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Sipdown, 136. Thanks again to Teavivre for this sample.
I really enjoyed this one today. It was floral and sweet, with thick, rich osmanthus flavor. I also like that it’s not all osmanthus and I can taste the vegetal notes of the base, but the osmanthus is definitely the main even. One of the better osmanthus oolongs I’ve had.
Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for this sample. I requested this one because it is new and it’s a green oolong. A note of personal preferences: typically I don’t LOVE osmanthus oolongs, but I do enjoy them quite a lot. They are tasty teas to drink but I don’t swoon over them usually.
I followed Teavivre’s steeping directions on this one, and it seemed pretty done after a minute so I pulled the leaves instead of letting it go for two. It smells nicely floral and sweet, with lovely osmanthus notes. The flavor is sweetish, with slighty spinachy bottom notes and a thick floral flavor over all. This is an extremely floral tea, so if you are not down with florals you are probably better off giving this one a pass. If you do like florals, however, this is a nice example of an osmanthus oolong.
Sipdown, 137. Another delicious offering from Teavivre. This tea is nicely floral and fruity, with a nice amount of authenic peach flavor. It doesn’t stick out as hugely flavored, but it also is distinctly peachy. When I was smelling the dry leaf earlier it was really reminding me of being at the farmer’s market and smelling all the lovely fresh fruits. Sad that peach season is over!
This is the tea I made (hot) to replace my cold brewed disaster. It was, of course, delicious. Peachy, floral, refreshing. The jasmine on this is fairly subtle but really makes this more interesting than just a standard peach flavored green tea. Glad to have a bit more of this one around.
I actually had this one once before, but it was when my water was kind of off so I never even logged it. Now I feel like I can write an accurate review. Thanks so much to Angel and Teavivre for the sample!
I decided to brew this how I usually brew jasmine pearls, which ended up using half the sample pouch for my 12 oz mug. The dry tea looks just like jasmine pearls but smells delightfully peachy. Steeped, the aroma is similar… peach, with a hint of floral jasmine behind it. I do mean a hint, though, as peach is the dominant aroma. It is kind of more peach juice than fresh peaches, but it’s not really candy. The flavor is nice and fresh, with strong peach and light jasmine. The overall sense I get from it is less peach and jasmine than peach blossoms. Floral peaches, really. It works well for me and I definitely enjoy the combo.
I love the look of this tea with the black and gold dried leaves. The aroma of this tea is smokey and earthy, which is misleading because it does not come through in the flavor. The tea has a complex taste of malty and cocoa flavors mixed with sweet potato. This is a very exceptional tea.
Sipdown, 134. I actually sipped this one down the other day but completely forgot to log it!
I do like this one a lot, in part because the jasmine is so inobtrusive. Sometimes you don’t want to be drinking a bouquet of flowers (for many of you that is all of the time, but for me it is only sometimes). This is light and fresh and green, with some sweet snap pea notes to it. The kind of jasmine green I would want for an everyday jasmine tea, if my stash ever got low enough that I needed such a thing. Glad to have gotten a chance to try this sample! Thanks Teavivre!
I drank the second of three sample pouches of this one today. It was quite tasty; the jasmine is certainly present but not super strong, letting the bi luo chun shine a bit as well. I’m quite pleased with this one for an everyday jasmine green type of tea, and one that has a bit more interest than a more generic jasmine green.
Thank you so much to Angel and Teavivre for sending me samples of this tea. I am always intrigued when a jasmine tea is on an unusual green base… actually I’m not sure what base jasmine greens usually are, but they aren’t usually specified. But this one is! It was cool that the leaf was kind of half-rolled, almost like an oolong.
This was quite a nice jasmine green tea, with perhaps a bit more oomph from the green tea than a regular jasmine green. Bi luo chun is often kind of green-beany, and it comes through a little. This is less sweet than some other jasmine greens and lacks the honeysuckle notes. But that’s not to say the jasmine is light! It’s quite robust, it’s just matched by the green flavor of the tea as well. I definitely look forward to trying this one again, maybe in close comparison with some other jasmine greens.
I, uh, decided to dump the whole packet in my timolino and cold steep all afternoon, but when I was ready to drink it, it was not steeped enough and was too weak. I knew I shoulda used a bit of hot water at the bottom first.
Oh well, this one is gone, but not forgotten. I do still like it, but I like the strawberry oolong best.
This is one of the new teas from Teavivre that is flavoured, but not a straight floral flavour. I was a little weary of this one because of my sensitivity to florals, but I was assured that the jasmine was understated in this blend so I opted to give it a try in addition to the Strawberry Oolong.
The dry leaf of this is tightly rolled in dragon pearl fashion, and smells so so so fragrant like peach nectar.
Steeped, the brew is less intense juicy peach, but rather subtle juicy peach. Any hint of jasmine is blended into the background with the green tea base and is not really distinguishable individually.
I suspect I will get a few nice cups from the leaves, and moreover, I think that this will make a really good cold steep and bring the peach out more in the same way it does for the strawberry in the Strawberry Oolong.
Many grateful thanks to Angel at Teavivre for encouraging me to try this one, even though the jasmine scared me.
