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It’s the perfect day to relax with some green oolong. I love this lightly floral and summer flower flavor. It tastes like youthful innocence. Definitely is one of the loveliest green oolongs I’ve tasted. Then again, I have pounds of mediocre green oolong I’ve been trying to get through at work so…
Anyway, this tea somehow fills my soul and makes me feel like the world is a good place.
I’m having a hard time describing this tea objectively. :/
It’s just good, okay?!
Peace out. :)

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Earlier today my friend Lisa & I sampled the Duck Shhh Dancong from the White2Tea tea club. There isn’t a listing for it, & I don’t really feel like adding one right now, but I’m happy to report that it was tasty, with almost a milk chocolate kind of essence, & no, it didn’t really taste or smell like duck droppings (ok…I don’t know what that would taste like, but I’ve ducks before, so I do know the smell, LOL).

This afternoon I’ve been enjoying multiple steepings of this oolong, with it’s bakey warm taste, smooth greens, & a roasty nutiness, its a pleasantly warming & cozy afternoon tea. I swear I taste a hint of nutmeg in it this afternoon, & that’s one of my favorite spices. Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for the sample.

Sil

would it be one i should look in to you think?

Sil

haha and i’m referring to the duck one not this tea

Terri HarpLady

I don’t know if they are selling it. It came in the TOMC. I have enough for a 2nd try, so I’ll toss it in your box :)

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Sipdown No. 96!!
I made a cup of this one I was home from the Ritz & all of my equipment was unloaded & put away. This is a nice roasty oolong, with a sweet bakey & floral taste. Interestingly, on the 2nd steep I swear it took on an almost mint-like taste.

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This is another sample from Angel of Teavivre, included in my recent order. I started a tasting note for this one an hour or so ago, then my laptop died, taking my comments with it. I did enjoy this, with it’s lightly roasty flavor & mellow sweet aftertaste. Thanks so much Angel.

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Hello Steepster!
I’ve been missing you, my tea friends. Life has been busy, & will continue to be for the next couple of weeks, as the Harpy HoliDaze gigs started yesterday, with me playing from 7:30 – 9am in office buildings, but I have a few minutes to stop by, read a few reviews, look at some instagram pics, & comment about this tea.

This is a lovely oolong, kind of nourishing today, & a pleasure to drink multiple steepings of after I came home from this morning’s gig. Something about this tea reminds me of rice crispy treats. I haven’t had them in years, but that’s what this tea brings to mind, today, anyway: popped rice, marshmallow cream, & a kind of fruity sweetness.

Thank you to Angel & Teavivre for including me in the oolong sampling.

Kittenna

How’s your finger holding up?

Sil

my life misses you.

mrmopar

We miss ya!

Terri HarpLady

the finger is coming along. It’s sort of currently fixed in a rigid hooked shape, but I’ve been assured that if I keep doing my painful PT exercises it will eventually soften up. I have exercises that force it to bend further (using the other hand to bend it, I can’t get it to move on its own), & exercises & a little appliance to force it to straighten, which it also can’t do on it’s own…yet! Meanwhile, I’m playing my gigs, & even though harpists don’t pluck with their pinkies, it does have a little bit of an effect on my 4th finger.

Sil, send me your address. I still need to send you your tea, plus if you want any other teas, let me know. We need to hang out! We haven’t hardly talked since you came to st louis, & that’s way too long!!!

MrM, awesome car, Dude ;)

Sil

Facebook doc has my address…..wil try and remember to message you again when I get to work with it haha

Kittenna

Glad to hear you can play again :)

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I love the tea sampling program from Teavivre. Angel has been very generous in sending me teas to sample, & although I haven’t bought everything I’ve sampled, I’ve found & purchased several teas that I love.
The quality of all of Teavivre’s teas is excellent, & this one is no exception. It’s very smooth, with a natural baked bread kind of flavor, along with a green floral kind of taste to it. With Oolongs, I tend to favor the darker roasted Wuyi kind of profile, but this one is very nice!

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I love Teavivre. They have some of the best teas available anywhere. So it probably goes without saying that I find this to be an excellent Dragon Well.

Sweet, vegetative, nutty (chestnuts!) with a nice buttery note. A savory tone that is almost like salt. (Nice contrast) This one holds up well through many infusions too.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/29/organic-nonpareil-ming-qian-dragon-well-long-jing-green-tea-teavivre/

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Sipdown! Finished the last of this today. I’d wager this is still my favourite black tea from Teavivre. Nice honey and cocoa notes. I made some for hubby today after we came in from the rain outside. This tea, plus the space heater by our table and desk made it nice and cozy. Low on sugar, for my second steep, I used maple syrup, and whoa dude! Serious noms!!

Fjellrev

That sounds scrumptious. Do you always put sweetener in your teas or are there any exceptions?

Plunkybug

Yes, I do usually sweeten, though I have reduced the amount I sweeten with over the years, rarely is there one I don’t sweeten in some way. There are some teas I sweeten less, though.

