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I got this as a sample, brewed exactly as the package said. I’m not much of an oolong person so… forgive the blunt note. This one has the “plastic” oolong note that I can’t peg, which I’m beginning to think is my interpretation of a certain floral flavour. I put it in quotations because it isn’t like it literally tastes like plastic, it’s just something about it makes me think of plastic. So this is quite floral. The dry leaves had smelt quite roasty borderline cocoa which got me excited, but ultimately this tastes like every other oolong I’ve had (few they may be).

Leaving no number ‘cause honestly I’m beginning to think this is just how oolongs are and they personally aren’t my cup of tea (HUR HUR HUR).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I wonder if it is the taste that reminds me of the smell of acrylic paint when I had art lessons as a kid. We have been referring to it as a latex note! I actually like it.

happykappa

Ooooh! Definitely, latex is much more fitting for it. Good to know a better descriptor for it, and that it isn’t just me having wonky tastebuds.

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I’ve never bought a fuding tea before so I’m grateful for the samples that people have sent me. This one is two years old which makes it a bit more appealing to me, in a way that it is a bit unique in that regard opposed to the others.
This has notes of what I would describe as fading toast as if the flavor is disappearing. It’s a bit more settled than a fresh fuding, but I’m not sure if I can really say that as I’ve only has two. I’ll just say that this was smoother than I expected.
While it was a fun experience, I don’t believe fuding is a tea variation for me; I say this after three different sessions with this particular tea and others.

Kirkoneill1988

any leather or fishyness?

Liquid Proust

I haven’t had a tea with fishyness yet, though I’d like to see what it is like just so I know

Kirkoneill1988

some cheap shous taste fishy. (more likely if they have gone bad.) it is hard to distinguish fishy from leather

Liquid Proust

Probably the wet storage… possibly

Kirkoneill1988

i dont know what a wet storage puerh tastes like :(

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55

Water: 8oz

Leaves: small green & white leaves w/ jasmine flower petals

Steep: 3m

Aroma: Honeysuckle & Jasmine

Color: Dark Yellow

Clarity: Great

Taste: Upon opening the package the immediate aroma reminded me honeysuckles you see as a kid, sweet & floral. As i measured and put the leave in the pot the jasmine aroma was more present. I also came across a few flower petals which is a nice touch. The first steep had great clarity w/ quite a bit of small leaf particles that escaped my strainer.The jasmine aroma remained through out the brewing process. As for taste i found this tea to be very bitter & couldn’t finish my cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Water: 16oz

Leaves: mixture of lemon grass & various other items

Steep: 5m

Aroma: Lemon & Mint

Color: Dark yellow

Clarity: Great

Taste: The aroma really shined when hot water was poured over the leaves. Boom came the fragrance of lemons and mint! This tea was quite nice very light w/ a hint of flavor and mint. I’m normally not a fan of lemon grass based tea or pure lemon grass. Overall a plain tea w/ simple flavors different from my usual go to.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Having this a third time. The taste really depends what I scoop from the sample packet. I don’t think there is any stevia at all in this cup. There’s also none of that bitterness. Smooth. Tastes like what a summer meadow would smell – a variety of grasses and flowers. Much more enjoyable tonight! (I suppose I’m not a fan of stevia even in plant form.)

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Very beautiful dry leaf. Jasmine, stevia, osmanthus, chrysanthemum, and rose: an intriguing line of ingredients in an herbal tea. There is a slight bitterness, and I imagine that the stevia was added to counterbalance it. Personally, it’s a little too much stevia. Not that the amount overwhelms the ingredients, but there could be less sweetness. With that said, the stevia really stands out, but I can also taste the jasmine and chrysanthemum, with the rose lightly lingering in the aftertaste. (I do need to drink osmanthus by itself to tell what it tastes like.)

I feel more relaxed and sleepy, which is saying something since lavender tea is the only other tea to effect me thus so far. I would say try this blend if you’re curious about the combination of flowers.

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Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

This one was okay, but not the best Dragonwell I’ve had by any means. The taste is quite subtle—there’s spinach and a hint of salt, but it’s lacking the citrus notes I’ve enjoyed in other Dragonwells. I do appreciate that it’s organic, though.

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87

This is a really nice jasmine green, with a strong, floral jasmine that’s natural rather than perfumey. The jasmine dominates the base, which serves as a fairly neutral background. I have a bunch of jasmine greens to work through, but when I run out I’d definitely consider buying some of this one.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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88

Expectations. Very little, I wanted to try this only because 4,7/5 rating.

Steeping. I didn’t check the steeping temperature (that was 80C) so I accidentally steeped the first pours at 95C. For later steep I let the water cool down for a bit. I used 4g/65ml and porcelain gaiwan.

Appearance. The leaves are really pretty, they are tiny and covered in a golden fur. Tea is bright orange with a little bit of red hue.

Aroma. Dry leaves smell awesome, there are some cocoa, chocolate, honey and caramel notes. Wet leaves have bolder aroma with molasses, sweet potato and smoky tones.

