Teavivre

Recent Tasting Notes

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I had this during lunch. This is a great staple to my tea cupboard. When I finally downsize my cupboard, I will definitely be keeping a dragonwell tea in there.

This was so fresh! It smells like celery, but it (thankfully) doesn’t taste like it. It is fresh, slightly grassy green with a tinge of roast. It is sweet and smooth. Delicious!

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89

This tea was sent to me for review by Teavivre.

When I opened the package for this tea, the inside was different. Instead of having small packets of samples inside, there was one large one. It was almost 2-3oz of tea! I had to pour it inside one of my tins.

I love having some dragonwell. This tea had nice medium-sized, flat dry leaves that were bright yellow to bright green in color. There was some buds in there as well! I’m very used to seeing dragonwell in darker green colors than this. It smells like dragonwell! Green and light.

For this tea, I used 2 teaspoons and put it in my kyusu. Once it was brewed, it was a light yellow, green in color. The scent and taste were good. It smelled a little grassy and tasted as such. It was a little savory. Overall the it was a light, clean tea that went down smoothly. There was some sweetness to it. This is a good dragonwell. This is similar to other dragonwells that I’ve tried, but I haven’t tried them side by side. I might do that this week as I have this week off. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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73

This is my last Teavivre tea to review. Then I’m onto random things again.

I think this might be my second favorite of the greens I’ve tried by this company. The scent of it was fresh and especially sweet. Inviting. It brewed up to a shade of pale greenish yellow, and smelled almost fruity aside from the usual green tea scents. The taste is very naturally sweet and delicious. Even at such a short steep time, it’s strong and complex. But I still prefer the more bitter and smoky Chun Mei.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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97

I forgot how good this tea was. I needed a good tea that I could relax with. I had such a rough first week, and today was one of the worst days. This tea was so good. So flavorful and clean.

TeaBrat

I hope things get better. :)

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97

This tea was sent to me for review by Teavivre. Thank you!

I woke up this morning with a cold. I’ve had a lingering cough for a while and figured I got sick from the kids during my month of pediatrics. But now I woke up all clogged up! Ugh! Perhaps this isn’t a good time to try a new tea, but I really wanted to! So I chose this black tea this morning. I don’t think I’ve tried this tea before. When I opened this up, I took a big whiff. It smells so fresh and reminds me of autumn. The dry leaves were dark brown to black and were delicate, long, and thin with some twisting.

I made this with a larger 8oz tetsubin and drank it in my white mug. After infusion, it smelled a little savory. The color of the liquor was a medium red-brown. I have been trying to cut down on sugar so I wanted to infuse this for a shorter time. I was also a bit worried this might be bitter, but I decided, “what the heck!” I took a sip, and the taste was lovely! My sinuses and everything completely cleared up, which I was happy about. It is bold, but was not bitter or astringent at all! It went down so smooth. I was surprised and happy about it too. There was a mild hint of sweetness but I tasted dark chocolate and some savory tones. It was also toasty with a slight touch of earthiness to it. I can’t wait to try this again later.

Overall this is a very good black tea. I might consider having this in my cupboard as a staple. I want to find black teas that I don’t need any additives. I’m not a big fan of astringency or bitterness…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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84

Thank you for this generous sample, Teavivre!!

I was in the mood for something new but caffeine free, and after the wild success of their Milk Oolong, I eagerly dove into my box of Teavivre samples.

This was nice! It was juicy and tropical. It as delicious hot and even more delicious cold. I think the rest of this sample will go towards iced tea. Beautiful.

The roselle did get a bit tart for me, but not as bad as hibiscus can be. I did sweeten this one (I sweeten all of my teas) and while it will be no great hardship to finish my very generous sample, this is not a tea I see myself replacing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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98

This is my favorite tea from Teavivre! I love this oolong! I’m adding this to my shopping list for sure! Delicious!

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98

This was sent to me for review by Teavivre.

