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Recent Tasting Notes

57

This is one of the new teas I got samples of from Angel at Teavivre, but it appears I have had a previous harvest of this tea. It seems like I really want to like this one, but I have immense trouble getting the right amount of leaf and water right.

Right off the bat I got a stronger brew than my first time, but it was a bit mineraly and a little astringent. I’m not getting sweet potato at all. I wish I was, though. I wish I was getting caramel and honey with sweet potato…but I’m not.

I just don’t know what to make of this tea. The leaves are long and spindly, and with more leaf and longer steep time, I am getting a darker and more bodied brew, but I did need to add sugar as it was a bit bitter.

I feel like if I get the balance right, it can be a great tea, but finding that balance has been tricky, so far.

I thank Angel for providing this sample for me to try again. Sometimes harvests can very, but this tea still seems finicky to me.

TeaVivre

Sorry for this tea is not your taste, would you please tell me your brewing information? Such as the amount of leaf and water, the temperature.

Amariel

Let’s see, if I remember…I think it was a bamboo spoon’s worth, so maybe 1.5-2 tsp for 12 oz? Water was probably a few minutes cooking after boiling, and steep a few minutes? The very first time I think I under leafed or under steeped. But that was a previous batch. WhenI tried to correct that, it was better, but astringent too. I can’t seem to get leaf plus water right despite playing around with the parameters.

TeaVivre

Thanks for your information, i think maybe you can try it with shorter time, maybe it will work well. By the way, this tea is hard to control it’s brewing method, you need to brew several times to get the experience.

Amariel

Yes, it is quite finicky, and I do believe that finding the right balance will yield and amazing cup, but I have yet to find that balance.

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57

Giving this sample a go today, as I am out of milk right now. Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for sending me this one to try…she knows I like oolongs.

My first attempt, I think I let the water cool too much, and possibly under-leafed this as well. I got a much lighter and thinner liquor than I was expecting. I’m tasting something though, but I am unable to put my finger on it. It seems possibly fruity or buttery or brothy but maybe a little of it all?

Although I have a second steep coming, with hotter water and more leaf, so I can compare then if it was my steeping parameters or not. Water had cooled a few minutes (maybe 5?) and I did a 3 minute steep. this current steep I am using just boiled water and a 2 minute steep. We will see.

I am very intrigued by this tea though. The leaves are long, thin, and spindly…and the colour is a dark green with a slight purple tinge to them, I think. Someone said seaweed, and I think that is a good descriptor.

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What do you think?

EDIT FOR RE-STEEP:

So I used more leaf, hotter water, and less steeping time and I got a stronger brew. I’m not sure if that was for the better or not. I feel like I have gone in the opposite direction now and it is too strong a steep. I feel like I need something in between. I’m not getting sweet potato, but I am getting a saliva inducing feeling in my mouth. I am still tasting something fruity, but I am not sure. It doesn’t seem peachy to me, but someone mentioned grape, and I think maybe I am getting a raisin note, or plum or tart cherry, because I am getting a little bit of astringency with the juicy mouthfeel. There is a little smokiness too, I think, along with a mild floral note.

I think that I need to play around with the steeping parameters on this one still, to get the optimal balance of flavours I am looking for.

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92

Dare I say it? Am I being too impulsive by already saying that this has become one of my favorite teas?

Eh, let’s say it. I think it’s safe. This tea was so great! It’s the first Golden Monkey I’ve tried, and I think it’s pretty safe to say I’ve found a winner. :) It had a very interesting taste. It tasted chocolately, yet it was fruity, and yet it was also had a slight tinge of pepper too. Very slight mind you, the tea is very pleasantly sweet! I practically guzzled the cup, and I have my next infusion steeping now. The shelf life on the package said 36 months. As if this’ll be around for three years. More like three days. Haha. Next time I order this, I’ll be sure to order it with a tin. This’ll be a permanent one. Very glad I was confident and ordered a good pouch rather than just a sample.

I’m feeling much more comfortable about my likes with black teas. I tend to love them either very bold and roasty, or really naturally sweet. I enjoy the nutty ones, and I’m not a huge fan of super peppery ones, nor super smokey ones as I discovered with lapsang souchong.

Edit: Second infusion, the chocolatey and fruity notes have really receded, and it’s mostly hayish now. It’s still quite flavorful, and really good! I’ll be sure to try a third infusion. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

Thank you Angel for this sample.

In raw form this tea is a lovely blend of dark brown, light brown and silver green leaves. It has an earthy, wooden scent.

Once brewed the tea is brown in colour and has a slightly spicy and toasted, earthen scent.

