615 Tasting Notes


spring 2017 Lu Shan yun wu green tea by Teavivre

Ru Yao dragon teapot.

Dry leaf: green, grass, sweet, vegetal.

Wet leaf: green,seaweed, vegetal, Spinach, soy sauce.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> green, seaweed, spinach, soy sauce. (Taste) slight bitter. light sweet. Medium -→ green, spinach, seaweed, soy sauce, carrots(?), green peas(?).

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> green, seaweed, spinach, soy sauce. (Taste) too strong. But I taste really strong -→ green, sweet, seaweed, spinach, soy sauce.

Heavy steep: not going to bother.

All in all the lightest steep was nice. I guess this tea is not for me. I rate a 40/100

where to buy: http://www.teavivre.com/lu-shan-yun-wu-green-tea/

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Green, Seaweed, Soy sauce, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 7 g 165 OZ / 4879 ML

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Will you be able to find it in a few years? If so, I’m curious how. Please do share your methods. :) I’ve had a hard time tracking down teas from years past that I ended up liking.


well on his old site they had a stock number. they dont have on his new site. well they’ve had cakes from years ago so i can only hope.


@loudao: they pressed about 2000 cakes

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i did an experiment! so i tried some jia ji raw tuo sheng and some lemon slices. weird tasting sheng notes with a lemony twist :P not doing this again

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Teavivre’s 2017 bi lo chun. (Pi lo chun) green tea.

Ru Yao dragon teapot.


Dry leaf: peppery, green, grass.
Forgot to take photo. Looks like pi lo chun like usual.

Wet leaf: peppery, green, grass, vegetal, spicy(?).

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight —> pepper, vegetal, green.
(Taste) smooth light -→ green, pepper, grass, sweet, rain forest (!).

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight pepper. light —> green, vegetal, shrimp (?). (Taste) light pepper. Medium bitterness. Strong -→ mineral, rainforest, grass, asperagus.

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight —> green, grass, pepper. (Taste) light. -→ green, vegetal, grass, rainforest, pepper, Sweet.

All in all, YUM! Great cha qi, flavours, and nice aromas. It’s like walking though a garden, tea garden, rainforest, or even tasting through a garden or even a tea garden! I definitely recommend at least trying this tea! i rate an 80!

Flavors: Asparagus, Bitter, Grass, Green, Mineral, Pepper, Rainforest, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

195 °F / 90 °C 7 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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Angel full hand made rare organic she qian long Jing green tea. Limited edition from Teavivre.

Gongfucha review. Ru Yao dragon teapot.

Dry leaf: green, vegetal, sweet.

Wet leaf: green, chestnut, vegetal, sweet.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight —> green, vegetal, chestnut. (Taste) light -→ green, vegetal, sweet, grass, chestnut, mineral, smooth.

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> sweet, green, vegetal, chestnut. (Taste) medium -→ smooth, green, grass, sweet, vegetal, chestnut, mineral, metallic (unknown), green peas, asparagus, beans (?).

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light something but I can’t put my nose on it. (Taste) medium to strong —> metallic (iron and copper). slight to light -→ grass (?) green (?) I don’t know…

All in all an amazing tea! I’m not sure if it’s worth the rare status but it’s yummy :D. Nice cha qi! I rate a 75/100.

Flavors: Asparagus, Chestnut, Grass, Green, Metallic, Mineral, Peas, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

Is this the tea that you reviewed: http://www.teavivre.com/organic-she-qian-longjing-green-tea/ ? I could not find a tea with the exact name you mentioned and this was the closest. It seemed like it had good notes, so I was interested in checking it out. :)

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Hello everyone!

I’m back from a months tea hiatus. In that time I was drinking coffee

Coffee!? Oh noes! Well I’m drinking tea and coffee nowadays.

This tea is still lovely. It has mellowed a bit since I last drank it.

I also found out you get a better cleaner tastier brew if you break off flat chunks or intact leaves. I decided not to use but discard broken leaves when gongfuing.


