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Recent Tasting Notes

I have had this one quite a few times and find it to be a mild, mellow, very nice puerh tea. What makes it noteworthy tonight? My Tetley loving, extremely picky husband drank it with me tonight! And he said he didn’t mind drinking it, especially if it was good for him! This was one tea I never thought he would try. Will wonders never cease?

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98
drank Apple Awakening Fruit Tea by Teavivre
119 tasting notes

Final sample from TeaVivre!

Dry, this tisane is LOVELY and smells just as good. It’s bright red and has a pop of green from the verbena, and the lemon is definitely the strong suit in the aroma. I brewed it with my Noble mug from DAVIDsTEA for 8 and half minutes with boiling water.

I added a little bit of sugar to avoid excessive tartness. This tisane is lovely! The apple ISN’T the forte, which I like. It has a very distinct apple aftertaste, however, and I LOVE it. The roselle adds a nice tartness that’s not too strong, and the verbena adds a nice zing to it. So very very nice, I love this tisane so much, and I thank TeaVivre again so much for this sample and all the others. The quality was amazing throughout, and I thank you for being so gracious!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

Glad you’ve been having such a good time with your samples. I’m expecting mine soon!

SimpliciTEA

This is one of the tisanes I was eying when I was looking into buying some of her tea (before I bought lots of tea on sale from other vendors). Still, I hope to make a purchase later this year, and your review gives me that much more confidence in her tisanes! Thanks!

SimpliciTEA

Absolutely amazing pictures on the website you list in your bio!

Ian

No problem SimpliciTEA! It’s SO good. And thank you on the pictures!

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Just drank four steeps out of 3 grams (250 ml and about 85C per steep), one minute for 1st and 2nd steep, and two minutes for 3rd and 4th. Flavor is lighter and aroma is more subtle, less herbacious with usual characteristics(see previous notes). Even 4th steep had some flavor, like 1/3 of previous steeps, without taste of hot water (this is usually where I pull the plug).

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NOTE: Originally, this note was written on non-organic Bai Mu Dan. I just noticed that I made a mistake, so I’m doing copy-paste on an organic one (the one I actually have and drink)

Hmm, now this is an interesting Bai MuDan… Before I get to the point I’ll focus on the dry leaf a bit.
I’ve drank only two Bai MuDan teas so far, this is my third. I noticed that leaf doesn’t have that pollen-y aroma like the other two, it’s more subtle aroma of certain textiles that I can’t quite put my finger on.
Leaf seems to be somewhat broken but has a decent amount of silver tips in two leaves and a bud fashion. I’m not a big fan of white tea, but I’ve learned that you can’t judge the leaf just by smell and appearance. After all, we’re supposed to drink this, right? My guess is that some of the leaf got broken during the handling and transportation. But in the end I don’t really mind, I just want a tasty cuppa.

Moving on

First infusion (1min)
This tea shows more of taste than of smell compared to other White Peony I’ve drank. With its bright white-pinkish color it’s sweet, fruity, almost sour-citrus-like and it lingers. I really didn’t expect this for a white tea such as this. It’s actually very surprising, in positive manner.
To make myself more clear, this tea is more tasty and refreshing and less aromatic.

Now, into the second infusion (2min)
Second infusion brought out golden note and with taste cut in half where aromas are better expressed with same intensity as taste. I think that temperature of 90 Celsius squeezed a lot of its flavor in first infusion. I might experiment with this one to get two infusions that are almost even in appearance and taste.

This one surprised me. I’ll try cold brewing it overnight and see for the results.

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This was delicious! Just a beginning to my review. It actually reminded me of the Da Hong Pao I recently tried from my brother, but this was sweeter and a bit more resonant with maltiness.

The liquor is a gorgeous amber shade with a sweetish, caramel-based aroma. The tea itself isn’t exactly sweet, but evokes sweetness in it. Like cinnamon. It is spicy and fun and a good cup overall!

I think this would be an ideal tea to start my day off before work. Help me wake up and perk up for the hours in the office!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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93

I’ve had a lot of jasmine scented teas over time. Most of the time, they’re pretty nice, but I just have never been particularly drawn to them.

Thanks to TeaVivre, that has officially changed. For this specific one, at least! The floral flavor is so light and sweet. It doesn’t overpower the tea and just makes for a beautiful cup of tea! I’m drinking this gong fu style, so I look forward to trying again in the future in a larger mug/cup.

Thanks agian for the sample, TeaVivre!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I love a good pu-erh tea. I did not always, but I do now! And this one was particularly tasty.