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I have tried a pervious harvest of this tea, and I seem to recall really liking it. Anyway, it’s been a long while since I last reviewed any of the Teavivre samples from my most recent batch that Angel sent.

I’ve been terribly distracted with new shiny teas…yes, flavored, and I have not been in straight tea moods as much. But today, seemed like a good day to start breaking some out.

This one would probably be better with regular milk, rather than the coconut milk creamer that I have. I got that stuff to try, but I really don’t like it in my teas, I’m finding. I may like coconut milk in cooking better, but it changed the taste of the tea in the same way that the other milk subs do, but it isn’t bad. If I had to give up dairy milk, I could probably get by with this, though I might pick teas that it works better with, or just find blacks that I don’t want to add milk to.

I think I want to try this one again, with no milk, but also regular milk, to see how I feel about it then. I’ll see how it is then, since the last time, I used regular milk, but also tasted straight.

My general impression of this batch is that it is not as chocolatey and rich as the last batch, but that could be the coconut milk creamer messing with my taste buds…I expect I’ll re-rate this higher in a future tasting.

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I got a couple samples of this tea in my first Teavivre order… I didn’t realize I’d be the first one reviewing it, though!

I would say that everything they say is true. It has a strong smell, the flavour turns to sweetness, and it stays in your mouth.

There is no fishy odour, which is very nice.

Generally I think I prefer a more “forest loam” tasting straight puerh. This one tastes as I would expect a puerh to taste… which doesn’t say much, as I’m still learning about them. There is certainly nothing about this tea that makes me dislike it, and I’m really enjoying my steeps this morning.

1 – rinsed twice for ~5 seconds each
2 – 1 minute steep with approximately half the sample pack and about 175ml water
3 – I cheated on my tea and had a small mug of coffee
3.b – 1 minute steep, the flavours are more… even, and the colour is darker as the pieces are starting to fall apart. I’d almost call the tea “smokey” at this point.

And now I have to head out to the post office, and pop into work for a bit. Depending on how late it is when I get home, I’ll continue the tasting!

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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Looks like Riimu and I are the only two brave enough to give this a go on Steepster. It is my first glass almost every morning. Today was different though. Started with my usual frappe – 1 tsp green tea powder, 12 oz of 2% milk, and a small splash each of vanilla and caramel sugar free syrup. Then I toasted a bagel and smeared cream cheese. Here is where it turns different. Looking at the bagel, I thought I’d rather have had my usual wheat toast and honey, but since it was fixed, I just squeezed the little plastic bear over the cream cheese. I kind of thought, this can’t turn out well. I thought wrong. The strange combination brought the green tea powder to life. It tasted the most like fresh green leaves of any time I have made this before. One morning I should try dissolving the honey directly in the frappe and see what happens.

Steepster is behaving badly today.

Kittenna

Yes. Steepster was behaving badly last night too. Thought I’d lost a tasting note but miraculously, it seemed to have posted and THEN I got the kettle. Idk sometimes.

K S

The black kettle of doom!

Riimu

Team Tea powder! It’s now officially part of my morning rituals, with lemon and a little bit of sugar.

K S

haha Team Tea powder! We rock!

gmathis

Can’t wait to see you in green leotards with a TTP on your chest and your cape ;)

Riimu

That would look so fabulous. We need to save the world with the power of our amazing tea powder!

Riimu

And KS will be my sidekick mwahaha. ^^

K S

Dang it. Leave Steepster for a couple hours and you get sidekick. lol I can handle that far better than the green leotards. That would not be pretty. Then again, when evil doers are rolling on the ground laughing they probably are easier to beat. TTP!

gmathis

Of course, you could always wrestling for superhero and sidekick status like on Big Bang Theory…(this is just getting more comical as it goes :)

K S

If it is eventually going to degrade to the spider challenge, I am more than happy to be sidekick. Though I can circle and pretend to be intimidating for hours so….

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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Wheat toast drizzled with clover honey and my morning glass of green tea powder in 2% milk, with caramel and vanilla syrup. It sounds healthy, and whether it is or not, it sure was satisfying. We had our thanksgiving meal at home last night. My wife does some kind of spice rub on the turkey and it is delicious. Later today we will be at my niece’s were most of the family gathers for thanksgiving. It will be a rough one this year as we buried my brother’s wife and soul mate Monday. I don’t mention that for sympathy. I’m reminding you to be thankful for those who are with you – even if they occasionally drive you nuts. Be thankful for the memories of those who have gone on ahead. In all things rejoice. I say it again rejoice!

