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When I removed the toucha from the sealed bag, the aroma was incredibly bread. Smells so good. I started with a 40 s steep. The first cup was light and tasted like hazelnut. No bitterness and no astringency that I noticed. Second cup at 30 s was darker and more complex. It started more like a raw pu-erh without the harsh bitterness. It is thick and syrupy with a sweet fruity aftertaste and leaves a sticky lip feel. With the 3rd cup at 30 s, I got a stronger cup, cheek tingle, and a bitterness that I like – not the nasty harsh kind. When it was hot, I thought I briefly tasted leather. As it cooled it became more mineral and almost cave like. In each cup the cooler it got the more I caught the hazelnut flavor.
I did not notice anything I would consider floral and certainly not like any lotus I’ve tried. That doesn’t surprise me. The ripe rose toucha has no rose taste but is one of my favorite ripe touchas. This is definitely a more complex tea than I was expecting. I am looking forward to several more cups – the toucha is loose but largely still intact.
A huge thanks to Angel and Teavivre for this sample!
As Teavivre continues to add new teas to its ever-growing repertoire, I am always anxious to try them and see what the young company is up to. The black teas are my favorite so I was eager to take this one for a spin!
When I opened the sample package, the strong aroma of the black and slightly curly leaves was quite interesting. It was faintly nutty, a bit fruity, and a lot like bread.
I brewed the leaves at 195 degrees for five minutes. The steeped result was a reddish gold liquid. The aroma was again nutty and fruity with a bread attribute.
The taste of this selection was slightly sweet. All rolled up in the flavor was nuttiness, a very subtle fruity flavor, and that lurking bread quality. When you put it all together, it reminded me of a tasty piece of fruit and nut bread. The tea was extremely smooth with no astringency. The sweet and soft aftertaste lingered quite pleasantly on my palate.
This is another delicious tea from the folks at Teavivre. For a company that is only three years old, they really have their finger on the pulse…or, should I say, tongue…of this tea lover. I will definitely be adding this great new entry to my shopping list in the future!
Flavors: Fruity, Nutty
Brewed according to the instructions on the package…
Probably like most people, I don’t read the brewing instruction manual on my tea packets, and in the ordinary way of things, I brew 5g of everything with 100-200ml water, adjusting the amount until I find equilibrium.
But since I’m currently well-stocked with 200g of Bailin Gongfu – my favourite black tea – I thought I’d give the instructions a try.
The instructions on the ziplock bag the tea comes in are 2 tablespoons of tea leaves, to 17oz water. By UK measurements, that’s 30g of tea and a gnat’s under 500ml water.
OK, I compromised, and used 1 tablespoon – 15g – and 250ml water.
It was delicious. Malty, delicious, wonderful, floral and just … the best tea I’ve ever had. Like Bailin Gongfu Plus. Super Bailin Gongfu. The Breaking Bad of Bailin Gongfu.
‘course, I then spotted the instructions on the website, which are subtly different to the ones on the package. On the website, it recommends for western-style brewing: “2 tablespoons/6 grams”. So I’m guessing the tablespoons thing is a typo for 2 teaspoons, unless Chinese or US tablespoons are very, very different from mine.
But I have to admit that if I were rich as Croesus, I’d drink it like this all the time.
Flavors: Floral, Malt, Tea
No reviews yet?! :o I guess teavivre didn’t really promote this one like they do their other teas. I had to request this sample specifically. :) I’m not really a fan of roselle/hibiscus, but I love black current. And I’m always down for more caffeine free teas. Plus hubby loves blueberry.
The dry leaf is absolutely mouthwatering. It’s like that concentrated fruit juice you’re supposed to dilute. The tea is not too tart. I did over water the tea so it might be that. Nonetheless, it was tasty. Definitely blueberry and black currant. I bet it would be nice iced.
Another gamble at the wild and crazy Teavivre summer sale, this Osmanthus Oolong really does smell and taste like osmanthus! I wanted to try this tea especially because osmanthus is a mysterious note in perfumery. It’s like a flower with a built-in fruitiness, so it’s very hard to detect when mixed in with anything else (as it always is…). This osmanthus-scented oolong is a great way to become closer to osmanthus, since the oolong tea base does not overwhelm the flower scent and flavor.