I was a little surprised at just how finely cut the leaves are in this mini tuo, but it did allow for a hearty strong brew, dark enough to satisfy my coffee-craving brother! Most pu-erh I drink, even in mini tuo form, has somewhat larger leaves, but it did not denigrate the flavor of this tea.

As far as pu-erh goes, I really enjoyed this one. It has a distinct malty, earthiness and minimal to no astringency or bitterness.

Thanks to TeaVivre for sending along this sample!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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This is a delicious Pu-erh! I brewed this up in the Yixing and the result after 1 minute was a glorious dark purple brew. The rose flavor was so delicate. This will be purchased from Teavivre. I know my Pu-erhs and I love this one….

TeaBrat

did you get the rose one or the plain one?

K S

If this is the rose toucha it is my favorite of the handful of shu I have tried. The rose takes the sharp edges off the sip I find in the plain one. The plain is really good too just like the rose better. Have you puerh folk tried the chrysanthimum (sp?) version? How does it compare?

Charles Thomas Draper

Rose. No I have not tried the mum version….

TeaBrat

I think the rose version of this tea has its’ own listing, I don’t know why I care but I just thought I’d let you know. :)

KS – I tried the mum and thought it was ok but did not love it

Jim Marks

Yea, you’ve got this tasting under the wrong listing :-/

Jim Marks

I did that with a bunch of the TeaVivre stuff, as well owing to several of the names being quite similar.

Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you for mentioning it….

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There has been a quality to Yunnan black teas that I’ve noticed multiple times across the various ones I’ve tried. Until now, I haven’t quite known how to describe it. Every Yunnan black I’ve tasted has the same earthy quality that distinguishes it from other black teas. This earthy quality is unlike that I’ve found in other teas because it’s almost dry. Most of the time, I’ve noticed that when drinking an earthy tea, it brings to mind moist soil, a forest fresh after rainfall, etc. But with these, it’s a dryness that really comes to the fore.

I love it! And I’m not even entirely certain why. When it comes to alcoholic beverages, I tend to avoid dry drinks. Leaves a weird taste in my mouth. But with tea? Yes, please!

I received this with a few other samples from TeaVivre, and let me just say… delicious! If you couldn’t tell, I’m a bit of a sucker for a Yunnan Black/Red tea. I’ve got about 3 or 4 others tucked away in my cupboard of varying qualities. Based on the dry leaf alone, this is probably middling quality compared with some I brought back from China myself. But to be fair, I brought back some really freaking nice Yunnan Black!

I love the golden tips, and this one is particularly beautiful to behold. This tea has an interesting, almost dusty scent to the dry leaf that could give a bad impression to someone unfamiliar with this type of tea. But it was exactly what I was hoping for when I opened the package. It’s sharp and lightly floral. Gorgeous.

My first infusion was accidentally a little longer than intended, so had a mild bitterness to the end. But my successive infusions were better timed and absolutely delicious and smooth.

Delicious!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
SimpliciTEA

I am finding that I like Yunnan reds myself. I like that you compared the quality of this one to the ones you got direct from China. And yes, the look of a Yunnan golden tea can certainly be beautiful to behold!

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As I opened the package of this tea I started thinking about my experience with white teas… and I realized it’s absolutely minimal! I do tend to lean more towards black/red, oolong, and pu-erh teas. So it was a very pleasant change of pace and please forgive me if my description falls inadequate!

The dry leaf is light and sweet. I love the look of it, too. It just looks pleasant, for lack of a better term. The leaves were whole and unbroken, soft and downy. I was careful to use water of the correct temperature and to brew within the recommended time frame. I’ve noticed how some of my recent teas have been fixed outside of recommended methods and have fallen short for me.

The tea itself is light and springy, mildly vegetal and more grassy, I’d say. But it’s a light flavor, not overwhelming at all. I would love to try this someday as an iced tea as well, though I have a feeling I’ll still prefer it hot. I almost forgot how few infusions can be made from a white tea. As I noted, I am much more used to drinking darker teas that can withstand many infusions, so it was sort of a nice change of pace to end after just a few small infusions.

This tea is very tasty and I’m excited to try it more!

Thanks again to TeaVivre for the sample!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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This sample was provided to me by Angel from Teavivre approximately 1 to 2 months ago. My apologies in the delay before tasting, life got away with me. I’ve decided to do all my initial reviews on these teas following package directions. Though I would not ordinarily steep an oolong in boiling water for 1 to 3 minutes, I will give it the old college try, and hopefully post an additional note at another time with my usual parameters. For the tasting, I am using my gaiwan with one sample packet and sharing with the beau in our little double walled teacups.

