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Goodness. This one is a keeper. I had to wait until my second time tasting this before adding a note, just to make sure I do like it this much.

Looks: My sample came in a purple package with the leaves vacuum packed inside. The tea itself is sticky with honey and brew up a medium green.

Fragrance & Taste: The aroma is characteristic of Tie Kuan Yin, but the addition of honey make it more..comforting, somehow. There is a little more sweetness, and the flavour is more mellow. I find I crave this on morning when I’m sore and tired.

Brewing note: This tea is not great for resteeping, in my opinion, because the honey is pretty much gone after the first steep. Sure, you can resteep and the TGY flavour is still fabulous, but I find myself missing the delicious honey flavour. I brew at just under 200F, for 2 minutes. There is a slight astringent flavour if I overbrew, which I imagine will get worse the longer you steep.

Disclaimer: I got this as a free sample from TeaVivre.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Thank you Teavivre for the sample!

This tea was very relaxing today. I even found it evoked some vivid memories in my mind. I didn’t find it as flavourful as other Bai Mu Dan’s I’ve tried, but I did find it to be slightly sweet, floral and meditative. The texture was silky smooth and delicate, yet almost syrupy.

I got 3 steeps out of the leaves, and although the caffeine content is low, I do feel energized in a very relaxing way. Like I could do a craft. I’m going to do a craft!

I have a full review on the way, I’ll post the link in the comments below when it’s finished :)

TeaBrat

wow – you sure have been blogging a lot! My goal is once a week… lol

DaisyChubb

haha it is a lot! I’m just trying to get a base of stuff for people to read while I’m still unemployed – it’ll definitely cut down once a job comes my way!

DaisyChubb

oh PS I very much enjoy your blog on teatrade – pretty jealous of your proximity to so many different tea places :D I love the recent Vital Tea Leaf post, it made me laugh

TeaBrat

Thanks! I will try to keep it going but will have to find other things to write about once I run out of tea places to review. hee hee!

Kittenna

How… did I miss seeing the fact that your blog was up and running? Oh right, my brain’s been pretty sidetracked for a week now. Thanks for the link and therefore reminder, and also for the new source of reading material (right, like I needed more at 11:40pm after a day of driving and field work and three hours sleep :P)

Amariel

I think it was a teavivre day today! I had one and I saw at least one other tasting as well. :P

DaisyChubb

Nice haha! Happy Teavivre day!

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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. It is astounding!

What a deliciously complex cup of tea. I will probably be echoing some of the other tasting notes here, because I do taste the sweet-potato/yam-like flavors, as well as the caramel-y undertones. I also taste a bit of spice to this, like a hint of nutmeg and pepper.

A remarkably good set of flavors to this tea… I’m so enjoying it! YUM!

Amariel

I liked this one as well.

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Free Sample from Teavivre.
First steep I decided to drink instead of use as rinse – leathery, not fishy at all other than slightly very slightly in aroma and if you can get past that which I did easily it is quite rich and lovely!
Tastes of wood, sandalwood specifically come out.
Slightly perfume like flavor.

The following steeps still tasted dark, chocolate notes come out, the leather like flavors still present and I am feeling very relaxed!

Pu-erh is a very lovely special tea which I always throughly enjoy.
Thank you Teavivre for this sample!

Scott B

I have this at home, but have been a little nervous about trying a Pu-erh.

Azzrian

Go for it! I would recommend a rinse – about 30 seconds or full steep time – dump then steep again. Now I did drink my “rinse” steep but I love Pu-erh and this was not my first time. I would only suggest this to mellow you into the idea of pu-erh but you CAN drink it by all means. I will say this is not my all time FAVORITE pu-erh but it is nice a good place to begin!

Scott B

Thanks for the tips. I’m not as worried about the taste as much as whether any mold or yeast in the tea will give my allergy problems.

TeaBrat

Scott – I have allergies too and have not had any problems with pu-erh that i know of…

Scott B

Thanks, Amy. I’ll get to it eventually. Think I will try Verdant’s Imperial Breakfast first-it has a little bit of Pu-erh in it.

