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Leaves: small green & white leaves w/ jasmine flower petals
Aroma: Honeysuckle & Jasmine
Color: Dark Yellow
Taste: Upon opening the package the immediate aroma reminded me honeysuckles you see as a kid, sweet & floral. As i measured and put the leave in the pot the jasmine aroma was more present. I also came across a few flower petals which is a nice touch. The first steep had great clarity w/ quite a bit of small leaf particles that escaped my strainer.The jasmine aroma remained through out the brewing process. As for taste i found this tea to be very bitter & couldn’t finish my cup.
Leaves: mixture of lemon grass & various other items
Aroma: Lemon & Mint
Color: Dark yellow
Taste: The aroma really shined when hot water was poured over the leaves. Boom came the fragrance of lemons and mint! This tea was quite nice very light w/ a hint of flavor and mint. I’m normally not a fan of lemon grass based tea or pure lemon grass. Overall a plain tea w/ simple flavors different from my usual go to.
Having this a third time. The taste really depends what I scoop from the sample packet. I don’t think there is any stevia at all in this cup. There’s also none of that bitterness. Smooth. Tastes like what a summer meadow would smell – a variety of grasses and flowers. Much more enjoyable tonight! (I suppose I’m not a fan of stevia even in plant form.)
Very beautiful dry leaf. Jasmine, stevia, osmanthus, chrysanthemum, and rose: an intriguing line of ingredients in an herbal tea. There is a slight bitterness, and I imagine that the stevia was added to counterbalance it. Personally, it’s a little too much stevia. Not that the amount overwhelms the ingredients, but there could be less sweetness. With that said, the stevia really stands out, but I can also taste the jasmine and chrysanthemum, with the rose lightly lingering in the aftertaste. (I do need to drink osmanthus by itself to tell what it tastes like.)
I feel more relaxed and sleepy, which is saying something since lavender tea is the only other tea to effect me thus so far. I would say try this blend if you’re curious about the combination of flowers.
This is a really nice jasmine green, with a strong, floral jasmine that’s natural rather than perfumey. The jasmine dominates the base, which serves as a fairly neutral background. I have a bunch of jasmine greens to work through, but when I run out I’d definitely consider buying some of this one.
Expectations. Very little, I wanted to try this only because 4,7/5 rating.
Steeping. I didn’t check the steeping temperature (that was 80C) so I accidentally steeped the first pours at 95C. For later steep I let the water cool down for a bit. I used 4g/65ml and porcelain gaiwan.
Appearance. The leaves are really pretty, they are tiny and covered in a golden fur. Tea is bright orange with a little bit of red hue.
Aroma. Dry leaves smell awesome, there are some cocoa, chocolate, honey and caramel notes. Wet leaves have bolder aroma with molasses, sweet potato and smoky tones.
Tasting. I ordered more of those beautiful ‘bamboo hat’ cups so I had a better chance to compare different steeps. My favourite one was definitely the first pour, it had overall stronger flavour with nice chocolate, cocoa and caramel notes. Latter ones had more mild and mellow flavour of honey, smoke, chocolate and cocoa. More interesting flavours, like berries, fruits, citrus and flowers emerge with every pour.
Comments. Really interesting tea experience, as a black tea noob I still prefer Fenqging Dragon Pearls over any other black teas, but Yunnan Dian Hong has really good amount of different and interesting flavours. Really enjoyable for cold winter mornings.
Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Chocolate, Citrus Fruits, Cocoa, Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Molasses, Smoke
Teavivre kindly sent me this sample with my order. I haven’t had gunpowder tea in so long, but this reminds me how much I like it. I wouldn’t say this one is a particular stand out — frankly, all gunpowders I’ve had taste pretty much the same to me — but it’s good, robust without being too astringent.
Teavivres description. “A fabulous tasting green tea from Anhui. With uniquely shaped large flat leaves, TaiPing HouKui is quite different from other green teas and is thought of as one of China’s top ten teas. Our tea comes from the village of HouKeng, where the tea was first developed.”
Expectations. I’ve heard so many great reviews, so I’m expecting this to be a great experience.
Steeping. First, I didn’t have any clue how to brew this, since I don’t possess a tea pitcher and my gongfu glass teapot was accidentally dropped on the floor and shattered.
Eventually I ended up with my Ikea glass cup, it’s made in China at least! It was messy, but it worked. I used “Fire and Ice” -style (it sounded fun) pouring ice cold water onto the leaves first and after dumping the cold water I poured 85C water to steep the tea. First steep was 1min 30s and after that I just added +1min with 3g grams of tea.
Appearance. Really, really big, flat dark green leaves. They remind a bit of nori sheets. They have a nice fabric pattern from straightening. Spent leaves turn olive green. The brew is light, vibrant green colour.