When I opened my package today, I saw 5 large bags about 9×7 inches large. I was trying to decide which one to try first and I opted for an oolong. I am a huge fan of milk oolongs. I opened it up and there were 4 small about 2×4″ bags of tea. I’m definitely going to be reusing these resealable bags.

Anyhow, this milk oolong tea came in a beautiful red sample bag. I opened it up and inhaled the sweet, creamy/milky scent. I love the small, dark green rolled up leaves. I poured it in my gaiwan, and it was the perfect amount. I’d say it was about a tablespoonful and then some.

The first steep brewed up a golden yellow-orange. The scent was fantastic, which was similar to the scent of the dry leaves. Once it hit my lips, I knew this was amazing. I would say this is comparable to the milk oolong by DAVIDsTea. In my mouth, the creaminess was tame compared to the scent. This tea was smooth and wasn’t bitter or astringent. There was a sweet, fruity taste with light floral tones. It wasn’t heady at all. I love this tea.

I got about 6 steeps until it began to become very mild in flavor. I had my husband try it too, and he loved it. The floral tones became more prominent as the steeps progressed.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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76

The texture for this tea’s dry leaf is so interesting. As far as greens go, it’s dark and chunky. The leaves are rolled up in a way that reminds me of oolong, but not done as tightly. And there are also lots of light colored, fluffy new leaves mixed in, too. The smell is very strong and a little intimidating to a green tea newbie.

Anyway, this is a smooth and nutty green. It’s satisfying in a way I’m beginning to appreciate, finally. Something also reminds me of sweet wheat bread, but it’s also fresh and veggie-like. And as usual, something like hay or dried grass. It smells much more pungent than it actually is, especially if you sniff the leaves themselves after steeping. And by pungent, I mean strongly of seaweed and the ocean.

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

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100

Thank you so much for this sample, Teavivre!

Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness! I’m telling you, this is going on my shopping list right next to their Blueberry tea. Yuuuuum.

Okay, I’ll try to use better words >.s just something I noticed.

And oh! This tea opened up beautifully. Beautifully! Might pour the leaves into my steeper to just watch it go! Next packet will definitely be done in the glass gaiwan. And the fact that the temperature is foolproof only makes me love it all the more.

One packet in 10oz of water, 100C, 2 minutes in my Perfect Mug from DavidsTea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
The DJBooth

This may have to be on an order from Teavivre.

DaisyChubb

Wow my interest is really piqued – all of these Teavivre reviews popping up makes me really want to try!

aisling of tea

I am incredibly impressed with Teavivre. Their teas are amazing, their customer service is out of this world and can I just say that offering free samples to tea lovers is brilliant? It’s like a drug, the first taste is free, and now we’re all going back for more ;).

Tina S.

What is shipping like from them to Canada? Did you get nailed on customs?

Amariel

I’m curious what will be in my next shipment. I haven’t reviewed all of mine yet, so I don’t expect anymore til I do. I still have the Jasmine Pearls Green Tea and then that will be all of them. Hoping to try the milk oolong and some of the fruit ones too.

aisling of tea

Tina, the samples were provided to me by Teavivre, so there was no shipping cost, but as I understand it, they offer free shipping over $30. It took a little while to get here, a few weeks, but since it was sent from overseas, that’s pretty good! I didn’t seem to have any issues with customs.

Heather, when Angel contacted me, she asked if there were any I’d be interested in trying, and I let her know I’d be interested in the milk oolong and the blueberry fruit tea along with the TKY with honey. So it never hurts to ask?

Amariel

I didn’t even notice the blueberry one when I looked on the site before when she sent to me…I should take another look.

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I got a sample of this tea for free from Angel at Teavivire.

The dry leaf was beautiful – wiry, long, and golden. The smell as it brews is very sweet and malty.

As I drank the tea I tasted the sweet notes immensley. Honey, toasted rice, warm barley all came to mind. As the tea cooled I got more of the astrignent flavor. I drank this tea as I was on my way to work in traffic — I have enough of my sample to try again when I can cocentrate more on the tea and less on outside annoyances like traffic jams.

