One sip and I was like “I’ve had this before”. It tastes very much like raisins. Raisins and rye bread. It’s quite nice. Thank you Angel for sending me a sample of this to try!
“Sipdown (352) One sip and I was like “I’ve had this before”. It tastes very much like raisins. Raisins and rye bread. It’s quite nice. Thank you Angel for sending me a sample of this to try!” Read full tasting note
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“The aroma oddly reminds me of a Cherry Vanilla Coke. The flavour fulfills the promise made by the aroma but the soda has gone flat and woody. The cocoa/chocolate note is prevalent and...” Read full tasting note
“Kinda hurried today, but these are my thoughts on this one: For the first few steeps, I get primarily freshly baked bread with a touch of chocolate. After the third steep, there’s more of a...” Read full tasting note
Origin: Longlin County, Baise City, Guangxi, China
Dry Leaf: Well twisted strips covered in golden tips
Aroma: Pekoe flavour, notable fruity aroma (litchi, mango, longan)
Liquor: Bright and clear, orange-yellow in color
Taste: The sweet aroma is introverted and long-lasting,
with notable floral and fruity fragrance;
sips come in sweet and refreshing taste, smooth and soft
Tea Bush: Bai Hao Tea Tree
Tea Garden: Yaming tea garden
Caffeine: Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)
Storage: Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place
Shelf life: 36 months
Company description not available.
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One of the benefits of ordering tea from Teavivre is they allow you to select free samples of their teas with your order. This presents the opportunity to take other choices from their constantly growing lineup out for a spin.
The description of this Jinhao Golden Tip Black Tea intrigued me because it advertised a possible wide range of flavors to be experienced. I also chose this one because black tea is my favorite due to higher caffeine content and (usually) more robust flavors than the less oxidized types.
I opened the silver sample package and found long black and golden leaves inside. The aroma was rich and leathery like a lot of Chinese teas.
I brewed the leaves at 195 degrees for five minutes. (I am unable to steep at the recommended 194 degrees since my automatic tea maker was not designed with this temperature selection. Close enough.)
The final product had a golden brown color. The aroma had sweet and malty characteristics.
My first sip had a fleeting flavor like English Breakfast tea. Then, out of the multitude of tastes noted for this tea, my palate was able to pull three out of the hat: malt, fruit, and bread. The flavor was blended so well that I had to truly focus my taste buds to dissect it into separate entities. The end result was also sweet, smooth, and hardy.
With my first few sips, I thought I was experiencing just a tad of astringency. However, this sensation completely settled down before I was half way through my first cup. I believe Angel’s comment on the Teavivre website explains this part of the ride: “This is a rare infusing-durable organic black tea with charming fruity fragrance and sweet taste. The taste will turn mellower as time goes on.”
All in all, I found this tea to be a unique and tasty blend. After my first few sips, I just sat back and enjoyed it.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Fruity, Malt
The aroma oddly reminds me of a Cherry Vanilla Coke. The flavour fulfills the promise made by the aroma but the soda has gone flat and woody. The cocoa/chocolate note is prevalent and dark.
All-in-all, it’s not my favourite Chinese cocoa-black tea, but it’s still a lovely cup to cozy up to on a rainy fall day.
Steep Count: 3
(2017 spring harvest)
Flavors: Cherry, Clay, Cocoa, Malt, Vanilla, Wood
Kinda hurried today, but these are my thoughts on this one:
For the first few steeps, I get primarily freshly baked bread with a touch of chocolate. After the third steep, there’s more of a honey-like flavour. Deliciously smooth throughout, with no bitterness or astringency. First steeps around 2-3 minutes, later ones around 3-4 minutes, always in boiling water, no additions.
Another excellent tea from Teavivre, would absolutely, definitely purchase again.
Third steep. All of the steeps have gone down so easily. Not bitter or astringent, just smooth and tasty. Even without milk and-or sugar. I’ve got one serving left in my sample pack. It’s a definite favourite, and once I have a little money flowing again, this is one that is going to be ordered in a larger size.
