652 Tasting Notes
I wasn’t kidding when I said i was going through old teas. My last review for this was four years ago, and here i am still with a tiny baggie of it.
Good news – I didn’t oversteep this time! I think i enjoy Darjeelings. I would like to make a point of trying some more in the future. This was a nice cup to start my morning with.
Where can I get a super delicious Darjeeling?? Any recommendations? (where shipping to Canada isn’t hilariously costly)
Sip down! I’ve been teleworking a few days a week lately and set my computer up in the kitchen, so I’m VERY close to all the teas and therefore have been drinking them like crazy. I’ve got the patio door open most of the time because SPRING…but it also makes me cold and I’m too stubborn to close it (again, because Spring)…so drinking tea warms me up. Also trying not to drink coffee everyday, which subsequently means more tea!
In doing all this I’ve been working on getting rid of older teas and small quantities I have left , this being one.
I hate the smell of this in the bag. Maybe it’s due to age but it smells very chemical and plasticky to me. I dumped the dry leaf I had left in my steeper to get rid of it in one shot. Tastes better than it smells for sure, but I’m glad to move on to something else!
I saved the empty bag of this tea which I recently finished, because I wanted to always remember how much I loved it. Pastry teas are my jam. Too bad it’s limited edition. I really should start making notes as I actually drink the teas…would you believe I can’t remember how it tasted a week ago??
I guess I can throw out the bag now.
As an aside, I’m pretty sure AQQT makes / has made most of my new favourite teas. Love this company.
ETA it’s my 650th tasting note!! Huzzah!! Hey Steepster just FYI I’d come around way more often if you’d make an app……
Another sample from Teavivre, the first oolong I’ve tried!
I always approach oolong thinking I am not a fan, but I forget that I have always enjoyed the green type, but not the roasted/dark sort. Not sure of the terminology for that, sorry.
This tea was packed amazingly well, and when I opened it the bag was full of little rolly twirly balls of oolong. I made a cup at work, and it was nice to watch it all unravel as it steeped.
I really enjoyed this. It’s floral and sweet and I was struck by how “creamy” it tasted. A nice thick mouthfeel. I never thought I’d say this about an unflavoured oolong, but I might have to put this one on my wishlist!
So glad to get to try all of these delicious teas!
As I was drinking this one I thought I should probably quit my job and move to China and beg someone at Teavivre to teach me everything about tea and give me a job :)
So, I guess that means this is quite the tea!
Another Spring 2017 green tea sample from Teavivre!
Of all the three greens I have tried so far, I found this one the greenest, least buttery and least sweet. I first steeped some in my Contigo to take to the movies and was surprised the lack of amazingness compared to the others, but thought maybe it was the mug not the tea, so I tried again at home.
It’s still good, but I didn’t get the sweet bready flavour burst with this one. A bit too vegetable like without the butter and sweetness I enjoy.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to try it, because it’s helping me decide which ones to wish list!
Very silly old sample but I did enjoy it, despite the waning flavours. I think it would be tasty and I’d like to try it again sometime, which is why I’m logging it, even though I’m so so sick of the Harney teas I still have, like Boston and Tokyo and Tower of London. Note to self, never buy 4oz of any one tea ever again because you are a fickle, fickle lady.
Another delicious green tea sample provided by Teavivre!
I brought this one to work because the Brew Guide said 194 degrees and I figured it would be less easy to ruin it using the crappy kettle at work than one that required a lower temp. Also because drinking tasty tea at work makes my day a little bit brighter!
I probably oversteeped this but it still wasn’t bitter. I found it mellow and sweet and still has the umami type brothy flavourful appeal that these fresh greens seem to.
Still need to do a great comparison between all of them to test myself on noting the differences, but as of now I’ll give this one a great big thumbs up for sure. I’m so spoiled now, freshly picked green tea leaves?! Yes please!! Forever!
I’m pretty sure Teavivre is the company that made me love green tea for the first time in my life. I used to think I hated it, because I was buying terrible dusty bagged tea and oversteeping it with boiling water.
Then I was introduced to Teavivre, including their fresh Springy green teas which still to this day embody everything I think a green tea should be. So when co-workers Ares having a discussion about how gross green tea is, I go dig in my stash and bring out a random Teavivre green for them to try, to see how good it can be.
I still wouldn’t say my tastes are refined enough to notice a huge difference between all the different varieties of green tea. That being said, when I received my samples that Angel/Teavivre recently generously sent me, this was the first one I went for.
Nothing in the world is as fresh as these teas are when you crack open a bag for the first time, the smell is so appealing to me, there’s something slightly bready about the smell of this one, and the taste. Umami is a good word. Whatever it is that my tastebuds want, this tea has that quality for me. I really enjoyed drinking all of one sample bag over the last two days and I’m glad I have another one. I think I will try to do a comparison with the greens later. I slightly oversteeped this morning because my three year old was distracting me, but it was still delicious. I think 4-5 minutes is the magic steeping time.
Bright green leaves, yellow when brewed. Fresh, nutty, vegetal, very green taste but also sweet.
So happy to receive these samples, looking forward to trying the others!!