1326 Tasting Notes


I feel like such a newbie today. This is the last of the spring samples from Teavivre to review. I think this is the third year I have sampled this. I should know what I am doing. Apparently that is not the case. I way under leafed. It is still very good but its just green tea. You know what I mean? All the wonderful characteristics that I know are here never have the chance to shine. It happens. I have one packet of this left, and I will prepare this gong fu (with skill) next time. I can tell you from last year this is an amazing tea.

I passed half of my samples on to a friend at church. She says she loves green tea. Upon questioning her, she drinks bagged tea from the grocery store. That means she has no idea how amazing green tea really tastes. I wrote out a page of simple instructions for her (that today I should have read). I told her if she puts the leaf any where near the microwave it will cry out to me and I will be forced to smack her fingers. I haven’t heard them cry out so I guess she is safe. Can’t wait to hear back from her.

Clicking recommend even though I messed it up.


As an alternative to gong fu, another traditional way to drink Chinese green tea is to steep the leaves in a tall clear glass and blow the leaves out of the way when you are ready to drink. If it’s a truly good green tea, it should not get bitter, only more flavorful with time. It’s also nice to watch the leaves dance in the glass.


I have never tried the glass method. I am not sure how I would like it as I tend to drink all my teas just warm to room temperature. Really hot tea has no flavor to me. I’m weird, I know.

I almost always use a clear vessel as to me the dance is one of the important aspects of enjoying tea.

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
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I went to the grocery store to buy some oatmeal. Next to it I saw grits. I haven’t had grits in years (my wife can’t stand them). On closer inspection it is an instant variety pack. One of the flavors is country bacon. So… yeah, that box came home with me. Trying to decide what tea to have with it, I grabbed this Golden Yunnan. On its own it is really good with a slight smokiness and that wonderful rich and smooth Yunnan flavor. As Terri remarked recently, I can drink Yunnan on an empty stomach. Now I know I can also drink it with bacon grits. Oh my lands, bacon and Yunnan! I am in love. The tea takes on a deeper leathery tone that sort of reminded me of some of the pu’erh I enjoy. I am thinking next time I am just going to pour the tea over the bacon grits instead of water and cut out the middle man. I love bacon. I love Yunnan. I love bacon. I love Yunnan. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.


Can’t go wrong with Yunnan!


I’m a semi vegetarian, don’t eat lots of meat…the one thing I will never give up is my bacon. Yum, yum, yum is right. And bring on the Yunnan, perfect combination!

Terri HarpLady

OMG, I’ve been so busy that I missed this post.
I can’t eat grits, although I used to love them, but if I was going to eat a flavored grits, this would be the one! Somebody was a genius. Of course, mine would be the non-instant kind, with bacon crumpled all over the top!
I was a vegetarian/vegan for years, until I developed digestive & health issues. Thank you God for bacon.


I am kitchen impaired but I know how to hit the power button on the microwave :) I’ve also had the cheddar grits – kind of good if you like the powdered cheese that comes in a box of macaroni. But yeah, bacon makes everything better.

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I am trying thee 2014 harvest of this glorious tea today. I cannot tell it from last years leaf. To me that is a good thing. Given the crazy weather last year I wasn’t sure how it might affect the tea. This at least survived very well. The dry leaf always brings images of country fields full of fresh baled hay. Sweet, sour, green fresh. The wet leaf fills my tiny room with an amazing aroma of buttery veggies. The taste is corn, maybe popcorn. It is not so much buttery, though it is there, as it is milky feeling. This is very crisp with an edge that suggest bitter but in a good way. One of the reviews I saw said something like spring in a cup. To that I would agree. A very delicious cup. Time for more.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

Sounds yummy!

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Another from Teavivre. I got to brew this in my glass teapot. Yeah! The leaf is so interesting. Long and flat. Is it just me or does anyone else think it looks like green beef jerky? lol. The dry leaf scent is fresh and grassy.

I steeped the entire 5 g sample for 1 1/2 minutes in 12 oz of 175 F water. To me this borders on bitter without crossing the line. Teavivre says it is not bitter at all. I like the edge it gives the cup but I am wondering am I doing something wrong?

This is buttery with a taste of corn and peas with maybe some light green bean notes. For my preferences the closer to room temperature the better the flavors develop. A very nice tea that is kind of dragonwell like but completely different.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

Nice! I intend to try this one later on today. Packed it to bring to work with me. The leaf is crazy looking. SO unique!