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84

Tea provided by Teavivre for review

First and second steeps were similar. Nice light tea body with subtle vegetal flavour (like bok choy), some spice notes, and hay aroma (in a nice way). I’ve always liked how the Bi Luo Chun has a mix between tasting like a green and a white tea. Even though it’s been a long time since I tried Teavivre’s Bi Luo Chun sample, it’s distinctive flavour brought back fond memories.

Third steep brought out a lot of flavour; sweeter and a strong floral aroma.

Fourth steep had a strong vegetal flavour which was almost bitter/sharp tasting (like uncooked spinach).

Looking back on my notes from 2 years ago, changing the tea to water ratio can bring out some interesting differences. I used Teavivre’s suggested 4 grams and 85ml for short steeping. My third and fourth steeps were a bit strong, if I used slightly more water (100ml), it probably would have turned out a bit lighter and less sharp. Overall I like Bi Luo Chun but usually when I’m craving a light green tea I still go with drinking a Dragon Well. I’d recommend Bi Luo Chun to those that like white tea but want something a bit closer to a green.

Steep time: rinse, 30s, 50s, 80s, 100s

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 tsp 3 OZ / 85 ML

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84

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

Decided to make this a green tea morning by trying my next Teavivire sample: Bi Luo Chun.

The dry leaf scent is nice, but I can’t quite describe it. There is nothing else I can think of that fits the profile. It’s a very nice smell and not what I expected.

Moving on to drinking the liquor. The first steep tasted sweet, a bit smoky, with spice notes, overall very interesting flavours to experience. The tea body has a nice deep flavour, not too vegetal. And I felt a warm fuzzy peach texture in my mouth

Second steep was still nice but a bit weaker. I agree with some of the people on here that this tastes much like a white tea, and I’m getting more of that “tea” flavour I experience with white tea.

Third steep felt soft, sweet, warm, and fuzzy. Still tasting a bit of the spice notes, but the tea body is weakening.

I ended on the fourth cup, which while weak was still pleasant and satisfying.

I’ve never tried this type of tea before but I like Teavivre’s offering. Out of the other green tea samples from this company, I prefer the Premium Dragon Well (which I have purchased) but Bi Luo Chun would have to be my second favourite. This was my second time brewing it (first time reviewing), so I still have plenty of leaf to experiment with and find an ideal steeping method.

235ml water in a glass mug, 1 tsp, 4 steeps (1min, +30s resteeps)

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

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60

Dry paper, flowers, and perfume. Read my full review here…
http://iheartteas.teatra.de/2012/01/white-peony-tea-bai-mudan-teavivre/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

white teas always mystified me but now I like them much better when they are steeped with lower water temps and shorter times.

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81

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

This was actually the first time I tried green tea in my purion teapot and it worked out really well. It had the same amount of water as my gaiwan, but tasted much better. I even doubled the steep time of the third cup and still wasn’t bitter at all. I know purion is more for (roasted) oolong and black tea, but I’m quite impressed with what it did to this tea.

The three steeps tasted: vegetal, buttery, with a hint of cocoa, a bit of astringency but no bitterness. Aroma made me think of wet moss and asparagus.
I don’t always brew this tea right, and the bitterness can be too overwhelming. So this experiment was nice.

Liking this tea more, but I still prefer the Premium Dragonwell (which I have purchased)
See previous tasting notes on this tea for more of my thoughts

100ml purion teapot (took lid off for steeping), 1 tsp, 3 steeps (30s, 30s, 1min)
I’m not encouraging anyone to buy a purion teapot… these notes are mostly for myself :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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81

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

Had a much better experience with this tea today. I used exactly 235ml of water as opposed to too little like 100ml with a gaiwan, or the usual 250ml amount I use for most teas.

First steep tasted wonderful, very delicate, with some floral and fruit notes, very vegetal and buttery, with a hint of smoke.

Second steep was almost a little too bitter for me, but still palatable. The green tea body is much bolder and sweeter.

