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More like a white tea than a green. Beans and corn and much better than I thought it would be as someone who is not a fan of green teas. Thank you for sharing, Angel from TeaVivre!
Check out my full review here: http://www.sororiteasisters.com/2019/04/25/organic-nonpareil-ming-qian-dragon-well-long-jing-green-tea-teavivre-2/
Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #18
Trying to try a selection of traditional teas from the TTB and not just flavoured tea. There’s nothing wrong with flavoured tea, but y’all know I like variety in my life and if I focus on TTB blends the next week or so and only drinking flavoured teas then there’s gonna be a Gongfu shape hole in my heart…
I’ve had so many teas from Teavivre over the year that it’s almost hard to believe I haven’t had this one!! This was a nice late morning session; the oolong was so smooth and forgiving with my sloppier brewing today and the jasmine leaned quite sweet and sticky on the palate! Aside from the fragrant florals, the tea also had notes of green grapes, fresh linens, and fresh cut summer grass! Six steeps total.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uEKJg1WHS0
Looks like no one else has written up this one yet on Steepster! I bought samples of this quite a while ago now, so please consider this is not a fresh harvest I’m reviewing. It does taste the same as it did a while ago when I tried it though. The jasmine is lovely, as almost always with Teavivre’s jasmine teas. It’s also very hard to taste anything of the tea itself. These are larger green pearls that are slow to unravel. I’m really only tasting jasmine, but that is why I drink these types of tea anyway: JASMINE. Jasmine is divine in summer. If I had to choose one Teavivre jasmine tea, it probably wouldn’t be this one, as I notice more of the tea fuzzies in the cup. I’d rather have a smooth jasmine tea, without that aspect. But possibly others wouldn’t notice that as much.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 35 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 56 (Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe – Green Cucumber Melon + Lupicia’s Assam Calcutta Auction)
Aroma of dried dates and figs from the dry leaf.
Strong apricot flavour and sweetness in the brewed tea. Hint of spices.
Amazing floral bouquet on the lingering aftertaste on the second infusion at 4 minutes.
Flavors: Apricot, Dates, Fig, Floral
From the swap with AJRimmer! These samples are easy to get around to, since there are typically two servings til sipdown. :D I was very intrigued by this fruity blend from Teavivre without hibiscus! The ingredients here: apple, mango, dried coconut, chrysanthemum, and flavoring. I would say the flavor is mostly sweetness with a hint of coconut. Not so much mango, but also not really chrysanthemum or apple. I’d rather just be tasting mango and coconut anyway, so I think this is mostly what I wanted? I just prefer the flavor to be much stronger. I didn’t think there was enough flavor with a teaspoon and half for a mug so I would definitely at least use three teaspoons. Had a really long second steep and the flavor was almost the same as the first steep.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 40 min steep
Flavors: Coconut, Sweet
This is yet another review from either July or August of 2019. It’s also probably going to be the last review I post today. I recall this tea being just a little past its prime when I got around to reviewing it, but it was still a very nice offering.
I prepared this tea gongfu style. After rinsing 6 grams of the rolled tea leaves, I steeped them in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 8 seconds. This infusion was followed by 18 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 10 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and 20 minutes.
Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of apricot, peach, orchid, orange blossom, golden raisin, straw, and honey. After the rinse, I picked up new aromas of roasted almond, cream, vanilla, pastry, sesame, and custard. The first infusion introduced aromas of plum, violet, rose, lilac, and baked bread. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of apricot, peach, rose, orchid, honey, roasted almond, plum, vanilla, and orange blossom that were balanced by hints of lilac, baked bread, cream, straw, golden raisin, violet, butter, and tangerine. The subsequent infusions coaxed out aromas of tangerine, dandelion, grass, and orange zest. Stronger and more immediately detectable notes of tangerine, cream, baked bread, violet, and butter appeared in the mouth alongside impressions of minerals, Asian pear, white grape, orange zest, grass, watercress, and dandelion. There were also some pleasant hints of sesame, mint, pastry, and custard. As the tea faded, the liquor settled and emphasized notes of minerals, butter, cream, grass, baked bread, and orange zest that gave way to delicate impressions of vanilla, violet, apricot, dandelion, sesame, honey, peach, tangerine, and orchid before a cooling mint note kicked in and filled the mouth after each swallow.
This was a very unique and approachable Tieguanyin that also displayed tremendous depth and complexity. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out exactly what I was detecting with each sniff and swallow. I can only imagine how much more powerful and enjoyable this tea would have been had I tried it while it was fresher.
Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Baked Bread, Citrus, Cream, Custard, Dandelion, Floral, Grass, Honey, Mineral, Mint, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Orchid, Pastries, Peach, Pear, Plums, Raisins, Rose, Straw, Vanilla, Vegetal, Violet, White Grapes
Thanks again for the swap, AJRimmer! I’ve always wanted to try these Teavivre herbals, so I really appreciate this sample swap to try quite a few of them. I think the name here hypes this one up a bit. Overall, I’m tasting roselles that aren’t TOO tart, but with an underlying berry flavor and also something that tastes quite like herbs – though which herbs, I can’t tell. The flavor could have been hints of cherry, but maybe I’m just imagining what a “Paris” tea might taste like. The second steep was incredibly weak – hardly any flavor at all, but at least the roselles weren’t overwhelming? I avoided looking at the ingredients list until finishing the second steep and was surprised to find some odd ingredients that didn’t match up with what I was tasting: Apple, Pineapple, Orange Peel, Grapes, Peppermint? I definitely didn’t notice those. But I suppose that slight herbal flavor could have been the peppermint. Nothing special, but I’m happy to try it.
