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Style: Shou Mei – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 29th, 2014
I loved this. I love Shou Mei, and this was the first example of it I tried in compressed form. It was definitely one of the best samples of Shou mei that I've tried.Read Full Review
The dry leaf of this cake has a moderate smell of dried fruit, with a hint of fermenting fruit in there. It's not the most aromatic of TeaVivre's t...
Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Aug. 27th, 2014
Another superb tea! And how completely different this tea is from last year's batch! Multifaceted, complex, surprisingly floral in aroma, with a very pleasing flavor, able to be infused many times.Read Full Review
The dry leaf has an explosion of aroma, sweet, springy, suggestive of a tippy, spring harvest green tea, but followed...
Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: China73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Aug. 19th, 2014
An intriguing blend that I liked a lot. I had no idea what to expect, but I was pleased. Without a doubt, my favorite flavored or blended white tea yet.Read Full Review
The dry leaf has a very strong smell, suggestive of baked goods, like a pie or tart, perhaps with raspberry, strawberry, or lemon, and then fading into an aroma s...
Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 14th, 2014
Hello, concord grape! The dry leaf of this tea smells initially like a sweet, tippy spring green tea, but this is followed by an intense fruitiness strongly suggestive of concord grape. Tea often smells like grape to me, but more often it is the muscatel grape of Darjeeling or Bai Hao oolong, or the deep raisin notes...Read Full Review
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 12th, 2014
A top-notch white peony tea that I found a bit tricky to brew: aromatically complex, but easy to oversteep. If considering the aroma alone, this would be among my favorite white teas ever, but the experience of drinking it was slightly less than top-notch, I'd say only solidly good, not excellent.Read Full Review
The dry leaf is i...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 8/10
Jun. 16th, 2014
This is now the fifth long jing or dragon well that I've reviewed from TeaVivre. I strongly preferred the Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian, which I reviewed last year, to this one, and even slightly preferred the lower "Superfine" grade.Read Full Review
The dry leaf of this tea smelled amazing. The leaf looks thicker than most dragon ...
Style: Green Tea – Region: Jiangxi, China87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Jun. 6th, 2014
A brisk, potent green tea that I found was equally good for morning or afternoon drinking. I can't see everyone liking this, as many Americans seem to prefer milder tasting green teas, but this is my type of tea.Read Full Review
I can't even begin to describe how good the leaf of this tea smells...it's nutty, toasty, and vegetal, ...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Jun. 5th, 2014
This is the lowest-priced of the dragon well teas I've tried yet from TeaVivre, and it's still top-notch, although slightly less complex.Read Full Review
As soon as I opened the package, I was met with a wonderful aroma of fresh green tea, with a strong nutty quality. The leaf is beautiful: long, intact, vibrant yellow-green, and ...
Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Jun. 3rd, 2014
Wow. An excellent flavored tea for once!Read Full Review
I was intrigued to try this tea, in large part because TeaVivre tends to focus on traditional unflavored teas.
The leaf has a strong aroma of peach, and I notice little else, neither jasmine nor the base tea, but the peach smells rich and natural, like dried peaches rathe...
Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 10/10
Mar. 24th, 2014
Wow. Exceptional, unique. The dry leaf of this smells completely unlike any other tea I've tried...and so does the cup when brewed. The leaf smells like honey and flowers, but with a smoky quality. Definitely the smoothest raw Pu-erh I've ever had that was effectively un-aged (being less than a year old when I trie...Read Full Review
Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 23rd, 2014
This is among my favorite Pu-erhs that I've ever sampled.Read Full Review
This cake has a very fine leaf, tightly packed, and is tricky to break apart. I'm glad TeaVivre had already broken it off for me for the sample.
The dry leaf has a pleasant aroma, like caramel with a hint of worcestershire sauce, and still some remnants o...
Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 18th, 2014
This is just about my favorite age range of Pu-erh: aged but still relatively young.Read Full Review
The compressed leaf is not very aromatic, and is devilishly hard to break apart. Thankfully TeaVivre already broke off this sample for me, but just judging by the texture of the compressed leaf, this one looks like it would be anno...
Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Mar. 5th, 2014
This tea is the youngest raw Pu-erh that I've consumed to date. Like I'd expect, it is potent, but it's smoother and more drinkable than even some Pu-erh I've tried that has been aged by a few more years.Read Full Review
The dry leaf smells strongly vegetal, with tones of honey and camphor.
