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(13 reviews)
Picture of 10-Year Aged Raw Pu-erh Brick Tea (2005)

10-Year Aged Raw Pu-erh Brick Tea (2005) from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

I'm not sure how others determine their point ratings for tea, but for me, an 85 is an above-average everyday tea. At first, when I tried this, I didn't like it. Something about the notes just didn't appeal to me. It took getting more used to rougher, young raw pu-erh for me to really start to appreciate this one. It ...

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Picture of Fengqing Ancient Tree Spring Chun Jian Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2012

Fengqing Ancient Tree Spring Chun Jian Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2012 from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

When the holidays came around (and the holiday sales) and I was treating myself to one of the more expensive cakes, I picked this one out of all of those available on TeaVivre. The reason that I picked this one was that it's drinkable now, it tastes like it has potential for the future (not all currently drinkable cake...

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

I'd rate this one pretty high, but most of the flavor is in the breath, not in the taste itself. I think it's a matter of personal preference as to whether one prefers one, the other, or both. I prefer both because it gives more of a rounded experience. This just doesn't have enough in the taste to appeal to me. There ...

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Picture of Menghai Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2018 - Dog Year

Menghai Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2018 - Dog Year from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

42 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 26th, 2018

I'm rewriting this review because I just gave the Dog Year tea another try and I was happier with it this time. Months ago, it was too smoky and unpalatable. It tasted nothing like the Monkey Year tea. But, after time, it's evolved. I had a sample and for part of the past few months, it was in the sample pouch. I event...

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Picture of Fengqing Daohua Xiang Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013

Fengqing Daohua Xiang Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 24th, 2018

When I first tried this tea, I used a Western brewing method and it came out terribly. At that point in time, I also had very little experience with the bitterness of younger raw pu-erh. Well, I let some samples of this sit around for about six months to a year and gave it another try. I was so happy I tried this again...

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Alex

(45 reviews)
Picture of Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong

Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

79 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

The name is accurate: it does smell like honey and flowers. Like Teavivre's Ya Shi Xiang and Da Wu Ye, it has a creamy mouthfeel and sweet, fruity taste. However, I'm not sure it's worth the price considering the cheaper Da Wu Ye from Teavivre or the cheaper and likely better Mi Lan Xiang from both Yunnan Sourcing and ...

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Picture of Da Wu Ye (Big Dark Leaf) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong

Da Wu Ye (Big Dark Leaf) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

Bright floral aroma, creamy mouthfeel. Later infusions have a note of peach with a mildly spicy finish. Pretty much a stereotypical Dancong. I'd recommend this to someone who has never tried one before. If you have, there's nothing new here, but I don't think there's really anything bad about it either unless you're us...

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Picture of Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

I like floral teas, but this was a little too floral for me. Great creamy mouthfeel, though.

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Huang Guanyin (Yellow Goddess) Wuyi Rock Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

The dark chocolaty, floral aroma of the dry leaves is honestly the best thing about this tea. I spent a lot of time trying to get it to taste like it smells. I can get close with a lower temperature and the right brewing time, but it's never exact. Most of the time, the taste is slightly fruity and a little less roasty...

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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 (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 12th, 2018

Nutty and umami. I don't have much to say about this, but it really is a great tea even though I rarely drink Chinese greens.

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Picture of Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Puerh

Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Puerh from TeaVivre

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

76 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 27th, 2018

I'll be surprised if I ever give more than 3 stars for aroma in a ripe puerh review. They all smell the same to me, excluding the odors of too fresh, poorly made, or improperly stored examples. The taste, though, is something else. Each one tastes noticably different in both subtle and obvious ways. What they all seem ...

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 19th, 2018

My favorite pu-erh so far out of the half a dozen or so I've tried, but it's also the most expensive. It does smell fruity (not sure what kind of fruit), but it also has a sweet rocky aroma, sort of like smelling the aftertaste of a good Wuyi oolong. Once brewed, it's strong and sweet without being astringent or bitter...

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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

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 15th, 2018

I've had this for a few weeks now, but I've put off this review because this is my first pure white tea. The leaves were picked in April of 2016, making the tea a little over two years old as of this review. It has a gentle yet complex aroma of autumn leaves, vanilla, cinnamon, old books, and hints of flowers and spice...

