I’m not sure how to describe it-woodsy seems to fit. This is my first Sheng, and I’d say I’m off to a good start. Hot or cold, it’s quite delicious.
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This one reminds me of Teavivre’s Organic Silver Needle white. I brewed it at 195 for a minute as instructed, which is hotter than I normally steep whites, but it is fine, definitely not bitter. I was generous with the quantity of leaves. Yes, this tea is gentle and soothing, but at the same time has several flavors going on. I pick up on hay, cucumber and creamy notes. This tea exceeded my expectations, as white teas are not usually what I gravitate toward. I would like to try this one again.
Have had this several times now and am appreciating the subtle yet flavorful nuances of this excellent silver needle. Though mild, it is far from boring. Following the directions, I brewed 2 (heaping) tsp in 8 oz water for 1 min, increasing by 30-60 seconds for subsequent steepings. As I read other reviews, I was nodding when I saw descriptions like cucumber, hay, floral. I would say all these were just hints-combining to give a very satisfying experience. I enjoyed it with a tiny bit of Stevia. Perfect for a soothing cup in the evening
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This is a delightful Long Jing. I have enjoyed it hot and cold-it is smooth and gentle, yet quite flavorful. No bitterness. I got 3 to 4 steepings, starting with 1 1/2 min, but added 30 sec for each subsequent steep.
Understand that this is the 1st Pu-erh I have tried. I purchased the black tea sampler and would probably never have tried it otherwise. So I am no expert. Also, I sweeten all my teas with stevia. However, my husband doesn’t sweeten his tea and he liked it too. All I can say is I like this wonderful tea a lot, it’s good hot or iced, really good. I steeped it for 30 seconds the 1st time and added 30 seconds for each subsequent steeping. I plan to try the Gaiwan brewing instructions next time since this method is highly recommended for pu-ehr. For iced I brewed it double strength and added ice while hot. I have now ordered the TeaVivre Pu-erh sampler so I can compare this one with others.
I am bumping up the rating on Summer Harvest Laoshan Green. For me, the results were far better brewing it Gongfu style with short steeping times. It was smooth, light, and fresh with no bitterness. I used 3 gm of tea for 4 oz of water at 185, letting it steep 6 seconds and adding a few seconds for each subsequent steep. With Western style brewing and longer steeping times, I found it to be too bitter for my taste, but I don’t think that’s been a problem for others.
I just love this wonderful Dian Hong. It is equally delicious hot or iced. I could drink it every day. As far as how many infusions I got, well easily 7,following Verdant’s instructions for Western style with steep time of 1 min. for the 1st 3 and adding a few seconds for subsequent steepings.
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Should have reviewed this one when I first got it. I like a good Tieguanyin and this one met all of my expectations-another solid performer from Verdant Tea.
I adore a good jasmine tea, and am very pleased with this one with its smooth, mellow flavor. My favorite time to enjoy it is in the evening, especially since white teas are lower in caffeine. I add a little stevia, but I do that with all teas. For me, it holds up to 3 steepings (Western Style).-maybe 4. One of my favorites and would order again.
This is a fabulous black,exactly what I’m in the mood for this afternoon. Not sure which TeaVivre black I like the best. I really like Bailin Gongfu too. For me, it’s a close match and may just depend on what mood I’m in!
I’ve never tried a Lapsang Souchong until this one that came as part of the black tea sampler I purchased. Since the description said smoky, I assumed it would not be “my cup of tea” but was pleasantly surprised at how the smoky flavor was just right, not overwhelming the tea flavor. It is a subtle and smooth cup of tea. It would probably never be an everyday cup for me, but that’s a matter of personal taste, not quality. I can envision when cooler weather arrives in the fall,that this would be a very enjoyable cup to savor.
I ordered this sample along with several other teas from Teavivre. My husband and I decided to try it tonight and were glad we did. It was deliciously sweet,fragrant, and smooth just as advertised. We got three flavorful steeps. Loved this tea and recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good jasmine tea.
I have never tried a Genmaicha Matcha before. I brewed this at 160 for 1 min. as recommended on package, not at 212 which was on their website instructions. It was a very pleasant cup of tea with a beautiful vivid green color. The toasted rice added something extra that I really enjoyed. I found that if I steeped at 175, it seemed a little bitter, so I will stick with 160. Would definitely order again.
Until I discovered loose tea, I never particularly liked black tea, finding it bitter and too astringent. I have probably tried 50 loose teas in the last couple years, and finally decided to give black tea another try. Thanks to Teavivre, I got a generous sample of their Bailin Gongfu and I just love it! I have tried only about 5 unflavored blacks from a few different companies, but this is my favorite. I steep it for 2 min. at 185, and add 15 seconds for each additional steeping. I got a total of 3 good steepings, but didn’t try for a 4th. To me, it is perfection, without any bitterness or astringency to spoil it, so I’m getting ready to re-order it.