Category Archives: Tea Vivre

Tea Vivre- Tie Guan Yin

Brand: Tea Vivre’s Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea
Tea Rating: 93/100
Steep Time: 1-3 minutes
Steep Temperature: 212 Degrees
Price: 
100g (3.5oz) for $10.50 ; 200g (7oz) for $19.90

First off, Tie Guan Yin is one of my absolute favorite teas! So, when I revieved my samples from Tea Vivre, I was elated when they sent me this tea!

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 The flavors of this tea are subtly sweet, a bit drying on the mouth as well as floral. My favorite thing of this tea is the reminder of a bright early spring day, when everything is just starting to thaw off and grow again. It smells like those spring days to me, quite floral on the nose.

the aroma of the tea, to be more specific is floral ,buttery, fresh and ‘green’ or vegetal. The flavor of this tea is not as nutty or buttery as some other Tie Guan Yins I have had, but it is quite floral! The immediate flavor is a florality, that tastes like a mix of magnolia blooms, and jasmine. The floral nature of this particular Tie Guan Yin is probably what reminds me most of springtime, when the magnolia buds are blooming, and it is all you smell if you are by a tree.

Flavor is quite vegetal, like fresh grass or something. I enjoy this tea, and due to its floral nature, I find it very appealing. I made a total of 6 delicious steeps. The beginning steeps were a bit buttery and the tea was just beginning to open up. Through the middle and end of the steeps, the tea really opened up to a delicious slightly minty quality. Combined with a great floral quality and a slight nutty taste, this was a beautiful example of tie guan yin and really reminded me why I love the type of tea so much!

disclaimer: I received this tea from Tea Vivre to sample. Thank you to Tea Vivre for sending such generous samples of their teas!

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Tea Vivre’s Jasmine “Dragon Pearls” Green Tea

 Brand: Tea Vivre’s Jasmine “Dragon Pearls” Green Tea

Rating: 85/100
Steep Time: 1-2 minutes
Steep Temperature: 176 Degrees
Price: 
100g (3.5oz) for $13.90 ; 200g (7oz) for $26.40 

         I am not normally a lover of extremely floral teas. So, I was pretty weary of trying this one! To my surprise, I didn’t mind it. The floral quality was not overpowering, instead it was sweet, succulent and quite crisp.  It is interesting how the floral smell of the tea changes when steeped into a sweet flavor. It took these leaves 3 steeps to unfurl completely. And after the third steep, the flavors started to dissipate quite quickly. 4 steeps is quite impressive for a lighter bodied green tea, though!

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           One of my favorite things about steeping tea is watching the leaves slowly unfurl with each steep. There is a sense of calm when watching these pearls slowly unfurl from a pearl into long,thin green tea leaves.  It is very beautiful and soothing to watch!

Back to the review! There is a tiny bit of a green tea flavor,which is shown in the crispness I talked of earlier, which shows through a bit in the first steep. However, but the third steep, the jasmine is slowly dissipating and the green flavor starts to become more prominent.

Although I am not a lover of floral teas, this one was not too bad. If someone loves floral teas, I bet they would really enjoy this tea! Sometimes jasmine teas can taste and smell like they have been artificially scented, and this one does not smell artificial at all! I like that it smells like real jasmine, which allows the flavor quality of jasmine to truly become part of the green tea!

 

disclaimer: I received this tea from Tea Vivre to sample. Thank you to Tea Vivre for sending such generous samples of their teas!

Tea Vivre- Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong

 Brand: Tea Vivre’s Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong
Tea Rating: 90/100
Steep Time: 1-3 minutes
Steep Temperature: 212 Degrees
Price: 
100g (3.5oz) for $11.60 ; 200g (7oz) for $22.00 

This tea is a champ! I am currently sipping on infusion 5 and the flavor is still strong and delicious! The dry leaves smell very creamy. After the first steep, the leaves still had the creamy quality, but there was also a yummy floral, and buttery smell too.

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The flavor was buttery, creamy and floral. the floral quality reminds me a bit of orchids. There is also a slightly sweet finish to the tea. The following 4 infusions all had variations of flavors, sometimes the buttery quality was more prominent, sometimes the floral and sweet quality. Regardless of the steep, this tea was very inviting and delicious. Throughout all the steeps, the tea continued to have a very creamy and smooth texture, which was very interesting!

 

disclaimer: I received this tea from Tea Vivre to sample. Thank you to Tea Vivre for sending such generous samples of their teas!