Steep #1 // 1 3/4 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min steep
This brews up bright red. The flavor is somewhat tart. It tastes like ripe peaches more than anything else. When given a short steep and sweetened enough, it tastes pretty decent, but not spectacular. I wish it weren’t quite so tart. I do find myself liking it enough to hang on to. I find the peachiness enjoyable.
I haven’t been too impressed with Teavivre’s fruit tea options. They all taste pretty generically fruity and almost indistinguishable from each other. This one has the same red fruits flavor. It’s a little weak also, so I recommend overleafing. But I really can’t recommend this tea in general. It’s boring and not very tasty.
It’s a very relaxing cup of tea with nice toasted rice and a seaweed-marine aroma. The liquor was a somewhat cloudy, golden yellow with green hues. The taste is delightful. A tasty genmaicha with very light bitterness and light astringency, delicately sweet but nothing artificial. Strong notes of toasted popped rice, popcorn, umami, vegetal, a delicate subtle sencha.
I’ve had it hot and cold brew. The cold brew has no bitterness. I prefer it hot.
Hope you are all doing well. :D
Flavors: Popcorn, Rice, Seaweed, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Umami
Sipdown 2020! 30/365
Was this from Sil? I’m not sure. I’ve had it for a while, and sipped it down last night – what a surprise! I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it reminded me a lot of roasted barley(?) teas I’ve had previously – really tasty, with lots of toasty, hay-y flavours. Kind of similar to hojicha or a rice-heavy genmaicha, but nuttier and toastier. All of a sudden, this is on my to-buy list…
Oversteeped the second infusion a touch, but it’s still totally drinkable, with lots of flavour. Not sure it will last for a third infusion, though.
Good morning from the west coast.
A gentle green tea that can be had upon waking without causing an upset stomach. I enjoyed the entire sample from tea-sipper over the course of last week as grandpa-style brews before eating breakfast. Clean, sweet, beany-vegetal, nutty and toasty as long jing is known for. Impressions of cream, grain and apricot. Never astringent. It did, I think from the amount of loose trichomes, tear up my mouth a bit. I remember having that issue with long jing in the past. The effect on my mouth cleared up after 2 days of sipping. The calming aroma and flavor more than made up for that effect.
Thank you, tea-sipper :)
The garden is fully planted. Between the perennial growth and annual plantings, we have:
mandarin orange, lemon, loquats (too young to flower), pomegranate, pineapple guava, strawberries, blueberries, grapevines, honeydew, watermelon, avocado, native currant, quince, banana (it flowers but never fruits)
mints, parsley, thyme, oregano, bay tree, thai basil, cilantro, sage, borage, lemon balm, chamomile, lavender
chives, garlic, leeks, green onion, bulb onions, turmeric, ginger
arugula, chard, amaranth, bok choi, artichokes, fennel
yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, pole beans, beans for drying
sunflowers, roses, jasmine, honeysuckle
And those are just the edibles with multiple varieties of many plants. I don’t even know the extent of our flowers and succulents. I do have 8 or 9 Bay Area native trees and shrubs I’ll be planting today.
Flavors: Apricot, Beany, Chestnut, Cream, Grain, Green Beans, Nectar, Nutty, Soybean, Sweet, Toasty, Vegetal
This is a very grassy and floral Tie Guan Yin. There isn’t much of buttery and cooked green leafy vegetable notes, but plenty of lilac and violets.: very clean and refreshing. It has a strong lilac and white lily aroma, re-steeps well (that is when SOME buttery notes do creep in) and has a nice lasting aftertaste.
All in all, it is a very good representative of the grassy TGYs. Bonus points for being quite affordable. The only thing that keeps it from being amazing is that it does not have that vast, never-ending complexity of the very top teas.
Flavors: Flowers, Grass, Violet
This is a relatively new addition to Teavivre black teas that did not impress neither the members of the Steepster community nor the reviewers on the Teavivre site. And I can see why: this is a smooth, understated tea without any single flavor or aroma jumping forward and grabbing your attention. The main taste components are malt, cherry, hay and gentle sweetness. It has a mild sweet and flowery aroma and does not re-steep well.
However, I think that this tea is good in its own right: I sometimes want a simple pleasant and smooth tea that is sweet and soothing. It is well-balanced and while not super-complex is good as a drink to sip while working or as a desert tea.
Flavors: Cherry, Hay, Malt, Sweet
Thanks so much, AJRimmer! I always wanted to try so many of the blends you sent! This one included. I envisioned a dark forest with this — maybe plums? I guess dark fruits, which sounds like a divine blend. Looking at the ingredients, not really plums — grapes! And not many more fruits here… which is misleading, other than apple. The blend of ingredients LOOKS dark anyway. I can’t really taste apple. Mostly rosehips with a hint of mint. I really wanted more here, but at least the rosehips aren’t overpowering. The second steep is lighter, even with a longer steep, but again, I’m just glad it isn’t overpowering rosehips. Hopefully the other Teavivre herbal blends are also able to tame the rosehips.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 7 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 min