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Forgot to log from yesterday…why not have another today! YAY!

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Backlogging a cup from Monday as well as my first cuppa the day today! YAY!

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Sipping a sturdy cuppa! See previous notes :)

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I got to add a bit of this back to my stash thanks to LiberTeas! I’m having a cup right now! It’s awesome…I’m so happy to have this tea back in my stash! Thanks LiberTEAs!

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Backlogging and sipdown…

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Backlogging 4 awesome cups from last week and today! Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea is one of my favorite TYPES of Black Teas! This is FAB! See other notes

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backlogging from last week – several cups…see previous notes…FAB

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backlogging 3 cups today…awesome…see previous notes…

kOmpir

I had two cups of that today, great stuff. Just prepared some cold brew for tomorrow morning :)

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backlogging…see other notes…

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WOW! This is wonderful! As far as the strength of the black tea base I would have to say it’s around medium strength but it’s the other things that are happening with this black tea that make it special.

It’s slightly woodsy but a tad smokey, too, I would say a bit more smokey than woodsy but I can taste both characteristics. And it’s not a heavy smokey like a Lapsang Souchong but it’s still present! At the beginning and then again on to the aftertaste it’s velvety and creamy. The malty notes are in the middle of the sip!

This is grand! I like this a lot!

rmark25

nice review, descriptive, thanks….kinda like an amazon.com review, now I’d be more confident buying some ;)

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Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

This morning I tried a long steep with a lower temperature to see if I like the flavour change any better.

I noticed it doesn’t have such a profound “tea” flavour, and it tastes more green obviously. With the second steep, I’m already preferring the higher temperature/lower steep time. The flavour is different with the temperature change, but not in a way I prefer.

I think it’s funny how differently my other Bai Mu Dan behaves with a low temp (it’s good). Perhaps I’ll have to try my CS stuff with a high temperature sometime. Anyway, I like Teavivre’s batch at 95 Celsius the most. I love the feeling Bai Mu Dan tea gives me, but it’s definitely more of a spring time thing for me.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I’m really surprised you like it when brewing at such a high temperature. I looked at the suggested 95 degrees Celsius, scoffed, and brewed it at 82 degrees Celsius instead. It just seems like using almost boiling water would scorch the leaves and leave a bitter cup.

Dorothy

I thought the same thing, mostly because sometimes tea companies suggest temperatures/steep times that are outrageous. But since the package came with 4 sample packs I decided it couldn’t hurt it once. And In my experience with the short and long steeps at 90 Celsius for this tea, it’s not bitter or offensive at all. I’ve liked the steep parameters Teavivre lists, so I think it’s worth trying it once with hotter water.

CHAroma

I might take you up on it. ;)

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Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

This is a follow up to the last tea tasting I did. Before I did 4 short steeps, today I’m just doing one long steep.

One of the first things I noticed, is that it has a familiar “tea” taste. Then fresh greens, melon, something a bit muscatel, with a very fuzzy, velvety texture going down.

Overall, I think I prefer the short steeps but it tastes good either way. I have 2 more sample packs, so I might try brewing those at a different temperature to see if I like it any better. Because I’ve tried this type at 75 Celsius before and enjoyed it even more.

Brewed in a tall glass (about 6-8oz of water), one pouch (5g?), 1 steep

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

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Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

I generally like Bai Mu Dan, so this tea didn’t have to try hard to please me. If you’ve never had “plain” white tea before, I highly recommend trying it out at some point (from your retailer of choice obviously). My experience with flavoured white tea and this regular stuff is different. I like both, but Bai Mu Dan has a lovely spring greens feel to it.

Tonight I made 4 quick steeps, which all generally had nice notes of cantaloupe, fresh greens, pepper, honey, tea “fuzzyness”. The last steep was my favourite, and hubby enjoyed sipping alongside me.

Next time I’ll try a longer steep in a bigger tea vessel.

100ml gaiwan, one pouch (5g? 2tsp?), 4 steeps (45s +15s resteep)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec
nomadinjeopardy

There’s definitely a quality in Bai Mu Dan that I usually can’t put my finger on, but “fuzzyness” is perfect!

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After getting another tea tasting e-mail from Teavivre (which I’m very excited about), I realized I need to clear out some space in the tea cabinet. I still have a few tidbits to finish up from my previous Teavivre sampling, so I’m starting with this one.

I had forgotten how much I like this oolong. I’m always a little hesitant with this variety, even if it’s flavored, but this tea reminds that I need to be more open-minded. It’s floral with a smooth mouthfeel. There’s no harshness or bitterness in it. And it isn’t heavy on that nutty oolong flavor that I’m still getting used to.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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This is my second Tie Guan Yin, the first from my local farmer’s market. I’ve been wanting to get into oolong, and I think I’ve found the first that I truly like.

This oolong is fresh and highly floral in a way that reminds me so much of spring. (Which is a little depressing in November, I have to add.) The flavors remind me of gardenias, honeysuckle, and jasmine. There’s also a note of sweet, clean hay.

It still has that nutty oolong flavor, but it’s mostly in the scent. At first I was a little nervous, since the vegetal scent was so strong. But no, after a little honey, this is lovely and satisfying. I’m going to have to start trying oolongs to Teavivre’s brewing instructions, I think.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec
Tabby

Why not? Honey is delicious.

Charles Thomas Draper

You are correct. I eat tsp of YS Eco Bee Farms Antioxidant Power Honey everyday. It’s a combo of buckwheat, forest, manuka and multi floral. And Raw. I just think all of those flavors that you found existing in tea were beautiful. I feel the honey would overwhelm them.

Tabby

Well, I didn’t sweeten the whole pot. I’ll try the next cup without honey and see what happens…

Charles Thomas Draper

And my apologies. I do not want to appear to be a tea snob. A purist. Yes

ScottTeaMan

THE ONLY TIME i ADD SUGAR OR HONEY-RARELY AT THAT-IS IF i.M STUCK DRINKING TEABAG TEA. {Blasted caps} :\

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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