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I love black dragon pearls! So sweet and cocoa tasting. The notes of chocolate are on the dark chocolate spectrum of cocoa flavors which is wonderful, but there is also this sweet, roast, almost marshmallow like flavor as well. Add to that a baked flavor goodness this tea reminds me of smores!
A staple for sure.
I am enjoying this cup SO much that I am finding it difficult to allow it to cool down much – burns be darned I will sip this tea boiling hot! lol beware!
I will need to pour a second cup to let it cool a bit as we find new flavors when a tea cools a bit … so … be right back … ohhhh mmmmmm nummy.
Yes I realize my review is not flowering with eloquent words here and in no way can my words match the goodiness of this tea but it is transporting that is for sure.
This is not only a tea that can perk you up but also unwind you depending on what it is you need in the moment. There is this slightly smoky flavor coming through as it cools but nothing like a lapsang souchong by any means just this nice toasty flavor that is very understated.
I do pick up a subtle yam flavor in here as well but I LOVE yams so that is alright with me!
This was a free sample from Angle at Teavivre and I want to give her a big thank you for it! Now I have to get some ordered! So delicious!
My only chance to sample more new tea today is in the morning. Green tea doesn’t give me the caffeine burst that I need to kick my brain into motion, but I will go ahead and take one for the team anyway.
When I first opened the sample package of Organic Tian Mu Mao Feng Green Tea (I’m glad I only have to type it and not say it), the strongest pre-brewed smell that I ever experienced launched from within. I’m not sure how to identify it. Fresh cut asparagus on steroids is the best descripion that my sputtering brain can come up with (without my morning cups of turbocharged black tea).
I brewed the long thin black leaves for two minutes at 195 degrees. A greenish gold liquid became the final product.
The flavor of this tea is very light. There are twinges of sweetness and grassy or vegetable attributes, but nothing that takes charge. That is not to say this is a weak tea, because it is not. The flavor is full but not overbearing. I found it very easy to guzzle down four cups of this brew. I also enjoyed the light sweet aftertaste after each sip.
Teavivre has created another tasty and distinct tea with characteristics all its own. This would be a terrific selection to enjoy in the afternoon, at dinner, or for dessert.
I wish my favorite local Chinese buffet restaurant would offer this product. I would gladly switch back from their water to hot tea to wash down the mass quantities of peking duck and sushi!
Teavivre bailin gongfu. First off.shout out to the good people of teavivre for sending out a wonderful box of samples. That have not only made my day but also gotten me a date. Anyways have you ever just been wowed. Wwell this tea will do it. Its something about this tea that just transport you to another world. It has such a smooth flavor that it almost brought a tear to my eye. The tea has a refreshing flavor that doesn’t leave the mouth dry but refreshing. It almost has a buttery or creamy flavor and a strong aroma that you can enjoy while drinking. Once again thanks for the sample
This sample was generously provided to me by Teavivre. Thank you Angel and the whole Teavivre Team.
Dry Leaf: Has a sweet grassy aroma.
Wet Leaf: Has a vegetal aroma with a slight nutty component maybe chestnut.
Liquor: Is a yellowish green color.
Taste: This tea is light and smooth with a vegetal flavor and there is a nuttiness flavor like chestnut or something. I was able to also detect a very slight bitterness at the beginning of my tongue.
Overall Opinion: I give this tea a 88. I usually don’t talk to much about the leaf of the tea unless I notice anything that looks different. Well, It maybe my sample but I have noticed what seemed to be an excessive amount of stems in the tea and a good about of broken pieces. Now, most people would associate stems with low quality tea since the stems don’t really do much for flavor. But, to be fair this tea still had a nice flavor so couldn’t fault it to bad.
I feel this tea will work good for people who like Long Jing, Tian Mu Qing Ding, and maybe Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea.
Vessel: SAMA DOYO Gongfu/Kungfu Teapot. 7grams of leaf to 220ml or approx. 7oz of water in the inner cup of pot.
Yeah…I still refer to this tea as DRAGON BALLS.
giggle if you will!
I love it tho!
I’m headed to the PO in the next half hour and I do believe there is at least 1 tea package in there for me! Woot! The one I’m thinking is my Upton order! If this is the case it was SUPER-JIGGY-FLY Fast!
I used 5 Dragon Balls this time around and it’s nice and cocoa-Y and well-rounded! Yay!
I used 4 “balls”. and eventho the product description says ‘slight chocolate’ I picked up a whole bunch of chocolate-malty-goodness in this! Incredible!
I’m going to do another infusion after this as well.
This is just what I need at the moment, just want I crave! I really like this! A LOT!
Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for this generous sample to review.
I’ve only had silver needles once before (from a different company), and I wasn’t crazy about it-too floral for me.
However, I’d like to drink a little more white tea and jasmine-scented sounded promising.
Dry leaves are green with a silver-white coating and the needles are long with some curves. A very pleasant, but not overpowering, jasmine aroma emanates from the leaves. In addition, there is a scent of the tea in the undercurrent that I can’t quite describe. It’s sort of floral, but not exactly-but it’s nice.
