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We set out to find a very different green tea from India, and stumbled upon this delightful gem from the little known Dooars region in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Viva means “alive” in Spanish, an apt name considering that we found it particularly rejuvenating during long, slow afternoons. Viva’s dark green leaves produce a fairly bright liquor with hints of fresh cut grass and refreshing earthy undertones. A spritz of lemon or a little honey has been known to attract even those who dislike green tea. Remember: never use boiling water or milk with green tea as they will ruin the flavor. Let the water cool down a bit after it comes to a boil. Enjoy hot or iced.

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This tea reminds me quite a bit of Rishi’s Jade Cloud but it is softer and silkier. It tastes vegetal green and a little salty, with a nice nutty aftertaste that, as the cup cools, threatens to overwhelm a bit as it combines with the salty to make a not-quite-bitterness. That taste is something that I could do with having less of so I think I will shorten the steep time the next time I have this since that helps tame Jade Cloud.

ETA: Second steep @ 3:00. The nutty bitterness has increased. That’s unpleasant. I feel that this tea still has potential though. We shall see.

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(Disclaimer: I just ate a bowl of chili.) Fairly light flavored, almost makes me think of something with a little lemon in it. As it has cooled, it’s gotten more bitterness through it. It’s pretty good but nothing really jumps out at me.

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Tastes dry and plain. Added a little honey for flavor. Not bad, but not great. Lots of good reviews on thesimpleleaf.com, though. Perhaps, I need to fiddle with steep times…

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