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Thanks to Dexter3657 for these ones.
I smell sweet maltiness as I wait for the tea to cool to a drinkable temperature.
The flavour is about what I expected. I think these ones are nicer than the ones I got from Tealux, but they aren’t really to my taste. I think I should revisit this style of tea in a year or 6 months to see how my preferences have changed. :)
Thank you to Teavivre for the free sample! I somehow was one of the winners of the oolong giveaway a while ago, but didn’t get around to trying them until now. Anyway, this oolong was a bit less creamy than I expected it to be based on the name and other reviews. To me, it had a little more of a sour and bitter taste to it. It also leans toward the greener, grassier taste than anything else. That being said, I probably could have been a little more careful with the temperature and steeping time, so I won’t give it a rating for now.
Edit: In later steeps with a slightly shorter steep time (because of the bitterness from before), I’m getting a sweeter, more buttery taste.
When Angel at Teavivre asked me if I wanted to sample some Taiwanese teas, I couldn’t reply back fast enough! There is just something about tea from this region that makes me very happy! Most of them, that I have tried anyway, have a creaminess and sweetness that slowly grow in intensity the longer you sip. By the bottom of the first cup it reminds me of caramel. This tea is quite floral, and isn’t as creamy as others I have tried but it still has the awesome aftertaste. The leaves smell very fresh, and the tiny little pellets they start out as turn out to be quite large leaves. Always fun to watch the leaves unfurl!
Thanks again, Angel! You people at Teavivre ROCK!
I am not a pu’erh expert but I liked this one. The packaging is very nice and it’s not fishy. In fact, I ordered a lot of pu’erh samples from Teavivre and so far I haven’t been disappointed by any of them. I would need to do side by side tastings to pick out my favorite.
Had this yesterday. I thought it was interesting how it was a little like a cross between the Golden Fleece/Honey Orchid Black-type premium teas I’ve tried and stuff like Bailin Gongfu, Wild Mountain Black (I call them “the sweet potato teas”, like a sweet tuber sauced with molasses). There was definite sweet potato, that all-the-edges-smoothed-out, sweet-starchy quality I associate with Chinese black tea, but it was also lighter than stuff like Bailin Gongfu, with some subtle floral notes behind the sweet potato.
Another sample from Dinosara. This one, i’ve been drinking all morning since it’s a gross, yucky, wet, windy day in toronto. I refused to go in to work ‘cause i didn’t want to go out in this weather. I have to remember to try this as a latte on Bonnie’s suggestion, because i think it would be pretty tasty. I have certainly enjoyed the steeps of this that i’ve been drinking. I for sure didn’t follow the instructions in terms of quantity of tea (3-4 tsp per 8oz!) but I’ve got enough to try that next time i make this. It’s not a blow your mind away puerh but it IS very smooth and delicious. Thanks so much for this one!
Once again, thank you to Angel and Teavivre for the sample!
I thought I had peach-flavored myself out on teas lately, but I’m quite glad I hadn’t after this one.
Dry, this leaf smells like peach nectar (the stuff you can buy in a can, made from actual peaches). It’s very sweet and juicy smelling, and lacks any hint of artificial peach gummy.
The brewed aroma is faint, but what is there smells of fresh grass and peaches. The peach flavor builds on your tongue with each sip, making each peachier than the last. The jasmine is initially very subtle, sneaking in at the tail of the sip, but as the peach builds, so does the jasmine and it becomes the most lingering of the flavors. Strangely the amount of jasmine I taste doesn’t really change with how many times I steeped it. It was always subtle, and just there. The green tea isn’t the prominent flavor until several steepings in, and then it is a nice buttery, vegetal green.
Coming back to the peach flavor, though, I can honestly say this is the first peach tea that has genuinely tasted like peach. Even when the flavor is strongest (steeps 2-3) it never crosses into fake or candylike. I’m blown away at how perfect this flavor is.
I’m pretty sure I’ve given up on other peach teas now.