Tasting. I ordered more of those beautiful ‘bamboo hat’ cups so I had a better chance to compare different steeps. My favourite one was definitely the first pour, it had overall stronger flavour with nice chocolate, cocoa and caramel notes. Latter ones had more mild and mellow flavour of honey, smoke, chocolate and cocoa. More interesting flavours, like berries, fruits, citrus and flowers emerge with every pour.

Comments. Really interesting tea experience, as a black tea noob I still prefer Fenqging Dragon Pearls over any other black teas, but Yunnan Dian Hong has really good amount of different and interesting flavours. Really enjoyable for cold winter mornings.

Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Chocolate, Citrus Fruits, Cocoa, Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Molasses, Smoke

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 g 2 OZ / 65 ML

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85

Teavivre kindly sent me this sample with my order. I haven’t had gunpowder tea in so long, but this reminds me how much I like it. I wouldn’t say this one is a particular stand out — frankly, all gunpowders I’ve had taste pretty much the same to me — but it’s good, robust without being too astringent.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Teavivres description. “A fabulous tasting green tea from Anhui. With uniquely shaped large flat leaves, TaiPing HouKui is quite different from other green teas and is thought of as one of China’s top ten teas. Our tea comes from the village of HouKeng, where the tea was first developed.”

Expectations. I’ve heard so many great reviews, so I’m expecting this to be a great experience.

Steeping. First, I didn’t have any clue how to brew this, since I don’t possess a tea pitcher and my gongfu glass teapot was accidentally dropped on the floor and shattered.
Eventually I ended up with my Ikea glass cup, it’s made in China at least! It was messy, but it worked. I used “Fire and Ice” -style (it sounded fun) pouring ice cold water onto the leaves first and after dumping the cold water I poured 85C water to steep the tea. First steep was 1min 30s and after that I just added +1min with 3g grams of tea.

Appearance. Really, really big, flat dark green leaves. They remind a bit of nori sheets. They have a nice fabric pattern from straightening. Spent leaves turn olive green. The brew is light, vibrant green colour.

Aroma. Really bold and savoury. It’s similar to sencha, a bit of marine like, vegetal green bean/pea aroma.

Tasting. My favourite part. Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui has bold vegetal flavour. Green beans, pea and a bit of nuts, not a sweet flavour. It has a bit astringency. Again, the first thing coming to my mind is sencha, which is not bad at all. I’m digging this.

Comments. This tea is great fun! I got a really weird kicks from those gigantic leaves. The reviews were right, this was a great tea experience. I give this a solid 90. 75-80 for flavour and 100 for looks.

Will I buy it again? Definitely, it’s a bit expensive but I just love those leaves, I want to see them again.

Flavors: Almond, Green Beans, Mineral, Peas, Salt, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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90

Oh my this is good. I am home so I am making this gong fu style. It is so sweet and it has the deeper coaco notes that I also really like. I bought only a sample of this. I wanted to do some comparing of the different teavire black teas. I want to drink this beside balin gong fu to see what the differences are. I havne’t had balin in so long I couldn’t tell you what I think they are. I will prepare a cup of each of them western style tomorrow to see which one is my favorite. So far this is a really good cup that I will get to enjoy for today.

Nicole

I love this stuff.

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87

Sad sipdown. I thought I didn’t like Tie Guan Yin till I tried this one. Such a pleasant tea. The floral notes give it some nuance, but aren’t at all overwhelming, and the tea has a bit of natural sweetness. A very smooth oolong.

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87

This came in the Teavivre sample box. It’s the first Tie Guan Yin I’ve had that I liked. It does have a floral aspect, but it’s nothing cloying, and leans toward a light sweet pea. Has some vegetal notes. The Tie Guan Yins I had before tasted like they were on the darker end of the spectrum, but this one seems very green and fresh.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Sipdown no. 200. A sample. I got this when I ordered my first yixing from Teavivre, the yixing The Tea Fairy suggested.

I opened this up this morning thinking what the heck, I’ll get another sample out of the way and continue my Yunnan kick at the same time.

OMFG. Little did I know how loved this tea is on Steepster. 142 ratings and an 89 average rating. Wow!

So now here I am about to drink a much venerated tea and totally prepared to have my socks blown off, and perhaps my feet along with them.

First, I have to say the leaves are gorgeous. Golden exceeding any golden teas I’ve had before. They smell earthy-malty with cocoa notes.

I steeped at the low temp recommended. The directions here say 3 minutes max, but on the packet they said 3-5, so I split the baby and steeped at 3:30. I don’t want to mess up the steeping because I want to experience this one in all its glory.

Lovely, clear, dark reddish-amber color. The aroma is an entertaining melange. The first whiff was all sweet potato, but after that I got some cocoa, honey and molasses notes as well as something dark and woodsy.

The tea itself is incredibly smooth and soothing. It invites you not to think about it too much, and to just sit with it and be. Calming on the stomach, too. There’s something light, almost perky about it, which is an interesting contrast to the dark dry leaf smell. It’s not what I’d call full bodied, but that shouldn’t be taken to mean it isn’t complex.

