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86

This is a sample from Christina. Thanks Christina for the sample! I really enjoyed this tea this morning brewed gong fu. I am finding my list I printed out for doing gong fu really isn’t that good. It’s what everyone says. Just go by the feel. Their recommendation for first infusion is about 6-8 sec. That’s way too short for this green tea so I left it until it had a little colour.

This tea reminds me of an Anji Bai Cha. The leaves look the same – long and straight. This tea also borders between a Japanese and Chinese tea. It has that sweet snap pea aroma (smells soooo good) you find in Japanese teas. It’s also in the taste but this brews up very light. A pale pale yellow. The snap pea taste hits the tongue followed by a light buttery/chestnut taste. These are the things I love about Anji Bai Cha only some of the Anji Bai Cha’s I’ve had have been stronger than this tea. This is a very delicate tea and very tasty!

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Peas

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Picked out as a sample for me. This smells mostly vegetal. The flavour is a bit sweet, and a little medicinal. Probably not the best to have with my eggs.

Not really my cuppa, but glad I got to try it anyway.

Flavors: Medicinal, Vegetal

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94

I can’t stress enough how much I suck at picking apart the various flavours in a straight tea, so I won’t even try to go there. But what I do know is that I love this. And it can tolerate my habitual over-steeping, which is always a good quality. I don’t really get the taste of cocoa in this, but a feeling of it, if that makes any sense. Like it’s a dark, rich, smooth taste that is not exactly cocoa, but somewhat similar to it in feeling. Like a cousin to cocoa. Or something. Behold my eloquence!

Either way, great cup, so far everything from Teavivre has been a delight. Will order again once I run out!

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92

This tea comes in a pretty red package. There is a scent of nuts and seaweed in the dry leaf. When brewed, I get more orchids. The flavour is a bit floral, with some sweet, nutty notes. Overall, I get mostly flowers. Thanks to Teavivre for the sample.

Flavors: Nutty, Orchids, Seaweed

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85

After noticing the flavors listed with this tea’s description, I almost thought I was still on the page for the Qing Xiang Dong Ding that I just reviewed. I wouldn’t have described this one as nutty or bready. Creamier than other tieguanyins, yes. I suppose the creamy texture can easily lead one to think of a nutty flavor. Perhaps it would stand out more to me if I didn’t sample it in such close proximity to the Dong Ding which is super nutty bread supreme, lol.

The floral in this is sweeter, rather than sharp, relative to some others I’ve had. Not much else to say here. It’s a tasty cup of delicate floral with a hint of cream. :)

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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85

After a while, all the teas of the same type start to blend together and I forget what an oolong I’ve had in the past tastes like relative to one I’m having now. Or what the difference is between Dong Ding and Tieguanyin. So, After my first isolated cup of this tea, I decided to brew it with two other oolongs I had in my cupboard (one a tieguanyin and another unknown, but I strongly suspect that it is also tieguanyin).

Unfortunately, I have no other Dong Dings to compare it with at the moment, but the tieguanyins definitely helped to put things in perspective and help me to isolate certain characteristics that I would otherwise be oblivious to.

So, without further ado, my tasting notes:
This one has a very creamy mouthfeel. I notice the floral notes first, especially in the aroma. As the tea cools it develops a nutty or bready flavor. Not something I am used to in a green oolong. However, after reading some other tasting notes, it looks like there is some question as to whether or not this oolong is slightly roasted. I’d still say its a green one, albeit unique.

the creamy breadiness sort of works its way into a soupy vegetal flavor — almost. It’s as if it’s trying to become a green tea but not quite. The floral brings it back to its senses. :p

Pretty good over all.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Creamy, Floral, Nuts, Vegetal

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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86

This is a tasty smoked tea. I get a lot of the notes listed in the description. Smoke, earth, pine, scotch, leather, molasses, ash and tobacco to name a bunch. Or at least there is one note that tastes like any of those things.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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65

This is one of those teas that tastes better when you combine all of the infusions. I brewed it gongfu style following TeaVivre’s instructions (rinse, 30s, 30s, 35s, 45s, 1m, 1.5m). I poured all of the infusions into a pitcher and tasted them as I went along. The individual steeps were unimpressive. Flat and slightly bitter with some unexpected milky notes. Combined though, a honeysuckle sweetness began to emerge. The milkiness was no longer there but some bitterness remained in the after taste. This was a meh sorta green oolong for me. Palatable, but nothing to write home about. Glad to have finished my sample so I can move on to other teas.

Flavors: Astringent, Honeysuckle, Milk

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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85

Very unique flavor. There are distinct honey, floral, and fruit notes that I am more accustomed to finding in leafhopper oolong teas, but this tea is not as heavy on my stomach as those oolongs tend to be.

