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86

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

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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

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79

This tea has a nice malty aroma. It has a light sweet taste with flavors of chocolate and honey wheat. It is a decent black tea, but it is more adequate than impressive.

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Wheat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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80

Tasty as an iced tea, but I really couldn’t taste much mint, and I think more mint to help rival the berry and hibiscus flavors would really make this blend stand out.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

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
Harvest: 2014

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85

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
Harvest: 2015

ashmanra

Not smokey? I didn’t expect that! After trying the peach jasmine green today I am putting together an order. Maybe this one should join the list.

tea-sipper

Nope. In a taste test, I would never guess this was Lapsang Souchong.

Haveteawilltravel

I love “Wild” teas. They have such a unique flavor profile.

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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!

LOVING IT!

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…

Stephanie

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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.

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The dry leaf of this smells like roasted seaweed. Unfortunately, I got distracted and stopped taking notes soon after starting this sipdown gongfu session, so my impressions are pretty sparse. I have no idea how many steeps I ultimately got out of it or whether the flavor profile changed over time. I do know that this brews up a very pale yellow, to the point that it almost looks like water. The dominant flavor note is roasted seaweed, but it’s light enough to still be pleasant. The trick to this one is definitely short steep times, though. I distinctly remember making it Western-style a while ago and finding it too salty to drink.

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80

My kitchen is filled with all sorts of warming aromas this morning – smoky sausage, hot buttered biscuits, and spiced potatoes redolent with cinnamon, curry, and garlic. And this tea, which smells of chocolate and tastes bold and rich. A perfect tea for the morning.

I had written a note for this the last time I tasted it, but my browser decided to update itself and so I lost it. I don’t remember the specifics, but I do know that I’ve enjoyed this tea both times I’ve had it. When the time comes that I decide to place an order with Teavivre, I’ll be adding some of this to my bag.

This was a gift from Plunkybug and I’m so glad she sent some for me to try. Thank you so much for sharing!

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 251 ML

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75

a decent tea

when I smell the ball dry, it smells like white tea leaves.

when I smell the bloomed flower, it smells floral and like green tea leaves.

when I smell the brewed tea, it smells like green tea.

when I taste the brewed tea, it tastes like green tea.

I rate this a 75 because it does not taste like much.

also, I thought the ball would never sink. but it did, I feel sorry for the flower when I use all the tea in the little glass pitcher. it looks like it died..

many thanks to angel teavivre for hosting a contest I won in.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Green

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 190 ML

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95

Water: 8oz

Leaves: medium flat leaves

Steep: 1m,2m,3m

Aroma: fresh, vegetable, grassy

Color: light green

Taste: Dragon Well tea will probably always be a favorite of mine, it’s one I discovered when I first started my entry to the world of loose tea. It’s truly a great tea drinking any time day or night. This was apart of the Spring 2015 Collection and now i understand when it comes to tea picking time is important. These new tea have had a wonderful fresh aroma & refreshing taste. I have actually finished the 1st sample packed upon writing this review. Dragon well seems to be a fool proof tea even if you add a bit too much/ too little tea it’s still nice to drink. I haven’t had any problems in terms of bitterness. The one mistake I’ve made is not closing the packet good enough which in terms brings down the color of the leaves & the water tone. Overall I can say Dragon Well is a must have in any green tea lovers collection! I’ve thought about starting a YouTube channel with photo/slideshow tea reviews.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

go for it!

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78

I thought I had tried this one but the package is unopened. Big thank you to Angel from Teavivre for sending me this free sample! I’ve tried their unflavored milk oolong before and adored it. So I have high hopes for this one.

The dry leaf aroma is mouthwateringly yummy. It smells fresh, green, and delicious. The brewed tea aroma is not as potent, but the leaves are also still mostly furled after a quick one minute infusion. The initial sip is nearly flavorless and then BAM! The flavor hits in the aftertaste! The after aftertaste is a tad yucky though. It’s thick and slightly bitter. Maybe subsequent cups will be better.

