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Very floral, green oolong. The milky aspect was there, but a little to subtle for my tastes. Has lasting power, but not one that I would drink over and over. I am not entirely sure that I would recommend this one. I was kinda bored. I love oolongs anyway, and did enjoy the little bit I had.
Flavors: Grass, Milk
Really smooth, really smooth and sweet. I wanted to try a golden tipped tea, and the only other black that I could compare this to would be a Mokalbari Assam, and maybe a Keemum. Like the Assam, it had a malty full bodied aroma and taste, but with the smooth cocoa notes of a Keemum and its lack of astringency. I drank it on an empty stomach and thankful that it didn’t upset it like the Assam.
If I had the option of drinking higher grade black tea consistently, I would probably pick this one as one of them. The only deterrent would be the simplicity of this tea. The taste and smell are certainly sophisticated, but I personally was expecting a little bit more flavor. A stronger Keemum, Ailoshan, or maybe Fujian black might be more preferred because of their more distinct cocoa.
Altogether, probably best for someone who likes black teas and wants to try something smoother and different. Gotta drink them all!
Flavors: Caramel, Carrot, Cocoa, Malt, Sweet
I was able to get 9 full bodied steeps from one sample in a western style. For being a white tea, it endured. The jasmine taste and smell balanced perfectly with the smooth, almost silky texture of the silver needle itself. My only set back was the fact that I’ve had very similar tasting flowering teas to this one for cheaper. Nevertheless, it reminded me of the tea that I used to drink a lot growing up in Hawaii. The flavor was almost the same, and honestly, the taste was best by the fourth steep and kept on getting smoother and smoother save the very last two steeps.
This is my first tea from Teavivre, and I got it pretty promptly considering the distance from China to Michigan. All the teas in the sampler I got were fairly fresh, and out of all of them, this one is probably my favorite. The service was great, and I am so glad I got free shipping. If it weren’t for the sale, though, I am not sure if I would have gone out of my way to get this one.
You can say that I was very satisfied, but not jumping up and down for it. I would introduce someone new to tea using this one, and maybe drink it with my more tea obsessed friends if they like jasmine.
Flavors: Cream, Herbaceous, Honey, Jasmine, Sweet
Very green tasting. A bit of a minty tone. Strong note of bean. Milk creaminess. Medium thickness mouthfeel. Milky taste and texture near the end of the sip. Orchid floral note. Mild chamomile sweetness. More of the milky flavour comes out as the tea cools.
Flavors: Beany, Creamy, Floral, Milk, Mint, Orchid
Had a gongfu session with a ceramic gaiwan. One 5-second rinse. Steeping times:. 2, 2, 5, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 35, 75.
The dry aroma has delectable notes of lychee and red grapes, and the aroma of the leaf after the rinse smells more intensely of grapes, and of also wet rocks and maybe stonefruit.
The color of white grape juice sits in my cup. The liquor is not completely clear (wouldn’t say foggy or murky, just not clear), but the last couple infusions eventually become so. Full-bodied. Mellow, smooth, easy to drink. The first and second infusions are heavy on the mineral side and leave behind a tingling sensation. After that, the flavors don’t evolve throughout the session. Each infusion is consistently fruity, with notes similar to that of the aromas – grapes, lychee, etc.
Once on the tongue, that is. Seconds later, if I let the liquor sit in my mouth, a heavy roasted quality and bitter taste settle in, and these merge with the juicy flavors. Incongruous. Only the first two and last two infusions had not such bitterness. Could be due to personal taste, or possibly the brewing temp. Still, I decided to keep it consistent rather than lower it partway through the session. I wasn’t completely displeased, and it this does a nice, relaxing effect.
Just finished my sample and I am not too impressed with this tea. I tried brewing it both gongfu and western style and found the flavor to be weak. Flavor-wise, this tea is mostly vegetal with faint notes of milk and floral. It lacks the intense sweetness and complexity of a good green oolong. It’s drinkable, but pretty forgettable overall.
Flavors: Milk, Vanilla, Vegetal
I had to try all of the jasmine teas from Teavivre! They have a new harvest of this one now. So much jasmine in both the fragrance and flavor here! The green tea seems to be many shades of green. The steeping instructions seemed to suggest too hot of a temperature, so I went a lot cooler. The flavor is great as is typical of all Teavivre’s jasmine teas. There is so much jasmine I can hardly taste the green tea. Definitely a nice burst of sweet jasmine for a jasmine fan! Very strong! This seems similar to me to the Jasmine Bi Luo Chun. I probably couldn’t tell the difference in a taste test. I think I used the correct amount of leaves for my tastes. I love the Jasmine white tea the best and I’ll be trying the Jasmine Pearls soon.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps. for a mug (about half a 7gram sample) // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute
This was the perfect choice yesterday, on a rainy day! I was hoping I could figure out if this rose blend has the base of another of Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hongs but it is so hard to tell! The dry leaves don’t seem like any of the other Yun Nan Dian Hongs and the flavor doesn’t seem like the others that I’ve tried but the flavor is GOOD. First of all, I didn’t see much rose in my sample and it doesn’t seem infused with any rose otherwise. So the rose isn’t there at all. But I am perfectly happy with this as a Yun Nan Dian Hong. It is NOT really chocolate to me at all. The flavor seems like three different teas: the lightness and sweetness of a Yunnan, the lovely flavor qualities of a great Keemun, and the slight smokiness and other characteristics of a Zheng Shan Ziao Zhong (and the leaves look like the one Teavivre offers too.) Otherwise the flavor is malty sweet potatoes. It’s an awesome black tea combo that hits many black tea cravings. I think I steeped the first cup perfectly. I want to drink 10 mugs full of this today.
