1326 Tasting Notes

drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
1326 tasting notes

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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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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All these years of drinking this tea and I only this week figured out that a cooler temperature (195 F) would take the heavy bite right out of the Ceylon base – not to be confused with the Cylon base as I first typed it. That bite is probably harder to get rid of – anyway I digress. I have always enjoyed the bite but now that it is gone, I’ve decided I like this smoother cup better.

My package I’ve been tracking from China has left Florida but evading current tracking. It has officially spent more time travelling the US than it did getting here. Go figure. Any one else find tracking great entertainment?

mj

LOL cylon base (star)

ashmanra

I looked for this tea at Marshall’s a couple of days ago. They didn’t have any. I was going to get you a tin!

I can be quite terrible about stalking my packages, I understand the tracking thing,

K S

Hey, you tried, and thanks for thinking of me. Our Marshall’s never has fun stuff. I used to have to order off Amazon. Now a local world food market regularly carries a good selection of Ahmad teas.

donkeytiara

will that work with other ceylons? I have some Dilmah that just sits and mocks me because I struggle with the bite….

yyz

Definitely try a lower temp donkeytiera. I regularly brew mine between 90-95°C (194-203°F).

KS ironically even though I don’t really care if a parcel has tracking I do watch the ones that are regularly. It sometimes is fun to see bizarrre misdirections. I did have one that was frustrating because it was lost in the system for about a month and a half. It was probably in customs for two weeks and then was lost by Canada Post somewhere.

K S

donkeytiara agree with yyz, it can’t hurt and it just might help.

yyz, it is just bizarre to watch. From China to Chicago? Why not closer to the coast? Then to Florida before coming back to the midwest (hopefully…. soon). It doesn’t get here quicker watching, in fact in probably makes it seem slower, I don’t even need it at the moment but just can’t help but watch.

yyz

That really is bizarre. I live near Toronto and there is no consistency as to whether the parcel comes directly here or enters Canada in BC. I’ve had us parcels leaving the US in Chicago and being sent to Montreal and rather too frequently, the sorting plant decides to send my parcel to TO causing a 3 or 4 day delay. Some of the Chinese sellers have used mail services from other countries so I have to stay on top of their notes as the tracking numbers change! That’s a bizarre route for your parcel.

Christina

I’m doing a little bit of package stalking myself. Teavivre sent me a set of free samples to review, and while other people on Steepster have gotten their teas, mine is still not here. The tracking number just says that it left China on July 30th… which is so not helpful.

yyz

Christina, I’m in Mississauga and I bought during the greens and white, and the black sales. The first package is in Richmond as of yesterday so hopefully yours will be too!

Try this site http://www.17track.net/index_en.shtml. it often gives me info before the postal service sites.

Christina

Just did for my shipment, no luck. But I’ll keep that site in mind for later.

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I know we all have different tastes. I followed the website recommendation for brewing in a gaiwan. The whole 5 g sample with 90 ml of water heated to 195 F (90 C). The steep was 25 seconds. That is simply too much leaf for me. This was so bitter it made my mouth pucker. Maybe half the leaf or half the steep time would have been OK.

I decided to lose the gaiwan and grab the press. I used 10 oz of 180 F water and steeped for 25 seconds. This was much improved. Now it tastes like grassy fresh alfalfa hay. There is a light apricot note and the aftertaste lingers.

Honestly though, I thought the lower grade White Peony was more aligned to my tastes. I have never given Teavivre a negative review before, but this one did not grab me.

I have enough to start again on another day. Next time I will only use half the sample and much cooler water. I am not giving up yet.

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
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I don’t recall others mentioning the light touch of smoke. To me that is what sends this one over the top. I love Yunnan black teas and this one is currently a favorite. Ever since having it with bacon flavored grits, I now catch a old leather note in it each time I have a mug.

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drank Nepal 1st Flush Spring Buds by What-Cha
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Afternoon Steepster Dudes and Dudettes! I finally tore myself away from purple teas from What-Cha today as I am seriously in the mood for a subtle white tea. This is a 1st flush from Nepal. Every white tea I have had previously I believe to be of Chinese origin, so I am excited to try this one. The leaf is wonderfully scented of grass and melon. It looks like White Peony with its silver haired buds and big green leaf. I decided to use my 90 ml gaiwan for the first few steeps. 3 g, 175 F, and 15 seconds. The liquor is only the faintest yellow tint. It tastes savory and of cucumber and melon. Second steep was equally excellent. For the third go, I switched to the press so I could steep per What-Cha’s recommended 3 minute steep. As the cup is cooling to drink my wife decides to show me material samples for her latest sewing project. When we are done discussing it, the tea is cold and tastes kind of woodsy and nutty. Fourth cup, has a definite fruity apricot scent. The melon/cucumber notes are lighter but present. This now has a slight mineral note and a cooling sensation. The inside of my cheeks are tingling long after the tea is gone and my breath still feels cool. This stands up to White Peony extremely well.

Cheri

This sounds delicious!

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