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79

Got this as a sample in my last order. While this is a pleasant mild tea with light sweet pea notes, it’s no standout, especially compared to Teavivre’s many other oolong offerings. Still glad I got to try it though.

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This is one of our favorite green teas. It is so smooth and sweet. There is no bitterness, no grassy taste, no sour note. There is a fresh mineral quality that makes it taste so refreshing to me. Years ago when I first tried this type of tea, I thought it was a little bland, but once my palate recovered from years of Dr. Pepper and learned to pick up the delicate flavors I loved it. Hubby prefers smooth greens, so this one and Bi Luo Chun are his two favorites.

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90

I finally got a flowering teapot to enjoy these! This brew is astonishingly beautiful. The sweet smelling bulb took about six minutes to fully open. The pale topaz liquor had a deep floral and nectar tone as the tea bloomed. The bloom was of long shining spikes at the base with a brilliant golden sheet covering the needles. Two delicate silken white strands ascended from this flower and each were peaked with a beautiful pink flower. The flavor of this brew was so creamy and sweet. I left this in the pot for over eight minutes and there wasn’t a hint of bitterness. The initial sip was sweet, floral, and slightly herbaceous. The brew has a nectar encompassing mouthfeel. I do recommend only brewing this once though. The second steeping is slightly bitter and astringent. This was still incredibly enjoyable, and I can’t wait to show these off.

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Flavors: Creamy, Flowers, Hay, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65

A very standard green. When I drink it, it basically tastes the way I would imagine “green tea” as a category to taste. Vegetal, mineral, a bit of sweet and fruity, equally balanced, as well as a hair bitter. I prepared using a very low temp, which was good, as I can’t imagine how bitter it would have been if I had used water over 160, but it worked well this way.

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

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100

this is an awesome tea!

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell peppery like bi luo chun green tea.

when i smell the leaves wet, they smell more grassy and green like veggies.

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells nice and sweet and grassy.

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes grassy and sweet :D

the sweetness is why i give it a score of 100. i recommend you buy some.

many thanks to Angel teavivre for this amazing free sample! :D

Flavors: Grass, Green, Pepper, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Indigobloom

Cool. Is it sweet like a dragonwell?

Kirkoneill1988

not too close just a tad. say 0.500% like dragonwell. but i could be wrong

Kirkoneill1988

i would also have to try it again and focus for a more accurate report (comparison). im sure you understand indigobloom

Indigobloom

Of course! sounds like a fun experiment

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88

The dry leaves consists of long dark green tendrils. These leaves carry the tantalizing aroma of dried apricot and tobacco. I placed these lengthy beauties in my yixing and gave them a shake. A heavy smoky aroma of oak filled my tea room. I began to brew right away. The steeped leaves smelled of leather and wild greens. I was able to pull a great many steepings out of my yixing this tea session. This tea gives off the flavor of smooth smoke with a light vegetal tone. The qi from this brew is intense. it peaks quickly and hits hard, but then smooths out to a peaceful relaxation. This is one of my staples within my tea cupboard, and I am sorry to see the last of it go. I will definitely be purchasing more.

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Flavors: Apricot, Leather, Smoke, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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92

I opened this package to reveal an assortment of beautiful leaves! The dry leaf consisted of long forest green tendrils spread with silver downy buds. They smelled of green beans and spinach. I placed this forest of tea in my warmed kyusu and gave it a shake. My brewing vessel gave off a deep vegetal and seaweed aroma. I brewed up a few cups immediately. The liquor was a pale glistening topaz, and the steeped leaves had a robust edamame tone. The initial sip was tasted of vegetal broth and forest moss. This brew had a very deep and vegetal body with a light sweetness at the end. This was a wonderful brew! I would consider this to be on the more darker and heavier side of this company’s spring harvests. I enjoyed every bit of it!

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Flavors: Green Beans, Moss, Spinach, Vegetable Broth, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I don’t think I like ginseng. This tea was flavorful, sweet, super mineral, and what I assume ginseng-y. It was a bit too much like medicine for me. If you enjoy ginseng, you will likely enjoy this, as the quality is clear.

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95

This is from the Spring 2014 harvest of this tea, which I’m only just getting around to trying now. Boo for me. Every time I drink a Teavivre green, though, I’m reminded of how good green tea CAN be, and that there are even green teas out there that I can love. This is another of those rarities. I used 1 tsp of leaf for this cup, and gave it 2 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. The resulting liquor is a very pale yellow, the scent mildly vegetal with a light floral edge.

The scent of the dry leaf is absolutely, totally, 100% amazing. It’s sweet and very vegetal, like fresh green beans and asparagus. The leaves are long and thin and a little downy, predominantly very pale green but with darker tips. Once brewed, the leaves are a more obvious grass green, although a few are darker and some lighter, giving a pretty variagated effect. The scent is almost a little salty – it’s actually reminding me of beef oxo cubes, strangely enough!