Azzrian

Ah yes sorry Scott that is a whole different animal!

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This is the very last of my green jasmine pearls. I am probably going to drink this for the rest of tonight because I want to make sure that my pearls unfurl all the way. Especially since it is the very last of my packet that Teavivre sent to me. I have to admit, if they didn’t send it to me, I probably would have never tried a jasmine tea.

I put in more pearls than I usually do when drinking this. I have noticed that the recommended tea scoops normally fill up the bottom of my press, so I estimated the amount. I also steeped it shorter. The result is that the tea is lighter in color than I remembered, but so much sweeter! I learned how to steep by tea better over this last year.

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I didn’t get to have my re-steeps of this last night, so I am having one now. Good thing it is even good cold because it cooled off in my mug while I was multi-tasking.

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I needed this lovely and slightly sweet tea. It just makes me feel better when I drink pretty tea out of a pretty mug. This tea is pretty because of the jasmine scent. I only used two teaspoons this time and I think I like it better. The taste is more delicate and lovely.

I might be sipping this tea all night long. I’ve been having a difficult time dealing with the thought that I went to college and I’m going to have to settle with a minimum wage job for a while before I find myself a “real job”. But extra income will be nice and my brother will be going to college himself in two weeks. Yay for him!

Azzrian

Congrats to your bro!

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I wanted something warm and comforting that I could sip on since the day has turned cold and rainy. I knew I still had one more good steep in these leaves, so I made myself a cup of this. My brother likes the smell of jasmine and I am tempted to see if the jasmine plant can grow well where I live. I love the smell.

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I am convinced that Jasmine is a tea that you grow to love. It is just what I need right now. Delicate and floral. Smells so delicious. I want to bury my nose in the tea and just inhale. I think I grew to be a jasmine tea lover. This is delicious.

A cup of this and then a shower before I make my second steep so I can wind down with it as well. It will me a lovely and relaxing night.

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Backlog #7: I am liking this more the more times I drink it. I can see how it can be an everyday cup of tea that goes well with meals. The flavor isn’t heavy enough to interfere with any food flavors, but it is enough to make it pleasant. The green tea also dries out my mouth just a little bit between bites so that my palate doesn’t get overwhelmed by flavors. This would go fantastic with sushi!

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So, I just got done with exam week and I have some backlogging to do from my past few weeks that I have been absent. My computer charger died the first week I was gone. Then I just didn’t drink that much tea until after exam week. But I am back and very happy to brew some lovely teas.

Backlog #1: Jasmine “Dragon Pearls”. I brought this one out when playing Skyrim and it is only the second Jasmine tea I have ever had. It smells fantastic and it is so much fun to watch the pearls float around in my french press. The tea itself isn’t as sweet as I thought it would be and it didn’t taste like much. It was a pretty standard green tea to me, but my roommate who also tried it said it was the most fantastic Jasmine tea she has ever had. Maybe I just need to try more Jasmine teas before thinking of this one as “generic”. I will happily drink up the rest of my sample.

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Many thanks to the Teavivre team for this lovely sample! The first infusion after a short rinse yielded a very dark, almost thick tea. It was a little bit earthy for my taste, but this was easily remedied with the addition of a small amount of sugar and a splash of milk. The second infusion was just as dark, but not as thick as the first. The floral aspect of the chrysanthemum is more noticeable this time around and adds a nice, light sweetness. The third infusion was significantly lighter with the floral sweetness even more noticeable than before.

Overall, I really enjoyed this pu-erh. I would love to try the other varieties from Teavivre – specifically the rose pu-erh. I am loving my samples from Teavivre so far. Thanks again for the chance to sample some of your tea!

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So I have waited and waited to write this review. Mainly because I have been drinking a lot of black teas lately and some were blending together for me. I had to come back to it after I had paired it with food. I paired it with a chocolate croissant the 3rd time and then with a blood orange the next.
I like this..but it did not blow me out of the water. After reading so many reviews I wanted it to, but It did not do it for me. It is still a good cup of tea..

