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Leaves: medium leaves + rose buds & chamomile
Color: Pale yellow
Taste: I got my first tea ball the other day b/c i was running out of Finum tea bags. I decided to go with this tea for today since i wanted something different, the aroma was lovely with a hit of roses as the main note with slight a chamomile note. As for the taste I had a little bit of difficulty when measuring due to the large rose buds I went with 1 table spoon & added it to my tea ball. The first steep was for 1 minute and produced a clear tea with light flavor w/ the same great aroma. As for the tea ball only a few tea particles escaped! The second steep was also great no bitterness very smooth. I found the last steep to have less flavor then the first two but overall this tea is great & works wonderfully when using a tea ball.
Thank you, KittyLovesTea for a sample of this!
The leaves of this tea are skinny and pale and quite pretty. The first time I made this tea I over steeped it and was bitter so I waited till today to review it so that way it could have fair review. I was reading the flavours people associated with it and some said chicken soup? I must say I did not get that flavour (lol), but there was a bit of “saltiness” at first. Another flavour added to this tea was kale and I thi9nk that’s pretty spot on along with grass, It’s quite a unique tea and interesting to try out.
Flavors: Grass, Kale, Salt
Thank you for the samples a while back, Teavivre! First I will say that I’m really not the person who should be writing reviews for raw pu-erh, as I’m realizing they are really not for my tastes. I’ve tried a few of them now and most of them seem very similar to my palate. All of the raw pu-erh offerings I’ve tried from Teavivre have been very good though, but I just shouldn’t be the one judging them! Only one raw pu-erh remains to be tried and I think I won’t be focusing on them for a while, until maybe my palate changes at some point.
The flavor here is very light, almost citrusy and creamy. But to me, raw pu-erh is always better with the first steep. I really need to learn how to steep them better. I certainly don’t want to follow the 4-10 minute suggestion on the pouch, as that would surely be a bitter mess. I see the “ancient tree” description and I would think the leaves would have a much tougher flavor. Not so! Light and tasty, but as usual I’d rather be drinking a dark and rustic ripened pu-erh. The second and third steeps seem to have a similar flavor profile to the first steep but becomes a bit tangy/astringent, even with such short steep times. Though it doesn’t make it undrinkable… nothing I can’t handle! But raw pu-erh does seem to do this to me every time, even if I lower the amount of leaves/ steep time: the first steep is alright but the other steeps aren’t as delicious. It is completely my fault though… I’m sure others can steep raw pu-erh much better. It is delicious for raw pu-erh but tough to distinguish from other raw pu-erh (for me.)
Steep #1 // half of a 10 gram sample pouch // 10 minutes after boiling // rinse // 30 seconds to 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 30 second steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 30 second steep
Finally getting down to this sample I ordered a few months ago. Sooo behind on these. Ripping open the packet, I initially picked up on an aroma akin to sweet potato chips. Then a touch of malt and honey. But mostly crunchy sweet potato.
The malt and sweet potato switch places in flavour, however. I hardly get the latter, but the malt is dominant, although even then, it’s also delicate. The flavour profile in general is very gentle and mild. I like it, but I wouldn’t purchase more.
Gunpowder is a fitting name for this tea. It has a not-so subtle peppery bite that is brought out by an equally stinging high temperature. This tea is best gulped quickly, while still just too hot to drink. On cooling, the pepper flavor slips under the somewhat soggy tasting green tea.
Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the sample! I enjoyed this gongfu-style today while watching Wolf of Wall Street and Gideon’s Army. I was a little distracted, but I definitely noticed a dark honey flavor and a bit more astringency than I personally like. It must have lasted a good ten steeps or so. I used the entire sample packet in my little teapot/gaiwan hybrid and played around with temp and length of steep. The caffeine here is just the right amount for me; I felt quite good all afternoon but never jittery and I expect I’ll be able to sleep tonight. I think this would make for a good work tea – it’s tasty but not distractingly so.
Another in my selection of flowering teas from TeaVivre!
I was a little more careful and prepared when brewing this tea – namely, I had a second pitcher prepared to pour the infused tea into so it wouldn’t over-steep. Additionally, the Family Happiness tea bloomed fully open more quickly than the previous tea (Rising Steady, I believe), so I was able to regulate the brewing time more carefully.
This tea is much more up my alley! It has a lovely, light flavor and delicate notes of the jasmine and lily. Inhaling the aroma, it gives a light hay scent like I’m standing in the middle of a freshly cut field as the hay dries before being bundled. It all feels and tastes very natural and even relaxing in its simplicity.
