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- 8 Oz glass teapot
- 7 gram dry leaf (2,5 tsp.)
- 95 Celsius water
- Infusion time: 1 min – 1,5 min – 2 min

Leaf & Infusion:

Dry leaf – small, tightly rolled pebbles with dark olive tone and roasted glaze glint. Aside from sturdy roasted notes there’s some fruity twist to it, best associated with plums and peaches.

Wet leaf – leaf gradually opens and fills out 2/3 of the teapot after the third infusion. As leaf starts to open it holds many fine notes that are equally present in the cup and leaves room for succeding steeps. After the third infusion leaf is entirelly open with signs of wearing off as the tone shifts to more bright green.

Infusion (1st) – First steep gives amber and thick liqour with initial dry and astringent aroma. First sip reveals thick and pleasantly astringent mouthfeel that balances with citrus sourness. Right after swallowing roasted and lightly smoked notes make a lingering comeback and gentle tickling on the tongue. After few sips a more fruity profile develops as one can sense notes of dried fruits. When compared to an average gunpowder this one gives a very clear first infusion and it’s well balanced.

Infusion (2nd) – Even though the liquor tone doesn’t change in second infusion, it gets a bit murky which is common with gunpowder, sometimes right of the bat with first infusion. As mouthfeel is equally thick like in previous steep in this one has a diminished roasted aftertaste and astringency as citrus-sour notes gain the advantage as fruitiness is still ever present.

Infusion (3rd) – Equally murky as previous with just a hint of sourness and astringency. Suprisingly, this cup is more sween and leaves a nice nutty film on the tongue leaving out the fruity part.

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I’m in for a treat! I am shooting for 18 steeps again tonight. Lets see how I do! Thank you Teavivre for this again =)
1st, 212F, 5sec, 5oz, 5g: Salt! It’s salty! But like a salted caramel. Touches of butteriness. Oh I’m in heaven! mmmmmmm It’s silly how good this is. I can’t believe the lovely salt tastes. So clean and crisp.. It’s so delicious.
2nd, 10sec: It smells sweet and chestnutty..The taste is lovely. Slightly salty still, almost verging on umami and soy, but than a butteriness comes in and it also tastes like chestnuts. Such a treat! I adore this tea!
3nd, 13sec: Smells of sweet puffed wheat. Or toasted chestnuts. Tastes woodsy. And like puffed wheat.. slightly glazed puffed wheat (think sugar crisp.. except not loaded with 10lbs of sugar).
4th, 20sec: I felt it needed a few seconds extra. It smells like warm roasted apples and sugar.
.. okay, break for now, but dannnng this is good!
So thankful for tea


Yum. This is not one I have from Teavivre. I feel like I really need to compare teas from Verdant vs. other vendors at some point, just for curiousity.


This one is absolutely delicious. It is on my list for sure now. I think that would be a great idea if you compare them! Also.. I just noticed DT came out with a black pearl tea… I wonder how it compares to Teavivres? You should do a comparison on that too!


I juuuuust saw that too! I still have Teavivre’s and Adagio’s black pearls, so really want to compare all three now! I was at DT today and I don’t think they have all the new teas quite yet though.

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Thank you very much Teavivre and Angel for this lovely sample.
The dry leaf smells roasty, sweet and chocolately. Yumm!
I originally shared this tea with a friend after my genetics final last month and really enjoyed it. We got about 16 steeps out of it between the two of us. =)
Tonight I figured I would be up late researching, and therefore.. why not break into a new big red robe packet and really get to know it.
1st steep, 5 seconds: with rinse.. To be honest, I’m not sure how much leaf is here (in grams).. so I am hoping the gongfu brewing style will be okay. If not.. I guess I will have to switch it to grandpa. I am really enjoying huffing the leaves as I wait for the water to come to a boil though. Such a deep scent. Alright! Now for the taste/smell of brewed BRR- it smells floral. hm. Taste is roasted… with notes of coco maybe? There is definitely a sweet aspect to it. It reminds me of agave syrup. Nutty too.. perhaps hazelnut. Or chestnuts. Yes chestnuts due to the creaminess when it cools. YUM!

