You may have noticed that there haven’t been too many reviews lately, like any, at all. I have a good excuse, honest! Last October, I got engaged and started planning our wedding. The big day was June 30th, 2012 and it went great. Needless to say, I didn’t have a lot of time to write about tea, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drinking it!
One of the things that was most important to both my new wife and myself was that our special day reflected ourselves more than any traditions or customs. We wanted it to be OUR wedding. One of the first things I thought about was trying to incorporate tea into the event. Along those lines, Teavivre graciously agreed to help us out by providing some tea to help make our day special, and we are both very grateful. We ended up using the tea in two places, as the wedding favor and on a special “tea table” at the reception.
Both items were a big hit. We have received several compliments on both the favors and the tea table. It’s fun to see pictures posted to facebook six months after the wedding of people saying they enjoyed the tea, I think the favorite of the day was the Bailin Gongfu black tea, although the Unbridled Love, Jasmine Pearl, and Iron Godess teas were all great as well. Teavivre also surprised us with some of their blooming teas which we were really excited to be able to use to decorate the tea table. I have tried flowering teas before, but these were the first ones that actually bloomed and looked like they were supposed to.
I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you very much to Teavivre, your gift of tea was awesome and Stella was a pleasure to work with. I look forward to enjoying the leftover tea, and hopefully getting back to some more frequent review soon!
First Impressions: Tightly compacted, very green leaves
It has been a little while since I have had any oolong teas, so it was nice to have one again. This “Iron Godess” tea has a bright, leafy, almost floral aroma, and brews to a very vibrant yellow color. It has a very mellow but still pronounced green tea taste, but it has a heaviness to it that distinguishes it from a green. A very good tea, I can see this filling the gap between wanting more flavor than a green but not the caffeine of a black. Overall, it had everything I would look for in a oolong tea.
First Impressions: Large leaves, grassy, sweet smelling dry leaves
I was anxious to try this as I have liked white peony teas in the past and was curious to see how teavivre‘s would stand up to them; I wasn’t disappointed. It is a warm, smooth tea that has a lot of flavor. It is not quite as naturally sweet as some other white tea varieties. That isn’t a bad thing though, as it has a buttery, grassy complexity that a lot of white teas lack. Something you are more likely to find in a green tea then a white. This tea is forgiving to over brewing, which is great for a forgetful person like me, and stands up well for many infusions. I have been making it when I get to work and brewing it several times throughout the morning. This one also came in a fun little one-use package, I know it’s silly, but I love it!
This is the first tea I have reviewed from Teavivre, and I was impressed. This black tea has a deep richness and gentle sweetness that I immediately loved. It’s a very dark black tea with a roasted nutty finish and if brewed correctly is one of the best “plain” black teas I have had. The smell when brewed is strong and delicious. Be careful to brew it as directed, below boiling. If brewed incorrectly (too hot) it will pick up a little bitterness. Nothing horrible, but it’s a shame to waste it. Another thing I loved is that the tea came in little individual baggies. I don’t know if this is just because it was a sample, but it was a fun little surprise that made me feel like I was in China, if just for a little bit.