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Flavors: Earth, Smoke, Smooth

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I chose to try this tea purely on the fact that it was a flavored oolong, and a flavor that I have not yet seen for an oolong. The aroma that comes from the bag is a very pronounced sweet strawberry smell that is quite enticing to the senses. The tea itself is a tightly rolled light oolong tea, that to be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of. I decided to go the “western” route on brewing for this tea, and didn’t rinse this tea very much at all, just a quick touch in the water; I didn’t want to wash away any of the flavoring. Since this tea was so tightly rolled, I steeped it in water for a bit longer than I would normally for an oolong, and the resulting liqueur was on the darker side of a light oolong, with a very prominent strawberry smell, but was lacking a lot in body, and was quite empty in flavor. The tea soup itself was very clear, with almost no sediment at the bottom of my cup. Overall, this tea was okay, the aroma was 100/100, visually 100/100, and taste was 35/100. Visually this tea was beautiful, and the aroma was great, but there was really not much for the taste, the 1st brew was astringent and vegetal, and the 2nd and 3rd brew were sweeter and more floral, but it was lacking much, and was definitely not my favorite from Teavivre, but I wouldn’t couunt this tea out yet, perhaps it was just my batch; I will update later if it improves.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grass, Strawberry, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you so much Angel and Teavivre for the opportunity to taste this Pu-erh.
I wanted to do a simple cup of this one but I cannot manage to cut the little cake, too hard. So I decided to go for a full teapot to use the entire cake.

After steeping, the leaves are very green and are a mix of cut and entire leaves.

The taste is not so smocky but very on the honey and dry stone fruit side to my opinion. It has none bitterness at all.
The texture is light, not mellow, very refreshing.

I loved this one very much, sure I’m not afraid at all anymore of Pu-erh !

You can see some pics here on my blog :http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/raw-pu-erh-mini-tuocha-teavivre/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Yay! No longer afraid of pupu :-)

I love those minis and I loved your blog!

Ysaurella

Thank you :) I can add pics so that’s so nice. I need to create an instagram account as well

TheTeaFairy

Oh!!! Please come and join us on instagram, it’s so much fun ysaurella, people are great there too!! :-)

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I’ve had this a few times now, and I like it more and more every time. It has a thick, almost creamy mouthfeel, scents and tastes of aged leather, pipe tobacco and woodsmoke, and a salty-sweet aftertaste.

This afternoon, I’m steeping it in a gaiwan with about 100ml boiling water for 10-40s a time, and for me that brings out its best – not too strong but with all its aromas and tastes intact.

I’ll definitely be buying a cake of this for my winter stock-up.

Flavors: Leather, Salty, Smoke, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I’ve been drinking this with my mum over the last couple of days, and she found it very nice, quite light, and calming.

I didn’t enjoy it as much, but I’m not sure why – it has a lovely earthy-leather scent, and the early steeps were nicely sweet – a little syrup-ish (in a nice, caramel way). It wasn’t too overpowering (very strong puerhs aren’t to my taste much), but it didn’t quite come together for me; the shous I’ve enjoyed the most have a woody or woodsmoke undertone, so maybe I’m just missing that darker note.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Leather, Maple Syrup

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I got a sample of this with my last Teavivre order, & I have to admit, it’s pretty nice, especially lightly sweetened. The sweetening really brings out the flavor of the tangerine peel.

Stephanie

Sweetening this one is a good idea… I’ll have to try that!

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Sipdown! (107)

I find that I enjoy this one much more with a 1-minute steep instead of a 2-minute one. That odd metallic taste is nowhere to be found and it’s lovely and grainy and hay-like. Yummy! :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

Sounds delicious.

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My last white tea sample from TeaVivre’s last tasting event. I’ve loved all of them so far, even though I’m certainly not a white tea fanatic. I find that white tea makes a lovely evening beverage as it is very light and calming. This tea looks like other bai mudans I’ve had – leaves of various sizes and colors mixed with lovely fuzzy silver buds. Dry scent is hay and alfalfa. I did a 2 minute brew at 185 degrees.

Once brewed, this tea has the usual hay-like white tea scent, but there’s a strange mineral edge that I haven’t experienced before. The taste is mostly lovely hay and grain flavors, and it’s quite naturally sweet. That unusual mineral note is also present here, and it’s throwing me off a little bit. I’m wondering if maybe I didn’t rinse my cup after my last tea, but I’m fairly certain that I did… So odd!

Overall, a nice standard white with an interesting and unusual mineral taste.

Flavors: Grain, Hay, Honey, Mineral, Straw, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Wow this is really goooood! Thanks for the sample Tealizzy :D

So sweet and rich and almost caramelly. I get why everyone compares this one to roasted sweet potatoes, too. I like this a lot. I will probably purchase some next time I make a TeaVivre order!

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Four cups later, I am still brewing this, over and over. New leaves, each time.

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“Three minutes was a very sufficient length of time, as the tea is full without any astringency of which to speak!

“The aftertaste is pleasant, clean, yet still full, and it lingers in the mouth…I believe that the freshness of the leaves adds a lot to the experience, and I highly recommend trying this one sooner, rather than later.”