This is the type of tea I drank earlier! Mine was also a bit bitter, so maybe it is just a western definition? I’m going to try some of Camellia Sinensis’s version to compare.


I’ve had this tea before at two different locations here in CO. I used 4g with 185 degree water in a tall glass, and it wasn’t even remotely bitter, even after 10 minutes of steeping. Idk, I might use a lower dose?

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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Woke up at 5:00 with just the beginnings of the massive headache I have been getting lately. Got up and wandered about a bit and went back to bed. Slept til 7 and got up with no headache! It is going to be a good day.

Made my favorite breakfast of milk, assorted syrups, and green tea powder. Cold refreshing and tasty. Hoping to have some wonderful brewed teas next this morning.


Hooray for no headache! Sometimes a good nap is really what you need.

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drank Green Tea with Citrus by Lipton
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Actually the Diet version but I don’t feel like creating a new listing – besides I have reviewed it here before.

I kind of feel like Roswell Strange and her Nestea. This is just so simple to grab and drink cold. If it weren’t for this I would have drank very little even resembling tea of late. At least I like it even if it’s barely tea. Mostly it tastes like grapefruit.

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drank Oriental Beauty by Primula Tea
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I have had such a major headache the last few days that I haven’t cared much about writing tasting notes or even drinking new tea. It finally seems to have subsided so I am starting small.

This has a listing already under Primula but that one said it was a black tea. This one is green tea with jasmine. The flower is pretty enough but too tall for my 15 oz pot. The green tea is not tied as attractively as I normally see in these things but at least it did not fall apart. The taste is awfully light. Maybe this one is way pat its prime. Besides a light jasmine there is another note that tastes like globe amaranth to me, even if there is none present. I do not like globe amaranth. Fortunately that flavor is not so present as to prevent me from drinking the pot.

Kind of pretty but if you are really looking for a conversation piece, serve jasmine dragon pearls instead.


Sorry about your headache, glad you’re feeling a little better…not used to not seeing your notes on my dashboard :-)


Im so sorry about your headache. pls see the doctor, pls.

Cameron B.

I’m very glad you’re feeling better. I have never had a migraine in my life, and I can’t even imagine a headache that lasts for multiple days. I hope it was a one-time thing!


It’s not a migraine. I am one of those ‘lucky’ people who get to wear a CPAP mask at night. The replacement headbands don’t stretch correctly and so to stop leaks you have to tighten it up. When you do that it strains the neck and you end up with a horrendous headache that eases up as the day progresses. Then it starts again next morning. My O2 levels are fine (I’ve checked them), it is just the headband. I’ve bought off the internet without success. It’s time to pay 4 times as much and get one from the local supplier.


This is for sleep apnea, right? my BIL uses one, i can ask the model. He doesnt complain


Yep, had it my whole life but didn’t know what it was until a few years ago. Headaches are common with bad headbands.

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drank Traditional Tieguanyin by Verdant Tea
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I put all my untried samples in the same box without thinking, so I am a little confused, but I think this came from CelebriTEA. She wrote Yummy :) on the packet and I would agree. The very strong wet leaf roasted scent had me a little nervous. Strangely the taste is nothing like the leaf scent. At first this is buttery, salty, savory. It does not remind me of kettle corn as it did others. This melts in to sweet and floral. The floral to me was green oolong not flowers but I liked it. Underneath the entire sip this has a nutty roastedness like the toasted rice in genmaicha. This is a good complex cup. Might even say it was Yummy :)

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Earl Grey Premium by Ocean of Tea
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5:00 pm and my first cup of tea. Not how I planned the day. I grabbed this thinking it was the last of it but was delighted to find I still have enough for one more day. This is a good solid Earl Grey. Bright and citrusy with a good black base bite. If you are only going to get one cup today, make it a good one. I just did.

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drank Cinnamon Black Tea by Enjoying Tea
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An ounce of this came with a recent teapot order. I only recall having two cinnamon black teas before. Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice (affectionately known as liquid Red Hots) and Bigelow Cinnamon Stick. That last one was one of my very first tea purchases years ago. It smelled good but became lacking quickly. This one the leaf appears impressive for an inexpensive black tea. Definitely not dust. There is cinnamon pieces throughout. In fact the leaf in coated in cinnamon powder. The taste is richly cinnamon but not over the top. It quickly fades to allow the Ceylon base to come through. This is tart from the Ceylon and causes a certain amount of cheek tingle. A little sweetener mellows it and does something cool. The Ceylon takes on an earthy quality that I have not experienced with Ceylon before. I did enjoy sipping this cup.

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