The second infusion was for two minutes. The bitterness is gone from the aftertaste now. However, this oolong is fairly one dimensional. It has that “milk” flavor but not a whole lot else. I’m not getting creaminess or floral notes. It does have a slight mineral note; it reminds me of copper. And that’s about it.

Third infusion for 3.5 minutes is pretty good. I think I had enjoyed the unflavored version of this tea more. Of course, part of that could be contributed to this tea’s age. Although I hadn’t opened the foil package yet, this tea has been sitting in my cupboard for over three years. I’m sure that hasn’t helped things. In any event, I’m exhausted. I think I drank about seven different types of tea today. I’m ready to end my tea journey for the evening and go to bed. Sooo tired.

Flavors: Mineral

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

This tea really wowed me from start to finish. You begin the cup with such attractive, even dry leaf that has a breath taking proportion of golden tips to it. I would agree that you can see the orange pekoe quite clearly in the leaf and I can’t help but wonder what the grade is – I’d guess at least TGFOP? It’s easily one of the most aesthetically pleasing black teas I’ve gotten to try in a long time.

Of course, the grade really has very little to do with the actual taste of the tea; it only describes physical aspects of the leaf and not the taste of the brew – that said, this brewed up bammin’ slammin’ delicious.

There were a lot of flavors going on but they were all so harmonious; the big one for me was the sweet taste of stonefruit that gave the tea an overall jammy quality. It was very much like overripe dark cherries and it easily stood out the most to me. Cocoa, molasses malt, and honey/light caramel notes were all present too – mostly as top notes, with the exception of the molasses which I thought was a bit stronger near the end of the sip. The body was, in addition to being quite fruity, rather starchy as well but in a sweeter way, like from yams.

This easily stands out among the majority of pure black blends I’ve had in the last month – if not longer. There’s no need for sweetener either; Yun Nan Dian Hong has such a solid and nuanced flavor profile all on its own. I absolutely recommend this tea to just about anyone and I look really forward to revisiting it.

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90

if i steep this tea for five minutes max like it says i can. the green tea is strong, and i taste a slight smokiness this time

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90

a pretty good tea

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell green and smokey.

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell really smokey.

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells green and a tad smokey.

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes green and sweet.

i rate this a 90 because there was no smokey taste to it.

many thanks to Angel Teavivre for this nice tea

Flavors: Green, Smoke, Smoked, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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93

Best
Ginseng
Oolong
I’ve
Had
.

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75

Laughs at the 9-12 minute recommendation

This tea was aight’
That is all.

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80

mmmmm another interesting tea from Teavivre!

The leaves on this one are really cute. they reminded me of buds on trees. Interestingly enough, the brew liquor was less flavourful than i thought it would be. Still tasty, but not what i expected from the leaf. this is more like a darker green…spinach? maybe?It’s not grassy like other greens… subtle, and delicate.

I really appreciate the opportunity to try these out! thanks you again teavivre!

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85
drank Blueberry Fruit Tea by Teavivre
1139 tasting notes

Well hello there, tisane-I-ordered-months-ago-but-kept-stalling-on-trying. I knew I was off to a good start when I opened the bag and a cloud of blueberry filled the kitchen. It gets me in blueberry-jam-making mode, and clearly excessive hyphen usage.

This makes such a scrumptious, non-complicated, juicy cold brew. The liquor is ridiculously red but the hibiscus isn’t crazy. I’d say the blueberry and hibiscus are 50/50 but the latter is gentler and not as tart and rambunctious as it sometimes can be. I can this making excellent popsicles.

Sil

i like this one :)

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78
drank Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea by Teavivre
6338 tasting notes

Another free sample from the ever generous Angel and teavivre. Spinach, green beans…..a little bitterness but a really nice cup.

Thank you for the samples!

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