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There’s something pleasant in regards to its light and floral flavors, but this is no prized experience. I had hoped that after the first few infusions, the tea would take on new heights, but it remained quite underwhelming to say the least. I tried to consider examples in which I would find myself drawn into this style of tea, but only one came to mind: if there I stood calloused by the mid July heat praying to quench an ungodly thirst. Being that it’s mid November, I am in no need to prepare for such an experience. This one is a pass for me.
I was very curious to try this tuocha. I used the Chinese gongfu method and the recommended steeping times on the Teavivre website (rinse, 20s, 15s, 15s, 30s, 50s, 80s, 150s). After an initial rinse and upon the first steep, I was left with a very pleasant experience. The rose notes leave the taste buds with a light, sweet floral finish.The color is rich, the aroma is earthy, and the mouthfeel is smooth. It was a pleasant experience to say the least.
Flavors: Earth, Floral, Rose, Sweet
I thought I had already reviewed all of Teavivre’s Keemun black tea offerings but somehow I missed this one. I’ve purchased their Grade 1 and Grade 2 Keemun teas in the past and enjoyed them both. I was surprised and happy to find this free sample packet from Teavivre when I opened my tea cabinet this morning.
When I opened the small silver foil container, an earthy and fruity aroma emanated from it. I followed the brewing instructions on the packet and steeped the short black leaves for five minutes at 185 degrees.
The finished brew had a dark gold color similar to motor oil. The odor was faintly sweet and fruity.
The taste of the tea was sweet with honey overtones. There also existed slightly floral and undefined fruity flavor characteristics. All of this merged perfectly together to form a sweet and mildly fruity taste experience with no astringency. The aftertaste continued this theme with gentle sweet and fruity attributes briefly floating on my palate.
The disposition of this tea is incredibly smooth. It is one of those fairly rare teas that I have to restrain myself from gulping down quickly. This is truly a tea that should be savored and enjoyed.
I don’t believe I have ever been disappointed with a Teavivre black tea. But, if I were forced to rank them in order of taste and smoothness, this one would be listed in at least my top three.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey
Purchased from Teavivre on a whim as pu’erh is a variety of tea that’s fairly new to me. I used the gong fu method to brew. To start, I gathered one tuocha, rinsed it, and then proceeded to give it time to open up on the first steep. The toucha is dense with an earthy scent and tones to match. I was reminded of the fragrance of alfalfa. The taste starts surprisingly mellow with a color that quickly resembles caramel. On the second steep, the color was darker and it took on a brothier scent, with a significantly dryer mouthfeel. For the third steep, the liquor was increasingly darker. The fragrance proliferated the gaiwan and the mouthfeel transformed into what I can only consider to be a ‘warm hug’. An interesting progression to say the least. I will spare you the details of every steep, and leave you with one simple note….this is an easy drinking tea, great for a cold day when you may find yourself in an explorative mood.
Now that my nephew is gone, I’m left with lots of flavored tea hehe but I always welcome rooibos because of the health factor too. This particular Chocolate Rooibos tea is creamy, smooth. It has a natural sweetness of cocoa, sweet earthy flavor, and has a gentle nutty taste. It’s also full-bodied and rich. It has a very nice warm cocoa and nuts aroma and some woody notes. I liked this one much better than the toffee. The toffee one was good but came off a little artificial and this one does not at all.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Earth, Nutty, Smooth, Wood
Was fortunate to get a sample of this one.
A bit of mystery here … Tasting results from a 5g sample:
A cat tea for me:
slightly sweet, and most importantly warm and comforting, appropriate for autumn …
Yet I was hoping for more, all in all…
Flavors: Sweet, Wood
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. I retired three days ago after working for over 50 years. I am optimisitic and hopeful about the rest of my life. I can’t think of a better way to contemplate the future than while sipping a new black tea sample, compliments of Teavivre.
When I opened the two-cup silver sample package and sniffed the rich earthy aroma of the unbrewed golden-tipped leaves, I knew I was in for a treat.
I followed the instructions on the package and brewed the leaves for five minutes at 185 degrees. The resulting liquor was a bright amber color. The odor was sweet with honey-like undertones.
The flavor of this tea was quietly sweet, with well-blended fruity, bread, and sweet potato attributues. The entire experience was remarkably smooth as silk with no astringency in its orbit. This was one of those teas that was so velvety serene that I had to restrain myself from gulping it down. There was zero astringency and the aftertaste was mild and welcoming.
