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Buttery, creamy and floral aroma with a floral, mineral and light vegetal taste.
Smooth, fragrant, sweet and mouthwatering.
I did two resteeps. Very nice!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92

Uh oh… yeah.. Yum!

Again, this is so yummy… so yummy! Fragrant, floral, vegetal, creamy, everything I love.

I reduced the steeping temperature today to 90C and increased leaf to 7 gram per 8 ounces of water. 1 minute for the first steep and it’s perfect. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Oh, this is so so so GOOD!!

There you have it… my first reaction. Now lets examine this more calmly….

So FRIGGING GOOD!

No but really, this is some great tea. I received it today, my first ever order from Teavivre. The tea was packaged well. First I opened the big bag and found many little vacuum sealed bags inside with about 7 grams of tea in each. I took out one of those vacuum sealed bags and popped that open to reveal beautiful pearls of green oolong tea in another little plastic bag. I popped that little bag open and smelled the aroma. Aaaahhh… Vegetal, grassy, spinachy… yummy! It smelled great!

I used 2 full teaspoons… about 6 grams of tea in 8 ounces of boiling water for 1 minute. The result was pale yellow liquid with a strong floral scent. Simply divine… If it tastes the way it smells, I’ll be in paradise.

Yes it does. It tastes wonderful… Slightly vegetal and very floral at the same time… I detect orchid and jasmine notes. A tiny bit of astringency tickles my tongue towards the end of the sip and I find that lovely.

I’m enjoying this very, very much.

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Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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85

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Drinking this today, as had Teavivre’s Organic Superfine Keemun yesterday.

Dry leaf is darker and glossy as described, and is also finer and more compact than the superfine leaf. Brewed aroma of malt with floral and some smoke. Tastes sweet and lightly malty with cocoa notes and a hint of smokiness. Quite delicious.

In comparison to the superfine version, this one seems bolder somehow in that it is less sweet and floral with more smoke and cocoa. I still have a serving of each so will try them both again another day in a side by side comparison. I enjoyed both very much but think I may have preferred yesterdays cup a bit better.. will try again though.

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

Great job Caile! I look forward to your side by side comparison.

Yvonne

Smoky cocoa = delicious!

caile

Thanks! I’m curious as well to see how I’ll find them. I just looked at the teavivre site and there is a price difference with the organic superfine being more.. As well, this one says it has moderate caffeine and the superfine has low caffeine – I wonder why that is?

looseTman

Yes, the Premium Keemun is a tasty way to start your day & a good value too.

Sil

I’m hoping to get to a comparison on sunday since i think 4? or 5 of teavivres are in my house at the moment heh

caile

Oh good! I have been hoping to see your reviews of these!

tea-sipper

I’m glad to see comparisons for these two!

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This is another lovely sample from caile – thanks!

Yet another great black tea. This one doesn’t have that natural sweetness, but it’s still quite tasty. I decided on this for my morning cup this morning and it did not disappoint. It comes off as fresh and clean tasting.

I would say I prefer the Bailin, because I do have that weakness for the honey-like sweetness, but I certainly wouldn’t say no to this being in my cupboard from time to time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I’m getting the Bailin soon as a sample for review. SUPER excited!

caile

Yay! I also had chosen the bailin over this one, although both were good. Glad you enjoyed them!

Courtney

Thanks caile! This swap has been so informative haha. I now know TeaVivre teas will most likely be a staple in my cupboard.

Courtney

Stephanie the Bailin was wonderful! I ordered some a little over a week ago and now I’m even more impatient for it to arrive.

caile I like a lot of teavivre’s teas, and the only problem is picking favorites.

You’re so good at trying all the samples, Courtney! lol I’m so slow. :-P

Courtney

Haha I get overly excited with swaps and I always want to try all the new teas. :P

caile

Haha! Me too… (except I’m a slowpoke)! ;-)

Courtney

Haha. :P I’m excited to see some of your tasting notes – especially the Taiwanese Wild Mountain, I might even say that is my all-time favourite.

caile

Yes, I’m really forward to trying this one!!

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Another sample from caile :)

Ahh black teas. They are my weakness. I must have them all.

Oh dear. I just brought this up to take a whiff and I smell smoke. I know it’s there! It’s still cooling, so hopefully it won’t come through in the taste.

