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84

Aroma of dried dates and figs from the dry leaf.
Strong apricot flavour and sweetness in the brewed tea. Hint of spices.

Amazing floral bouquet on the lingering aftertaste on the second infusion at 4 minutes.

Flavors: Apricot, Dates, Fig, Floral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 13 OZ / 375 ML

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70
drank Mango Time Fruit tea by Teavivre
3077 tasting notes

From the swap with AJRimmer!  These samples are easy to get around to, since there are typically two servings til sipdown. :D  I was very intrigued by this fruity blend from Teavivre without hibiscus!  The ingredients here: apple, mango, dried coconut, chrysanthemum, and flavoring.  I would say the flavor is mostly sweetness with a hint of coconut.  Not so much mango, but also not really chrysanthemum or apple. I’d rather just be tasting mango and coconut anyway, so I think this is mostly what I wanted?  I just prefer the flavor to be much stronger.  I didn’t think there was enough flavor with a teaspoon and half for a mug so I would definitely at least use three teaspoons.   Had a really long second steep and the flavor was almost the same as the first steep.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling  // 3 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  40 min steep

Flavors: Coconut, Sweet

AJRimmer

I actually happen to be drinking this one right now! I definitely prefer it cold and overleafed!

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56

A perfectly average raw pu’erh. Nice to have on hand, but nothing I’m going to be scrambling to repurchase.

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87

This is yet another review from either July or August of 2019. It’s also probably going to be the last review I post today. I recall this tea being just a little past its prime when I got around to reviewing it, but it was still a very nice offering.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After rinsing 6 grams of the rolled tea leaves, I steeped them in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 8 seconds. This infusion was followed by 18 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 10 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and 20 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of apricot, peach, orchid, orange blossom, golden raisin, straw, and honey. After the rinse, I picked up new aromas of roasted almond, cream, vanilla, pastry, sesame, and custard. The first infusion introduced aromas of plum, violet, rose, lilac, and baked bread. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of apricot, peach, rose, orchid, honey, roasted almond, plum, vanilla, and orange blossom that were balanced by hints of lilac, baked bread, cream, straw, golden raisin, violet, butter, and tangerine. The subsequent infusions coaxed out aromas of tangerine, dandelion, grass, and orange zest. Stronger and more immediately detectable notes of tangerine, cream, baked bread, violet, and butter appeared in the mouth alongside impressions of minerals, Asian pear, white grape, orange zest, grass, watercress, and dandelion. There were also some pleasant hints of sesame, mint, pastry, and custard. As the tea faded, the liquor settled and emphasized notes of minerals, butter, cream, grass, baked bread, and orange zest that gave way to delicate impressions of vanilla, violet, apricot, dandelion, sesame, honey, peach, tangerine, and orchid before a cooling mint note kicked in and filled the mouth after each swallow.

This was a very unique and approachable Tieguanyin that also displayed tremendous depth and complexity. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out exactly what I was detecting with each sniff and swallow. I can only imagine how much more powerful and enjoyable this tea would have been had I tried it while it was fresher.

Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Baked Bread, Citrus, Cream, Custard, Dandelion, Floral, Grass, Honey, Mineral, Mint, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Orchid, Pastries, Peach, Pear, Plums, Raisins, Rose, Straw, Vanilla, Vegetal, Violet, White Grapes

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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49

Pretty standard ripe pu’erh. Not something I need to purchase again, but perfectly fine.

Flavors: Leather, Oak wood, Smoke

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30

Flavor is almost undetectable. No strong odor when brewed, despite odor of dried blossoms. Mild yellow green color tisane.

Flavors: Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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64

Thanks again for the swap, AJRimmer!  I’ve always wanted to try these Teavivre herbals, so I really appreciate this sample swap to try quite a few of them.  I think the name here hypes this one up a bit.  Overall, I’m tasting roselles that aren’t TOO tart, but with an underlying berry flavor and also something that tastes quite like herbs – though which herbs, I can’t tell.  The flavor could have been hints of cherry, but maybe I’m just imagining what a “Paris” tea might taste like.  The second steep was incredibly weak – hardly any flavor at all, but at least the roselles weren’t overwhelming?   I avoided looking at the ingredients list until finishing the second steep and was surprised to find some odd ingredients that didn’t match up with what I was tasting: Apple, Pineapple, Orange Peel, Grapes, Peppermint?  I definitely didn’t notice those.  But I suppose that slight herbal flavor could have been the peppermint.  Nothing special, but I’m happy to try it.
Steep #1  // 1 3/4 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling  // 3 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3 min steep

AJRimmer

When I was choosing which ones to buy, I picked all the ones with peppermint since I’m a huge fan and was disappointed to find that none of them really taste like peppermint. Oh well!

tea-sipper

Oops – but the plain mint from Teavivre is very good at least!

AJRimmer

Oh that’s good to know!

