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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2012 By Teavivre


Dry leaf: spices, musty.

Wet leaf: seaweed, roasted.

1x short rinse.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight floral. (Taste) light -> spices, roasted, floral.

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

195 °F / 90 °C 5 tsp 6 OZ / 165 ML

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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

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

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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

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.

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

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drank Vanilla Spring Fruit Tea by Teavivre
8267 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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drank Vanilla Spring Fruit Tea by Teavivre
8267 tasting notes

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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

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

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

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I got a sample of this somewhere and the other day it came up in my attempt to drink down my non-puerh stash. After looking at the leaves, I decided I would western this instead of trying to gongfu it. I used about 3.5g in my 12oz kysusu with water at 200F. It had some nice chocolatey notes, maybe a bit of maltiness, and was totally bomb-proof. I oversteeped brutally almost every time, because I’m easily distracted. After getting around 3 or 4 steeps, I just decided I’d toss the other half of the sample in there with the spent leaves and do a second session that way. Still wasn’t bitter or astringent or anything. A good one to drink if you’re distracted for sure. Pretty tasty, and I’m glad it wasn’t a smoked Lapsang.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is a little bit sweet but mostly earthy. It’s just not for me.

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drank Cornflower Blue Fruit Tea by Teavivre
1168 tasting notes

Tried it hot, but found it extremely acidic with all the hibiscus. I only steeped tsp with 700 mL water for 1 minute. I think this is best iced or sweetened. The current and blueberry flavours are really nice, but I can’t taste them very well over the sour hibiscus.

Flavors: Black Currant, Blueberry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Honey, Sour, Tart

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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I followed up the hakka orange oolong with this when I was sick, and it was an interesting drinking experience. I remember the taste of stewed tangerine zest more than anything. The tea was there, but didn’t really assert itself.

The tea itself was apparently harvested in 2010 and I’m not sure when it was stuffed into the tangerine itself, but I see myself most likely using this as a tea to experiment with in the future. Not bad, and fine for sick tea, but a bit too “old tangerine-y” for my preferences.

Flavors: Citrus Zest

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