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drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
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I enjoyed the floral and fruity base used for this. It reminded me a lot of an anxi hairy crab oolong.

The flavouring was distinctly strawberry, but it tasted quite artificial to me. At least the oolong was wonderfully creamy and aromatic.

Flavors: Artificial, Floral, Fruity, Strawberry, Tannin

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Second tasting of the day is the Chrysanthemum Mini Toucha Pu’erh from Teavivre. I tried one of the other pu’erh’s from this sample pack the other day, and it was lovely, so I had high hopes for this.

I started this tea like the other with 2 quick rinses. I then did a 5-8 second steep for the first real steep and got a light clear brown liquor. It was absolutely heavenly, caramel, floral, smoke and sweet and just mixing wonderfully with none of the off aromas of some ripes. This tea was well rested and ready to drink. The second infusion was a little better, and I did that one for like 4 seconds, just water in , leave it for a 3 count and then out, and it was slightly darker than the first.

The third and fourth infusions, I poured the water in and out as fast as I could, and I got a dark almost coffee colored liquor that was quite strong. This one was a little too intense for my tastes, but I expected this as this is fairly normal in compressed ripes, as the leaves open up and suddenly burst out with flavor and aroma.

The fifth infusion was slightly stronger to the second and was by far the best.. strong, but not overly so, lovely aroma and taste. Slightly sweet aftertaste at this point as well.

I havent gotten past this but I expect a slow release and even with increasing steep time, to get slightly less and less potent, but I expect to get at least 8-10 infusions , probably more if Im in the mood for a less intense tea later in the day.

I highly recommend this one for value and taste.

Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Oak wood, Smoke, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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First tasting of today is Ripened cube mini brick 2006 by teavivre and again they impress me. Using a 110 ml gaiwan I brewed this at just under boiling, probably 208. Doing 2 rinses because the brick was having trouble opening up, the first infusion produced a nice clear reddish liquor, that smelled faintly of smoke, caramel and wood. There was no hint of the fermentation smell that can sometimes happen with ripe, just smoke, wood and caramel which is wonderful in the morning.

The second steeping was very similar, after that it got much darker and produced a dark red going into black liquor, and the smoke and caramel went up a few notches,still pleasant but a tad strong. After that it mellowed slightly, and this was with flash infusing it too, pouring the water in and right out. And its got a nice little caffeine kick as well, Im awake now.

My recommendations for this are your best brews are going to be the ones around fourth or fifth where its opened up and either just before or just after the big dark infusion. And the price is very reasonable on this too, as you will get A LOT of infusions from this, and you get 4 bags of different mini cakes and about 200 total grams of tea.

Highly recommended, for the price you cant beat this.

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Oak wood, Smoke

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 110 OZ / 3253 ML

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Sipdown! Thanks to Teavivre for the sample. My notes on this tea are chaotically scribbled all over the package but I’ll do my best to organize them into something coherent. I got 7 gong fu steeps out of this leaf. I used 180-185f temp for all of them, starting with a 20-second steep and ending with a 50-second steep. I overdid the third steep at about 60 seconds and it came out undrinkably bitter. Other than that, the flavor profile ranged from brothy seaweed to sweet water chestnut. Not bad!

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This tasting is Jasmine silver needle by teavivre. I was really anxious to do a tasting of this after getting the sampler pack. Ive always loved jasmine tea, and it goes so well with the light sweet vegetal taste of silver needle. Doing a very quick brew at about 20-30 seconds with 175 degree water, I got an almost clear liquor, very similar to the regular white needle.

The first thing that I get is a nice mellow jasmine aroma and flavor, then a light sweetness and just a touch of vegetal flavors. Its so sweet and mellow without overstating it, I just adore jasmine silver needles, this is going down as one of my favorite tea’s. The silver needles are a beautiful silver color, that turns a lovely shade of green.

I highly recommend this tea if you enjoy jasmine aroma and flavor, its intense enough without being overpowering.

Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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drank Mint Leaf Herbal by Teavivre
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I bought samples of this with my last order. A few grams goes a long way with this one. So many leaves in the sample pouch! The scent is very strong, it almost blew me away with the mintiness right from the pouch! The leaves of mint aren’t too broken apart, which is a good thing, as it is already very strong. I figure the same rule applies to mint that applies to small leafed tea: stronger flavor. On Teavivre’s site they suggest 10 TABLEspoons of leaves for a teapot, which seems a little impossible. Even 10 teaspoons would be a lot. I went with 1/3 of a sample pouch of leaves for a mug which ended up being many teaspoons anyway. The taste is so complex, so many layers which is odd because it is simply leaves of peppermint! There is an earthiness, but also obviously a mint flavor, but then there must be a large amount of peppermint oil that lingers in my mouth as it is still very strong after drinking. I probably could have waited a few more minutes after boiling to steep, but the result is fine as is. Basically this was everything I was hoping from a mint leaf. Absolutely perfect herbal and I can definitely mix this with other teas! This could certainly be a mint herbal I’d stock up on, especially for my headaches. I should have went for a second steep with these leaves.
Steep #1 // 1/3 of a sample pouch for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

Maddy Barone

That sounds lovely. I really enjoy a pure mint herbal tea, but last time I was in the local tea shop I forgot to pick up any. This one sounds very nice.


you should give it a try if you ever order from teavivre!

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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Finished this one Gong Fu last week as part of my weekly Gong Fu session resolution that is still on going; I’m very pleased that I’ve been able to maintain the ‘1/week’ goal I set but I’d like to increase that to two a week eventually. Working towards that…

These are my notes from the session (stream of consciousness style):

5 Sec rinse, though it appeared to do nothing so I followed up with another 5 Sec rinse which did start to open up the bloom…

5 Sec
- Very light
- Has a super delicate peachyness to it

10 Sec
- Sweet peach & floral jasmine
- Some hay and a finish that tastes like nectarines
- Still light but not nearly as much as the first sip

10 Sec
- Bolder though still medium bodied, at most
- Strong floral front notes of jasmine and lily
- Peach/nectarine finish and supporting notes
- A little vegetal

15 Sec
- The same but more vegetal/jasmine

20 Sec
- Peach/nectarine/lily/jasmine
- Vegetal/hay
- Picking up something new in the finish but not sure what flavour it is

20 Sec
- Mostly nectarines and jasmine at this point
- Still getting that odd, new note; and I greatly dislike the taste of it

30 Sec
- A little sour in the top notes but otherwise the same
- Whatever the new note I dislike is, it’s only getting stronger
- And so even though there’s still life in the leaf I’m ending the session here

Also, I took a picture or two of the tea (before and during session):


This was originally meant to be a food pairing, hence the veggie hotdog. However I actually ended up finishing the hot dog before my water had boiled for the tea and so the pairing never really ended up happening. It was a good hot dog, though. You can kind of see the bloom in the second picture though; it was really pretty even if I didn’t end up loving the tea.

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drank Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea by Teavivre
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My second tasting of the day is Lu Shan Yun Wu green tea, also known as clouds and mists, and this is awesome. The leaves are tiny, deep green and blossom when put into the water. The first aroma that hit me was an intense buttery vegetal scent that made me not even want to wait for the steep.

A 30 second steep at 175 produced a clear light yellow green liquor that has a wonderful mouthfeel and a full strong buttery vegetal aroma and taste with a hint of asparagus. It also had slight sweet, astringent and bitter flavors as well, but none of them are overpowering.

The second infusion also at 30 seconds was a bit more intense in both sweetness and astringency, Im guessing the leaves needed to open up a bit more, as I found the second infusion more pleasing, but dont get me wrong the first was good as well.

I highly recommend this tea for people who have struggled with bitter greens as the bitterness and astringency are there, but are mild enough for even the most bitter adverse person.

