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Thanks again for another batch of samples, Teavivre! I was trying to decide which one of the five new green teas to try from Teavivre today and realized this one has a similar name (if you change one letter) to my FAVORITE green tea of all time. I had to try this one first! I also steeped it like I steep that other favorite, rather than following closer to Teavivre’s suggestions. I’ll try closer to their parameters another time.
Upon opening the sample, the strongest, most delicious scent from a green tea – very nutty, like the chestnuts Teavivre mentions! The dark green coils are very twisty. So far, exactly like the other favorite. The flavor is possibly a little lighter than the tea I’m comparing it to. I COULD have used more than a teaspoon of leaves. The color of the brew is a very light neon green. But the flavor is DIVINE – again, this is my favorite type of green tea. It’s very sweet and creamy, yet nutty. It’s very smooth! Nothing vegetal or savory about it other than a slight hint of corn. So delicious! I’ll be experimenting with different amounts of leaves with this one, trying to find the perfect flavor for this perfect green tea.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp in 11 ounce mug // 32 minutes after boiling // 55 second steep
Steep #2 // 28 min after boiling // 2-3 min
Harvest: April 10, 2015

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95

This is one of the better teas I’ve ever tasted. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive, but sometimes you have to treat yourself! The aromas and flavors are so wonderful. I feel like I am “drinking spring.” What an excellent tea. Wow, just WOW!!

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 175 ML

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Thank you very much for the sample TeaVivre!

This one is apparently not for me. The smoky flavor is just not agreeing with me somehow! :/

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96

2005….where was I? I was a kid trying to succeed in the radio business, no kids, single, and trying to make ends meet. I guess you would call this my Throw Back Thursday Tea. Ten years later I wonder if I’ve still really made it in this biz, 2 kids with one here anytime now, on my second and last marriage, and there’s a whole lot more in between. First I’ve never met a Pu I didn’t like. Erh that is. This one is no different. Dark. Smooth. Earthy. Everything that you would expect from a great Pu-Erh. Good tea is a part of a great daily trifecta. A good cup of coffee, good tea, and a good BM. That’s really all you need to have an excellent day. I am now remembering why I need to take the time to make good tea. Pu-erh has a balancing effect on me. It may be real it may be in my mind. I feel more relaxed after having this tea. I never worry about the quality either. I have not had a tea from Teavivre that is not top quality.

Flavors: Coffee, Dark Wood, Earth, Smooth

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90

Mao Feng is one of the few varieties of green tea I really, really enjoy. This is the Spring 2014 harvest, so I’m a little behind the times, but I have huge confidence in Teavivre’s packaging, so I’m not too worried at this stage. I used 2 tsp of leaf, and gave it 3 minutes in water cooled to 180 degrees. The resulting liquor is a clear pale green, and the scent is mildly grassy. The scent of the dry leaf is stronger – fresh green vegetables with a light floral edge.

The overall taste is a lot lighter than I expected, and I think for my next cup I might use a little more leaf and leave it for longer (possibly up to 4/4.5 minutes). That’s unusual behaviour for me with a green tea, but I’m glad I underdid things first time in any case. The flavour savoury, with mild hints of buttered green vegetables; green beans and sugar snap peas primarily. There’s a slight pepperiness to the initial sip that’s really rather pleasant, but the cup as a whole is very, very smooth. I’m glad I’ve managed to prove to myself that not all green teas are strong and bitter, because at one point it would have been very easy for me to give up on green tea entirely. I would have missed out on this, had I done so, and on discovering that there are varieties that I do really enjoy. That’s probably been the biggest revelation of my tea journey so far, and it makes me glad that I persevered.

I would happily purchase Mao Feng from Teavivre again – their green teas are among the best I’ve tried, and this cup only confirms that I’ll soon be back for more!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
Christina

It’s interesting that you like the Mao Fengs so much. I’ve tried a few from different vendors and I find there’s a smoky note that I dislike. Maybe that’s the “pepperiness” you’re getting?