Dry leaves smell sweet, and remind me of hay and grass. The beau proclaims them earthy but as in “of the earth” not dirt. : )

First steep: One minute, boiling water. The liquor is pale yellow with a hint of green, not nearly as deep as I feared. The smell is very vegetal, my first thoughts are boiled spinach and leafy greens. This does not appeal to me, but I’ll give it a shot – once it’s cool enough to drink! The leaves have opened a LOT and are very pretty in my gaiwan. As it cools the boiled greens aroma fades (yay) and the taste is surprising. There is an aspect of green vegetalness (ya, I said vegetalness, what of it? :D) but this is really nice. I am not a green tea drinker and tend to prefer oolongs that are more like black teas, but this is really pleasant. Surprisingly sweet and rich. There is a floral aspect which is very present in the taste, but not overwhelmingly. Reminds me of a few flowering teas I have tried and enjoyed. I’m impressed! The beau, on the other hand, says “it’s kinda plain”. Well.

Second steep: 2 minutes, boiling water. The liquor is much darker this time ‘round though the smell is fairly similar. Let it cool so I don’t burn my tongue and the taste is actually quite vegetal with a hint of bitterness. Jumping up to 2 minutes was clearly too much for me, I should have stuck at 1.5 for now. For an experienced oolong drinker the bold vegetal aspect of this might be appealing, but it is a bit too much for an oolong novice such as myself. Ah well, it’s my own fault! The beau proclaims that this steep is better and he likes it more. He has a recently discovered love for green tea, so this makes sense.

I think I will take a break now to prepare lunch and add any notes about further infusions later on, if I think of it. I have only tried 3 or 4 different Tie Guan Yins now, so I barely know what I am talking about but I found this to be really present and quite bold. Though I feared the boiling water, I think that is what maintained the strength of flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
SimpliciTEA

I like your ‘disclaimer’ in the start of your review. I have two teas myself of her’s from awhile back that I still have to brew up, and review (I did brew up most of them right away, though). She’s amazing at her willingness to send out samples. And from what I have seen and hear, its starting to pay off. I hope to order from her this summer/fall, when we will actually need tea.

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I am thoroughly impressed with all of these samples!

This one’s my favorite so far. The pearls are so exciting to watch unravel! The smell is very strong and perfumy, but the actual tea is light and not heavily flavored like a lot of Jasmines are. Very nice!

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

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I was excited to get this one in my sample box because I recently tried a different dragon well and really enjoyed it. I am happy to say that this one has lived up to my expectations.

Thanks again to Teavivre for the extremely generous sample of this tea. There’s so much in the pouch! The leaf is bright and smooth, and it smells a bit grassy and a bit nutty and a touch buttery. Steeped, that lovely chestnutty aroma comes out, which reminds me so much of chestnut sweets from a chinese bakery. The liquor is a very pale yellow, only slightly darker than the white of the mug, yet it’s still a flavorful cup. Smooth, lightly grassy, but also nutty and sweet, this tea has a lot of dimensions to it. A really really tasty cup.

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

I am curious, what kind of water to leaf ratio did you use?

Dinosara

I used about 2 tsp of leaves for 12oz of water, but I feel like I could have gone with a little more leaf.

ashmanra

I loved this one so much I bought it on my first order.

SimplyJenW

This is a fave of mine, too. Since it is a fluffy tea, I probably went with 1 1/2-2 tsp per cup. I have a feeling it would weigh about right at this ratio.

TeaBrat

Thanks all, mine still seemed kind of bland and watery so I might need to use more leaf.

Scatterbrain

Anxiously awaiting my Teavivre samples now, this being one of them. :)

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As I have no doubt mentioned before, I’m not much of a drinker of unflavored blacks. There are a couple that I have to admit are pretty tasty (Harney’s Golden Monkey, Teavivre’s own Yun Nan Golden Tips), but I still don’t seek out unflavored blacks often. But of course I accepted a sample of this one in my latest round from Teavivre… how could I not, with these reviews? I admit I was still skeptical that I would like it. The leaf is nice looking twisted strands with a scattering of golden tips, and it smells malty and dark and teaish.

