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Delicious tea, but I’m sad I didn’t re-steep it. I wish green tea leaves had more longevity when left in an infuser.

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Sipdown! 151

White puerh? Ok, why not? I probably shouldn’t have steeped this for the full 10 min as it IS a bit stronger than I’m used to with puerh, but I can see how this is a white/puerh blend. It’s definitel dark and earthy, but there’s also that tree barky flavour I expect with certain white teas. There’s a bit of sweetness in there – like honey – and the liquor is dark and rich.

The honey notes actually become more prominent further in the cup, and as it cools. INTERESTING. This isn’t one I thought I’d immediately love but it’s growing on me!

Thank you Sil!

DeliriumsFrogs

Cavo, how do you steep puerh if you’re not doing short steeps? I’ve only done it in my gaiwan for short steeps, and this method sometimes prevents me from drinking it, because it takes more attention/time. I’d love to learn a way to steep puerh in a less fussy fashion.

OMGsrsly

You could do it my terrible awful way, which is putting ~1/2 tsp leaf into a thermos and adding hot water and forgetting about it until about 4 hours later. :D Only works for some teas though.

DeliriumsFrogs

haha! Maybe I’ll try that sometime. :)

Cavocorax

The packaging from teavivre said to steep it for 6-10 min so that’s what I went with. I thought that was a little insane, but Mandala’s Special Dark says the same and for the first time I just go with what the vendor suggests.

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – I bet Special Dark would survive a 4 hour steep. :P

OMGsrsly

I have some! I might try it. :D

OMGsrsly

The nuggets from Mandala work GREAT that way, you can steep for 4 hours 3-4 times before simmering them on the stove to extract the last of the goodness.

DeliriumsFrogs

ooooh! I love these ways of steeping! :D I must try.

Cavocorax

And, I must try doing short steeps more often too! :P I just have a hard time dedicating an afternoon to puer. :P But luckily a lot of the tea I’ve bought from Mandala/Verdant have instructions for Western Style brewing. :P Or I guess, but I know I’m missing out on a lot of the nuances… (but if it means I do that, or I don’t drink it at all, then… I’m doing ok)

DeliriumsFrogs

That’s just it, for me too. I love when I can find the time to dedicate to a full puerh session, but there are days I want to drink it, but don’t have the time to sit down properly for multiple short steeps. Also, I haven’t figured out how to keep my water warm sufficiently, and it can be a real pain heating up cold water repeatedly for the session (I either need a better kettle, or a thermos… not sure which).

OMGsrsly

Thermos! Kettle just means you’re reheating the water constantly. Unless you get one of the Asian water heaters..

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Sometimes (not often) I feel bad for constantly drinking JUST Teavivre’s teas, and not giving other companies a chance.

But then I make a cup of tea and that thought goes away.

This is a tea I’ve never had before, so I was excited to try this. There was something appealing about the name of “Iron Goddess.” My feminist sensibilities thought I should give this one a chance.

Floral notes are deep in this tea, but they are soft and are more undertones than overtones or highlights. There is a vegetal, slightly astringent (mildly so) after-taste. I also taste something smoky—but this is an extremely slight taste, it’s barely there. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the flavours of the tea only come out more as the tea gets colder. I do not know how I’d like it iced, but I don’t mind it lukewarm for sure.

If you like Oolong, and you like floral teas, you’ll appreciate this one!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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85

This is very, very tasty. I brewed it strong and steeped relatively short, which seems to be how I prefer un-resealable samples. I also committed and made two cups at once in my GIANT mug. I am glad I did. I immediately tasted cocoa upon first sip, with bread and malt in the background. It is a hair sweet, but not very. As it cooled, the cocoa flavors took a step back and the bread was like HELLO I AM HERE. Still good. Still very good. I am glad I got to try this.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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Thanks again Stephanie! I enjoyed the second sample of this mini this evening as a nice way to relax. Great subtle jasmine flavor :)

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I actually enjoyed this one. Very light with jasmine notes and it has a subtle creaminess that makes this a very enjoyable session. I got about 12 steeps from this mini toucha. I steeped at very short intervals, increasing by five seconds after the first three steeps.

Flavors: Creamy, Jasmine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Very nice green tea with strong vegetal notes and some nuttiness in the finish. It’s a little too strong of a vegetal taste for my liking, but a very good green.