Stephanie

So thankful <3

Fjellrev

Beautiful note, KS.

ashmanra

Yes! God bless and comfort you and yours, my friend.

gmathis

Will be praying for your family as you notice the empty space during the holidays.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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Kind of laughed at myself this morning. Chinese green tea powder is what many companies call their food grade matcha (check the label). It is kind of the white package, blue letters version (you know, Walmart Great Value) of matcha. I’m OK with that because I like it. The syrups I am using in it right now are name brand (Torani) and I don’t care for them – I miss my more generic version. So any way, this morning with this I had GV brand wheat bread toast with GV brand peanut butter. I couldn’t tell the difference between them and the name stuff that costs twice as much. I guess I am not much of a champagne and Cadillac kind of guy, at least not this morning.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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I have been making my morning frap for months with Cafe Al Fresco brand sugar free vanilla and caramel syrups. I ran out. Our Walmart seems to have stopped carrying flavored syrup. So I bought Torani brand at Kroger. It is more expensive and personally I don’t care for the taste. The vanilla is way too light on taste. On the other hand, the caramel tastes more like butterscotch – which I’m OK with – but it is so highly flavored I can’t adjust it down enough. I hate change. They say it’s good, but it never is (My Sheldon melt down moment). The bottles last a long time, so I have a while to find something else. If it wasn’t for wanting sugar free, I would try making my own. Splenda will not thicken like a syrup and I can’t get xantham gum to work without making a clumpy mess. O well, the sun is out and it may be the last 70 degree day of the year. Through whining now. On to the next!

Terri HarpLady

I love variety, but not change. :)

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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The longer I drink this on a daily basis mixed with cold milk, the more I have learned to appreciate it. At first, I was like this isn’t Starbucks. Now, I’m all this isn’t Starbucks and I’m glad. Having not completely broken my sweet tooth addiction, I have made great progress. The last couple trips with my wife to the coffee shop for a frappuccino have left me with a icky sweet aftertaste and a craving for this. I use about 1tsp of powder (I worked up to it from 1/4 tsp) and 12 oz of milk. I add a splash of vanilla syrup and caramel syrup. Just a splash in equal amounts. All the flavors are present and the sweetness is kept in check. If I could get the grainy texture of the frap I would never need to go back. I know they use shaved ice but at 7 in the morning that seems a bit dangerous.

Cheri

Never shave ice before having caffeine.

K S

Agreed. There should be a warning label on the shaver.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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I haven’t logged anything in a week! The construction crew has officially left the premises. They made 99% o my vision a reality. Some of the 1% will get fixed before I pay them the balance. The rest doesn’t trouble me enough to make them change it – a choose your battles kind of thing. We still have a lot of work to do on our own but hopefully I am about to have time to drink and review tea again. This morning I made my morning glass of tea + milk. This time I added some ice – for the first time in my life I now have an ice maker in the door of the fridge. What a neat invention. It’s like power windows, until I had them I didn’t know I needed them. Now I don’t want to be without it. I discovered it made crushed ice too so… turns out crushed is not the same as shaved, who knew? Also turns out when you take iced tea milk outside when it is barely 50 F, you realize it is pretty chilly in a hurry. I don’t care about all that piddly stuff. This was awesome just the same. I am blessed.

mrmopar

+1 on being blessed.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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This morning it was just me, this powder, some vanilla syrup, milk, and rain. Much rain. The tea was tasty.

I think I am about to give up trying to use xantham gum in my morning smoothie. I have tried everything I can think of and don’t like the results. It is to slick feeling and causes the tea powder to clump. Kind of an expensive lesson. Anyone had success with it?

The rain is kind of comforting today although it means construction can’t move ahead. The dog is OK with that as he is tired of barking at them anyway.

K S

Ooooh! My review shows up on my dashboard right after posting it! The Hallelujah chorus should be playing. :)

mrmopar

+1 K S.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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I am wondering if Teavivre found a new supplier for this. This is a brighter green and has a lighter flavor than my last batch. I like this better.

Today the hammers and saws are supposed to start on my property. Reroofing our mobile home next door first, then I finally get my porch. May get loud around here for a while so I am enjoying the quiet peaceful morning with green tea powder and milk.

Cheri

I would love to have a nice porch. My dream dream house has a wrap around porch.

ashmanra

Mine, too, Cheri! Down here in the South EVERY house ought to have one, but not many do. What a dream that would be, a nice, deep wraparound porch!

K S

I agree about the wraparound, nice dream. Doesn’t fit our house or my wallet but I’d like to have it. When we lived in the mobile home we had a 10′ × 20′ porch built. I lived on it. The house is getting a 10′ × 38′ – the width of the house. Can hardly wait. I’ve always loved sitting on a porch when it storms.

Cheri

The cottage I spent all of my summers at had a screened in porch. It was perfect for watching storms from (unless it was really blowing) or sleeping on. One just had to be careful for drips. (This cottage was literally a tiny log cabin, and everything leaked.)

K S

Cheri, sounds like heaven… except for the drips.

mrmopar

We sit on the porch also during the storms.

gmathis

That’s the one thing I miss from our Shabby House summer—the deep front porch with a rocking chair and the way it sounded in the rain.

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