Tea Selection: Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea
Company Name: TeaVivre Teas
Tea Company Comments taken from their webpage:
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.
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.
I love their website, and I love the fact that this tea is the real deal. It’s freshly harvested in October of 2015 and what you are getting is genuine tea grown in Anxi, Quanzhou, Fujian. These details are important as they reflect the tea itself and what you will be tasting and smelling as it brews. Enjoy this tea in it’s fullness.
Read more about TeaVivre Teas on their website: TeaVivre Teas.
These are common instructions for brewing teas, however if the company suggests other brewing I will include it in the review section.
Time and Temperature Guide:
Tea Temperature Minutes
Black 95°C / 205°F 3 – 5
Oolong/White 85°C / 185°F 3 – 4
Green/Yellow 80°C / 176°F 2 – 3
Herbal/Tisanes. 100°C / 212°F 5 – 15
** As always stated by My Tea Vault, we think you should enjoy tea the way you like it, I like mine very strong with no sweetener, these are just guidelines and I suggest you use the guideline then adjust for your own tastes.
Oolong tea, Tie Guanyin
COSTS: $14.90 / 100 grams
Price may vary according to the amount purchased.
Prior to brew: Green scent with a slight minty undertone.
Brewed: Brew this tea for 5-8 minutes @ 212 F. This tea is a very pale yellow hue.
Scent: Amazing what some hot water will do to a tea, the scent has changed to a very soft pleasant scent with a bit of a soft floral.
Flavor: This is a very smooth tea with a nice floral flavor very subtle with an almost unnoticeable bitter aftertaste.
Sentiments: I have to say this tea was my very first Taiwan full leaf only tea, I was amazed at it’s fragrance and scent and once it was brewed how the softness of the tea came forward and how the brilliance of this tea, somewhat bitter, minty, smokey and yet floral all come to surface at one time or another in each sip.
My Tea Vault score values of 1-10 (10 being the best): “9”.
Till next sip…