Teavivre

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79

This was a very potent puerh. The brick gives off a strong scent of intense tobacco, menthol, and dense wood. I warmed my yixing up and placed what I had inside. The scent opens up into mild smoke, savory tones, and wet wood. I washed the leaves once and began brewing. The taste starts sweet with medium smoke, and it is very meaty. The brew continues in this manner, and it is decent tea. I note some nice neck prickling as the qi begins to sink in. However, the tea grows very strong and bitter with intense smokiness. There is still a sweet aftertaste, but the harsh notes overwhelm me. Although, I do enjoy the qi. There is a nice head pressure and heat along my body; this is a high energy tea.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BR3Hd-fAO_A/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel&hl=en

Flavors: Bitter, Meat, Menthol, Smoke, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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89

I did a red tea tasting:

This one stood out the most out of the three that I drank. The tea was alike the regular dian hong; however, it was spotted with brilliant crimson leaves. The leaves gave off a spicy and sweet aroma with dark coco dust and burnt resin. I warmed my gaiwan and scooped them inside. The aroma heated into some cooked meat savory tones along with spices and roasted dark fruit. I washed the leaves once and prepped for brewing. The drink was thick and tasteful with roasted berries along with some leather and malt. The mixture was very interesting, and I noted that I continued to keep reaching for more. The soup was savory, sweet, pungent, and rustic. I really liked this tea.

There is multiple pictures, so you have to scroll to see them all:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRqtHDQAuVP/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel&hl=en

Flavors: Berry, Dark Chocolate, Leather, Malt, Meat, Roasted, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

I did a red tea tasting:

This was a very fluffy and large leafed tea. The fuzzy golden curls gave off a baked bread aroma with sweet coco, cherry, and vanilla mixed together. The tones were very sweet and smooth. I warmed my gaiwan up and placed these inside. The aroma inside my gaiwan reminded me of angel food cake and cherry coke. The scent was sweet but “bite-y”. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The drink was smooth and easy to sip on. The texture was thick on the tongue and had a sweet “breadiness” to it. The base was of soft wood along with caramel and resin on top. The next steeps cause the tea to get a bit maltier, but it still carried a good smooth taste. I liked this tea.

It’s multiple photos, so you have to scroll to see them all:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRqtHDQAuVP/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel&hl=en

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cherry, Malt, Resin, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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77

I did a red tea tasting, and this is one of the teas.

The tea leaf is slightly small and reddened with roast, malt, and dark wood tones coming off from the leaves. I can hint at a slight mild dry dry cherry tone in the background. I warmed my gaiwan up and placed some inside. The hot leaf gave off an intense scent of strong roast and malt with bittersweet dark coco. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. This tea was filled with heavy dry wood and malt tones. I could taste a slightly sweet flavor with rough vanilla tones, but it was primarily rough and woody. It was a decent tea, but a bit too rugged for me.

It’s multiple photos, so you must scroll to see them all:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRqtHDQAuVP/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel&hl=en

Flavors: Drying, Malt, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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70

This is a queued tasting note.

So, I finally got the chance to try this one out at work on my lunch break – Value Village work, not DAVIDsTEA. I have to say that while I enjoyed it, I definitely expected the rose in it to be stronger/more present as a flavour. Instead I’d say that this was like 90% really nice, smooth earthy pu and around 10% rose undertones/whisps of rose in the aftertaste. If anyone has recommendations for how to make this one taste rosier, I’m definitely open!

Also – speaking of Value Village work, I actually gave my notice last week. As it stands, I only have three more shifts there before I’m completely done. I just think at this point in my life, it’s more important to me to continue working and focusing my attention on DAVIDsTEA where I’m just happier overall. Plus, it feels good to close the chapter on Value Village. I’ve grown a lot since working there and met some REALLY good friends but at the same time I don’t see any more potential for growth within the company nor do I really want to progress any further with it. As well, it just reminds me so much of Trey/James – the two former roommates who just evicted me, as well as my ex. I met all three of them there, and will probably always associate the store with them. It’s just time to move on.