TeaVivre

Thank you for your support:)

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Had a nice big cup of this in the morning before heading off to work (have I mentioned how much I love my new kettle since it takes the guesswork out of temperature??).

This morning I paid more attention to it, and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. The leaves are such a beautiful dark green when brewed, and the liquor is a nice golden colour. The flavour is intensely vegetal – think green beans, kale, snap peas. There’s no hint of astringency or smokiness, just a really clean, green, soupy flavour.

I think that next time I’ll try this tea side-by-side with the Hunan Cloud and Mist I have from Capital Teas – I suspect this tea will win the competition.

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Backlog from this morning.

I don’t remember a whole lot about this tea because I had it right before I went to work, but here’s what I do remember:

- Its leaves were darker in comparison to the Hunan Cloud and Mist green I have from Capital Tea – more of a dark olive green, curly, with no fuzz visible. The Capital Tea Cloud and Mist looks much more like a Bi Luo Chun
- The tea was a big stronger smelling, but it had less of a smoky note. More vegetal.
- The liquor was fairly mild except for the final swallow at the bottom of the cup, which had quite a buttery, green-beany taste.

This will be interesting to play with. I brewed it at 85C – I wonder what it will be like at 75?

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Brewed in a glass, grandpa-style. I started drinking after a 1-minute steep.

This is probably one of those instances in which I taste a tea so differently from everyone else, or it’s probably this particular batch.

When I stuck my nose into the sample packet, I didn’t expect it smell like certain shengs I dislike: black pepper, beef stew, and a hint of apricot I was able to pull out from somewhere. As the leaves steeped in the glass, I smelled buttered popcorn.

The liquor is green-ish, full-bodied, cream-like, and savory. The flavor is very buttery (even near salty) with notes of Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and beans with a green pepper finish. I dislike green peppers, more so in my tea, if it’s not subtle. Not for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 g 11 OZ / 325 ML
Cwyn

I love Tai Ping, though of course the top grade isn’t sold outside China. Sounds like your brewing parameters were spot on. Sorry it disappointed in the end, this can be a really good tea. I don’t recall buttery notes in the ones I’ve had in the past.

KiwiDelight

I had another a while ago and it tasted nothing like this, more like a Dragonwell. I’m still puzzled.

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84

This tea tastes exactly how the dry leaf looks – soft, downy, and light. Though not as strong as black and green teas, this almost clear cup in no way tastes of water. It is somehow full without being at all assertive. The cup ends with an unexpected and pleasantly surprising peppery note on the breath out.

Flavors: Honey, Pepper

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This doesn’t seem like a typical dian hong to me. It’s really sweet and quite fruity. A little grape a little malt and a little strange. Not my favorite but happy to have tried it.
Thanks Sil for the sample.

Sil

gotta try them all! ;)

Dexter

Yep. Best part of the adventure finding the hits and misses. :)

MzPriss

My favorite from Teavivre

Tealizzy

I love the fruitiness of this one!

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To celebrate my turning a quarter of a century old, I’m having this fresh Chinese spring green with my new glass tea pot and tea tray. What else could be a better solitary way to celebrate? (Besides having a tea pet for a companion!)

Brewed with a gongfu glass tea pot. Steeping times: 1 minute, 1 minute and 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 5 minutes (supposed to have been 4…).

It’s been a while since I’ve last seen such gorgeous leaves. Shaped like silver needles, they are mostly moss-green, with some having enough soft hairs to look white-ish. Their sizes range from just an inch to an inch and a half.

The dry and wet leaf bursts with a buttery, zucchini aroma. So strong, I sneezed. After the second infusion, the wet leaf gives boiled asparagus.

When steeping for the first time in the pot, the leaves look like those from an aquatic plant. That’s not tea, that’s a living creature! One leaf and a bud, two leaves and a bud, two leaves. Vivid green.