Okay so that smokiness certainly isn’t strong at all, but it’s there. Subtle, yes, but still too much for me. It’s not actually in the taste, but seeing as my nose has to come pretty close to the cup to take a sip, I don’t think I can quite handle it. Thank you for letting me try this one out caile!

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

aww, that’s too bad you got too much smokiness in this one. Glad you were able to try it out though! :)

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94

I wish every tea inspired me to stroke my teacup like a precious object.

Yes, yes. Get in my belly.

94

Jasmine has this magical thing it does where no matter where I’m at emotionally when I start my cup, by the time I finish, I’m in a good place. I think if I absolutely had to decide on one type of tea to drink for the rest of my life, a variety of jasmine would absolutely be in the running. It’s easily my favorite floral flavor.

In this particular one, the silver needle is sweet with notes of honeysuckle and pairs perfectly with the jasmine, which is delicate, floral, and sweet itself. It’s so smooth. I enjoy the first two steeps the most, where the jasmine and silver needle are in harmonious balance, but the jasmine starts overcoming it by about the third steep.

I don’t think jasmine is a flavor. It’s an experience.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C
Roswell Strange

I really, really agree with that last line.

__Morgana__

I so agree. I love jasmine.

AnnaEA

I have to agree. There’s something about tea and jasmine that’s just incredibly synergistic.

tigress_al

Mmmm, I love jasmine, especially this particular one!

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84

Never cared much for black tea until I tasted this tea this morning. I did a quick rinse and and 1 minute steep and it was heavenly. Absolutely no astringency or harsh notes. Seamless and wonderful with a nice medium body malty flavor and a touch of sweetness to round off the flavor. Will be placing another order for more as this was just a sample. Yowzer!

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Thanks Angel and Teavivre for another tasty sample!

This is my first osmanthus tea! I don’t like it quite as much as jasmine, but much more than rose. The floral scent is stronger than the actual taste. The floral taste goes very well with the green oolong. Overall, I find this first steep to be creamy, floral, lightly ‘green’, and quite sweet. Really sweet. I used the whole packet, so to avoid it being too strong I only steeped it for 30s, and it turned out perfect for me.
This second steep at 45s is much stronger. The floral is waaay out there now. I probably could have just gone with 30s. I know it’s been said many times, but these type of green and floral teas always make me think of spring and summer. Sitting in a flower garden sipping this (and reading a novel) would be enough to make one feel in complete harmony with the natural world.
I’m going to keep on steeping this! Thanks again Teavivre!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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98

Another first! My first osmanthus tea. I generally like floral teas (violet, rose, lavender, chrysanthemum), so I have high hopes for this one.

Wow, the aroma is strong and pretty thrilling. Very, powerfully floral and maybe a little fruity. It’s sweet, reminiscent of a sort of blend between violet and rose. As far as appearances go, it looks like an ordinary higher-grade oolong. Dark green nuggets with a stem sticking out. However, there are tiny, delicate flowers mixed in. They’re sort of orangish yellow with four petals… and very familiar! Wait, Osmanthus is the same thing as a tea olive tree?!

Long story short: Tea olive blossoms are very special to me in the way that they invoke nostalgia. They grow all over Atlanta, so whenever I smell them, I get flooded with memories of other times I’ve been around them in bloom. Falls and springs.

The brew comes up to a calm yellowish green. There’s the familiar, pungent oolong aroma, as well as the sweet fruity-floral scent. One sip and I’m in love. This tastes exactly like I wanted it to. Gentle oolong flavors with just a hint of nuttiness to base the flowers on. The floral osmanthus taste is right there in the forefront. It’s bright, comforting, and nostalgic. Exactly what I need in the dead of winter. This is going on my shopping list.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

I really liked this note Tabby, i love florals so I’m adding this to shopping list :-)

Tabby

Aw, I’m glad! I wanna see what you think if you get it!

TheTeaFairy

I will. Not much of a risk, I’m pretty sure to like it, I don’t think there ever was an oolong from Teavivre I didn’t like!

