464 Tasting Notes


Dry leaf: I could sniff this all day, fragrant, a little starchy, like a bunchof subtle spices.

1st Steep: 5 seconds. Pretty much just one long honey note. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s scent sends a warming sensation riight up to the back of my sinuses.

2nd Steep: 10 seconds. The honey note is still there, but starting to get a little of what I think of as a typical black tea flavor- subtley dark. Slightly starchy aftertaste- pleasantly sweet and adds a little thickness to the mouthfeel that had been lacking up to this point.

3rd Steep: Nearly a minute. Honey turns into a vanilla kind of taste. The warming sensation plays with my senses and sometimes Ifeel like it is cooling me as well. The starchy aftertaste becomes sweeter, almost fruity. The black tea taste is still very faint.

4th Steep: A little over a minute. Best steep yet! The vanilla and dark tea tones hit me both at once- very well balanced. The starch almost turns creamy, but not quite. The heating/cooling sensation remains and ends with a tingle on my tongue, reminescent of spices such as cinnamon or cloves.I love the mouthfeel sensations of this tea- it’s not so much the taste as the feel of this tea that creates the experience.

5th Steep: A little over a minute. Leaning more toward honey again, not vanilla. Starch flavor takes prominence. Definitely a clove note in the aftertaste that works up the very back of my tongue. Still silky.

All in all, I’m enjoying the sensations roller coaster thiis tea took me on. Will I drink it all the time? No- It’s much too subtle for me to want all the time. Especially in the morning when my brain is not awake yet and I want the flavors to scream at me. It might be nice for a cool afternoon or evening so that the warming sensations would really be appreciated.

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I really enjoy this tea as a 2nd tea of the day usually. Sometimes I’ll follow the gongfu protocall, but just as often my methods are somewhat sacreligious: 1 Tb to 10 oz, steep 3 min, then re 4, then 5.


I usually am pretty sacriligeous with my steep times too. I don’t even have a gongfu pot, I just steeped in a 6oz tea cup. Next time I’m doing it your way in my large mug! :-)


Hmmm. Maybe I should try longer steep times. I think I’ve just been doing a minute for western brewing of my Verdant teas!

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The dryleaf looks really weird= like rocks made of felt! The dry leaf smells very much like the kind of green tea I don’t like, but it turns out I didn’t have to worry. The taste was mellow, roasty, and slightly sweet. The ginseng aftertaste works its way up the nose and back of the mouth. Overall it was pleasant and refreshing.

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Steeping this a fourth time. I wasn’t able to record each steep because I couldn’t get on Steepster and then I was at the maternity ward visiting my co-worker and her newborn. I have enjoyed every single steep though! So dark, silky, and perfect for the entire day!

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464 tasting notes

This tea is really different from a lot of other fruit blends I’ve had. The pineapple and papaya work really well with the orange. The yerba mate deepends the flavor so that it doesn’t just taste liike a juice. Tasty, but I may regret drinking it an hour before bedtime.

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HOO YEAH! This sample sent me to to Tea Heaven! Best Teavivre tea I received by far! The darkest of black teas- Its roasty, almost ashy foretaste feels like silk in the mouth. It then overwhelmed me with roasted green beans (yes, I’ve been obsessed with beans lately) and was tantalizingly tangy in the aftertaste. That last bit made the impression on me of apple cider vinegar on a green bean salad.

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I started out on the light end of the tea spectrum this morning. I chose this tea mostly because of the convenience of it being in a bag. My co-workers were all late (and one had just given birth. yay!), so I was checking in patients for 3 practices and a bag was just way easier. Yummy, creamy, floral tea! Definitely helped keep me going!

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I got distracted by a patient asking me a question in the waiting area as I was filling my cup and I put cold water in my mug instead of hot. I dunked my tea ball in before I noticed that the mug wasn’t warm. I ended up cold-steeping it for 45 minutes. Pretty weak this way. I taste pineapple and definitely cilantro. It’s a little bitter for my tastes.

Thanks, Shelley_Lorraine for this tea!

Hot-steeped it after drinking the cold steep. Less bitter, less cilantro, more pineapple and creamier. I like it better this way, but still probably not going to be a favorite of mine.

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This tea is grassy, slightly sea-weedy (but in a good way) and buttery. It tastes fresh and spring-like. As it cools it gets more grassy and leafy. It loses the seaweed flavor altogether.

2nd Steep: No seaweed, even more buttery. There’s a floral sweetness I can’t place.

Short tasting notes- at work.

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I’m enjoying the variety in my teavivre samplers. This is a slightly dark, woodsy oolong tea. The smell of the liquor is earthy greenbeans and mushrooms. It seems like a lot of teas lately remind me of beans. The taste is much like the smell with the addition of some very faint honey and citrus tones that work really well to add some brightness and complexity to the earthy tones. The aftertaste doesn’t last very long, but it holds onto the fruity tones and settles into a creamy flavor.

Second Steep: Much more woody, less sweet and fruity. Minerally?

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I love these pearls! The black tea is dark and chocolately. The jasmine compliments it perfectly and although it’s not the smoothest I’ve had, it doesn’t get rougher as the tea cools. It’s slight bite adds to the strength of the black tea base. This is probably the best Davidstea I’ve had.

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I run, I sing, I drink tea. That’s the best description I have of me.

I’ve always enjoyed tea, but have just started trying out a lot more loose teas and varied brands. I’m really excited about a site like steepster so I can read about what people think about different teas.

Oh and I really hate Lipton tea. There’s something just awful about it and I can’t understand why nearly every local diner only has Lipton.

Also I’m on the search for a full-bodied, fruity blackberry tea. So if you have any suggestions feel free to throw them my way! :-)


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