white tea.

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I have had a vast amount of tea today, but I needed just a little more before hitting the hay. That is what the aroma of this one reminded me of tonight, hay! Sweet, dried hay. There is also a nice snowmelt flavor and a very little nuttiness. Very good, very soothing.

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This is another lovely sample from Teavivre. I have reviewed it before, so I will keep this short and just say that it is a mild white tea. Later steeps becoming a tiny bit drying, cleansing the palate. The wet leaves smell like the first freshly cut grass of springtime.

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Since I managed to get my oldest daughter to try flavored green tea today, I decided to go for broke and see if she would drink an unflavored tea. Since she is doing this just for health reasons (and Dr. Sandy says it is quite possible that my tea consumption is part of why my breast cancer had a nearly non-existent growth rate…it had been mellowed out by the tea!) I recommended that we try this tea next. I warned her that it would be subtle, and she would need to look for the flavors, but her taste buds are a little more sensitive than some since she banned sodas from her diet after her trip to Venezuela.

Oh joy! She liked it! She said it was so much more pleasant than the bitter green teabags she has been using the past few weeks.

When you open the outer pouch, there is a strong, buttery sweet aroma. The steeped tea is smooth with a bare hint of astringency only when the tea gets near room temperature. There is no bitterness, and there is a sweet grassy or hay note as well.

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I was in a strange mood this morning. First of all, it is exactly a year since we were in Ireland, and I feel myself transported there many mornings. I guess it is the angle of the light and the temperatures that are making the memories so powerful, plus it was my first time traveling and we rented a townhouse instead of staying in a motel so we felt more like “natives.”

Anyway, I felt restless and wanted something special since I couldn’t pull on my shoes and walk down the street for my pot of tea and my scone. I thought about hot chocolate but it is actually still pretty hot here at home. Then I thought about baking, but I wanted something quick.

I thought about this blooming tea and it was just what I needed to make the day special. I steeped it in a tall wine glass, poured off the first steep into a tiny glass pot, then resteeped for a very long time. This second steep was strong, so I added hot water and it was perfect and meanwhile the third steep stood before us on the table in all of its glory. It had now fully unfurled and was looking beautiful, and gave a holiday air to the whole room sitting there the rest of the day. I am definitely reordering this. I gave one or two to my son to use for romantic date nights with his GF, so i only have one left! This is my favorite flowering tea to date.

It is beautiful to look at, but it also tastes really special, and that is the only reason I would buy it. If it didn’t taste good, it wouldn’t really be worth it to me to keep it around. This is a good silver needle though, and you can let it steep a long time and still enjoy it. The jasmine notes are really light, just a little boost of sweetness really.


I hope you’ll be able to go back there sometime soon. I totally know what you mean since I sometimes get that same sensation regarding my time in Europe.

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I bought these to use for special occasions. There isn’t a lot that is more special than Christmas Eve in this house! I had hoped to entice some of the kids into trying it since it is so unusual, but the diehard puerh drinkers didn’t budge. They DID watch it bloom and appreciate it. No one else wanted tea.

So I ended up drinking three steeps of this myself! This is my favorite blooming tea so far. The flavor is light and smooth and the flowers add a delicate touch, but not so much flavor that you would dislike it if you are averse to floral teas.

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I wanted to make Thanksgiving tea party extra special! I knew our guest had never heard of flowering tea. I have never made it for tea party before because I had never tried one that was worth serving to guests. This one is so good, though, that I wanted to give it a test run at tea party, though I have already had it once.

My guest….LOVED it! We went five steeps. The final one was weak but the back end of the swallow still had the essence of the first steep.

The first impression was buttery buttery vegetables…squash, perhaps. Mild, smooth, and creamy. The second steep sat for a while as we drank our first teas, but when we got to it, it was still wonderful; no bitterness crept out at all no matter how long we left it. The second steep was a little more flavorful than the first, perhaps because the leaves were now well hydrated and opening up more fully.

The leaves and blossoms stayed beautiful to look at as well. The one I had purchased years ago turned ugly quite quickly! It looked like a glass pitcher of ditch water! Not this one! Even now, hours later, it looks pretty in the pot.

My guest enjoyed it so much that I told her we will begin having oolongs, greens, and white teas in future! And I have promised True Love Flowering tea will be on the menu at tea party next week. Beautiful and delicious!


I think this is on my sample too. At least I hope it is!

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Sandy and I are making our way through some more delightful teas today.

This is the first high quality flowering tea I have had. I bought some at Southern Season and some at a tea room over a year ago and it was faded both in taste and color. I threw the reminding ones away. They were that bad. I had hoped to serve them at special events, but the tea was so flavorless and the show so lackluster that I discarded the idea.