Brews a strong-flavored cup with a li...
Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 3rd, 2014
A fascinating tea, resembling caraway and rye crackers, but complex and smooth. This tea got my attention in an unusual way: most of the high-end Yunnan black teas are gold or pure gold variants, mostly or all tip. This tea had an all-dark leaf.Read Full Review
The dry leaf is very aromatic, with a peculiar aroma resembling caraw...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 10th, 2013
My first time sampling Da Yu Ling, this was unexpectedly complex and interesting. It had a gingerbread and molasses quality that I've never before encountered in an oolong.Read Full Review
Dry leaf has a strong floral fragrance, similar to other green oolongs from Taiwan. Upon brewing though, this tea becomes much more interestin...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 10/10
Nov. 19th, 2013
This tea was top-notch and was definitely the strongest of the Taiwanese oolongs I've tried yet from TeaVivre, both in aroma and flavor. Very bold flavor, yet while having a clear liquor, smooth mouthfeel, and refined floral fragrance, without any off qualities.Read Full Review
Dry leaf is tightly rolled and looks dark green with ...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Nov. 12th, 2013
A very green (modern green style) oolong of very good quality! TeaVivre informes me that "Qing Xiang" means the tea is unroasted; I've seen this term refer to the floral fragrance of a green oolong--and this tea definitely delivers on such a claim. Yet another top-quality tea from TeaVivre!Read Full Review
The dry leaf is very gr...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Oct. 18th, 2013
I enjoyed this oolong but, in contrast to the Dong Ding I recently sampled from TeaVivre, it did not jump out at me as outstanding quality, and it was perhaps a bit too smooth or mild for my tastes. I also found it was comparable in overall character to other examples of Ali Shan oolong that I've gotten for a much low...Read Full Review
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Oct. 9th, 2013
Definitely among the best oolongs I've sampled. Exceedingly pleasant, easy to brew and drink, and I'd imagine it would also be being pretty accessible.Read Full Review
This tea is marked as "moderately roasted"; it seems to tend slightly toward the greener side., close to what I've seen called a "traditional green" oolong, or a li...
Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Sep. 3rd, 2013
A strange tea, with a lot going on.Read Full Review
Aroma of the dry cake is unimpressive, even slightly unpleasant, but when I brew it, it becomes much better tasting. It looks attractive at least, with a lot of golden tips.
Besides the dusty tones reminiscent of a damp basement (which are most evident before actually sipping ...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 10/10
Jun. 15th, 2013
This is my favorite Dragon Well ever sampled, and the third top-notch dragon well tea that I've tried from TeaVivre. This tea tasted more similar to TeaVivre's organic offering than their Superfine Pre-Ming Dragon Well Long Jing Tea.Read Full Review
The dry leaf smells amazing!!! It smells very bold and strong.
When brewed, ar...
Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Jun. 7th, 2013
An old review that I had planned on posting and that somehow slipped through the cracks.Read Full Review
The dry leaf of this tea was not very aromatic, which was a first for me among teas from this company, which normally are intensely fragrant, immediately when opening them. The tightly-rolled, dark colored leaves had only a fai...
Style: Ginseng Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Jun. 7th, 2013
It's been a long time since I tried a ginseng oolong, so I'm not the most experienced reviewer of this type of blend.Read Full Review
Dry leaf shows a dusty appearance, and has a strong but muted aroma, suggestive of greener oolongs, but perhaps more woody and earthy.
Upon brewing, the aroma is predominately of oolong and the ...
Style: Lu An Melon Seed – Region: Anhui, China90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Jun. 3rd, 2013
I'm starting to think I really like this type of green tea. The first sample of it, from Upton, I liked very much, and this one I like even better.Read Full Review
The dry leaf has a strong and very pleasant aroma, one I'd describe as earthy and herbaceous, and suggestive of sweetness.
This has a richer and bolder flavor than m...
Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: Jiangsu, China93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
May. 28th, 2013
An outstanding green tea and the best example of this type of tea, Bi Luo Chun, that I've sampled yet.Read Full Review
Dry leaf is very dusty, consisting of tender-looking curls of leaf tips, and is beautifully fragrant, suggestive of sweetness, with a strong nutty quality and a hint of smokiness.
Upon brewing, I found this tea ...
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