To taste, though, there’s no oxo to be found. This is a good thing, I think, on balance. What I can actually taste is sweet, fresh, green vegetables. Like the scent of the dry leaf, the main flavours are green bean and asparagus, with a hint of grass towards the end of the sip. This one reminds me a little of Bi Luo Chun, although I think it’s a touch milder overall. This is a very smooth green, although I wouldn’t say it’s particularly buttery. Just very clean and refreshing, with a well balanced flavour. It’s the perfect choice for spring!

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

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87

This is very good – I have noticed that so far, I seem to prefer blends that have berry flavors combined with tropical pineapple. It creates a more unique fruit blend for me, and feels a lot more summery. I really like this one. It is strong but not too much, at least not too much for me.

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80

I’m baack. Again. Sigh. Real life is hard, how do you all do it?
I’ve spent the last few days finishing off my reviews for the Red Leaf sponsored matcha testing and I really needed a nice black tea to go back too (I’m seeing green in my sleep). I got the sample from Teavivre a while back so I thought this would be a good time to sit down, work on some school work and drink a good black tea.
This one smells amazing, its got such a nice dark amber colour to it and such a nice taste. It has a subtle sweetness with chocolate and honey notes and some more subtler maple-y and nutty notes as you sip it down more and it cools. Definitely one of my top straight black teas (y)

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Maple, Nutty

Nichole

Welcome back!!

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50

an ok tea.

little pitcher method (grandpa style):

when I smell the leaves dry, they smell like veggies and pepper.

when I smell the leaves wet, the smell is intensified.

when I smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet and like veggies.

when I taste the brewed tea, it tastes sweet and like veggies.

the reason I give it a 50, is because it tastes too much like veggies and gets bitter fast.

I shall share the 2nd pack with a friend

many thanks to angel teavivre for this free sample :)

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 9 OZ / 260 ML

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85

This is very good, but a bit more sour than I ever really imagine blueberry being, so it masks the flavor just a bit. That being said, it makes an amazing iced tea if you add a little sweetener, and you can definitely taste blueberry. People who love juice REALLY need to give herbal blends like this a try – once you wean yourself off all the sugar, and a teaspoon in a cup tastes sweet to you, you will never go back.

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95

an awesome tea.

little glass pitcher method (grandpa style)

when I smell the leaves dry, they smell like sweet-grass.

when I smell the leaves wet, they smell more intense.

when I smell the brewed tea, it smells sweet like sweet grass.

when I taste the brewed tea, it tastes like sweet-grass

a note: you must use proper water temperature for this tea (most dragonwells don’t need it) or it will get bitter fast thus why I’m scoring a 95.

many thanks to angel tevivre for this amazing tea sample

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 9 OZ / 260 ML

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84

Green TieGuanYin is so amazing. I rinsed twice. First time on purpose second time on accident.
First steep.
30 – 1 min. I’m tasting honeysuckle. It’s kinda sweet all around really. it much grass flavor.
2 min. Where’d the honey suckle go? It’s all green flavor now; grass, slight hay
3 min Cooled down a bit. What is this flavor? It’s so smooth. Kinda floral, kinda green.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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98

This was a beautiful treat! I opened my package and revealed only a few little vibrant green glossy orbs. They carried a strong milky and vegetal aroma; moreover, I could hint a slight floral background. I placed these little gems in my warmed gaiwan and gave them a shake. This smooth scent became of creamy dried fruit with floral nectar sweetness. I began brewing right away. I washed these emeralds, and I brewed a few cups. The steeped leaves scent dropped to a deep vegetal tone with a sweetness of squash and melon. The flavor was simply amazing. This brew had a smooth and light body. The vegetal tone combined well with a refreshing sweetness and honey soothing quality. The leaves of this brew were unbelievably beautiful. The steeped long slender steeped leaves in my gaiwan were my favorite part of this tea session. The liquor was a pale jade, and it kept strong and soothing for 10+ steepings. The small amount that I had (5g) overfilled my gaiwan and lasted for a long tea session. This was definitely a treat for me, and I will be getting more of this someday!

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Flavors: Creamy, Dried Fruit, Floral, Honey, Melon, Sugarcane, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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75

This is good, but not as good as the Waterlillies. If I could taste the mint more, make it a real competing flavor with the fruit, I would like it a ton more and it would be a lot more unique. But, it is still a solid iced tea option.