I did a red tea tasting:
This was a very fluffy and large leafed tea. The fuzzy golden curls gave off a baked bread aroma with sweet coco, cherry, and vanilla mixed together. The tones were very sweet and smooth. I warmed my gaiwan up and placed these inside. The aroma inside my gaiwan reminded me of angel food cake and cherry coke. The scent was sweet but “bite-y”. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The drink was smooth and easy to sip on. The texture was thick on the tongue and had a sweet “breadiness” to it. The base was of soft wood along with caramel and resin on top. The next steeps cause the tea to get a bit maltier, but it still carried a good smooth taste. I liked this tea.
It’s multiple photos, so you have to scroll to see them all:
Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cherry, Malt, Resin, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood
This was another free sample from Angel at Teavivre thank you!! As it’s a Saturday, I figure it’s early enough for me to have a black tea. This is my pick, I brewed it Western Style for 3 mins with 195 degree water.
The smell is honeyed and reminiscent of a golden tip tea, which is good. It smells pretty light, not overly rich which is good. Wanted something warming yet not too heavy as it’s the first tea of the day.
As for flavor; this is good! It’s different – the honey notes of other golden tip teas is there but it’s overall lighter in effect. There is a fruitiness, some type of dried fruit, with a light astringency enhancing that flavor. Just what I wanted this morning- a lighter textured Chinese black tea :)
Overall, I like this, it’s just different enough from my other black teas that it’s a refreshing change. It reminds me of warmer days, something like spring. It is also melding spectacularly with my breakfast of steel cut oats, which I sweetened with honey, it’s not overpowering but a good match. Thanks again for the sample Angel!
My goal this year is to write one review per day. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep on this, but we shall see….I wanted to drink 4-5 teas yesterday (and I had); however, I cannot recall anything from the sessions had with the exception of this and another tea.
As I read through my notes on this session, I noted that I hadn’t followed the brewing instructions (194 F for 3-5 minutes). I’m assuming this would’ve been more excellent brewed western style (?); however, I threw the entire sample into my 150 ml Gaiwan at 195 F water w/quick steeps.
I had notes of cocoa, dried plum (?), raisins, malt, and the tea having a thick body.
I’m usually skeptical with brewing black tea and/or having a black tea. 90% of the flavors out there are usually rated at an average 0-60 for me; however, the 10% that remains is usually on the higher scale from 80-95%. It really has to be good for me to consider it, or to truly enjoy it. And despite the ratings of this tea, I think I’m one of the few that likes it as much as I do. There are notes beyond the maltiness (which I must say malt is what turns me off from black tea—cough Assam cough) that gives this tea a unique balance within the black tea spectrum. However, it isn’t as highly favorited as say, Laoshan Black, but it is on the higher end of my rating scale (75%; average). Overall, I like it. I’d drink it from time to time, but it’s neither a daily drinker nor a ‘never have again’ tea.
Thank you for the samples, Teavivre! Another solid black tea from Teavivre. The dry leaves are very unique — they look like wild tea with HUGE, wiry leaves, tangled together in shades of black and gold. The scent of the dry leaves have a hay-in-the-field quality. The flavor is a little like that as well, with a medium flavor strength and starchiness (like sweet potatoes!) I’ve been really enjoying the sweet starchy aftertaste of black teas lately! The first time I had this tea, I didn’t think I used enough leaves. But I think because the leaves are so huge (the biggest leaves I’ve ever seen in a tea) the tea has a lighter flavor from the big leaves, just like a CTC tea has a stronger flavor because of the tiny leaves. But stronger does not mean better. Since I probably used a teaspoon more on the second steep session, the steeps were richer in flavor, though still tough to pick out individual flavor notes each time. Simply a satisfying black tea. I think I used close to Teavivre’s parameters minus a teaspoon. I wouldn’t say this is the best black tea from Teavivre, but it is VERY hard to decide which is the worst.
Steep #1 // half of a sample for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep