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100

My morning cup as I open the shop and get ready for tomorrows big day. I just love this tea. It has everything I like in a morning tea. A nice malty flavor, natural sweetness, no bitter taste. Not to mention being able to get at least three steeps out of it. I’m still not picking up the sweet potatoes, but maybe that’s the sweet I’m getting, further tasting is required. :) Nothing but love for this tea! (Upping the rating too)

Geoffrey Norman

What a coincidence, I gave it a “Perfect!” too.

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100

Another huge thank you to Teavivre for this sample. I’ve already ordered more, that’s how good this was. When I opened the inside packaging (I love the way they package their tea) I really like how malty yet sweet this tea smelled. The color of the leaves was really pretty too. It smelled sweet as it was steeping too. Almost like it had been infused with honey.

I love the hint of malty flavor (almost like an Assam, yet different) I’m getting while I sip this. Again there is also a little sweetness to this tea too (I didn’t add anything – it doesn’t need it). This is my second cup with fresh leaves (someone threw out my first batch :cough: husband :cough:. So I hope this one re-steeps as well as some have noted. I can’t wait to get my order. This is one I have to have in my tea cabinet!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tabby

I did the same thing. I have the 100g on its way to my place. :)

Mercuryhime

I wish I had a husband who attempted cleaning up every now and then. Mine doesn’t seem to notice messes at all. But tossing leaves before a second steep? At least I don’t have to worry about that. You win some you lose some. :)

IllBeMother221B

@Tabby, I have 100 grams on the way too or maybe I got a little more. I can’t recall, I just knew I had to buy some!

@Mercurychime yes I was not pleased, but he did clean up so ooopsie.

ashmanra

I like their packaging, too. It keeps the teas from scenting each other in transit. This one sounds good…I believe I read that the tea bushes in Yunnan Province are assamica varietals, so that may explain the malty notes.

IllBeMother221B

Thanks for the heads up on why this tasted like an Assam to me! I really enjoyed this one. It also did not make me as jittery as some Assam teas have. Double points for that.

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84

Such beautifully fluffy leaves! After what seems like quite the trying journey, being prodded and slit open by Canadian Border Services, some generous samples from Teavivre reached me today.

I wasn’t going to log this one yet, having grabbed it running out the door to work to brew what I’ve seen termed “grandpa-style” in my infuser flask. But, I was really happy with how well it held up! I boiled the water before leaving and it cooled (in a double-walled glass flask with a neoprene sleeve) for almost two hours, so it was kind of just tepid by the time I used it. The leaves floated happily in the flask for probably half an hour while I drank. It was very flavourful but never got bitter or burnt-tasting. It was delicately-green tasting, juicy, and invigorating but soothing as I find Bai Mu Dans to be. This is a lovely example. Really sweetly earthy in a way that makes me think of spring.

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88

I haven’t always been a fan of floral teas. Over time, I’ve begun to develop a fondness for jasmine, osmanthus, and orchid scented teas. I still don’t care much for rose scented teas because rose tea tastes like the smell of old lady perfume… blerg.

Jasmine “Dragon Pearls” Green Tea is a damn fine jasmine scented tea. The green tea is very high quality and the jasmine flavor is distinct but subtle. I thoroughly enjoyed my sample and I’m very grateful to Angel for sending it to me.

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94

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

For anyone that has watched my steeping habits, you know that I love to resteep tea. So I was excited to see that on Teavivre’s webpage for Yunnan Dian Hong that you can resteep it 12 times! To ensure the best results, I contacted their representative on Steepster for the steeping parameters. For the short steep method, I should start with a 3 second rinse, and then steep for 30 to 45 seconds, followed by 10 to 15 seconds for each resteep.

So for today’s tasting session I chose to start with 30 seconds and then add 10 s for each resteep.

Moving on to describing the tea; inside the tea pouch I noticed very fuzzy black tea buds that have a caramel aroma.

After the quick rinse and steeping, I tasted the first cup. It was a touch sweet like honey, spicy, earthy and overall light bodied.

More familiar flavours presented themselves in the second cup. The third cup sort of “blossomed” into what I consider typical flavour for this type of tea. Very smooth and comforting Yunnan black tea goodness.

The fourth steep was remarkably sweeter than the rest, and I am definitely picking up on the initial caramel notes I sniffed in the bag. After this cup I sniffed the gaiwan before continuing on with the resteeps. For some reason the scent reminded me of banana bread and grains.