The first cup for me has a chocolate note to it. With a little oat to round off the finish. The second has more oat and a little astringency to it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Thank you again to Teavivre for this sample! :)

At first smell and sip, it almost had the same flavour profile as the fujian black I had sampled the day before – but that thought was immediately swept away when the smokiness crept in. mm it is by far my favourite part of this tea.

It’s a gentle smoke, not too harsh, however I did find the base a bit sharper than I expected. The leaves are quite small, so I may have brewed a bit too long. I do taste a maltiness – that is what I associate with the fujian – but other than that they are very different teas.

I did get some floral notes from the tea – I’m enjoying this very much! There is a lot of depth in this tea that I wasn’t expecting – although it may be a bit too astringent for my tastes, the smokiness is definitely seducing me. I look forward to my next cup – when I’m in the mood. ;)

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Thank you Teavivre for the samples I won on your Facebook page woop!

It’s exciting for me right now – I’m in a place where I’m delving into straight teas more than I have in the past (and not just oolongs, even though they’re my favorite). I found it very exciting when I correctly identified the unmarked tea from my aunt in China as Big Red Robe!
With this tea, I’m discovering what makes it a fujian – and right now for me that flavour is in the realm of pumpkin seeds and caramel.

This particular tea had a hint of savoury tomato in it, which to be honest is not my favorite when I catch that flavour (as I have in many Adagio teas), but after the first steep it settled into a nice, rich, dark profile that I did enjoy.

There’s a little too much malt for me, and the tomato notes aren’t really for me either – but this is a quality tea and I did enjoy my half sample of it. Thank you! :)

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This was my first time drinking pu-erh tea and i did not really know what to expect. So far I haven’t had very pleasent experiences with black teas and I wasn’t sure how pu-erh compared to black. I can tell you now that they don’t. This pu-erh took me off guard and pleasantly surprised me!

The dry disk was a hard brick of dark tea with a noticeable earthy smeel. To be honest, the smell had me nervous but my fears were quite unfounded.

I rinsed the tea first then steeped it at 212 for 1.5 minutes. The leaves broke up pretty well I would say but I might rinse it more next time to provoke the breaking more. The liquid was an incredibly dark brown with a earthy smell. Now at this point I really had no idea what to expect. The taste was earthy with a slight fishy sweetness and not bitter at all!

The second was at 208 for 1 minute and broke the tea up completely. It did not lose any flavor at all! I’m sure this could be steeped over and over for awhile. I look forword to much more pu-erh in the future!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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My first experience with white tea.

The dry leaves were strong and full with beautiful white hairs. The leaves had a nice fresh, cool scent. I was immediately impressed.

The first steep was at 195 for 2 minutes. The liquid was a hint of gold with a toasted aroma. The taste was a delicious borderline sweet leaf, full of flavor yet mellow….I had always heard of white being a weak tea, certainly not! Quite a pleasent surprise!

The second steep was at 195 this time for 3 minutes. The liquid was a strong gold color with a vegetal scent. The taste only benefited from the first steep and stood out proudly.
My expectations were quite exceeded but this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Now on my third infusion of this late at night, just how I like it. Taking in its smooth, rich earthiness. I love it.

I doubt anyone’s up right now (at least in this time zone) but I’m just so excited about this that I had to share…

This is what I plan on getting as my first gaiwan
http://www.yishanteashop.com/Steeping_Tea/

I think it’s BEAUTIFUL, what do you guys think?

tigress_al

Very pretty gaiwan! It looks so delicate

Bonnie

Beautiful!

LiberTEAS

It is pretty… but it’s really pricy for such a basic gaiwan.

Dylan Oxford

It is very nice looking. I’d say it’s a little on the spendy side too, but a quick look around the interwebs and I’m not finding that exact gaiwan cheaper from anywhere else.

ashmanra

Lovely!

momo

I love it! If I hadn’t found one with pandas on it, I would love one like that.