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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: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 10th, 2018

This is the most complex green tea I've ever tasted. It has a very fresh nutty and floral aroma and bright, slightly tangy (but not sour like some cheap gunpowder and chun mee) taste with notes of nuts, fresh herbs, citrus fruit, and hints of vegetables.

It resteeps well, brewing at least three good cups as long as ...

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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

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 8th, 2018

I wasn't as impressed with this as I was with the roasted version. It's pretty good, but nothing really stood out to me, and it lacks the complexity of the roasted version. Without the roast it's just another floral oolong to me. However, roasted Taiwanese oolongs are among my favorite teas, so maybe someone who loves ...

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Picture of Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong)

Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2018

This is a weird tea. The dry leaves smell like chocolate and flowers, but as soon as water is added it smells like baked potatoes. It takes a while to brew: I usually end up brewing it for 6-7 minutes the first time and even longer for the next two infusions for a total of three cups.

The flavor is somewhat unusual...

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Picture of Superfine Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong Tea

Superfine Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2018

The aroma of the dry leaves is very floral, more so than any other Tieguanyin I've had, and the wet leaves are even more aromatic. I'm brewing this in my gaiwan, and after a quick rinse the first infusion is floral and vegetal, with a coolness in the finish that I usually find in Taiwanese oolongs. The second infusion ...

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Picture of Yunnan Gongfu Fragrant

Yunnan Gongfu Fragrant from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 4th, 2018

It took me a few tries to get something I liked out of this tea, but I'm really enjoying it now. It seems to turn out best steeped for around 3 minutes with water just below boiling. The aroma is mostly floral and malty, with some dried fruit and a slight scent of potatoes in the background. The flavor is slightly malt...

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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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 3rd, 2018

This was one of the free samples I picked with my Teavivre order. I put most of the sample in my gaiwan, leaving just enough for a later western style brew. The dry leaves smell quite roasted, but also floral and somewhat woody. The first infusion has an aroma much like the dry leaves, but a bit more floral. The taste ...

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ConradKay

(31 reviews)
Picture of Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea

Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 31st, 2018

An amazing tea, somewhat soapy(probably due to steeping error), but the taste is excellent, and it smells amazing, but that is typical of a jasmine tea. This tea is very expensive, and I didn't see much improvement over other jasmine pearls.

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Picture of 2008 Menghai Ripened Pu-erh Tea Tuocha

2008 Menghai Ripened Pu-erh Tea Tuocha from TeaVivre

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 31st, 2018

The smell reminds me of a more "pure" version of the hazelberry pu erh tea from Adagio, and is very "woodsy" But with a more mineral of rocky taste, it is a very good value too, especially for a tea from almost 10 years ago.

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Moonlight Dragon Ball White Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Moonlight White – Region: Jinggu, Yunnan, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 29th, 2018

An amazing and sweet tea! It is not very expensive and is a very high quality tea. The ball is tightly packed and I was able to get several infusions(keep in mind you can't break up the ball easily so I would use a at least 12 oz cup and fuse for 5 minutes). The aroma isn't strong but is very nice and sweet, it smells ...

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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 (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2018

Firstly, I made this tea at 185(90 Celsius) degrees for about 3 minutes. The first steeping was very nutty and I loved the taste very much, it had a lettuce taste which I would normally dislike but in this tea it worked. later steepings were lighter in taste and less nutty. I got 3 steepings using 1.5 teaspoons of tea,...

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Picture of Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea

Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2018

An overall, 'meh' tea. Was not milky or creamy at all, but that was expected. Had a cabbage taste which was the main thing I disliked about this tea. I would recommend this tea if you a fine with a strong vegetal taste.

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Picture of Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea Fujian

Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea Fujian from TeaVivre

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 12th, 2018

A truly great tea!
I brew this with one teaspoon of tea per cup(about 1.5 grams I think) And I get 3 steepings. The aroma is nice but indescribable, and the taste is almost the same way. It has nutty notes and is very... "minerally". A pretty good value at $17 per 100g but definitely not cheap either.

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