Very happy that I decided to try this tea!
It’s like buttered and jammed cream scone, without the actual baked scone part if that makes sense. This is probably my favourite out of the Teavivre oolong samples I’ve tried so far.. DaYuLing was good too, though.
Thanks for the lovely sample, Amariel.
Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Jam
Looking more closely at the dried leaves of this lower-tier Long Jing from Teavivre, I realized that it resembles Bancha physically! Kind of disheveled and haphazard—not the “fine china serve to guests” Long Jing, but the “I need Long Jing—now” kind.
It tastes good. I drank this two-glass tetsubin after a first meal of the day (MOD) at about 3pm, having slept in past noon. Today’s culinary discovery was yet another excellent surface for Nutella: split and toasted Ciabatta!
Who am I kidding? Every surface, up to and including that of a spoon, is perfect for Nutella. ;-)
I gambled on this economical Long Jing from Teavivre during the recent summer extravaganza sale, in part because it was from the 2014 harvest. I’ve been worrying about the end dates of my teas lately because I obviously have too many, so that was an easy way to whittle down the list of contenders.
Unsurprisingly, this tea is quite good—better than most premium Long Jings out there. The big difference I noticed between this lower-priced version and some of the haute Long Jings offered by Teavivre was that the leaves are not at all uniform. They are of various sizes and shapes, so it looks a bit messy in the dried form. No complaints about the liquor itself, though! A fantastic Long Jing bargain.
This tea is pretty good. I steeped it four times in a 180ml gaiwan, or at least the gaiwan was sold as 180ml, it may be a bit smaller. I used 5g leaves in 185 degree water. I steeped it for 15 sec, then accidentally oversteeped the second for 25 sec, then 15 sec, then 15 sec. I found the notes of honey and yeast in the description of the tea. There is also another note, I am sot sure how to describe it. It is slightly stronger than the other flavors. The best flavor in the list to describe this is mushroom, although that is not quite it. Overall I enjoyed this tea. It has a serious depth of flavor and tastes like a 2014 Oolong, I don’t know if it is this year’s harvest.
One of my TeaVivre samples.
complicated and complex.
I enjoyed this quite a lot.
I was really surprised how green the leaves got when steeped.
This tea kept me company through a long afternoon in the office. Pseudo gongfu, of course, following the TeaVivre recommendations for time and temperature.
And the last infusion still has incredible flavor. If it weren’t for the fact that I want to go home soon, I’d probably try another infusion or two.
I picked up 50g of this on the Anniversary Sale. I wish I had taken a gamble and ordered more than that, because this is really good!!!
I find the jasmine scent and taste nice and strong, and the sheng sweet and clear. I am interested to see how the re-steeps will taste. I am impressed though, I love jasmine green tea and sheng makes total sense to add jasmine to. Recommended!
I got this tea in the latest round of TeaVivre samples. I believe I was supposed to get their Chamomile Rose Silver Needle, but since I don’t like floral teas, Angel was nice enough to send me this one instead. This tea isn’t currently listed on their website. The buds look very similar to the non-organic version that I tried yesterday – they’re very fluffy and puffy with little silver hairs coating them. Dry scent is very hay-like and sweet with a distinct oat or grainy note. I noticed that the packet recommends a lower brewing temperature of around 170 degrees, but I wanted to brew these in the same way as the non-organic version so I did 185 degrees for 3 minutes.
Mm, I’m finding that I love silver needles teas. The brewed aroma conjures up visions of honey-drizzled pastries with oats and almonds. The first thing I wrote for the taste was “creamy fantastic”. And it’s totally true, too. Creamy oats and light grains with a bit of honey – I am definitely reminded of soy milk. The nice pastry and almond notes from the aroma are present here as well. There’s also something very marshmallow-like about this, even though it’s not that sweet. I can almost taste vanilla here in a very mild sense. Yums! I don’t really get the fresh melon or cucumber notes from the other silver needle, but the depth of creamy lovely flavor is fantastic. :D
Flavors: Almond, Creamy, Grain, Hay, Honey, Marshmallow, Oats, Pastries, Smooth, Vanilla
I love rose! We need more rose flavor everywhere!