Flavors: Asparagus, Astringent, Bitter, Butter, Sweet, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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First tasting of today is silver needle from teavivre. I got this as part of their white tea sample pack and decided to start with the basic silver needle before moving to the scented or high quality one. I started by examining the needles and they look excellent, very few broken ones and a nice silver color. Steeping this at 175 for about 45 seconds I got a very pale white yellow color liquor. My first tasting I was a little surprised, I was having trouble picking out the flavors. This is my first experience with unflavored silver needle, and was a bit taken aback by how subtle it is.

My second steeping produced a slightly less pale white yellow liquor and a slightly stronger aroma and taste. It took a few sips but I finally got the flavor, white bread and rice, with just a tiny hint of sweetness. It also has a very pleasant mouth feel and now I understand why this type of tea is so often blended or scented, its incredibly pleasant, but the flavors and aroma’s are very very subtle.

I do recomend this tea, and since I have a second package for another steeping next week, and I want to see how it tastes on the second attempt, because I have the feeling there is more flavors here that Im missing.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Rice, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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Today’s tasting is Tai Ping Hou Kui from Teavivre, and no im not going to try to actually say that. These leaves are large green and luscious, and produce a very pale yellow liquor. There is a sweet grassy flavor and scent with a hint of butter, there is also a general vegetal flavor to it, and surprisingly a very mild astringency and bitterness, but it works for the tea, not against it.

The first infusion had a mild taste and the second was slightly more intense. Im incredibly impressed with my first sampling from Teavivre, and look forward to trying the rest of this order.

I highly recommend this tea!

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Butter, Grass, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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Received some of this from Steph in a tea swap and decided to bring it to work this morning, along with the sticky rice one for rhinkle, who is a fan of puerh blends with pandan.

I didn’t really know what to expect, as I’m not really familiar with crysanthemum (I have a crysanthemum pu cake, but haven’t tried it at all yet). The aroma was an interesting one that reminded me of the dried goods/tea aisle of the asian market I most often frequent. Now that I think about it, it also smells like one of my containers at home that has a bunch of dried ingredients stored in it, including dried lilies. The other one smelled just as expected…like pandan!

It was tough waiting like 10 minutes for this to steep, but once it was ready it was super dark. The taste was kind of like a light coffee up front, with that rich, earthy shou taste and smoothness rounding out each sip. I am not really sure if the chrysanthemum flavor came through much since I’m not sure what it is supposed to taste like, but it didn’t take away from the pu at all in my opinion.

Thanks again for sending this Steph! I can see something like this being a good option for situations where having a good tea setup won’t be an option, or for easy drinking in a mug any time!

Flavors: Coffee, Earth, Smooth

3 g

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Dry leaf has an amazing charcoal aroma mixed with a savoury green oolong scent.

The brewed tea has the creamy, sweet, and floral aroma of the oolong at the forefront which is surrounded by an aura of the toasted charcoal.

The flavour of the tea is a great mix of the notes from the aroma which blends together wonderfully. I like the smokiness to curb the sweetness of the oolong but all the flavours seem to be equally present. There is a lovely oolong grapefruit flavour that lingers in the aftertaste. Thin to medium mouthfeel.

Flavors: Char, Floral, Grapefruit, Smoke, Sweet

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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GCTTB Round 6 tea

This is a lovely white tea (mellow, just the right around of tannins, and gives a much fresher flavour than black jasmine teas in my opinion).

The base is mellow but flavourful. The jasmine is quite aromatic, such that you can’t make out the individual notes in the white tea very well. That’s ok, though, because I sipped this hot and cold, and I enjoyed both very much.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the sample! I confess, it took me way too long to get around to this. I’m still struggling to find the right steeping time for my tastes. This leaf produces a hearty umami brew, but gets bitter easily if over-brewed. It reminds me a bit of dry roasted edamame.

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Had this sample from Teavivre from awhile back and just found it and decided to make it the other day.

Reached a conclusion – I love jasmine tea!! Can’t say I’ve had many others to compare it to, but I’ve added this one to my wish list. It’s smooth and not overpowering at all. I found it very relaxing to drink.

