It is such a treat when my mail includes a package from Teavivre containing samples of black, white, green, oolong and Pu-erh tea.
The tea samples included Bai Haoyin Zhen (white), Long Jing (green), Taiwan Tung Ting (oolong), Dan Cong Phoenix (oolong), Golden Monkey (black) and Mengku Palace Ripened Golden Buds (loose Pu-erh).
As I mentioned in a previous post, this tea is very well packaged. I like the individual sample bags that give lots of information including ingredients, place of origin, distributor and a brewing guide. The heavy silver bags protect the tea from light, air and moisture.
Right away I brewed myself a pot of the Golden Monkey black tea. This tea from Fujian province had a pleasant aroma and I found it smooth and refreshing. Obviously I’m not a connoisseur with extensive tea tasting experience – but I know what I like.
Next I tried the Dan Cong Phoenix oolong and the Pu-erh. Both were very enjoyable.
This was my first experience with loose Pu-erh tea. The others I’ve tried came paper wrapped with the tea pressed into little bird nest shapes. This one was not too earthy and I’m now starting to enjoy this type of fermented tea. The Teavivre website has lots of valuable info on each of their teas. For instance, I learned that the Mengku Palace Pu-erh was picked by hand in 2007 from special large leaf tea trees. It is low in caffeine and outstanding in health benefits.
I’m looking forward to sampling the rest of my tea. And while I’m sipping the Teavivre tea, I’ll be exploring all the great tea stories, photos, videos and links on their website.