I adjusted the steep time for the third cup, which worked just as I had hoped. More delicate green tea, no bitterness, still has a strong aroma but weakening due to it being the third steep.

Fourth steep was actually much sweeter than I expected. With a sort of baked aroma, along with the weakening buttery and vegetal flavour.

Still not sure I would buy this, but I feel that depending on how you prepare this tea it can taste really good or really bad. The water to tea leaf ratio seems to be very important and I’ll be using the rest of my sample to figure out what I like best. And I’m happy that Teavivre sent me this as a sample because it’s allowed me to experiment with green tea. In the past I have had a few bad experiences with green tea and that might be due to bad preparation and/or bad tea.

235ml water in a glass cup, 1 tsp, 4 steeps (1 min, 2 min, 2 min, 2:30 min)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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81

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

I tried this in a gaiwan (30s, +10s resteeps) but didn’t enjoy the result very much. So I then prepared it in a glass and used longer steeps.

First steep tasted sweet, vegetal, with honeydew and cucumber flavour, and was slightly buttery. Liquor felt very smooth and soft in my mouth.

Drinking from the second steep, the flavour is obviously much stronger, but still nice and not bitter. I prefer the delicate aroma of the first cup though.

As a personal preference, I think this tea benefits from a higher water to leaf ratio than offered by a gaiwan. One cup of water (I tend to use a bit more at 250ml) per 1 tsp worked very well for me. I still have plenty of the tea sample left so I will keep adjusting the steep settings to find what I like best.

Overall Xin Yang Mao Jian turned out to be very nice with a strong aroma and a fresh vegetal feel.

Glass mug, 250ml of water, 1 tsp, 2 steeps

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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71

I have to admit that I was disappointed with this tea. I tried it at least four times, and the result was always the same. Maybe the flavor was just too subtle for me. I like my Pi Lo Chun to be a little more robust. It also had a slight smokey flavor—almost like Dragonwell. Don’t get me wrong, this tea is not horrible. It just is not quite the chun I like.

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drank Waterlilies Fruit Tea by Teavivre
318 tasting notes

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

This is a follow up to the last tasting note I made for Waterlilies Fruit “Tea”. The first time I made this I found it way too sour for my tastes but vowed to sweeten it someday. Well that someday is now!

How I prepared it: 4tsp of fruit, 500ml of boiling water, and 1 1/2 tsp of sugar syrup (see google for an easy recipe).

Just the addition of sugar syrup helps tremendously. It’s still tart but in a good way, it’s still here and it adds a nice mouth watering sensation.

Up’d rating because the sugar helped even out the overwhelming tart flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Waterlilies Fruit Tea by Teavivre
318 tasting notes

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

Now here is a strange “tea” for me to review, a fruit tea! Obviously the word tea is meant here as something brewed in hot water and not relating to camellia sinensis (real tea leaf). This one lists using 3-4 tsp per 230ml of water, and with that in mind Teavivre graciously gave me about 50g of Waterlilies Fruit Tea to try.

I prepared some of this last night, with 500ml and about 5 tsp of fruit tea. The brew was a bit too tart for me, so today I’m adjusting the steep variables.

Tonight I tried 250ml of water and 2 tsp of fruit. It was still a bit too sour for my tastes so I added bit of honey. The result was much more palatable and the honey gives the liquor a nice texture.

Next time I’ll try this with a simple sugar syrup (sugar and water boiled in a small sauce pan) to see if that enhances it more. But I will still use 2 tsp of fruit per 250ml, because the flavour is much the same. If you want a more intense tart fruit flavour, use the full 3-4 tsp.

I’m not a big fan of hot fruit flavour, but this isn’t bad for it’s “type”. If you want to avoid caffeine and enjoy a tart fruit drink, this wouldn’t be a bad one to try. I think the addition of honey or sugar is needed to bring down the sourness. Normally I dislike adding sweetener to tea, but this isn’t tea it’s fruit, and as you know fruit drinks do tend to have a sweetener to make them more palatable.

250ml of water, 2 tsp, 1 steep (8mins exactly)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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