Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

This is a follow up to the last tea tasting I did. Before I did 4 short steeps, today I’m just doing one long steep.

One of the first things I noticed, is that it has a familiar “tea” taste. Then fresh greens, melon, something a bit muscatel, with a very fuzzy, velvety texture going down.

Overall, I think I prefer the short steeps but it tastes good either way. I have 2 more sample packs, so I might try brewing those at a different temperature to see if I like it any better. Because I’ve tried this type at 75 Celsius before and enjoyed it even more.

Brewed in a tall glass (about 6-8oz of water), one pouch (5g?), 1 steep

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

How I rate tea:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.


Ontario, Canada

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