Yet the flavors are varied and rich, filling the mouth pleasantly like something creamy.
I particularly love the look of the lily blossoming at the base of the pitcher, ringed in a halo of jasmine. This truly is a lovely way to start my Friday!
Wow, I tried and pretty much failed to brew this with the “tall glass” method, lol. I put 3g (about half the sample) in a tall glass, filled it up about 1/3 of the way with 80C water, swirled it around for a bit, filled it up the rest of the way (probably about 12-14oz total), then sat and waited for the leaves to fall to the bottom. And waited, and waaaaited… only a few leaves sank fully, and with most of them still floating at the top, it was pretty much impossible to take a sip without getting a mouthful of leaves. So I poured through a strainer into an 8oz glass (leaving the original glass about 1/3 full) and drank that. I thought maybe the water cooled down too fast (I hadn’t preheated the glass, oops) so with the second steep I used 80C water again but hoped it would go better. With that round, about 2/3 of the leaves sank, but there were still too many on the top to drink comfortably, so again with the pouring through a strainer into the 2nd glass. Any bets as to whether the 3rd try will be a charm? :)
Steeping difficulties aside, this is a really delicious tea. There’s a vegetal, spinachy base flavour, with nutty and buttery overtones (roasted chestnut maybe?). A slight astringency, but that might be due to user error. :) This is making me want to order some fresh Chinese green tea from this year’s spring harvest. Mmmm…
Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Spinach, Vegetal
I won this tea among a selection of flowering teas from TeaVivre in a contest. I haven’t been the greatest fan of flowering teas in the past because I’ve been unlucky enough to select poorly made and/or flavored ones when I’ve given them a chance. It’s also highly likely that when I made them before, I didn’t understand that I was supposed to use cooler water for the white tea.
So off I embark on this journey of rediscovering flowering teas!
Using boiled water that cooled for about 3-4 minutes before pouring, I allowed the tea to steep in an open-topped, clear glass pitcher until it had fully opened and rested on the bottom of the pitcher. This took about 4-5 minutes.
The resulting liquor has a clear, bright, caramel hue with a hint of rosiness. The aroma is soft, lightly springy like a freshly mown lawn, but with that hint of dried grass from the leavings of a day or two earlier.
The flavor is fuller than I expected. It rounds out the aroma nicely with a surprisingly creamy texture and warm taste. Perhaps a hint of caramel, but I’m having trouble putting my finger on exactly what’s going on there.
It’s not my absolute favorite flavor, but I can definitely see myself enjoying this tea on a nice spring morning on the patio.
This tea is smokey like a green Lapsang Souchong. I feel like I’m drinking a light, sweet cup of green near a dying campfire. Later in the cup, I taste something a bit oceanic, almost sea-weedy or salt watery. So maybe now I’m drinking this tea while camping on a beach.
Flavors: Seaweed, Smoke
I enjoyed drinking this. The first steep was really smooth and creamy and sweet, with florals in the background. I’m not cool enough to be able to pick out more specific flavors. The later couple steeps are much more floral and fruity and tasty. I love oolong, and this one would be good for every day.
This tea is a complete mouth/nose experience. Unlike other Lapsang Souchongs I’ve had (mostly bagged), the smoke flavor doesn’t overwhelm the smooth, sweet black tea base. Instead, you get the satisfying smokiness from the smell, from the breath out, and from a subtle, lingering aftertaste.
Save this tea for non-cold or -allergy season – you don’t want anything to get in between you and the smell. Also, stay away from scented lotions on your hands when drinking, nothing spoils this experience like fake vanilla/peach/lemon/whatever.
Flavors: Smoke, Toffee, Vanilla
Thanks to Angel at teavivre for this free sample! I didn’t log my first cup of this apparently and didn’t pay a ton of attention to my cup this morning lol so I will write a more detailed note later! This was fruity, malty, a bit sweet, and really good. A good feeling after drinking it and it wasn’t a heavy black tea. So far, yum! And yes, a more detailed note later :)
I’m wondering if Keemun isn’t another kind of black I just don’t really adore plain. This tasted malty. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great.
It might have been my mood though. I will need to try it again. I woke up to a text from a guy I was seeing wanting to break things off just as I was starting to like him. It’s ok, he is a mess, as it turns out. Dating just sucks, and I think I’m going to be taking a rest from it for awhile!