Moving on, the fifth and sixth steeps seemed a bit more floral, both in taste and aroma. These were hearty, heavy bodied, full flavoured brews. The sixth gave me a wonderful resonating feeling.

Seven and eight started progressively getting lighter, but with the sweetness staying pretty consistent. The eight steep felt somewhat different on my tongue, I can’t quite describe it but it’s not a bad feeling.

Nine to eleven were dominated by sweetness. I can still taste the familiar flavour of this type, but it is not in full force.

Finishing off with the twelfth steep, I can start to taste the flavour of my water. With hints of black tea, sweet, earthyness. Is this still black tea? Well it still tastes like it, but obviously after this many steeps it is like a distant memory of tea.

I highly recommend this tea for those of you that enjoy resteeping. It’s a very tasty, smooth, black tea that works hard to please your senses. Like most of the teas Teavivre carries, they are an excellent price to flavour ratio. :) And a final note, I’m very impressed with these steeping parameters for the gaiwan, and I can’t wait to try it again with my other excellent black teas.

100ml gaiwan, 2 tsps, 12 steeps (rinse, :30s, +:10s resteeps)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec
YellowBoxFish

Isn’t golden Yunnan BEAUTIFUL? I can’t wait to try from this supplier, I’ve tried a golden yunnan before and it blew my brain to millions of pieces! ALso. I love how you write. you are awesome!

Dorothy

Thanks YellowBoxFish! I agree, golden yunnan is beautiful and easy to like. Also, you have an adorable cat as your Steepster avatar. :)

CHAroma

12 steeps?! Go tea!!!

Dorothy

Yeah I was a bit shocked to read the 12 steep claim on their website, so when I got this sample I just had to do it. I think even with “western style” steeping, you can get a good 6 to 8 out.

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91

Ashmanra got a sample from Teavivre today and shared a pot with me. Yay! I didn’t see the dry leaves but the wet leaves are good size and smell a bit sweet & kind of like molasses. It brews a medium brown. It tastes toasty, vegetal and has a lingering sweet afternote. It is similar to Teavanna’s Golden Monkey and Southern Season’s Zhen Quo Super China Black.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93

I don’t think I’ve ever seen tea leaves that look quite like this- the flatness of them is really interesting. But anyway,
I study Japan for a living, so I wind up drinking a lot of Japanese green tea. This Chinese green is a really different experience. For one, the brew is a lot more yellow than the vivid green I am used to, and rather than being intensely grassy, it’s got this clean, crisp taste to it that I want to call vaguely floral… but people who hate floral teas would probably like this one and disagree.

Hmmm I had been feeling burnt out on green tea recently, and this might be the short-term solution. It’s really palette cleansing and refreshing. I dig it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Jim Marks

All “dragon well” seem to have those pressed, flat leaves. I think they may pass them through a rolling press to end the oxidation process.

Lisbet

Ahhhh interesting!

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95

I put off trying this one because I tend to think that I don’t like black teas. I try to avoid the caffeine, and I tend to be put off by their astringency. But I made this one today out of guilt at having avoided it, and am really surprised.

I like this a lot. Really, a lot. It’s delicious. I added a little bit of soymilk to it, and the richness of the tea still comes through. It’s bold, almost like a good oolong, with no astringency whatsoever. It’s kind of smokey and creamy and smooooth at the same time. I am realizing in trying this that I haven’t had a good black tea in forever. When I drink good tea, as opposed to most of the flavory-gimmicky stuff I enjoy, it’s usually green or oolong.

What a surprise! Try this if you don’t think you like black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I liked this one too!

Lisbet

I am still drinking it and still really surprised!

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83

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

(See previous tasting note for a more thorough review)

I couldn’t get to sleep so I made a big pot of puerh with one of these tuo cha. Even with the extra water, it still full on flavour and tastes very nice for ripe puerh. If you’ve ever been burned by this sort of tea before, it’s worth checking out. There is NO chemical or fishy flavour here at all.

2-3 cups of water in a big teapot, 1 tuo cha, rinse + 3 steeps

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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83

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

For my first attempt at steeping the tuo cha I’ll be using short steeps. In another tasting entry I’ll try out the western style (long steep).

That being said, my first sip was everything I expected it to be. Dark, smooth, earthy, ripe puerh with no nasty chemical taste.

