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    Teavivre Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish amber Yunnan black teas are among some of my favorites, especially during the cold winter months. This one wasn’t as tippy as most others that I’ve had. That being said, this is purely a cosmetic observation and not something that is really indicative of the quality of the tea. My tea brewing is usually a bit of a “go hard or go home style” with 30 second infusions throughout but this time I decided to follow Teavivre’s suggestions. My gaiwan is a bit larger than their suggested…

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    Teavivre Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Oolong

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, wiry Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: porcelain gaiwan Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber Da Hong Pao, often known as Big Red Robe, is one of my favorite Wuyi oolongs. This selection from +TeaVivre was fairly large leaved compared to others that I have seen. Their generously shared sample packet was 6.4g, just under the recommended 7g. Close enough, right? The taste was warm and toasty with notes of caramel. A subtle floral element in the finish kept it from becoming too heavy. This tea has what is known as a high, or long lasting fragrance. I still caught hints of it in…

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    Teavivre Silver Needle White Tea 2014

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: pale green, covered in silver hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 165 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold Many tea drinkers struggle with silver needle because until your taste buds have been trained for tea a bit, it might just taste like nothing at all. The flavor is extremely delicate but once you can pick up those hidden complexities it’s a real treat. Even though this isn’t +TeaVivre‘s highest grade silver needle, I thought that the leaves were super fluffy and pretty. At first the taste was very, very light. The mouth-feel was incredibly soft. That’s because all of those silver hairs…