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This was a free sample from Teavivre with my last order.
I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. I have tried the Dian Hong before and liked it. I was a little suspicious of rose because other rose teas I have had have been very perfumey.
Upon opening the package there are pretty little light pink rose buds mixed in with the Dian Hong. It smells pleasantly like natural rose buds (I have many rose bushes in my garden and I love the smelle of the blooming rose buds in the early summer!). It is not perfumey rose like the perfume my grandma used to wear.
I only brewed for one minute because I still had the fear that the rose would be too strong. It tastes delicious and delicate. I get the taste of the Dian Hong tea, it is smooth but moderately bold, slightly earthy, slightly malty. It is perfectly balanced with the slightest rose flavour, slightly floral but not too much and certainly not perfumey. The rose really lightens the black tea. This would be a perfect afternoon tea or a tea when you are just winding down. I think this one would have been just fine had I brewed for my usual 2 minutes.
I quite like this one.
Another free sample from the ever generous Teavivre. Thank you once more.
Like the others I have written notes on, this oolong is curled up into dark green balls that open up to become dark green whole leaves in the pot. There is something really quite lovely about the appearance of all these unfurled leaves filling my glass teapot. You would think there was no room for water with the way they unfurl.
The aroma is immediately floral and slightly milky. The liquor is dark yellow with a hint of green. It is sweet-tasting, like honeysuckle but thicker and with a creamy mouthfeel and that floral aroma emerges in the tasting too. This is a very refreshing tea and not too demanding. It sits comfortably with you in silence rather than requiring you to pay constant attention to it (yes, Tibetan Flame, I am thinking of you). I find it quite relaxing too, as my body takes it on board and decides that the stresses of the day are not equal to the stressbusting powers of this tea. This could be an everyday tea for me. I enjoy the sweetness and I do not feel compelled to try to get to the bottom of every flavour in the cup. Good stuff.
I drank this with a smorgasbord of Korean and Vietnamese food tonight, which was a nice pairing with the tea. Smell and taste reminds me of mineral/hot rock, which is something I always enjoy in oolong teas. It looks to be priced decently, so I’d probably order it again. Later steepings are bringing out some misc. herb-like notes.
On a chilly, overcast day when I had to reluctantly drag my butt out of bed in order to go to work, I reach for an old favorite. This is perfection in a cup. The jasmine is strong yet mellow, and the tea does taste faintly peach-like.
I just wish I had time to finish the mug before I had to run out the door.
However, drinking this chilled after work – still yummy.
This is my first venture with keemun – I would not normally have purchased this tea based on the description, but this was a sample given to me in my Teavivre order, so I decided to give it a go.
I wasn’t very nice to this poor tea. I steeped it far too long. Well, what a pleasant surprise that it was still really tasty. It was malty and a little bread-y. I decided to re-steep the leaves even though I over did it the first time around, and while the flavour was milder (no surprise there) it was still quite flavourful. I am impressed.
I will definitely be purchasing this one at some point.
Sipdown, 111. Thanks again to Teavivre for this sample!
This tea is one of those teas that really just makes me happy. I love a sweet, floral, buttery, unroasted tieguanyin and this fits all of those categories beautifully. Slightly citrusy, green and fresh, but with a lovely complexity. Straight up delicious!
Had this one western style today. This definitely goes to show how much I prefer TGYs to Taiwanese high mountain oolongs. There is just a richness to TGYs; a bass note behind the florals that gives it more heft than the lightness of the high mountain varieties. When it comes to TGYs this one is a little more subdued and less sweet than my preference, although I do love the strong floral orchid notes that really come out in the aftertaste. This is quite a nice one, and I’m definitely enjoying my cup of it today.
Thanks so so much to Teavivre for continuing to be awesome, for providing me with this tea to sample, and for sending a completely surprise free (!!!) gaiwan with my last pack of samples. I am, of course, using it to try out this tea now!
I used one pack, gave it a quick rinse, and did a few steeps to start before the gaiwan got so hot I couldn’t hold it anymore. After the first couple of steeps the tea leaves exploded and were bursting out of the gaiwan. It smells initially like a nice, green TGY, that is buttery and floral and a bit sugary, but this tea caught me a little off guard. What I wasn’t expecting was the intense juicy, fruity flavor in the tea. Unlike other TGYs I’ve had, for sure!
