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My neighbor texted tonight asking if I wanted to walk a bit because she was feeling overly full after supper. I had just finished eating and didn’t feel that it was good timing for a walk, but I waited until she had time to go around the block and texted again and asked if she wanted to join me for tea. She said yes!
Naturally, we had puerh. She has lived all over the world and is very food-adventurous, and she liked it a lot. Best of all, she said that while the walk hadn’t seemed to help, the tea did. She no longer felt stuffed.
The scent of this one was not as nice as some of their other offerings at the start, but the taste was good. It is perhaps not as complex yet as I would like. I will keep aging it and try it again. My neighbor enjoyed the aftertaste and even as she was leaving said she liked how the flavor was still lingering. She felt it “tasted like tea” but had more body. I don’t think it tastes like generic black tea but it does not have the powerful horse barn or cedar taste that I love. That could be simply the way we made it, and I might play with my steeping parameters a bit. I did go light on it since she had never had puerh before,
Since it is late, we didn’t try matcha, but since she was interested in it, I got out several tins of mine so she could see the difference in color and sniff the difference in aroma. When she got to the Harney and Sons mid-grade, she said, “Oh, that smells green!” When she got to the Harney and Sons best grade, she said, “Oh my gosh, that one would be addictive!”
“Congratulations!”, I told her. “You have managed to pick the most expensive one as your favorite!”
We now have an appointment to introduce her to the taste of matcha later this week! Another tea convert in the making…
I bought the Oolong sample set from Teavivre and had been discouraged after trying a couple of them. I thought maybe I should just stick to Puerh teas and Oolong wasn’t for me! This tea changed that all for me however. It has a smooth flavor with none of the bitterness I experienced from the other samples, even in the early steeps. The later steeps became sweeter with some vanilla notes that were very pleasant. I can’t wait to give it another try.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Menthol, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Vanilla
The Professor took out the bag of tea which looked like a dried up green ball, but then once she added in the hot water the flower slowly but surely started to react with the water, and eventually it blossomed into something so beautiful and so tasty. The tea itself was smooth and sweet there was literally no need to add other outside components to this tea, because it had already complimented itself.
Flavors: Cherry Blossom, Floral, Flowers, Freshly Cut Grass, Smooth, Sweet
This tea may be for somebody, but it wasn’t for me. It has a strong rice flavor that seemed to mask all of the other flavors even in later steeps. After the fourth steep, some bitterness started to creep out. If you like the rice flavors in your tea, this is the tea for you. If you like a more traditional tasting pu-erh, I would shy away from this or stick to a sample.
Flavors: Rice, Tobacco, Wet Earth, Wood
Kinda hurried today, but these are my thoughts on this one:
For the first few steeps, I get primarily freshly baked bread with a touch of chocolate. After the third steep, there’s more of a honey-like flavour. Deliciously smooth throughout, with no bitterness or astringency. First steeps around 2-3 minutes, later ones around 3-4 minutes, always in boiling water, no additions.
Another excellent tea from Teavivre, would absolutely, definitely purchase again.
And here I am doing nothing productive on a Sunday (again) because it is caffeine day and I’d rather devote my time to steeping teas. This seems to happen a lot.
This green is quite vegetal, Notes of hay and cut grass that has been left drying in the sun for a few days. Light hints of spinach and fruits (apricot, citrus, chamomile), lightly bitter and yet still tasty.
Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Citrus, Cut grass, Dry Grass, Floral, Herbs, Hot hay, Spinach, Vegetal
Thank you to Teavivre for the free sample of this.
3g leaf to 450mL hot water (not boiling), ~3 minutes until the tender needles/small leaves uncurled.
Dry leaf is sweet, green, notes of edamame (cooked soybeans) and snap peas
Brewed, the liquor is less sweet than expected. It is vegetal, but delicate. Cooked spinach, green peas, pear, seaweed. This is a very good quality green tea and would make a fantastic cup for someone who likes green tea/vegetal. I am not as fond of vegetal notes, so I probably wouldn’t have this again (except finishing up the rest of my sampler pouch).