Flavors: Nuts, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I ended up brewing this way too long, but it still had some nice notes. It was bitter since I oversteeped and I haven’t had the chance to try again with this tea. Definitely has a nice earthy sweetness to it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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The taste is OK but nothing special.
I mean the color is special and the baked bread taste is nice but I guess I was expecting better by seeing all the good reviews …
This tea is really similar to “Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea”.
The tea leaves

On a side note, it’s pretty cool that Teavivre displays the Quality Safety Results of Analysis … let’s say that I’m a little concern with food from China with all the pollution … especially when a Black Tea is red :P

Flavors: Baked Bread, Sweet Potatoes

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90

Oh happy day! I found another packet of Teavivre Fengqing Dragon Pearls. Definitely on my wishlist!

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90

Really tasty tea! Rich and dark with unsweetened cocoa and malt notes. Wish that I had more…

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

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87

Oh no! I’m so sorry TeaVivre! I was generously given this sample for review ages ago and apparently lost it until just now. It was a nice surprise to find though because I really enjoyed drinking it today. It was very sweet and slightly vegetal with a slight roasty flavor to round it all out. There are some mineral notes as well. Extremely nice oolong and so sorry again for the very late review!

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This is truly fantastic. When I made my last order, I looked here to seek out reviews for the best the company has to offer, and wasn’t necessarily expecting a ton from this sample. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is so much more subtle than most jasmine teas, though I do like jasmine, and the tea itself is lightly sweet and fresh and green without being bitter at ALL or intense. Truly a balanced flavor, even with multiple steeps. I am amazed.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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FINALLY, my samples from teavivre came in… after a month /sadface. So after having no tea for a few weeks, all of my packages seem to be showing up. Which i need, since my only truck threw a rod, and now is not movable. anywho.

This tea is in the form of small balls, roughly about the same size, and quite small, and each ball had multiple shades of green in them, from pale, cut grass to rich, dark jade. The smell is quite pleasant, but sadly i cannot think of a way to describe it other than to say it smells green, like early, early spring.

I followed the directions on the packet, using a little over 1 tsp for 10 oz of water, steeped for 3 min each at 212.

The liquor is gold with hints of green mixed in, quite pretty. Once again, i cant quite ID a smell, other than say it has a faint odor i am coming to associate with oolongs.

The taste, Thankfully, is better than all of the previous oolongs i have tried before, making me willing to try more oolongs. This is a lighter tea, almost reminding me of a white tea. There is that faint spinach/seaweed flavor that i now associate with oolongs, but it is quite faint, barely there, and i might miss it if i were not so scarred from the other bad teas i tried. I now understand the “buttery” taste i always see associated with this oolong. It almost reminds me of eating movie popcorn. There is also a light floral taste. As the tea cools, a slight astringency develops, but is easily overlookable, what with how silky the texture is, and with the butter taste. This tea will leave a gentle honey/floral aftertaste, and a nice silky feeling.

not a bad tea, i might restock at times. would be a good change from black tea.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Spinach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Brewed a cup this morning before going to play some golf (I totally suck at golf). Just as deliciously creamy as that last time I made this tea :D
Oh, and I ended up shooting 109, which is pretty good for me lol

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Super creamy and delicious! I used a lower temp than the directions recommended by Teavivre and it came out as a light yellow with a smooth milky taste. Absolutely no bitterness and it steeps multiple times (I stopped at three).

Flavors: Honey, Milk

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another one I thought I’d love but just wasn’t for me :(
I mean, it wasn’t horrible. But it wasn’t like the best black tea I’ve ever had. I think I liked the dragon pearls from What-Cha better than these.
I didn’t know how much to use because it didn’t say on the bag or on here, so I only used one pearl. Steeped it for the proper amount of time and then tried it.
It was pretty light. It had notes of cocoa and wood.
It’s an okay tea, not my favorite. But not my least favorite either.
I’m really glad I got to try it at least! Feels like everyone loves this tea and I’m like the odd one out. So it’s good to not have wasted money on this one!
Anyway, thank you, Terri for the sample! :D

Flavors: Cocoa, Wood

Fjellrev

You make me want to try the What-Cha ones then since I love these!

yyz

I know what you mean. I tried it and it was pleasant enough but not amazing enough for me to require it. Depending on how much water you used 1 pearl was probably pretty light though. I sampled it from a friend and she recommended three to four per cup of tea.

donkeytiara

My uncle fell in love with this tea…calls it his heroin, as it cured his bronchitis once (ya think he’s call it his antibiotic, but no….) They were out at TeaVivre so I ordered him a substitute from Adagio…I wonder if he’ll call it his placebo from now on…. :)

Kirkoneill1988

i shall try this tea someday

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Happy pi day! I don’t have any pie-flavored teas right now, so I’m going for a pu instead. This one comes to me courtesy of Angel at TeaVivre. Thank you!

