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My new samples from Teavivre arrived today! Hooray! Since my tea party guest loves black tea, I thought this would be a great one to include today. Youngest made all the tea, and I had instructed her to use nine pearls for the pot and go the maximum listed 2 minutes.

The liquor was of a medium amber/orange color. The aroma has a sweet high note that reminds me of honey as well as a hint of sweet potato aroma with a wee bit of maltiness. The overall taste is really elegant. I would consider this to be an afternoon tea, and would have no problem serving it by itself or with really nice daintiest to eat. My guest was really taken with this one, but all three of today’s teas were declared winners! I expect this will go on my next Teavivre order.

I haven’t tried resteeping it yet, but we saved the pearls and I will make another pot soon, I also want to try a longer steep and see if it results in a heartier breakfast style tea.

Excellent! Thank you, Teavivre, for sending this one for me to try!

TeaBrat

I got some too!

tigress_al

I also have a sample on the way!

ashmanra

Yay! I look forward to your review! I can’t wait to see how it resteeps, and next time I drink it I think I will use my little glass teapot!

Uniquity

This one is at home waiting for me to have the time…I am very excited to try it!

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Thanks again, Angel!

This is a backlog from Saturday afternoon and……..I really, really, really hope I steeped this wrong. Truly. I don’t even want to put a note out yet, but feel it can pass as my cry for help. Because………..I couldn’t even stand to drink this. It definitely had that fishy smell and it tasted like that. It was just….not good.

I’m not rating or reviewing this until I know I have it right. So this is my call for help. HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS RIGHT?? Please. I’m begging. All of the other Teavivre teas have been awesome so far, and I don’t want to mess this up.

Bonnie

Poor you! The first thing is not to feel bad! I would suggest watching a video about puerh on the Teavivre website (I think they have a video on how to prepare) or Verdant Tea which has a great video on verdant tv. Usually you rinse the puerh first then steep it to drink. It is rich and earthy. At first you might like it as a latte with milk and sweetened if this is how you drink coffee.

Violet

Hmm, yeah, I do think milk or cream would do better. I’ll give it a try, and DEFINITELY rinse it next time. I thought about rinsing it, but in the rush of things didn’t do it. I’m not giving up though!

Bonnie

Good! I was so scared the first time I saw the little thing looking back at me like an eye! Daring me to like it! If I didn’t read up and watch a video I probably would never have learned to love puerh! Don’t give up. There are so many..and all different. Shu, sheng…lighter and darker ones. Magical!

TeaVivre

I like this tea for its rich, earthy flavor and mellow taste. You can try Bonnie’s suggestion, to rinse the tea first, and then brew it to drink.

LiberTEAS

I want to chime in here and recommend steeping this in a gaiwan if you aren’t already. A quick rinse (10 seconds) works wonders with Puerh, and then use short steeps in the gaiwan. 30 seconds for the first infusion. 45 seconds for the next.

Violet

I don’t have one of those, and/or really know what it is.

TeaBrat

A gaiwan is a little cup with a lid, you can look them up on the internets. :)
But I would also agree a rinse is good, plus shorter steeps as LiberTeas suggests.

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I have really liked every Puerh I have tasted from Teavivre. I have saved this sample that I purchased for almost a year, but my best friend came over to try my new flourless chewy chocolate cookie recipe and I thought this would be wonderful with them. It was!

I gave it a rinse because it is such a tight chunk. It is pretty large, more than I would normally chip off for my little gong fu pot. The first few steeps were kept quite short, maybe 20 seconds. I made four steeps, filling a larger pot, and made four more after that. The fifth steep was super dark, really quickly. It tasted great, too. Dark puerh doesn’t scare me, I like it! I saved the leaves because this doesn’t look like it is even close to quitting.

Delicious, refreshing, moist, clean leaves on a forest floor with streaks of sunlight streaming down on you. That is this tea.

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I think these are steeps eight and nine.

My son and I are drinking more puerh tonight and I saved these leaves from last night since they still seemed to have plenty of flavor. This is mild and I think it is getting a little sweeter. I am still saving the leaves as I think we have one or two more steeps we can get from these. This sample packet was $2 (it comes two packs at $4) and the three of us have shared it for two days and I see one more day in its future. Not bad at all, and pretty much makes $48 for the large cake a real bargain, especially considering what a smooth, drinkable puerh this is. Again, no horse-y, no dirt, definitely no fish, just clean, sweet, fall leaves.

