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I’ve been a bit lazy with the tasting notes lately, mostly because I’ve been trying to sip down some samples that I’ve already logged. This sample came from Dexter! I’m excited to try it, as I’ve liked the other two Keemuns I’ve tried from TeaVivre (Mao Feng and Fragrant). The leaves are super tiny, but I see that a lot with this type of tea. They’re very dark in color.
Steeped, the tea smells very bready (yum) with raw oat and honey aromas. The flavor is also quite bready, which I love. I would call it a toasted slice of light-bodied whole wheat bread with just a touch of honey drizzled over. I can also taste that raw grain note that reminds me of uncooked oats. Yum!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Oats, Wheat
This are nifty little gems that DigniTea sent my way, and I love them! I put a few in a glass teapot, just to see them unfurl. They look lovely.
But these are not just some good looking leaves, they are great tasting too! Malty, rich, dark chocolatey and smooth, with no astringency, they are addictive to drink. I had two large mugs of this one after the other, and I blessed DigniTea and Teavivre with each sip :)
A little gem that is sure to put a smile on your face.
This is a sample from Angel at Teavivre. Thank you!
I was not in the mood for rooibos or chamomile, but wanted something soft and soothing. I thought a cup of this would be a good choice and I was correct. This tea is magical. I have had a few silver needle teas before Teavivre, but nothing had come close to this. This cup was sweet and creamy. There were hints of melon, and hay. This tea had more depth to it than I would expect in a white tea. I mentioned creaminess before but this texture in the tea blew me away. It made it different than any other silver needle I have had before. Definitely a great cup! I am glad I still have some more of this to enjoy. This will be going on the wish list. Thanks again for the opportunity to try this tea.
when I smell the tea leaves dry, it smells like flowers and sweetness
when I smell the tea leaves wet, its the same.
when I smell the brewed tea, it smells like honey.
when I taste it, it tastes great like honey and flowers and sweet with no spicyness
thankyou to angel teavivre for this nice tea.
Flavors: Honey, Sweet
Just another manic Monday. I wish it were Sunday…Yep back to work. I’m bringing something to work with me everyday because I need to thin the cupboard. Let’s face it if I’m going to campaign for new tea for gifts…or for post Christmas sales ;) I have to drink what I have first. I have to be honest say there’s not much difference between this and the Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013. That’s not a bad thing either I have yet to meet a pu-erh I didn’t like. I like it. A little grassy, a little bit like raw almonds. A pretty good brew.
Thanks again to Teavivre for this delicious sample! Another 2014 Spring tea, that I brewed up quite soon after receiving, and neglected to log. Again, I didn’t take detailed notes, but what I remember is a delicate, light sweetness and matching aroma. There was a bit of the vegetal green bean flavour that I find in most greens that I enjoy, but it was not as prominent as other teas, leaning more towards rock sugar sweetness. Delicious.
Thank you to Teavivre for letting me sample this tea! I unfortunately didn’t take great notes the first time around, but do have another packet that I intend to get to as soon as possible. What I do recall, is that the flavour was fairly tasty (sweet and hay-like), but rather light, considering I used the entire packet for an 8 oz. mug (and did infuse for the instructed time, somewhere between 6 and 10 minutes). I’m not used to white teas, for the most part, so I expect that might be part of it (also, unfiltered work water and/or drinking other more-flavoured teas around the same time). Perhaps I’ll do more of a white tea tasting one day, where I am sure not to eat strongly flavoured foods, or drink other strongly flavoured teas.
Backlog. I picked some of this up in a joint Teavivre order to see how it compared to Butiki’s version. Sadly, I never did compare the two, but this one’s still available, and Butiki’s is not, so it no longer really matters! I honestly don’t have a great recollection of how this was, except that it was tasty. I don’t think the strawberry was as strong as I would have liked, though. I believe I still have another packet of this to test out (I’ll have to double check that, though). If not, I might throw some more into a future order for a better review!
One of the biggest and main reasons as to why I haven’t shut the door totally on green tea is because one of the first teas my dad brought home from China for me was a green tea and I was absolutely in love with it!
The writing was only in Mandarin on the package, so I still have no idea what it is. I just remember what it looks like. And it looks really really similar to Dragon Well.
These leaves are a bit rougher and thinner than the green tea I loved. So It might have been a different kind of dragonwell or…a tea very similar to this one.
Haven’t figured it out. xD
Even if this isn’t the tea I loved, this tea sure is good!
It tastes like spinach (which I love!), and it’s actually kinda roasty. I kinda actually…dare I say this…
I actually like this tea.
Really surprised by this one. A green tea that it’s Genmaicha that I actually like. :O Well, there’s a first for everything. But my quest for the tea I used to drink must continue.
I will enjoy the rest of this sample though. (:
Albertocanfly, you should be proud of me drinking green tea!
Flavors: Grass, Roasted, Spinach
I ordered 4 bags of samplers from Teavivre, just to have a taste of what the company offers. The Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea is the very first tea that I opened and tried. LOVED IT!
