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Experience buying from Teavivre http://steepster.com/places/2857-teavivre-online—

Note: this review is based on the 2012 harvest.

I received 15 grams of this tea as one of many tea samples provided by Teavivre. Thank you Angel and Teavivre!

This Long Jing Green Tea is advertized as being harvested on March 3, 2012. I brewed this up roughly a week after I received this tea.

Everything about this Dragon Well speaks of its quality: the characteristic appearance and fresh aroma of the both the dry and wet leaf, the movement of the leaves while steeping (more below), and it’s seemingly well-known sweet nutty flavor. As it seems most Long Jings do, this one yielded a mildly green colored liquor.

I started with my standard green tea times and temperatures when steeping (starting at 180F and one minute), and increased the time and temperature up through five steepings. While steeping, the leaves were all on top for 1st and 2nd, half and half on 3rd, such that they were up and active all the way to the 5th; I found the steeping of the leaves enjoyable to watch (with some teas the leaves simply sit on the bottom during the later steepings with little to no activity). I don’t know what all that activity means, but my guess is that movement is an indicator that there is life in the leaves.

I found that the wet leaf had the tell-tale signs of being a quality Long Jing: whole leaves interspersed with plenty of buds and bud sets, all of a uniform army green color. Although it is not the quality of Life in Teacups’s Da Fo Long Jing (the highest quality Long Jing I’ve yet had), this is clearly from a quality pluck.

The flavor was strong, and my wife and I both liked it. Still, as much as I like the taste of a quality Long Jing—and after having a number of them—I am finding that they all have a flavor profile that is not at the top of my list of favorite green teas. It had good flavor up to three steepings and on the forth it had a slight change in flavor that seems to be characteristic of Long Jings, something I don’t quite care for; I don’t know how to describe it, but it may be that it’s too nutty for me. Still, the fifth had an impressive amount of good flavor. With one exception, this is probably the best tasting true Long Jing green tea I have ever had. The price ($20 / 100g) is probably not too bad for an organic Long Jing of this quality, but it’s still too expensive for my tastes; personally, I would rather purchase a less expensive Long Jing. Price aside, this is a Long Jing I would be willing to drink on a regular basis.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Tea_is_wisdom

Great review! One thing though you were comparing Life in Teacup’s Da Fo Long Jing that is 13.50 for 25grams to a Long Jing that is under 5 dollar an ounce. Honestly, Life in Teacups tea is like 3 times the price of Teavivre. Now, if the price was the same and then their is a quality difference that make sense.
Kind like saying how someones Scion TC isn’t as good as a Nissan GT-R. I hope I am not coming off like a jerk just saying got to compare on a equal price or same price level.
By the way not saying anything bad about Life in Teacup teas they are probably great just at a higher price tag at least the one you named.

SimpliciTEA

I totally hear you, Tea_is_wisdom, and I debated on whether or not to add that comparison. I added it because—quite honestly—that’s what came to me while looking at the wet leaf (since I relatively recently saw that wet leaf), and I believe the best reviews include things that come from our own personal experience (with as little editing of content as possible). I understand you may not have seen it like this, but I actually meant for the act of comparing it to a much higher grade of Long Jing to compliment Teavivre’s Long Jing, rather than to criticize it. I would love it if someone compared my writing to say, one of my favorite Sci-Fi authors, Ray Bradbury.

Excelsior

So it’s the same dilemma I face. Should I compare Mariage Freres 2011 FF Jungpana SFTGFOP1 to the exact same tea by Tea Trekker. Or the 2011 FF Margaret’s Hope SFTGFOP1 to Upton’s same tea graded as FTGFOP1? The teas from Mariage sometimes costs x3 or x5 more than their competitors. However since the taste can be completely different in taste, complexity, depth, and taste, I decided to compare Ray Bradbury to Ray Bradbury rather than comparing him to author’s like Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, etc. I’ve enjoyed Dune as much as the Foundation series. I enjoy the Tea Trekker and Upton at work and save the Mariage Freres for home since my wife is more picky than I am. Can I pick one over the other? Yes, but I won’t because each has their endearing characteristics and are good in their own ways. And price is the largest separating factor.

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Tea_is_wisdom

Great review! One thing though you were comparing Life in Teacup’s Da Fo Long Jing that is 13.50 for 25grams to a Long Jing that is under 5 dollar an ounce. Honestly, Life in Teacups tea is like 3 times the price of Teavivre. Now, if the price was the same and then their is a quality difference that make sense.
Kind like saying how someones Scion TC isn’t as good as a Nissan GT-R. I hope I am not coming off like a jerk just saying got to compare on a equal price or same price level.
By the way not saying anything bad about Life in Teacup teas they are probably great just at a higher price tag at least the one you named.

SimpliciTEA

I totally hear you, Tea_is_wisdom, and I debated on whether or not to add that comparison. I added it because—quite honestly—that’s what came to me while looking at the wet leaf (since I relatively recently saw that wet leaf), and I believe the best reviews include things that come from our own personal experience (with as little editing of content as possible). I understand you may not have seen it like this, but I actually meant for the act of comparing it to a much higher grade of Long Jing to compliment Teavivre’s Long Jing, rather than to criticize it. I would love it if someone compared my writing to say, one of my favorite Sci-Fi authors, Ray Bradbury.