Of course the tuo cha didn’t break up in the first stage, but with a little pushing from the gaiwan lid it fully unfurled on the second steep. It was a little bitter at first, but I guess that’s because it unfurled. ;) Anyway, the rose flavour starts to come out here, it goes well with the earthy nature of puerh.

At the third and fourth steeps, the bitterness subsides and the rose stands out even more. I might resteep it some more, but I expect the same flavour to come through anyway. Ripe puerh is pretty a consistent resteeper after it breaks up.

100 ml gaiwan, 1 tuo cha, a rinse and 4 steeps

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
2816 tasting notes

I love black tea and this is truly an outstanding cup. Leaves smell of chocolate, coffee and raisins. Brews up to be a gorgeous dark chestnut color. Has a natural sweetness reminiscent of caramel and raisins. It’s so mellow I can drink it without soymilk which I don’t often do with black teas. I am pretty pleased with this! I will also need to find out more about Bailin Gong Fus.

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84

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

I decided to drink this today since I already tried the other jasmine green tea. Anyway, looking and sniffing inside the pouch my expectations are met. I think the aroma from the other tea was a bit more enticing, but maybe I’m just having a jasmine overload. ;)

The pearls did not unfurl on the first steep, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable peek at what the leaves were capable of. Delicate green tea, light jasmine flavour, a bit of spice, and an overall smooth experience.

On the second steep, they unfurled a bit more. The green tea has a nice flavour, not bitter and still delicate.

Third and fourth steeps brought more of the same flavour, with the addition of a menthol/mint feeling.

Fifth steep was enjoyable, but I mostly taste the jasmine.

I finished on the sixth steep, which was quite mild but still had some flavour. It could resteep more but I feel satisfied with these six.

So far I prefer Mo Li Yin Hao ever so slightly, but both are very solid jasmine green teas. If you prefer something nice to show guests, I recommend the pearls in a glass vessel. And the delicate nature of this tea would definitely be good with fruits, salads or desserts. Personally I love this sort of tea with Ontario coronation grapes (too bad they’re out of season now!)

100ml gaiwan, 1 generous tsp, 6 steeps.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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93

This is, in my mind, a very “fall-friendly” tea, which is surprising for something without a bit of cinnamon in it. But for some reason, this has a very warm flavor (not just temperature!) that reminds me of fall leaves, making it absolutely perfect on this slightly chilly morning.

Like some of the other tasting notes I see here, I do detect some tasty sweet potato in this, both in the scent and the cup itself. It works really well. I’m also getting a very, very light maltiness, and just the slightest fruity touch (peach? apricot? I’m not really sure). It all combines beautifully, though, to make what is probably one of the best cups of tea I’ve had.

While I mostly prefer my tea unflavored anyway, this is one I wouldn’t even think of adding honey or sugar to; it’s absolutely perfect as it is, and any additions would just ruin it.

(Sample provided gratis by TeaVivre for review.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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85

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

(This is mostly a follow up from my last tasting note.)

Prepared this in a larger vessel today, it’s not exactly standard teapot size but close enough for me because I drink by myself. ;) The brew was not too bitter or overwhelming at all. It’s not delicate like the pearls, but continues to be a solid jasmine green tea. Personally I always find jasmine green tea to be easily enjoyable, and this one is no exception.

200ml glass teapot, 2 tsps, 1 steep

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

I’ve tried a few different jasmine green teas, and the aroma of dry and wet leaves from this sample got me excited. It made me think of moss and plants after rain.

Onto drinking the stuff, the jasmine is very strong, followed by spice, green tea flavour, and lingering floral aftertaste. Everything is very sharp on my tongue, and the green tea stays comforting and not bitter.

Second steep brought out more jasmine, with the green tea staying strong. My final third and fourth steeps still were tasty without becoming bland.

Looking forward to playing with the brewing settings with this sampler and comparing with the Jasmine Pearls. So far I really like this one, it’s the best loose leaf jasmine green tea I’ve had.

100ml gaiwan, 2 tsps, 4 steeps

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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87

I went out to lunch and for tea with a friend today (blog post coming soon).

