84 Tasting Notes
This tea never ceases to amaze and satisfy me. I was in a very foul mood, and wanted tea, as well as just wanted to relax with the process of making tea. It really is calming.
So I scoured through my stash, and found that I had enough left of this for one big cup, so I steeped it all. This tea is good with milk or lemon, but this time I decided to add lemon instead of milk, like I usually do. The lemon helped bring out the lemon and strawberry flavour in there, and I really just love this tea. <3
Mood improved, thanks to a wonderful cuppa!
This is an update note, as I drank this once today, but am now on my second cup. Yes, at 10 at night. THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE TEA, SECOND TO A REALLY GOOD EARL GREY. Maybe even higher than some Earl Grey, which is saying A LOT.
This tea is a bit of heaven in a cup. Just saying.
So, if you drink this tea and are not impressed, try using a lower temp (I’d say 205 or lower) and steeping it for only 3 or 4 minutes. Use two spoonfuls of sugar, and milk. And if you STILL don’t like it, I WILL TAKE IT, SERIOUSLY!!
About a year ago, I tried this tea, and hated it. Absolutely hated it. It was bitter, had no vanilla, cream, blackberry anything. I knew I had steeped it wrong, somehow some way. Now, after many cups of various teas later, I am educated on tea and how to make it, what makes it steep wrong, etc.
I made this in a teapot, let it freely float in the water, which was just under boiling, and steeped it for 3 minutes exactly. Then strained it in a teacup.
I am happy to say this is perfect. PERFECT.
There is the sweet, slightly sharp taste of blackberries, and the creamy taste of vanilla. The mouthfeel is a creamy and sweet, and I love this tea. I can’t describe it any more than amazing.
I AM BAAAAAAAACK! So sorry I’ve been away, college is crazy. But now that the weather is getting way cold, I’m drinking more and more tea. Just want to let Angel from Teavivre know that I’ll be getting through the rest of my samples soon, hopefully. It’s been so long, I need to get back into it.
But, before I get back into Teavivre, I received some amazing Teavana teas for Christmas. I drank the other three before this one, but I’m reviewing them out of order. (Sorry.)
Anyways, opening the back the dry smell was fruity and floral, and had that distinctive smell of alcohol. Not majorly, of course, but enough to where you knew the champagne flavor was in there somewhere. A nice smell. The tea itself was pretty, with ACTUAL MINI ROSEBUDS in the mix. Very pretty. :)
Wet the smell was about the same, a bit tarty-fruity. Bubbly could even describe it well.
Taste is the part I like most though. (Who doesn’t?) I must say I am new to Oolong, but I like it none the less. In this tea I can’t really say I can taste the oolong enough to describe it, since I have yet to taste just straight oolong tea. But the strawberry in this is pleasant, and their is a bubbly sweetness that’s really nice. It’s got the champagne flavor, and even though I am drinking it warm and it’s delicious, ice this baby and it’ll be even better, probably. I will update on that once I get around to it.
All in all this tea is very refreshing, and it’s good for a Friday!
So I want to say THANK YOU to Angel at Teavivre, and also apologize for being slow on the reviews. School has made it hard to really sit down and enjoy a cup of tea, though I’ve gotten a few bagged teas in.
To be honest, I’m still adjusting to the different flavors of Chinese tea. I think since Chinese tea is probably the most natural compared to bagged teas or other loose leaf, learning how to taste and like the different flavors has been an interesting challenge. So far, I like many of the teas I’ve tried, and then there are some that I need to taste a few more times.
However, this tea has blown my mind first try. JASMINE BLOSSOMS ARE YUMMY! Or at least in tea, I’ve never eaten a full one. Haha, but no, really, the floral smell hits you right out of the bag and is light enough to not choke you but strong enough to be enjoyed, even with my slightly stuffy nose.
Steeping it’s just as strong, and the first sip I literally went “Ooh!” because there was just this explosion of floral, jasmine awesomeness and then a very light, mellow taste of white tea. It blends so well and is just really pleasant, I have no complaints.
Just for anyone’s reference: This tea steeped really light in color for me, which makes sense because, duh, it’s a white tea, but it was much lighter in color than some white teas I’ve tried. That being said, the flavor was not missing at all, so if you feel that it didn’t steep strong enough, I’d try it first because it is PERFECT for me. Of course, tastes and preparation varies from person to person, so do it your way! Either way, GO DRINK THIS TEA! With a good book or movie! And something sweet to eat with it! (Although I’m craving popcorn…)
UPDATE: Each sip gets better and better! I LOVE THIS TEA!!
Got my braces off, and my orthodontist had teabags by the coffee pot thing, and since there was no hot water, I decided I’d just take a few bags on my way out. I promise, it was legal. LOL
Anyways, this is a nice Earl Grey, very fragrant when you take out the tea bag, looses a bit of it when steeping, but the flavor is very nice. Smooth and good with cream. :)
Thank you so much Angel! Teavivre is just AMAZING! :D
I’m alive, lovely people! I’ve been drinking tea, but mostly bagged, and just quick in between classes or on the weekends. But I’m here! :D
This one…I smelled milk with the dry and steeping, and it’s a nice smell.
The taste is one that I can’t place, to be honest. I’ve got some milk in there, a creamy flavor, and another flavor, kind of floral flavor. It’s…really yummy, but I can’t give it a name.
It’s really good, and I’m going to try it with cream, even though I always feel like I will ruin certain teas with cream.
This tea is really yummy, floral, creamy, just lovely. I am sorry I don’t have a lot of nice descriptors for this tea, but it’s great!
Finishing my pack of this from Azzrian, (who said she had more for me, I think, so I’m okay with finishing it.)
It’s still milky and wonderful, and sweet and has this nice flavor. I put a little bit of cinnamon in it this time, just to give it some kick. I love it just as much as before, and can definitely taste more milk this time.
So I drank some loose leaf yesterday (backlogging again) just because I hadn’t in a while, and this was one from Azzrian I hadn’t tried.
This was…okay, I guess. It wasn’t what I was expecting.
Smell: The coconut is definitely there. No Pineapple, and the coconut almost smells burnt and a little weird. But I like coconut, so I figured I’d try it.
Taste: The coconut is there, but it isn’t a strong, sweet taste like I was expecting, and the pineapple was kind of in the mix but to me it mixed wrong. So it was a weird sweet/burnt/kind of tasteless at times tea.
I finished it, but it wasn’t that great.
Did a latte with this one, too, and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
The Earl Grey flavor is smooth and rich, and the milk gives it such a wonderful creamy taste. I added a bit of honey, but I can’t exactly taste that, now that I think of it. All yummy, and a short note. :-)