338 Tasting Notes

90

Mixed reviews on this one hehe. I like it.

Thank you so much tea-sipper for sending me this. As many of you say, it is chocolatey but I really like the roasty toasty nutty flavor. It’s on the light side of maple but although I like maple, I don’t require very much of the taste to make things I eat or drink tasty. For example, on pancakes, I just spread a tablespoon on the top pancake lol. I wish I could say the same about butter! I can drown it in butter and be a happy camper. I’m a salty over sweet type of person so this tea was very very good to me. It is one of my favorites out of the whole wonderful package that tea-sipper sent me awhile ago. I’m going to put it on my wishlist for the future.

Hope all is well and safe with you.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Nuts, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Nice! You liked it! :D

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88

I have quite a bit of different Dan Cong tea from Yunnan Sourcing. After trying most of them, and other vendors as well… I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not the vendor but Dan Cong tea just isn’t for me. It’s far too flowery, perfumey-like for me. So please note that in my rating. You may find it to be a 95 if you love Dan Cong oolong. ^^

Setting that aside, hehe, the tea has large leaves that have a roasted aroma. The liquor is a deep clear brown with the aroma of stonefruits, honey. It has a thick mouthfeel, rich flavor, fruity with hints of stonefruits (peach, apricot) and apple notes. It’s quite flowery, has roasted seeds notes with notes of the sweetness of honey. There is a very long lingering taste of orchid at the end, a floral finish.

6g, 212℉, 110ml, 8 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s

Stay safe out there!

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Peach, Perfume, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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90

Quick additional notes: I finally tried it with a little half and half (1T in 16 oz), and one small drop of honey. It’s wonderful this way for a night drink. You still get the tart aftertaste followed with more creaminess. It balances it out even more to me. I know I said I was going to try it as a latte but haven’t got there quite yet lol. I’m drinking a lot of my TeaVivre teas lately, and feeling for them and other companies whose businesses are affected by Coronavirus.

Flavors: Creamy, Nutty, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Leafhopper

I feel for these companies too. Apparently, Teavivre has started shipping from their Chinese warehouse again, so I hope business picks up for them.

Kawaii433

Hi Leafhopper, yes and thank you! I saw that on twitter too :D.

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90

Very nice. :D Thank you tea-sipper!

Notes of baked bread, light caramel, vanilla, multiple fruit notes of berries, stonefruits, maybe some cherry notes. A little sweetness but not overwhelmingly so, malty, pretty bold and with a tsp of cream it was wonderful for breakfast. My darn stomach doesn’t like tea in the morning so much anymore /cry.

I hope you are all doing good. I’ve become quite a review-voyeur lol since I’m still working on sipdowns. I’m enjoying all of your reviews <3 as always.

Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Honey, Stonefruits, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
tea-sipper

Glad you like it! Their older flavoring for this was even better. I hope your stomach improves for your morning tea!

Kawaii433

Aww hehe well this one was very good so I am happy with it. Thank you! I am kind of getting used to a tsp of cream in my morning coffee. Since I started trying flavored, that’s what I drink in the morning since they go well with cream. After that, it seems I can drink any tea straight. :D

gmathis

I still have a little TOL left…have never tried it with milk. We may have to remedy that very soon!

Kawaii433

gmathis Let me know how you like it :D

gmathis

I did and I did!

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85

Dried leaves smelled of dried grass. Long light brown leaves. Liquor is medium amber with a molasses aroma. I like this tea a lot better gongfu. It’s rather complex so it changes throughout the infusions. Beginning with malt, sweet potato, molasses, a little mushroom and then as the infusions continued… A little cocoa, caramel, honey, and mineral notes. Sweet potato, malt, some baked bread throughout the infusions. I can’t determine what type of spice but there is a little spice in the finish (cloves?) and a cooling feeling on the tongue as well. Almost mint but not quite. If you like Yunnan black tea, you may want to give this one a try. ^^
6g, 212℉, 110ml
7 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Malt, Molasses, Spices, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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75
drank Toffee Rooibos Tea by Teavivre
338 tasting notes

Sipdown. Boy, are my sipdowns super slow. In the beginning, I bought way too much of a tea at a time.

