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I realized once I started drinking this that the end of my tongue felt mildly burned so my note here is probably not of much value. Compared to the other oolongs I’ve tried this was probably the weakest so far but it’s hard to know how much of that to attribute to the tea and how much to a tongue that is a bit out of sorts.
This is the first time I’ve had milk oolong and I didn’t really notice any milkiness to the texture. Perhaps that was my ineptness at brewing or perhaps my tongue was just incapable of sensing it.
Similarly, the flavors were subdued and while not unpleasant, not especially interesting.
I’m assuming this was mostly due to my tongue so I guess I’m going on the hot tea disabled list for a couple of days to let things heal. :)
Flavors: Spinach, Vegetal
This is a really nice and complex tea! Made gong fu style, this tea will really take you on a journey to discover the flavors. Once you think you have it figured out, the next steep brings out even different flavors! Really nice value
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Fruity, Grain, Hay, Honey, Sweet
I am writing about the 2016 spring harvest:
This tea is truly delightful! After trying the superfine version of Teavivre’s Dragon Well, I didn’t figure they could improve by much. Thankfully, I was wrong! This tea is smooth, sweet, and has no bitterness! Highly recommend!
Flavors: Grass, Nutmeg, Nutty, Sugarcane, Sweet
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Flavors: Cream, Cream, Fruity, Fruity, Grass, Grass, Milk, Milk, Sweet, Sweet
Writing about the 2016 spring harvest:
This is my first green tea from teavivre, and it didn’t disappoint. Delicious and subtle brew with very little bitterness at all. I was able to get a decent amount of steepings out of it as well. For the first 4 steepings, I followed the company’s website: 176 degree F water for 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s respectively. After that, I used slightly hotter water and with longer brew times as an experiment. It really drew out some of the more subtle notes, and since they were later steepings, I could not discern any bitterness. This is a very approachable tea, at least if brewed gong fu style!
Flavors: Corn Husk, Nutty, Sugarcane, Sweet, warm grass
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i did 4 steepings, 30, 60, 60 and 60 seconds. The first was quite good, very light and refreshing with just a hint of astringency in the finish. The second was a bit more astringent so perhaps 60 seconds was too long for the second steep. The 3rd and 4th weren’t as good. The water was probably too cool at that point and I was feeling too lazy to go get fresh hot water. Still, I enjoyed this tea and am looking forward to trying it again.
Flavors: Astringent, Vegetal
This was very enjoyable to sip while watching the not very enjoyable loss of the Orioles to the White Sox.
The first steep of 10 seconds was a bit light and the second (20s) finished just a bit astringent. However, the 3rd (also 20) was great. I did at least three more steeps and the character changed a bit for each one but each was interesting and good. Overall, I quite enjoyed this.
Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Floral, Spinach
2006 fengquing chun yun ripe puerh cake review:
engraved dragon yixing teapot, gongfucha
1x long rinse, 1x short rinse.
dry leaf: musty
wet leaf: earth/fermentation, musty.
light steep: i taste/smell; slight cream. light
-> earth/fermentation, caqmphor.
medium steep: i taste/smell; light
-> camphor, cream. Medium Earth/fermentation.
heavy steep: i taste/smell; light cream, medium camphor, strong earth/fermentation.
all in all, a lovely tea! nice taste, smell and cha qi, very sweet throughout the session.
bonus photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BHSIWC4BZ78/
Flavors: Camphor, Cream, Earth, Musty, Sweet
We visited my sister over the weekend and I took the last of the sampler packs of this with me. We ended up drinking around a dozen infusions of this over the course of the afternoon and evening while playing games.
I kept all the infusions on the shorter side to avoid getting bitter and that worked out well though a couple came out a bit weak but even those were enjoyable, especially as the tea cooled.
Flavors: Floral, Honeysuckle, Spinach
My nephew and I enjoyed the second Teavivre sample of this yesterday. He gave up after a few steeps. I think he liked yesterday’s tea better than today but for me this was the favorite yet. The third steep, in particular, was creamy and smooth and really yummy. Most of the steeps were quite short (5-10 seconds).