Excelsior

So it’s the same dilemma I face. Should I compare Mariage Freres 2011 FF Jungpana SFTGFOP1 to the exact same tea by Tea Trekker. Or the 2011 FF Margaret’s Hope SFTGFOP1 to Upton’s same tea graded as FTGFOP1? The teas from Mariage sometimes costs x3 or x5 more than their competitors. However since the taste can be completely different in taste, complexity, depth, and taste, I decided to compare Ray Bradbury to Ray Bradbury rather than comparing him to author’s like Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, etc. I’ve enjoyed Dune as much as the Foundation series. I enjoy the Tea Trekker and Upton at work and save the Mariage Freres for home since my wife is more picky than I am. Can I pick one over the other? Yes, but I won’t because each has their endearing characteristics and are good in their own ways. And price is the largest separating factor.

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(Updated 3-23-2014)

You can call me, Joe.

What, How and Why I steep:

I typically expect, and shoot for, at least three flavorful steepings out of (just about) any tea I brew up.

I generally start at the times and temps below ( = minute(s), " = second(s) ), then add 5F and 30" for each successive steeping:
Chinese Green - 175F, 1’ ;
Japanese Green - 160F, 1’add 15F, then decrease by 15";
White - 160F, 2’;
Oolong - This varies;
Indian Black/Chinese Red and Herbals - a little off the boil, 2’; why do I start with such low temps & short steep times? So as to ‘spread out’ the flavor over multiple steepings. I have found this to work with every tea I have tried so far. Also, I am not looking for intense flavor in that first cup (i.e. Western style), I would prefer to taste it—and savor—it over many steepings.
Pu-erh - Beginning in 2014, I finally chose to dive into pu-erh! Standard parameters when I brew ripened pu-erh in my 11 OZ Yixing:
First I do a 15 – 20 second rinse with near boiling water. Then for each successive steeping I add Stevia to my 8 OZ clear-glass teacup (thus, typically not added to the teapot).
……….1st: Near boiling, 0.5’
……….2nd: Boiling , 1’
……….3rd: Boiling , 1.5’
……….4th: Boiling~(poured usually right after the previous steeping, so the teapot and water are as hot as possible)~, 2’ (if it’s the final steeping, then sometimes longer)
……….If 5th and/or more: Boiling, < If I do more than 4 steepings, I basically add 0.5’ for each. >

I hope to ‘streamline’ my reviews going forward, so, hopefully, they are a little less technical and dry (and perhaps even stilted), and a little more organic and experiential (and hopefully, flowing); this somewhat new approach to reviews is a kind of metaphor for where my life is headed right now, and is one reason why I write reviews: as a kind of time-capsule of where I was in my life at that time.

Tea Rating scale:

1 – 29: There is no reason to even think about drinking this stuff again.
30-49: I may drink it if someone else brewed it up, but I would not bother brewing it up myself let alone bother buying any.
50 – 59: I like something about it, and I may brew it up if I already have some, but I would not buy any more of it.
60 – 69: I like a few things about it, and I may buy it if the price is right.
70 – 79: This is a tea I enjoy and would drink fairly regularly as long as it is reasonably priced.
80 – 89: A tea I will drink as often as I can, and will likely try to buy some when I run out (as long as it’s affordable).
90 – 99: This has everything I look for in the best of teas: beauty in appearance, a delightful aroma, and most importantly, depth and yummy-ness in its flavor.
100: Perfect.

My primary interest is in artisan loose-leaf green tea, although I enjoy Chinese red (or Indian black) and white tea somewhat regularly (during the summer, iced ). Here and there I brew a few of the other true teas and an occasional herbal.

Since I choose to live on a very limited income (‘Voluntary Simplicity’), I have to be very conscience about how much I pay for tea. In reading their Tea Enthusiast’s books, Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss sold me on the wonders of artisan teas. Thankfully I have found that there is affordable, artisan tea out there; it’s just like anything else that has true value: it takes hard work, dedication and at least a little persistence to find it.

I came to tea out of a desire to find something to help calm and focus my mind as naturally as possible. My mind is very active, so to speak, and at times I find it very difficult to focus and keep myself centered. For years now I have been practicing Yoga daily along with others things to help me to stay relaxed and present, but I found I wanted a little something extra to help me start the day; the theanine in green tea seems to help me in this.

I have been enjoying loose-leaf tea since November of 2010.

I enjoy connecting with others about tea.

I drink Stevia with just about all of my tea (no sugar or artificial sweeteners).

I drink a pot of green tea every day in the AM (usually steeped three times over the course of the day), sharing it with my wife.

Each tea in my cupboard is carefully and colorfully labeled in a tin or in a jar that used to hold something else (I love to reuse things!) .

I have five teapots: a simple six-cup and four-cup ceramic (red/black/herbal teas), a glass Bodum – I don’t use the metal infuser/press anymore (greens), a 16 oz glass Victorian (to brew greens and whites, and to use as a pot to decant other teas into), and a Yixing (Pu-erh only).

I tend to be direct, straightforward and honest when I post anything to the discussion boards. I take the approach that everything I say is stated with the implied disclaimer: In My Humble Opinion (i.e. IMHO). I may occasionally emphasize this point, where appropriate. I view your comments in the same way. You are in no way obligated to read what I have posted. And I am in no way similarly obligated to you.

Sitting with my cup of tea I greet the day in anticipation of new discoveries along the way.

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