Full review coming tomorrow to CreateWriteDrink.com.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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Thanks once again to Angel and Teavivre for this new tea sample!

I sampled another Teavivre raw Pu-erh tea cake last week. It was last year’s (2013) model but quite tasty. I was anxious to see how the 2014 version stacked up against it.

When I opened the package, the same grassy, compost-like aroma encountered with the 2013 rendition was experienced. However, I do believe the color of the unbrewed matted “cake” was a little greener in the new entry than the one harvested last year.

I steeped the leaves for 9 minutes at 212 degrees, again opting for almost maximum strength. The brewed color was a light gold. The odor had a mowed grass trait.

The taste of this tea was much like the 2013 entry. It was quite grassy with very similar flavor attributes as green tea. The main difference that I noticed with this younger offering was a tanginess to the taste. I wouldn’t call it astringency or bitterness. It was probably due to the more recent harvest and processing. The tanginess did eliminate the light and airy quality that I enjoyed in the raw 2013 tea.The tangy attribute also hung around for the after taste.

This is a cordial tea with pronounced flavor. Like the other raw Pu-erh that I sampled last week, this entry tasted much more like a green tea than a black selection. Having said that, though, this one (like the 2013 version) might be a nice tangy alternative for folks who are nauseated by the more robust and ripened Pu-erh teas.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I don’t know if the sample of jasmine green tea in the green tea sampler bag is the premium or the superfine, but I will put the review here for now. It looks like most other Jasmine Dragon Pearls, and it smells quite lovely. This one is particularly nice, because it has a strong scent that isn’t overpowering.

The leaf size is smaller, and if the sample I have is the one leaf:one bud ratio, then it does take more tea to get the same flavor. It has a more predominant floral taste, and the tea itself is lighter in color, though if you let it sit, its color deepens to amber.

The first time I brewed this, I only used 15 pearls, because I assumed that it would brew the same way. I set the temperature to 185 as recommended on the package, then steeped it for a little over two minutes. The result was rather flavorless, and because I kept the tea in the bag, the pearls didn’t really open. That was my mistake. I eventually emptied the tea into the pot and they unfurled, but it didn’t make a strong enough tea until I let it sit for a while. So, to brew this tea, you will need to use more of the pearls. That being said, this tea makes other lower quality dragon pearls look bitter, even after a rather long steeping period.

I wouldn’t recommend this tea for someone just trying Jasmine Dragon Pearls, simply because for the price I think it would take longer to find the best method for brewing it. That being said, I would definitely use this tea for entertaining guests. I like that it has a much more prominent jasmine flavor. Even the tea itself has a different profile, though I doubt I could describe it without drinking more of it.

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I have been craving Keemun lately at breakfast time. I have some of the finest Keemun, but it is not as bracing as I was wanting for my morning tea, though I love it as afternoon tea.

This one really hit the spot today! After a sweet pancake breakfast I wanted something to cut the sweetness and give me a little boost and this did the trick. I had one cup at home and took a JoeMo to go with me. There was a nice bread and cocoa flavor, and the smoke was more evident somehow from JoeMo, perhaps just because the tea was starting to cool and the flavor profile was morphing. It reminded me a bit of my beloved Queen Catherine.
Very nice tea experience!

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I got a sample of this with my most recent Teavivre order, because I love peaches & it sounded interesting. The first thing I noticed is that the dry tea smells delicious. I ate a few small pieces of tasty dried fruit from the bag, & then I brewed the tea.
It’s very red, & the flavor is tart, so I’m thinking hibiscus, but I don’t see it listed on the ingredients.
I’ve never drank a tea with roselle in it, so I looked it up on Wikipedia, & sure enough, it is a member of the (you guessed it) hibiscus family.
I can handle a little hibiscus, from time to time, provided the drink is also sweet, so I added a little stevia. It’s fruity & drinkable, but I think it would be much better over ice.

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This is really really tasty. It is buttery without tasting oily (which I hate in tea, usually found with coconut for me), sweet, and creamy, but balances with the veggie notes really well. I also like that it is so full flavored after just one two minute steep, leaving it available for more. The leaves are long and flat and cool looking too, as a bonus. I love pretty tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The tasting note from KS reminded me that this is almost a sipdown…so I decided to brew up a giant mug of it. Ahhh, bliss.

I didn’t appreciate this tea enough while I had 50 g’s of it, and was kind of looking forward to it being gone. Now that I have enough for only 1 more cup, I feel a little bit panicky. Perhaps a Teavivre order is looming sooner than I anticipated.
ashmanra

I don’t think I have had this. I need to put it on my next order.

scribbles

It is a good one.

Dexter

Ditto – it’s a good one. :))

scribbles

When I first tried it, I was in love. Then somewhere along the line, I became sort of ‘meh’ about it. But now that it’s almost done, my appreciation and love has been renewed.