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70

This brews up bright red. The flavor is somewhat tart. It tastes like ripe peaches more than anything else. When given a short steep and sweetened enough, it tastes pretty decent, but not spectacular. I wish it weren’t quite so tart. I do find myself liking it enough to hang on to. I find the peachiness enjoyable.

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58

I haven’t been too impressed with Teavivre’s fruit tea options. They all taste pretty generically fruity and almost indistinguishable from each other. This one has the same red fruits flavor. It’s a little weak also, so I recommend overleafing. But I really can’t recommend this tea in general. It’s boring and not very tasty.

Nattie

Shame such a boring tea has such a fun name!

AJRimmer

I know!!

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88

It’s a very relaxing cup of tea with nice toasted rice and a seaweed-marine aroma. The liquor was a somewhat cloudy, golden yellow with green hues. The taste is delightful. A tasty genmaicha with very light bitterness and light astringency, delicately sweet but nothing artificial. Strong notes of toasted popped rice, popcorn, umami, vegetal, a delicate subtle sencha.

I’ve had it hot and cold brew. The cold brew has no bitterness. I prefer it hot.

Hope you are all doing well. :D

Flavors: Popcorn, Rice, Seaweed, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Umami

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 1 OZ / 16 ML
Nattie

Hope you are well, too! (:

Kawaii433

Thank you, Nattie! I’m doing well. <3

tea-sipper

hmm, they call this herbal but there is sencha?

Kawaii433

tea-sipper True lol. Never thought about that. Definitely has Sencha in it!

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76

Tea with breakfast today, courtesy of Sil. Thank you!

This is nice and bready but also the slightest bit Smokey which was unexpected. It also has a cocoa quality to it. It’s nice but with a name like it has, I expected more.

Sil

i’m so confused that this isn’t in my cupboard and i haven’t rated it…

VariaTEA

Perhaps it did not come from you. I wonder if it’s maybe directly from Angel then?!

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92

Sipdown 2020! 30/365

Was this from Sil? I’m not sure. I’ve had it for a while, and sipped it down last night – what a surprise! I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it reminded me a lot of roasted barley(?) teas I’ve had previously – really tasty, with lots of toasty, hay-y flavours. Kind of similar to hojicha or a rice-heavy genmaicha, but nuttier and toastier. All of a sudden, this is on my to-buy list…

Oversteeped the second infusion a touch, but it’s still totally drinkable, with lots of flavour. Not sure it will last for a third infusion, though.

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Good morning from the west coast.  

A gentle green tea that can be had upon waking without causing an upset stomach. I enjoyed the entire sample from tea-sipper over the course of last week as grandpa-style brews before eating breakfast.  Clean, sweet, beany-vegetal, nutty and toasty as long jing is known for.  Impressions of cream, grain and apricot. Never astringent.  It did, I think from the amount of loose trichomes, tear up my mouth a bit.  I remember having that issue with long jing in the past. The effect on my mouth cleared up after 2 days of sipping.  The calming aroma and flavor more than made up for that effect.

Thank you, tea-sipper :)

The garden is fully planted. Between the perennial growth and annual plantings, we have:

mandarin orange, lemon, loquats (too young to flower), pomegranate, pineapple guava, strawberries, blueberries, grapevines, honeydew, watermelon, avocado, native currant, quince, banana (it flowers but never fruits)
mints, parsley, thyme, oregano, bay tree, thai basil, cilantro, sage, borage, lemon balm, chamomile, lavender
chives, garlic, leeks, green onion, bulb onions, turmeric, ginger
arugula, chard, amaranth, bok choi, artichokes, fennel
yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, pole beans, beans for drying
sunflowers, roses, jasmine, honeysuckle

And those are just the edibles with multiple varieties of many plants. I don’t even know the extent of our flowers and succulents. I do have 8 or 9 Bay Area native trees and shrubs I’ll be planting today.

Flavors: Apricot, Beany, Chestnut, Cream, Grain, Green Beans, Nectar, Nutty, Soybean, Sweet, Toasty, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Sal-OOT! That’s not a garden, that’s a farm!

derk

It’s amazing how much you can fit in a 1000 square foot backyard. We don’t have much grass :P

Martin Bednář

I need to buy plane tickets to see all those edibles! I agree with gmathis, if you have those edibles and MORE then your lot must be huge!

Amazing, indeed amazing! And I like the note that you have local trees! That’s always better!

derk

Our backyard is probably closer to 1200 square feet. I’ll have to send you some photos, Martin, once everything starts taking off. All the local plants will be going in the front and side yard. Those are surprisingly barren in comparison to the back yard.

gmathis

And P.S. I’ve tried this and really liked it. Dragonwell is my favorite green variety.

ashmanra

Wow. WOW! That’s sounds absolutely awesome and amazing.