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I bought the sample of this tea with my last order. It came in two 7 g packs and there is a generous chunk of the tea cake in each packet.

I made this in my gong fu set following the Teavivre instructions for a gaiwan. The result was a very mild, sweet puerh. I did a 20 second rinse, followed by a fifteen second steep. That was almost too mild for me since I like a good, earthy, horsey puerh! But it was quite good. The second steep was about 30 seconds, and on each successive steep I really didn’t add much time. This is very tasty.

Some puerhs are fishy. This one has not the slightest hint of fishiness. Some puerhs are horsey, with a lot of saddle leather aroma. This one is sweet forest floor, leaves breaking down into rich soil that will soon be laden with mushrooms. Have you smelled pecan tree leaves as you rake them in fall and they break underfoot and release their sweet scent? That is what I am reminded of, the best scents of a clean forest path.

And boy, does this ever resteep! I think we are on number seven now, and it doesn’t look like it is thinking of quitting on me! This is so mellow and even though we had a meal of eye of round roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, and steamed asparagus with butter and lemon pepper, my mouth feels light and fresh. Don’t worry, I am about to go brush! But the tea is so CLEAN! Definitely one the puerh lover should consider, and one that may win over the reluctant puerh drinker.

Azzrian

OMG this sounds AMAZING!

ashmanra

Azzrian: definitely thinking the big cake for $48 may go on my list of "things you can get me for my birthday/Christmas/anniversary!

ashmanra

The list is for my hubby by the way! Poor soul panics even though I am not high maintenance, because he is romantic and wants everything to be just so!

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This was my first tea after surgery yesterday. For some reason I have always associated this tea with healing. It is addictively delicious. I have had one other ginseng oolong and it couldn’t hold a candle to this one. It was such a comfort to have favorite teas from my favorite tiny cup away from home.

boychik

Wishing you speedy recovery!

Roughage

Hope all is well and you recover quickly.

looseTman

The day after surgery and you’re writing tasting notes – what a trooper! Angel should be especially pleased you chose a TeaVivre tea at such an important time for your healing. We hope you have a speedy recovery!

gmathis

So good to see you on the board! Still praying!

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Backlog from last week: There is one student to whom I offered at every week, but he never took me up on the offer. He is eighteen, and when his mother and little sister used to come with him, they would always get a china cup and have tea together during the lesson.

He drives himself now, so the past few weeks I didn’t offer tea. But this time he came in and said, “I know you always offered me tea and I never took it, but today I really need some because my allergies are making me feel terrible.” Yippee! (For the tea, not for him feeling terrible.)

I steeped pot after pot of this and he said it made him feel better. It was his first time having tea other than fruit flavored black, except for the one time he accepted (and liked) some puerh.

He ended up staying an extra two and a half hours, watching YouTube with me. I introduced him to Steam Powered Giraffe and he introduced me to Foals and David Garrett!

carol who

Yeah! Another tea convert on his way!

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I love this tea. Way back when I first got it, I had a sore throat, the kind that hurts when you swallow and means you are getting sick, not just a scratchy throat from allergies or drainage. I drank several steeps hoping the warmth would soothe my throat, and instead, the sore throat never fully manifested. I noticed that the pain stopped and didn’t come back.

A friend came over and tried it and I told her about what had happened. She said at first she couldn’t figure out if she lately liked the tea as it was very unusual to her, but then she couldn’t stop drinking it. She ended up ordering it…twice…. And still drinks it when she feels a cold coming on.

Yesterday my bestie came over and she sounded AWFUL. She has terrible allergies and was slurpy and sniffly and miserable. I used 1 1/2 teaspoons and made several steeps of this tea ( about a liter total) and served it with pound cake and strawberries. She stayed a really long time. When I called later that evening, she said that she felt really good for hours and hours after drinking this tea. Maybe it is the ginseng? She said she normally doesn’t like tea that leaves an aftertaste but she really loved this one.

I have offered her some of mine to tide her over through allergy season. This is one I hope I will ALWAYS have on hand. I tried one from another company once and it wasn’t even close to being as tasty and delicious as this one. It really turned me off, but this one is addictive.