Evidently I’m a floral tea lover! Jasmine, rose…. Just need to revisit a violet tea!


jasmine teas are the beessssttt.


Oh and I think this is my favorite jasmine tea I’ve tried, but most from Teavivre are amazing. I won’t buy jasmine teas anywhere else anyway.


I’m glad you guys like jasmine tea! I just can’t seem to get into it haha.

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I ordered this tea from reviews I’d read here. It is beautiful. Light, fresh, subtle flavors. Does not overpower. A truly delicate, delightful tea but strong enough for the morning wake up? No doubt the quality is high

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp

So happy to hear you’ve enjoyed this tea so far!

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I got this as a sample. It was just an okay silver needle. I was ruined by a silver needle tea I had from Grace Tea Company, and from looking at my other reviews, I have yet to find one to match.

This one doesn’t, either. The jasmine isn’t overpowering, and at a good balance. It fills the void for the need I want something light and mellow.

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I hate saying this, but the first time I had a similar tea was in Teavana. I am proud to say I have never actually bought one ounce of their tea. I am still so VERY ANGRY over them taking away and buying SpecialTeas. I will always hold a grudge against them…ok, rant over.

This tea fits the bill, and I tend to recommend and sway those away from buying it from Teavana. It’s just a lovely Tie Guan Yin oolong. Gives me a lot of extra brews, lovely spring flower flavor, sauteed greens flavor. It’s been my go to for study breaks.

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Jasmine dragon ball black tea. By Teavivre.



Ru Yao dragon teapot. Gongfucha.

Dry leaf: no smell.

Wet leaf: spices, pepper, floral (?).
forgot to take photo

1x medium rinse.

Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) nothing. (Taste) slight —→ spices (?), pepper.

Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight pepper (?), spices (?), roasted.
(Taste) slight earth. light —→ spicy, spices, pepper.

Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) light —> pepper, spices, nutty.
(Taste) slight spicy. strong -→ pepper, spices, nutty, earth, floral, jasmine.

All in all; what an adventure! Lovely taste/aroma and cha qi. I rate a 95 since I’m not much for black teas.

where to buy: http://www.teavivre.com/jasmine-dragon-ball-black-tea/

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Jasmine, Nutty, Pepper, Roasted, Spices, Spicy

200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 6 OZ / 165 ML

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So much enjoying this one again today.

Thank you, Angel, for the sample.

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Omigoodness, yes! This one is just smoky enough without the harshness of char. I steeped this in my Libre travel mug. I went light on the dry leaf and long on the steeping and it was perfect. Just the right amount of body and smokiness. Smooth, smooth, smooth. A very enjoyable cup and I am aiming to have another very soon.

Thank you, Angel, for this sample. This is likely one that I would include in my next order.

Flavors: Smoke, Wood

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Sounds yummy!! Was it a yunnan base, do you know?

Evol Ving Ness

Nope, Fujian, the other side of China. Wuyi Qi Cong Cultivar. I really really wish I had been into tea when I was in Yunnan.


I hear you on that. Must be a real kicker losing that opportunity. Maybe you’ll go again one day :)

Evol Ving Ness

Nonetheless, I had bought tons of tea and enjoyed many many cups along the way. I am just far more knowledgeable about it now and would be able to choose far more carefully. Still, I absolutely loved Yunnan and have great memories of the various places I visited and conversations I had with people that I met there. I just wasn’t guided and driven by tea, whereas now I most likely would be.

Evol Ving Ness

To some extent. No regrets though.

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Had to drink this one again the day after I first tried it; it was just so good and I enjoyed the rice notes so deeply that I couldn’t wait another day. I have a gut feeling that these tea bags aren’t going to last me very long at all…

Plus, just super convenient.


Are the rice notes similar to those in genmaicha? so intrigued!

Roswell Strange

A little bit, though Genmaicha is more generically roasty/toasty and the rice notes in this are far more distinctly rice-like.

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