After my last TeaVivre giveaway went so well, it’s back (see below)! This time with black teas to test! Black teas are my favorite and though there are probably over 60 types of tea in my flat at the moment (yes, it’s an addiction), the black teas are what I drink most and what I always go back to. Thus, when TeaVivre offered to send me some black teas to test, it was right up my alley!
From their website,
We love teas. We learn them, taste them, appreciate them, understand them, let them be a part of our lives. Plenty of producing area lie in the land of China. Some of them are renowned, while some are less noted. We explore stories of them all, seek for theory of life, and share with our tea lovers. TeaVivre aspires for creating a famous and excellent brand of Chinese tea. To reach our goal, we know clearly of the requirements: long-term persistence of endeavor, adequate patience and 100% passion. We will persist in our dream of Chinese tea. Let’s share the gift of the great nature together, enjoy the brew.
Our business ethic is one of honesty and trust, where the relationship and satisfaction of both our customers and our suppliers is our guiding principle. Our regular trips allow us to not just find the best teas, but also visit our supplier’s farms to personally verify their growing and production methods and techniques.
Not bad, right?
Below is my review of the teas to get you thirsty. For full disclosure, these teas were sent to me free of charge by TeaVivre to test, but below I write my honest opinion. Under the review is the info about how to enter the giveaway to win some TeaVivre tea for yourself (3 winners)!
The first tea I tried was the Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea. I found it very smooth and light, and I like that it came in little balls (pearls).
The next tea I tried was the Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea. I found this tea smooth, a bit stronger and good for the morning.
The third tea I tried was the Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip. I found this one closest to an English Breakfast tea with regards to taste and the most similar to the Yorkshire Gold I usually drink in the morning. This one is smooth, but a bit more tart and the leaves have golden flecks throughout them, the tea has a nice full brown color once brewed.
After discovering rose tea through a friend years ago and buying a rose tea in China town in NYC a few years ago I’ve been lusting after ever since, I specifically asked TeaVivre if they could send me their rose black tea listed on their website to test and they agreed! Their Rose Dian Hong Black Tea was great, a smooth black tea with a hint of rose, great with just a touch of sweetner and works really well iced too. I love that there are tiny dried flowers in the tea.
The last tea I tried was a quirky variety, the Fengqing Wild Tree Yesheng Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake 2013. According to Wikipedia,
“Pu-erh is a variety of fermented dark tea produced in Yunnan province, China. Fermentation is a tea production style in which the tea leaves undergo microbial fermentation and oxidation after they are dried and rolled.”
Yes, it’s a fermented tea! Some pu-erh teas can be very strong, some more mild, of course depending on the complex process of gradual fermentation and maturation with time. For this reason, like a fine wine, pu-erh can be stored to mature before drinking, which is why it is commonly labelled with year and region of production.
This was a nice mild pu-erh tea, which liked. Pu-erh can have a very strong flavor, but this one was light, but earthy. I good one to try out if you haven’t already, it’s definitely a bit different from your standard black tea and a good gift, surely, to the tea-lover in your life…something new to try!
Overall I’d say the Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip and the Rose Dian Hong Black Tea were my favorites. The golden tip as it was standard but flavorful and fit well into my morning tea routine. The rose tea because I love me some rose tea! The others were good and I liked this pu-erh, but I find pu-erh is more of a treat, sometimes different to try now and then. In general I find TeaVivre teas quite a good quality and like how they have so much information about each tea on their website!
Excited for some tea now?! Here we go!
Three winners will be chosen to win the following teas:
Superfine Jasmine Downy Dragon Pearls Green Tea 7g*2
Bailin Gongfu Black Tea 7g*2
Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip 7g*2
Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea 7g*2
If the winners don’t like any of these teas, they can pick a tea from TeaVivre’s website and swap it (I’ll contact winners to ask for shipping info and any swaps they want). To read about some more TeaVivre teas, check out my last review.
TeaVivre has also offered a special coupon code for Vegan Nom Noms readers.! The code is vegannico52 andit’s valid until May 31, 2014 for orders over $30 so you can order yourself some of your own tea from TeaVivre’s extensive collection.
Now time to enter, the giveaway will last one week until May 17th, 2014 and there are lots of ways to win extra points from commenting, to sharing the post, etc. Good luck!