Tea Selection: White Peony (Bai MuDan) 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 March of 2015 and what you are getting is genuine tea grown in Taimu Mountain, Fuding, Fujian province. 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.
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.
Tea leaves: Fat and tender tea buds/leaves, multi-colored (sliver & grayish green), covered with small and tiny hairs.
COSTS: $7.90 / 50 grams
Price may vary according to the amount purchased.
Prior to brew: There is a vegetal scent with almost a cocoa/chocolate scent.
Brewed: Brew this tea for 3-7 minutes @ 194 F. This tea is a very light yellow hue.
Scent: Now is when the floral aroma comes out, after the brewing.
Flavor: Such a soft and light brew with a very light floral taste and an even lighter vegetal taste in the background that is not bitter at all but very smooth.
Sentiments: This tea is a solid “9” in my book and the very light floral taste is a real win. There is a heat sensation on the tongue and mouth that let you know there is something working in this tea and it gives you a very warming sensation. Smooth and not bitter is always a plus in my book as well.
My Tea Vault score values of 1-10 (10 being the best): “9”.
Till next sip…