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Sipping on this extraordinary tea all morning, breathing in the heady aroma and looking forward to another cup…
Full review at http://ratetea.com/review/2790/
My husband won the Oolong sampler from Teavivre in their recent giveaway and it finally arrived on Friday. Therefore, new tea! Whee! He was obsessed with trying this one first because he loves the idea of monkeys picking tea. He was very disappointed to learn that it is highly unlikely that a monkey touched these tea leaves, but he got over it.
I am not much of a Tie Guan Yin fan but hubby is, so between us we should have a balanced review. I still don’t care for greens or green oolongs but I sometimes see the appeal. This is actually being paired with a fairly brisk breakfast of scrambled eggs with vegetables so hopefully it doesn’t get too lost.
I followed the Western style instructions from Teavivre’s website and steeped the 7 gram packet at 100C for one minute. This yielded a light smelling liquor that has what I think of as a fairly typical TGY taste. It verges on being astringent but it doesn’t really develop. I was worried about the boiling water, but it does work. I am not getting any of the peaches and cream I usually get from this sort of tea but I don’t know if these leaves aren’t like that or if the water muted the flavours. This is a perfectly enjoyable cup though. Lightly sweet, nothing grassy or “green.”
The second steep at 2 minutes tastes much the same. The hubby says it is like a light green, and doesn’t find much of a difference between the two. He seems a little disappointed but I reminded him that gongfu would have given him a bigger variety of flavours but we were lazy. Ah well. :)
Will report on further steeps later. For now, it is groceries and then a return to GTA V and reading and crosswords and Supernatural and tea and lovely Sunday afternoons at home.
Many thanks to Heather for passing down a sample of this oolong. I had four cups of this throughout the day, so go me. Surprisingly both steeps (steeped two cups worth at once) were nearly the same: sweet floral. Actually, this just very well may be the sweetest oolong I’ve ever had, that’s naturally sweet, of course. So fresh, like spring.
This just reminds me of the pile of oolong I acquired from Zen Tea a while back just sitting around twiddling its fingers. Tie Guan Yin really ought to be a nearly daily thing for me.
In my full-length review of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/07/bi-luo-chun-green-tea-pi-lo-chun-from-teavivre/ I said that this is as good as it gets. And it’s true.
That’s why I love Teavivre. Their products are always … just so good!
The aroma of this tea is lovely, as is the flavor. sweet, fresh, with notes of freshly steamed veggies … and here’s the interesting twist to that … instead of having freshly steamed veggies that may have been lightly buttered … these taste like they’ve been accentuated with fruit. Like the veggies were steamed with sweet oranges and melons or something. Weird …but delicious!
Another exceptional tea from Teavivre.
I picked up my Teavivre Oolong sampler at the post office this morning, YAY! Thanks Teavivre!
I was excited to try the Oriental Beauty first, since I’ve never had it before! It is a very mellow and sweet oolong. I think I am starting to recognize that signature leaf-hopper flavor! :)
Anyway, I think personally I prefer a buttery green oolong over an oxidized one, but this is very pleasant and I would drink it again.
Water: 8oz at 180 degrees
Leaves: very tiny rolls of leaves
Color: Deep golden yellow
Taste: Once this tea was brew one thing that caught my eye right away was the color. It was the darkest green tea i’ve made with a yellow hue compared to the normal light almost clear liquid. The aroma was quite smokey almost similar to a Oolong but lighter. I didn’t really get too much taste from it.
I wasn’t sure what osmanthus was before opening this. As soon as I cut open the sample I had a pretty good idea. The bag scent was strongly floral to the point of almost perfumey. The scent reminds me of lavender, at least that is the closest comparison I can muster.
Despite the initial scent shock, the cup is much lighter in strength and flavor. It is osmanthus first and then the fresh green oolong quickly moves in to share the sip. Very sweet, coming from one with a sweet tooth. No bitterness. No rough edges.
This is very easy to sip. I had some doubts and apprehension at first but found the cup emptied in record time. For fun I did add sweetener later in the cup. It was almost too much even for me but the floral turned more into grape candy.
This is an interesting tea that I am going to resteep a few more times.
Received this one from Teavivre’s Autumn tea contest.
