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83

I prefer this tea infused at a lower temperature. I can taste the complexity of the white tea flavour.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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83

I could taste more of the white tea flavour with a shorter infusion than last time.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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83

Dry leaf has a sweet hay, lemon aroma.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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82

First infusion:
Didn’t rinse. I dislike the smell of pu-erh teas in general, but the taste was pretty smooth and unobjectionable.

Second and Third infusions:
Very smooth and drinkable tea. Goes great with food. In three infusions I drank about two full gaiwans of tea and am beginning to feel the caffeine jitters.

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81
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
9072 tasting notes

day off today and i’m hoping to get a bunch of stupid things around the house done. i hate all the little things that pile up but they need to get done every now and then. For the most part, we’re pretty good about things but we could really use some down time to tackle our “garage” bedroom. It’s a bit of a mess in there between the bikes, the car tires, the square foot garden project my husband has started etc… lol While it’s a little crazy in there, it’s nice to have the extra room for that sort of thing since i can close the door and pretend nothing’s happening there. haha the joys of apartment living!

Part of my to do list includes looking at trying a few more puerh today but i wanted to start things off with a delicious straight tea that i’m super close to a sipdown on. I’ll need to pick up more of this once i’m out (and my cupboard is back under control!)

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81
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
9072 tasting notes

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81
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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81
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
9072 tasting notes

Kicked the day off with this one to go with breakfast. I’ve been feeling pretty run down this week without feeling sick, so i needed something to encourage me to get out, since Sunday’s are the fatbike rides that my other half leads. Since it’s an excuse to get me out and i can help him with things, i am trying to go every weekend. But today was COLD and windy… so this tea helped. I’ll be sad when this is out of my cupboard but since i have so many straight blacks at the moment, i think i’ll be ok :)

Nattie

I do love a golden monkey

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81
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
9072 tasting notes

soooooooooooooooooooooo boooooooooooooooooooooored….with my cupboard. Honestly 2 pages of tea cupboard is not enough. that is all. haha

Evol Ving Ness

That problem should be solved within the coming weeks. :)

Sil

soooo far away…. i was really hoping for capital teas to show up to hold me over until the US orders start coming in. At least tomorrow i can weigh my cupboard and see how well i did before i get all those orders in haha

CrowKettle

I’m sorry Sil, but I need the orders to not come in soon. I’m so swamped… Too many oolongs making everything so much more than the puny grams/ozs listed.

Hopefully Toronto sees tea long before Vancouver does! <.<

Sil

hahahahaha well the US orders will take a few….and my china orders will be longer. But here’s hoping canada orders get here this weekend!

Sil

also i have fewer teas than you! mwahahahaha (for now…)

Fjellrev

How the hell do I have double the teas you do? Madness!

Sil

Not for long sadly….not for long…

CrowKettle

It’s not right. The world has come to some great unbalance. You’re supposed to be a three-digit cupboard!

Fjellrev

Right? Is this even real life anymore?

Sil

oh god. no more 3 digit cupboards….besides this is nice..well sort of. i hate note having options but it means that next week i get to puerh puerh puerh!

Arby

Your quality of life must be terrible. I hope your teas in the mail get to you soon.

Sil

haha thanks arby! 1st world problems i know!

Evol Ving Ness

The world has come to some great unbalance. hahahhahahaha!

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81
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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81
drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
9072 tasting notes

noms. started the day out with this one…and somehow now the day is almost over haha

ashmanra

I just ordered a sample of the premium GM. It should be here by Saturday. I can’t wait to try it!

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Sipdown! I got this as part of a prize pack from TeaVivre… at some point, I no longer know when. But it’s still tasty! I made this gong fu style on a brisk evening. The first steep reminds me of a savory rice porridge (so, basically, congee). As the second steep cools, I swear there’s a sweet potato note too. I expect to get a few more steeps out of this but it will have to wait until after dinner.

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97

Another sample I have yet to write a note for, so keep in mind this is not the freshest tea from Teavivre but it’s still the 2017 harvest. It’s a crime not to write a note while it’s fresh though! I think I received if from another one of their lucky draws but I think it was in spring? Or else they waited to ship the spring teas until I ordered. I may have used too many leaves on accident but it definitely didn’t harm the flavor! There was only a slight hint of tanginess with the DELICIOUS green tea flavor. This flavor just says “high quality”. The dry leaves: they had a very sweet fragrance and look like short flat blades of grass. Definitely not as long as some of the green teas that Teavivre carries. The flavor is so very good. You can tell it is of the highest quality, whatever the heck makes it so different from other green tea. Such a sweet leaf with very nutty flavors. It is divine. The lingering aftertaste is even amazing. So the 2/3 of a sample packet didn’t ruin the cup but I definitely don’t want to waste these amazing leaves. Complex flavor, tasty and refreshing! Thanks Teavivre, for allowing me to try this one. I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
Steep #1 // 2/3 sample packet (too much!) for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Harvest: Spring 2017

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet

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91

A very pleasant tea. The aroma is complex: it does have some puerh earthiness and roses but also some hard-to-differentiate sweetness. Fruity, perhaps. The same with taste: it is a complex, comforting sweetness.

Also, there are multiple tiny particles of rose petals floating around: it looks good and creates a very interesting sensation when you drink the tea, adding some “volume”. In general, it is one of my trusty, “comfort food” type of tea. You are likely either love or hate it, but surely need to try.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Rose

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80
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
128 tasting notes

This had a lovely, true strawberry flavor and almost separately, a lovely mellow oolong flavor. Somehow they didn’t seem to combine quite right, but it was still very nice. I’ve been kind of drowning in artificially flavored and sweetened teas lately, so this was a nice refreshing change. I would like a bit more of the strawberry if I ruled the world, but still nicely done.