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Spinach
Of the teas I’ve tried in the last few weeks, this one has been my favorite by far (even if I did manage to burn my thumb with the gaiwan!). The tea brewed up pale yellow and was mild and refreshing and altogether wonderful. I can’t say I tasted lots of complex flavors or smelled amazing scents (I suspect my tastebuds and nose are substandard…) but I enjoyed it quite a lot.
First steeping was 10 seconds, then 20-ish (this was where I scalded my thumb), 40, and 60 seconds. The 2nd steeping was my favorite but all were good. No unpleasant bitterness at all.
Flavors: Spinach, Vegetal
Thanks to Teavivre for providing this sample!
I used the whole sample for this brew.
This tea was delicious and so aromatic. The leaves are long and twisted.
Notes of honey and stone fruit were the most prominent for me. It is warming and leaves a sweet, lingering taste. Delicious
This will be on the order list next time I place one!
I don’t feel like I can give this a fair rating for tonight’s tasting. I think I overstepped for the first steeping which kind of threw everything out of whack.
After the rinse I did 4 steeping: 30s, 40s, 20s and 120s. The first steeping came out fairly bitter but not astringent. It tasted like a somewhat milder version of English Breakfast Tea. Drinkable but not anything interesting. Kind of like a song with one note.
The second steeping wasn’t as bitter but also didn’t do much for me but I think my palate may have been a bit overwhelmed by the first cup.
I heated the water back up and decided to do a shorter third steeping to see if perhaps I was just doing steeping that were too long. This one was much thinner. No bitterness but not a lot of flavor either. Figuring the tea was going to need a bit more time I did the fourth steeping much longer and in many ways this was the best of the lot. It at least finally washed the bitter taste out of my mouth.
I’m guessing that I probably should have started with shorter steeping or a smaller amount of tea. If anyone has a suggestion I’d love to hear it!
Flavors: Bitter, Tea
My box of samples arrived from Teavivre today and this was the first one I tried. I don’t have a lot of experience with tea, especially green tea where it was mostly limited to what I got at Asian restaurants. That was usually on the bitter side or Jasmine tea. So, this was definitely my first experience with this tea.
I did a quick rinse followed by three steeping of 30, 60 and 90 seconds. The dry leaf had a smell that reminded me of spinach even though it wasn’t exactly spinach. I’m frequently finding it hard to find the right descriptors for the smells and tastes and this is no exception.
After brewing the first steeping the now wet leaves had the same smell only much more pungently. The first steeping was a very pale yellow and had the same taste but not as strong. The taste reminded me of sort of a spinach/peas/zucchini combination. As the tea cooled, the taste became a bit more pronounced. There wasn’t any bitterness or astringency in the first steeping.
The second steeping was quite good with just a hint of astringency at the finish but in a good way, not at all unpleasant. The third was starting to become a bit more astringent but was still quite drinkable. At that point I’d reached my saturation for the night so called it quits there.
Overall, though I found the smell of the wet leaves to be almost too intense to be pleasant in the tea it was much more subdued and the overall effect was quite nice.
Flavors: Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal
Thank so much, Teavivre! Here comes the anniversary sale, everyone. :D Another gorgeous jasmine green here. Teavivre carries very different and delicious green teas. I can’t say enough about them. I think I like Teavivre’s green teas over their black teas and I drink black tea almost every day, so that is saying something. They carry all of the jasmine teas you could possibly need. This one has the occasional jasmine petal in the mix, as most of the others don’t actually have the jasmine petals within the tea, but the flavor is extremely jasmine in most of the teas anyway. The description says the green tea is scented with jasmine four times and I believe it! The dry scent of the leaves doesn’t seem as jasmine as the amazing burst of flavor in BOTH steeps. So much jasmine! I’m in love! The green tea is just flavorful enough to let you know it’s there with all that lovely jasmine. I think I steeped it perfectly. Perfect for summer, or really any time, especially when you need a mood pick-me-up.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Harvest: April 2015
Thank you Angel from Teavivre for sending me this sample. When I had first saw this, I expected to see a different type of leaf. Then again, I am not very experienced with pu-erh tea. The leaves were silvery-pale green and fuzzy. It looks like white tea. The smell is very faint. The steeped liquid is a pale gold color and a slightly floral scent. The first sample of this I brewed it western style. The second sample, I used a small gaiwan. The flavors are different. I did enjoy the western style flavor better. Maybe because it muted the flavors a bit and was less astringent.
