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Finally got around to getting my Teavivre order from the post office and this was the first tea that the boyfriend wanted to try. I think that the name, and the rolled leaves, had a huge part in his choice. :) Oh, and this is the 3rd round of tea samples from Angel – who I can’t thank enough for her generosity and the education I’m getting!

I really need to learn more about Chinese black teas. Luckily I got a ton of Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas so I ordered a few books, but mostly I’m confused about the tea names/places. Clearly I need to research more of Chinese geography to get a better understanding of a teas’ origins, so I’m going to try and make that a goal for all of my pure samples from now on.

Okay, so Fengqing is in western Yunnan, which is a southern province according to the maps. I’ll have to go back and specifically read any Yunnan tasting notes to compare, but what I get from this dry is a very chocolatey, malty smell. It definitely seems like more of a delicate black – what I mean is that it’s not quite as heavy or earthy as an Assam is, which the brewing parameters seem to confirm.

I went for 2 minutes on the steeping because I do like a strong tea, and that was enough time to give it a pretty honeyed brown liquor. I say honeyed specifically because I really think this had a sweet nectary note in the taste and texture. There was the chocolate also, which was more noticeable as the tea cooled. And whenever I get a malty note in the scent I get a chewy texture, so that was wonderful!

This is a solid tea- not super heavy but not as delicate/fussy as a Darjeeling, which are usually a little too light for my tastes. It is quite unassuming, but it grows on you so that when you get to the bottom of your cup you find yourself wanting more.

I’m on a self-imposed tea buying moratorium until February 24 (1.5 months from today, gah!) but once I get through it, and try all of these samples I’ll be making a huge TeaVivre order, I expect!

Preparation
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Bonnie

In case you didn’t read everyone’s notes on this tea… we’ve been drinking the Teavivre samples for a year or so in various stages.. the consensus has been that 4-5 pearls seem to give the best taste. (not sure how many you used)

JoonSusanna

Thanks Bonnie! I should have written that down – I used 4 per cup.

Bonnie

Good…when I read your review I remembered the old discussions on how much to use for the best results.

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FINished this one off today – getting through tea drinking, just not writing about it. :)

Fjellrev

You go!

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85

afternoon tea. Almost done this one, which is good because i need to order more golden monkey this month :) enjoyable cup but as i’ve said before, i prefer other years harvests.

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honestly, where did the day go? I can’t believe it’s already nearly the end of the work day and i’m still scrambling to get things done. :) Pulled this one out and it’s just not the right harvest or something. This used to be my favourite of the keemuns with teavivre and either my tastebuds have really changed or this harvest just isn’t as awesome as previous. It might be time to order up a few samples and re-rank them :)

Terri HarpLady

That’s always fun :)

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85

Another longer steepeed tea. 4 mins today and again, much more interesting tea. Still not the harvest that i feel in love with, but decent enough.

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85

nom nom nom. drink drink drink. :)

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85

The more i drink this, the more i realise that it’s not as amazing as last year’s harvest. Sure, i’m enjoying drinking it but it lacks the depth of previous harvests. I’ll finish this off but mayeb i’ll get a sample next harvest before getting a full 100g

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85

morning tea! happy this one is back in my cupboard :)

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goodbye January tea! haha I only have 2 more teas to get through in order to be within 6 months of my oldest tea in my cupboard. Of course that means october i have 14 teas to finish up that are nowhere near sipdowns lol. i will likely pick this one up again in thei future. I just wish more of teavivre’s teas where in 50g bags as its challenging to want to pick up 100g of multiple teas at once – same reason i struggle with Norbu tea orders. :(

Shadowfall

You could always find someone to split teas with? Or maybe mention it to the Teavivre folks? Maybe they can work something out.

Sil

Yeah i keep meaning to send something to angel. Generally, that’s how i get around placing orders, split them with the crew here in Toronto. It would just make life easier to be able to order smaller quantites right away :)

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steepster is making me mad this morning. It won’t let me comment on people’s tasting notes, but it’s hit or miss…so sometimes i can, othertimes i can’t. I WILL NOT BE SILENCED DAMNIT! lol

i am scrambling around like a madwoman today – need to get some work done, pack AGAIN, get ready to leave the house this afternoon and try to at least help my other half with a few things around the house. I feel terrible that he’s on his own all month.

This tea was pulled out because it’s my oldest tea (january) and because i need to finish something things up soon because Terri and Nicole maaay have exploded my cupboard a little…at least it’s largely samples lol

Sil

up to 134… from 95 thanks to you and nicole lol

Angrboda

I didn’t have this problem, but then I’m not a very good commenter either, so I only tried it out once. :/ At least we can post on the boards now. Are you getting TOSed again?

Sil

Tosed?

Angrboda

Terms of service warned

Sil

Aaaah…. Nope :(

Sil

I can’t navigate to the discussion boards now though….only dashboard

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85

nom nom nom…. are we having fun yet?

mj

LOL…Steepster has been so annoying, I totally get where you’re coming from

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shared this one with my parents over the weekend – drank more than a few cups of this and enjoyed them all! :)

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poor steepster… borked. drinking tea..not logging much.

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This was also one of my teas last night for my overnight. It was a good start to the evening, though i wish i’d been able to bring more than just the 3 teas i brought with me heh must always go for familiarity on release evenings.

Terri HarpLady

There is nothing like familiar teas for comfort, especially in times of uncertainty & stress

Sil

i agree! now…verdant needs to bring LB back… i’m worried i’ll run out lol

Terri HarpLady

I’ll hook you up :)

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mmmm love this tea! another favourite, that i don’t have much to add on…today was just a good tea day at work…drinking things i love!

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caile had another keemun from teavivre the other night and it reminded me that i should have more of this one – i’ve got lots of this one left :) 100g is a little much for me when it comes to tea purchases even if i love the tea but i know i won’t get tired of this one so i had just done it! :) still one of my favourite keemuns

caile

I’d agree it’s 100 gram worthy! :)

Terri HarpLady

Yup, this is one of my fav Keemuns too :)

Hillel

I was just about to write up some tasting notes on this. I’m a big keemun fan and really like this one. Happy that I got it and happy that I have a good quantity to put in the rotation (although my son recently discovered it so it may not last as long as I thought).

Sil

nice :) glad to hear it!

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I’ve been hoarding this one, which is silly because it’s not a limited edition, i can get it anytime and i love it. So i dug it out as a little reward today for finishing off my october teas, and because technically i should be working through my 100g of this anyway haha. Added a little maple syrup as i usually do and loved every last drop of it! yay for being back to work after working from home for 4 days lol

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Yep….this one is my favourite of the Teavivre Keemun’s though on the flip side, runner up was the grade 2 version because of the smokier factor of it…so price wise they sort of even each other out haha. Glad i had the chance to try several cups of each and compare the versions. :)

That also gives me sipdowns 5 and 6 for today

VariaTEA

I am also at 6 sipdowns today. Yay for sipdowns!!

Sil

i figure i’ll probably hit 10 today then anything tomorrow is bonus haha

looseTman

Your highest rated TeaVivre tea. Have you had a chance to do a side-by-side comparison with their Premium Keemun Hao Ya?

Sil

I have. I prefer this one by far. I actually don’t mind grade 2 – but it’s smokier than the rest so you have to be in the mood for that, though far less smokier than say their lapsang.

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