This does have the expected elements: it’s very floral, it’s very buttery, it’s a bit sweet like spun sugar. But this kind of bright almost citrusy note to it is so cool. Really interesting tea, and I look forward to trying it with various brewing methods. Thanks again, Teavivre!
Backlog from last night. Or was it two nights ago? I don’t remember.
Anyway, I got this as a sample from TeaVivre ages ago and have finally gotten around to trying it out. Thanks, Angel and Teavivre!
This is going to be a short note since I didn’t write anything down whichever night I had this.
Smoky, but less so than some other lapsang souchongs I’ve had. Most of the smokiness seems to be in the smell. Smooth, malty, with a bit of sweetness that becomes more pronounced as it cools. Very enjoyable with the fall weather!
Thanks again, Angel and Teavivre!
Free sample from Teavivre. Thank you once more.
I love the look of the olive green tea nuggets in this sample. They look great and smell a bit milky when dry, then they unfurl in the pot as I steep them. It makes me happy that I mainly use a glass teapot, not that that stops me wanting a lovely celadon teapot and more Yixing teapots, of course!
The milky aroma turns to cream when I steep the leaves with strong floral overtones. All this promises something good, and the tea does not disappoint. The roasted flavour is there, but delicate and not overdone. It complements the floral undertones that are present, but you need to search for them. This is a very full, thick tea that is less sweet than I thought it might be. This is good. Too much sweetness alongside the other flavours would probably just be too much. I like this tea.
Thank you Angel at Teavivre for this sample.
I like the new tables that show both Western and Chinese brewing information on the Teavivre website.
I bought an 8oz Gongfu teapot from Teavivre last year so for the sake of this review I shall use the suggested 3oz (or guess the equivalent as best I can).
Tea – 7g (one small silver foil bag)
Water Temperature – 100℃
7 steeps : rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s
The tea itself consists of dark green and light green leaves that make up small to medium sized balls and squiggles.
They have a sweet lily, orchid and mineral green scent.
Throughout the steeps –
It starts with a thick but sweet lily fragrance. Tea tastes subtle, sweet, mineral green and floral with vegetal elements. Perhaps slightly buttery and perfumed in the after taste.
It gradually becomes rather dry and less sweet. The lily is still very thick. The vegetal tone becomes more distinguished and fresh broccoli like.
Eventually around the fifth steep it tones down a lot in flavour and becomes as mellow as the first steep. It still has lily characteristics and vegetal tones but it’s also much dryer than previously.
Overall – It’s a very floral Oolong which has light and medium strengths/highlights throughout. No bitterness was present. I enjoyed this, would consider purchasing some in the future.
And here’s another sipdown! That puts me at 100 tea! (And sadly, I look at my cupboard and think I need more. Maybe 10 different samples from DAVIDsTEA? /o\)
Anyway, this was from one of the oolong samplers from Teavivre that I’m happy I picked up, although I’m worried I’ll get all these oolongs mixed up. I think the Taiwan Dong Ding is my favourite so far.
And this one? It’s described as a beginner oolong – I’m comforted. It’s mostly floral, and a little creamy, and I think it reminds me of the monkey-picked oolongs? Hmmm. I think there’s a jasmine aftertaste to it as well.
Does anyone know which of teavivre’s oolongs are roastier than the others? I think I like roasty more than floral with oolongs. Thanks!
I brewed this western style. My experience so far is it’s mostly floral smelling and tasting, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Some nice, mild vegetal notes. This was just a sample size, but I’ll probably order more in the future. A balanced, good all around tea.
Tea of the morning……
This is a sample i have had for a while. I had a pot of the regular Bailin Gongfu a few days ago, and decided this was a good time to give this one a go. I am generally not as concerned about a tea being Organic, but I know others are. I did notice that it is currently out of stock. The other thing to note is that it is twice the price of its non-organic counterpart.
So far, this seems very comparable in taste. There are definitely differences, but they are subtle. I still get the malty, chocolatey notes in the regular version. This one might be a tad less earthy, but that note is subtle in the regular version, too. Definitely a great tea if your teas being organic is important to you. As for me, I will continue to drink the other.
Usual teapot method.