This is a nice, light green oolong. I brewed it western style, for 2 minutes. It was still very light at 2 minutes. It is very lightly floral. There is a slight spice to it, but it not overpowering. There is also a bit of natural sweetness. Very smooth. No aftertaste. I think this one would be great iced.
Like Teavivre says in the description, I agree that this would be a good beginner oolong.
Thank you, once again, TeaVivre and Angel, for this sample!
I’ve sampled more oolong teas this week than I have for the past two years. I have liked them all but have found the flavors to be consistently sub-robust.
I opened the sample package of dark little tea buds and the aroma was very much like peanuts roasted on burning grass. It was not an unpleasant smell at all.
I steeped the buds at 212 degrees for two minutes as recommended. The finished color was a moderately dark-tinted gold. The aroma was nondescript but it had a roasted characteristic.
I was surprised when the flavor of my first sip was quite well-defined. It was smooth and faintly floral with a dominant but not overpowering roasted taste. The thought of roasted cashews entered my mind. Each subsequent sip also produced the very distinct and enjoyable roasted/floral taste. No bitterness arrived. The aftertaste also had a moderate roasted quality.
This is my favorite oolong tea so far. The taste is excellent, fairly powerful, and extremely smooth. This selection was very easy to gulp down. If you like teas with a roasted flavor but find the Lapsang Souchong smoky varieties to be too overpowering, you will LOVE this oolong!
I don’t drink oolongs often. It isn’t that I don’t like them because I definitely love them. The problem for me is they resteep so well that I feel like I am abandoning them if I stop before the leaf does, which is almost always.
Accepting my lack of ability to commit to the entire journey – I opened this sample and prepared 12 ounces of water for my mug. Once steeped, I could catch the floral aroma across the room. The sip is different than the aroma. It is like sipping buttery vegetables (spinach?) with a hint of bite. This is definitely oolong tasting and not like a green tea despite the similarity of my description.
Initially it only seems slightly sweet. The floral aspect swells late in the sip then recedes into a long nice lasting fragrant much sweeter aftertaste. The second mug (also 12 ounces) was as delicious as the first. It would go at least once more mug (probably more) but I am walking away. But hey, if this were gaiwan style brewed I would be like eight cups in, so forgive my poor bladder.
The pellets become full leaves after they have relaxed. They look so fresh and green I could almost imagine they were just picked for this very mug.
Teavivre says this is a beginner Taiwan oolong. Obviously Angel has access to far better tea than I can buy locally as none of my beginner oolongs ever approached this level of depth and flavor. Yes, I have had more complex teas but that takes nothing away from this excellent everyday version.
Mmmm… one sniff of the leaves was enough to remind me why I used to love green oolongs from Taiwan so much. When did I stop drinking them?
I’m not sure what osmanthus is like, but if it’s what I"m tasting, then I like it. It’s the sweet syrupy aroma that some flowers have. Blending in with that is the lovely vegetal green oolong. Fresh and summery. Oolongs always taste like seasons to me. Young plants, scented flowers…I can almost hear the bees buzzing around and feel the sunshine on my face. Lovely. :)
Thank you, Angel, for this sample.
This is just a lovely green tea. I had the last of it tonight and it was perfect for my horribly sore throat, plus it has a lovely taste and resteeps beautifully. I only have a small bit left of the organic Dragonwell from Teavivre and I plan to order one of these again in a larger size to keep around. Just having hard time deciding which one! I’d get both, but I find that I drink primarily black teas so it doesn’t make sense to have greens stockpiled all over the place like I have now. Just a few of the favorites from here forward so they don’t get old before they can be enjoyed properly. Goodnight all!
Dry: Lovely long, thin dark green leaves attached to a stem with one bud. It is so light and airy that the 7g sample really filled the infuser. Smells fresh, grassy, mellow, and vegetal.
Steeped: Clear very light green-amber liquor. The hot aroma is very green, fresh, and savory. Although this takes up most of the infuser, it didn’t really expand at all so no need to use the extra large one for space.
Taste: This one reminds me a LOT of Dragonwell, maybe a touch less potent and a touch more creamy. Not a sweet base at all, instead a flavorful (and a touch buttery) green tea veggie soup with a tiny bite at the end of each sip. I can’t decide if I liked this one or the Organic Superfine Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea more out of the green tea sampler, but both are quite enjoyable for the green tea fans out there.