Steep #1 // half a 7 gram sample (about 2 tsps. for a mug) // 14 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3-4 minutes steep
This tea has a swampy, smokey aroma. It taste vegetal, but I do not get the usually veggie flavors of a green tea. I am having trouble with this one, maybe bok choy mixed with green bell pepper and a little bit of black pepper. It is definitely a unique tasting green tea.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Bok Choy, Green Bell Peppers
From the Not MY Cup O’ Tea TTB
Tasty milk oolong. subtle milk/creaminess going on. Doesn’t have the artificial milk flavoring that I find in some milk oolongs. Slightly floral. Quite lovely. I wonder how high the caffeine level is in this. I guess I’ll just have to look it up. I can see this being a good evening tea if it’s not too caffeinated.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Milk
This does not look like that picture and it isn’t that great, but it is doing what I need it to to.
Here’s the thing… I’m trying not to cry as I read this letter from Great Lakes saying I’m defaulted to owe $499 a month on my student loans. I’m only two months out of graduating… what stupid expectations :(
Never thought I would have to apply for an income driven payment plan :/
I forgot I had a sample of this tea, so finding it was a nice surprise on this otherwise lame day. The flavor is very complex. There are pea notes, floral notes, a touch of honey flavor — it’s sort of fruity and vegetal at the same time. Has a lovely and slightly spicy smell — I don’t actually get spices in the flavor though.
Always a pleasure to try another pu-erh from Teavivre, as I know it’ll be good. I ended up using an entire sample for a mug (10 grams), which probably wasn’t necessary but half the pouch didn’t look like enough. I think I should have used 2/3 of the sample. The flavor wasn’t too much as ripe pu-erh never is anyway, but I know I would have had more nuance from the flavor without using so much tea. It was tough to tell specific flavor notes from this one. It has a deep, dark flavor though while being smooth with almost a creamy quality to it. Not the most chocolate of the pu-erhs. None of those unwanted pu-erh qualities about this one though. The dry leaf had a nice sweet dried grass fragrance. After steeping, the brew basket is very full but the leaves aren’t as large as some pu-erhs I’ve had lately. All three steeps were solidly the same. But there are so many special pu-erhs from Teavivre that this one doesn’t seem to have enough uniqueness for me (again, probably because I overleafed this one and just got a very deep flavored cup.) If I steeped this the way it should be, I would imagine it would be even better. I love my pu-erh strong anyway, so this was delicious.
Steep #1 // one sample pouch (10 grams for mug) // 20 second rinse // just boiled // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 min steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min steep
Thank you to TeaVivre for sending me a sample of this!
The scent of the dry leaf is fresh and slightly seaweedy. The brewed leaf smells of asparagus and freshly cut grass. I used half the sample packet in my ~ 6oz gaiwan/teapot hybrid. After a 5-second rinse, I steeped the tea at 182f for 30 seconds. This first steep yielded a very pale green brew. The immediate flavor note upon sipping was artichoke. The second steep (176f, 60 secs) came out slightly bitter and drying, which was surprising and really distracted from my enjoyment. That slight bitterness was still there in the third steep (180f, 90 secs). The dominant flavor note was asparagus and maybe peas, but that bitterness kept bugging me.
I used the other half of the sample pack for a Western-style brew: 186f, 4 minutes. Much better! The flavor was light, vegetal, and evocative of a stone fruit – maybe apricot? The second steep tasted much the same. I put the third steep in the freezer for quickie iced tea. It was really tasty that way!
I decided to cold brew another sample pack to see if I could get the good notes without the bitterness. It worked! The cold brew is grassy, vegetal, and light. Really lovely for a summer afternoon. Even my dad liked it, and he’s pretty iffy on iced teas.