Other notes to continue tomorrow… BED TIME!

Okay I cheated, I steeped a second time and it cooled right off. The result? A very sweet delightful cup. I think this tea would be absolutely amazing as an iced tea. I mean holy cow sweet!

To finish this review this morning.. I woke myself up with another lovely cuppa this. I had more than one extra steep lastnight (try 3 more) so this would be the 4th steep of the leaves. The liquor is still sweet and roasty with a chestnut note. Very delicious.

Edit:.. alright, I’m still drinking this tea. It’s all I’ve been drinking today and I’m on my 11th steep and it’s still sweet and flavourful. This tea is amazing! Bumping the rating up a bit more..


I can’t believe you got sixteen steeps out of this. The most I’ve ever bothered with a tea was four. :/

But it sounds heavenly! I seriously need to make a Teavivre order sometime. Their stuff sounds classy.


I know I was shocked it was still giving! And giving in folds.. not one steep near the end was weak – they were all delicious. I was doing the gongfu style brewing so that helps with stretching out the tea and the steeping potentials =)
I would highly recommend Teavivre =) Great prices for the quality.. and free shipping starts at $30. Pretty darn good if you ask me!


It is 5 gram for a sample, also I am so glad you enjoyed this one!


Perfect! Thank you very much for clarifying that for me.. And for the wonderful sample.

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A recent bit of excitement in my life involved the reception of a special box from Teavivre, containing samples of their new green teas for spring 2014. So excited was I to share these teas with you that I decided to share reviews even before the next Tea Review Tuesday arrived!

I cannot say for certain what made me choose Bi Luo Chun as the first of the samples to taste, but I am glad that I did. From the moment in which I opened the packaging, the smell was entrancing. As a bit of a disclaimer, I am not typically one to “oooh” and “aaah” over the smells of green tea. If anytime, I might do so, when drinking a particularly rich shou pu’erh or oolong. But this green tea pulled me into the aroma. Fans of greens will know of the intensity of which I speak, when I describe the tea as smelling sweet, fresh, and vegetal. In some respects, it is akin to fresh grass, but the sweetness embodied within is so much greater. Make no mistake, this is not by any means a sugary sweetness. This sweetness is entirely clean and natural, almost like a fruit, yet not fruity. I had yet to even brew any tea!

Teavivre recommends that this tea be steeped for 1 to 6 minutes. Since I was using enough tea for two cups, due to my choice in mug for the morning, I picked 3 minutes as my steeping time, figuring that such a length would work to gain a good strength in flavor. (The ratio was about 1.5 teaspoons of tea to 8 ounces of water.) Taking a last deep breath of the dry leaf aroma, I pour the water over the leaves and set my timer. In the middle of the steeping, I leaned over the mug and wafted some of the steam toward my nose. Subdued a bit, the sweet grassiness remained! I could tell that this cup was going to be a joy to drink.

At last, the timer rang, and I removed the infuser basket from the mug. The aroma rising from the cup was absolutely bold, and my first sip agreed. Bi Luo Chun might have fruity notes, but this is no weak tea. And to think it was only harvested a month and a half ago (according to their website). The freshness comes through in the taste. I prefer my tea to be a bit stronger. While the flavor was not bitter, I could tell that a longer steep would have caused some astringency. The taste profile seems well-balanced and well-rounded. The aftertaste is full of a memory of the same flavor. Drinking this tea brings one down to earth, rooting the senses with bold aromas and tastes that do not require a connoisseur’s trained nose and tongue to appreciate.