The liquor is consistently clear – not cloudy, and also almost having no color, a very, very pale green. The first infusion is creamy, having vegetal and mineral notes, and a almond aftertaste. The second infusion goes away from vegetables and we have sugar snap peas. Sweet, sweet, sweet, very sweet – yellow warblers agree! I feel calmed yet rejuvenated. After this point, the intensity of the flavors decreases and becomes less powerful. Or more gentle, depending on your outlook. Still full-bodied, the third infusion is also sweet, though in a farmer’s market ear of corn sort of way. And in the last infusion, I taste beans.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Kaylee

Happy birthday!

boychik

Happy Birthday !!!

caile

Happy Birthday!

OMara

Happy Birthday!

Stephanie

Hope you had a good one!

KiwiDelight

Thanks guys! This was one of the highlights.

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Backlog

A free sample for Angel at Teavivre. Thank you

The dry leaf smelt mainly of hay with an undertone of floral scent. It looked lovely: a lot of little twisty black leaves. The liquor was a dark brown with an aroma of grain and a hint of malt. The tea itself was silky in the mouth with a light, fruity taste reminiscent of raisins, plums and honey. It’s a great afternoon tea with no bitterness or astringency. All it really needed was jam and scones to accompany it, and my afternoon would have been complete.

Flavors: Fruity, Hay, Honey, Plums, Raisins

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Backlog

Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for this sample. So, where does all the time go? I spend most of it sitting at this computer writing, so you would think that I would find the time to write up the various teas I have drunk, but, oh no, that does not happen. How embarrassing! It’s just a good job that I scrawl my notes on the tea with pen and paper first.

The dry leaf smells of wet wood, earth and cedar. I brewed it in a gaiwan and poured out a thick and dark liquor. It looked great and tasted pretty good too. The over-riding impression for me was a continuation of the cedar, tempered by leather, a little woodiness and something sweet and caramelly. Is that even a word? It is now. It was smooth and sweet and very enjoyable, although perhaps a little too middle-of-the-road for me. That said, I’m sure this will be many people’s cup of tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Cedar, Earth, Wet Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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85

Oh goodness… As it’s steeping, this tea smells like the fresh green and floral breeze on an early summer evening. So lovely!
First steep 2 min: The first sip has that sweet flower stems flavor I have previously described for the Tea Ave flavored oolong based. It’s so sweet, but not the in your face kind like the Quangzhou Milk Oolong, but deeper. Sounds strange, but I keep thinking of how I drink iced tea in cafeterias, 90% unsweetened, topped off with just a splash of the sweetened. That faint sweetness, sugary, is what I’m getting from this steep. Also, a decent body that lingers in your mouth, like a milk oolong should!
Second steep 2 minutes: Somehow the sweetness was stronger and almost too sweet; it kinda reminded me of stevia in the way it stuck on my tongue and built. The aroma is more floral this steep. It reminds me of the veggie-sweet-creamy flavoring of the corn ice cream I had in China. A friend walked into my office and remarked that it smelled like those really high class Asian restaurants!
Third steep 2 minutes: The oolong lingering minerality is starting to come out this steep with the ever present sweetness, transforming the flavor into that of those young ears of corn you can get in mid summer, the ones where you can just snack on the whole thing like a carrot, husk, cob, and all. I’m a little suspicious that my new brita filter is making everything taste like sweet bottled mineral water… So I’m not going to add that the flavors. Dang, I bet this would be good cold brewed!

Flavors: Corn Husk, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you TeaVivre for the green tea samples for review!

This is a very yummy one. It reminds me of my favorite rich and creamy Laoshan green tea, but with more fresh crisp asparagus flavor! Very fresh and sweet and delicious :D

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This is the Spring 2014 harvest of this tea, so I’m more than a little behind with my stash currently. I think I picked this one out today because I’ve been drinking a couple of Butiki teas, and the last Bi Luo Chun I tried was a Butiki also, and I loved it. Good memories, I suppose. I’m not a fan of all green teas, but Bi Luo Chun is one I really, really like. The dry leaf is very thin and wiry, and a little tangled. It’s quite a dark green in colour, although with some paler, and some almost white, tips. The scent is absolutely amazing – very savoury and vegetal, like spinach and green beans. I used 1 tsp of leaf, and gave it approximately 2 minutes in water cooled to 180 degrees. The resulting liquor is a pale yellow, and (again!) smells wonderful. Not as strong as the dry leaf, but still savoury and vegetal. I love it.

