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A delicious black tea; the dry leaves are beautiful, and the steeped tea is very malty and deep in flavor. It’s slightly chocolaty but not nearly as much so as Black Dragon Pearls or the like; overall it seems more balanced but comparably delicious.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Blueberry Fruit Tea by Teavivre
34 tasting notes

Oh, the taste of this tea. At first, I was skeptical about it. But when I got to actually drinking it, it was amazing! I’ve re-bought it once already and I sure am planning on buying it again and again.

I’m not really sure what’s so great about this tea, but I suppose the grapes add very much flavor and aroma, and blends everything together. A very soft taste, but leaves a little tingling sensation in the tongue afterwards. I usually drink it with sugar, but without sugar it is also amazing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

Another sipdown from this morning! Let me tell you after a little over a week of waking up and being able to draw back the curtains and see the ocean and mountains…today was an adjustment…hello brick wall of the other apartment building…so nice to see you. sorry we’ve missed you..NOT. lol I love this one from teavivre and will be ordering more once i get into a better position to stock up again. Malty, chocolatey goodness.

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

i found a sample of this from courtney this morning so it’s back in my cupboard for at least another cup haha. I picked this, mostly so i’d have a little sipdown when i get back. I’m sneaky like that mwahahahhaa

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

I feel like i’ve been drinking this tea forever. I need to learn to open my larger quantity of teas sooner so that i have more time to drink them up. lol Not that i HAD to finish this one, but it’s part of my “drink older teas” goal. Aiming to get through all teas up to and including December by the end of June. Downside? Black friday sales hahahahaha. I quite like this tea, though some times it feels like this one has a personality. Some days it’s not as delicious as i remember it being…and other days it makes me fall in love with it all over again. Still a great staple to have in my cupboard and a fantastic offering from Teavivre! I recommend checking it out if you’re a fan of black teas :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! You monkey is PMSing!!!

Terri HarpLady

Ha! I was actually thinking of making a pot of this as my 2nd tea of the day :)

Sil

it appears so teafairy lol

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

soooooooooooo close to a sipdown on this one…to the point where i was contemplating making a really stong travel mug today…but i refrained. haha. I need to try to get a few in tonight because my damn fine teas arrived, but this was not meant to be one of them…but there will be a few incoming now that i’m home and relaxing… wheee!

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

oh my poor cupboard. I tried to make it go on a diet and now it’s fighting back…. 125 was almost in my grasp…and this it was pulled away. So i’m giving up for April…but in May, i’ll be back with a vengenance lol for now, the sample sipdowns continue! this is neither, but it is one of my oldest teas and a delicious, delicious friday tea!

Dexter

Mmmmmmmmmmmm I was drinking this at work today – it’s a really good one. :))
(I don’t think it’s your cupboards fault that it is exploding…..)

Sil

yes! it’s not MY fault! i’m doing wht i can….drinking stuff..

Dexter

LOL maybe it’s partly MY fault – and all the other tea buddies that send you stuff…

Sil

you…missB…charlottezero….dinosara….sami..shmiracles… see my problem is i don’t buy stuff…so i swap… both make my poor little cupboard put on weight.

Terri HarpLady

Don’t forget me!

Sil

yours was last month lol

Dinosara

Muahahahaha

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

more teas from yesterday! This one gets better and better every time i have it. While it’s totally nothing like LB from verdant, i feel like if i could no longer have LB…this one might be a suitable substitute (note the use of the word substitute, not replacement). Bumping the rating a little because this malty chocolatey tea has been great to drink recently as i work on getting through my bag of this (it’s one of my oldest teas because i always forget about it!)

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

so good. very much. happy day.goodnight moon.

Marzipan

Goodnight room!

Rosehips

Goodnight tea!

Cavocorax

Excite! Such happy!

Sil

sorry…such awesome tasting notes yesterday. I was just too tired to write an essay on teas that i have had lots :)

Cavocorax

Hahah. It was ridiculous and cute, and allowed me to practice doge, which… apparently is useful for silly instances like this?

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

I have to say that this is another tea that keeps growing on me. Every time i have it, i seem to like it a little better and it gets a little more delicious. TOday it came across as particularly chocolatey and malty and made for an awesome cup at work.

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

i always forget how delicious this is…and then i have it again haha a cup of this in the afternoon to relax with while dealing with silly meetings.

keychange

eff meetings. ’aint no one got time for that.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, that’s a tasty one!

