IMG_2985 At my flat, we have over 40 boxes of tea. It’s an addiction really, but my flatmate and I are both obsessed. Thus, when Alison from the lovely TeaVivre got in touch with me about testing out some teas and even offered to host a giveaway for any of you readers out there who are equally tea-obsessed, I had to say yes! From their website:

TeaVivre is a group of tea lovers and aficionados from China, Canada and France, who all share a passion for drinking great tea and appreciate the healthy life style it brings.  With all of us living in China, we frequently travel through the country visiting China’s tea plantations so we can track down only truly exceptional teas.  As a result we are able to bring to you – and us – the absolute highest quality Chinese teas that are, wherever possible, 100% organically grown and produced.

TeaVivre pronounce as [ti:’vivrə] , composed by tea and vivre. Vivre means “living” or “life”, it firstly comes from French phrase “Joie de vivre”, means “joy of living”or “enjoyment of life”. We wish to share our love of tea with everybody.

And share they did! They let me select the teas I’d like to sample, which they sent promptly in two huge bags delivered to my door. Here’s what I tried:

Peach Jasmin Dragon Pearl Green Tea
Apple Awakening Fruit Tea
Organic White Peony Tea
Superfine Ta Yang Gong Fu Black Tea
DA Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Ooling Tea Fujan
Anxi Superfine Tie Guna Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea
Mengku Palace Ripened Golden Buds Loose Pu-erh tea 2007 sample
Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea

I told them I would only give my honest opinion, whether I liked the teas or not, which is what you will read below.

IMG_3133Peach Jasmin Dragon Pearl Green Tea

It was still warm in Berlin, so I decided to make this one iced. This was my favorite. It was so good. I mean, peach and jasmine green tea together, you can’t go wrong! I love any tea with peach in it, but I find it hard to get a peach iced tea unsweetened. Luckily, this hit the spot, no sugar to be found (unless you add some!). Also, I love green tea. Win-win! This would also be great hot and since I still have some more to drink, I plan to curl up for a nice warm cup of the rest.

IMG_3042Apple Awakening Fruit Tea Iced

After the suggestion from Alison at TeaVivre to try this one iced as well, I gave it a go. I wasn’t expecting a reddish color for an apple tea. To be fair, I’m not a huge fan of fruit tea. I’ve been searching for the perfect apple tea, but this tasted more like a berry-focused fruit tea to me. If you like fruit tea, this is for you. I’m still on the search for a tea that tastes super apple-y! I did like it and drank the whole pitcher, it was nice on a hot day for a tea without caffeine, but I’m not sure I’d seek it out again personally.

IMG_3137Organic White Peony Tea

Very tasty, I’d say it was my second favorite…and organic! I always forget about white teas, but then I drink them and wonder why! Don’t judge me, but I might use some of the rest to make white tea-infused vodka…is that blasphemy?!

IMG_3152Superfine Ta Yang Gong Fu Black Tea

As you can see, Berlin was getting colder so it was time for warm tea again. I apologize for the bad picture, I need to descale my tea kettle clearly, oops. I thought this was a nice basic black tea. It’s hard to sway me from my Yorkshire Gold English-style black tea in the mornings, but I did like this one and will happily drink the rest.

IMG_0630DA Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Ooling Tea Fujan

I love me a good Oolong, and this was a good one indeed. Of the two I had, this was my favorite. If you like Oolong tea as well, good news, TeaVivre is having a promotion for all their Oolong teas in September and October! Also, it’s called “Big Red Robe” and that’s awesome.

IMG_0959Anxi Superfine Tie Guna Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea

I didn’t actually request this one, but it appeared in the bag anyway, thanks TeaVivre! I liked this one, but the first one I tried was my favorite. I found this one less strong, not bad at all, but I preferred the stronger tasting one.

IMG_0972Mengku Palace Ripened Golden Buds Loose Pu-erh tea 2007 sample

Pu-erh comes in a fermented patty! Description below!

IMG_0978Mengku Palace Ripened Golden Buds Loose Pu-erh tea 2007 sample

Pu-erh is a great tea for those who want to try something different. A variety of fermented dark tea, I first tried this tea sitting on the floor of a wonderful Cajovna (tea house) in Prague, down the road from my favorite bar, and the description described it as, “like the bottom of a lake”. Weird perhaps, but whatever, I was in! When I saw this on the Tea Vivre website, I knew I wanted it! Definitely unique, it’s a great tea to have around for when the mood strikes.

IMG_0975Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea

Lapsang Souchong has been one of my favorite quirky teas for awhile. I have memories pouring out from my stainless steel yellow teapot at college in Northampton, MA. According to Wikipedia, “The story goes that the tea was created during the Qing era when the passage of armies delayed the annual drying of the tea leaves in the Wuyi Mountain. Eager to satisfy demand, the tea producers sped up the drying process by having their workers dry the tea leaves over fires made from local pines.” Thus, it’s unique flavor comes from the fact that it’s smoked, but don’t worry, the smoked flavor is not too strong. It’s just right and gives this tea a unique taste. Definitely worth a try if you want to try something new or are a tea connoisseur yourself! I find this tea super earthy and comforting.

There you have it! Overall, I liked the TeaVivre teas. They have a massive collection on their website and it was super fun to browse through all the descriptions and pick ones I wanted to try. Believe me, there were definitely more I wanted to taste on their website, more organic options and some other specialty teas that seemed interesting.

Thirsty yet? Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…GIVEAWAY TIME!

5 winners will get the following teas delivered to them in the mail from TeaVivre:

Peach Jasmin Dragon Pearl Green Tea 7g*2
Superfine Ta Yang Gong Fu Black Tea  7g*2
Organic White Peony Tea  5g*2
Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Ooling Tea Fujan 7g*2

If the winner does not want these teas, they have the option to browse the TeaVivre website and choose four others they’re interested in. Get excited, many many beautiful pictures of tea await you. If that’s not enough to make you want to drink all the tea in the world, TeaVivre can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

Ready? Here’s how it will work. Answer the question “What is the best tea you’ve ever had?” in the widget below for one entry. Extra entries can be earned by following Vegan Nom Noms on Facebook, Twitter, tweeting the giveaway, etc. through the widget as detailed below.

The giveaway will be open for one week from today until midnight Berlin-time on September 29th. Winners will be contacted by Email, which you’ll supply via the giveaway widget below. I’ll also update this post with the winners and reference it in a blog post on the end date.

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But wait, that’s not all! Can’t wait for the winners to be announced? No problem, because Tea Vivre has agreed to give Vegan Nom Noms readers a special discount. Anyone with a hankering for some tea can get a $5 discount if their order is over $30 (except Oolong teas during their September and October Oolong promotion, but hey, they’re on sale anyway then!).

Orders over $30 will also be shipped for free anywhere in the world, so that’s the magic number. If you’re not that tea-obsessed, you can still order under $30, you will just pay a $3.90 shipping fee.

Here is the code to enter at checkout to get $5 off your order of $30 or more (including free shipping) at TeaVivre online: Nii8ev9e5aw.

The above code is only valid until October 13th, so get orderin’!

Good luck everyone and please spread the word! 🙂