This is another one that surprised me with the brewing parameters. 185°F for a black tea? If you say so. The tea came out a lovely dark amber color and again has that malty, sweet aroma. I have to say, alright Teavivre, you got me, this tea is delicious. It is smooth and tasty, with notes of cocoa, raisins, a tiny bit of caramel, a hint of honey, bready, malty… it isn’t actually sweet on the tongue, but it seems sweet, if that makes any sense. Also, this is very similar to the base of The Tea Spot’s Organic Chocolate “O” tea, even though they aren’t the same variety. A big thanks again to Teavivre for this sample; these opportunities really help me step outside my usual teas and experience things I wouldn’t have bought on my own.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is my 3rd day in a row drinking a Golden Tea. When I opened the bag I was impressed. It really was unique. The visual and the aroma were both beautiful. I somehow, when I brewed this in my Gaiwan, thought I was getting a soft cocoa flavor with a hint of cream. It was a fascinating flavor. Absolutely splendid. More notes to come. Thank you Angel ….

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93

Finished off my sample of this today – it will be missed!

Today I get glimpses of the “orange” flavor that JacquelineM mentioned. I wasn’t as specific with the color, but it did seem bright to me – bright and warm. With a lovely starchy mouthfeel. As it cools I think that some astringence is trying to fight its way through – but for the most part this is a very smooth tea that I am putting on the reorder list – along with the full leaf Yunnan that Teavivre offers – I do so love black teas!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So.. part 2 of the night comes, as well, from Teavivre’s sample pack.

So.. part 2 of the night comes, as well, from Teavivre’s sample pack.The Review.

So.. part 2 of the night comes, as well, from Teavivre’s sample pack.The Review.First things first, I don’t do well with green tea… i just don’t. i feel like i say this every time i post about green tea. we just don;t get along…now having said this…i do love jasmine.

So.. part 2 of the night comes, as well, from Teavivre’s sample pack.The Review.First things first, I don’t do well with green tea… i just don’t. i feel like i say this every time i post about green tea. we just don;t get along…now having said this…i do love jasmine.Dry leaf – after attacking the bags again i was bashed in the face with jasmine. This is not a bad thing though. When i drink a tea with jasmine, its meant to be a relaxer, so the stronger the better, up to a point. Steeped somewhere between 3:30 And 4:00 minutes.

So.. part 2 of the night comes, as well, from Teavivre’s sample pack.The Review.First things first, I don’t do well with green tea… i just don’t. i feel like i say this every time i post about green tea. we just don;t get along…now having said this…i do love jasmine.Dry leaf – after attacking the bags again i was bashed in the face with jasmine. This is not a bad thing though. When i drink a tea with jasmine, its meant to be a relaxer, so the stronger the better, up to a point. Steeped somewhere between 3:30 And 4:00 minutes.Brewed unsweet – Naturally sweet from the jasmine and very flowery. nice soft mouthfeel , creats a smooth blanket of warmth on the roof of my mouth.

Sweetened. With honey, Pulls the jasmine out with force, as well as the green tea flavor. Works very well with the honey.

I think, with a little bit of time, this may be up there with the only other green i like (casablanca twist by adagio).

Good Night All.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Steven Cook

So.. not real sure why the post acted in such a funny way… just try and ignore it.

Angrboda

I’ve seen that happen once before. The poster said everything looked completely normal on their end until they saw the post afterwards and couldn’t fix it. It’s like the site has the hiccups or something.

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Thank you god for Teavivre. I received a sample of this in the mail today and i gotta tell you all…. it rocks. I haven’t reached out much as far as different companies for teas, and before today, besides Lipton and Twinnings boxed bags, i had not ventured past Teavana and Adagio. So… needless to say, i love this tea. It is nice and affordable and just perfect.
So.. with further a due: The Review.

Opening the bag is always interesting because the first hit of the aroma is always invigorating, however, I was almost disappointed when i didn’t smell anything when i opened the bag. it didn’t take long to realize that, upon looking in the first bag, i found several smaller bag actually holding the tea. i fiddled with those smaller bags and when i was done…PERFECT. The Aroma was out of this world. A bold, black mildly sweet and a touch spicy scent waffed into my face and filled me with joy. I put a teaspoon into my Tea-rex steeper and steeped the tea for 3 ish minutes at about boiling 212 degrees. After the steeping, the leafs we sweet and open and the liqueur was amber-gold color.

The first, unsweetened sip: Roasty and earthy, as would be expected from a black tea, nice and bold with a little peppery aftertaste ( but nothing like the Yunnan i’m used to.) Second sip, still earthy, little coco and a little spice but very much a bold tea flavor.

First sweetened sip (1 half teaspoon clover honey): In the dry leafs i detected a sweet aroma that didn’t come through in the unsweetened sip, but now it is brought to the front and center. Not to heavy but silky mouth feel and over excellent taste and aftertaste.