Kashyap

I love gaiwans and quite a few, but they come in many various sizes and just be mindful of the size you order as it may be far smaller and more fragile than you think. I am very smitten with the travel gaiwan set that In Pursuit of Tea was selling (no longer available), but you can find a similar one at Art of Tea (it includes a Taiwanese gaiwan, tea ocean, 5 cups, and carrying case with an inner pouch – pretty great for company and travel).

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This is a mug of comfort, and that’s exactly what I need right now. Something has been going on with me lately that is very unpleasant, it started when I was in Boston and it’s been getting progressively worse with each day that goes by. They are headaches but the word “headache” doesn’t come close to describing how horrific they are. It starts when I get up out of bed in the morning, beginning with a feeling of extreme pressure in the front of my head that turns into throbbing, extreme pain. It gets so intense that I can do nothing but lay in bed because with each movement I make, every time I stand up straight or perform any task, I get jolts of crippling pain all throughout my head. Every noise, every little bit of light, every time I move my head or TOUCH anything, I’m hit with pain that hurts so bad it causes me to scream, it got so bad at one point that I was lying in my bed crying and I felt like my skull was simultaneously on fire and about to explode. I’m sorry to whine, it’s just that this is really worrying me. I looked up my symptoms and I’m not finding anything, does anybody have any insight that they could give me?

Azzrian

Good Lord get to the doctor! Could be migraines could be some kind of aneurism! I would not wait around on this sort of thing. I do NOT mean to scare the bejeesus out of you but really put it off.

Scatterbrain

My mom scheduled an appointment for me today.

Bonnie

Sounds like a splitting migraine. You do need to see a doctor though. I’m going to PM you and ask a couple questions and you know why!

TheTeaFairy

Kyle, based on what you are describing, you should go see a doctor… there are severe migraines that can give you similar symptoms, and if it’s that bad, please seek professional help, hope you feel better soon…

Scatterbrain

I will go see a doctor asap guys, thanks for the concern. Also, when this first started (while I was in Boston) I was also sleepwalking a couple of times which I’ve NEVER done in my life.

Scatterbrain

@Bonnie, okay.

Bonnie

One of the things that does help migraines is coffee (not tea folks) drink some coffee, even several cups. Really. I know this from my Neurologists and experience.

Scatterbrain

I actually tried that because I had heard that caffeine helped migraines, but I feel like it actually made it worse. I’ve also been taking tylenol AND ibuprofen and neither seem to do anything, I just usually have to wait for it to go away which takes 2-3 hours.

ashmanra

Sounds more like a cluster headache, could even be related to frequent use of a computer or tablet device believe it or not. They are HORRIBLE. Get to a doctor, and see if physical therapy and/or massage may help!

Azzrian

Is it “okay” to take both Ibuprofen and Tylenol? I know there are two type of headache medicine you are NOT supposed to take together but now I don’t know which two.

Scatterbrain

Tylenol and ibuprofen are fine to mix, I think most NSAIDS in general are okay…you’re probably thinking of narcotic painkillers which really shouldn’t be mixed.

Azzrian

Here is what I found with Google – not that google makes anyone a genius lol:
You can alternate the tylenol with the ibuprofen but not mix the ibuprofen/aspirin/aleve. They are all NSAIDS and you shouldn’t take them at the same time.

Bonnie

That’s right!

Kashyap

I’m no herbalist and it sounds like a problem that might need more medical insight, but the Chinese tout White Chrysanthmums as being good treatments for migrianes, headache, alergies, and in the traditional medicinal cannon…to expel ‘wind’ from the body. If you are having a hard time finding them let me know…and I will send you some

Scatterbrain

I’ll have to try that, they sell Chrysanthemums in bulk at a store near me.

Kashyap

make sure they are white….yellow are not the quality ones you want to use for those symptoms

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I returned from my trip to Boston today and I’m glad to be home. It was a cool city with a lot of interesting things, but I have to say that I am NOT a city person. Being in big cities just makes me feel so crowded in…too many people, too many huge buildings towering over me, too much noise, too much traffic. I’ll take a quiet life in a small town instead. :) Still, it was great to experience a new place. I also took a little day trip up to Maine while I was in the New England area and saw some cool beaches and lighthouses. Sadly, I never got the chance to visit the tea stores that Michelle told me about.