I’ve only had a handful of pu-erhs before. I didn’t like them much (too much dirt/leather/fishiness), so I’m entering this tasting with a bit of trepidation.

I am using one of my favorite pieces of teaware today: a gaiwan-teapot hybrid that I picked up in Taiwan for a comically low price. It is the size and shape of a gaiwan, but it also has a spout and handle. Aesthetically pleasing + easy to use = win. I used the whole sample packet, which filled a little less than half of the gaiwanpot. Per packet and website instructions, I used boiling water throughout.

The dry leaf smells ok. Earthy and slightly oaky. After a 5 second rinse, I steeped the leaf for 20 seconds. The brew is a light golden color. It has that earthy pu-erh scent with a hint of floral. The wet leaves smell awful – boggy, almost rotten. The flavor of the brew is savory, darkly bitter, and muddy. Not a very promising start.

The second steep was 30 seconds long. The golden color of the brew is more vibrant this time. The smell is earthy and vaguely floral again, but also peaty. The flavor is bitter bitter bitter and somewhere under there is still some muddiness.

I would normally add 10 seconds for the next steep, but the second steep was so bitter that I don’t want to risk overdoing it. So the third steep was 30 seconds long. The brew looks and smells lovely, but the sharp bitterness is still here.

I did the fourth steep at 30 seconds again. This one came out slightly less bitter, with a tree-ish undercurrent.

I can’t do this anymore. No more steeps. This tea is clearly not for me. I won’t rate it because I have no idea whether this is objectively bad for a pu or just bad to me because I don’t generally enjoy pu-erh. I suppose it’s possible that I overleafed. I don’t think so though. After four steeps, the leaf only fills about ⅔ of the gaiwanpot. I’ve successfully brewed oolongs and blacks that nearly overflow the pot after enough steeps. Alas, the search for a pleasing pu marches on.

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Thanks to Angel at TeaVivre for the sample! I used approx. 4 grams for 2 oz of water in my little glass gong fu teapot. After a 4 second rinse, I got a solid 9 steeps out of this leaf.

1st steep, 5s – This is a vibrant orange brew. It’s sweeter than I expected; there’s definitely a strong honey note. It’s also bready with a moderately thick mouthfeel. The wet leaf is shades of medium brown and dark green, long and thin, reminding me of vanilla pods in appearance but smaller.

2nd steep, 5 s- The brew is a darker orange, with a richer flavor than the first steep. It smells like dark bread. The flavor is more mushroomy, slightly reminisicent of Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black.

3rd steep, 8 s – This steep has the same dark orange color and robust flavor as the second.

4th steep, 5 s – The color is the same, but this steep is brisker and less savory than the previous steeps.

5th steep, 10 s – The savoriness is back! Definitely mushroomy.

6th steep , 15 s – The brew is ever so slightly paler. The mushroominess is still present but has mellowed out.

7th steep, 20 s – This steep is mellower than the last and more bready than mushroomy.

8th steep, 30 s – This steep is lighter in both color and flavor. This leaf is nearing its steepable end.

I neglected the 9th steep and allowed it to cool. This is actually fantastic cold. Very refreshing! I’ll have to try it cold brewed at some point.

Fjellrev

Oh, I’m sure cold brewing these types of straight black teas would be fabulous!

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Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the sample!

The leaves are so pretty! I love the many shades of brown, from so light it’s almost yellow to a nice chocolate hue. The actual brew has an interesting warmth to it. It took me a while to place the flavor, but it’s fresh-baked Russian black bread and manuka honey. I got about 6 solid steeps out of this in my little gong fu teapot. The flavor didn’t vary notably over the course of steeping, but I’d like to try it with my aroma cup and see if that makes a difference. Lucky for me, Teavivre samples are generous so I’ll be able to play around with this tea a bit more!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey

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