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83

Honestly just a really solid Dong Ding. Tastes about like you expect, but it’s such a reliably good tea!

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66

on testing :-)
gong fu cha
1ste steep:
light, fresh, green, little bitter
2nd steep
a touch of smokiness / tobacco?
more rough, nicely bitter
3d steep
bitterness fades a little, getting more sweetness
still light and refreshing
4th steep
sweetness, starts getting lighter
5th steep

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40

This was the final type of green tea from my Teavivre sampler pack and, alas, the only one I didn’t really care for. From the moment I opened the sample, the dry leaf made its presence known. It was strongly vegetal and spinachy, almost pungently so.

I let it steep and the liquor was still quite spinachy smelling. I love spinach but while spinach is the closest word I can come up with to describe the smell it isn’t quite accurate.

The taste, while not as strong as the smell, was dominated by the pungent vegetal taste. It started our sweet but then became hyper spinachy. As the tea cooled, the “spinach” became stronger. It also became more astringent as it cooled, something it wasn’t at all when hot, so, perhaps 2 minutes was too long for the first infusion. I didn’t bother with a second since I didn’t enjoy this one.

Flavors: Astringent, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

I’m undecided on this tea.

First steep: steeped 1 minute, less than boiling. Delicious, light and vegetal, more jasmine than peach. They reminded me strongly of something specific, but in all my judicious sipping and savouring the closest I could figure was that it tastes like the old TV show ‘Shining Time Station’.

Second steep: steeped 2 minutes, less than boiling. Much, much darker in colour, the jasmine has turned bitter and the peach has completely run away

Third steep: steeped 2 minutes, less than boiling. Way too bitter to drink.

The first cup was delicious. The last cup was horrible. I don’t know which to judge its merits on. But definitely a short steep at a low temp for this delicate tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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95

Oh man this is good. So good. We dumped our 7 gram sampler into our 18 ounce Steeper from DavidsTea. We let the pretty little pearls steep for a mere minute for the first steep, watching them slowly just start to unfurl in the steeper. I’m having mine chilled over ice and it is gorgeous. My wife, De, is having hers hot and she started a second steep as soon as she took a sip of the first. It’s light and peachy and refreshing and just plain delicious. As soon as we have a bit of extra money again, we are definitely ordering a tin. Thank you so much for the sample, Angel from TeaVivre, we have absolutely fallen in love. We plan to steep this for the rest of the day.

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This tea begins with rich, fragrant malt and sweet potato, and leads into a sustained note of caramelized brown sugar. Smooth and bursting with flavor, this is one of the best Dian Hongs that I’ve had the pleasure of tasting.

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83

This is a refreshing alternative to the ordinary Tie Guan Yin! In fact, I think this may replace unroasted Tie Guan Yin on my cup board! Nice consistent flavor with no huge surprises, but very pleasant nonetheless.

Flavors: Astringent, Plums, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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81

Finally, my tea samples came in! Getting down to the nitty-gritty, this tea is really pleasant! Really juicy and floral, and no discernible bitterness. This is definitely going on my “buy again” list!

Flavors: Floral, Smooth, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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55

After a good 15 second rinse, I brewed this bag for about 5 minutes in boiling water. Honestly, I think the recommended 9-12 minutes’ steeping time is overkill; it’s not as though I am going to impart some new exciting flavor in that extra 5 to 8 minutes.

I think it was the rice that made that yeasty, corn chippy scent and flavor. I could kind of see how the smell was related to rice, but it just tended toward the side of dog feet smell. Even my coworker, sitting three feet away from me, commented on how this tea smelled like dog feet. It tasted much like it smelled: heavy on the ricey, yeasty flavor, but add in some wet wood flavor and just a hint of fishbone from the shou.

And yet, despite this disgusting description, I still drank the entire cup. I’m not sure what this says about me and my palate. I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed this tea, but it was a certain sort of experience.

Blog Post: http://www.catlaittea.com/2016/08/26/review-rice-ripened-loose-pu-erh-pyramid-tea-bag/

Flavors: Bark, Rice, Wet Wood, Yeast

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

My nephew and I brewed this up yesterday evening. We both really enjoyed it. The first steep was 3 minutes and the second was 5 minutes. The first was the best. Not at all bitter, very smooth, no astringency. There was a honey-like sweetness to it. The second was brewed for 5 minutes and though it came out much darker than I expected, it was still quite good.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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91

This was a really nice early morning pick me up for a day at work that I didn’t feel like doing.

Both the dry leaves and the brew smell sweet and floral, with an undercurrent of vegetables.

The brew is thick and creamy, with spinach and floral flavors. It opens up nice and strong, but it’s got quite a bit of astringency in the later steeps. Lasted a good 20 steeps or so too; I lost count after 10.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Spinach, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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80

Similar to Bai Mu Dan, this tea says flowers and cucumbers of sorts, even sweet peas. A delicate tea that smells amazing like any white needle though the sample that it came in had quite a bit of leaves broken up which might of altered the astringency and truthfulness of flavours coming out if it was unbroken. Any-hows, this white tea is a good standard silver needle, not the best but tastes pretty damn good even after the 4th steep.

Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Peas

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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80

Thank you so much for the sample, Teavivre! I am finally writing a tasting note despite having it before, and I am happy to report that it is my favourite green out of the batch that was sent to me. It is very mellow with a touch of vegetalness. There is gentle buttery note in the background too. Very smooth.

As it’s cooling, the vegetal notes are coming forth a bit more but they aren’t overbearing. They’re along the lines of steamed green beans. I agree with other Steepsterites that it is similar to a Dragon Well, however, it is more mellow, not as buttery, and lacks that sour note that I personally pick up from most Dragon Wells.

I wouldn’t purchase any, but mostly because I tend to reach for roasted green teas whenever I’m in a green tea mood, but it’s nevertheless a tea worth trying out.

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82

I’m having second thoughts on this tea but it might be my mood and perhaps the time of the night – where this tea is least suitable for. What I am finding after a big hot meal is that this tea doesn’t go well. It’s more for a hot summer day and not on a full stomach because though florally light punched my stomach and I am not feeling well. Could be the food could be the tea. I’m taking a note to self to have this on a sunny afternoon an hour before any meals.

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82

I’m finding the logging in for tea sessions a bit tricky as a steepster noob.

Anyways off to ramble on about how beautifully perfumed this tea is – the word “flower bouquet” stands out the most when I am drinking this tea and leaves a very pleasant floral smell lingering in my mouth and throat. A fluffy and soft tea – like drinking pillows of flowers on a summers day surrounded by a bed of flowers and fruits of all sorts. I am tasting flowers and lots of them, hints of fruit like pear even thereafter. Cool.

At 13 usd per 100g it’s a steal though I would like to try their average range to see the difference.

The BMD is a tea when you get sick of the other thick and dense teas. It’s a tea when you’ve had enough of the sweet dessert type teas. It’s a tea for a long tiring afternoon. It’s a tea when you miss the sunshine. And it’s a tea when you want to sit there and smell the roses to purify the stale air.

Best brewed gongfu method to savour the smells.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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92

Lovely aroma, refined and delicate jasmine flavor. This is a top shelf jasmine tea that has a very natural taste. It’s not overly perfumey nor fake-tasting like many other varieties of Jasmine tea. The silver needles are in a harmonious balance with the jasmine. It’s the perfect tea for grandpa steeping or cold brewing.

If I had to fault anything, it would be that it doesn’t really distinguish itself from the upper echelon of jasmine teas. Yunnan Sourcing and Verdant’s silver needles taste very similar. Between these three, you could close your eyes and pick any tea and it will still be more or less the same.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Jasmine, Vanilla

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C

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79

This tea is a light oolong that is yellow in color and has a floral aroma. It tastes light, sweet, and has the flavor of flowers. If you like flowery TGYs you will probable like this tea.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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78

This is a reasonably good tea with a lot of fermentation flavor let to it. It had notes on dark bittersweet chocolate in there. The bitterness gradually faded to a more sweet note. Overall this was good tea. It was very thick tea in the early infusions.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 13.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Preparation
Boiling 13 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Rui A.

For the past year or two I have been eyeing this tea. You just made up my mind. Thanks Allan.

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83

This pu-erh is similar to a white tea and is light amber in color. This tea has a light and sweet quality to it with flavors of cucumber and apricot. It is a very interesting tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Cucumber

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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66

I had a sample of this for breakfast. I brewed up 500ml western style. It was too tannic for me to drink straight so I made one cup with milk and sugar and the second with honey and lemon. I preferred the milk/sugar combo with this tea. This surprised me a bit as I tend to not be crazy about milk in tea.

It’s hard to describe flavors as it was so heavily masked by the milk or honey tastes, but it definitely helped get me going this morning.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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80

This is my first time tasting a Wuyi and it was fairly obvious even to me how different it was from the other oolongs I’ve tasted.

I did 7 steeps. The first was 15 seconds, the second was 10, the third was 15 and after that they got longer. The 6th and 7th steep were 30 and 60 seconds and neither was especially satisfying but they weren’t horrible. I ended up heating fresh water after then 4th steep.

The first steep was a bit astringent though not bitter. It dried my mouth out a bit. The second was also a bit astringent but the 3rd and 4th were quite smooth without any astringency.

The dry leaf smelled somewhat chocolatey, I guess from the way the tea was roasted but this was almost undetectable in the tea. Even in the wet leaf it was not strong. The wet leaf mostly had the spinachy vegetal smell but not as strong as other oolongs I’ve tried.

That “rock” taste was definitely present. It wasn’t unpleasant but it was an unusual flavor to my palate.

Overall, perhaps because I’ve been tasting many new teas over the last few weeks, this was the tea from which I got the most complexity in taste and aroma. I can’t say if it was the tea or me just starting to become more familiar with the scent and taste vocabulary of tea. Whatever the cause, it was fun to experience.

I’m not sure I’d want to drink this every day but I definitely enjoyed it and could see myself ordering more of it after the samples run out.

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Mineral, Spinach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

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76

a great surprise, I wasn’t expecting that for a white tea. Pu er like, a little bit smokyness, but refreshing and with a floral (?) – vegetal (?) taste.

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