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Let me preface this with emphasis that I am rating this tea based on what it is supposed to be. I actually discovered I don’t like Lapsang Souchong at all, but Teavivre makes a good one for what it is.
Dry: Small tightly rolled black tea leaves. The package reminds me of the stables- the dry leaf smells very leathery to me with considerable smokiness and another aroma that reminds me of dry cedar chips.
Steeped: Deep red-brown clear liquor. The smokiness is a bit less present in the steeped tea than in the dry leaf. A hint of malt plays around the edges of the mug.
Taste: Holy smoke, Batman! This one is bold on flavor. Strong smoke with a hint of sweet. Very smooth, with pine, leather, and cedar notes. If I were to taste a tea that reminded me of a campfire, this would be the one. Not for me and I honestly couldn’t even finish the pot, but nonetheless, a quality tea and definitely worth a trial if you enjoy potent smokey notes in your tea. For some weird reason, I imagine that someone that might like this tea may also like whiskey, cigars, and horse races, lol.
Flavors: Burnt, Cedar, Leather, Pine, Smoke
I’m not sure the taste of this tea is too different for me than most other Chinese greens I’ve had. It is vegetal, nutty, and mildly sweet with a bit of green bean flavor.
What does stand out to me immensely is how thick the mouthfeel is. It is very heavy and very syrupy. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I really like that. As for the flavor, however, I feel a bit non-reactive. It’s very Zen and all, but I prefer to be wowed by my teas.
Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal
Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for the generous samples!
I could smell the dry leaf from the moment I opened the sample pouch. A savoury, roast-y aroma.
Steeped, the aroma becomes a bit more vegetal. The taste is quite light, still sort of savoury with a hint of nuttiness and to my surprise, a slight hint of sweetness. There’s a lightly astringent finish.
I usually don’t drink green teas (longjing being an exception), but I could see myself drinking more of this!
Time for a full review :)
the leaves look almost like black pine tree needles :D
when i smell the dry leaves/flowers, it smells like a very good black tea should :) nice and peppery :)
when i smell the liquid it smells nice and peppery :)
when i drink the tea its peppery and spicy :)
the best black tea i have ever tried! thank you angel teavivre for selling me this great black tea! :D
I’m adding 5 points to the score
Flavors: Black Pepper, Pepper, Spices, Spicy
This is a tea that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now and thank you tons to Sil for sending this tea my way!
Ahh busy busy life right now with Disney, but I’m glad that I’m slowly adjusting and making time for tea :)
I think it was with December’s Steepster Select box that I fell in love with golden teas so anything golden is just… gold hahah. What makes these golden tipped teas so special? Or golden oolong, or golden curls or GOLDEN EVERYTHING. That’s a thing I’ll need to research soon :)
But this has a very lovely and dark liquor to it as it steeps, and it has that rich, dark, malty smell to it. It’s been a while since I’ve had a really great, straight, black tea, and this definitely is one of my favourites. I still absolutely love the Golden Yunnan from the December box, and my Vanesheh Persian Black tea from this local tea garden back home, but this tea comes as a close third!
This tea just gets better and better as I resteep it :)
I associate every golden tea as like a separate special tea okay. So pls excuse if they’re like… different
Thank you Teavivre, from this sample!
Not using a rating because I’m inexperienced with sheng pu’erh and don’t have the proper palate. Gongfu method with 4oz gaiwan. 10 second rise. Steepings time were 10, 15, 3, 30, 45, 60…
The dry leaf aroma consists of mushrooms, smoke, sweet spices, and peppercorns. After the rinse, the aroma was savory. I picked out sauteed mushrooms, BBQ’d London broil (medium rare), honey, and honey mustard BBQ sauce. I thought I felt my stomach rumble…
The liquor has a pale peach color and is clear and full-bodied. The first infusion was earthy and sour and had a hint of mushroom. At the second infusion, the aroma resembled cherries and the texture became creamy. Still could only taste earth and sourness. The texture went back to being clear for the third. Sourness waned a little, fruity note appeared. I could have probably gone for more infusions for the sake of the review, but I had to stop at the fifth. The flavor notes – earth, sour – pretty much remained the same. I tried my darndest detect flavors beyond what I was already tasting. Props to me for smelling those weird notes in the aromas (I have a crave now).
So I’m trying to pare down my stash a little bit, so I’ve started to go back and finish some of the teas that I’ve already tried, even before I try new ones. Right now I have a ton of 1-2 cup samples and I figured it won’t take long to sip a lot of them down. Plus I was very curious if I still find this one amazing after trying a LOT of Yunnans (technically this tea is Fujian, but it tastes way more similar to Yunnan teas in my opinion). I also tried just a tad bit longer steep (2m30s instead of 2m).
And the verdict is: this tea is super fantastic and delicious! I will most definitely be picking some up during the black & oolong portion of TeaVivre’s 3rd anniversary sale in August. Bread notes have been very common among Yunnan teas I’ve tried, but this one has the most amazing creamy and smooth pastry note, especially during the second half of the sip and the aftertaste. It reminds me of white tea, and it’s so delicious! This may be my favorite straight black tea so far. I need to try the “wee snaily yums” again to compare. Cannot thank Nicole enough for sending me this one! THANKS NICOLE! ;) I’m glad that this wasn’t a sipdown, I have one more cup left!
SO GOOD! <3 BUMPING IT TO 95!
This was my first tea after surgery yesterday. For some reason I have always associated this tea with healing. It is addictively delicious. I have had one other ginseng oolong and it couldn’t hold a candle to this one. It was such a comfort to have favorite teas from my favorite tiny cup away from home.