Martin Bednář

It’s smaller than I thought. But I would gladly accept the photos :)

Leafhopper

Wow! Your garden sounds amazing!

gmathis

Amen to less mowing!

derk

The best part about having a garden so abundant is sharing the harvest. I can’t take credit for most of the variety because my housemate has been here tending garden from lawn for 11 years. She takes care of layout and some of the planting (we have a lot of inter-planting) and fertilizing. I deal with weeding, the drip irrigation system and building/fixing/moving heavy stuff/breaking ground. We’re a prolific team.

derk

gmathis, dragon well sure is an agreeable tea, though I’ve had some difficult to brew. And as mowing is my job and our lawn ryegrass my most offending allergen, I couldn’t agree more.

derk

My dream is to turn one part of the front yard into a small stonefruit orchard but there’s this giant palm tree in the way.

tea-sipper

You’re welcome! :D I was trying to think of the word for trichomes this very day. haha. AND THAT GARDEN. Wow. That’s a lot of work but I hope you get much reward from it!

mrmopar

I have a feeling this will be worth its weight in gold this Summer. I have a feeling fresh produce will be in short supply. We have ours in the ground as well.

Leafhopper

I agree, fresh produce might be in demand this summer. My favourite Thai restaurant has already run out of basil. Maybe you could start a side business selling herbs, fruit, and veggies!

derk

mrmopar, I wish I knew more about our country’s food supply chain. On one hand, it seems the major US farms produce enough to feed the citizens. A lot (vague, yeah) is exported to other countries. I’ve seen headlines of massive food waste on the farmers’ end because the demand isn’t there. On the other hand, who knows how all this will pan out. So many customers at work are growing gardens for the first time. Our nursery can’t keep up with the demand for seed packs and vegetable starts. I wonder how apartment and city dwellers will be effected.

Leafhopper, I wish it were enough to sell. It’s more realistic to say our harvests feed 2 or 3 of us and supplement the meals of a handful of friends and coworkers. I make a terrible businessperson since I’m more willing to give away everything than make a dollar.

Leafhopper

That makes sense. I’m sure your friends will be extra nice to you this summer. :D

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91

This is a very grassy and floral Tie Guan Yin. There isn’t much of buttery and cooked green leafy vegetable notes, but plenty of lilac and violets.: very clean and refreshing. It has a strong lilac and white lily aroma, re-steeps well (that is when SOME buttery notes do creep in) and has a nice lasting aftertaste.

All in all, it is a very good representative of the grassy TGYs. Bonus points for being quite affordable. The only thing that keeps it from being amazing is that it does not have that vast, never-ending complexity of the very top teas.

Flavors: Flowers, Grass, Violet

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86

This is a relatively new addition to Teavivre black teas that did not impress neither the members of the Steepster community nor the reviewers on the Teavivre site. And I can see why: this is a smooth, understated tea without any single flavor or aroma jumping forward and grabbing your attention. The main taste components are malt, cherry, hay and gentle sweetness. It has a mild sweet and flowery aroma and does not re-steep well.

However, I think that this tea is good in its own right: I sometimes want a simple pleasant and smooth tea that is sweet and soothing. It is well-balanced and while not super-complex is good as a drink to sip while working or as a desert tea.

Flavors: Cherry, Hay, Malt, Sweet

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65

The main flavors here are a slight tartness and a jello-like flavor. I’m finding myself wishing I hadn’t bought so many large bags of fruit tea from a company I hadn’t ordered from before, though I hear their pure teas are much better. This isn’t bad, but it’s very generic.

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66

Thanks so much, AJRimmer!  I always wanted to try so many of the blends you sent!  This one included.  I envisioned a dark forest with this — maybe plums? I guess dark fruits, which sounds like a divine blend.  Looking at the ingredients, not really plums — grapes!  And not many more fruits here… which is misleading, other than apple.  The blend of ingredients LOOKS dark anyway.  I can’t really taste apple.  Mostly rosehips with a hint of mint.  I really wanted more here, but at least the rosehips aren’t overpowering.   The second steep is lighter, even with a longer steep, but again, I’m just glad it isn’t overpowering rosehips.  Hopefully the other Teavivre herbal blends are also able to tame the rosehips.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 7 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  6 min

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84

Tried it again, this time with much softer water.
So much better.
Taste of custard and so much more.
To sum it up: use soft water!

Flavors: Custard, Nutty

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84

It seems most / all the reviews are 6+ years old. Maybe the vintage makes quite a difference here. I am reviewing the 2018 vintage . I would be interested to read new reviews. You guessed it: this ‘premium dragon well’ did not live up to my expectations. It is supposed to be ‘award-winning’ (Golden leaf award). Yet it does not deliver that much bang to me.
There is nuttiness, sweetness. But too subtle, thus too bland to me.
4g, 220 ml, 85° C increasing, 40s, 60s, 60s, 80s, 120s, 150s, 180s, 5min, 10 min

Flavors: Bok Choy, Chestnut, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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84

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75
drank Toffee Rooibos Tea by Teavivre
676 tasting notes

The toffee flavor mixes well with the rooibos and comes out pretty strong. The flavor is simple, but heavy. I like it, but probably wouldn’t order it again. The resteep is tasty. The packaging for the samples is just terrible, though I understand that resealable pouches are much more expensive to produce.

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