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Many thanks to Angel and Teavivre for this exciting sample!

1tsp of dry leaf
dry smell is very overwhelmingly ginseng
wet leaf smells lightly of ginseng along with some sweetness

taste: ginseng in the forefront, and then a bit of floral oolong in the background. As some other reviewers have mentioned, there is a sweet flavour that coats the throat

2nd steep: 2 minutes, the leaves still haven’t fully openend. Less ginseng flavour. That sweetness that coats the back of your throat is still there though. The oolong flavour comes out a little more in this steep as well. I like this steep just as much or more than the first one.
3rd steep: 3 minutes, the leaves are almost fully opened, so as expected, more oolong flavour shines through the ginseng. The ginseng is starting to be in the background now, as well as the sweetness.

Each steep is so different, and this tea is so different than anything I have had before, it is growing on me for sure.

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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90

Dry Leaf: Has a earthy smell.
Wet Leaf: Has a rich wood aroma with some earthiness.
Liquor: Dark amber color
Taste: This tea has a smooth woody or earthy taste with a faint sweetness. As you continue to steep this tea it becomes more of a smooth leathery flavored tea that gets lighter and lighter with each steeping.
Overall Opinion: I give this a 90. I liked this tea for a loose puerh. I have found this is one of the better loose puerh from my experiences.
Vessel: SAMA DOYO Gongfu/Kungfu teapot. 5 grams of leaf to 220ml or approx. 7oz of water in the inner cup of the pot.

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Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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90

Dry Leaf: Has a earthy smell.
Wet Leaf: Has a rich wood aroma with some earthiness.
Liquor: Dark amber color
Taste: This tea has a smooth woody or earthy taste with a faint sweetness. As you continue to steep this tea it becomes more of a smooth leathery flavored tea that gets lighter and lighter with each steeping.
Overall Opinion: I give this a 90. I liked this tea for a loose puerh. I have found this is one of the better loose puerh from my experiences.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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90

Gongfu today. I brewed 4 steeps:rinse,30s,50s,1m20s,1m40s.

I actually find that I enjoy this tea more brewed with this method. It tastes less vegetal, and it seems like more of the citrus as fruity notes sweep to the forefront.

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90

Many thanks to Angel and Teavivre for this generous sample!

I was really apprehensive about this sample because I am not the biggest fan of greens, especially straight greens, but this was really good! Colour me shocked.

The dry leaf is curly, soft, and downy. It smells really vegetal which has me worried.

Taste: delicious, slightly vegetal, slightly sweet and kind of nutty. I get the “savory” flavour almost like salted butter. It is a little drying on the mouth.

2nd steep: 80degrees, 1.5minutes, a little more vegetal, but still nutty

3rd steep: 85degrees, 2.5minutes, less vegetal with some sweetness remaining.

I think I liked this so much because it just tastes so fresh. I always get excellent quality from Teavivre’s teas and so many of them have surprised me. I didn’t think that I would ever enjoy straight tea so much!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

I also liked this one a lot… greens are not the easiest to handle, I also get worried when I try a new one. As I’m perfecting my brewing methods, I appreciate more and more!

tigress_al

I totally agree, since I got my variable temp kettle, I am liking more greens, but I am always apprehensive about trying a new one.

TheTeaFairy

Don’t you love that variable temp kettle? I’ve revisited my cupboard ever since I got mine a couple of months ago…wow, teas I thought I didn’t like so much are now some of my favorites, what a great investment!

Garrett

i am completely the same. my variable kettle opened up so much more about my teas. it’s interesting how you described this one tigress, for me this was much smokier and reminded me a lot of gunpowder green.

tigress_al

I haven’t tasted any gunpowder green so I am not sure how it compares. Lol I have generally been avoiding straight greens until now.
I will have to try one now to compare.
I don’t know how I would live without my variable temp kettle!

Garrett

a gunpowder green pretty much tastes like its exact name but sure thing, you should try one sometime :). if you’re new to straight greens i would certainly try a dragonwell. to me it’s the king of greens (although i’ve never tried sencha or gyokuro)

tigress_al

I have a dragonwell from teavivre waiting for me! Looking forward to it now.

Garrett

you’re going to fall in love :) well hopefully haha

Kittenna

Before the variable temp kettle, what did you do? I have been using a meat thermometer to check water temperature, so I can’t envision that a variable temp would make a difference to tea flavour, just to ease of brewing.

tigress_al

I didn’t have a theometer and so it was always a guessing game when the water was the right temp. I always guessed wrong and burnt my green tea. Then I saw the variable temp kettle for like $20 or $30 at Canadian tire so I had to try it. And I needed a new kettle at the time!

Lynne-tea

I have just been going by the bubbles forming in the kettle. I gauge what the temperature is based on the size and quantity of the bubbles forming. I know it is not extremely accurate.. but it’s not once costed me a cup of green tea (which I am grateful about). Typically I boil the water, then wait until all the bubbles from the boil disappear

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80

Free sample from Teavivre

The dry leaf has the heady aroma of a high quality florist’s shop (like my wife’s shop! :-) ). The jasmine aroma is strong with an element of hay behind it. The leaves are, well, silvery and very pleasing to look at. They are soft to the touch.

Brewing the tea in my small glass teapot I am rewarded with a jasmine aroma wafting off the leaves and a little forest of needles balanced delicately in the hot water. The liquor is almost clear, the jasmine smell is, how best to describe it, round. Yes, it has a roundedness (is that a word?) to it that transfers to the flavour. The tea is light. It makes my tongue tingle even after the tea has been swallowed. Yet still it has a strong, round flavour that is very pleasant. The jasmine is at the forefront of that flavour and I now feel like I am breathing out delicate jasmine aroma all around me. This is another great tea from Teavivre.

