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A very standard green. When I drink it, it basically tastes the way I would imagine “green tea” as a category to taste. Vegetal, mineral, a bit of sweet and fruity, equally balanced, as well as a hair bitter. I prepared using a very low temp, which was good, as I can’t imagine how bitter it would have been if I had used water over 160, but it worked well this way.
this is an awesome tea!
when i smell the leaves dry, they smell peppery like bi luo chun green tea.
when i smell the leaves wet, they smell more grassy and green like veggies.
when i smell the brewed tea, it smells nice and sweet and grassy.
when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes grassy and sweet :D
the sweetness is why i give it a score of 100. i recommend you buy some.
many thanks to Angel teavivre for this amazing free sample! :D
Flavors: Grass, Green, Pepper, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal
The dry leaves consists of long dark green tendrils. These leaves carry the tantalizing aroma of dried apricot and tobacco. I placed these lengthy beauties in my yixing and gave them a shake. A heavy smoky aroma of oak filled my tea room. I began to brew right away. The steeped leaves smelled of leather and wild greens. I was able to pull a great many steepings out of my yixing this tea session. This tea gives off the flavor of smooth smoke with a light vegetal tone. The qi from this brew is intense. it peaks quickly and hits hard, but then smooths out to a peaceful relaxation. This is one of my staples within my tea cupboard, and I am sorry to see the last of it go. I will definitely be purchasing more.
Flavors: Apricot, Leather, Smoke, Tobacco
I opened this package to reveal an assortment of beautiful leaves! The dry leaf consisted of long forest green tendrils spread with silver downy buds. They smelled of green beans and spinach. I placed this forest of tea in my warmed kyusu and gave it a shake. My brewing vessel gave off a deep vegetal and seaweed aroma. I brewed up a few cups immediately. The liquor was a pale glistening topaz, and the steeped leaves had a robust edamame tone. The initial sip was tasted of vegetal broth and forest moss. This brew had a very deep and vegetal body with a light sweetness at the end. This was a wonderful brew! I would consider this to be on the more darker and heavier side of this company’s spring harvests. I enjoyed every bit of it!
Flavors: Green Beans, Moss, Spinach, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal
This is from the Spring 2014 harvest of this tea, which I’m only just getting around to trying now. Boo for me. Every time I drink a Teavivre green, though, I’m reminded of how good green tea CAN be, and that there are even green teas out there that I can love. This is another of those rarities. I used 1 tsp of leaf for this cup, and gave it 2 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. The resulting liquor is a very pale yellow, the scent mildly vegetal with a light floral edge.
The scent of the dry leaf is absolutely, totally, 100% amazing. It’s sweet and very vegetal, like fresh green beans and asparagus. The leaves are long and thin and a little downy, predominantly very pale green but with darker tips. Once brewed, the leaves are a more obvious grass green, although a few are darker and some lighter, giving a pretty variagated effect. The scent is almost a little salty – it’s actually reminding me of beef oxo cubes, strangely enough!
To taste, though, there’s no oxo to be found. This is a good thing, I think, on balance. What I can actually taste is sweet, fresh, green vegetables. Like the scent of the dry leaf, the main flavours are green bean and asparagus, with a hint of grass towards the end of the sip. This one reminds me a little of Bi Luo Chun, although I think it’s a touch milder overall. This is a very smooth green, although I wouldn’t say it’s particularly buttery. Just very clean and refreshing, with a well balanced flavour. It’s the perfect choice for spring!
This is very good – I have noticed that so far, I seem to prefer blends that have berry flavors combined with tropical pineapple. It creates a more unique fruit blend for me, and feels a lot more summery. I really like this one. It is strong but not too much, at least not too much for me.
I’m baack. Again. Sigh. Real life is hard, how do you all do it?
I’ve spent the last few days finishing off my reviews for the Red Leaf sponsored matcha testing and I really needed a nice black tea to go back too (I’m seeing green in my sleep). I got the sample from Teavivre a while back so I thought this would be a good time to sit down, work on some school work and drink a good black tea.
This one smells amazing, its got such a nice dark amber colour to it and such a nice taste. It has a subtle sweetness with chocolate and honey notes and some more subtler maple-y and nutty notes as you sip it down more and it cools. Definitely one of my top straight black teas (y)
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Maple, Nutty
an ok tea.
little pitcher method (grandpa style):
when I smell the leaves dry, they smell like veggies and pepper.
when I smell the leaves wet, the smell is intensified.
when I smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet and like veggies.
when I taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet and like veggies.
the reason I give it a 50, is because it tastes too much like veggies and gets bitter fast.