The leaves brew into a pale, translucent liquor the color of straw.
The flavor is sweet, smooth, and of course jasmine-y. Although it’s delicate, the jasmine is not overpowering and it’s very natural. It’s lighter than say Jasmine pearls and I wonder if the flavors aren’t a touch more complementary here. This is a very good tea and it’s definitely worth trying if you like jasmine.
I had three western-style steeps of 1m, 2m, 3m.
Jasmine tea is not a selection that I pursue. Many of the different brands that I tried were like drinking a bottle of perfume. However, Teavivre surprised me with their last jasmine offering. I actually enjoyed it. So, I wasn’t filled with dread this time.
Immediately upon opening the sample package, a strong jasmine smell flooded my nostrils. Uh-oh, I thought. But, I remained positive and kept reminding myself that I did like Teavivre’s other jasmine tea.
I steeped the little green pellets at 175 degrees for two minutes. A gold colored liquid was the result.
The brewed version of this tea also had a powerful jasmine odor. I still trudged on and took my first sip. Yes, I could taste the jasmine, but the flavor was light and sweet. I was able to swallow it very easily. After several more swigs, a very nice honey-like aftertaste lingered on my palate.
I have to admit, Teavivre has done it again! This is another jasmine tea that I like!
It is a very sweet, light, and pleasant blend. I still won’t run out and stock the house with jasmine tea, but I will enjoy using up this entire sample. And, if someone were to offer me another cup of this selection in the future, I won’t turn it down!
Having been forewarned by the description that this tea had a slightly bitter taste, I prepared myself for something akin to a slightly-oversteeped black tea-astringency. On the contrary, I found that this tea was nothing like that.
Preparing a small, two-cup teapot of this Chun Mei, I noticed the sweet, grassy smell that wafted up from the packaging. The pale yellow-ish tea that resulted from the steeping yielded these same characteristics – sweet, yet grassy. The bitterness was there, but it was more akin to eating a slightly bitter herb, where the bitterness is almost an afterthought. It does not at all ruin the tasting of this tea but, rather, keeps it complex, to a degree.
Teavivre’s Chun Mei is a great tea to try, especially for those who enjoy lighter greens, such as Dragonwell. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea an 82/100.
Thank you Angel and TeaVivre for this sample!
I am always excited to try new black teas. The black blends are definitely my favorite. I love their robust and powerful flavors as well as the extra jolt of caffeine that they give me in the morning to launch my day.
This selection from TeaVivre worried me at first because of the word “fragrant” in the title. I tend to not enjoy blends that include flowery or perfume-like tastes and aromas. However, I was immediately encouraged when I noticed that there was no flowery or perfume smell when I opened the sample packet.
I steeped the thin black short leaves for three minutes at 195 degrees (one degree more than the instructions recommended due to tea maker limitations). The brewed color was a dark amber. There was no “fragrant” aroma wafting from the cup (which was fine with me).
The taste of this brew was slightly sweet and malty. It also had the earthy quality that I’ve grown accustomed to with other Keemun teas. I did not detect any floral or fragrant attribute in the flavor either.
The aftertaste was pleasant and a tad sweet. Bitterness was completely absent.
This is another very nice tea from the folks at TeaVivre. In my opinion, the absence of anything “fragrant” makes it even better!
My allergies have been particularly rough during the last several days. This morning I planned ahead. I steamed out my sinuses in the shower so I’d be ready to accurately review this tea from Teavivre without any blockages.
When I first opened the sample package of this tea, the aroma that burst forth from the fine dry leaves was almost a little pungent. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the brewed version if this aroma carried into the flavor.
I steeped the tea for three minutes at 195 degrees as recommended (actually, 194 degrees was recommended, but what’s one degree between friends?). The brew that resulted can be best described as a muddy honey color.
I was happy to learn that there was no pungent aroma to the brewed tea. The smell was light and rather nondescript.
I was pleased to find that the taste was sweet and amiable. There also was a flavor attribute present similar to oatmeal. Bitterness did not exist.
I enjoyed two cups of this tea very much. It is a tasty black brew with a full sweet but gentle flavor.
Shame on me for doubting Teavivre EVEN for one second! This selection is another winner in Teavivre’s constantly growing array of fine teas.
Free sample from Teavivre. Thank you.
On opening the packet I did my usual thing and stuck my nose right inside, before breathing in deeply. There is a warmth to the aroma of the dry leaf. My first thought is of hay, but tempered with the smell of fresh wheat, newly harvested and threshed. This aroma develops into something slightly malty and a bit flowery when the tea is brewed. The taste of the liquor is sweet and mellow. There are chocolatey undertones here, but little of the maltiness of other similar teas. Instead it is lighter and the unmalted grain flavour comes through. I’m not sure I get the fruitiness that Teavivre’s site tell me is there, but the sweet, mellow, grainy flavour is very good, and the aftertaste lingers pleasantly on. I like this tea.