I’m a little late in logging this as I’m now on the fourth steeping of this, but I’ve been enjoying it very much and I really missed this one. I loved it so much when I ordered it as a sample a couple of months ago that I decided to order 100 grams of it. It’s very earthy but in a mellow and smooth way, lots of what I would call mushroom flavor with a little bit of chocolate and sweetness. It’s still going strong on the fourth steep and I can see it going for at least two more. I missed all of you guys while I was gone :).
Azzrian

Wow I totally just almost ordered some of this but quickly stopped myself from ordering more tea! LOL

Bonnie

Wah, did you miss grandma Bonnie nagging you?

Scatterbrain

Grandma Bonnie doesn’t nag, she just looks out for me. :)

Michelle

It’s cool that you went up to Maine though :) Glad to see you back!

gmathis

From a Missouri farm kid … here’s to country life (as long as there’s good Internet and a Walmart within 10 minutes :)

Ninavampi

Welcome back! :)

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Favorite pu-erh I’ve had so far, this is downright delicious. I’ll add more description later, I won’t have my computer for another week and I don’t quite feel like writing tea reviews on my phone. :) But in the mean time, you should try some! Hope all are doing well.

Bonnie

Burrring ring ring….hello telephone, I’m so sorry you’re having trouble KWINTER with your computer and we all miss you! Click…hang up. DT (not davids tea, dial tone)

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Dry Leaf: Has a sweet maltiness aroma.
Wet Leaf: Has a warm sweet malty aroma.
Liquor: Has a dark reddish color.
Taste:This tea has a smooth sweet malty type of flavor. As you continue to drink this tea it builds a slight sweetness in back of mouth. This teas leaves a pleasant stickiness or even a dryness on the tongue.
Overall Opinion: I give this tea a 90. This is a great full bodied tea. I think it would be great for the mornings.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM!

Thank you Angel and the Teavivre team for sending me this! It’s hard to believe that I haven’t even reviewed all of the teas they sent me….. I’m working on it!

So, I’m pretty sure that black teas are my favorite. Actually, scratch that, I am sure. I like how reliable they are and how hard they are (most of the time) to mess up. I just generally really like them (I’m going to make an order from Upton hopefully very soon to try some of their millions of blacks, I’m so excited!). This one is no exception.

The folks at Teavivre know their stuff. And they know it well. This one is super yummy. Not quite as good as the Bailin Gongfu, but still very yummy. Others have described this one perfectly, so I’m just going to basically back them up. This one has a very definite yam flavor base-slightly potato-y (in a not yucky way) but with that yam sweetness. Very good. As it cools more, the yam starts to turn more into a yam-mixed-with-a-regular-potato flavor. The potato note comes out more and the sweetness backs off. There’s also a bright, almost citrus, note in the front. Absolutely delicious. I also get kind of a honey sweetness stirring around, playing with your tastes. Also, a little bit of a malty hint, but just a nudge. Not a full-forced push. This one is so good. I love it!

Thank you again Teavivre and I can’t wait to finish this sample off!

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

I love black tea too!

Yogini Undefined

This sounds quite interesting!

Kittenna

I seem to screw up black teas more often than anything :P But I think astringency and I don’t get along, so once it shows up, it’s a brewing fail for me (and surprisingly, it’s happened less with the more fussy green/oolong teas, perhaps because I pay them more attention!)

Lynne-tea

Buh the Bailin Gongfu is amazing. Amazing. I want to try this one now too!

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Another backlog. This one is from yesterday, and I remember it a lot more. Thank you Teavivre for sending this sample!

This was a very nice tea. I’m a pretty big fan of golden tip blacks, and this one was no exception to that favor. It had a nice, bold background and then a very unique sweetness (almost citrus-y) that climbed up through it and presented itself towards the swallow. As it cooled, more of a sweet potato-esque flavor emerged, and it was very lovely.

This was very nice and I plan on reordering it!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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