1300 Tasting Notes

drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
1300 tasting notes

I am wondering if Teavivre found a new supplier for this. This is a brighter green and has a lighter flavor than my last batch. I like this better.

Today the hammers and saws are supposed to start on my property. Reroofing our mobile home next door first, then I finally get my porch. May get loud around here for a while so I am enjoying the quiet peaceful morning with green tea powder and milk.

Cheri

I would love to have a nice porch. My dream dream house has a wrap around porch.

ashmanra

Mine, too, Cheri! Down here in the South EVERY house ought to have one, but not many do. What a dream that would be, a nice, deep wraparound porch!

K S

I agree about the wraparound, nice dream. Doesn’t fit our house or my wallet but I’d like to have it. When we lived in the mobile home we had a 10′ × 20′ porch built. I lived on it. The house is getting a 10′ × 38′ – the width of the house. Can hardly wait. I’ve always loved sitting on a porch when it storms.

Cheri

The cottage I spent all of my summers at had a screened in porch. It was perfect for watching storms from (unless it was really blowing) or sleeping on. One just had to be careful for drips. (This cottage was literally a tiny log cabin, and everything leaked.)

K S

Cheri, sounds like heaven… except for the drips.

mrmopar

We sit on the porch also during the storms.

gmathis

That’s the one thing I miss from our Shabby House summer—the deep front porch with a rocking chair and the way it sounded in the rain.

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This…Tea…Is…Awesome! I know I tend to love just about everything I try. But really almost everything I have tried of late has been really good. Admitting that – This one may well hold the record for the most malt I have ever smelled in a sample pouch. The leaf is gorgeous. I think it is better looking than the picture. Less orange, more tan, than Teavivre’s Golden Tips but every bit as beautiful. It tastes like liquid malted milk balls. I can’t decide if I am really tasting the chocolate coating or if the mental image is just too hard to shake. The first cup is super smooth with zero bitterness and zero astringency. The second cup is far less malt. It has a slight edge with a mineral note and a fruitiness in the aftertaste.

Stephanie

mmmm…tips

donkeytiara

you just cost me $38. drats….. :)

What-Cha

Thanks once again for another brilliant review Kevin. Thanks for the order donkeytiara, I’ll be sure to include some free samples of black tea.

K S

donkeytiara – Pretty sure this wasn’t that expensive ;)

What-Cha – my wife who seldom tastes tea (because of caffeine) took a sip of this and went, “Whoa!”

Stephanie – I’ll try and set a little back. Just don’t bank on it ;)

What-Cha

Wow, great to hear it induced such a reaction from your wife who isn’t a tea drinker. Although I don’t like to play favourites with my tea, I have to admit that it really is my favourite black.

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The spammer seems to have caused Steepster to lose my Candy Cane Lane note I posted early today. Let’s see if Sugar Cookie posts. I have maybe 4-6 bags left. Note to self buy extra this winter.

gmathis

We start seeing it on shelves around early October.

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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.

Stephanie

Nice, do you still want to try some of the Chrysanthemum? Or the raw jasmine?

K S

I bought some of the jasmine when I ordered this one. I’ll PM you on the chrysanthemum.

Stephanie

Cool no biggie :)

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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My order arrived yesterday. It’s only been six days since I ran out of this but it seemed like a month. I thought learning to properly whip the green tea powder was tough until I found some xanthan gum (paid too much but only local source I could find). I used a little over a 1/4 tsp. The result is kind of tapioca pudding. My first try. Can anyone offer some tips? I mixed the powder and gum then added a little water to mix before adding the milk.

Stephanie

I’ve never experimented with xanthan gum! Interesting!

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drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
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Go ahead CS haters, go ahead and hate. I used to be one of you. You’ll come around one day. Mid 80’s yesterday with oppressive humidity. A little peppermint chill with some vanilla and cinnamon thrown in, really made this a welcome cup to finish the day.

ashmanra

I wonder if I could replicate that feeling by mixing some of my homemade vanilla extract with peppermint tea and a bit of cinnamon? I will post if I give it a go.