The dry leaf smelled good, sweet caramel aroma. It brewed to a pretty deep red, liquor smells of caramel. To me though, the flavor came off as artificial. I do like that it wasn’t overly sweet, but this caramel/toffee flavor rooibos just wasn’t for me. To be fair, I admit that I’m not a huge fan of rooibos and I drink it for health purposes. The strawberry is by far the best of the three.

Preparation western brew: 12oz, 212 ºF, 5g, 5 mins

Flavors: Caramel, Sweet, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

The first time I tried it Cameron B. sent me some. Ah, I got to try this again. Thank you TeaSipper! Lightly cinnamon, just the right amount. I love Cinnamon but not overly done cinnamon that it masks all the other flavors. This was just right. Freshly baked apple hints, french toast, maple goodness, buttery, bready… And not overly sweet at all. Nice balance. This time I tried it was a splash of heavy cream. Oh my, a delicious breakfast for me today hehe.

Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Maple, Sweet, Toast

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

OH didn’t know you tried this one yet. I try to convert anyone and everyone to this one. :D

Kawaii433

I really loved it with the cream, tea-sipper!

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90

I am a fan of Jin Guan Yin. I have never tried Jin Guan Yin Black. Rich, complex tea with many different dried fruit notes. Fruity. Maybe some grape, melon notes. Throughout the infusions, I got some passionfruit, baked peach, stonefruits, fig. In the earlier infusions, some sweet notes, of caramel, sugarcane, honey with maltiness. Certainly, not your average “black” tea. It has a nice creamy textured mouthfeel and a lingering fruity, malty taste.

Gongfu, 6g, 200℉, 110ml
11 steeps: rinse, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s

Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Fig, Fruity, Grapes, Honey, Malt, Passion Fruits, Stonefruits, Sugarcane

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
tea-sipper

Sounds like a great one!

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85
drank Blueberry Shake by DAVIDsTEA
338 tasting notes

Like most of David’s Tea that I’ve tried. I have to do a pre-rinse because it is just too sweet (stevia) for me. I think most people won’t find it too sweet at all but I prefer teas with no sweetener. I like it much better with a splash of heavy whipping cream. Once I get rid of the extra sweetness, it’s yummy. It has a delicious baked berry flavor, very dessert-like.

Flavors: Almond, Blueberry, Fruity, Nutty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
AJRimmer

And here I am adding a whole tablespoon of fake sugar to every tea I drink, including this one. I’m a monster!

Kawaii433

hehe AJRimmer, well, you’re like my nephew then :D. He’s a monster too! <3

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85

I buy Goji berries (dried) all the time and I put them in homemade kefir jello and smoothies. I got this as a sample from TeaVivre and well, just like any other Goji Berry… If you make a tea out of it, all you taste is sweetness. It is natural sweetness. I can vouch for that because I tried making a tea out of my no sugar added organic goji berries that I have in the fridge and it was exactly the same. So, I’m just going to eat these straight because if you make a tea out of them, the berry taste doesn’t come out in the tea, just the sweet taste of the berry. I’m not going to dock the rating though because it is far too sweet for me because I’m sure people who enjoy Goji berry tea will love this too.

Flavors: Goji, Sweet

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Longtime casual tea drinker. In the past, mainly Sencha, Matcha. I’m currently into Oolong, Black & Pu’erh.

Gongfu cha is the main way I prepare my tea (gaiwan or Yixing teapot). I drink all tea… Usually unflavored. I do try some flavored now. I don’t like artificial sweeteners.

Favorite stores: TeaVivre, What-Cha, Mandala Tea, Yunnan sourcing, White2Tea, Lupicia. (Note: I love the teaware from TeaVivre and Yunnan sourcing.) Good experiences with 52Teas, Harney & Sons, Whispering Pines

Flavors I dislike are artificial flavors, especially artificial sweeteners. Strong lavender, violet, any strong floral-perfumey tea; cantaloupe, ripe papaya, sweet honeydew.

Can handle a little of the following: Rose, licorice, anise, jasmine, mint, spearmint, peppermint, leather.

Favorite flavors: Citrus fruits (especially grapefruit & tangerines), granny smith apple, bananas, guava, mango, tamarind, watermelon, stonefruits, all fruits except cantaloupe, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, creme, bread, nuts, toasted, roasted.

I generally don’t add anything to my teas.

As I explore, my ratings may shift. 90+ generally means I’ll keep it on my shelf.

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