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9 Tasting Notes

This was a sample from Teavivre.

I chose this tea because it looked unique. I brewed this western style, because I wanted to see the leaves come to life as they brewed in the glass teapot.

Due to its vegetal (spinach) notes, I was deterred from this tea. It’s high quality, but I’m not a fan of this flavor profile. I prefer the flavor profile of dragon well and tai ping (Teavivre has awesome dragon well and tai ping selections).

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This was a sample from Teavivre.

Even though I ordered this during the summer, this tea is definitely for those cold winter mornings and evenings to warm your belly. I could also see this tea served during breakfast or after a filling, robust meal.

The caffeine this tea packs will definitely pick you up, which was needed as I stayed up late to finish my med school applications.

This was the first time I’ve tried a Wuyi Oolong. I’m glad I did, because I enjoyed the roasted, nutty, and floral flavors that this tea produced. If you’re into roasted tea, then this is worth the purchase.

Along with the tieguanyin, this tea is also a daily drinker for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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Not a sample from Teavivre (actual purchase).

This was the first time I tried dragon well, and I thought I was going to get the vegetal (spinach) flavor profile that I don’t like. However, the flavor that this tea produces is really great. I don’t know how to describe it. I think I’ll be able to come up with a flavor profile the more I drink this tea.

High quality leaves that came in the package. Worth the purchase.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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Not a sample from Teavivre (actual purchase).

With this tea, using a gaiwan will make an aromatic and flavorful tieguanyin. This version is way better than the organic version.

The colors of the leaves are just epic. There’s a fusion of green, deep green, and blue-green. These colors remind me of a Baozhong that I’ve had in the past.

I get floral, crisp (apple), and saffron (I think) notes. These notes are indicators of a great tieguanyin.

Not only are the leaves awesome, but the color of the liquid changes with each steeping. At first, I got a greenish infusion that transitioned to a golden yellow infusion with subsequent steepings.

This is my daily drinker. I’m really glad I purchased this tea over the organic tieguanyin, which is pretty crazy, because I never sampled this version before.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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This was a sample from Teavivre.

There’s a difference between floral and perfume. Unfortunately, this tea has a hint of perfume to it. If you’ve accidentally tasted cologne, then you’d know what I’m getting at.

After a couple of steepings, the perfume subsides and the sweetness remains.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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This was a sample from Teavivre.

This isn’t my cup of tea. To me, it’s just ok. It isn’t something that I would crave, because it’s quickly forgotten. Don’t get me wrong, it’s quality tea, but it isn’t my preferred flavor.

If you’re into vegetal (spinach) tea, then it’s worth a try.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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This was a sample from Teavivre.

This is the first time I’ve had Silver Needle. This tea is not what I expected. Instead of being bland, there was a great flavor that coated the palate. Not to mention the sweetness that came along.

The most surprising aspect of this tea was its viscosity. I never imagined a full-bodied white tea ever existed.

Definitely worth a purchase.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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