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Taiwan Ginseng oolong! I love you I love you I love you. You are delicious. You are addictive. When I make you, I make a lot of you, and I drink and drink and drink.

Tonight I served you with homemade lomein.

Now I asked if there is licorice root powder in this and was told no, and I am sure whoever it was doesn’t know it is there, but it HAS to be there. I taste it, and I have never seen a ginseng oolong that didn’t have at least a bit. I don’t care. I love it.

I tried another ginseng oolong and it was nothing compared to this one. I scoff at it. Buy this one.

Stephanie

I’ve never tried a ginseng oolong…I don’t even know what ginseng would taste like!

ashmanra

I have heard it said that it tastes like a dirty potato, lol! But this doesn’t, I think there must be licorice root making it so sweet. A couple of my friends have just gotten addicted to this tea. There are two main types of ginseng and this is American rather than Siberian. There is a distinct difference, so maybe that is why the flavor of this is so good.

Stephanie

Nice, I’ll pick up a sample with my next Teavivre order :)

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Hubby and I drank a whole lot of steeps of this tonight. A single teaspoon in my little glass pot and over a liter of water, and it just kept giving with each resteep. We are drinking this because we love it and also because middle daughter has caught a nasty cough and cold and this tea seems to help me stay well when I feel something coming on.

On a side note, my eldest daughter married her Irish fiancé Friday. We had the wedding dinner at the Pit in Raleigh, NC. I didn’t realize it had been featured on a television show as one of the best restaurants, and it was amazingly reasonably priced. But best of all, the food was unbelievably good. If you ever have a chance, go! My son’s girlfriend is vegetarian and had the barbecued tofu and loved it so much she wants to go back with her mom.

Superanna, my daughter, congrats to you! You have chosen a fine young man who is a great addition to the family.

Fjellrev

Congrats to your daughter!

Sil

Yay! Congratulations to your daughter. That sounds lovely.

Kamyria

Congratulations to your daughter!

SimplyJenW

Congratulations!

TheTeaFairy

So happy for your family, congratulations!

caile

That’s wonderful! Congratulations!

boychik

Congratulations ! Lots of luck and happiness !

TeaVivre

Congratulations to your daughter!

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Tuesday is Ike day, the day we keep Ike the puppy for my friend. When my friend comes to pick up his dog we often tea. Until recently my friend had only had Lipton black tea, hot with with milk and sugar. He has enjoyed puerh, smooth black teas with no additions, and oolongs, so I tried this one out on him today.

A loaf of bread was just coming out of the oven, so we paired the tea with hot bread and butter.

I love the lingering aftertaste, like exotic flowers at the back of the swallow, blooming well after the sip and staying for quite a while. My friend liked the tea but said he couldn’t taste the floral note much, probably due to being a smoker. A big surprise to me – after he got home he texted that his blood pressure was 127/88. This is phenomenal for him, as he has spectacularly high blood pressure and is about to have kidney surgery in an effort to lower it since his meds are not controlling it well anymore.

I would have thought that ginseng would raise, rather than lower, blood pressure, but it didn’t have anything to do with the tea at all.

I love this one, and since my tin is half empty I plan to reorder on Friday!

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I didn’t know anything about ginseng when I first tried this tea. I fell in love with the way it coated my throat and tongue, the way the sweetness grew in volume with each swallow, the way the sweet somewhat floral (to me) flavor blossoms, going from a pianissimo on the first sip to forte after the third little “shot” from my Teavivre double walled glass cups.

Subsequent steeps become less ginseng and more oolong. The color stayed a good solid golden shade through all three steeps, and I will probably steep these leaves some more tomorrow.

My guests loved loved loved it! I love it, too, and right now I am wondering how I keep myself from drinking it every day.

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I love this tea. Did I already say I love this tea? Because I love this tea!

One of the ladies who didn’t like green tea just a couple of weeks ago said today that she doesn’t like ginseng. I said, maybe give this a try! Several cups later, this tea is on the list of tea she wants me to order for her! The taste of ginseng blossoms in your mouth and you are hooked! Hooked, I say!