Flavors: Artichoke, Asparagus, Peas, Vegetal
I wanted to try this one while the other Lapsang was still in my memory from a couple days ago. Right away, the scent from the dry black leaves with hints of gold are definitely smoky. Where the Nonpareil Dian Hong Wild Ancient Tree had many characteristics BUT smoke, this one seems to have smoke as the main flavor. This cup is darker than the light amber of the Wild — a much deeper red cup. The smokiness isn’t the strongest smoke flavor I have had in a tea, but it is definitely noticeable. The smoke makes the black tea itself tough for me to figure out but it tastes fine to me. The second steep is just as strong. This is a great option for all you smoky tea fans, at a great price. Not my favorite tea from Teavivre, but that seems to be all of the others. :D
Steep #1 // half a sample pouch for a mug (about 3.5 grams or 2 tsps.) // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute
I like this tea, but it’s not a favorite. It’s very savory. It’s not very complex, but is easy to drink and refreshing. I like it more now after it’s been sitting in my cup a while and isn’t warm anymore. I usually like to drink tea between meals (aside from the occasional breakfast tea with toast/muffin/pastry, or plain black served with dessert), but I’m thinking this would be good iced and served with lunch or dinner.
I saw ‘wild’ and thought this might be like the other tea Teavivre has available: the Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Ancient Wild Tree Black that has a very unique flavor and profile. This tea IS like that tea! It has the same type of flavor: lighter, smooth, honey, a little like plums, most importantly with that tangy quality I don’t find with many other teas (mostly just the Nonpareil YDH Ancient Wild Tree). Most people associate Lapsang Souchong with smoke but this one is not smoky at ALL. I’ve had a couple “Zheng” teas and this is the flavor I associate with those, though hard to describe. This one also might remind me of a lighter flavored Bailin Gongfu. The dry leaves are medium sized, twisty and dusty black. The dry leaves have a fragrance exactly like the flavor. The color of the mug is a light amber, like the maple syrup it tastes like. Caramel, honey. Give this one a try if you’re a fan of the other Wild or lighter black teas. Do not hesitate if you aren’t a fan of smoky teas! I will try this one again with more leaves and/or a hotter temperature. This one is very good but I think I can make it better with proper steeping (closer to the parameters that Teavivre suggests). I like the other Wild better though, as it’s one of the most unique teas I’ve ever tried.
Steep #1 // half a sample pouch for a mug (so about 3.5 grams or about two teaspoons) // 15 minute after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
This tea was a bright spot in a day that had lots of stress! Story will follow with tea part here up front, so skip the end if you aren’t interested in the personal stuff.
My best friend and I drank this with a locally made artisan chocolate bar by Videri. It was a blueberry chocolate bar, a solid thin bar of dark chocolate with a coating on one side of dried blueberries and sugar that had become stained blue. So good! It was a gift from my son-in-law, who bought it right where it is made.
This is a rare tea that resteeps so well even by the potful that you can’t tell the second steep from the first. One guest who said she doesn’t like peach flavored things nevertheless loved this tea.
The personal part – My neighbor who is schizophrenic went off his meds and has been increasingly wild. He woke us up early Sunday with all kinds of tales of suspecting another neighbor is dead, having snakes topped with whipped cream in his house, etc. By Monday he was living in his yard shirtless, like a commando. Shouting, running, throwing things at passing people and cars, shooting a large blowgun at people and houses, and screamed at me when I opened my door to get my mail, threatening to shoot me and saying he had a gun, it turned out he only had a blowgun, but within the hour he had pulled a large butcher knife on his dad. He had made himself a title fort under his carport and was hiding behind a large garbage can. Eventually they tased him and took him away. I was rattled.
I know I just reviewed this one, but I have to do it again. This tea belongs to my best friend, who ordered and then forgot, then found it in a cupboard months later and brought it to my house. She is a special ed teacher so we try to spend lots of time together in the summer when she is off. We have managed to meet up at least twice a week since school got out!
She left the tea here so we could drink it together. She bought it because she fell in love with my jasmine silver needle from Teavivre. We are delighted that this tea resteeps beautifully. You can hardly tell the resteep from the first steep, and we are making it – and drinking it – by the pot, not by the cup!
This and the Lapsand Souchong Wild Tree are going on the next order, maybe with some new teaware!
Side note – I am so excited I can hardly stand it. My Amazon Echo is supposed to arrive Thursday. I know it will be late afternoon because that is when UPS gets here. My son-in-law has one and I loved his, so I requested an invitation to purchase before they became available to the public.
I am probably going to use it for timing my tea more than anything else and I can hardly wait! What a nerd I am…
My best friend called me a while back and said that she found a bag of this in her cupboard that she didn’t remember ordering. She brought it over tonight to have with a blueberry custard pie my daughter made. The pie has a streusel topping instead of a top crust. NOM
The tea took me by surprise. I don’t always like peach flavor, which is probably why I hadn’t ordered it myself as a fan of all things jasmine that Teavivre does EVER. But this? Oh, this! So yummy! The peach doesn’t have that off taste that I get from peach yogurt and such, the jasmine is just as heavenly as their other jasmine teas, and it resteeps like a champ. I am on my second pot and it is so good. My friend says that she drinks a pot, resteeps, and puts it in the fridge to drink cold the next day.
Going on my next order! She said she is restocking it, as well.