In closing, an Amazing tea, if i was better off with money, i would invest heavily in a good order of this.
Thank you Angel for your generous sample. I feel your generosity will work wonders for you and for you company.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Blueberry Fruit Tea by Teavivre
119 tasting notes

Second review for TeaVivre’s samples.

I guess I should share how I brew my tea. Most of the time I brew it in my Noble travel mug from DAVIDsTEA (http://www.davidstea.com/accessories/travel-mugs-2/noble-glass-travel-thermos) and sometimes I brew a teapot using just a regular mesh tea ball (I don’t have a tea pot with a built in infuser, unfortunately). Anywhoo, on to the tea.

This was another sample I got from TeaVivre. After drinking the Pi Lo Chun I was in the mood for something a little sweeter, so I decided to have a cup of this. The dry "leaves"smell very sweet, almost like fake blueberry bubblegum that you get for a dollar at the store. The leaves are BEAUTIFUL, a vibrant pop of blue and maroon-y purple.

The brewed tisane is a lovely deep purple and has retained its scent. I added a little bit of sugar to avoid any tartness.

I LOVE THIS TISANE! It’s tart (but not overly tart to the point of puckering) with a little tang and a small punch of sweetness. It tastes EXACTLY like the description, and none of the pure fruit flavor is sacrificed like it is in so many fruit blends.

Very nice, this will be a cupboard staple from now on.

I used about 4 tsp. for about 12 oz. of water and steeped for 8 minutes and 30 seconds with boiling water.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Last night when I got home from work I was very pleased to see a big box of tea waiting for me from Teavivre! My next round of samples arrived, yippee! (Also pleased to see: a packaged with new boots in it!)

This one was high on my list of teas I wanted to try from Teavivre because I love oolongs, and I especially love milk oolong, and I was disappointed that it appeared on the site after my first sample batch came. But lucky for me Angel Chen and Teavivre are exceedingly generous and they sent me another box of samples, this time including this tea. Thanks so much!

The steep parameters were pretty different than any other oolong I’ve come across, mainly steeping in boiling water. But I used those parameters anyway, because that’s what was called for. One of the other grad students came into my office right after I steeped it and remarked that this tea smelled good, and I would agree. It smells floral and creamy and buttery and vegetal.

This jin xuan definitely has great flavor. It’s buttery, it’s creamy, it’s floral, and it’s slightly sweet at the end. Really delicious. I will say that I think my concept of a milk oolong was a little warped by having ATR’s first… that is a fantastic tea, and indeed very milky, but it is a tieguanyin varietal not a jin xuan, which gives it a pretty distinct taste that’s different than other jin xuan oolongs I tried. For a while I would try milk oolongs and nothing could quite live up to ATR’s, but that’s because they weren’t playing with the same rules. When I adjust my expectations to what jin xuan milk oolongs usually taste like, which this seems to be a great of, I think I’ll be a lot more pleased with the other ones I’ve tried.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Ian

I too broke down and asked for some more samples. I’m so impressed with the unfaltering quality of Teavivre’s teas and I have such a hankering to try more! This too is high on my try list, along with some of their delicious-looking pu-erhs.

Amariel

I hope I get another sample box, and I hope hor a milk oolong too.

Uniquity

Ach, I still haven’t tried my samples from TeaVivre. It’s been at least a month. Angel, if you’re reading this – Many apologies! Now I have a tea “to do” list for the weekend!

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Many thanks to TeaVivre, my samples arrived today!

I was at a lost for which to try first so I flash-quized my dad and he chose this one. As many have raved before me, the packaging is genius-TWO DIFFERENT BAGS! Ingenious! I’ve made a mental note that if I ever start my own tea company, that’s how I’ll package everything.

The dry leaves are a mint-green color. They smell very savory, kind of like seaweed.

First steep- ~175 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 1 minute and 15 seconds. It’s VERY light, and when it’s in direct sunlight, it almost looks clear. The brewed tea smells the same as the leaves but not as strong. It’s very light, and has a savory taste. It has a slightly salty taste, and it’s very vegetal. Not really what I look for in a tea, but good for what it is. I’m not going to resteep these, but I will enjoy drinking this cup while it lasts.

I’m not too too big on savory teas, but I did enjoy the vegetal saltiness of this one, and I thank TeaVivre again for graciously sending me some samples! I’m excited to try the rest!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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This is the 3rd tea I got recently from Teavivre and they have all been great and this one is no exception. It has a rich aroma, sweet taste and a wonderful freshly sweet aftertaste.

I was able to make 6 perfectly tasting steeps and the 7th one was mildly tasting so I threw leaves away after it. Steep duration varied from 1 min to 3 min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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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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