To taste, it’s just as lovely as the scent led me to believe. It’s not a strong or heavy flavour, like some green teas have, but it’s not watery or a struggle to taste either. It strikes the perfect balance in my estimation – clear, clean, mid-strength flavours. It’s also perfectly smooth, with no hint of astringency, which is something else I’ve come to love about this variety. The main flavours, as in the scent, are vegetal – green beans, still, and freshly cooked spinach. A very green, very clean flavour. There’s almost a slight saltiness about it, and the tiniest hint of sweetness at the end of the sip that puts me firmly in mind of buttered green vegetables. Not that there was any doubt about that, but it’s a wonderful final flourish.

I’m really enjoying this one, and I’m glad to have found a green variety that I can really and truly say I appreciate. This is definitely one I’ll come back to in the future – hopefully with a more recent harvest! It’ll be interesting to compare and see how the harvests differ, but I like this one so much I can only hope there’s not too much difference.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Christina

This is one of my favourites. I find that a lot of green teas have a slightly smoky taste for me, which I really dislike in greens. This is one of the only greens that avoids that completely. Also, the second steep of this is wondefully sweet.

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98

This was fantastic!!! I opened the packaged and reveled these glistening moss agate curls. They were so cute and fragile. The smell was intoxicating. It was a deep rich vegetal aroma. I placed them inside my warm kyusu and waited. The aroma deepened into a robust nut and seaweed scent. I brewed up a cup and was taken back. The initial sip was a thick sweet and bold soup. This green tea is slightly spicy with deep chestnut tones. The flavor continued consistent for several steepings. I am in love with this companies spring teas! This one was fantastic and deeply rich!

https://instagram.com/p/2Yn8M4zGTk/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

https://instagram.com/p/2Z0i4rzGSS/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Chestnut, Nutty, Seaweed, Spinach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Guys, did I mention that I bought a variable temperature kettle on the weekend for 40% off? It is my new precious. I’ve been using it for the past few days, and oh my god, is it so nice. No more testing with thermometers or trying to gauge the temperature by the sound of the boil!

Anyways, I made some of this tea this morning after Teavivre was so kind to send me some samples. I’ve found in making this that it’s easy to underleaf because the leaf itself is somewhat large and fluffy. But this morning I put in more leaf and it turned out pretty well: nice light gold/green liquor with a nutty vegetal taste.

I detected a bit of bitterness at the end, but I was still able to finish it. I don’t know, I’ve become much more finicky about greens lately.

PS: Here’s the Amazon link for the kettle, even though I bought it at Canadian Tire: http://www.amazon.ca/Oster-Litre-Kettle-Variable-Stainless-Steel/dp/B0048BPWQE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1430931604&sr=8-2&keywords=oster+kettle

Sil

yaaaay!

Terri HarpLady

Yay for variable kettles! :)

Indigobloom

purteeee kettle! I always wondered though, how much heat is lost when you pour the water from the spout

OMGsrsly

Yes! New kettles are so amazing.

Fjellrev

Nice score! I was actually looking at that one since mine has been leaking. Let me know how you like it and if it’s good, maybe I’ll grab it too. :)

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I’m pretty sure Teavivre sent me this as a sample a while ago. Using my gaiwan to do a few steeps. This stays rich in a reddish brown color through every steep. The flavor is pretty strong for only steeping it for 10 seconds at a time. The flavors are earthy, a touch of leather, and a touch of sweetness with hints of mushroom.

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drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
1979 tasting notes

My daughter made Swedish Butter Cake to be served with blueberries and whipped cream, so I asked my best friend to stop by on her way to work. She loves trying new teas so I brought out this sample from my last order with Teavivre.

The description extolled the aroma of the dry leaves and the tea while steeping, which made me think that there wouldn’t be much strawberry flavor or aroma to the tea.