I can’t see myself drinking this tea on a regular basis – I tend to go through alternating phases of craving or being completely put off by honey notes – but it may show up in my cupboard from time to time.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

OOO a new harvest of this one! And I notice Teavivre has a new Ancient Tree in stock. I wish they had these when I ordered so I could have bought samples.

Shelley_Lorraine

This is part of my new-to-teavivre mass sampling order. I ordered a sample of like, everything. haha. I didn’t realize there was a previous version of this already on stepsister. For some reason, I couldn’t find it when I searched originally, so I created a new entry :o

Shelley_Lorraine

ugh, autocorrect. stepsister = Steepster*

tea-sipper

Yeah, the Stepsister autocorrect made me laugh. :D If you didn’t post another entry though, I wouldn’t have noticed it was a new harvest. I’m glad to see they are still selling it!

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85

I’ve only ever had a couple silver needle tees that I absolutely love. I tend to prefer White Peony as far as white teas go.

While this isn’t my favorite white tea, it has some things going for it. It has the characteristic hay flavor, of course, but it’s not so intense to either make me sick or feel like I’m eating my father’s horse-food-flavored cereal. Instead, it has a subtle hay note and a creamy mouthfeel. Sometimes I can detect something sweet, but it comes and goes.

Flavors: Cream, Hay, Nuts, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve had the golden tips and the full leaf, but not this one, so I picked up a sample in my last order. The leaves are pretty…dark brown/black with a few golden strands mixed in. The color of the liquor is also a beautiful red color, even in first infusion. It tastes sweet, with subtle notes of malt, cherry, and potato. It reminds me a little bit of Whispering Pines’ Wildcrafted Dian Hong. Maybe I should do a side by side comparison with the rest of my sample. Super smooth, but light in flavor, overall. I wouldn’t mind drinking more of this and I don’t think it’s terribly pricey either. :)

boychik

i had it 2 yrs ago maybe. i remember it like simple everyday black

Tealizzy

Well that sounds boring! Ha! Maybe it got better?

boychik

Possible. new harvest is always different.

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95

I’ve heard dancongs are really hard to gongfu. This is my first one so far and I’m excited and a bit terrified to try this. What if I screw it up? Whatevs, I have 100g of it so it doesn’t matter if I use couple grams to practise. Maybe?

Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong has nice roasted-smoky aroma to it, there is also hint of cherry and wood. It’s not as roasty as Da Hong Pao, which was reeeally roasty to my taste. This Guang Dong might suit my taste based on aroma.

I did really quick 1st steep, like 5 seconds. Taste is not expected, I thought Guang Dong would be something like Da Hong Pao, but this is vegetal and mildly roasty. It has some tannis and really really sweet, a bit cherry like and floral scent. Also it has pleasantly astrigent mouthfeel that I really like. I’m going to push that ‘recommend’ button right away.

Next steep was something between 10-15s, maybe closer to 15s. I’m getting some sweet potato, and woodsy notes, quite strong, but not overly-strong smokiness too. There is also something berry-ish like blackcurrant. This tea is really insteresting since it seems to have typical flavours both to green and dark oolong with its roasty-smoky and floral-vegetal flavours.

I tried shorter steep again to get that nice cherry note, but now it turned smoky and bitter. What did I do wrong? Maybe next one will be successful… And yes it is. Now there is some dried fruit, blackcurrant, honey and… peach? This is definitely my favourite steep. I’m sure this will give many more steeps, I will write about them later.

I’m going to practice with this, but it seems to be really complex tea with a lot of different flavours. Does dancong better in chao zhou-teapots (or yixings). I’ve always wanted one to my collections, but I’ve also heard these are better in porcelain gaiwans

Flavors: Black Currant, Cherry, Earth, Floral, Honey, Mineral, Raspberry, Roasted, Smoke, Tar, Toast

Preparation
4 g 60 OZ / 1774 ML

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85

I brewed half of my 5g sample yesterday and the rest of it today, both with 12 oz water for 3 min. For some reason, though, yesterday’s cup seemed sweeter and more floral than today’s. Perhaps I didn’t divide the sample as equally as I thought. Today the tea tastes much stronger of hay. Apparently this tea can be easily tweaked to bring out more or less of these flavors. A gong fu brewing would probably yield the best of everything, but I only take the time for that once in a while.

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

This is a very floral oolong. Other reviewers have mentioned buttery notes. I think it’s there but it’s quite subdued to me. Overall this is an excellent oolong and a quality Tie Guan Yin for the price.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for two minutes after giving it a 10 second rinse. I think this would be much better brewed Asian style but this morning I am in something of a hurry and don’t have the time. There was a slight bitter note to the tea that I think would dissipate by a fourth steep or so.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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93

Note to self: 100C and longer steeps make this one much better and nicely floral.

