740 Tasting Notes
I finished this one off last night. So delicious and chocolate with just that tiny tad of macademia nuttiness. Even though I try not to have additions in tea, a tiny splash of milk in this tea enhances the flavour like crazy! This has been my weekend treat!
On the weekends, I allow myself a good chocolate tea either with a splash of milk or as a latte. Some of my favs are this one, fireside s’mores (teaopia), or read my lips (David’s).
I have been trying different steeping parameters with my favourite earl greys and have found that steeping at 4 minutes or less really cuts the bitterness.
Then I remembered that I had some of this tea left and thought hey I should give this another try. Boy, now this tea is just a delight. Slightly sweet and not so much creamy as a smooth quality I found. I really like vanilla.
So watch out, this tea can be very bitter. But if you steep properly, you are in for a treat.
Significantly increasing this rating!
My first tea party day!! My friend who grew up in England and I had a picnic in the park and lots of tea throughout the afternoon. She brought some tea back to Canada from Turkey. We had 4 different teas today I think!
So on to the tea….I cold brewed this to have as an iced tea. This is not my favourite. It has a weird artificial taste. The aftertaste cold is slightly tropical, but only ok. Decreasing the rating a little.
Thankyou to Angel and Teavivre for this sample
I was a little scared to try this tea, it smells very smoky. And the brew is golden amber.
The taste is suprisingly good. But really, not much from Teavivre suprises me anymore….everything is so good! I was expecting more of a burnt taste, but it is much sweeter than I thought it would be, and more delicate. I am not sure I would drink this everyday, but I think I could get used to this. I think it would be great to use in cooking.
No resteeps today, I got too busy and then it was too late in the day to drink more black tea.
My in-laws brought this back from England for me because they know how much I love tea! It came in a package with 2 other teas in cute little English tins.
This doesn’t specifically say what kind of tea that it is, just Sri Lanka. I am assuming it is Assam because of the little pellets. And the smell. It has a strong, bold, malty flavour. It is strong, which is expected with English tea, so I figured it needed a dash of milk like the English drink it. Wow, what a difference, this tea is now transformed into a smooth, malty, and bold tea….right up my alley for a good start to the day!
For a bagged tea, this is really good. Not as fresh as loose leaf, but it still tastes great. I am getting an unsweetened dark chocolate note on first sip, and then a light hazelnut flavour starts popping through. I really like dark chocolate, so this is great for me.
This is great as a morning dessert tea. I don’t usually like to have to add things to my tea, but with a splash of milk, the flavours pop even more.
Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this sample
I am not the biggest fan of green tea, but I wanted to try some good quality straight greens to try to change my mind. So, I asked for some samples from Teavivre.
Dry leaf: smells very vegetal
Liquor: still smells vegetal, very light yellow colour
Taste: vegetal, smooth nutty quality, and that “savory” flavour that I am getting like salted butter. I find the taste to be comforting.
2nd steep: 80degrees, 1.5 minutes, much the same as the first
Unfortunately, I wasn’t really feeling well, so I tossed the leaves and didn’t do more infusions but I think this would go a couple of more infusions.
Overall, I like the Pi Lo Chun from Teavivre better, but this company is starting to change my opinion of green tea!
I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this one before today! I figured this was a good tea for Canada day!
I really like this. Very minty, which I really enjoy iced. Hints of juniper berries and apples pop through as well. Not sure what raspberry leaf is supposed to taste like so I am not really picking up that note. Too bad I’m almost out.
Many thanks to Angel and Teavivre for this exciting sample!
1tsp of dry leaf
dry smell is very overwhelmingly ginseng
wet leaf smells lightly of ginseng along with some sweetness
taste: ginseng in the forefront, and then a bit of floral oolong in the background. As some other reviewers have mentioned, there is a sweet flavour that coats the throat
2nd steep: 2 minutes, the leaves still haven’t fully openend. Less ginseng flavour. That sweetness that coats the back of your throat is still there though. The oolong flavour comes out a little more in this steep as well. I like this steep just as much or more than the first one.
3rd steep: 3 minutes, the leaves are almost fully opened, so as expected, more oolong flavour shines through the ginseng. The ginseng is starting to be in the background now, as well as the sweetness.
Each steep is so different, and this tea is so different than anything I have had before, it is growing on me for sure.
Many thanks to Angel and Teavivre for this generous sample!
I was really apprehensive about this sample because I am not the biggest fan of greens, especially straight greens, but this was really good! Colour me shocked.
The dry leaf is curly, soft, and downy. It smells really vegetal which has me worried.
Taste: delicious, slightly vegetal, slightly sweet and kind of nutty. I get the “savory” flavour almost like salted butter. It is a little drying on the mouth.
2nd steep: 80degrees, 1.5minutes, a little more vegetal, but still nutty
3rd steep: 85degrees, 2.5minutes, less vegetal with some sweetness remaining.
I think I liked this so much because it just tastes so fresh. I always get excellent quality from Teavivre’s teas and so many of them have surprised me. I didn’t think that I would ever enjoy straight tea so much!