K S

I suspect keeping the cinnamon in check will be the toughest part. It will be interesting to see if it is possible to improve on this one – it is awfully good.

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I love black tea from Nepal. To me it takes the best of India and China black and combines them into one great cup. This one is smooth and malty like my favorite Yunnans. There is just enough fruity edge reminiscent of Assam to build interest without the gut hurting tannins (Or maybe they just don’t hurt me in Nepali teas like an Assam usually does). The taste, of this one at least, is only slightly Darjeeling like. Instead of the Muscat this one leans towards apricot. I don’t recall a single Nepali tea I have not liked. Maybe poor English but you know what I mean. This 1st flush one is very tasty. So much so I did not add sweetener.

My green tea powder arrived today! I can stop watching tracking and start mixing smoothies again – Yeah! (The ‘Yeah!’ is to be said with all the enthusiasm of Kermit the Frog)

Tealizzy

Lol! Kermit! ;)

gmathis

(flailing my flabby little green arms right along with you)

K S

It isn’t easy being green ;)

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drank Mellow Mango Peach by Della Terra Teas
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I dug to the back of one of the drawers looking for sip down tea. Found this. I am pretty sure it originally came from Nicole and it may have been in the drawer for two years – in a baggie. So not expecting much considering its age. Surprisingly it stills smells wonderfully peachy. The cup is more mango and less peach. Hot it is a very mellow smooth fruity tea. Once it gets cool or you ice it, this really comes alive. I looked at my blog review and this is also how I found this tea when it was newer and fresher. Really got to respect a tea that stands up to age and poor storage.

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drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
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Enjoying this tonight. You can read my other notes on this one. As of 3 PM my Teavivre package is in Indianapolis! Woot! Let’s see how long it takes it to make it to my house. I am guessing Tuesday.

Tea Sipper

I think my Teavivre order will be here tomorrow!

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Inspired by the review from Uniquity and accompanied by not enjoying giving a negative review – I am trying this one again today. First, I don’t mind giving a negative review of crappy tea, if it is crappy tea. In my opinion, once you reach a certain level of quality it should not happen. It is generally a matter of taste preference or bad preparation. I have always been impressed with Teavivre in the past. Yesterday, this turned out just bitter.

My problem with this one was mostly how I brewed it. Today I am doing it my way. Half the sample (2.5g) and 10 oz water heated to 180F. I steeped 1 minute. The liquor is clear, bright, and yellow. The taste is dry and reminds me of the dehydrated camellia flowers. I liked them because they were different. I find this very flavorful with strong cucumber/melon notes and a wood pulp flavor – not the negative version of yesterday, but a very nice one. There is a sort of floral note hanging around, or maybe I imagine it because I expect it. The aftertaste is lingering and mouthwatering. It also seems much sweeter in the aftertaste. No bitterness. No astringency that I notice.

It is not as powerful and deep as Silver Needle but then it is half the price. Messing with the parameters I find this to be quite pleasant. My one negative that I found again today that I did not mention here yesterday is the leaf. It looks like mulch. I don’t recall a Teavivre tea that was not beautiful full leaf. I thought my previous sample had been crushed or something but this one is the same way. This is mostly tiny broken pieces. Any one else notice the same thing?

ashmanra

First of all, I have already “liked” all of these posts and once again they have been erased from existence. I really am reading reviews!

Next, I haven’t had this one, but a neighbor gave me a shou mei for Christmas a couple of years ago and I was really taken aback by the appearance, it seriously looked like someone had raked their yard and then shoved the leaves in a little tin. It was a decent enough tasting tea, though. I can’t say the pieces just terrible small, though. It could easily have been the pile from under my dogwood. Very strange to brew!

mj

Sometimes my likes disappear too, but then if I refresh the page, they’re back. Steepster is so glitchy

K S

I’m having the same problem keeping track of what I have and haven’t read.

No one else has mentioned this leaf looking like mulch. I just really never expected it here. In fact the website pic looks like whole leaf. Just seems strange. I should contact Angel or Mary and ask.

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