648 Tasting Notes
Another sample from Teavivre, the first oolong I’ve tried!
I always approach oolong thinking I am not a fan, but I forget that I have always enjoyed the green type, but not the roasted/dark sort. Not sure of the terminology for that, sorry.
This tea was packed amazingly well, and when I opened it the bag was full of little rolly twirly balls of oolong. I made a cup at work, and it was nice to watch it all unravel as it steeped.
I really enjoyed this. It’s floral and sweet and I was struck by how “creamy” it tasted. A nice thick mouthfeel. I never thought I’d say this about an unflavoured oolong, but I might have to put this one on my wishlist!
So glad to get to try all of these delicious teas!
As I was drinking this one I thought I should probably quit my job and move to China and beg someone at Teavivre to teach me everything about tea and give me a job :)
So, I guess that means this is quite the tea!
Another Spring 2017 green tea sample from Teavivre!
Of all the three greens I have tried so far, I found this one the greenest, least buttery and least sweet. I first steeped some in my Contigo to take to the movies and was surprised the lack of amazingness compared to the others, but thought maybe it was the mug not the tea, so I tried again at home.
It’s still good, but I didn’t get the sweet bready flavour burst with this one. A bit too vegetable like without the butter and sweetness I enjoy.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to try it, because it’s helping me decide which ones to wish list!
Very silly old sample but I did enjoy it, despite the waning flavours. I think it would be tasty and I’d like to try it again sometime, which is why I’m logging it, even though I’m so so sick of the Harney teas I still have, like Boston and Tokyo and Tower of London. Note to self, never buy 4oz of any one tea ever again because you are a fickle, fickle lady.
Another delicious green tea sample provided by Teavivre!
I brought this one to work because the Brew Guide said 194 degrees and I figured it would be less easy to ruin it using the crappy kettle at work than one that required a lower temp. Also because drinking tasty tea at work makes my day a little bit brighter!
I probably oversteeped this but it still wasn’t bitter. I found it mellow and sweet and still has the umami type brothy flavourful appeal that these fresh greens seem to.
Still need to do a great comparison between all of them to test myself on noting the differences, but as of now I’ll give this one a great big thumbs up for sure. I’m so spoiled now, freshly picked green tea leaves?! Yes please!! Forever!
I’m pretty sure Teavivre is the company that made me love green tea for the first time in my life. I used to think I hated it, because I was buying terrible dusty bagged tea and oversteeping it with boiling water.
Then I was introduced to Teavivre, including their fresh Springy green teas which still to this day embody everything I think a green tea should be. So when co-workers Ares having a discussion about how gross green tea is, I go dig in my stash and bring out a random Teavivre green for them to try, to see how good it can be.
I still wouldn’t say my tastes are refined enough to notice a huge difference between all the different varieties of green tea. That being said, when I received my samples that Angel/Teavivre recently generously sent me, this was the first one I went for.
Nothing in the world is as fresh as these teas are when you crack open a bag for the first time, the smell is so appealing to me, there’s something slightly bready about the smell of this one, and the taste. Umami is a good word. Whatever it is that my tastebuds want, this tea has that quality for me. I really enjoyed drinking all of one sample bag over the last two days and I’m glad I have another one. I think I will try to do a comparison with the greens later. I slightly oversteeped this morning because my three year old was distracting me, but it was still delicious. I think 4-5 minutes is the magic steeping time.
Bright green leaves, yellow when brewed. Fresh, nutty, vegetal, very green taste but also sweet.
So happy to receive these samples, looking forward to trying the others!!
I got some samples from 52teas via Kittenna who made a big order and allowed me to include some and she so kindly shipped them to me………. She’s the best!!
I’ve had all 4 so far, and now my problem is I LOVE THEM ALL BUT NONE ARE AVAILABLE TO BUY!?!? I’m soooooooooo sad.
I loved this one, and Rocky Road (which I could still buy a sample of), Something something velvet dusk (going to check that name, the vanilla lavender one), and Butterbeer.
Are they just gone forever and ever? Why must I fall in love with teas that are unavailable!? I was just going to make a purchase and then I was sad :(
This tea is so perfect, it’s everything I ever wanted in a marshmallow tea. Delicate, not fake tasting, I can still taste the base. WHY GOD WHY
Had this sample from Teavivre from awhile back and just found it and decided to make it the other day.
Reached a conclusion – I love jasmine tea!! Can’t say I’ve had many others to compare it to, but I’ve added this one to my wish list. It’s smooth and not overpowering at all. I found it very relaxing to drink.
Evidently I’m a floral tea lover! Jasmine, rose…. Just need to revisit a violet tea!
Another free sample from my Black Friday AQTT order! Back before I opened the door to the wide world of teas, EG used to be my favorite tea. Then when I cracked that door open a bit, Creamy EG Vanilla tea was my favourite tea, or The Earl’s Garden. Then when I opened it even more and jumped in, it was H&S’s Paris tea which is like a fancypants EG. Anyway I can’t even see the door now, I’m so far in. And so far from the days when the Earl was my bff.
Anyway, this smells really flavorful dry…and floral? I think I notice the rosehips? What are rosehips?? I like rosy teas. I don’t find this tastes TOO artificial. I’m drinking it right now. It’s still quite hot. I do have to get back to work but as of right now I am enjoying this one. If I ordered again from AQTT I might order a small amount of this.
That is all!
Rec’d this as a free sample with my big order – the sample was about half the amount of tea I normally use for my mug, so even though I tried to use less water it still was weaker than I’m accustomed to/than I prefer.
The chocolate/caramel/nut notes that I could detect were pleasant enough, just very faint. I’m not going to rate this numerically because the parameters were not up to snuff for me, but I did enjoy my cup this afternoon at work!