1143 Tasting Notes

2021 sipdown no. 54

This has got a great caramelized banana flavour that’s just delicious. The rooibos base complements nicely and perhaps adds a bit of a rummy flavour, but I’m actually happy there’s no actual rum flavour coming through. An overall really enjoyable cup.

Thanks to Cameron for sharing!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Enjoying this one this morning before we head out on a day trip to look for snowy owls! Snowy owls often hunt in the daytime over the prairies, so we’re hoping to catch a glimpse of one (or more!) today. It’s incredibly difficult to capture a good photo of one of these incredible birds, but I’m bringing the camera just in case. Fingers crossed!

This tea is just so delicious, I can’t get over it. The base is light and pairs perfectly with the tropical fruitiness of the pineapple and coconut. It’s the perfect tea for a gorgeous spring-ish morning here. It’s sunny and already 3° C at 10am!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

P.S. We’ll have some news tomorrow!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Martin Bednář

I haven’t been lucky to see it in wild yet. But it is something I dream about.


I hope you see (at least) one! I hear owls near my house but I’ve never seen them and don’t know what kind they are (barn owl, maybe? Seems common enough to be a good guess, anyway).

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The MRI is back open and today was the first official scan for our lab in over a year, so I was in the hospital all day as the person responsible for doing the scan, and it was a lot. I knew this was coming, so everything started strong, but gradually, one thing after another went awry and I spent the day in a state of overwhelm.

I managed to get one cup of this tea in before I headed in to work and thank goodness for that. I’ve been racing through this tea – dare I say it’s a new favourite? It’s so tasty and just hits the spot every time. I finally just got home a few minutes ago and feel ready to collapse, so I made a fresh cup of this to enjoy while I attempt to zone out!

It even resteeps well!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

That sounds overwhelming! I’m glad you were able to take some time with your tea. :)

Tiffany :)

Oh goodness! I think we are all like this as we are going from quiet to ACTION in work in the aftermath of the pandemic. (I work at front desk of hotel and last few months we’ve picked up a little bit and it’s a shock to the system for sure).. thankful you got a cuppa before you went in for your shift. :)

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2021 sipdown no. 53

Sipdown of this Teavivre sample. I’m getting hints of smoke today and once I get the smoke, I can’t really taste anything else. I’ll leave this one for those who love it!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 52

A bit of a sad sipdown, but I can’t decide if I want 50g of this in my cupboard or not. It’s very tasty, but I seem to go back and forth on it. Today there’s malty sweetness with a hint of perhaps spearmint in the background? Unique and enjoyable!

Putting a reminder here because I do think I at least need to pick up another sample pack in the next order.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 51

Another Teavivre sample sipdown. I had two cups of this today and the first cup had a lovely sweetness to it, while the second seemed to edge on smokiness. Happy to have tried, but I don’t need this one for my cupboard.

It’s so lovely when tea companies have sample sizes to try so once doesn’t end up with 50+ grams of a tea they don’t care for!

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 50

I did a longer steep and got just a tad too much in the way of smoky hints. This one is not for me, but that’s okay!

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This is my second steep of this and continuing on with my hectic work day (which is still ongoing at 8p) I have barely noticed this tea haha!

This is a tasty tea, but it hasn’t really stood out to me. That very well could be my day, but I’m not completely sure. There is a lovely sweetness and a very light maltiness, and the second steep has held up quite well, but I’m not sure if there’s anything special here. Ultimately I love the sweetness, but prefer a heavier handed maltiness. Thank goodness I have about two cups worth remaining in my sample to try again.

1st steep 2.5 minutes
2nd steep 4 minutes

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

Hopefully you’re relaxing right about now!

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I’ve had a busy week at work and have forgotten about pretty near every cup of tea I’ve made this week. This tea is no exception!

Since the tea is now cooled, it seems to be flirting with the idea of being smoky, which seems to be a somewhat recurring theme with Teavivre teas. I’ve even had that happen with my beloved Bailin on an off day.

I like the depth of this tea and the sweetness that lingers after each sip. There’s hints of chocolate, but not as lovely as the Fengqing pearls. I have about two cups worth remaining, so hopefully I can get some more detailed notes with my next attempt.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This one has a lovely full mouthfeel with maltiness throughout the sip. There’s no astringency to be had here, just a smooth, bold yet mellow cuppa.

I would definitely order this in a larger pouch.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I live with my partner and our two bunnies: Callie and Ben, and two cats: Freyja and Ivan. I’m currently working on my MSc in biology and enjoying tea along the way!

I love straight and flavoured black teas and this is what I’m usually drinking.

I’m also happy to enjoy a cup of green or red rooibos (green preferable to red), herbals, oolongs, whites, and subtly flavoured greens. Other teas I’m happy to try at least once!

Raspberry, rhubarb, passionfruit, and most fruits in general, maple, creaminess, cacao/dark chocolate, honey, coconut, and chai spices. I’m open to other flavoured teas but they can’t be cloying or fake/candy like.

Any smokiness at all, stevia, too much blackberry leaf, flowers (rose and jasmine), and ginger (except in chai).

Flavours that can go either way:
Hibiscus, vanilla, and peach.


Last updated March 2021.



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