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Picture of Organic Nonpareil She Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea

Organic Nonpareil She Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

77 / 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.

The dry leaf of this tea smelled amazing. The leaf looks thicker than most dragon ...

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Picture of Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea

Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Green Tea – Region: Jiangxi, China

87 / 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.

I can't even begin to describe how good the leaf of this tea smells...it's nutty, toasty, and vegetal, ...

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Picture of Premium grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing)

Premium grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

83 / 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.

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 ...

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Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Jun. 3rd, 2014

Wow. An excellent flavored tea for once!

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...

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Picture of Fengqing Wild Tree Yesheng Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake 2013

Fengqing Wild Tree Yesheng Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

97 / 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...

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Picture of 2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha

2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

93 / 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.

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...

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Picture of Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005

Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

83 / 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.

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...

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Picture of Fengqing Old Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013

Fengqing Old Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

73 / 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.

The dry leaf smells strongly vegetal, with tones of honey and camphor.

Brews a strong-flavored cup with a li...

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Picture of Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea

Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 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.

The dry leaf is very aromatic, with a peculiar aroma resembling caraw...

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Picture of Nonpareil Taiwan DaYuLing High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea

Nonpareil Taiwan DaYuLing High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

90 / 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.

Dry leaf has a strong floral fragrance, similar to other green oolongs from Taiwan. Upon brewing though, this tea becomes much more interestin...

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Picture of Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea

Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

97 / 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.

Dry leaf is tightly rolled and looks dark green with ...

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Picture of Superfine Taiwan Qing Xiang Dong Ding Oolong Tea

Superfine Taiwan Qing Xiang Dong Ding Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

90 / 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!

The dry leaf is very gr...

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Picture of Superfine Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea

Superfine Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 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...

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Picture of Superfine Taiwan Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong Tea

Superfine Taiwan Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 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.

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...

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Picture of Mengku Arbor Tree Ripened Puerh Cake Tea ZhenMu LingYa 2007

Mengku Arbor Tree Ripened Puerh Cake Tea ZhenMu LingYa 2007 from TeaVivre

Style: Ripened (Shu) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Sep. 3rd, 2013

A strange tea, with a lot going on.

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 ...

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Picture of Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea

Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

90 / 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.

The dry leaf smells amazing!!! It smells very bold and strong.

When brewed, ar...

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Picture of Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea

Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 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.

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...

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Picture of Taiwan Ginseng (Lan Gui Ren) Oolong Tea

Taiwan Ginseng (Lan Gui Ren) Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Ginseng Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

60 / 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.

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 ...

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Picture of Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea

Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Lu An Melon Seed – Region: Anhui, China

90 / 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.

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...

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Picture of Bi Luo Chun Green Tea (Pi Lo Chun)

Bi Luo Chun Green Tea (Pi Lo Chun) from TeaVivre

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: Jiangsu, China

93 / 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.

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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Picture of Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2005

Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2005 from TeaVivre

Style: Ripened (Shu) Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 5/10
May. 21st, 2013

I've had shu (ripened) Pu-erh of this age that I thought was exquisite, like the 2005 Jing Mai Autumnal I got from Tao of Tea, so I know it exists, but this cake didn't do it for me. I had a generous amount of samples, enough to experiment a bit with brewing, but I still didn't like it. The dry leaf has an aroma typi...

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Picture of Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea

Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
May. 14th, 2013

Very smooth, but not aromatic enough for me when brewed.

As usual with TeaVivre, the dry leaf is intensely aromatic, suggesting sweet and umami flavors. The leaf looks to consist exclusively of tips, with two very tiny leaves attached to a bud, the leaves hardly bigger than than the bud itself. Upon brewing though...

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Picture of Anxi Superfine Tie Guan Yin - Iron Goddess - Oolong Tea

Anxi Superfine Tie Guan Yin - Iron Goddess - Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
May. 9th, 2013

A very green oolong with a strong and lasting orchid aroma. Among my favorite green oolongs ever sampled.

A few years ago, when I knew considerably less about tea, someone brought a little packet of tea back from China and gave it to my mother as a gift. It was unbranded, marked only with "Guan Yin Wang", and had ...

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Picture of Fengqing Paddy Flavor Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2006

Fengqing Paddy Flavor Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2006 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 7/10
Apr. 16th, 2013

I found this tea to be a very enjoyable Pu-erh, typical for its age and unusual only in the degree to which it produced a tingling and numbing sensation on the palate.

I received a sample which was a mostly-whole piece broken off a Pu-erh cake. The leaves were largely intact and it was very easy to break apart with...

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Picture of Organic Tian Mu Mao Feng Green Tea

Organic Tian Mu Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Apr. 14th, 2013

I was expecting to like this tea a lot, and I just didn't. It wasn't terrible, but I liked it considerably less than a number of much cheaper teas, and than most of the other green teas I've sampled from TeaVivre.

Wiry dry leaf has an intense aroma, very fresh, and suggestive of savory qualities, but also highly ve...

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