This is an exceptional black tea that would be a pleasing addition to breakfast or afternoon desserts. It is very easy to see why it is an “award winning” selection.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Fruity, Honey, Sweet Potatoes
This white tea steeps into a light amber color with a pleasing sweet hay aroma. It has a hay taste on the front end that makes way into a strong melon flavor. The sweetness and melon flavor is a little overpowering for me. It is a decent tea, but it is not for me.
Flavors: Hay, Melon
Sweetness is a bit dilute. I will try to infuse this for a 4 minutes next time. Bold jasmine flavour which combines well with the white tea taste. The white tea has a sugary quality to the flavour. Slight creamy heaviness in the brew. Vegetal note in aftertaste.
Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, Vegetal
The first steep of this tea is quite yummy, malty cocoa goodness in a cup. The dry leaf looks a bit like chocolate gunpowder tea, the wet leaf smells like hay and cocoa. The problem I have with this tea is the amount of leaf I have to use to get that yummy taste and that the second steep is so watered down it’s like a different cup. I guess I expect this quality of tea to steep at least twice. When I have a light fluffy Oolong, green, or black tea, I don’t mind adding an extra scoop if it will give me a stronger brew. But when I have a dense tea like this, I guess I expect it to unfurl into lots of flavor, and I was just disappointed in this one.
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt
This tea has a subtle woody aroma. The taste is sweet and muted with flavors of honey and something else I can’t put my finger on. I am going to let it cool down some to see if it becomes discernible. There we go, it was chocolate powder drink. As it cools, the honey taste fades and it is replaced by chocolate. It is very Nesquikian in its flavor profile at the cooler temp. I liked it and I am glad I tried it, but it is not something that will make it into my rotation.
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey
Cold Brew Sipdown (697)!
I actually had intended to cold brew a different sample from Teavivre – a jasmine scented green tea. So, my first third or so of drinking this cold brew was spent just being completely perplexed as to why my cold brew didn’t taste floral/anything like jasmine at all. Finally I went and fished out the sample bag from the top of my garbage can and that’s when I realized I’d grabbed the wrong sample from my drawer…
This was still fine as a cold brew – just really not what I’d intended. More of a very generic green tea taste, but pretty smooth and delicate. Hints of fresh cut grass and raw green beans. Not my thing, really – and I likely would have enjoyed it more hot.
It is what it is though – mistakes happen.
This is a sample I found last night as I was making supper. We were having Japanese eggplant and red sweet pepper (from our garden) with carrot and onion tossed with Asian noodles and a lightly creamy sauce made with beef broth, soy sauce, and mayo. Since the meal had an Asian vibe even though it wasn’t strictly Asian, I thought I would pair it with a green tea rather than serving the sweet hibiscus tea already iced in the fridge.
Wow. This was amazing with the meal. When a green tea has some astringency or briskness, you can eat a fairly heavy or flavorful food and still REALLY taste the tea. This one came across as super sweet vegetal. Think of ultra sweet sugar snap peas. It also put me in mind of some raw corn on the cob that an old farmer at the state farmer’s market would entice people to try. It was so sweet, some people preferred it uncooked. THAT was what this tea reminded me of.
Once the food was gone, I kept sipping. Now the briskness is apparent, but not unpleasant. The flavor has a real mouth-filling richness.
I told my husband that my affection for this tea has tied it with my love for HuangShan Mao Feng. Alas, it is no longer available. Good thing I just got a big pouch of HuangShan in the mail….
I have tried several of Teavivre’s flowering tea blends. The three I was most impressed by was True Love Flower Tea, Two Dragons and a Pearl, and Osmanthus Dancing Flower Tea.
Osmanthus Dancing Flower Tea
- Osmanthus Dancing is a nice flowering tea. The small osmanthus buds float around adding whimsy and charm to the tea.
- The taste of this tea is smooth and fresh — the flavour call to mind hay, petals and a spring morning.
- The aroma is pleasant, and the smell of lily and osmanthus intermingle well.
Flavors: Floral, Vegetal
I have tried several of Teavivre’s flowering tea blends. The three I was most impressed by was True Love Flower Tea, Two Dragons and a Pearl, and Royal Lilly Flower Tea.
Two Dragons And A Pearl Flower Tea:
- You can taste the green tea, and flavours of the Globe Amaranth, Marigold and Jasmine in the tea.
