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Similar to Bai Mu Dan, this tea says flowers and cucumbers of sorts, even sweet peas. A delicate tea that smells amazing like any white needle though the sample that it came in had quite a bit of leaves broken up which might of altered the astringency and truthfulness of flavours coming out if it was unbroken. Any-hows, this white tea is a good standard silver needle, not the best but tastes pretty damn good even after the 4th steep.
Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Peas
Thank you so much for the sample, Teavivre! I am finally writing a tasting note despite having it before, and I am happy to report that it is my favourite green out of the batch that was sent to me. It is very mellow with a touch of vegetalness. There is gentle buttery note in the background too. Very smooth.
As it’s cooling, the vegetal notes are coming forth a bit more but they aren’t overbearing. They’re along the lines of steamed green beans. I agree with other Steepsterites that it is similar to a Dragon Well, however, it is more mellow, not as buttery, and lacks that sour note that I personally pick up from most Dragon Wells.
I wouldn’t purchase any, but mostly because I tend to reach for roasted green teas whenever I’m in a green tea mood, but it’s nevertheless a tea worth trying out.
I’m having second thoughts on this tea but it might be my mood and perhaps the time of the night – where this tea is least suitable for. What I am finding after a big hot meal is that this tea doesn’t go well. It’s more for a hot summer day and not on a full stomach because though florally light punched my stomach and I am not feeling well. Could be the food could be the tea. I’m taking a note to self to have this on a sunny afternoon an hour before any meals.
I’m finding the logging in for tea sessions a bit tricky as a steepster noob.
Anyways off to ramble on about how beautifully perfumed this tea is – the word “flower bouquet” stands out the most when I am drinking this tea and leaves a very pleasant floral smell lingering in my mouth and throat. A fluffy and soft tea – like drinking pillows of flowers on a summers day surrounded by a bed of flowers and fruits of all sorts. I am tasting flowers and lots of them, hints of fruit like pear even thereafter. Cool.
At 13 usd per 100g it’s a steal though I would like to try their average range to see the difference.
The BMD is a tea when you get sick of the other thick and dense teas. It’s a tea when you’ve had enough of the sweet dessert type teas. It’s a tea for a long tiring afternoon. It’s a tea when you miss the sunshine. And it’s a tea when you want to sit there and smell the roses to purify the stale air.
Best brewed gongfu method to savour the smells.
Lovely aroma, refined and delicate jasmine flavor. This is a top shelf jasmine tea that has a very natural taste. It’s not overly perfumey nor fake-tasting like many other varieties of Jasmine tea. The silver needles are in a harmonious balance with the jasmine. It’s the perfect tea for grandpa steeping or cold brewing.
If I had to fault anything, it would be that it doesn’t really distinguish itself from the upper echelon of jasmine teas. Yunnan Sourcing and Verdant’s silver needles taste very similar. Between these three, you could close your eyes and pick any tea and it will still be more or less the same.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Jasmine, Vanilla
This is a reasonably good tea with a lot of fermentation flavor let to it. It had notes on dark bittersweet chocolate in there. The bitterness gradually faded to a more sweet note. Overall this was good tea. It was very thick tea in the early infusions.
I steeped this tea ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 13.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.
I had a sample of this for breakfast. I brewed up 500ml western style. It was too tannic for me to drink straight so I made one cup with milk and sugar and the second with honey and lemon. I preferred the milk/sugar combo with this tea. This surprised me a bit as I tend to not be crazy about milk in tea.
It’s hard to describe flavors as it was so heavily masked by the milk or honey tastes, but it definitely helped get me going this morning.
This is my first time tasting a Wuyi and it was fairly obvious even to me how different it was from the other oolongs I’ve tasted.
I did 7 steeps. The first was 15 seconds, the second was 10, the third was 15 and after that they got longer. The 6th and 7th steep were 30 and 60 seconds and neither was especially satisfying but they weren’t horrible. I ended up heating fresh water after then 4th steep.
The first steep was a bit astringent though not bitter. It dried my mouth out a bit. The second was also a bit astringent but the 3rd and 4th were quite smooth without any astringency.