If the other offerings from Teavivre’s spring 2014 green teas are as good as this cup, this will be a line of greens, which you do not want to miss. The Bi Luo Chun in particular is a hit. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this green tea a 95/100.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet, warm grass

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Carrying one of the longest names I have ever seen in tea, Teavivre’s Dong Ting Bi Luo Chun (also known as Pi Luo Chun) is a non-fermented green tea with a bold taste. In my tasting, I used three teaspoons of leave in two cups of water for one and a half minutes of steeping. The leaves do give off a fruity aroma, and I wonder if the tea will taste the same way.

This tea is certainly far less vegetal than others, such as gunpowder greens. “Fruity” does not not quite describe it, but it has a certain fruit edge to it. Other prominent flavors include a distinct nuttiness and natural sweetness. This tea is quite pleasant and provides an enjoyable drinking experience. For green tea fans, it is well worth a try. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would give it an 85/100.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Understand that this is the 1st Pu-erh I have tried. I purchased the black tea sampler and would probably never have tried it otherwise. So I am no expert. Also, I sweeten all my teas with stevia. However, my husband doesn’t sweeten his tea and he liked it too. All I can say is I like this wonderful tea a lot, it’s good hot or iced, really good. I steeped it for 30 seconds the 1st time and added 30 seconds for each subsequent steeping. I plan to try the Gaiwan brewing instructions next time since this method is highly recommended for pu-ehr. For iced I brewed it double strength and added ice while hot. I have now ordered the TeaVivre Pu-erh sampler so I can compare this one with others.

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Steep Information:
Amount: 7 balls
Water: 500ml at 212°F
Tool:Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 1 minute 30 seconds
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: coco
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, coco, toasty
Flavor: toasty, sweet
Body: medium
Aftertaste: coco, toasty
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

same as first

I enjoyed the nice toasty and coco notes!

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.teatra.de/2012/08/10/teavivre-loose-leaf-black-tea-fengqing-dragon-pearl-black-tea/

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Dry Leaf: Has a fresh grassy aroma with some sweetness.I was also able to notice a very soft wild flower aroma.
Wet Leaf: Has a vegetal aroma something I would associate with like a boiled leafy green but their is a subtle sweetness that is in the background.
Liquor: Has a bright and beautiful golden color.
Taste: Has a dry grassy flavor. I can even understand if someone says hay or straw like flavor.I also got a very gentle dryness in the mouth there is a nice sweet sensation that builds up in the mouth and goes to back of mouth.
Overall Opinion: I give this a solid 91. This tea had a fresher feel to it and had a nice showing of character and sweet build up in mouth.
Vessel: SAMA DOYO Gongfu/Kungfu Teapot. 10 grams of leaf to 220ml or 7oz. of water in inner cup.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Dry Leaf: Has a fresh grassy aroma with some sweetness.I was also about to notice a very soft wild flower aroma.
Wet Leaf: Has a vegetal aroma something I would associate with like a boiled leafy green but their is a subtle sweetness that is in the background.
Liquor: Has a bright and beautiful golden color.
Taste: Has a dry grassy flavor. I can even understand if someone says hay or straw like flavor.I also got a very gentle dryness in the mouth there is a nice sweet sensation that builds up in the mouth and goes to back of mouth.
Overall Opinion: I give this a solid 91. This tea had a fresher feel to it and had a nice showing of character and sweet build up in mouth.
Vessel: SAMA DOYO Gongfu/Kungfu Teapot. 10 grams of leaf to 220ml or 7oz. of water in inner cup.

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Revisiting this one after quite some time. For some reason, I have developed a strong liking to Ginseng Oolong. Maybe, it’s because my taste are still developing. It’s possible, this development is due to try several different ones. Nonetheless, this tea is excellent and my previous rating must be adjusted. With the quality that I find from multiple infusions, the rating is now raised!

It’s hard to compete with a yin/yang type of taste during and after the sip. The first texture is brisk, yet a good dryness, almost bitter – that carries an overall ginseng taste. The dryness swells and becomes sweeter, then more minty. It is a very nice lingering tea.

Definitely delicious! I’m glad I tried this one again!

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Thank you Angel at Teavivre for this nice sample!