I shall share the 2nd pack with a friend
many thanks to angel teavivre for this free sample :)
Flavors: Bitter, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal
This is very good, but a bit more sour than I ever really imagine blueberry being, so it masks the flavor just a bit. That being said, it makes an amazing iced tea if you add a little sweetener, and you can definitely taste blueberry. People who love juice REALLY need to give herbal blends like this a try – once you wean yourself off all the sugar, and a teaspoon in a cup tastes sweet to you, you will never go back.
an awesome tea.
little glass pitcher method (grandpa style)
when I smell the leaves dry, they smell like sweet-grass.
when I smell the leaves wet, they smell more intense.
when I smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet like sweet grass.
when I taste the brewed tea, it tastes like sweet-grass
a note: you must use proper water temperature for this tea (most dragonwells don’t need it) or it will get bitter fast thus why I’m scoring a 95.
many thanks to angel tevivre for this amazing tea sample
Flavors: Grass, Sweet
Green TieGuanYin is so amazing. I rinsed twice. First time on purpose second time on accident.
30 – 1 min. I’m tasting honeysuckle. It’s kinda sweet all around really. it much grass flavor.
2 min. Where’d the honey suckle go? It’s all green flavor now; grass, slight hay
3 min Cooled down a bit. What is this flavor? It’s so smooth. Kinda floral, kinda green.
This was a beautiful treat! I opened my package and revealed only a few little vibrant green glossy orbs. They carried a strong milky and vegetal aroma; moreover, I could hint a slight floral background. I placed these little gems in my warmed gaiwan and gave them a shake. This smooth scent became of creamy dried fruit with floral nectar sweetness. I began brewing right away. I washed these emeralds, and I brewed a few cups. The steeped leaves scent dropped to a deep vegetal tone with a sweetness of squash and melon. The flavor was simply amazing. This brew had a smooth and light body. The vegetal tone combined well with a refreshing sweetness and honey soothing quality. The leaves of this brew were unbelievably beautiful. The steeped long slender steeped leaves in my gaiwan were my favorite part of this tea session. The liquor was a pale jade, and it kept strong and soothing for 10+ steepings. The small amount that I had (5g) overfilled my gaiwan and lasted for a long tea session. This was definitely a treat for me, and I will be getting more of this someday!
Flavors: Creamy, Dried Fruit, Floral, Honey, Melon, Sugarcane, Vegetal
This is really tasty – I made it to be iced, as I am anticipating plowing through my iced tea collection rather quickly now that 80+ degree days are the norm, and I might need more of this. A lot more. It has hibiscus, which I don’t mind, but it isn’t overpowering like many other fruit blends are. I definitely taste the pineapple as the primary flavor, with the citrussy orange working with the hibiscus to give it a sour bite. I made 16ish oz of it with a teaspoon of sugar, and it balances out the flavors wonderfully.
This was my morning brew for this muggy day. While I was brewing up a cup of these small black and gold curls the aroma of smoke and dark wood escaped from my tea press. The liquor was a light translucent garnet colour. The taste was perfect for a grey day. The initial sip was a light and fruity flavor with an oak undertone. This soft and flavorful brew went well with breakfast. This was a nice calm black tea, and it still had the high caffeine to get me going.
Flavors: Dark Wood, Fruity, Oak wood, Smoke
Thank you to Amariel for sharing this tuocha with me! I was excited to see this arrive as part of Amariel’s package because I’ve tried puerh before and really liked it. The only thing is that the puerh teas I’ve tried before were either flavored or part of a blend so this will be my first time to try it on its own. I’ve also never done anything with a tuocha so this will be a learning process all the way around.
I opened the silver pouch and out slides the cutest little disc of tea. It’s wrapped in paper covered in what appear to be Chinese characters. I so wish I could read them! It is just so beautiful. The tea itself smells very good, no hint of fishiness here. I have to say that I’m a little nervous about the flavor after seeing another note say that this tastes like mushrooms. I’m not a fan so I hope I don’t pick up any of that.
I stepped away from my desk so I steeped this far too long, close to 10 minutes when the recommended time was 4-6 minutes. The leaves did break up on their own as I had read they would and they are now a dull green in the bottom of my basket. Both the leaves and the liquid have a savory aroma. Unfortunately, this is very, very bitter, no doubt because I over-steeped it. It also has some astringency to it. I’m sorry that I wasn’t paying closer attention to this one since it’s the only tuocha I have. Maybe the leaves will still be okay for another cup or two.
I can really feel the effects from the caffeine in this one. Or maybe it was all the sugar in the Pop Tart I just ate.? :)
I love Longjing on a warm sunny day. There is something about the delicate refreshing flavors that just put me in good spirits! I opened the package and revealed long elegant leaves of vibrant green and yellow. These flat slates carried the aroma of fresh silky vegetables and a slight robust floral hint. I brewed these beauties up in my glassware to watch them dance. My tea pot gave off a spinach and chestnut aroma as the hot spring water touched the leaves. I filled my pot in three short bursts to agitate the delicate leaves. I always brew Long Jing with cool water (175F) to get the sweet flavors out. The taste was so refreshing. This brew has a delicate vegetal flavor with a honey nectar sweetness. I can feel my body relaxing with each sip. I was able to pull three steepings out of this brewe, and I deeply enjoyed each one.