Flavors: Strawberry, Toast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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84

Teavivre always has such great Black Friday events! Love Teavivre. I haven’t written a tasting note for this one yet. I used 2/3 of a sample packet. The leaves are very dark and have a rich bread fragrance. There is barely any small particles in the mug after a rinse, which means a lot less small particles of tea than I usually see in pu-erh. The flavor is lovely, though doesn’t have as much depth as my favorite shu pu-erhs usually have (like most of the pu-erh that Teavivre carries.) The deep burgundy cup has a very sweet flavor, thirst quenching, with a slight hint of biscuits. All three steeps stay pretty consistent in flavor, despite the vastly different steep times. This is a high quality shu, but I prefer a deeper flavor, especially for the amount of leaves I used. (Though I have certainly tried less flavorful shu!) The leaves from the cake were definitely unraveled by the end of the third steep, but I’m sure I could have kept steeping.
Steep #1 // 2/3 sample packet for a full mug// rinse // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 5 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 8 minute steep

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91

Somewhat a disappointment. The leaves are broken into pretty small pieces. the fragrance is muted, with flowers, tropical fruit, malt and earth in it. The taste is really underwhelming and weak, with some sweetness, floral notes, cacao,and mushrooms.

I expect my keemuns to be more bold and defined. There are much better ones in that price range, including other keemuns by Teavivre as well.

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Malt, Mushrooms, Pineapple

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95

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #39
I was thinking this wouldn’t be as delicious as it is! But it’s a pretty tasty no caffeine option that I wouldn’t mind stocking up on. It’s kind of like the toasty part of a genmaicha without the green tea and it’s also very sweet. So toasty flavored and sweet flavored! It’s fantastic. Give it a try! It’s a unique option for night time.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // just boiled // 7+ minute steep

Flavors: Sweet, Toasty

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83

The appearance and aroma are very impressive. The taste is not particularly remarkable though. A rather generic green that is easy to turn bitter.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Spices, Umami

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93

A very good oolong: a great aroma and the color in a cup. It resteeps well. I am going to make it my go-to milk oolong.

Flavors: Milk, Raspberry, Vegetal

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87
drank Lychee Black Tea by Teavivre
28 tasting notes

Aromatic tea with a cozy, homey taste. It re-steeps well. Lychee tea is one of the best flavored teas in my opinion, on par with jasmine and rose petals. Will order again.

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93

Thedry leaves are visually pleasing: large and gnarly. The smell is sweet (reminiscent of the field of wild flowers in the spring) and spicy.

The liquor is very fragrant. The fragrance of fall leaves, burned leaves, spices, sandal wood, honey. The smell is quite distinct and uplifting.

The taste is mild but complex. There is some woodiness and sourness, plus malt, floral and honey notes and lots of other components. It also has a lingering and pleasant aftertaste.

It was a sampler and I will certainly order it again and in larger quantity. A keeper.

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95

Many years ago, I had such enormous faith in the quality of music by The Beatles (still my all-time favorite band), that I would buy their new record albums (the vinyl kind) before I heard any of the songs. I was never disappointed. I always loved every track on every album.

During the last six years, I have grown to have the same confidence in teas by Teavivre. I’ve tried a lot of their teas and I don’t remember ever being disappointed. So, for the first time, I actually bought a pound of this Yunnan Gongfu Fragrant Black Tea without seeing, smelling, or tasting it. My wife expressed skepticism and astonishment when I told her I sent our hard earned money all the way to China for a whole pound of a product I never even sampled! I gently assured my more sensible half that she need not worry. I know what I’m doing (I hope).

When the pound arrived, it was shipped and packaged in five 3.5-ounce silver zip bags. So, it is in reality a total of 17.5 ounces- more than a pound. I decided not to convey this fact to my sweet spouse just yet.

After consolidating the five bags into one tall metal container, I noticed the sweet and fragrant aroma (hence its name) of the long black leaves with golden accompaniments. The smell was like honey and chocolate.

I steeped the leaves for five minutes at 195 degrees. These settings were within Teavivre’s recommended brewing range. The resulting liquor was a deep amber color. The aroma was sweet like honey.

As I hopefully and optimistically took my first small sips, my palate was flooded with the sensations of honey and chocolate. These flavors were perfectly blended and the entire experience was smooth as silk with no astringency lurking under the covers. Through my entire first and second cups, the very pleasant tastes remained consistent, smooth, and steady. The aftertaste was light and amiable. It seemed to softly dangle on my tongue until it tenderly dissipated.

I am very pleased (and relieved) to report that this is another exquisite tea from the folks at Teavivre which I highly recommend. If you like sweet, smooth, and full-bodied black teas (and who doesn’t?), you will love this one. Now I will tell my wife how brilliant her husband is to purchase 17.5 ounces of this terrific tea! ;-)

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
ashmanra

I read this through like it was a thriller! Is the tea good? Does Stoo live? LOL I am glad this story had a happy ending!

Stoo

LOL. Thanks for your comment, ashmanra! When I told my wife I really liked the tea and THEN told her I had actually purchased 17.5 ounces of it, she let me live. My tea and I happily rode off into the sunset together. LOL.

ashmanra

That’s the best!

Bluegreen

What a great description. I am also the lifelong fan of the Beatles who was also excited (and never disappointed) by their albums – including the singles their sung in German and the discarded studio takes. And I have the same trust in Teavivre. I guess good tea and Beatles go together well.

Stoo

Thanks for your comment, Bluegreen! The Beatles will always be my favorite band and Teavivre, in just six years of operation, has built a phenomenal catalog of fantastic teas!

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