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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The first time I tried this tea, the first steep presented a semi-soapy taste which faded quickly in subsequent steeps. I don’t recall this tea producing that taste consistently each session I tried it, so it may have just been an issue with my water, or a fluke in the leaves. Besides a roasted Taiwan TGY that I tasted last year and disliked, a roasted Mao Xie, and a highly-roasted, aged Dong Ding, I have not tied many roasted ball-style oolongs. I found this one to be enjoyable, though. The roast is not overpowering, but it is close to that line and is very prominent. However, as steeps progress it recedes into something more tolerable. For some reason, I do not have many notes on this tea, which usually means I frequently drank this sample for comfort sipping while doing other tasks. From the notes I have and what I remember, it was a nice daily drink and did especially well in low leaf concentrations and longer steeps.

Thanks, Teavivre.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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82

To my delight, I found another unopened sample packet of Teavivre Liu An Gua Plan. I’ve been doing some homework (ahem…) what with the impending 3rd Anniversary sale.

Congrats to Teavivre! May you continue to flourish in the years to come!

Now that I’ve read everyone else’s reviews and seen the pictures, I am wondering whether my Liu An Gua Plan is from the same harvest. I say this because the leaves are of all different shapes and sizes, but mostly larger and dark shale green and shaped like twisted logs. Very different from some of the other descriptions!

This description does match my previous account, though, so one possibility is that my sample packets were simply drawn from a different lot, perhaps from a different grower.

The flavor is hearty but not very green—not like spinach but more like a cross between artichoke hearts and cooked green beans—with a food-like, satisfying quality. The texture is very smooth and reminds me of Long Jing. The liquor starts out pale greenish yellow and then become pale greenish gold with tiny white filaments floating about.

I like this tea a lot and will definitely consider restocking in the weeks to come…

Flavors: Artichoke

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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I’ve been debating which of the many wonderful choices to order from Teavivre, and it occurred to me that I still have not developed a full concept of Liu An Gua Pian. Time to rectify that situation posthaste!

I brewed up a big tetsubin, using the full sample (I believe 7 grams), and the first excitement is just the sight of the gorgeous dark shale green leaves. They are long and log-like—except that they are twisted beautifully. Then, upon infusion, they unfold like papyrus scrolls to reveal the wisdom hidden within. The infused whole leaves—and they are big!—are a bright, vibrant green—a sure sign that this tea is fresh and something of a wonder, given how dark and hard the dried leaves are!

The flavor is more robust but in a unique way. It does not really taste like cooked vegetables and nothing at all like sencha. To me the taste is indescribable, as it does not seem particularly spicy. The liquor brews up yellow tinged very palely green, and the glass becomes more golden after a couple of minutes.

Given how unique and delicious this tea is (now that I’ve given it a full brew and tasting), I’ll be adding Liu An Gua Pian to my upcoming order chez Teavivre. Thanks so much for the generous samples, Angel! I very much appreciate your help as I continue my journey through the vast and fascinating world of China green teas. ;-)

second infusion: this was really delicious

third infusion: I recently discovered that third infusions of high-quality loose leaf green teas make excellent iced tea—and I can even drink it late at night! I’ll no doubt be quaffing large volumes in the months to come as I lie sweating before a fan…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 27 OZ / 798 ML
TheTeaFairy

«they unfold like papyrus scrolls to reveal the wisdom hidden within»
Best description ever :-)

sherapop

Thank you, TeaFairy! ;-) xxxooo

Terri HarpLady

What TeaFairy said!

TheTeaFairy

Not kidding, I have copied that phrase in my special “favourite quotes” folder ;-)

Ubacat

I’ve added that tea to my wish list. It sounds so good.

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Another first for me, this Liu An Gua Pian was sent to me as a sample by Angel and Teavivre. Thank you again for expanding my horizons!

The liquor brewed up light but also somehow bright—a nice green hue veering toward fluorescence, but gently so… The taste has a bit of a bite to it, but I believe that this is how it is supposed to taste—and I definitely did not oversteep…

Liu An Gua Pian tastes a bit grassier than some green teas, but very far from anything related to darjeeling (which I usually find grassy). I do find this flavor to be more grassy than vegetal, and I do not believe that it has a taste identical with any particular vegetable. Perhaps a little like peas? Yes, on second thought, I do believe that peas are the closest to this flavor. But still I find it more grassy than pealike. Liu An Gua Pian does not taste at all like sencha to me. I’ll have to compare this to some other China greens to be able to say more.