Thank you Angel and TeaVivre for this sample! I’m no expert on oolong teas but, thanks to TeaVivre, I’m getting plenty of exposure to them!
When I opened the sample package, the aroma that burst forth was like cinnamon. Another TeaVivre oolong that I sampled recently smelled like snickerdoodles and this one had a similar odor.
I steeped the dark green rolled tea buds for 2 minutes at 212 degrees as instructed on the package. The brewed color was pale gold. The aroma was again like cinnamon…or snickerdoodles! I may have to buy a box of snickerdoodle cookies for…uh…research…to verify that I am accurate with this comparison…yeah…that’s the purpose.
When I first tasted this tea, my taste buds didn’t immediately locate a flavor to identify. However, after about two or three sips, the sweet and slightly floral attributes began to seep through. This has consistently been my experience with oolong teas.
One half-cup of this tea later, I found the flavor to be quite mellow and sugary (just how I like it!) with a floral dash thrown in. There also was a faint and pleasant tea taste. No bitterness existed. The aftertaste was nice, sweet, and lingering.
Even though I prefer stronger and more robust teas, this selection is quite good when judged on its own merit. I would enjoy sipping it in the late afternoon or early evening when I’m ready to start winding things down.
Light Oolong that is pale green in color and has a steamed spinach and a faint floral aroma. This tea has a little bit over everything in its flavor, I get some floral, some fruitiness, a little steamed spinach flavor, and a tinge of butteriness. None of the flavors dominate the tea’s taste, but I like the way they work together.
I’m the first to write a tasting note on this tea. Thank you Teavivre for this sample!
This tea is really pretty! The white tea is fuzzy, and there are whole flower buds in there too! The dry leaf smells primarily of rose.
I used the whole packet. The tea brew smells very floral, especially of rose. The taste is floral, but more delicate than I was expecting. That is a good thing! I don’t find the flowery taste overpowering, but then again I like floral teas. In this first steep, I don’t taste the white tea much.
The next steepings are similar, with rose being the predominant flavor and aroma. I can taste the white tea in the background now, which is pleasant.
If you like rose, you will LOVE this tea.
Thank you again to Angel and Teavivre for providing this sample!
The dry leaves are mossy green and rolled quite thin, like new blades of grass. The leaf smells like fresh hay, sweet and slightly savory.
Once steeped, the aroma is very green and very much steamed veggies. And the taste works right with that!
Honestly, this was one of those teas where Fiance got an instant message of me gushing about a tea.
The flavors are a balance of spinach, nori, and asparagus. It’s natural sweet, but still buttery, full and vegetal. The aftertaste lingers and holds onto that buttery veggie flavor with just a subtle hint of a roasted flavor. I think it tastes a lot like over-roasted asparagus with that full-bodied sweet and slightly nutty note.
There is some astringency in this tea, and while I don’t find it offputting (or even bothersome), I could imagine that some people might.
I got two really solid steepings out of this (the third fell flat), but the first was by far the best.
This is well worth a try for green tea lovers!
Thanks again, Angel, for this sample!
I don’t have a handle yet on what makes a fine oolong tea. Until I do, I’ll continue to focus on taste.
When I opened the sample packet, the aroma was familiar. It took me a few seconds to identify it. And then I got it: snickerdoodles!
I steeped the twisted little dark leaves for two minutes at 212 degrees as recommended. The brewed color was a pale yellow. The smell was slightly syrupy and airy.
The flavor was light, a bit sweet, and extremely smooth. One thing I’ve noticed about all of the oolongs that I’ve tried so far is that this category seems to be devoid of the earthy and grassy flavor characteristics that I’ve grown accustomed to with black and green teas. This selection was no exception.
The flavor was not powerful but it was sweet, pleasing, and refreshing. No “tea taste” was present and not even a whisper of bitterness could be found.
This is an engaging oolong tea with a faintly sweet and pleasant aftertaste. I wouldn’t add it to your list of robust blends, but if you are looking for a light, sweet, and silky smooth brew, this one can’t be beat! Oh, and did I mention it is sweet?