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90

This is really tasty – I made it to be iced, as I am anticipating plowing through my iced tea collection rather quickly now that 80+ degree days are the norm, and I might need more of this. A lot more. It has hibiscus, which I don’t mind, but it isn’t overpowering like many other fruit blends are. I definitely taste the pineapple as the primary flavor, with the citrussy orange working with the hibiscus to give it a sour bite. I made 16ish oz of it with a teaspoon of sugar, and it balances out the flavors wonderfully.

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88

This was my morning brew for this muggy day. While I was brewing up a cup of these small black and gold curls the aroma of smoke and dark wood escaped from my tea press. The liquor was a light translucent garnet colour. The taste was perfect for a grey day. The initial sip was a light and fruity flavor with an oak undertone. This soft and flavorful brew went well with breakfast. This was a nice calm black tea, and it still had the high caffeine to get me going.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Fruity, Oak wood, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Thank you to Amariel for sharing this tuocha with me! I was excited to see this arrive as part of Amariel’s package because I’ve tried puerh before and really liked it. The only thing is that the puerh teas I’ve tried before were either flavored or part of a blend so this will be my first time to try it on its own. I’ve also never done anything with a tuocha so this will be a learning process all the way around.

I opened the silver pouch and out slides the cutest little disc of tea. It’s wrapped in paper covered in what appear to be Chinese characters. I so wish I could read them! It is just so beautiful. The tea itself smells very good, no hint of fishiness here. I have to say that I’m a little nervous about the flavor after seeing another note say that this tastes like mushrooms. I’m not a fan so I hope I don’t pick up any of that.

I stepped away from my desk so I steeped this far too long, close to 10 minutes when the recommended time was 4-6 minutes. The leaves did break up on their own as I had read they would and they are now a dull green in the bottom of my basket. Both the leaves and the liquid have a savory aroma. Unfortunately, this is very, very bitter, no doubt because I over-steeped it. It also has some astringency to it. I’m sorry that I wasn’t paying closer attention to this one since it’s the only tuocha I have. Maybe the leaves will still be okay for another cup or two.

I can really feel the effects from the caffeine in this one. Or maybe it was all the sugar in the Pop Tart I just ate.? :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98

I love Longjing on a warm sunny day. There is something about the delicate refreshing flavors that just put me in good spirits! I opened the package and revealed long elegant leaves of vibrant green and yellow. These flat slates carried the aroma of fresh silky vegetables and a slight robust floral hint. I brewed these beauties up in my glassware to watch them dance. My tea pot gave off a spinach and chestnut aroma as the hot spring water touched the leaves. I filled my pot in three short bursts to agitate the delicate leaves. I always brew Long Jing with cool water (175F) to get the sweet flavors out. The taste was so refreshing. This brew has a delicate vegetal flavor with a honey nectar sweetness. I can feel my body relaxing with each sip. I was able to pull three steepings out of this brewe, and I deeply enjoyed each one.

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Flavors: Green Beans, Honey, Nectar, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

Thanks again for the sample, Teavivre! This will be the last of the new batch to review. The leaves here look wild and tangled, but I know the tea farmers put great care into picking the leaves… it just LOOKS like a mess! The bright green leaves have a sweet corn and cream fragrance. I used half of a sample pouch (so around 2.5 grams)… that seems to work for all of these big leafy green teas I’ve tried, if you are brewing in a mug. The pale brew is delicious – some more cream and corn to match the scent of the dry leaves, with some added nuttiness. I think this is what I imagine the flavor should be if I think “mao feng”. VERY delicious! The second steep wasn’t as good because of my own fault – I didn’t steep the perfect cup (the temperature should have been hotter and the time longer – not paying enough attention.) It is impossible for me to pick a favorite Teavivre green tea. I have loved all of them, both from this year and last year.
Steep #1 // half a sample (around 2.5 grams) for 11 ounce mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 32 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Harvest: April 2015

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85

Another delicious sample from the Spring green offerings – thank you, Teavivre! The leaves here are very interesting – I’ve never seen anything like them before. They are like dark green twisted needles of grass. They have a very strong and sweet scent of cream and corn. I love it already. I used half of a sample pouch (so about 3.5 grams if a sample is 7 grams) which seems to be working for the greens I’ve been trying lately. The flavor is like the fragrance – cream and corn. But this one has an interesting smoky and mildly spicy flavor to both steeps that remind me of a barbeque sauce type flavor. Very unique for a green tea, I think, which makes something that normally might not be noticeable very apparent with a green tea. Both steeps are exactly the same. I love that all of the green teas that Teavivre offers are completely different in flavor. I didn’t know green teas could have such different flavors. The only complaint I could possibly ever have with my experience of Teavivre so far is that they don’t sell more of their teas in 50 gram or 25 gram sizes so I could buy more varieties of their tea! The teas are always so good!
Steep #1 // half sample pouch for 11 ounce mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Harvest: April 2015

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