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Kelsey

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Member since Jan. 28th, 2012. Reviewed 142 teas.

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Picture of Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea

Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea from TeaVivre

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Oct. 9th, 2014

Eh, this one wasn't bad, not my favorite though. I didn't notice anything outstanding here. I was expecting more of a floral smell than it produced, and more flavor. It reminded me of a light green tea, similar to what Emily suggested.

I will give extra points for this being organic!

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Picture of Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013

Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Oct. 9th, 2014

My entire thought while drinking this was "nothing beats knowing that I'm drinking tea from an ancient tea forest; how cool is that?!" I liked it! It was a nice brew.

The dried leaf does a have a fruity smell, like Alex suggested, not sure if I'd call it grape. The tea once brewed didn't have much of an aroma, ...

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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 (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 5/10
Oct. 6th, 2014

This tea was meh. I was expecting a little more from it and slightly disappointed. There wasn't much flavor and not much of a scent either, and I'm all about aroma with tea, even if it is "damp basement" smelling pu-erh, which is what I was told to expect. I work with old books and things, so I kind of like that sme...

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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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Oct. 6th, 2014

This tea was great! I got three brews out of it, all well flavored. The third was quite possibly the best. The second brew was a little too light for me,which could have been because I steeped it for a shorter time with cooler water. I loved the vegetable tones and how smooth it was!

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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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 11th, 2013

I thought this tea was great. I could rave about it, but will settle for saying I loved the hint of flowers in the smell and the hearty vegetable soup taste it left in my mouth... practically a meal in itself. Now I just need to know, where can I buy some? Sign me up, I'm there!

PS I agree with Alex, definitely n...

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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

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Aug. 19th, 2013

It's been a long time since I've had a Dragon Well. I thought this was a good sample, yummy and mellow, and nice to relax with at lunch... albeit a little pricey for everyday. It reminded me a little of pea soup, in a good way mind you. I didn't taste chestnut hints, as the description suggestions, but I'm not disap...

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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 (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Aug. 19th, 2013

This tea had a nice roasty and dark taste. I liked it's strength, not too strong and not too mellow. I thought this tea was good. I haven't had many other puerh teas to compare it with!

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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

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Jun. 25th, 2013

Now this was more my type of green tea! While not my favorite, I thought it was much better than the last Teavivre green I had, Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng.

Brewing a light green color, this tea was smooth and subtly flavored. I thought it tasted great both as a hot and cold tea.

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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

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 5/10
Jun. 25th, 2013

While I hate to review one of Teavivre's teas so poorly since I'm usually a big fan, this particular tea was not for me! This tea didn't have much of a smell or a taste. I brewed it a couple of times, with different temperatures and steeping lengths, each time it was the same, tasting more like hot water than tea to ...

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Picture of Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
May. 31st, 2013

I thought this tea was superb! I brewed it for a short amount of time and have no complaints -- no bitter aftertaste, subtle flavor, silky smooth texture -- this tea was great for sipping and relaxing with at lunch. It was even good to drink when cool. I look forward to having this again!

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Picture of Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea

Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
May. 15th, 2013

I thought this tea was exquisite and would drink it again! The flavor was smooth and rich with no bitter aftertaste -- excellent quality in my book. It had a peculiar taste for an oolong, to me it seemed to have a more complex flavor than others that I've tried. I have my own personal hangup with the price, as it do...

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Picture of Organic Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea

Organic Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Mar. 17th, 2013

I thought this tea was really good. The smell of the dried leaf was fresh and grassy, and the taste of the tea was equally fresh. At first, I didn't think it was terribly outstanding, until I had a second cup- I was impressed that the second brew was just as good as the first!

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Picture of Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea

Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 6/10
Feb. 9th, 2013

I thought this tea was good for a basic black. The flavor wasn't as complex as the description suggests. I noticed more of a smokey taste than floral and fruity undertones. I enjoyed this tea overall, but I probably wouldn't buy it on my own for its listed price.

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Picture of Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip

Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 7/10
Sep. 7th, 2012

I liked this tea a lot. It had a subtle flavor and was really smooth. I thought the tea smelled a little like cooked greens, which I like, so I had no problem with that. I probably wouldn't pay the price, but I can see why others would, it's a high quality tea.

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Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
May. 17th, 2012

This is the best green tea that I've had yet, and possibly my favorite tea! Paired with lunch on a hot day, I was extremely satisfied by its taste! It was refreshing and smooth, and had no bitterness whatsoever ( which is one of my usual complaints with tea). While it is a little pricey, I feel like this tea is wort...

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Picture of Bailin Gongfu Black Tea

Bailin Gongfu Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 23rd, 2012

I'm always complaining about black teas have a strong bitter taste so I really liked that this tea was smooth and mild. I never understood how a tea could be "bready" but this tea really does smell like bread! I really enjoyed drinking it and would recommend it to anyone who thinks Black Tea is too strong.

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Picture of Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei)

Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei) from TeaVivre

Style: Chun Mee – Region: Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 23rd, 2012

I thought this tea was mild and smooth, and it didn't leave a bitter taste in my mouth. Overall I found it refreshing and would recommend it to others who like green tea.

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