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84

The first steep of this tea has subtle sweet fruit flavor that manages to shine above the malty flavors of the tea. Towards the end of each sip there is a nice toasted note that I expect will get stronger in later steeps. What I found interesting is that this particular Golden Monkey is missing is the subtle cocoa notes that I have seen present in many others and I find that I really miss them.

Make sure to check out the rest of my review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2013/10/29/tuesday-tea-golden-monkey-black-tea-teavivre.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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70

More nuggets of oolongy goodness from Teavivre. Thank you for the free sample.

My first thought on opening this was that it had a really thick heady floral aroma, like a tropical garden heavy with scent. The wet leaf was not as strong, but the liquor carried this aroma through big time. It’s a thick brew too, sweet and light but strongly floral. There are notes of peach in there, trying to make themselves felt, and the sweetness of the whole tea lasts well on the tongue. The oolong is also there in the background, but I felt it was drowned too much by the osmanthus. I can certainly see why people would like this tea, but it is not really to my taste. I could imagine drinking it when the mood was on me, but not on a regular basis. That does not mean this is a bad tea. Far from it. As usual, you can taste the quality from Teavivre, but alas my palate prefers the unflavoured oolongs.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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90

Sipdown! Sort of. I’m going to re-steep this like crazy today.

All I want out of tea right now is this. It’s malty today, with a light dose of sweet smoke. There’s some citric pungency in the finish.

I still want to get that variable temperature kettle for school. I think this tea was steeped from anywhere between 195F-210F, probably accounting for the drier taste right now.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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90

I put off opening my two sample packets of this because Lapsang Souchong is a mood tea for me, and I wanted to be in the best state of mind to appreciate it. I shouldn’t have worried.

I poured boiling water over the leaves before I realized the label says 195F, so I steeped for only 30 seconds instead of 1-2 minutes. It came out gently sweet and smokey, and whispering of pines.

I’m looking forward to drinking the rest up this week. It’s funny, out of all the teas in my black tea sample pack I didn’t think this would be the one I would want to reorder. This and the organic silver needle so far! :)

Rating: 90’s, 90’s for everyone!!!!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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81

My first steep brewed up with a subtle chocolate flavor that was surprisingly sweet and lacked any astringency. The chocolatey flavor really helped satisfy the chocolate cravings that I’ve been having all day. Towards the end of each sip I started to pick up hints of malt and rose. I was a bit disappointed that the rose wasn’t more distinctive in the first steep, because by my second I could hardly taste it. The more malty flavors of the Dian Hong obscured the rose as they began to develop more. There is still a slight sweetness to the second steep, but it doesn’t stand out nearly as much as it did previously.

Come check out the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2013/10/29/tuesday-tea-rose-dian-hong-black-tea-teavivre.html

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

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84

Tastes and smells mostly vegetal to me, with some sweet buttery notes in the background. A hint of floralness in here as well. Has a lingering sweet aftertaste that I found quite enjoyable. Great tea, I wish it was a little less pricey though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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89

I want to tell you upfront that this is a truly special tea. Every once in a blue moon I feel the need to talk about the texture of a tea because it really stands out. This is one of those teas that I feel the need to hold on my tongue every time I take a sip. It has a wonderful silky mouthfeel that I don’t often encounter. I had to be really careful to remember to take notes on each steep, because last time I came across a tea like this I was distracted by the texture and managed to drink 4 complete steeps without taking a single note. Thankfully Angel at TeaVivre provided me with three samples, one I can write about and two I can get lost in.

The first steep of this tea immediately showed me how special it was. As I mentioned above it had a nice silky mouthfeel to it that just begs to be savored, although the flavor is slightly drying. I did notice that this particular Tie Guan Yin is not as floral as many others that I have had.

Make sure to check out the rest of my review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2013/10/29/tuesday-tea-anxi-monkey-king-ma-liu-mie-tie-guan-yin-oolong.html

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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