Surprise! This not your usual Tie Guan Yin. As opposed to it’s ususal fresh notes, this one is darker and fruitier.
I was getting honey and dried fruit notes, but would need to spend some more time with this one, as I have around 50g left.
I would recommend this to those who enjoy black teas.
Tea Tumbler 250 ml, 6g for 10/15/30/45… sec @ 90°C
Gaiwan 100 ml, 3,33g for 10/15/20/30… sec @ 95°C
Flavors: Dried fruit, Honey, Baked Bread
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Honey
So I just finished a 100g bag of this tea with a certain feeling of relief.
The quality of this tea in not in question, it’s just that I’m not not really fond of roasted oolongs.
I was hoping this tea would change that, but I don’t see myself buying it again.
Make no mistake, if you like roasted oolongs, this would probably be a really nice budget option, as the tea is refreshing and endures many steeps.
Tea Tumbler 250 ml, 6g for 10/15/30/45… sec @ 90°C
Gaiwan 100 ml, 3,33g for 10/15/20/30… sec @ 100°C
Flavors: Mineral, Toast, Wood, Rowan
Flavors: Mineral, Toast, Wood
As I haven’t really tried many chinese greens to my liking and mostly stick with japanese sencha.
For chinese greens, this affordable longjing has been my go-to tea. Refreshing, sweet and fragrant.
Probably will stay on my regular purchase list.
Organic Superfine is also a more expensive option, but this one is perfectly fine with me.
Tea Tumbler 250 ml, 6g for 5/10/15/20/30… sec @ 80°C
Gaiwan 100 ml, 3,33g for 5/10/15/20/30… sec @ 80°C
Flavors: Vegetal, Grass, Spinach
Flavors: Grass, Spinach, Vegetal
Hmmm…first to review…
Thanks again to Angel at Teavivre for these free samples.
The leaves are long and flat. The dry tea smells of cabbage and sea salt. The brewed tea scent is very strong cabbage, with a hint of sour notes. Not sour in a bad way, but sour as in delicious sour cabbage.
I made this one as an iced tea as it is super hot here today. I brewed a cup as normal and just poured into a water bottle filled with ice.
This is a delicious green tea. It is very smooth, slightly creamy. I think all the ice watered down what would have been a thick feeling liquor. There is no astringency. It is really not that cabbage-y tasting at all. It is definitely more of a vegetal tasting green tea versus a seaweed tasting green tea. There is a very slight sweetness to tea but also a slight bit of saltiness. Not enough to for it to make you feel more thirsty but just enough to make the flavours pop. It was very refreshing. I think this was much better than drinking ice water today.
New favourite green tea.
I am so behind on tea reviews! Honestly, all of my time has either been spent at the office, or out playing Pokemon Go with my husband and friends. We’ve worn blisters on our feet and every muscle in our legs is sore. We literally climbed a mountain yesterday to get to Pokemon at the summit. I’m going to look like a goddess by the time we finally catch them all!
Anyway, I think I’ve said it before, but Teavivre changed the way I see oolong. Their stuff is truly great. This tea is another very tasty example. The dry leaf smells sweet and fresh, with notes of springlike grass and vegetables. The little green nuggets hang out at the surface of the water before absorbing it and sinking to the bottom. Steeped, they are long and almost all whole.
The water comes out to a light yellowy tan, sort of like straw. There is that distinct oolong pungency in the aroma, but I know it will be more in the smell than the taste. After five minutes, the flavor is light but complex. I get sweet notes of flowers, grass, and a garden right after it rains. It’s very satisfying and light, with a tiny hint of creaminess. The floral taste reminds me of gardenias, but it’s subtle. Basically, this is something that would really cheer me up in the winter when I was missing spring.
Flavors: Creamy, Cut grass, Floral, Gardenias, Sweet