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My first tea from Teavivre, a wonderful sample sent to me by Azzrian.

Let me say that off the bat, I’m very impressed with the quality of this tea. Opening up the sample, you get a good scent of the tea leaves themselves that is quite inviting. I opened it up to smell it, and then Missy had to go brew it up for us. She says it was so it didn’t go stale, but honestly I don’t think she could resist the aroma.

She tried something a teensy bit different with this tea, in that she brewed a first steeping in a 16 oz tumbler, and then a second steeping, and poured them into our larger pot. So consider this a review of steeping 1.5 ;)

The flavor packed into this tea is good and thick, almost mealy. I’ve thought of other teas as malty, but this truly and thoroughly blows all other maltiness, ever, away. It’s a very tasty, thick, sweet malt flavor that reminds me of a dark stout beer. Underneath that, there’s a honey-like flavor that comes out and is quite enjoyable. At the end, there’s a bit of a grainy flavor that comes out.

Its a very smooth tea, but it has a very thick mouth-feel to it. Again, I find myself likening this to the tea version of a good, dark, stout beer. It has that depth of malt flavor, and this thickness that almost makes your mouth want to chew by instinct alone. That “are we sure this is a liquid?” sense.

I think what’s interesting to me about this tea is that it’s very, very flavorful, but it doesn’t have that… aggressiveness I’m used to in black teas. It almost feels like a night time black tea, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

Definitely puts the bug in my ear to go try some more Teavivre teas, especially now that they’ve added samples to roughly all of their teas, from what I’m seeing.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I think they still have an offer on their web page that if you are a member of a tea review site like this, you can provide your user name and they will send you some free samples. Mine were delicious and got me hooked on several new teas.

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, I’ve seen a couple people post about that. I don’t know, I don’t really feel like I’m a tea reviewer, you know? I’m just a slightly funny guy with a cup and a thirst ;)

Azzrian

Yes you ARE a tea reviewer! GO for it! Angel is a sweetheart as her name implies I am sure she will be happy to send samples! And read my review here lol it IS like beer to me too!
http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=21030
LOVE IT

Dylan Oxford

Well hey, look at you… you’ve got this whole other website where you post fascinatingly in depth tea reviews. There’s a lot to this whole tea world that I think I’m missing out on ;)

ashmanra

Hey, if they sent ME tea, you certainly should get some tea! Go for it! I have placed one large order with them already and will be placing another soon, so the exposure they get from sending the samples works. I am buying their Tung Ting based on their sending it to someone else, whose review made me want it.

Azzrian

Exactly like ashmanra said – don’t be shy! Get some samples and their tea is good so they will get orders from giving them out! :)
Note though – if I DON’T like a tea … you will know that HERE. That site are only the teas I DO recommend. I post likes AND dislikes here lol. Not as in-depth perhaps but also important! :)

Dylan Oxford

Aaaah. Well then we’re the lucky ones, we get the full Azzrian :)

SimpliciTEA

“Yes you ARE a tea reviewer!” Seconded.

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ashmanra

I think they still have an offer on their web page that if you are a member of a tea review site like this, you can provide your user name and they will send you some free samples. Mine were delicious and got me hooked on several new teas.

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, I’ve seen a couple people post about that. I don’t know, I don’t really feel like I’m a tea reviewer, you know? I’m just a slightly funny guy with a cup and a thirst ;)

Azzrian

Yes you ARE a tea reviewer! GO for it! Angel is a sweetheart as her name implies I am sure she will be happy to send samples! And read my review here lol it IS like beer to me too!
http://www.teareviewblog.com/?p=21030
LOVE IT

Dylan Oxford

Well hey, look at you… you’ve got this whole other website where you post fascinatingly in depth tea reviews. There’s a lot to this whole tea world that I think I’m missing out on ;)

ashmanra

Hey, if they sent ME tea, you certainly should get some tea! Go for it! I have placed one large order with them already and will be placing another soon, so the exposure they get from sending the samples works. I am buying their Tung Ting based on their sending it to someone else, whose review made me want it.

Azzrian

Exactly like ashmanra said – don’t be shy! Get some samples and their tea is good so they will get orders from giving them out! :)
Note though – if I DON’T like a tea … you will know that HERE. That site are only the teas I DO recommend. I post likes AND dislikes here lol. Not as in-depth perhaps but also important! :)

Dylan Oxford

Aaaah. Well then we’re the lucky ones, we get the full Azzrian :)

SimpliciTEA

“Yes you ARE a tea reviewer!” Seconded.

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

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