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Ok….last cup of the day…well caffeinated cup. Gonna make me an iced herbal next…then bed time.
I really need some nice creamy, hot herbals to go to sleep with…all I have are fruit herbals…and I’m not a fan of entirely fruit herbals..it’s like hot juice…weird.
Anyway…lemme tell you, this one REALLY expands in the steeping basket. It would probably love a tea pot because my basket looked a little crowded.
It smells really good. Really oolong. And almost sweet. Comforting. I can’t wait for it to cool enough to drink.
It is kinda rich. I don’t know exactly how to explain it. It does have a strong oolong. but it is sweet. Not incredibly milky…well,,,there is some dairy aspect to it…and it is sweet…but the oolong lends a pretty strong vegetal. It’s really good tho. Sort of has a thick texture…I mean if tea can be thick. I dunno…it don’t find it as sweet and buttery and creamy as some others I’ve had. I think it’s the oolong base. It’s strong. I brewed it as directed on the packet…and I think I will brew it another time at a lower temp…maybe that would change it. It is a little drying to the mouth…not bitter but kinda dry……
But the flavor is good….just maybe not the best one I’ve ever had.
Hubs took a sip tho and he says wow…it’s like tea and milk…haha!
Still a tasty one. I’ll give it another go at lower temps and see if it doesn’t change the intensity of the base. Because I think it’s overwhelming some of the other creamy characteristics for me. So no rating for now.
Ok as it cools it starts getting a lot better…I do pick up more of the sweet creaminess left over…lingering in the aftertaste. And it starts to get sweeter….gonna sip on this one slowly for the rest of the night…let it unfold it’s magic…and then try and go to sleep with all this caffeine. HA!
Edit: Oh baby…the closer you get to room temp the sweeter and creamier it gets…it just kind of goes from “i dunno” to better…and then better…just gonna keep sippin’
A sample I got in my very generous sample bag from Teavivre today. I’m so giddy. Opened up the package to find so many goodies! And I’m so glad I was given an herbal. I end up drinking most of my tea in the evening and night. So herbals are what I usually end up stocking up on around here and I was kinda bored with my current stash.
I open it and the dry fruits smell PRETTY. I mean yes, fruity and pineapple…but PRETTY pineapple. :)
I am going to drink this iced…because I can…and sometimes the idea of drinking warm pineapple and fruit just weirds me out. Unless it has a crust..(ya know…pie crust)…warm fruit is just unnatural. Anyway…
So I went ahead and steeped the whole sample packet and I’m going to put it on ice. I really enjoy drinking my fruity herbals this way. It’s so refreshing and brisk.
Anyway….back to waterlilies….
It’s brewed and it still smells…PRETTY!. :)
Sipping on it warm and it’s still pretty…but in that slap you in your face with too much lip gloss kinda pretty. It’s sweet, and fruity and good but woooooweeeee! That’s tart. Like lemonade tart! Gonna have to put this on ice for sure! But I will say it is PACKED with juicy flavor. It’s juicy and good but watch out for the tart…
So on ice….
It’s like KoolAid red!
But mmmmmm….so good. It’s like the most adult fruit punch I’ve ever had…adult in that it isn’t too sweet…but my god don’t add sweetener! And the tartness has mellowed a bit. It’s fresh pineapple and def apple. I don’t get too much of the rose hip…well maybe a little…maybe that’s why it feels like a grown up fruit punch and not my 4 year olds juice box.
I mean seriously…I really like it. It makes a really nice fun, fruity drink…like juice but the most refreshing juice ever… I find juice to be too thick and sickly sweet….this is great. It’s not like flavored water which is what happens to some of my other fruity herbals on ice…it holds it’s own in that icy glass.
I recommend as a fun fruity summer beverage on a hot day.
An interesting tasting.
I quite like the dry leaves – they’re green, rolled up, and really easy to handle. I meant to steep them for 1 minute, but that wound up not quite happening, although I think they’re still under 2. At the beginning of the sip, the aroma is that half-vegetal, half-roasted flavor that I now associate with oolongs (did I mention I’m still fairly new to oolongs?) But then something interesting happens. Now, I’m not familiar with the flavor of ginseng, so I’m probably tasting it without recognizing it as such. But the longer the tea remains in my mouth, the more of a bright citrusy tangent the flavor takes, getting higher and higher in pitch while the vegetal/roasty oolong base remains until I swallow. It’s almost a bitter flavor, but it’s such an unexpected development that, at least for this tasting, I don’t mind it because it’s a cool experience…
Did you know this goes really well with vanilla ice cream? I had absolutely no intention of them being a pairing, but the pointed, morphing quality of the tea makes a great contrast with the vanilla WHOMP. Damn!