This tea is lovely. The rose provides a syrupy sweetness that reminds me of baklava. The Dian hong is a deliciously grounding sweet potato. I bet a sweet potato pie with rose water and a dash of cardamom would be divine.
I love this tea. It’s so crisp and soothing.
Thank you, Teavivre, for the sample.
Very nice tea from TeaVivre. My first Oolong tasting, it is my after lunch tea today. I brew the Gaiwan style, it is my fav way to brew tea now. Love the brightness of the open leaves and it has a grassy smell. I am at my 4th steep now and can still taste the peach. The color is yellow-orange. My son had a cup and said that it was a fancy tea. I want to educate him about tea. We read where it was from. We will learn together. Now I have to buy my first Gaiwan pot. It will be easier to brew in it than using a cup and a mesh strainer. Thanks TeaVivre again for an amazing tea experience on a cool august day here in Ontario!
This tea grows on you, or at least it did for me. After my last cup of my first brew, I could really taste the milk flavor, and I think I like it even better with my second pot. It does have that flavor as if you added just a hint of milk to it. It’s a flavor that I like in another one of my other teas as well, though in this tea it feels more natural. I think I will buy this again.
The smell of this tea dry reminds me of strawberry candy and spinach. It has a nice shape, and I would have used less to brew, but the website mentions using 7 or 8 oz – I can’t quite remember which, but my sample is 7 oz, so I used the entire sample.
My kettle doesn’t heat much higher than 203ºF so I brewed it at that temperature for three minutes. Because I didn’t steep it very long, the color was a light green color, and it smelled earthy and sweet. It has a nice, mellow taste, but it might be stronger if I brew it for five minutes or more.
This is my first time trying a Golden Tip tea. I did not know what to expect. It is a mild black tea with a nice amber-orange color. I brew Gaiwan style. After the 3rd steep I could really smell and taste the sweet potatoes. I still prefer my green tea but this is nice, in the morning. Today it replaced my black coffee and it went really well with my freshly baked peanut butter cookies. They pair really well together. I would drink this tea with dessert again. Thanks to TeaVivre, another nice tea!
I picked up a few of these during the anniversary sale, and I’m glad I did!
This is nice creamy rich shu. I found no off flavors here, and I did give it a nice rinse before I drank it. I’ve never had anything with Chrysanthemum in it, but I found the flavoring similar to a rice scented tuocha I had once time. Similar but a little lighter. Good stuff!
This tea is tasty but bitter. I may have oversteeped it a little. Will try again another time. I brewed it western style in an 18 oz teapot. I used 3 tsp tea with 195 degree water for 3 min. It is quite bitter. Bitterness is what I taste. I also get the malt and astringency. The flavor described as coffee is present. I had to add some honey to cut the bitterness. Could you tell this is bitter.
The dry leaf of this is full of huge dried berries. The smell is a pretty nice balance of vanilla and berry. Unfortunately, the vanilla doesn’t translate into the flavor. The flavor really resembles hibiscus. It’s pretty strong, so I steep for under 1 minute. The short steep brings out a teeny bit of the vanilla flavor. Still overwhelmingly berry and tart though.
So, I thought… tea pop! I use a small amount of leaf, probably about 1/2 teaspoon, and a small amount of boiling water, probably about 3 oz. Then I add 4-5 ice cubes and top it off with seltzer. Such an improvement over the hot brew! This is a nice non-chamomile herbal option for a hot evening.
Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for the samples!
This is the other oolong I ordered from Teavivre and it is also quite good. It has tightly rolled, dark green leaves that smell very floral. The color of the brewed tea is a spring green and very floral. There is also a strong mineral component to the taste with a buttery background, finishing with just a tiny hint of spinach. Initially, there is a creamy mouthfeel feel only at the finish, but the creaminess builds as you sip until it is both more intense and present throughout the sip. Another great green oolong from Teavivre, although I do slightly prefer the Anxi Monkey King TGY
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral, Mineral, Spinach