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This was from my sample sale a while ago. I really wanted the samples to try them fresh, and I’m a little disappointed in myself that it’s almost the new harvest and I’m just now getting to some of the harvest from 2018. I definitely wanted to try this one: A unique black base with Teavivre’s essential jasmine essence. Any one of Teavivre’s jasmine teas is an essential to my cupboard (at LEAST one of the jasmine teas!). You can’t really go wrong with them. And Teavivre offers many varieties of base teas for that lovely jasmine flavor. The first steep of these pure golden leaves was light, but surprisingly not lighter for a such a golden tea. The jasmine really shines with these leaves. The jasmine is neither too light in flavor or too heavy handed. I thought I was tasting hints of melon as well. The second steep was much darker, again surprisingly for such a golden leafed tea, but in no way astringent. Hints of chocolate and still plenty of jasmine. Melon has disappeared on the second steep. I really like this, but it might not be as perfect as some of Teavivre’s other jasmine options. I like the idea of a jasmine black tea option though!
Steep #1 // around 2.5 grams for a full mug // 11 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Harvest: 2018

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
aquartertotea.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
eco-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
mandala
Teajo
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com
Davidstea

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!

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