I noticed that there are tiny threadlike white filaments in the liquor. The liquid is still clear, but they are floating about, having snuck through my medium-mesh colander-style sieve.

All in all, I like this tea. It’s good!

second infusion: just like the first. Still a near-fluorescent hue of yellow-green. Same slightly grassy flavor.

third infusion: a bit lighter in flavor and more of a golden color

fourth infusion: this final round was so faint that it was veering toward hot water territory, but I was thirsty so I drank it anyway.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

These handmade glass tea cups fit quite nicely into one’s hand and are quite comfortable to hold even when filled with black tea that’s brewed at higher temperatures. The double-wall design insulates like a double-pane window. The clear glass also allows one to truly appreciate the color and clarity of the liquor. Additionally, the clear glass works well visually with gaiwans and yixing teapots of many colors & styles.

TheTeaFairy

I have purchased those as well and use them all the time! I also love all good the tea looks in them, it makes me appreciate what I’m drinking even more. For me good teaware improves my tea sessions. But that’s just me :-)

looseTman

“For me good teaware improves my tea sessions.” – Agreed

Terri HarpLady

I also a few of these cups, & Im all for good tea ware!

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84

I’m starting to make my way through Teavivre’s green tea sample pack and the description on this one caught my interest… We’re currently experiencing some very interesting weather (today sunny with a high of 13c. Tomorrow? Snowing with a high of -12c… No I’m not joking, a 25 degree swing within 24hrs. sigh) and I was looking for something warm but fresh and this sounded like it might hit the mark.

The dry leaf is rolled lengthwise and presents a dark spicy aroma mixed in with some warm grass notes. There were a few nutty hints as well but they were quite hidden among the rest of the scent profile.

My first steeping of 30sec gave a bright, though light, green liquor that smelled of sweet, almost roasted nuts, mixed in with some lovely spicy/smokey notes. It was a warm but yet refreshing scent. The taste was actually pretty similar, roasted nuts (almost like cashews) mixed in with a light bit of spice with a lovely rich sweetness wrapped around it. The finish was slightly astringent and served as a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the tea. And while the mouthfeel was dull and rich it was also very light and refreshing, a very unique combination.

In my second cup (60sec) the bright green liquor picked up a slight floral scent which replaced the slight smokiness of the first cup, while the rest of the notes stayed pretty much the same. The floral not carried though to the flavor as well, while the rest of the flavors mellowed out considerably. The finish was also less astringent.

The pale yellow-green liquor of my third cup (90sec) displayed a soft aroma; the brighter floral notes were mixed in with the sweet roasted nuts. This was quite a mellow cup, subtle in flavor but refreshing. There was still a bit of “spice” in the profile as well which added an interesting contrast to the brighter floral notes.

My last cup (120sec) was even softer than the previous one in both scent and flavor. The floral notes were a nice refreshing highlight and lingered well after the finish. There’s also still just a little touch of the spice left to round out the profile.

This is a dynamic cup of tea, with tons of character. I loved how both the flavor and scent profiles changed over time and how refreshing this was despite the inherent dark"spiciness" of the leaf. This is definitely a tea that I could see keeping in stock for some time to come.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I got this from Stephanie in my Christmas package. I could have swore I ordered this in my BF Teavivre order but I got some other jasmine pearls… Hmm oh well. Anyways, I so wish I would have ordered these! They are heaven and by far my favorite jasmine pearl tea! Wow! I need these in my life. The simplicity of this tea is so indulgent at the same time. Keeps me wanting more and more and more. If I only had this tea to drink the rest of my life I would be more than satisfied with that!
I love that the peach and jasmine pair perfectly together. One isn’t stronger in flavor than the other. A perfect balance. The jasmine isn’t too perfumey like most jasmines!
Thank you so much Stephanie I envy that this is in your cupboard and not mine!
Love at first sip!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I’m all out of it now, too…I will DEFINITELY be ordering more eventually. Especially now that I know if I do a 2/3 peach and 1/3 plain jasmine pearls combo it works out just perfect for me :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I might have to go in on that with you!

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