- The aroma of flowers lingers in this tea and comes out in the taste, which is fresh.
- When the tea ball expands, the visual is dramatic and pretty! Two Dragons And A Pearl Flower Tea is a great tea to prepare when you have guests.
I have tried several of Teavivre’s flowering tea blends. The three I was most impressed by was True Love Flower Tea, Two Dragons and a Pearl, and Osmanthus Dancing.
True Love Flower Tea:
- The aesthetics of this tea are terrific. Watching this tea unfurrow is strikingly beautiful.
- Flowering tea doesn’t always allow for multiple good steeps. So, I appreciate that True Love Flower Tea allows for two steeps.
- True Love Flower Tea has a soft, mildly sweet, nutty flavour, and floral taste. It’s worth noting that the floral taste is well balanced and not overpowering.
Flavors: Flowers, Smooth
Thank you, Teavivre, for the sample of this tea! I’m finally ready to try it! Black teas are my favorite, particularly in the morning when I need to shake the cobwebs off of my brain.
I opened the silver rectangular sample package and was greeted with brown and golden brown leaves. The aroma was malty and like bread.
I steeped the leaves for three minutes at approximately 185 degrees as recommended on the package. The brewed color was a bright amber. The aroma was faintly sweet and malty.
The taste of this tea was mild and smooth. There also was a sweetness to malty and bread flavor attributes. The aftertaste was gentle and lingered for a few minutes.
Although I prefer to be jolted with bolder flavors in the morning to defibrillate my brain, I found this selection tasty enough to help me face the workday ahead. I liked it!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Sweet
Because of my restricted tea budget these days, I’m always on the prowl for sales. This month (August 2019) happens to be Teavivre’s 8th anniversary. Coincidentally, it is also my 8th anniversary for entering the scrumptious universe of loose leaf tea. When I saw ads for Teavivre’s anniversary sale, I considered it my destiny to make a purchase at this time.
I had never tried Golden Snail tea before. When I opened up the silver package, the leaves were dark brown and firmly curled with a multitude of golden points. The aroma was moderately rich and earthy.
I steeped the leaves according to Teavivre’s recommendations, eight minutes at 195 degrees. Actually, Teavivre recommends 194 degrees, but who’s counting? The brewed liquor had a deep amber color. The aroma had characteristics of a honey-like sweetness.
The taste of this tea was silky smooth with absolute zero astringency. It was full-flavored, yet mellow. An underlying sweet honey attribute was easily recognized but not disagreeable in any way. There also was an identifiable and quite pleasant Yunnan taste, which is one of my personal favorite tea flavors. The aftertaste was delicate and affable. It sweetly and quickly rolled off my palate.
This is a delicous and sweetly mild Yunnan black tea that I enjoyed at breakfast but could also be well-placed at brunch, lunch, and early supper. I would love to experience it with several Scottish tea biscuits (that I’m not supposed to have).
Flavors: Honey, Tea
This tea is “palace-grade” where they sift the shoot tips (the ‘golden buds’) for the tea after the pile fermentation step. Unlike other palace-grade tea, according to TeaVivre it is 100% pure palace-grade with no additives or substitutes, not a mixture. Sounds good to me. lol
The dry tea consisted of golden brown and dark leaves with not much of an aroma, to be honest. The liquor begins as a light red but becomes a very dark, bright red color. The taste is a very pleasant, clean, mild Puerh, with nutty, woody and smoke notes. There are sticky rice notes throughout the infusions, some cream. As usual with Menghai, there are the classic earth and mushroom notes in both aroma and flavor. Some slight bark notes, and sweetness developed somewhere in the middle. Many reviews said it wasn’t quite smooth enough for them. Maybe because they were from years ago but the one I tried was very smooth with no bitterness, mellow. Lots of notes of roasted nuts, mainly of chestnuts and walnuts. The sweetness was more like caramel, not honey. There is a thick slickness feeling on the tongue. Buttery almost. Maybe a little sticky. At the end of the sip, there is almost a mint or cooling feeling on the tongue. I enjoyed it. I think it’d be good for beginners because it has a very clean taste to it, not heavy on fermentation notes.
Gaiwan, 10g, 212℉, 110ml, 11 steeps: rinse, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s
Flavors: Bark, Chestnut, Earth, Mushrooms, Smoke, Walnut