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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
1300 tasting notes

I’ve learned two things already this morning and it’s not even seven. First, peaches and cream oatmeal sounds far better than the wretched stench that I just had in a bowl. Ick. Of course there are more packets of it than anything else in the box. So there’s that.

Second, a little tired of trying to stir green tea powder in to cold milk, I used some hot water first before adding milk. The hot water released a roasted almost dark roasted oolong flavor into my cup. Very unexpected. So this morning’s mug is not the frap alternative I’ve been drinking. I did have caramel and vanilla syrup in the hot mix as well. Later today I have to try this as just a tea.

ashmanra

They put soy and other crap in it. Not to make you jealous, but I am having oatmeal that I flaked myself from oat groats, made with milk, fresh blueberries, and organic granola. My husband actually PREFERS packaged mixes because he wants so much sugar in it. He will convert soon…..just as he did to good tea!

Cameron B.

Hah, the fruit & cream oatmeal variety pack was my favorite thing ever when I was younger, especially the blueberry. :P

K S

You know why cockroaches will survive a nuclear holocaust? Cause they eat crap. At least that’s what I live by. kidding (sort of) We put frozen mixed berries on waffles a few days ago. I sure hope your blueberries were more tasty than ours. More tart than anything. I picked them out and just ate the raspberries and blackberries. You are like a pioneer woman with the chickens and oat groats. Good luck with the conversion.

I love the blueberry & cream – give me more of it and way less peach. Just ewww. Sure hope the strawberry and banana are better.

ashmanra

The blueberries were good! :) I think frozen ones do tend to be more tart.
Funny thing, but hubby would buy the assortment pack at big box stores, but he hates the Maple one. He hates how the smell of maple syrup lingers. So last winter, to save him from the desperate mornings trying to choke down the maple flavor packet, I made big bowls of it and fed it to the chickens as a cold morning treat. HA! They loved it, but I don’t normally let them eat non-organic food. I found a cheaper multipack for hubby with no maple flavor so he is happy now.

K S

I bought a separate box of the maple and brown sugar. There is a cinnamon one I really like as well. I bought these when I realized the simple bagel and cream cheese smear was closing in on 400 calories. Most of these are 130 (worst is the maple @ 160) and they fill me up with my glass of tea milk. On days they don’t I have a 100 calorie low fat yogurt and I am still way under the bagel. Haven’t tried regular oats with fruit yet. Not that brave yet. Translation – the sugar monkey still hates the idea. I can’t convince him I’m not twenty any more.

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drank White Monkey by Zenjala Tea Company
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I haven’t been writing many notes lately. Nothing seems to have flavor right now. Since 90% or so of flavor is smell, I assume some allergy thing is robbing me of my enjoyment. I first noticed it with the Mao Feng a few days ago. I thought I under leafed. Now I am not so sure. Big bold flavors like from bottled and highly flavored stuff are still detectable. Subtle teas are just lacking. This white monkey is maybe two years old and that may be part of the problem today. I have always enjoyed it every time I have brewed it. Today all that is present is sweet and a mild earthiness. Looks like I’ll have to put it back in storage for the time being. Maybe I’ll switch to hearty black or flavored teas for a few days.

gmathis

It’s just summer…I think most of us go through a tea slump this time of year.

donkeytiara

I’m having the same problem, but I think it’s the medications they have me on (Pulmacort/Dymista….both steroids that go straight into the lungs and nose/sinuses) Everything has a dulled mineral (rock/metal) taste to it….sigh….I’ve just switched from Yunnans to Assam this morning….it has helped. Do you have D&A’s Tiger Assam? Might fit the bill today!

K S

I just read your Assam note and started to comment. I am using generic Flonase. It works well but until my body adjusts the subtle teas that I love are lacking. Time for a hearty Ceylon Earl Grey. That will cut through anything.

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drank Earl Grey Premium by Ocean of Tea
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Enjoying the last of this today from Ocean Of Tea. This is an excellent Earl Grey. It has enough bright citrusy bergamot to cause the faint of heart to become weak in the knees – Sil ;P The black tea base is likewise assertive with enough astringency to make you notice without causing turmoil or harshness. This. This, is Earl Grey done right. Much love.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Yes, I can totally picture Sil becoming weak in the knees.

But I support Bergamot lovers 100%!!

K S

We are a mighty force of 2! lol

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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.

chadao

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.

K S

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.

Stephanie

Can’t go wrong with Yunnan!

TheTeaFairy

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.

K S

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.

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

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.

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

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!

SFTGFOP

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.

chadao

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.

Christina

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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