Aroma. Really bold and savoury. It’s similar to sencha, a bit of marine like, vegetal green bean/pea aroma.
Tasting. My favourite part. Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui has bold vegetal flavour. Green beans, pea and a bit of nuts, not a sweet flavour. It has a bit astringency. Again, the first thing coming to my mind is sencha, which is not bad at all. I’m digging this.
Comments. This tea is great fun! I got a really weird kicks from those gigantic leaves. The reviews were right, this was a great tea experience. I give this a solid 90. 75-80 for flavour and 100 for looks.
Will I buy it again? Definitely, it’s a bit expensive but I just love those leaves, I want to see them again.
Flavors: Almond, Green Beans, Mineral, Peas, Salt, Vegetables, Vegetal
Oh my this is good. I am home so I am making this gong fu style. It is so sweet and it has the deeper coaco notes that I also really like. I bought only a sample of this. I wanted to do some comparing of the different teavire black teas. I want to drink this beside balin gong fu to see what the differences are. I havne’t had balin in so long I couldn’t tell you what I think they are. I will prepare a cup of each of them western style tomorrow to see which one is my favorite. So far this is a really good cup that I will get to enjoy for today.
This came in the Teavivre sample box. It’s the first Tie Guan Yin I’ve had that I liked. It does have a floral aspect, but it’s nothing cloying, and leans toward a light sweet pea. Has some vegetal notes. The Tie Guan Yins I had before tasted like they were on the darker end of the spectrum, but this one seems very green and fresh.
Sipdown no. 200. A sample. I got this when I ordered my first yixing from Teavivre, the yixing The Tea Fairy suggested.
I opened this up this morning thinking what the heck, I’ll get another sample out of the way and continue my Yunnan kick at the same time.
OMFG. Little did I know how loved this tea is on Steepster. 142 ratings and an 89 average rating. Wow!
So now here I am about to drink a much venerated tea and totally prepared to have my socks blown off, and perhaps my feet along with them.
First, I have to say the leaves are gorgeous. Golden exceeding any golden teas I’ve had before. They smell earthy-malty with cocoa notes.
I steeped at the low temp recommended. The directions here say 3 minutes max, but on the packet they said 3-5, so I split the baby and steeped at 3:30. I don’t want to mess up the steeping because I want to experience this one in all its glory.
Lovely, clear, dark reddish-amber color. The aroma is an entertaining melange. The first whiff was all sweet potato, but after that I got some cocoa, honey and molasses notes as well as something dark and woodsy.
The tea itself is incredibly smooth and soothing. It invites you not to think about it too much, and to just sit with it and be. Calming on the stomach, too. There’s something light, almost perky about it, which is an interesting contrast to the dark dry leaf smell. It’s not what I’d call full bodied, but that shouldn’t be taken to mean it isn’t complex.
The flavor at first isn’t overly sweet, but the aftertaste leaves a sweetness on the tongue and behind the teeth. In the sip, I taste the root vegetable (sweet potato and perhaps some carrot), and an almost citrus-y note.
This is something I could easily drink every day. Fingers crossed I get a job soon as I would dearly love to order some of this. I’d even make an exception to my lockdown edict for this one.
By the way, I said when I got to 200 sipdowns I’d play a guessing game at how long it will take me to get out of lockdown. Current estimate based on the number of teas in my Steepster cupboard (plus at least another hundred or so samples) is probably a couple of years if I continue consuming at the current rate, but if I don’t, which is likely given past patterns, add another couple of years onto that. LOL
However, I think I’ll get out of lockdown on herbals/non-caffeinated teas earlier because those are being consumed at a faster rate as I feel comfortable giving them to the kids (even at night), and because I had fewer of those to start with. Current guess on when I’ll be ready to get out of lockdown on those is more like 2-3 months at the current rate.
And I am also considering the possibility that because I have less pu-erh than other types of teas, I might consider myself not in lockdown at around the same time as herbals/decafs (and perhaps before as I’m considering rewarding myself with an order should I manage to get a job sooner rather than later).
Flavors: Carrot, Citrus, Cocoa, Earth, Honey, Molasses, Sweet Potatoes
I received my Teavire BF teas yesterday. I was sad to see that the samples I picked out were not included:( Did anyone else have any trouble with the checkout and samples? I was really looking forward to trying the strawberry oolong and I think my browser must have messed up the submission.
YES!!!!! This is exactly what I was hoping for. I ran myself out of Fugian Black tea from WP and I loved it. I did a ton of looking around to learn what varietal of tea FB was actually made of only to learn that this years crop of that varietal sucked due to weather related things. Anyway, I stumbled up on this tea on Teavire’s site and although it was still harvested in 2015 I thought well what the heck since it came in sample sizes.