So cheers to that!

Evol Ving Ness

Hey, congrats, Ms. Strange!

Fjellrev

It definitely sounds wise to move on, and I’m so excited for you that you have found a much happier environment. You go!

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80

This is such a great flavour idea. I love jasmine pearls, and I love peach. It is a lovely combination, really.

I found the jasmine much stronger than the peach, I either oversteeped the green tea or it is slightly bitter (I probably oversteeped it). Vegetal base, but the jasmine us very well done. The peach is very slight as an undertone, it provides a nice touch of sweetness. I’ve enjoyed this hot and cold, so I believe it to be very versatile.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Jasmine, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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Tried this yesterday as my first flavored Milk Oolong. The scent from the leaves was milky and sweet, but also had a bit of a buttery popcorn or caramel corn vibe to it. That taste came through pretty strongly for the first three steeps, after which it tapered off for a couple more. I have heard that these flavored Jin Xuan are often pretty low quality leaf, but this seemed to transition into just a pleasant and slightly creamy floral tea after the flavoring was mostly steeped out of it. Not bad, but personally I think I prefer unflavored Jin Xuan.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Floral, Milk, Popcorn, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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70

Darn, accidentally pressed escape and all my text disappeared. Lovely.

In short for my future self, this mainly tastes like wood with a very slight ‘dark chocolate’ taste to the overwhelming wood taste. It’s a little fruity regarding a slight raising taste, but this tea mainly tastes like wood. Wet wood. Mmmmm…

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raisins, Wet Wood, Wet wood, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Mmm, buckwheat. It looks like these little guys would be at home in a genmaicha. I can hardly resist chomping on a couple of these while I wait for my water to heat up! Crunchy!

I’ve never tried a tea of this type before. The smell as I brew it reminds me of cornbread or some kind of baked good. As others have mentioned, the flavor is oaty and bready, though not bitter. It’s kind of sweet, actually!

I don’t expect this to be a particular surprise or a wow, just a smooth, mellow, bready drink without caffeine. Good to maybe relax to, but not for focused drinking.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Oats

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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80

Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2012 By Teavivre

Review:

Dry leaf: spices, musty.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRyCkUvA6MV/

Wet leaf: seaweed, roasted.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRyExNcAZeE/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRyE3LxgNo1/

1x short rinse.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight floral. (Taste) light —→ spices, roasted, floral.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRyCzZHA3iU/

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell)
Little to no floral. (Taste) light floral. (Weird at the lack of flavors)

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight fruity. (Taste) light —→ roasted, floral.

All in all an ok tea. Nice taste to it. I rate a 80/100.

Where to buy: http://www.teavivre.com/fuding-shou-mei-cake/

(note: either this tea did not have that many flavors, or it was just me)

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Roasted, Seaweed, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 tsp 6 OZ / 165 ML

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73

Received from the 2016 Black Friday sampler box. Very cute and very pretty, but as the tea opens up, there are many broken leaves. There is the hinting of an apricot sweetness, but a heavy and somewhat bitter body and aftertaste tends to mask it. It is quite astringent and unfortunately, not quite my cup of tea :)

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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84

Once again a tea that I was very excited to try. I guess that is what happens when you choose what samples to buy! One of my first prolonged experiences with yellow tea, and I was not disappointed. Very much worth the cost, which is definitely not within the everyday drinking price range.

The dry leaf was full of long, whole pieces that were a medium green in color. The aroma of these leaves was sweet and floral, very much like a silver needle. The aroma was quite strong and full. After the initial steeping, the leaves let go more of this wonderful aroma.

The liquor was a beautiful deep golden yellow. A dark gold that I have never seen before in tea. The aroma of this liquor was light and hard to decipher, albeit very pleasant.

The taste of the liquor was stunning. Floral, sweet, with zero astringency. Stronger than a silver needle, but lighter, fresher, and sweeter than green tea with a slight honey aftertaste.

Overall I would place this tea in the same category as silver needle (albeit a much different tea). It is delicate, exquisite, yet expensive. A tea to be enjoyed for special occasions when you desire something special.

