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Backlog! I sipped the rest of this one today while getting my little ferret ready for a play date! I know… It sounds ridiculous but it’s quite entertaining to watch them run around together :3
Archie and Nibbles playing:
Thank you Angel and Teavivre for a very generous sample of this. I was excited to try this because I love, love silver needle. The aroma of the dry leaf is amazing and filled with jasmine. Oh this is heavenly. The sweetness of the silver needle mix perfectly with the sweet floral notes of the jasmine. For some reason the two together almost remind me of grapes. Like a really light, natural grape flavor. This is such a beautiful tea. Thank you again Angel!
This is really good.
I love how I drink my light spring teas now that it’s Autumn. And I think I was drinking Pumpkin Chai in the Spring.
Anyway, this is very light and floral but.. not in a bad way? Sometimes I think Jasmine = YUCK, but it’s good. It’s not in your face, and it’s also nice and sweet too. I would definitely drink more of this, and I think that this would help promote more enjoyment of teas that aren’t just black. I should drink at least one tea per day that isn’t black… I have so much of it. :P
Thank you Angel for the sample!
I received this as a free sample from Teavivre and have to say I am very impressed with their business ethics. They are very helpful and stayed in contact with me until my free samples arrived. The E-Mails sent were real and not automated which is very important to me. My next purchases I make will defiantly be from them.
Now for my review of the tea itself. Upon opening the tea it smelled GREAT and I was very excited to try it. 1st steep was for 2 and was 5 minutes in an Adagio Teas 32-Ounce Iced Ingenuitea Teapot and there was absolutely no taste what so ever and my daughter agreed. 2nd steep was for 10 minutes, thats right, 10 minutes. It was much better and somewhat enjoyable. The strawberry was subtle and not generic in taste. Though I do not think I would purchase this tea, I am enjoying the free sample. I have one more sample of the tea left and I will give it another chance. As of right now I think about 60 is where I stand on this one. I will update my review if that changes with the other sample.
I am a roasty kind of girl. So I was excited to receive a sample from Teavivre of the heavily roasted Iron Goddess. I also have the “regular” Iron Goddess, so I decided to compare the two. I have previously tried the regular version.
The dry tea of both varieties look very similar to each other. The heavily roasted is a bit darker green colour. They both smell very similar with the roasted being a slightly stronger smell.
After brewing, the regular version is a light greenish yellow colour, the roasted is more of a brown green colour. They both smell the same with the roasted being a stronger smell. Both very floral.
But that’s where the similarities end. While I find the regular version to be quite floral, light, slightly sweet grass type flavour. The roasted is a stronger, woody type flavour. Only slightly floral. Less sweet. Reminds me more of butter. There is definitely a roasty flavour, like roasted nuts.
Both varieties are good, but I think I would always go for the roasted version if available.
I went to fix myself this tea this morning and realized I had TWO cups’ worth left, not just one like I thought. This morning I put the tea through my accidental “steep it way longer than 5 minutes” test that seems to be becoming a trend…
It’s still great, and if anything, the longer steep time brings out the rose flavor. I’m upping the numbers on this. Anywhere below 95 is just not accurate anymore.
If I get one Teavivre tea in my splurge, it’ll be this. This is one of the rare teas I can’t get over my awe of.
…I did place my first Butiki order last night too.
It’s been a bit since I’ve had this one! (Mostly because I couldn’t find it, and when I did, I put it in a tin then forgotten I’d put it in the tin.) This is my breakfast tea while watching Family Ties on Netflix (ahh so good!!!) As I think I say every time I drink a dian hong, I have to remember to drink this slowly to get the flavor progression. Otherwise there’s still the tasteful rose flavoring. I feel like I’m just repeating what I’ve already said about this one. But it’s the kind of tea that we get obsessed with tea for. Definitely restocking on my impending tea splurge…
Backlog from yesterday. Had a cup at home, then drank another cup throughout my work day.
And now, a summary of my weekend.
FRIDAY: Went for a pretty awesome bike ride with my parents. We did… 8 or 9 miles? Which is longer than my normal trip, but it felt like I got a lot of exercise without being killed. Doc says I need more regular exercise to up my good cholesterol, so there ya go…
SATURDAY: Worked. And while I was at work, I sprained the CRAP out of my ankle when I tried to do a running vault over merchandise to answer the phone, only to land entirely the wrong way. It even made me cry. And then I left work 1 hour early to drive to Indianapolis (I tried to leave earlier, but the part-timer made this slightly judgmental comment and then we got really busy anyway) to visit a friend. It rained all the way from the state border on, of course right after it got dark.
SUNDAY: Friend and I went with her parents to see a dinner theater matinee of Les Miserables. It wound up being actually really cool, since it was a much smaller production than that show normally gets, and once I got over that and the mostly-synthesized orchestra, we got really into it and raved about it all the way back to her place. And then I drove home, and as soon as I crossed the state border, it got dark and rained.
And now I am sitting at home, going back and forth between Epsom salts and an ice pack on the ankle, which is not a pretty sight right now. I’m considering making tea, but I’m not sure. I did have three cups of coffee during the show, anyway. Ah well!
This is a backlog from Friday because Cup 2 proved my review of Cup 1 to be a boldfaced lie. :P And 1) my computer was Down With the Sickness and 2) I was busy helping my parents last-minute clean the house for a rare visitor. For the longest time, my parents were self-conscious about the house, but since we’ve gotten a lot of things redone, it’s a much nicer-looking place.