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

Another delicious tea that i took out with me today. Early morning start today to make it in to the spa with nicole for a girls day out. Mani/Pedis, lunch, movie and then dinner with my other half, her husband and the little one. Followed by a short game before coming home late. I was glad i made the effort in the morning to brew up two travel mugs to bring with me :) I needed it by the afternoon!

Cavocorax

Oh fancy! Sounds like a pretty great day.

Sil

it was nice…nicole hasn’t had girl time or even a day outside the house in the past 5 months or so…so we spoiled her.

Terri HarpLady

What an awesome day!

Sil

it was nice…though i’m betting all of a day before my nail polish starts chipping lol i usually only ever get pedicures to mostly get rid of all the ick factor on my feet :) E was like..oh hey! your feet aren’t ripping my legs now lol gee thanks…love you too :P (followed by a comment about how he should just send me to get one every month…)

Cavocorax

Ahahhaha. I had a pedicure once and I liked it because I like foot rubs by people who know what they’re doing, but I feel like it was totally wasted bc the person just wanted to talk to me the whole time and I just wanted to relax. :P Next time I’ll go where they don’t speak english. Ha.

But that’s really cool you able to get her out and doing fun things.

boychik

Cavocorax, I only go to Chinese places. They smile, very friendly and only talk to each other. As long as I don’t understand it doesn’t bother me.

Terri HarpLady

For awhile my daughters & I had an annual pedicure tradition going on. Their birthdays are March 14th & 28, exactly 2 weeks apart. We’d go for breakfast, then starbucks latte’s, then pedi’s, then lunch! It was great, but we haven’t been able to get our schedules together for the last couple of years.
Add to that, my grandaughter’s birthday is right in between their’s, on the 21st. We’re having her party today, & I’m thinking we need to really try to get the pedi thing going again, & include her in it.

I always get the same nail polish, “I am not a Waitress”, hahaha, & Sil, it never lasts very long :(
But the foot soak & rub is a fun luxury! Nothing like a day out with the girls!

Cavocorax

That sounds like so much fun! I hope you guys manage to make it happen again, even if you’re a few weeks later than the birthdays!

Sil

Cavo – I’m happy to do a girls day out with you at the spa. There are a few places here we can go where they will leave us alone and that aren’t too expensive :)

Sil

Terri – it’s nice isn’t it? :)

Nicole

Looooove pedis. And if I can pair it with a massage…heaven. My pedis always last forever since I am not allowed to really be without shoes since my foot injury. But I don’t even bother with manicures – I can’t not be in the kitchen or doing something that ruins those in less than a day at most.

Sil

nicole – yeah i don’t bother with manicure’s most of the time but this was just for my friend. i’ve already managed to chip part of it hahaha

Nicole

A sacrificial spa day for a friend. That’s tough. :)

Sil

yeah…the things i do..

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

Mmmm i haven’t had this one in a while. I still really love the taste of this one. Slightly sweet, with a bit of malt. Perfect start to my morning earlier :)

Cheri

Sounds nice. I already placed my Teavivre order but maybe I can slip it in the next one…

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

SOMETIMES….though it doesn’t happen often with me…i forget that i have a particular tea in my cupboard. This one sort of got lost (in plain sight) and i hadn’t had it in a while…so the other day i put it in a REALLY obviously place to remember to drink it more often. And today, i was glad for it :) i still really like the taste of this one. happy i picked some up in a sale from teavivre a while back.

also..since i’m guessing there will be little to no tea drinking this evening having just had uh..a VERY large glass of coke and toasted caramel rye…

Final Count: 149 (merci Ysaurella!)

TheTeaFairy

Did I hear a big fat burp at the end of this note???

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87
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

mmmmmm I opened my sample of this from teavivre, forgetting of course that i have 50g from my last order. Oh well, at least i’ve managed to sipdown the little sample pack haha. I really enjoy drinking this one from teavivre. It’s malty with notes of cocoa without being like my laoshan black. It’s also unassuming so until i take my first sip, i always forget how much i enjoy drinking this one :)

K S

I love this and have 100g that I can’t open because I have like a zillion other teas open already that need me first. I also have golden tips I can’t touch. I need, no I NEED, to start sipping some down.

Sil

haha…that’s the worst…

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

it’s been far too long since i had this tea. I pulled it out this morning to kick start the day. My other half has the entire weekend off – he hasnt even had a single weekend day off since vacation in October. So we’re taking advantage. This was a wonderful start to the morning, which ended up being almost my only cup of tea today because we were out for longer than expected.

i may need to have this again tomorrow as it really was a fantastic cup this morning.