TheTeaFairy

Nom, nom, nom.

scribbles

Oui…tres delish (on mobile…no accent)…

TheTeaFairy

Hehe! You’re doing great, c’est parfait :-)

scribbles

Merci belle dame (no accent: pretty lady, correct translation?) :) please advise is grammar wrong…

TheTeaFairy

Oh! Merci :-) A+ on translation!!

scribbles

Merci…again…you are far too kind re poor en francais/en englais…I see why you are so adored…very patient/understanding/loving

TheTeaFairy

Awww…now I blush…please, YOU are way too kind scribbles!! <3

scribbles

Nooo!!! No blushing!!! :)
You kind and thoughtful. You bring out good qualities in people. I am grateful for people like you…very rare.

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Tea of the morning……

I was so excited when Teavivre decided to offer a Keemun Mao Feng. This is one of my favorite varieties of tea. Of course, this one does not disappoint. It is not as smokey and earthy as the other variety I keep in my cupboard. This one is much more refined. I get notes of honey, cocoa, and loveliness! I am definitely keeping this around.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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Last night was just awesome, it was Thursday meaning Board Game Night at Tabletop, and it was certainly one of the better nights I have had there. I played so many good games (will be discussing some of those tomorrow on my weekly Geeky rambling post) and then after gaming just hung around with friends talking until almost 3AM. I feel wretched today and my sleep schedule is all messed up, but it is totally worth it.

Today’s tea is Fengqing Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2014 from Teavivre, a Sheng Pu-erh from Alihou Village in Fenging, Yunnan. The leaves were harvested in April-May of 2014 from Large Leaf trees that were 300-600 years old, making this the youngest Pu-Erh I have had the pleasure of meeting. I still have a lot to learn about Sheng Pu-erh, having only had a few examples so far. The aroma of the dry leaf is quite potent and a little pungent, but in a good way. The aroma is at first very sweet, like fresh hay and apricots, this transitions to more of a wet hay mushroom aroma with a strong honey note. There is also a very faint saltiness to it which is quite interesting.

Once I give the leaves a rinsing and then a brief steeping their aroma is still sweet and just a little bit fruity, but it is mostly wet hay, a bit of barnyard, and a sharp almost sour quality that does not really have a familiar aroma note, it is more of a sensation in my nose. I should state that it is not an unpleasant sensation, but it is an unfamiliar one. The liquid is very sweet, a mix of apricots, freshly mown hay, and honey. I was surprised at sweet it smelled.

The taste of the first steep is both sharp and sweet, it causes a very strong salivary response and an intense cooling sensation which is very refreshing. The flavor notes are freshly mown hay, apricot, and a finish of vegetation and a tiny bit of bitterness. There is a sweet honey aftertaste that lingers for a while.

Onto steep two! The aroma is sweet apricot and freshly mown hay, this still might be the sweetest smelling Sheng Pu-Erh that I have ever sniffed, I find that really kinda awesome. The taste this time around is a lot more mellow, no sharpness, no bitterness, no cooling salivary response, just smooth sweetness. The flavors are wet hay, fresh vegetation, and apricots. At the finish there is a tiny bit of camphor, which is something I do not get to say very often.

The aroma for the third steep is honey sweet, apricots, and fresh hay. There is a little touch of wet hay and barnyard this time, but it is very faint. The taste is very sweet and rich, the cooling sensation has returned along with tastes of fresh hay, honey, and apricot. I think this tea still has quite a few steeps in it, but sadly after the second steep I started noticing stomach spasms and knew after steep three that I had to call it quits. This has NOTHING to do with the tea, sometimes my stomach decides to freak out, and I have noticed that it has a mixed track record with Sheng, so don’t let my belly stop you! I really thought this tea was enjoyable, especially with how sweet it is.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/08/teavivre-fengqing-ancient-tree-raw-pu.html

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I started drinking this yesterday afternoon. It started of with a rich creamy texture, developing into a fruity taste, at least to me. I did a rinse today to freshen the leaves & then drank several more steepings this evening. I’d like to give a much more in depth review, but I’ve been doing desk work this whole time & although I thoroughly enjoyed each steep & am enjoying the good energy, I just don’t really have much else to say.

I’d like to thank Angel & Teavivre for the generous sample, & there is enough that I can drink it again, so I’ll try to be more focused next time :)

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Every review I have read on this one has been positive. This is another one. The leaf smells of fall leaves to me. It looks like bark flakes rather than white tea. The brew is dark honey almost ale. The taste is like sweet hay with grassy notes. Crisp and clean with a mineral fresh spring water taste under the hay. Fruity late in the sip. The taste is definite white tea though everything else about it keeps you guessing. Where silver needle and white peony to some extent are subtle and lean towards cucumber/melon, this one is bigger flavored and leans toward leaf and fruit. A nice peaceful treat on this hectic day.

Sil

i was going to pull this one out today but didn’t have a chance!

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I did this one today grandpa style for my morning tea. It was a great tea to do this way, at a bit of a cooler temp. Creamy, buttery, sweet, tasty!

It’s a good thing I had good tea to keep me company as my day has just been really cruddy at work. I don’t know when we’ll even see the light at the end of the tunnel.

But good tea to keep one company is a great start. And it’s almost the end of the work day, which really helps.

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