Edited to add: I found this link about how it is made. They don’t mention sugar, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there! This really describes the tea well…lingering floral sweetness, although one person drinking it said she wouldn’t call it sweetness, but rather a cooling sensation, followed by hearty toasted nut flavor. The sweetness really can linger for a while!

http://hojotea.com/item_e/o16e.htm

gmathis

Interesting. The ginseng that has crossed my palate tasted like I was sucking on an unwashed potato.

Kittenna

Hmm, I was apprehensive about this one, but maybe should get to trying it sooner rather than later…!

TeaBrat

@gmathis – I’m with you there, the ginseng oolongs I have tried are weird tasting to me.

Jim Marks

Because the ginseng is adhered to the tea using a sugar solution, this tea has a cloying sweetness which can be pleasant.

It also helps hide the floral notes of the oolong.

Bonnie

I like the 3rd steep the best. The first is too powdery, the second still a little strong. The third you can taste the oolong floral and the sweet ginseng. More subtle.

ashmanra

I feel like animal from the Muooets over this one. I want them all! ALL! ALL!

ashmanra

Whoops! Muppets!

K S

Sounds a little more like Cookie Monster to me.

SimplyJenW

I have a sample of this that I need to try soon. It seems so much like thepuriTea’s Gunpowder….(I kind of think the name gunpowder and the fact it is listed as a green over there at thepuriTea is wrong…)

ashmanra

I wrote an email to to ask if any sugar solution was used, because that wild be a real deal breaker possibly for my friend who wants some as she is diabetic. They said there is no sugar or licorice root in this. One article I read about the cheap stuff said they use powder oolong and mix licorice root with it, but I can’t find any evidence they do that with this kind. I guess a tiny amount of sugar wouldn’t hurt her, but we at least need to know if it is there!

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I LOVE THIS TEA! And to be honest, I am the only one around here who does! My son said Bleh, my daughter said ick, and my guest today said it was as bad as puerh. LOL! I like puerh. And I love what the ginseng does – that sweet, floral, herbal taste and FEEL that coats the palate and throat! It feels similar to licorice root to me, which the kids also dislike but I enjoy. More ginseng tea, please! This is great!

ScottTeaMan

This is one of my favorite teas! :))

Bonnie

So you’ll have the last laugh when they are all wrinkled up and you look 35 at 75!

ashmanra

YAY! I am so glad other people like this, too! So far only my hubby tolerates it. Everyone else opts for a different tea! I love it. I think I could drink a bucketful of it, but I won’t. I’ll be good and just drink a reasonable amount.

gmathis

I think I’m with the kids on this one … ginseng tastes like you’re licking a tree root that hasn’t been cleaned :)

Lindsay

this is making my excited for my samples to get here! the ginseng oolong has me the most intrigued.

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This is the tea I was most excited about in my new order from Teavivre. I had never had a ginseng oolong. The manager at A Southern Season had recommended theirs to me months ago but I was already buying all I should and didn’t get it. The next time I went, I tried to buy it and they were sold out and didn’t know when they would get more. I was so excited to see it in Teavivre’s website.

I steeped it in my gong fu pot, poured the first steep into a pitcher and immediately resteeped. It was that second steep that I tasted first since I wanted to try each steep separately, not mixing them in the pitcher, and I wanted to pour the second steep so I could go ahead and make a third. I took a sip….roasted oolong. I took another sip…roasted oolong. I was thinking that I really didn’t know what ginseng tasted like anyway when suddenly BAM! On the third sip something sweet blossomed in my throat and along the sides of my tongue. Every sip from that point on was a new adventure in delight. As soon as I finished my little cup, I went to the first steep in the pitcher. WOW! This is great. I am so glad I got this one. Sometimes you get excited about a new tea and then it lets you down. This one has lived up to my hopes. I do get the licorice root-like flavor that Dorothy mentioned. I find it very soothing and it seems to coat the throat.

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I am going to have to label this as a favorite of hubby soon. We had it with Asian buffet take out again last night and he emptied the pot before I hardly had any! Then he….yes, HE….resteeped. I don’t know if he has ever made loose leaf tea by himself, but he went in the kitchen and made another pot. He was being sweet to me so I could have seem more, and of course he sat down and had more as well.