This morning this is a little light, hopefully some more leaves will fix that, but the flavor is there. That deep coaco sweet flavor that I LOVE. This is my version of hot chocolate. I am so glad I ordered some of this!
Tried this tea both yesterday and today. It’s much better today since it’s had a chance to air out a bit. I also rinsed it a lot more before drinking today than I did yesterday.
Somewhat smooth and earthy. I get what other people are saying here about camphor. Still more of a sheng lady, but this isn’t so bad.
Well I know this tea is good because I’ve had it before. See previous note. But it was very good at the beginning of the day and in the end just ended up tasting like ‘normal whatever warm tea yum’ throughout the morning and afternoon as my nose got stuffier and stuffier and more and more pressure built in my ears. It saddens me to know that I’m drinking good stuff and am unable to properly appreciate it because I can’t even smell it, let along taste it really.
On the alternative plus side, we went to Olive Garden for dinner and yay for endless soup.
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I chose this as one of my samples when I ordered my son’s Christmas puerh. My two eldest kids went from hating all tea, including the sweet iced tea that prevails here in the South, to asking for puerh, matcha, and white tea for Christmas every year.
The leaves are so cute – little brown and black snails, tightly curled and begging to be made into a delicious cuppa. (Like Meet the Meat!)
The fragrance of the the dry leaves was light but they released a lovely aroma when warmed gently with my breath. I made the tea Western style.
I thought at first that it reminded me a lot of Golden Monkey, but it is a little more earthy, though the sweet potato is there. There is a bit of malt, and a strong smell of earthy honey. The flavor lingers after the sip and is lightly creamy. It is smooth enough that I would never think of adding milk or sugar, but if you like those in your tea it can certainly handle it. There is that mouthfeel that I get from teas that taste like unsweeted cocoa – a sort of scraping-on-the-tongue feeling, a strength, yet it doesn’t really taste like cocoa or chocolate to me. And that is a feeling I like, by the way! I think it makes it pair better with food. It isn’t briskness, and I don’t know quite what to call it.
There is a cat in my lap, an Espeon to be precise, who is happily keeping me warm. This really has no relevance, but I thought I would share that with you all since she is so immensely cute and cuddly. Today sadly was another day of getting nothing done since I still feel pretty nasty, I truly worry I am coming down with a cold, but considering I always get sick this time of year (mostly because stress causes my fibromyalgia to go bonkers) I am totally unsurprised. With luck this will pass quickly and I can get back to doing my usual routine!
Once again, we look into one of my older notebooks, because I drink too many teas and take too many notes, TBT posts really make me debate reviewing more than one tea a day, but I am pretty sure you all would hate me at that point! Today we are looking at a favorite type of tea of mine, Teavivre’s Golden Monkey Black Tea, a fuzzy golden tea from Fujian, golden and fuzzy just like a monkey, those oh so cute Golden Snub Nosed Monkeys, one of the few monkeys that I actually like. Ok, not true, I am mostly ok with monkeys, but I loathe apes with a passion, I admit it, I have a phobia, but that honestly has nothing to do with tea, so moving on. The aroma of these fuzzy leaves is rather intense! Strong notes of cocoa, yams, roasted peanuts, plum, and a touch of black pepper. It leans more on the side of savory than sweet, though it is not outright savory…just very light in the sweetness department.
Into my old, chipped gaiwan the leaves went for steeping, this gaiwan has moved on to a new home, chips and all. The aroma of the soggy leaves take a turn for the sweet, blending roasted peanuts and yams with a delicate honey and distinct dried plum note. The liquid is creamy and sweet, raw honey and yams with juicy plums and a wee bit of cocoa at the finish.
The first steep is fairly light, a gentle start to the golden fuzzy tea. It starts with a creamy sweetness and moves to juicy plums and rich cocoa, the plum notes linger and blend with honey at the finish. The aftertaste is short but sweet honey, and even though the first steep is light and has a memorable presence.
Whoa, the aroma for the second steep is pretty intense, very sweet notes of honey and juicy plums, with a starchy sweet potato finish. The taste is still pretty light, it is a gentle tea, with notes of cocoa, yams, and plums at the first. As the tea reaches the finish it picks up notes of dried apricots and a slight roasted peanut finish. Even though this is a light tea, it has a powerful sweetness and the notes are very crisp and distinct.
Third steeping, the aroma is very sweet, strong notes of plums and honey, with a starchy sweet potato finish…but there is also a bit of cocoa too! I do not say this very often with black/red teas, but this is a refreshing tea, it is light and sweet with notes of plum and apricots, that moves to sweet potatoes and roasted peanuts. It is a light tea, sweet and fruity and surprisingly refreshing, I find myself drinking this tea in the evening thanks to its lightness.