My husband had a sip and said he could taste pasta and pizza in this tea. The most bizzare statement that he has ever made. I found this tea to be spicy and warming with a gentle toasted almost fruity and floral essence. Very beautiful and elegant. Each sip brings forward different flavours but each one is as tasty as the last.

Side Note – I don’t think I have ever had a spicy natural Oolong before.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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60

Water: 8oz boiling

Leaves: Huge pearl

Steep: 2m 4-pearls with 1min rinse

Aroma: plain black tea aroma

Color: Dark brown

Taste: I didn’t like this tea at all it had a burnt taste.It also left an unpleasant after taste.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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70

Water: 8oz boiling water

Leaves: small circled to huge full tea leaves

Steep: 2m

Aroma: light (different from previous oolong i had)

Color: yellow green

Taste: I had rinsed this tea first i think that is what washed all of my initial flavor away thus making this tea quite dull.I’m going to have to brew it again to see if i get a better taste. Oolings are fun to watch due to their huge leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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80

Water: I boiled 8oz water on the stove,then let cool for 5 minutes.

Leaves: medium size tea buds, greenish-brown & fuzzy

Steep: 2m

Aroma: Strong Jasmine

Color: pale almost clear

Taste: The jasmine aroma of this tea was quite strong but i didn’t really get any floral taste.It reminded me of the Organic Silver Needle White Tea just with a scent added. I didn’t get a lot of taste from this tea, it was okay.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92

Full review on http://sororiteasisters.com/ at 6pm central time May 14th but here are snippets:

The aroma of Organic Superfine Moderately Roasted Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea is milky and creamy, which is surprising since I was really anticipating a deeper roasted aroma. Regardless, I love a milky tea so if it tasted milky I would be fine with that. I decided to go ahead and let it steep for a couple more minutes since Iron Goddess does not get bitter with longer steeps. This seems to be the way to go because after two more minutes after an initial 2 minutes it became stronger, bolder, with a coffee like aroma and that roasted aroma I was expecting. I will later hate to try it with a shorter steep though as I am sure that milky aroma had something to it!

Also this is a tea that keeps on giving. Even with my long five minute steep the first time around I can continue to keep on steepin! Following steeps have some interesting notes highlighted that bring about the thoughts of a green tea, such as green bean for example, but more like veggies that are fire roasted! So good! I love having this Iron Goddess with some milk chocolate, it really taste like s’mores between the creamy note in the tea and the smokiness with the toasty note, and of course the chocolate!

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80

Water: 8oz boiling water

Leaves: very tiny brownish-black leaves

Steep: 2m

Aroma: Smokey

Color: Black

Taste: Before buying this tea i had never heard of Pu-erh before, it was something completely new and still is. Before brewing I had rinsed the tea twice each time for 1 minute b/c I read it’s good to rinse Pu-erh. Then the brewing process I was surprised at how dark the color was it remind me of black coffee. As for the taste I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s a very smooth tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
K S

Alreot – my opinion, a rinse of only a couple seconds is enough (I usually don’t rinse at all). Also you can steep this for 30 seconds or less and it will give a nice cup that is a lighter in color but just as smooth. It will resteep many times changing slightly in flavor as you go.

Alreot

Thanks for the tip :) I found it interesting that you can steep it for a few seconds.

TeaVivre

Hi Alreot, I agree with K S, a rinse should be quick. usually 2-3 seconds. If you use a Gaiwan or Yixing teapot, it can be resteeped many times until it loses flavor.

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87

Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for a sample of this tea!

I love silver needles- the little fuzz all over the leaves just makes it seem so alive!

This might be the RICHEST white tea I’ve ever tasted. It is hard to describe. The smell of wet straw dipped in white chocolate maybe? Its sweet, earthy and VERY smooth.

If you like white teas this one is a sure bet!

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90

This is a sipdown of my sample.
I really enjoyed this lovely oolong. It is a little bit vegetal and I think I prefer more roasted oolongs now. However, I would never turn down a cup of this and rather enjoyed the freshness of the leaves. I might even order more samples some time so I can enjoy it again.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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90

I needed a gong-fu tea tasting today, so I tried it with this tea. I followed Teavivre’s parameters:7 steeps: rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s.

I found this green oolong to be buttery, slightly vegetal but not overpowering. I found it fruity and slightly sweet, just as the description states.

Overall, I am glad that I ordered a sample of this tea and ejoyed it.

Preparation
Boiling

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88

I received this as a lovely sample with my Teavivre order. The dry tea is a very small dark olive, producing a golden green cup. A silky, sweet, hay and honeyed cup, which is reminiscent of a sweeter, softer, less green dragonwell. Not bitter, not flowery, but vegetal and honeylike. Very much enjoyed.