The flavor at first isn’t overly sweet, but the aftertaste leaves a sweetness on the tongue and behind the teeth. In the sip, I taste the root vegetable (sweet potato and perhaps some carrot), and an almost citrus-y note.

This is something I could easily drink every day. Fingers crossed I get a job soon as I would dearly love to order some of this. I’d even make an exception to my lockdown edict for this one.

By the way, I said when I got to 200 sipdowns I’d play a guessing game at how long it will take me to get out of lockdown. Current estimate based on the number of teas in my Steepster cupboard (plus at least another hundred or so samples) is probably a couple of years if I continue consuming at the current rate, but if I don’t, which is likely given past patterns, add another couple of years onto that. LOL

However, I think I’ll get out of lockdown on herbals/non-caffeinated teas earlier because those are being consumed at a faster rate as I feel comfortable giving them to the kids (even at night), and because I had fewer of those to start with. Current guess on when I’ll be ready to get out of lockdown on those is more like 2-3 months at the current rate.

And I am also considering the possibility that because I have less pu-erh than other types of teas, I might consider myself not in lockdown at around the same time as herbals/decafs (and perhaps before as I’m considering rewarding myself with an order should I manage to get a job sooner rather than later).

Flavors: Carrot, Citrus, Cocoa, Earth, Honey, Molasses, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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87

Smell is very “green” and floral, taste is pretty floral with some hints of nuttiness. After drinking it for awhile some very faint mineral notes come through. I’d consider getting this again during one of their sales.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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92

I received my Teavire BF teas yesterday. I was sad to see that the samples I picked out were not included:( Did anyone else have any trouble with the checkout and samples? I was really looking forward to trying the strawberry oolong and I think my browser must have messed up the submission.

YES!!!!! This is exactly what I was hoping for. I ran myself out of Fugian Black tea from WP and I loved it. I did a ton of looking around to learn what varietal of tea FB was actually made of only to learn that this years crop of that varietal sucked due to weather related things. Anyway, I stumbled up on this tea on Teavire’s site and although it was still harvested in 2015 I thought well what the heck since it came in sample sizes.

This morning this is a little light, hopefully some more leaves will fix that, but the flavor is there. That deep coaco sweet flavor that I LOVE. This is my version of hot chocolate. I am so glad I ordered some of this!

ashmanra

Let them know! I feel sure they will make it right! At the very least, they will give you points to make up for the missing samples.

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79

The leaves are a neatlooking contrast of dark and light, saturated greens. Smells vegetal and like rock hot spring water Taste is the same, with the vegetal notes in the foreground.

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

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Tried this tea both yesterday and today. It’s much better today since it’s had a chance to air out a bit. I also rinsed it a lot more before drinking today than I did yesterday.

Somewhat smooth and earthy. I get what other people are saying here about camphor. Still more of a sheng lady, but this isn’t so bad.

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Well I know this tea is good because I’ve had it before. See previous note. But it was very good at the beginning of the day and in the end just ended up tasting like ‘normal whatever warm tea yum’ throughout the morning and afternoon as my nose got stuffier and stuffier and more and more pressure built in my ears. It saddens me to know that I’m drinking good stuff and am unable to properly appreciate it because I can’t even smell it, let along taste it really.

On the alternative plus side, we went to Olive Garden for dinner and yay for endless soup.

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I chose this as one of my samples when I ordered my son’s Christmas puerh. My two eldest kids went from hating all tea, including the sweet iced tea that prevails here in the South, to asking for puerh, matcha, and white tea for Christmas every year.

The leaves are so cute – little brown and black snails, tightly curled and begging to be made into a delicious cuppa. (Like Meet the Meat!)

The fragrance of the the dry leaves was light but they released a lovely aroma when warmed gently with my breath. I made the tea Western style.

I thought at first that it reminded me a lot of Golden Monkey, but it is a little more earthy, though the sweet potato is there. There is a bit of malt, and a strong smell of earthy honey. The flavor lingers after the sip and is lightly creamy. It is smooth enough that I would never think of adding milk or sugar, but if you like those in your tea it can certainly handle it. There is that mouthfeel that I get from teas that taste like unsweeted cocoa – a sort of scraping-on-the-tongue feeling, a strength, yet it doesn’t really taste like cocoa or chocolate to me. And that is a feeling I like, by the way! I think it makes it pair better with food. It isn’t briskness, and I don’t know quite what to call it.

Sami Kelsh

Oh man, this sounds so pretty. And lovely to hear that your sons have become tea people!

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83

Medium oolong that is golden yellow in color. This tea has a charcoal baked aroma with some minor floral notes. It has a nice baked floral flavor and is quite enjoyable.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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78

This tea has the aroma of hay and sweet potato. It has sweet and savory taste with flavors of sweet potato and hay. It is a pretty straightforward black tea.

Flavors: Hay, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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