Dexter

Hmmmm interesting, I keep getting samples of this with orders, and I keep tossing them into swap packages. I really should try this one of these days….

Sil

i would! haha it’s one of those teas that i forget about, don’t think i enjoy as much as others and then have a great cup of it!

Terri HarpLady

I love this one. I almost drank this today :)

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

Also, still getting an initial smokey taste from this tea as I steep it. Not sure what’s up with that, but I do enjoy it and would order this again.

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
6342 tasting notes

Teavivre random tea of the day! this one smells delicious in unsteeped form. I’m always on the lookout for a reasonably priced strong delicious black so I’m happy to try this one!

The initial taste of this one is…smokey? Weird I think my tastebuds need a reset lol I know it’s not even 9…well it’s nearly 9 but man a small piece of maple fudge with this tea and i’m in heaven!

Once that’s all cleared up, this is a nice rich malty tea that I can absolutely see myself restocking as an every day black to have with some of my other favorites. I don’t get the sweet potato flavour that others have mentioned but it’s delicious and yummy!

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98

This is super backdated, as I’ve since placed and received an order for this incredibly soothing tea. The Jasmine is strong, but also light at the same time. I was originally afraid it might be a bit cloying, but that wasn’t the case at all. I’m a huge fan of Teavivre’s Silver Needle, so anything using it as a base is almost a guaranteed home run in my books.

I figured I’d attempt to unwind from the holiday craziness with some aromathera-tea and I have to say it’s working very well.

I blind purchased Teavivres Jasmine Pearls as a Christmas gift for my mother. I’m looking forward to sharing a cup with her and seeing how they compare to this lovely tea (superb as usual for Teavivre, I’m sure).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I have both kinds of Jasmine Dragon Pearls that they sell and I have tasted this tea. They are all fabulous! Your mom will be very happy with her gift, I believe!

Miss Starfish

Thanks for the heads up Ashmanra!

CHAroma

Unrelated to this tea, but I read your bio on your profile page and laughed out loud. Oolong time! LOL! That’s actually a really good one. P.S. I’m super jealous that you live in New Zealand. Always wanted to go there.

Miss Starfish

So glad that I was able to make you laugh! Should you ever make it over, I’d be happy to give tourist pointers over tea.

CHAroma

Oooooh, I’ll have to take you up on that! All I know so far is that I want to see the Weta Cave and as many LOTR sites as possible. :D

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87

Thanks to Teavivre for the very (very!) generously sized free samples.

I’m afraid I’m too much of a novice with Pu-Erhs to give any sort of informed opinion on how this compares to others, but this is certainly very good. Earthiness and leather are, of course, the first things that come to mind, but there is also a sort of vague mint flavor as well. Certainly doesn’t sound pleasant on paper, but this is somehow very enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling

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87

My buddy Reqwer was kind to treat us with this tea at his place. I can’t say I felt every note of it’s taste, mostly because I was eating so much cookies and chocolates at the same time..But it went great with all the sweets and gave everything a warm earthy feeling. Not really my cup of tea (no pun intended at all), but I enjoyed it very much though.

Booklog:
Yes, Steepster isn’t a place for this, but I just wanted to keep it here, since books & teas go so well together :) I’ve just started reading The Black Company by Glen Cook. So far so good, we’ll see how violent will it get later, I sense a lot blood being spilled in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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90

Profile: Liquor is a pale, clear beige. Aroma is a natural and exceptionally sweet floral bouquet of jasmine. Taste is similar, with sweet jasmine diffusing across the palate and an undertone of soft green tea grounding it. Aftertaste lingers pleasantly, revealing notes of honey and grapes. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, with no bitterness or astringency.

Other notes: The freshly steeped leaves are intoxicating. Breathe in deeply and a potent whiff of jasmine will greet you. Aroma is very much a part of this experience as the taste. The pearls are also a pleasure to watch unfurl.

Verdict: A complex and truly superior jasmine tea, and perhaps the best I’ve tried. There is a sweetness here that overshadows lesser teas, the floral aspect is not cloying or artificial, and the leaves themselves are clearly a cut above the typical quality, leaving no trace of astringency. If you seek this style of tea, I would currently recommend no other as highly.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96

Wow this is so lovely. I love jasmine teas and this is a really good one. Very smooth and sweet. It has just the right amount of jasmine not overpowering at all. This is so calming and soothing. I got this as a sample and I must say I can see myself ordering a full amount next time. Thanks Teavivre!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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