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70

Water: I boiled 8oz water & let it cool slightly

Leaves: mini yellow-ish brown flower buds

Steep: 3 minutes

Aroma: floral

Color: pale yellow almost clear

Taste: I made this tea the same day as the blooming tea,I had no luck with this one either it was tasteless as well. Maybe I should have let it brew longer time I’m going to give it another go. I’ve been having difficulty writing reviews b/c I haven’t been getting much taste from my teas.

Second Tea Log

This time when I made this tea I mixed it with green tea the a second batch with white.It was better from when i first tried it.My first time blending teas together.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
KittyLovesTea

The idea behind this tea is to blend it with another tea to create your own unique flavour. I remember trying it by itself and it was a little toasty and floral but once I mixed it with some green tea it added to the flavour and was much nicer. If you have any left it may be worth a try. :)

TeaVivre

Yes, you can mix it with green tea, or white tea.

Alreot

Thank you, I never thought to mix teas before I will give it a try :)

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85

I bought this online from Teavivre a while ago. I used all the leaves from one packet, but I could have split it into two or three parts to use later. Keemun is not particularly my favorite black tea, but it was one of the first loose leaf teas I had ever bought. This tea is actually very good. It is smoky but not overpowering or ‘in your face’. It is a little woody and has a hint of cacao in it. It is ever so slightly astringent, but it is VERY smooth. In fact, I didn’t add any additives to this tea at all. This was a pleasant and good experience and a great morning brew.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Malt, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

This is a nice, soft Keemun. It smells like the cocoa, malty scent that Keemuns possess. I brewed this for 2.5 minutes, which I think is long enough. It is a little bitter and astringent in my mouth. It was a honey brown colored brew. The taste is lighter Keemun, which is nice because sometimes Keemun can have an overbearing malty almost metallic taste in my mouth. This one doesn’t leave my mouth that way. This is a nice Keemun, but not my favorite.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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89

This is delicious! Thanks Angel and TeaVivre for the sample!

I can’t believe how sweet this is. It has a nice vegetal taste that counterbalances the sweetness. And I LOVE that it is organic! So rich and almost creamy.

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89

Oh how I love green teas! This was my first straight Dragon Well. Thank you Angel and Teavivre for the sample :)

I’m really much more familiar with Japanese greens. This is a less grassy and buttery than a sencha, but it is still sweet and very vegetative. It reminds me of steamed broccoli, where a sencha would remind me of kale or spinach. It is rich without being buttery, but VERY smooth!

Extremely enjoyable, thanks very much Teavivre!

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100

I have no words that haven’t already been said about this tea. It’s just…. Wow.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Yep. Wow.

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98

This is the second of two Dragonwell samples I was sent by Teavivre.

This one was a little sweeter then the first one I tried and seemed to have a more balanced flavor profile. The only negative thing I can think to say about this is that I wasn’t able to get as many steeps out of the leaves as I did with the other one. Though the steeps I did get were very good.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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93

Ahh, this is much better. Had to get the icky rooibos taste out of my mouth! Mmm, jasmine :)

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93

This is my first Teavivre tea sample for review! (Thanks Angel!)

I am a huge fan of jasmine pearls, and these do not disappoint! Delicate, sweet, and smooth with a nice strong jasmine aroma. Just how I like it :)

Looking forward to trying my other Teavivre selections!

ashmanra

I adore these, and their premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls, and their Jasmine Silver Needle. All so good!

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89

This tea drinks like a meal—it feels chewy and full of grain, kind of the way stout makes me feel (not in taste necessarily, just, the heavy “sandwichiness” of both). And I get that toasted bakery rye or maybe even pumpernickel (there’s some molasses, especially on resteep) bread thing again! (Why am I the only one who smells and tastes that? Weird.) It almost feels savory to me somehow, not sweet. One serving’s worth of leaves could easily last me all day, because after a single cup you just want to lay back and pat your tummy, pacing your gut, aaaand it resteeps a buncha times. Very thick body, as thick as a heavy coffee.

Does this thing where upon resteep it gets sweeter AND slightly more bitter/toasty at the same time. Kind of impressive, that. The bittersweetness gives it a sort of chocolate-y effect. Also, second go-round it looks and feels like coffee in terms of opaqueness and body to the point of being nearly indistinguishable (not a bad thing).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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65
drank True Love Flower Tea by Teavivre
50 tasting notes

Water: I boiled 12oz water

Leaves: one big tea ball

Steep: 3 minutes

Aroma: light floral

Color: almost clear when brewing but dark yellow in mug

Taste: Although very beautiful to watch is it blooms,I couldn’t help but to take a picture. Overall I found this tea to be tasteless.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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