It is hard to describe how good this is with food. I am surprised I like it so well with food because it is a mild tea that you would think would get lost under the flavors, but instead it swirls across your palate and tastes so fresh and sweet, like sweet well water. I think this would have to go on the “if I could only have ten teas” list!

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One thousand four hundred+ voters in eight and a half hours. Tired. Chinese leftovers. This tea. Can not possibly do NaNoWriMo tonight. Shower. Good night.

Fabulous tea, by the way, and great with food.

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I am so glad I bought a lot of this! I made a 22 ounce pot to go with our Asian take out tonight, and had to resteep. Hubby was really throwing it back! Tonight we really went overboard and bought too much food, and most of it is pretty high fat and rich. We realized that we had been so busy today that neither of us had eaten all day – just had a glass of milk. No wonder we went wild when we got our take out!

As I sipped this tea with my meal, it was remarkable how it seemed to wash through the heavy food with a bright, lightly floral taste. I liken it to sunshine! There is a floral sweetness, a bright mineral flavor, and no sour or grassy taste at all. Delicious! The second pot is almost at an end!

Azzrian

Hubby and I are about to go to a local asian place to eat tonight as well. I have not felt the best today so hoping I can eat my fill since it is a buffet. Had some pu’er earlier to help the tummy.
Mostly just suffering from a headache though.
Glad you two had a great dinner and tea experience! So nice when the hubby joins in on tea enjoyment!

ashmanra

Thanks! He has come a long way from Tetley with milk and sugar and sugar to really enjoying some of these greens. I hope you are feeling better and can enjoy your buffet!

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I think this is one of the few Teavivre teas I have ordered that I bought “blind” rather than having already had a sample first.

I really shouldn’t be up, but I am hoping to stay up late enough to get some big news and I have had a brutal day working at early voting. I needed a soul soother tea and picked this one.

This is so light and creamy that it reminds me of drinking white tea. It is smooth, never sour, never bitter. The more I drink the more I want to keep drinking, which is good because I had no lunch today and couldn’t even go get water for the longest time. I am so glad I bought this one.

Tomorrow, I am taking a bottle of matcha water to stay hydrated and keep my energy up, because tonight I am seriously flagging.

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My daughter and I continued drinking green tea when she and her dad got home from the movie theater. She had never had this one before, so we made a pot and broke out the Milka bars. We never eat a whole one at one sitting, but just off a few squares to enjoy.

The leaves are long, thin, wiry, and therefore impossible to measure in a teaspoon! I put four big pinches in my Stump pot, which makes about 20 ounces of tea, and steeped for two minutes. This gave us a light yellow liquor with mild creamy scent.

The tea is incredibly smooth, and the flavor is very good, but I want a little more oomph. I think I will try increasing the leaves. This is a great tea to go with a meal. It really does have a creamy texture and a very pleasing flavor profile. At times, I taste a mineral/frost quality. My daughter seemed to enjoy it.

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This was pre-movie tea for hubby and myself. We went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at our little local art house theater where they sell gourmet popcorn, wine, and a pretty extensive collection of Numi teas and a fair number of Tazo teas. The movie was pretty good, by the way, and only had one F-bomb, a real feat for an art house movie, it seems!

I made this in my largest pot because we seem to drink a lot of it at a time. It is smooth and sweet, very lightly butter-y, and goes well with food. We had it Sam’s club white meat chicken egg rolls, LOL! Hey, don’t judge, they were pretty good! And the tea went nicely with it.

Bonnie

That was a fun movie! Saw it on Mother’s Day with my daughter in Boulder after tea! Wine and gourmet popcorn at the movies?! Cool! Sounds like a great date night!

ashmanra

Well, they HAD wine and popcorn, but we didn’t get any! LOL! It is a fun little theater and we are really glad it has made it all these years through our downtown revitalization. I’m afraid our downtown used to be a world-renowned red light district. Not any more, though.
On a side note, I was pretty bummed when I went to the ABC store to buy vodka for making vanilla extract and they didn’t ask to see my I.D. In their defense, it has been several decades since age 21.

Hesper June

I have not had a chance to go to a movie as of late, but I have thought this would be a cute one to watch.
However, I have a feeling I will simply just feel bummed out now if I go because I my theater certainly does not offer tea or wine!

ashmanra

It was pretty good! It really has an all star cast of some of my favorites.

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