Ratings (from 0-10)

8 – Dry Leaf Appearance
9 – Dry Leaf Smell
7 – Wet Leaf Appearance
8 – Wet Leaf Smell
9 – Liquor Appearance
8 – Aroma
9 – Taste
8 – Value (Is this taste, aroma, and overall experience worth the cost.)

= 84

Rating Multipliers

0.5 – Dry Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Dry Leaf Smell
0.5 – Wet Leaf Appearance
0.5 – Wet Leaf Smell
0.5 – Liquor Appearance
3.5 – Aroma
3.5 – Taste
0.5 – Value (Is this taste, aroma, and overall experience worth the cost.)

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Honey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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1 tea ball used

Dry leaf and brewed tea have a lovely dark chocolate-raisin aroma.

I will have to try to brew this for longer next time- I can taste some amazing flavours coming through but they are quite muted with my current preparation.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 13 OZ / 375 ML

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73
drank Vanilla Spring Fruit Tea by Teavivre
8271 tasting notes

Finished this sample off from teavvire. While it’s not a bad fruit tea – it IS on the hibby side, which a lot of folks won’t like. I don’t really get vanilla out of this and teavivre has a few better fruit teas that i prefer. Good to try, but i don’t need more of this.

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73
drank Vanilla Spring Fruit Tea by Teavivre
8271 tasting notes

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91

Starting off with around 5g, 180F, at 100ml.

Lovely scent even without washing or steeping or anything. Floral and jasmine, but not overpowering like some other jasmine tea I’ve tasted.

Steeping times are as follows: 3s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 9s, 12s, 15s, 25s, 30s, 45s, 1m

I do have to say that this matches the tasting profile on steepster 100%. It’s mainly jasmine and green tea taste, but very smoothly mixed and not overpowering whatsoever. The fruity taste is more melon-like in nature, giving me hints of cantaloupe in the mix.

Another nice thing about this tea is that despite its mellow nature, it is consistent throughout. I am on my 7th steep and the flavour tastes identical to the first steep.

I haven’t tried any of the other jasmine teas from teavivre just yet, but I can give a comparison to the Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea that I have tasted many times. The White Jasmine has a far stronger jasmine flavour and just overall is stronger. This tea is much more mellow in nature. Additionally, the jasmine pearls mix together the jasmine and melon taste, whereas the white jasmine has a very strong jasmine taste that gives way to melon as it approaches the end of it’s steeping life.

Subtly sweet with a lovely mellow melon jasmine, can’t go wrong when choosing this tea

Update: On my 9th steep of this tea (the flavour just doesn’t stop!). Now there’s finally an actual change in flavour. There is a distinctly sweet melon taste rising up. Now most tea give a sensation of sweetness from my experience, but this literally tastes like sugar. If I was to close my eyes and take a bite of melon, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference (Yes, melon doesn’t have jasmine but still).

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Floral, Fruity, Green, Jasmine, Melon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Thanks to Christina for the sample! Happy pi day to all and a happy snow day to everyone in the northeast. I’m wishing you lots of snowball fights and no shoveling.

Honestly, I’m not a big fan of this particular tea. The first steep has a weird, stevia-like sweetness. The second steep tastes more like a generic oriental beauty, but it leaves behind an unpleasant, sickly-sweet film after the sip. I don’t want to go in for steep three. I still have a bit of leaf left so I’ll try cold brewing the rest.

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Not bad. The leaves had a slightly charred aroma to them after a rinse, but also sweet caramel and floral notes. The tea started off sweet and vegetal, with a bit of a floral finish that lasted well in my mouth. It’s quite possible I brewed it too hard or too hot, but it developed a bit of a sour note around the third steep that I was not a fan of. The remainder of this will likely go in my box of teas to drink grandpa style. My indifference towards this tea could be in part due to the fact that I’ve been drinking some really nice roasted, rolled oolongs lately, as I felt this one paled in comparison.

Flavors: Floral, Roasted, Sour, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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