Opening the packet, the aroma is strong, fresh and delicious. Steeping, the strawberry scent is still strong. Happily, the aroma is still strong in the cup as we drink. This is light and refreshing. My friend usually doesn’t drink a great deal of tea at one time and I have to be attentive to her cup as she rarely pours herself another cup but waits for me to refill it. Today she was reaching for the pot saying, “Do you mind?” Of course not! That why we have tea!

Great sample, and likely to be on a future order.

Stephanie

I drank this one iced and really enjoyed it :)

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90

mmmm enjoying this beautiful weather outside in the sun with a pot full of flowers. These small little flowers look a lot like a cross between chamomile and chrysanthemum. They carry a dry hay scent and brew into something unique. The flavor is like persimmon, honey and dry grass. The liquor is a golden brass. This is perfect for this kind of day!

https://instagram.com/p/2ObYzZTGaZ/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Honey, Hot hay

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you, thank you to Angel/Teavivre for the generous samples! I received this months ago but classic me has been hoarding them.

This is the second time having it and, to be honest, both times it hasn’t been as milky as I had expected. Plus, the base is a little too vegetal for my liking. I’ve also been picking up on a chlorine-like undertone that has been driving me bonkers because it seems like a little more than just chlorine. There’s something more to that specific note.

After all this time, I finally figured out what it is. I don’t know about you, but the mold in cheese like Gorgonzola, and the rind on Brie and Oka all have this chlorine-like flavour that hits my palate the wrong way. This is totally that. So I guess you can say that this kind of tastes like those creamy kinds of cheeses, mold/rind and all. Since I love the taste of Brie/Oka, you’re damn skippy I just take off the rind so I can enjoy the deliciously creamy centre, but I can’t do that with this tea!

Come to think of it, I’ve had milk oolongs taste more like cheese than milk in the past, anyway. For instance, I vividly recall DAVIDsTEA’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong to taste like Havarti. Go figure!

Kittenna

Interesting association! I also dislike that taste in the rind of Brie cheese, although I only perceive it when the cheese is a bit too old. I think I can understand the similarity with some oolongs… not a fan of that flavour note.

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98

Wow! just wow!

This was not even 10 minutes out of the box before it was in my Kyusu! I even waited outside for the mailman….

I opened the package and was hit with the most enticing scent. I was covered in a deep vegetal aroma and fresh grass. The leaves are stout vibrant green and yellow buds. I placed a generous amount in my warmed kyusu and inhaled. My senses were struck with a nutty and grass sensation. I brewed immediately! The taste was oh so good! A completely refreshing brew with a smooth sugary mouth feel. The initial flavor was watercress, oats, and chestnut. This brew caused some odd descriptive words to come up. These words include juicy, invigorating, refreshment, gushy, and lifey. hahah I thought that were kinda weird, but I guess you just had to “be there”. I’ve also been celebrating this spring tea with a long tea binge so I’m a little tea drunk.

All and all this was unbelievably fantastic!!

https://instagram.com/p/2MG5hgTGaL/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Chestnut, Oats, Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cwyn

Is this tea new 2015? Just wondering, seems like the new spring teas are starting to trickle in with vendors.

Haveteawilltravel

This is the new harvest. I got some of each of their spring harvest!

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92

Thanks for another sample Teavivre! A couple more to try before another batch of samples arrives! This is another delicious pu-erh offering from Teavivre, Large loose dark leaves. Three teaspoons for an eleven ounce mug result in a deep dark colored brew. The flavor is great: very sweet and smooth. None of the pu-erh characteristics that might scare people away here. I love a good ripe pu-erh because it’s like coffee but without all the things I don’t like about coffee. The amount of leaves I used doesn’t seem like too much or too little. All three steeps were exactly the same – a great example of a ripe pu-erh for beginners or for pu-erh fans to stock up on. Also, some pu-erh really increases my appetite and this one definitely did.
Steep #1 // 3 tsps. for 11 ounce mug // rinse // 4 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min steep

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