Flavors: Green Beans, Honey, Nectar, Smooth, Vegetal
Thanks again for the sample, Teavivre! This will be the last of the new batch to review. The leaves here look wild and tangled, but I know the tea farmers put great care into picking the leaves… it just LOOKS like a mess! The bright green leaves have a sweet corn and cream fragrance. I used half of a sample pouch (so around 2.5 grams)… that seems to work for all of these big leafy green teas I’ve tried, if you are brewing in a mug. The pale brew is delicious – some more cream and corn to match the scent of the dry leaves, with some added nuttiness. I think this is what I imagine the flavor should be if I think “mao feng”. VERY delicious! The second steep wasn’t as good because of my own fault – I didn’t steep the perfect cup (the temperature should have been hotter and the time longer – not paying enough attention.) It is impossible for me to pick a favorite Teavivre green tea. I have loved all of them, both from this year and last year.
Steep #1 // half a sample (around 2.5 grams) for 11 ounce mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 32 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Harvest: April 2015
Another delicious sample from the Spring green offerings – thank you, Teavivre! The leaves here are very interesting – I’ve never seen anything like them before. They are like dark green twisted needles of grass. They have a very strong and sweet scent of cream and corn. I love it already. I used half of a sample pouch (so about 3.5 grams if a sample is 7 grams) which seems to be working for the greens I’ve been trying lately. The flavor is like the fragrance – cream and corn. But this one has an interesting smoky and mildly spicy flavor to both steeps that remind me of a barbeque sauce type flavor. Very unique for a green tea, I think, which makes something that normally might not be noticeable very apparent with a green tea. Both steeps are exactly the same. I love that all of the green teas that Teavivre offers are completely different in flavor. I didn’t know green teas could have such different flavors. The only complaint I could possibly ever have with my experience of Teavivre so far is that they don’t sell more of their teas in 50 gram or 25 gram sizes so I could buy more varieties of their tea! The teas are always so good!
Steep #1 // half sample pouch for 11 ounce mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Harvest: April 2015
I made this cup and then didn’t get to drink it because the baby had a meltdown. Now that she’s in bed for the night, I can reheat it and enjoy it. The dry leaf aroma is roses. The brewed tea aroma is the familiar chocolate malt of Chinese black teas. The taste? A perfect combination of the two aromas: roses and chocolate malt. Yum! Now this is my kind of Chinese black tea!
I really like the rose flavoring here. It’s mostly in the front of the aftertaste, which transforms and leaves a lingering cocoa taste. The rose is also very natural and not too potent. Mmm, I really like this tea. As it cools, it gets a little bitter. I definitely should have done a shorter steep. It reheats well though. I think I microwaved this cup two or three times because I kept getting distracted with things and couldn’t finish it all in one sitting. Thanks to Teavivre for the free sample! I will definitely enjoy the rest of this.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Rose
I grabbed this one cause I felt like a Chinese black tea. However, this was not the kind of Chinese black that I like. It tasted like smoke and tobacco. Yuck. Not my cup of tea. Sadly, I poured the cup down the drain. It was way too strong and just not to my liking at all. I’m sure it’s perfectly enjoyable to other palates. Maybe I shouldn’t have started with such a long infusion. One or two minutes would have been plenty. Thanks to Teavivre for providing this free sample. I’ll re-home the rest of it to someone who will enjoy it.
Flavors: Smoke, Tobacco
Another sample – thank you, Teavivre! Always happy to try any great new Teavivre offering! The big leaves here are almost impossible to measure with a teaspoon (which is why Teavivre’s instructions are usually by tablespoon, but they still suggest a LOT of tablespoons – 3-4 tablespoons for 17 ounces or 8 grams for this one.) I used half a sample pouch which ended up filling my brew basket halfway anyway. The leaves are connected in a V shape (one bud with one or two leaves). The scent of the dry leaves is delicious – nutty and strong. Once brewed, the leaf color is VERY bright green though the liquor color of the tea itself is very pale. No worries – there is a lot of complex flavor here: nutty, vegetal like sweet corn and something green with hints of fruit. The second steep is completely different from the first – mildly vegetal but fruity at the same time: like cucumber, melon, and another fruit or vegetable I can’t quite name. Very fresh and clean tasting. It’s very delicious! Another fantastic and unique tea. I think Teavivre has tea magic! I would have went for a third steep but it was very late, had to sleep.
Steep #1 // half sample pouch for 11 ounce mug (about 3.5 grams) // 30 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Harvest: April, 2015