You know how I said I couldn’t taste the Dian Hong flavor progression? Lies! Once the tea had the chance to cool and mellow a bit, I realized the brightness I was getting at the beginning of the sip was partly due to that Bailin Bongfu-esque earthiness, which tastes slightly citrusy or something when you have rose flavoring. As it stays on the tongue, it does darken and malten (it’s a real word now!), you just still have that floral overtone. And even that mellows out a bit as it cools. It’s really quite a pleasant cup. I’m considering it for a restock once the sample’s gone.
But my favorite part? The wet leaves with the rosebuds. They really do smell like roses!
Writing this on my phone because my computer is Down With The Sickness. Oh nooooo…
There are little rose buds in the tea! Not just leaves, but full-on rose buds. It’s precious! I even had to show my mom. Apparently rose hips are a source of Vitamin C?
The dry leaves definitely smell sweet and rose like; the tea smells like a sweet Dian Hong. The flavor of the rose is unexpectedly bright. It’s kind of perfume-like, but there’s also some vegetable it’s reminding me of. There is maltiness late in the sip, but besides that I really don’t get the Dian Hong chameleon-flavor in this tea, although I can tell it’s a black base.
No numbers for now. This may be one to get used to.
Dry leaf smells of fresh sweet hay – so comforting somehow.
Brewed, the first sip is a bit brisk but smooths as the cup cools. Flavour is bright with earthy sweet potato, and then a lingering orange citrus aftertaste which develops more as the tea cools.
Second and third steeps do not have the astringency of the initial cup and tastes even more of orange and sweet potato.
That bit of briskness is leaving a dryness in my mouth and throat- although it could just be due to how I feel today.
This is a very good, flavourful and tasty tea, and I will try it again another day when the bright citrus note won’t bother me so much.
wow….am I really the first to rate this??
ok…. no pressure or anything…
Ok well hot….it’s pretty strong in flavor…little spinach…vegetal?…but def smooth. Sort of a thick mouthfeel if that makes sense. It smells slightly sweet and floral. The main taste is that strong spinach leafy taste…but then it develops into more of a floral….
Letting it cool a bit more…
hmm….it’s allright…nothing too special. Maybe I’m just expecting more for some reason. It IS brisk tho.
Second steep. Less spinach taste but now it seems almost bitter. It’s odd.
It’s not a bad tea…but nothing I think I HAVE to have.
I’ll have to give it a couple more tries before I can rate it
Oh this is a perfect tea for a cold and rainy afternoon. Soft, warm, a hint of buttery osmanthus and of course the gentle, inconspicuous milk note. The green of the unfurling leaves matches the few mossy things left outside in the fog that haven’t been swept away in the coming of winter. The aroma of the brewed tea is comforting and restful. I think I’ll have another steep or three (and it will be a re-order for sure). Stay warm, friends!
Flavors: Butter, Milk, Osmanthus
Dry: Tightly rolled dark olive colored leaves with lighter stems peeking out here and there. Smells fresh, a bit buttery, and vegetal without being grassy or hay-like.
Steeped: Pale clear light olive liquor. The leaves unfurl while brewing and show how large and lovely they are. Like with most quality oolongs, make sure there is plenty of room in the infuser before steeping. Smells just like the dry scent with a creamy aroma noted once brewed.
Taste: I’ve never had other flavored or unflavored milk oolongs to compare to, but I have been enjoying this tea. It is vegetal, buttery, every so slightly floral, and smooth. I am not getting milk taste per-se, but an overall creaminess to the feel on the palate. It is a rich and pleasurable oolong to sip and I am glad I purchased a larger size tin to enjoy it all the longer.
From the HHTTB
I’m not sure who put this in the box, but the box is WAY TOO BIG & FULL.
So thank you!
This tea is yet another example of the excellent quality of teas the TeaVivre produces, & although I don’t drink as much green teas as I used to, this is very nice. Its a delicate green & the jasmine is there, but very lightly. A very nice & refined cup!
I feel like I wasted half my sample – I didn’t realize that I was supposed to steep this at 85C and so I dumped my poor leaves into boiling water as I would most black teas.
/0\ Ok. Never assume anything. Let’s move on.
This tastes fine by the way, but I’m not rating/reviewing until I do it “properly”.
I have really grown to love Keemun black teas. This one did not disappoint. It’s got all of the characteristics one might expect from a keemun, but this one seems a bit more refined than the usual fare. It’s definitely on the light side for a keemun, but at the same time the flavors and aromas are noticeable. The smokiness is there as expected, but the dominant aroma in this cup is unmistakeably floral. Those are the aromas at the forefront, with subtle malt, hay, and cocoa notes floating in the background. The finish is slightly bitter and dry, in a very enjoyable way, with very slight cherry/strawberry notes at the tail end. Despite all the flavors that sometimes indicate a heavy drink, this one leaves me feeling refreshed.
Very good. Many thanks to the wonderful people at Teavivre.
Very good tea! Today I am getting a more roasted nut vibe from my last sample pack along with the smooth green savory broth. Excellent for an organic Dragon Well. I am so glad I ordered a large tin of this or I would be writing another sad sipdown note this week, lol.
Was in the mood for a straight green while I try (once again) to get started on my last paper for the semester. It is a family case study with regard to health policy, so pretty boring to research and write about. At least to me. :/
Anyhow, I was happy to find one more sample bag of this hiding behind the flavored matcha. I used a little bit less leaf than last time and it is still great. Fresh, sweet, and a bit buttery with that hint of water chestnuts that I like so much- just what I wanted this fine afternoon.