When I opened the package, the jasmine smell was fresh, definitely not overpowering or artificial. There’s instruction for water temp and how long it should be steeped on the package, so you can’t get it wrong. It was so fun looking at the pearls unwrap and spread their little “arms” in the tea. I honestly didn’t expect the tea leaves to be full and long, but they are. I’d like to see this as a sign of good quality tea.
The first steep was amazingly not bitter at all, and the jasmine notes were the most prominent. I taste a little astringency in the 2nd steep and more so in the 3rd. Although I’d prefer a stronger jasmine essence from my tea, this tea is not bad at all. (Maybe I should try to use less water next time.)
In addition, each little tea package (7g) is perfect for one mug of tea. That’s a plus for me because I don’t want my tea to be oxidized quickly.
Get this tea if you like jasmine green teas. You will like it.
Flavors: Green, Jasmine
I received this tea in the Anniversary sale from TeaVivre. Thank you!
All 4 Dian Hong teas have been on my wish list. I have currently only tried the Golden tip. I know it is most folks favorite, but for me the flavors were more fruity and almost tart instead of sweet. I am finding that I like black teas that have deeper notes like cocoa, wood, smoke (well kinda). This tea for me seemed to be a good combination of both worlds. It had a darker flavor with hints of cocoa, but the finish of the sip was very fruity. I enjoyed this western style and was able to re-steep this 4 times. I actually enjoyed the 2nd steep the most. The flavors were tilted more towards the darker side and less on the fruity side. Thank you TeaVivre for the opportunity to try this tea. I hope that we get to meet again some day.
Whenever I review samples that were given to me I like to try and sit down and really take the effort to enjoy and think about the taste. This fall it has been hard to find the right opportunity for this. Tonight I FINALLY get to sit down with this tea which comes as a sample from Angel at TeaVivre. Thank you!
About two weeks ago I purchased my first ounce of aged white tea. I had never heard of such a thing until both of these teas ended up in my cupboard. This type of tea is amazing and this sample makes me immediately log onto the TeaVivre sight and plot how to get my next fix. The tea for me offered a fairly complex session. My first two infusions seemed to be a combination of apple, peach and cinnamon. Three and four taste similar to my description of hot southern ice tea with lemon, sweet with a fruity finish. 5 and 6 added some depth to the taste with a tad bit of astringency.
This is a really good tea. I wish I could have sipping on it but I got a bit distracted with chores around the house.
So the first time I ever tried green pu-erh I said never again. I thought it was bitter and tasted like a latex glove. Then I realized it was operator error because I brewed it too long. I’m huge fan of pu-erh. It is my favorite type of tea to drink. So with that said I have a new perspective on the greens. I was pretty excited about trying this one. I’ve experienced buttery on a green, but the first brew was buttery. It’s pretty much a straight up green. There’s not really any hidden nuances that come out due to it being a pu-erh. It’s pretty good but as far as pu-erh goes there’s not much that can touch black pu-erh. It’s good though.
This sample I had from @boychik with a little bit from @Cameron B. thrown in for good measure….well, to get a good measure so I had enough to try it gongfu.
I really liked it western. I really liked it gongfu.
This was good. Very good.
Malty and bready, but very chocolaty and almost sweet. I didn’t get sweet potato from it, but I could see that maybe that was supposed to be there. (I think I got that when I had it Western…I dunno.)
I’m enjoying this.
I’m trying to stretch it out, but I think most of the deliciousness is gone.
Dried leaf smells wonderful. Very fragrant.
The leaves smelt like a sweet grass when added to my warmed up gaiwan.
First steeping was sweet with a floral perfume grass flavor very present similar to the smell.
Between the second and third steeping there was a strong sugar cane smell.
With the second and third steeping i noticed a cream buttery aspect to each sip.
Long lasting taste.
After around 5-6 steeping’s I was fairly certain a tea drunk was setting in.
Very floaty, with a warm up feeling also associated with it.
The last couple steeps had a grass, hay, cream taste mixture going on.
Overall great sample.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Hot hay, Vegetal
I wish I had read Stephanie’s review just before preparing this one. I used boiling water per the label instructions. The first cup I went one minute. The color was light caramel and the taste was like sipping water poured over stones, with a light jasmine note up front. The second cup, also boiling, at two minutes was bright orange. Wow, the young raw leaf had a strong bite. I wish I had used cooler water. The liquor is almost syrupy, including sticky lips. The taste is nutty, and vegetal, with a nice floral jasmine that I think is more aroma than taste. This had an interesting throat warming sensation that was not the hot liquid or a spiciness. Can’t explain it better. Except for the bitterness, that I ended up taming with sweetener, this is a really interesting cup. Cup three was very similar. Next time this gets cooler water to hold down the bite. Otherwise really good.
Stephanie, I haven’t forgotten you – just can’t stay home long enough to get a package wrapped and out. I will try hard to get it done this week.