This tea really through a curve ball to my taste buds. The dry leaves smell really good – like fresh cut sugarcane, dripping with liquid honey. When you take your first sip, there is a certain pungency,slightly bitter, very direct and distinct , but not unpleasant. The feeling to the tongue feels medicinal, almost overwhelming.

Then, there is a pause in the tornadic winds of taste, to a gentle breeze of sunshine and sweetness. It brightens just as quickly as it was dark, now there is something special. A rainbow of smooth oolong with a very minty, lingering aftertaste. The sensation in the mouth is clean, pure and tranquil peace. Exactly what one wants and NEEDS after a long week.

I’m shocked by the multitude of flavors found in this oolong. No wonder why it’s a popular choice of tea!

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Oh, how I love this one!

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Thank you to Bonnie for this Sample

This was a very good tea for a “Black Tea” (slowly opening to the world of black teas ;) I think this tea would be of interest to “Black Tea” enthusiasts and Non-Enthusiasts, because of it’s very smooth, bright in character, “iced Tea Flavored” (reminded me Alot of strong iced tea;) , that became quite strong/more concentrated in flavor on it’s 2nd steeping !! :) This is a very well made tea I would’nt mind drinking again :)

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Good that you gave it a try since all black tea’s are not necessarily what you might think. Some are mellow, some smooth and some cocoa and interesting.

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I’m very excited to try this one because it says in the product description that Vitamin A prevents scurvy…since I have been ‘workin’ my alter-ego as a pirate lately…I decided it might be a good idea to slurp some Vitamin A…just in case…

On a more serious note…

This tea infuses to a comfy-cozy light to medium orange-brown in color. It’s VERY YUMMERS. It’s a little malty for an oolong. It’s also a tad brothy…the texture is thicker than I anticipated. I like that. It’s satisfying. It smells a little like charcoal but it doesn’t really taste like it. There is a bit of floral flavor right in the middle of the sip…not really at the beginning or at the end, oddly.

This is…Rrrrrrrrr-right…MATE-E!


I am languishing on the sofa, checking the tracking repeatedly, waiting for mine to get here! LOL! I have enough of my sample left for a scant cup!

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Wow. This is a great tea.

I have beeen enjoying 6-9 cups of Dragon Well every day for the past two years or so. I have tried Dragon Wells from roughly a dozen different suppliers over the years. Recently, I decided to switch to organic to avoid pesticides.

My search for a good organic Dragon Well was difficult. It seems like alot of them lack flavor. Thanks to TeaVivre, my search is over.

This tea produces a very light, clean cup. It was the first sip that reminded me of why I fell in love with Dragon Well in the first place.

This is the brewing method I used. I don’t claim to be a tea expert.
- pour 24oz water @ 175f into my ForLife teapot
- add three large teaspoons tea leaves to the basket
- steep for 3 minutes
- let finish for 3 minutes
- enjoy with small cup

I have not tried resteeping with this one yet. I know that drives some people crazy. Please don’t hate me for that.

Another clear indication to me that this is a great tea is the “tea high” I get from this tea. Here’s my discussion on “tea high”: http://steepster.com/discuss/1905-does-anyone-else-get-a-green-tea-high

I have only had one Dragon Well that compared to this tea. It was not organic and cost over twice as much.

This is a great tea. Thank you TeaVivre!

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you Angel at Teavivre for this sample!

For some reason, I really like the Frozen Summit Oolongs! This one is certainly no let down.

The smoothness is accompanied by the lack of fruity notes, resulting more of a grassy flavor. It resembles a light, more subdued Pearl Green Tea.

There is a mild sweetness to the after-sip, that leaves you satisfied. I will be coming back to this one a couple different times, I’m sure.


I haven’t tried this particular Tung Ting yet. It is on my wish list!


I’m sure that you’ll love it, ashmanra. They are really beautiful leaves and the taste is just as impressive!

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Thank you Teavivre for this great sample!

Pure chocolate-y goodness! Malty, thick and smooth, along with a tiny amount of good astringency.