The dry leaf smelled somewhat chocolatey, I guess from the way the tea was roasted but this was almost undetectable in the tea. Even in the wet leaf it was not strong. The wet leaf mostly had the spinachy vegetal smell but not as strong as other oolongs I’ve tried.
That “rock” taste was definitely present. It wasn’t unpleasant but it was an unusual flavor to my palate.
Overall, perhaps because I’ve been tasting many new teas over the last few weeks, this was the tea from which I got the most complexity in taste and aroma. I can’t say if it was the tea or me just starting to become more familiar with the scent and taste vocabulary of tea. Whatever the cause, it was fun to experience.
I’m not sure I’d want to drink this every day but I definitely enjoyed it and could see myself ordering more of it after the samples run out.
Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Mineral, Spinach
Another sample from Angel at Teavivre! Thank you! I should preface this by saying this is my first white puerh ever! This is an all new experience for me.
The tea itself is gorgeous — long, perfect silver leaves. They’re fuzzy and remind me of the antennae of the giant moths we see here in the summer. <3 The aroma is very sweet and stone-fruity. It doesn’t really smell like puerh at all! Just apricots and spring-like perfume. There is no mustiness or iodine smell like I’m used to with puerh. (The things I sometimes find off-putting.)
The tea brews up to a very light tan. The flavor is mild and clean, not musty. If anything, the aging process of this puerh removed any sharpness that might have been there. I get delightful notes of apricot, maybe peaches. Very fruity and smooth. Mellow and understated, but lovely. There is a distinct note of “puerh” in the scent of the tea before I sip, but nothing like that in the taste. This is truly unique (to my experience) and elegant. I highly recommend it.
Flavors: Apricot, Fruity, Stonefruits
I realized once I started drinking this that the end of my tongue felt mildly burned so my note here is probably not of much value. Compared to the other oolongs I’ve tried this was probably the weakest so far but it’s hard to know how much of that to attribute to the tea and how much to a tongue that is a bit out of sorts.
This is the first time I’ve had milk oolong and I didn’t really notice any milkiness to the texture. Perhaps that was my ineptness at brewing or perhaps my tongue was just incapable of sensing it.
Similarly, the flavors were subdued and while not unpleasant, not especially interesting.
I’m assuming this was mostly due to my tongue so I guess I’m going on the hot tea disabled list for a couple of days to let things heal. :)
Flavors: Spinach, Vegetal
This is a really nice and complex tea! Made gong fu style, this tea will really take you on a journey to discover the flavors. Once you think you have it figured out, the next steep brings out even different flavors! Really nice value
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Fruity, Grain, Hay, Honey, Sweet
I am writing about the 2016 spring harvest:
This tea is truly delightful! After trying the superfine version of Teavivre’s Dragon Well, I didn’t figure they could improve by much. Thankfully, I was wrong! This tea is smooth, sweet, and has no bitterness! Highly recommend!
Flavors: Grass, Nutmeg, Nutty, Sugarcane, Sweet
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Flavors: Cream, Cream, Fruity, Fruity, Grass, Grass, Milk, Milk, Sweet, Sweet
Writing about the 2016 spring harvest:
This is my first green tea from teavivre, and it didn’t disappoint. Delicious and subtle brew with very little bitterness at all. I was able to get a decent amount of steepings out of it as well. For the first 4 steepings, I followed the company’s website: 176 degree F water for 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s respectively. After that, I used slightly hotter water and with longer brew times as an experiment. It really drew out some of the more subtle notes, and since they were later steepings, I could not discern any bitterness. This is a very approachable tea, at least if brewed gong fu style!
Flavors: Corn Husk, Nutty, Sugarcane, Sweet, warm grass
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i did 4 steepings, 30, 60, 60 and 60 seconds. The first was quite good, very light and refreshing with just a hint of astringency in the finish. The second was a bit more astringent so perhaps 60 seconds was too long for the second steep. The 3rd and 4th weren’t as good. The water was probably too cool at that point and I was feeling too lazy to go get fresh hot water. Still, I enjoyed this tea and am looking forward to trying it again.
Flavors: Astringent, Vegetal