Got my Teavivre samples in the mail today…and some cookie cutters too…so it was a pretty awesome mail day to be sure.
Anywhow….I had so many options I didn’t know where to start so
I left it up to the fam. My 4 year old told me to try the peach jasmine becuase it’s named after princesses….can’t argue with that logic.
I brewed 1 tsp for 8 oz, 2 min. It’s very light. At first when it was steaming hot, I thought I had done something wrong. It didn’t smell very peachy and I couldn’t taste much…of course I did practically scald my tongue so that probably doesn’t help…but I was too excited.
Anyway, if you let this cool to normal human consumption temperatures it does start to develop a fruity peachy taste. Still light. And there is an aftertaste of Jasmine that kinda lingers. But most def not in any way too pronounced. It whispers.
What surprised me most was how balanced the green was…I’ve had my share of greens and this has to be one of the lightest and non-grassy green I’ve had yet. It all works well…nothing overwhelming any component so you get the entire range of ingredients in your sip…you can taste peach, green tea and jasmine all its own but complimenting each other.
A good sip.
Trying it iced….
I’s so light in color.
I think I like it best iced actually…all the flavors just become enhanced. The peach gets juicer.
Oddly there isn’t anything about this tea that screams PEACH! In fact dry, I was kinda worried by the smell of PEACH when I opened the sample. But that’s just not the case. In fact I might think about steeping more pearls at once next time.
Anyway, a very light, crisp and refreshing green.
I love fruity oolongs, but I am quite particular about how they should taste. I want the fruit to be present, but to blend nicely with the oolong base. The dry leaf smells like a tasty oolong and strawberry jam. Yum! I think that this tea has great potential just based on the scent! Once water has been added, the strawberry scent is toned down a bit and the oolong becomes a little stronger.
Sipping… the first part of the sip is plainly strawberry. It’s a bit like taking a bite into a fresh strawberry! It does lack the tartness that strawberries often have, but it still manages to perfectly capture a strawberry! Lovely! The flavor changes into something more floral and almost buttery. I am so pleased with the combination of strawberry and oolong. The flavors of this tea are delicate and strong all at once. It’s so well done that I know I must add this to my next order.
Many thanks to Teavivre for a sample of this delicious tea!
Piney smokey aroma like a dying camp fire. Taste smokey and sweet with a little bit of pine flavor. The smokiness is not overpowering and it does not drown out all the other flavors, which I find happens in most Lapsang Souchong teas that I have tried. It is definitely the best Lapsang Souchong that I have tasted, but I have not drank too many and I do not seek them out.
The dry tea smells quite a bit like artificial strawberry. But a good smell, like bubble gum. The brewed tea tastes like a gently flavoured green oolong. The strawberry flavor is only slightly artificial tasting. It is sweet, ripe berry flavor. The oolong is light and floral, slightly sweet grass flavor. This is a very delicious oolong. The flavours blend well together. I hope this one stays in stock for a long time.
Now this is a sad, sad sipdown if I ever did see one. Unfortunately, this last cup wasn’t quite as good as past ones, definitely due to the fact that I’ve been hoarding this one for over a year. The malt and chocolate notes were nearly non-existant but I’m still pining for more. Let’s cross those fingers that Teavivre will be able to get a hold of more sooner than later. :(
And I’m at 67 teas now? Wow!
Back from my spectacular adventure in Vancouver, packed with a sushi binge, shopping madness, and an amazing concert. The ferry ride home was slightly depressing because it now means even more stuff to deal with other than the research you only deal with over the summer.
I’m still exhausted from the trip due to the running around I was doing, so I wanted to pick a black tea this morning. I reached for this, generously provided by Cavocorax because it both sounded and looked lovely.
These pearls are huge, and ended up using four of them. They brewed up to a rich amber liquor, and when it comes to the flavour, my taste buds are met with cocoa powder. There’s that lovely maltiness going on too which I always appreciate.
These are on the robust side too, which I’m really quite enjoying. It’s sure grabbing my taste buds and waking me up. “Wake up and get with it!” Yes, dragon pearls talk.