Pretty big surgery yesterday. Morphine button a bust – turns out morphine just makes me violently ill. Went painkiller free other than essential oils on my feet and this tea, sent up in a JoeMo by youngest daughter. This tea takes me to my happy place. It really helped me relax and soothed my throat which was irritated by the throat tube. Best of all, having a familiar and beloved tea made me relax, which means hurting a little less. Two containers were sent up, and eldest daughter drank one and loved it. This was her first time having it but I have a feeling it wasn’t the last.
This tea was interesting. I did it pseudo gongfu (as almost always) instead of western.
The first infusion was really light, barely vegetable kind of not quite grassy, ending sweet and then GONE. No lingering flavors.
The second infusion was my favorite. It was just slightly stronger than the first, more almost grassy, sweeter on the finish, and then gone. I really enjoyed this. I wish it could have lasted.
After that, it got less green, less sweet, stronger flavored, almost spicy. It was still good, but after loving infusion #2 soooooo much, I was disappointed and missing it.
sipdown! farewell December tea :) Not sure that i’ll get through January’s teas this month as there are a LOT of them, but it is nice to at least know that when there are months that i’ve purchased less tea, i’ll make up some of that time. I’m really just doing it to be conscious about drinking my “older” teas even though i realise some ppl would love to have cupboards as “fresh” as mine lol.
I have quite enjoyed this one, though the reality is, i’d prefer 50g quantities from teavivre more than 100g in nearly every instance. Otherwise i start to feel like it’s too much to drink up. :) Not sure if i’ll reorder this one even if it is a lovely tea, ONLY because there are others i prefer more from Teavivre :)
Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this sample!
I have to admit, though I have thoroughly enjoyed all of these fresh, bright Spring 2014 green tea offerings Teavivre has sent me to try, I feel like I am no good at describing them other than to say they are crisp and vegetal, and very enjoyable. Always with the spinachy/seaweedy notes, sometimes buttery, sometimes a bit nuttier.
Always clean and fresh tasting, great for this time of year.
I used to fancy myself NOT a green tea fan, but that’s because back then I’d only tried the grossed bagged green tea dust, and I’d always used boiling water and oversteeped. No wonder I hated it!
These Spring 2014 teas have been so nice to try because I can see what green tea is supposed to taste like.
I only wish I were better at distinguishing between them all.
I think next time I am going to try three at once, do a little taste test/sip off so I can hopefully reach a new level of understanding with them. Always trying to expand my tea horizons and improve my tastebuds!
Thank you so much for sending these my way. When I want a delicious straight green tea, I know exactly where to go!
Thank you, Teavivre, for a sample!
Used with the gongfu method. 2 one-second rinses. Steeping times were 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45.
The dry leaf aroma smells of honey and and pineapple. The wet leaf aroma, which sits very well in the bowl, has notes of a mixed juice, strawberries, and – this is an odd one – Juicy Juice gum (I haven’t had that since I was a kid). The liquor is pale gold, clear and clean, and thick in texture. After going months without having a Wuyi oolong, this one was refreshing to drink. I love me dark oolong any time of the year, especially when it is complex. A mineral note was prominent in the first infusion. Thereafter, a fruity sweetness took hold and was consistent throughout the rest of the session. For one of the middle infusions, sweet evolved to slight tart, prickling my tongue. At the end, when the flavor began to give, the sweetness faded, and a roasted quality took over.
I’ll be honest, the selling point of this tea for me was the “milk” part of it, I am a very avid drinker of oolong and was very enticed with the idea of it having a nice sweet creamy flavor. The trick with this tea is in the steeping times and temperature, I found that when it was slightly over steeped that it had lost it’s sweet creamy flavor, and when I used too hot water (200F) that it became slightly astringent, and the creaminess was replaced with a grassy flavor. Once you get the steeping times and temperature down, this tea doesn’t fail to impress! After a quick rinse, the leaves were already omitting a sweet milky scent. The first steep had very nice sweet creamy tasting notes, with a slight grassy taste, I was quite surprised with this very prominent taste of sweet cream, and the second steeping didn’t disappoint! It was the same as the first steeping in terms of flavor, and was slightly darker with a little more tea dust in it, and the third steeping the sweet cream flavor was lessened, and was replaced with grassy flavors, but it had very nice flora accents with it as well, so it was a nice trade off, and was a very very nice light oolong, I highly recommend!
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Milk, Sweet, Vegetal
This pu-erh is hands down, one of my most favorite pu-erh teas I’ve ever had; although I am rather new to pu-erh tea, I know what a bad pu-erh can taste like! After about two 5 second rinses, letting the tea leaves rest in between the rinses to open up better, the first two steeps were rather uneventful, a slight vanilla flavor in the background, with a very earthy/moldy aroma, and was a little astringent. The third steeping is where the flavors really boomed, very nice sweet taste complete with a rather prominent vanilla flavor in the background, just a little earthy and fishy, but that isn’t a downside for me, personally I like it. The color of the tea was a very dark amber color, but it wasn’t a “slap-in-the-face-flavor”, it was actually very light in contrast to its color. The mildness of the tea means that you can’t really mess it up/over steep! I accidentally over steeped mine majorly (about 3 hours), and it was comparable to coffee, which I am an avid drinker of, but it had all of it’s delicate flavor notes still. After drinking that, I decided I would try to get an extra steep out of it, and got 4 more! This is definitely an all day tea, which is a major plus.
Flavors: Earth, Fishy, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla
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Flavors: Earth, Fishy, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla