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    Teavivre Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2012

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied browns and greens with scattered visible buds Steep time: 10 seconds, increasing 5 seconds with each infusion Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: glass gaiwan Liquor: orange-tinged amber Did you know that white can be aged? It’s become quite the rage but also very expensive. Reflective of the popularity of puerh, the leaves are commonly pressed into cakes and wrapped in paper. I’ve written A LOT of reviews of Teavivre’s teas over the years but this was my very first aged white tea from their catalog so I was really excited to dive into this one. The dry tea looks a bit like a pile of fall leaves,…

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    Teavivre Organic Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea 2017

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: downy buds with one or two larger leaves Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: glass gaiwan Liquor: pale, greenish gold I thought the first day of summer was a perfect time to write about a fresh-as-can-be green tea. This one was only just picked on April 10th. It’s not quite a pre-qing ming pluck but pretty darned close. The name of this tea is quite a mouthful so let’s break things down a bit. Hangzhou is usually known for Dragonwell but many other teas produced there, including Qing Ding. The name means “green summit” which describes both the color of the leaf as…

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    Teavivre Yunnan Gongfu Fragrant Black Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, twisted with golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: reddish amber Here’s a fun fact, +TeaVivre currently holds the title of most reviewed company on +Tea for Me Please. This is the 39th tea that I’ve written about from them! This is partly because they’ve always been very generous in sharing samples and partly because I feel they never really get the attention they deserve. Black tea is probably the category that I drink the least of but I have a real soft spot for those from Yunnan. Once the weather starts turning chilly I get some serious…