The second infusion is on the maltier side, but the cocoa is still going strong.
Did I mention that this is my first Teavivre tea? Ever? The time has finally come, and I’m smitten with these dragon pearls. Now that I stopped moving around, I should make an order sometime from the lovely Angel who I keep hearing wonderful things about.
Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for this sample!
I must admit, puerh is not usually my favourite tea but I was interested to try this one. I didn’t hate it or love it. Earthiness with a slight sweet note is mostly what I taste. Maybe I was just having a blah day the day I tasted it, but I didn’t find it that interesting. I still enjoyed what I had, but don’t like it enough to order it.
Resteep 1 minute
Additional notes: I accidentally grabbed this sample instead of the Menghai I wanted to try. Now it’s gone! Too bad too since it is ADDICTIVE pu-erh and it isn’t even on the Teavivre site anymore. It’s really really delicious. Very smooth and sweet and doesn’t seem to have many of those negative pu-erh characteristics that seem to put some people off pu-erh. I will miss this one!
Another sample from Teavivre! Thanks so much I put the entire sample piece of the pu-erh cake in the infuser. Teavivre’s instructions say 212 after a rinse, 30 seconds, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min so that is what I intend to do. The dry leaves are very dark… and I love the idea of tree-ripened. It probably means something different than I think it does!
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling, rinsed, 30 seconds
The flavor is very delicate while still being present. It’s sweet for a pu-erh, mildly spicy. Not very oaky at all, but that was probably because the leaves had barely been unraveled, even after a condsiderable rinse. Very tasty!
Steep #2// just boiled, 1 min
A strict minute! Wow is this cup a deep maroon color.. the darkest tea color I’ve ever seen. But the flavor isn’t tough at all. It’s so tough to describe though… other than to say that this is definitely one of the best pu-erhs I’ve tried.
Steep #3 // just boiled 2 min
Very much like the last cup — and the leaves aren’t really expanding too much yet (though they have fell apart from the cake).
Steep #4 //just boiled 3 min
I could probably keep steeping this and the flavor would be just as amazing. I am not tired of it yet, and these have been four FULL mugs (over two days — I’ve been drinking other teas too!)
I think many people who might have tried pu-erh haven’t tried one like this one and a not-so-delicious pu-erh might have scared them away from all pu-erh. So I hope all tea drinkers try ONE decent pu-erh before giving up on all pu-erh.
If I only wanted ONE pu-erh stocked in my cupboard, this one could easily be it!
I didn’t even realized until I searched this tea to write a note on it that I had tasted it before. Oh well, I enjoyed it, so I don’t mind another taste!
Thanks to Angel at Teavivire for the sample!
Once again, I got nuttiness right away, and I do associate it with chestnut. I like that this straight green has a little sweetness and isn’t too vegetal. If I were to order a straight green, it would likely be this one.
Thank you to Angel at Teavivre for sending me this sample.
I am not usually a straight green tea fan, but I never pass up the opportunity for free samples from Teavivre because I find my tastes are changing and sometimes I discover something I wouldn’t have normally tried!
I used 1 tsp of leaf. This is an excellent tea. It is smooth, not too vegetal. It has a nutty flavour and now that I read the description, it says chestnut, and ya, I get chestnut. It is buttery and not astringent in any way. It tastes so fresh.
Resteep at 2 minutes. I think I enjoy this steep even more than the first.
I am glad I got to try this and might just order it in the future……look at me…..growing up in my tastes and ordering straight teas more and more…lol.
I received this as a free sample and both me and the kids loved it. Has a true apple taste with a nice tartness that was perfect. Much like other reviewers, I think this would make an excellent iced tea. The only thing I did not care for was the fact that it dried my mouth out a bit. Used Teavana Perfectea Rock Sugar to sweeten and steeped for 11 minutes.
I haven’t had this in awhile and it was top of my list when I placed a recent teavivre order, and the first cup I made when my order arrived.
This is even better than I remembered! Very fragrant like clover and honey, and so flavorful with delicate, sweet pastry-like notes. Perfect and delicious!
This is one of my favorite teas and I’m happy to have it in my cupboard again.
Drinking a small pot of this today. Smooth, mellow with earthy sweet potatoes and a bit of caramel.
The last time I drank this I got some citrus notes which I don’t get now; this is more lightly earthy… still really good and easy to drink, and I like it.
Steeped at 190F for 2 1/2 minutes.