This is another story! I love the color and shape! The two white dragons holding up the marigold unfolded sweetly and continued to expand and bloom. As delighted as I was with the show, the taste of the tea is equally delightful. It is sweet, not bitter at all, and there is a warm, nuttiness to the base that i have found in some oolongs. I am very pleased with this and would definitely be inclined to serve it at special occasions.

Thank you, Angel and Teavivire!

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I love Teavivre’s jasmine teas. I bought a lot of this one a while back because it is so economical. With food I couldn’t tell this one from the pricier ones but sipping just tea and I preferred the others. Now I am finding that I like this one just as much by itself as paired with food.

Our Fresh Market has a Thursday special called the Little Big Meal Deal and it seems to change each month. Last week it was noodle bowl. You got your choice of Japanese noodle types (I chose buckwheat Soba noodles), meat (steak for me), simmer sauce (Korean for me), a gorgeous tray of lots of different kinds of veggies chopped and ready to stir fry, and cookies. This was served with the original meal and the leftovers. YUMMY!

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I love love love Teavivre’s Jasmine teas. I have an order of Peach Jasmine on the way and arriving next week. I think I have tried every single one now.

This has been my go-to Jasmine tea with meals. It lacked the finesse I want for solitary drinking but was perfect with a meal and tasted just as good as my favorites from Teavivre when paired with food.

Last night I had a idea and had my daughter cut the steep time to two minutes in 174F water. She made two steps and combined them, it was fantastic with the meal as always, but afterward was much, much better this way when we were drinking it by itself.

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Friday means Asian Buffet take out! I called home and had my daughter make two 22 ounce steeps and put it in my tetsubin for when we got home. My husband thought it was dragon pearl, and with food it definitely can be mistaken for it. This is a great, economical way to have fabulous tea with your food. When I want a jasmine tea by itself though, the pearls win my heart!

I read on a website – I think Zen Tea Life – that they sell warmers just like the Scentsy and Yankee Candle tart warmers but they are intended for tea leaves. I tried it with three pearls last week, and it was a delightful…and SAFE…aroma. Then I remember I had this more economical open, so I am going to try them in a warmer this weekend!

On a sad note, a vase of flowers somehow fell over today and broke my favorite warmer! Boo!

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I absolutely adore the Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls and the Silver Needle Jasmine White tea from Teavivre. I can not afford to drink them all the time and still buy ridiculous amounts of new tea, too, so I bought this as an economical drinker to go with meals.

When served with food, this has that perfect level of jasmine flavor that I find I all of their offerings. I love that it only has to steep about one minute, because when I walk in the door with the takeout boxes I already to eat!

Because hubby is now enjoying tea with our takeout, I give this one steep, pour that into my huge tetsubin and put it on the warmer, and make a second steep right away and pour it in. That way there is enough for both of us to have all we want with the meal. No more being polite about who gets the last bit, or who will go resteep the leaves! LOL! And because it resteeps well, that makes it even more economical.

I got two bags of this so we should be good to go for a while!

For drinking without a meal, Pearls are still my number one, but with a meal these are quite delicious.

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It is raining, but the rain is freezing is freezing instantly on the car, the steps, the bridges….

Nevertheless, we ventured out for our Friday evening Asian Buffet take out. For several weeks I noticed that hubby now likes green tea so much that I have to go resteep halfway through the meal. Last week I decided to start making the resteep right away and pouring all the tea into my large tetsubin on a warmer. It works out great! We both drink as much tea as we want.

Teavivre’s jasmine offerings are the best jasmine teas I have ever had. This is what I consider to be my budget jasmine, as it costs a good bit less than the pearls. With food, you can tell little difference and I save my Premium and Superfine Downy Pearls for solo sipping.

Even with a first and second steep combined, the tea is a rich, golden color. The instructions say to use one to two teaspoons per eight ounces water and one to two minutes. I used four teaspoons for a 22 ounce pot and resteeped immediately for just over one minute. What a fantastic company!


It started the freezing rain here as I left this morning. Just minutes after I got to work it got very nasty.

I wondered if maybe your husband was just trying to get you out of the room so he could eat off your plate but I see you headed that off at the pass :)

I turned down the first offer of Jasmine from TeaVivre. What a maroon. Glad I accepted the second. It won me over.


I have all their jasmines except Jasmine Silver Needle White, and that will be on my next order!


Just placed an order at Teavivre for a bunch of jasmine teas but I missed out on this one! Next time :)

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