The recommended time to steep was 1-2 minutes, of which I choose to go a little longer. The liquid was still much tamer than a bolder Assam, and had a medium brown appearance.

These nice sized pearls were delightful to watch unfurl. They seemed more to explode in slow motion, than unwind. There is a ton of great looking leaves in each of these balls.

The tea is definitely quality enough to steep a couple different times. The second steeping was very pleasing as well!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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A big thank you to Angel and Teavivre for a sample of this beautiful tea.

This is the tea that takes you away from it all, soothes, and calms you after a tough day.
This jasmine tea has just the right amount of jasmine and if you are afraid of a jasmine tea tasting perfumeish don’t be with this one. Teavivre are masters at what they do, and you won’t ever feel like you are drinking your grandmother’s perfume!

Now I will admit jasmine tea is not my all time favorite nor would I reach for this every day but there are just some days I really need transported and this is my comfort tea!
This particular Jasmine from Teavivre seems a little more mellow, more subtle, and it is so relaxing.

Thank you Angel and Teavivre for allowing me to try this one and share my feelings on it!


This is one delicious, comforting tea!


It sure is! I was surprised!

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Dry Leaf: Has a sweet malty aroma.
Wet Leaf: Has a sweet malty aroma and I also detect a very faint hay or wheat type of smell.
Liquor: Is dark in color like a yellowish brown color.
Taste: This tea is smooth and has a sweet flavor with some toasty and malty flavors. Call me crazy but I pick up a very faint fruit component to this tea maybe plum or something like it. I also got a slight dryness feeling in the mouth that was not off putting to me.
Overall Opinion: I give this tea a 89. I think this is a good tea for anyone that enjoys black teas or even newbies that are getting their feet wet into teas. This is a nice likable tea. I also would recommend this tea for mornings maybe as a change from a coffee routine. Also, could be good through out your work day for maybe some energy boost. I also want to add this tea does fine for those who like to add milk and sugar to their teas.
Vessel: SAMA DOYO Gongfu/ Kungfu Teapot. 7grams of leaf for 220ml or approx. 7oz. of water to inner cup of pot.

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Thank You Teavivre for this sample

I brewed this tea on two separate occasions and wasn’t overly impressed by it’s flavors! It had a very Vegetal/Spinachy taste that was very prevalent, especially from the 2nd steep onward!! It had alot of astringency and flavors were very muddled. I really wanted to like this tea..but alas..this is " Not My Cup of Tea"!!!

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Dry Leaf – Milky, buttery sweetness with some sweet pea scent.
Wet Leaf – Buttery, Sweet and nutty. Slightly milky.

- 1st Steep – Sweet and slightly savory background with nutty taste. faint vegetal scent.

- 2nd Steep – Nutty sweetness resembles sweet corn and some raw honey. (smells like roasted sweet corn). Starts sweet and nutty with savory hints and buttery feel that then feels clean.

- 3rd Steep – Slightly smells like sweet corn when roasted. the leaves opened fully and the brew is sweet with floral tones and butter like feeling.

- 4th Steep – Sweetness fades away and more floral, is not at clean as the first steeps this steep has a floral aftertaste to it.

Good tea, not the greatest to me, but If you like smoother Oolongs this is one to try.

195 °F / 90 °C

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This one is great, very nice and malty with lots of cocoa/chocolatey flavors that i really wasnt expecting, I WAS expecting the cocoa notes because i’ve had this type tea from other companys but this one was by far the best, I wasnt expecting to actually taste chocolate but i almost did this in this one and that is just perfect to me, I like this one alot better than…well other companys version of it, Also of course its always lovery to watch any tea unfurl when its rolled into a ball so thats a plus too. This tea can take you away if you let it so Let It!! :)


I’m going to tell you (Shush) but my local tea store has this and I can’t tell the difference between teavivre and their’s. It’s even from the same area. Hum. Costs me less. Interesting. I bought some from teavivre too.

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