Flavors: Green, Pear, Peas, Seaweed, Soybean, Spinach, Vegetal
august 24/17 the peaches and cream taste is actually pretty good, but this isnt really what im going for with a milk oolong. what i like best is something a bit toastier, this is a bit too clean and light to be my go to, but i wont have any problems drinking the 100g i got.
Thanks for this one Teavivre! I believe that this is my first Dan Cong. I’m looking into exploring oolongs this year, which I’m learning is a lot more expensive than the black teas I’ve been getting.
This one is nice: buttery, florals, and a hint of peach. I’m drinking it Western this time, which I think I prefer.
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Peach
I was actually impressed with this tea. For the price, it is quite solid aged white.
The flavor is of paperback books, honey, and woodsy. The final infusions got dark and slightly medicinal. Some more age likely will get more medicinal and date notes. I love the colour of aged whites as they steep up light gold, then finish off dark like a black tea.
I should really buy a couple cakes to stash to age, maybe at the next Teavivre sale.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2012-fuding-shou-mei-white-cake-teavivre/
Got some of this from the Here’s Hoping TTB and drank it the other night. Very warming, soothing and easy to drink. It had a subtle, robust, nutty sweetness and sort of reminded me of houjicha. I could definitely see myself drinking more of this from time to time.
Flavors: Grain, Nutty, Sweet, Toasted
Apparently I’ve logged this one before, and only three months ago, although I have no recollection of it. My experience this time was a little different, so worth nothing again I think.
It’s no secret than I have a soft spot for Yunnan teas – Dian Hong being a particular favourite. I’ve not tried many “wild tree” varieties, though – I think perhaps only one before? I would have stayed away from this at one point, due to its reputation as almost a Sheng/Black hybrid. Pu’erh used to scare me, although not so much now.
This one is malty and rich, both in terms of flavour and aroma. There are strong initial chocolate notes, developing into a woody earthiness, and a distinct hit of leather. There’s also a strangely unquantifiable spiciness that isn’t really one thing or another; the closest I can get to describing it is black pepper and cinnamon, but that’s not exactly right. There’s something that reminds me of dried fruit, also – a raisin-like quality that works well with the spiciness. The end of the sip is more mellow, with notes of brown sugar and honey. Smooth, sweet deliciousness.
I wouldn’t say the influence of pu’erh is particularly strong here, except perhaps in the background earthiness. There are flavours present that are characteristic of some pu’erhs, perhaps, but I’d classify this one firmly as a black tea. I’m glad for that – it’s how I was hoping it would be.
A sample from Teavivre. The first thing I noticed about this one, other than it’s long, thick, twisty leaves, was how light it is. Even after 3-4 minutes, it’s still a medium golden brown. Most of the Yunnan/Dian Hongs I’ve tried have been similar, but still usually darker (at least on first steep) than this one gets. It’s actually quite refreshing, because there’s none of that black tea “heaviness”, and (of course) no bitterness or astringency. There’s no impact on the flavour, either – that’s still full and surprisingly fruity.
I was expecting bread/chocolate, but this one’s a little different. I’m getting mostly stone fruit flavours – apricot, maybe a touch of plum. There’s also a mild earthiness that reminds me a little bit of ripe pu’erh, but it’s by no means overpowering. Subsequent steeps have a little breadiness in the mid-sip, and a touch of honey towards the end of the sip, but the main flavour for me is the fruit. It’s light and juicy, perfectly smooth, and just right for a warm summer afternoon. Another win from Teavivre!
This tea is a medium oolong with a baked floral aroma, which is contrary to its name. Ya Shi Xiang, according to Teavivre’s description, translates to Duck Shit Aroma. I guess the person who named this tea only fed his ducks flowers. It has a buttery sweet taste with flavors of flowers and a little creaminess. There is a touch of savoriness and the flavor is quite complex. This tea is definitely something I would drink again.
Flavors: Butter, Floral