Do you mind if I ask how you’ve stored the tea? I’ve noticed that can have a large influence on how the flavor progresses over time and I’d like to take it into consideration when approaching this tea.


i just store it in grandmas room in its wrapper. not ideal…. i suggest a better method though :) like a pumidor.


Thank you for letting me know. My grandmother smoked a lot so if I put my tea in her room, it would come out like lapsang souchong (smoked tea)! ;)

I tried several methods for preserving beeng chas over the years (sort of by accident). Maybe you will find my experiences useful, so I will share them with you. A long time ago, I purchased two ripe pu-erh beeng chas of the same variety. I broke up one into chunks and put half of it in a glass jar and kept the other half wrapped in its wrapper in a cardboard box, then I put the other beeng cha in a sealed plastic bag. I mostly left them alone for about ten years. When I finally checked on them, the sample in the jar was very fresh-smelling. It had notes of fig that I couldn’t even smell on the other samples. The piece in its wrapper in the cardboard box got moldy and I had to discard it. The one in the sealed plastic bag seemed fine, though not very fragrant. I live in a climate that is sometimes humid so, looking back, it makes sense that the airtight methods were the most successful.

I’m not sure what climate you live in or whether you keep your teas long-term. But, perhaps my experience may be helpful to you. :)

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Handmade long Jing high mountain (dragonwell) green tea. From JK teahouse.


Ru Yao dragon teapot, gongfucha.

Dry leaf: green, vegetal, fresh cut grass.

Wet leaf: fresh cut grass, vegetal, green, chestnut.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> fresh cut grass, chestnut, green, vegetal, pepper (?). (Taste) light -→ sweet, grass, pepper, spices(?), green, vegetal, chestnut.

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> green, vegetal, grass, chestnut. (Taste) light to medium
-→ chestnut, freshly cut grass, sweet, pepper, spices (?), green, vegetal.

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> chestnut, grass, vegetal. (Taste) medium -→ freshly cut grass, sweet(aftertaste), chestnut (?).
Strong —→ bitterness, pepper.

All in all a yummy tea, nice cha qi, nice aromas. I rate a 80/100.

give it a try.

Where to buy: not sure if this is the one.

Flavors: Bitter, Chestnut, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Green, Pepper, Spices, Sweet, Vegetal

195 °F / 90 °C 10 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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Ru Yao dragon teapot. Gongfucha.

Dry leaf: musty.

Wet leaf: slight pepper. Strong musty.

1x medium rinse.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) cannot really smell anything. (Taste) light —→ earth, pepper, spicy, minerals, metallic (?).

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light pepper. (Taste). Light to medium
—→ pepper, earth, minerals (?), metallic (?), burnt toast (?).

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> pepper, fruity (?). (Taste) medium to strong -→ pepper, earth, minerals (?), burnt toast (?), metallic (?).

All in all, a tasty tea! Very good cha qi. Very clean, and yummy!

I rate a 80/100.

Where to buy: https://m.teavivre.com/product/view/organic-dragon-pearl-black-tea.html

Flavors: Earth, Mineral, Musty, Pepper, Spicy

200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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2015 Menghai v93 shu tuo from yunnan sourcing. Review:
Engraved dragon head yixing teapot.


Dry leaf: musty, sweet, old books.

Wet leaf: earth, compost (?), cookies(?), fermentation.

1x short rinse.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight earth. Light mushrooms. (Taste) light —> earth, sweet. Medium -→ fermentation, mushrooms, camphor, mud.

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight mushrooms (?). Light earth. (Taste) slight —> mushrooms(?),camphor(?). Light -→ earth, fermentation, mud.

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) nothing really. (Taste) slight —→ earth, fermentation.

All in all a yummy yet mysterious tea. Nice cha qi, flavours/aromas. Slightly tea drunk: quite pleasant. For it’s money I suggest you buy a tuo. i rate a 90/100

Where to buy: https://yunnansourcing.com/products/2015-menghai-v93-premium-ripe-pu-erh-tea

Bonus photos:

Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Mud, Mushrooms, Musty, Sweet

Boiling 10 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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How I rate my tea:

Light steep 15s

Medium steep 30s

Heavy steep 1min or greater

Within the steeps:

Smell then taste.





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