The tea I choose was a raw pu-erh and it was fairly bitter for me. When I got home, I just felt like having something sweet and mellow. I steeped this with some dried pink rosebuds and it’s light and elegant, really what I wanted and needed for the afternoon. Of course this tea is also quite nice by itself.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87

I have to say that I very much appreciate these samples from Teavivre. And yet when I open the envelopes from this white tea and other ones I am a bit taken aback. It’s packaging inside of packaging inside of a box. The sample sizes are very small and cute but they are individually wrapped and come inside of huge envelopes. I will not complain about the packaging anymore after this review but I felt it was a bit wasteful and this made me kind of sad. Not to say anything bad about Teavivre this is probably a standard industry practice I have not encountered here in the US.

Onto other notes, I do not drink white tea very often but I have been thinking about changing that, especially since I have read many nice things about their lower caffeine content and higher antioxidant quality. This was a great afternoon tea for me. It was very soft and subtle. Naturally and delicately sweet with a lingering of flowers. I felt very relaxed later and enjoyed the tasting very much. This may convince to me to get more interested in white tea in the future, it was certainly enjoyable.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec
CHAroma

I’m actually a fan of the double packaging. It keeps the tea really fresh, although you do have a point that it is probably a bit wasteful. Still, White Peony is my favorite white tea! It’s really quiet and relaxing.

TeaBrat

I just try to avoid excess packaging whenever possible. You will pretty much never catch me buying anything that’s individually wrapped in plastic and comes in another plastic bag.

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90

I’m finally finishing the last of my sample this afternoon. It’s the best jasmine tea I’ve ever had. I normally hate jasmine tea but this one doesn’t make me feel like I’m sucking on a dry bar of soap.

ScottTeaMan

I’m not sure I understand this “soapy” quality described for Jasmine and other floral teas, but some Jasmine Pearls (and teas) can be more floral than others. I haven’t met a Jasmine Pearl I don’t like! This is definitely on my list when I order from Teavivre. I’m glad you like it. :))

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90

I didn’t think I liked jasmine tea but then I tried this one…. oh so sweet and lovely

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90

Having a cup of it this afternoon and would consider purchasing this – it’s very nice. :)

Jim Marks

Is it particularly floral, to your taste?

TeaBrat

well, it’s a jasmine tea so yeah it’s floral but it is not sickening like some floral tea

The DJBooth

having this morning

ScottTeaMan

So….you like Jasmine teas, just not overly floral ones?

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90

I received this lovely sample from Teavire to try. I’ve never had a Jasmine Pearl before so I was pretty eager to try one.

In a word: delicious. This is easily one of the best Jasmine green teas I’ve had. The aroma here is intoxicating but the flavor is sweet and subtle and does not knock me over the head tasting like a shower gel. I’m pretty happy. Plus the craftsmanship of these pearls is just so darn cute. I feel like such a lady…

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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85

Tried a different brewing method today by bringing the water to a boil, pouring into the pitcher, then added the pod. The old method of pouring water over the pod works better. This way the bloom remained floating on top the water for a very long time. It did eventually sink and fully open but I was beginning to wonder. The bloom is very pretty with a silver needle cradle holding a marigold while an arch of jasmine flowers rises above it to hold a globe amaranth. A few loose needles fell off but overall the display stayed intact. The brew is pale amber with a green tint.

Once again the flowers dominate. I believe the primary flavor here is the marigold. It is not an unpleasant taste but also not one I associate with tea. A bit milky? I think this would be good with honey. Not having any honey, I used sweetener. I like the taste of this better than the True Love flower tea but the display isn’t as spectacular.

Final note – while drinking the first cup, I left the remainder of the pot to steep to see what would happen. The result was a dark reddish brown tea resembling OP iced tea. Amazingly it made little difference to the flavor. No bitterness. No astringency. Mostly marigold flavored brew. As with most of my flower tea ratings I combine my sipping pleasure with the visual aspect and skew the rating slightly on the display side.

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84

At the sight of this tea, I knew I would like it. It’s a lovely mix of fragrant and brightly colored dried fruits with a few pale green leaves. (And anything with rosehips is golden in my book.)

The tea brews to a lovely amber red. The Steep Time counter only goes up to 8 minutes, but I steeped mine for about 8:45. The result tastes strongly of dried apple, and is a little on the tart side even with sugar. I can definitely taste the rosehips as well, but I’m not sure about the other two ingredients. I’ve never had anything with verbena leaves in it before, so I’m not sure what I’m tasting.

Either way, this is pleasant and reminds me of drinking juice. I bet it would be fantastic iced, which I will certainly try some time soon.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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