First of all, a big thanks to Angel at teavivre for this free sample!! I had to try this tea this morning, it’s going to be a beautiful day so I wanted a beautiful smelling tea lol. This one fits the bill, a gorgeous jasmine scent wafted up from my sample pack. I used about half of the pack. I made a few cups gaiwan style with about 15 second steeps. The resulting tea is a very light yellow, and after two cups, the pearls haven’t opened up too much.
As for the flavor, this is superb. Very light, real jasmine present, and fresh. Reminds me of a dewy spring morning! I’m going to make a few more cups for myself and the boyfriend, oh and my kitty is finally getting used to the kettle noise hehe he’s not as worried by it :)
I’ve reviewed this one before, but it has been a while, and I think I’m smarter about raw pu-erh now. This one is still for sale on Teavivre.com after a couple years! I’m going to keep the steeps at a strict 30 seconds each time. Also, I only used a half of a sample (the steep before I used the entire pouch). Half the sample is still a pretty large piece! I’m also waiting much longer after boiling to steep. I’ve found to my tastes, raw pu-erh tastes better when cooler. So with almost everything in the parameters different this time, I think that justifies another tasting note.
The dry fragrance of the cake is actually surprisingly like root beer, or the sarsaparilla aspect of it anyway (last time I said something like cloves, but it is obviously sarsaparilla to me now). The flavor is very smooth, a little like the sarsaparilla I mentioned but also sweet. I’m not sure if it reminds me of bamboo or sugarcane, as I don’t know much about either anyway. The flavor is excellent for a raw pu-erh though! The leaves haven’t unraveled much, even with a longer rinse. By the second steep, it has unraveled more. The flavor is almost exactly like the first cup. For some reason, the first steeps of raw pu-erh always have an extra special something to them. The third steep is delicious too and seems to get more of a bright fruit flavor. I have tamed the raw pu-erh steeps — no more bitter or too tough flavor! Last time it mostly tasted like wood chips after the first steep. I won’t oversteep sheng anymore – very happy about that! I would definitely buy this one and the Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Pu-erh Brick 2005 to stock up on sheng teas.
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // rinse // 30 second steep
Steep #2 // 20 minutes after boiling // 30 seconds
Steep #3 // 20 minutes after boiling // 30 seconds
Another generous sample (recent) from Teavivre… thanks so much! I’m so amazed that Teavivre’s packages get to the US so fast from China. This sample pouch had a chunk of the edge of a pu-erh cake. I haven’t had any pu-erh that is actually from a giant cake yet, so that’s fun. The leaves are mostly black with a few golden twists… which is fitting since this tea is from Yunnan. The fragrance of the dry leaves are very unique… it reminds me of something familiar, maybe cloves?
Steep #1// A few minutes after boiling // 30 seconds //
The flavor is sweet and what it reminds me of most is apple or chamomile. I certainly haven’t had a pu-erh like this before! I don’t think I’d even guess it was a pu-erh in a blind taste test. I’d probably guess chamomile. A bit like cedar too. It’s very intriguing.
Steep #2// A few minutes after boiling // 1 min //
The flavor here is tougher than last time. I think the chamomile/apple flavor is mostly gone to be left with the usual light pu-erh. But I think 1 min was a bit too long. I should have went for 45 seconds. The flavor is a little bit too tangy and even more like cedar. I think I might like the darker/ tougher pu-erhs better somehow. But this one is still very good.
Steep#3 // Just boiled // 65 seconds //
I probably shouldn’t have steeped it this long again. The flavor is much the same again. I’m not sure I know enough about pu-erh to say much about this one, or even if it should taste the way I’m tasting it. I think next time note to self: Steep 30 seconds each time, since I liked the first cup the best: not so tangy and woody (though I guess that makes sense since these are leaves.)
Another good one from Teavivre, but I don’t think I’ve tried enough pu-erh to be an expert yet. I certainly don’t love pu-erh as much as my delicious black teas though.
haha well 2 years ago when CHAroma tasted this she did. not. like it.
(but yes that was 2 years ago)
but as a puerh goes, for me, there isn’t really anything to dislike here. it’s just not thrilling is all. it’s a fine, average puerh.
okay okay it might kinda be boring. but not bad bad.
if it blossoms later, like on the 6th steeping or something, i’ll let you know….
my sister is watching anime. Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist
This versatile and flavourful black satisfies plain or with milk. The aroma wafting around the teapot catches the nose immediately. The amber brown liquor is lighter than to be expected from the black leaves, but it is not short on flavour. Taken black, it has a pleasant, malty sweetness that is free of astringency and does not dry the palate. To get a satisfying dark brew when taking with milk, it is necessary to make it stronger, but the splendidly full-bodied, almost syrupy flavour of molasses, malt and caramel is delightfully heady and aromatic.
If you enjoy Chinese black teas, you must try this one! Open the packet and inhale deeply – hay, cocoa, malt , maybe a little fruit. Smells delicious.
I used less than boiling water, as suggested by Teavivre in their brewing instructions – 2 tsp in 8 oz of water. Flavorful for 4 steeps (1m, 2m, 2.5m, 3m). The tea soup is a rich brown and it tastes fantastic. I cannot wait to serve this to guests. I’ll definitely be keeping this one on hand!