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93

My “Anniversary oolong-order” from Teavivre came today. I somehow ordered only oolongs! Teavivre actually made me an oolong-addict so now circle is complete. Along with this I got some dancong, anxi TGY and anniversary sampler + some samples. So much new tea to taste…

I’ve only tasted Dong Ding-like oolongs like Green Jade and I’ve loved them so this was obvious choice to try. Aroma is delightful, sweet and fruity with hint of pea-like vegetality. Big oolong balls are light to dark green in color and they have a yellowish brown stem.

I used 5g/60ml, a porcelain gaiwan and 90C water for green oolong (maybe a wrong choice, but I like to live dangerously).

1st steep
Tea is mildly yellow and has very little aroma. Taste is sweet, but mild. Maybe it needs hotter water.

2nd steep
Taiwan Dong Ding starts to open up despite wrong temperature choice. Sweet and fruity taste and aroma with little astrigency. Tea color is now greenish yellow.

3rd steep
Going even more green. Same taste as in 2nd steep. Nice creamy-buttery mouthfeel and taste.

4rd steep
This tea is just as I imaginated. It’s beautiful, it has nice sweet, fruity and creamy taste with buttery mouthfeel and wonderful aroma. I just likey-likey this kind of oolongs. This was from 2014 so it’s bit over an year old. I wonder what would fresh one taste like… More tasting notes coming from this one definitely.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 2 OZ / 65 ML

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88

This tea is very tasty. It has strong notes of chocolate. It has weak notes of malt. This is fine by me as I prefer notes of chocolate. I added sugar to this tea so I’m not sure but I think it’s got some sweet notes too. This is another tea from Teavivre that I think is just a good value for the quality level. It’s not up there with Whispering Pines but it’s damn close and less than half the price. It’s really quite tasty, almost but not quite spectacular. I think it’s better than their Fengqing Dragon Pearl Tea.

I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min. I almost used boiling water but thought to read the directions on the label which call for 194 degree water.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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White Comparison 8/17/15 Tea #4
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Thinking on how to word this tasting note… basically, scratch that like this basically : this is exactly what it is… it’s silver needle. Not bad, not good, not average. It just is.

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75

I bought a whole bunch of samples from Teavivre recently. I haven’t explored much of what Teavivre has to offer before now. I bought some tea-ware from there a while ago and received a couple of samples then, but that’s the extent of my experience.

I’ve had two cups of this tea today (12oz water, 175F, 3min steep). For the first I used 1.5tsp of leaves. The smell while brewing was fairly strong of wood, mineral, and pepper. I expected a stronger flavor in the cup, but it is surprisingly delicate. I brewed a second cup with the remainder of the sample (more than 1.5tsp, less that a tbs) and the flavor is slightly stronger.

It’s nice, but not my favorite green tea.

Flavors: Mineral, Pepper, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

This is a tasty tea with strong notes of malt and slightly weaker notes of chocolate or cocoa. This tea seems to be very popular on Steepster as it has nearly 300 reviews. This tea is I think good quality but I don’t know why it has so many reviews. If anything to me this is a standard black tea but a good one, not spectacular but worth buying. If I were charged the prices of Whispering Pines for this I’d be annoyed. But Teavivre sells this for quite a reasonable price. It just seems to me that this tea is slightly hyped up, that’s all. I do enjoy the tea.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

Agree. Good solid but not spectacular

AllanK

Glad you agree.

Sil

i miss garett’s black pearls :(

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Here’s Hoping TTB (round 5)

I went into this without reading about it, which I should have done. With no idea that keemun may have smoked flavors to it, I was caught off guard by this tea. The few keemun teas I have had were either malty or semi bitter with a strong black tea taste (which differs for everyone). I’m not sure if I like the notes of smoke in this since they kind of sit there mildy. I may have to come back to this sometime since I am currently not a fan of smoked teas, I’m trying to be though.

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66

This is an interesting herbal from Teavivre. Bought it during their last sale and am drinking it now because I have had enough caffeine for the day. The main flavor of this tea is contained in the Jasmine Flowers. They have a sort of sweet flavor I don’t properly know how to explain. There really isn’t too much Chrysanthemum in it as I can’t really taste it. I’m not unhappy for having tried this. I wouldn’t want to drink it without sugar though. It just in my opinion needs to be sweetened. It has a bit of a bitter taste to itself in truth. Also some sweet taste but there is definitely bitterness there.

I followed the directions on the Teavivre page and used 7g leaf for a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker with 200 degree water for 5 min. The website says you could resteep this twice but I couldn’t see myself doing that so I threw out the leaves. This tea is a sacrifice I make because of my insomnia or I never would have bought it. At least all the ingredients are considered good for you.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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