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

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8

This was the most disappointing part of my order. I guess I am not sure what I expected, I know they are not a puer specialty store, and they offer quite a limited selection.

The leaves were fine visually, but the tea was lifeless. I loaded up my yixing with about 10g (usually I am more near 5 or 6, as it is a small pot) and still couldn’t get much flavor out of it. Overall I was pretty disappointed.

Steepings were between 20-45 seconds. I was trying anything to breathe life into this tea, but to no avail

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

This is best at 1-2 minute steeping or even longer. I had success with western style brewing which was full, rich and deliscious.

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28

Steeped in glassware. Puring off half between steepings. Was disappointed with the quality. Could be much better. Pretty average long jing

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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87

I’m back from my fiancee’s house (and done backlogging). My mom didn’t pour out my leaves from my french press (I’ll have to hug her for that) so I got to make another steep. This is the very last of my sample and I am loving it. I have to be in the mood to taste the chocolate note in this tea. If I’m not in the right mood then it tastes more astringent. It is such a yummy tea though.

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87

Settled down to knit the border on my blanket and watch Chocolat with my mom. This tea is a very good pair for the movie because of the dark chocolate note. Yummy. Last bit of this tea though. I’m saving the other steep for later.

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87

Finally getting back to my teas again. It has just been almost too hot to drink tea and I have been indulging in soda and koolaid instead. This is just what I needed right now. Dark and faintly sweet. I brewed four pearls for 3 1/2 minutes so it is a little stronger than what I am used to and the cocoa isn’t as present, but I needed a good wake up. It is still yummy!

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87

I made a third steep of this last night and dumped it in my little tea bottle with a little bit of sugar and put it in the fridge. Now I am having it iced.

The first present flavor is a lovely and smooth black tea. Then you get that semi-sweet chocolate taste on the back of your tongue. The semi-sweet chocolate gradually turns to a dusting of dark cocoa powder over your tongue.

I don’t know if I like it better hot or iced right now, but I should think about getting a tin of this when my sample runs out. It is delicious!

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87

Four pearls this time with enough water for one tea cup steeped for three minutes.

There is the dark cocoa note! It is standing front and center and announcing that it is there. I hope to get three good steeps out of this one. Yum.

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87

I came back home from vacation to find a brand new box of tea samples from the wonderful Teavivre. It took me all day to figure out which tea to try first, but this won the right to be my 300th tea tasting note.

I brewed three pearls in my french press for two minutes with the first steep and three minutes for the second steep. The pearls themselves are about twice the size of the green jasmine pearls and smelled like dry hay. It was interesting to watch the black pearls unfurl with the hot water.

At first the tea didn’t taste like much. It isn’t as earthy as my yunnan black and that is what I was expecting from the tea for some reason. Only after I let the tea cool down for a while I began to notice a dark note. It wasn’t very strong but it was a dark note. Not earthy and not very sweet, but present.

On my second steep the dark note was a little bit stronger and that was when I was able to pinpoint the flavor. It tasted like a small sliver of bittersweet baking chocolate. I think I am going to have to brew this again with another pearl or two to really bring out the chocolate note.

I think the next time I try this I am going to put either my second or third steep in the fridge to try this iced. I think it would make a nice iced tea.

Thank you again Teavivre for this lovely tea sample. I would have never imagined that I would go from having a tea bag every once in a while to writing about loose leaf tea samples.

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Boiling
ashmanra

Congrats on 300! I liked this one a lot, but I used five pearls. Maybe that would take the flavor up a notch for you!

Kittenna

300!! Way to go! I’m nearly at 500 and am certain I’m going to miss it because I keep forgetting to check :D

Azzrian

Yay congrats!

TeaVivre

Congratulations!

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93

Sipdown! Thank you Angel for this sample! I’ve really loved this one. I actually thought that it was gone, but there was one cup left! This has many sweet, roasted notes that last at least 2-3 steepings for me. This tea is pretty unique when it comes to oolongs that I’ve tried. I love it and I’m so glad I got to try it!

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93

Ahhhh. I wasn’t feeling top notch today and I thought this tea would help. This is sweet, roasty, and kind of reminds me of oatmeal at times. See previous notes.

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93

Another Teavivre tea for me!
This tea is really great for when I’m not feeling my best. It has a lot of sweet and roasted notes. It is super easy to make, so I can ask my husband to prepare it for me. I really love this one so I’m upping the score.

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93

Thanks Teavivre for this sample!
This is not something I would have picked for myself, but gosh, I love this one. I love the sweetness paired with the roasted flavors. It matches really well with toast. :3 I think that this one is great to have with lunch and I really enjoy its uniqueness.

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93

thanks for the sample!
This tea looks like little nuggets! I think that the smell of this one has wheat and roasted notes that remind me of Rishi’s Tie Guan Yin. It smells wholesome in a way. Maybe the smell reminds me of wheat flake cereal a bit.
I brewed this for approximately 2 min and I’m pretty surprised about the strength of the smell. It smells really nice and familiar.
This tastes really nice! I’m not 100% sure I’m in on what the ginseng is supposed to taste like. I’m getting a surprising amount of sweetness and grassy notes. The toasty flavored are there, but they are not in the forefront of the sip. This tea is really, really great! I’m really enjoying this steep and I look forward to the rest of the sample!

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90

I found a little foil pouch I didn’t remember I had! Yes!! On a cold, wet, and windy night, I have smoky black tea. ♥

(For the new people, I’ve reviewed this several times and I’m not gonna bore you with repeating myself.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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90

Made myself one last mug of this tea today. I’m officially out and sad to see it go. This is the tea that made me realize that I actually really do love lapsang souchong. I just needed to associate it with the scent of burning leaves in fall, which is something I hold dear. It’s like drinking that smell, for lack of better words! I’ll miss it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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