Teavivre

I was recently sent some tea samples for review purposes from Teavivre. I have to say that it has been a real treat. We British have a reputation for being tea drinkers and that is certainly the case in this house. When we go abroad on holiday I make sure I pack enough teabags for at least two cups of tea for me and Mr OC a day. You can’t get more British than that.

Despite our love of tea in this house we are prone to buying the tea that comes in teabags in a box from the supermarket. Some of these teabags, it has to be said, make a comforting cup of tea. We do also buy loose tea from our local teashop and at weekends we make a proper cup of tea – in a pot and using a strainer, as opposed to a bag in a cup, but beyond that we are not very adventurous with our tea.

So, it was a real treat to receive these teas. Take a look at the Teavivre website to see their full range of exceptional teas. I was sent a range of black and white teas to try, which included Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea Full-leaf, Bailin Gongfu Black Tea, Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea, Organic Nonpareil Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen), Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea Fujian.

Teavivre teas

They are beautiful teas to look at and the taste is exceptional, whether it is the rich, almost chocolatey taste of the oolong or the delicate floral taste of the silver needle tea. There is a tea for every occasion and for every taste in the sample pack that I received and that was only a selection of those available on the Teavivre website.

The website itself makes for fascinating reading with its advice for brewing the tea in the traditional Chinese way. One thing that I have learned is that you do not pour boiling water over tea, but rather boiled water at 90°c. After thirty odd years of making tea (well, I was only seven when I made my first cup of tea) this parcel of tea has been responsible for me changing my tea making habits.

Teavivre send their teas direct from China and delivery takes between 6-10 days. Their website is available in British Sterling, just select the currency at the top of the webpage. They also have some lovely teapots and teacups that I have been admiring.

Teavivre sent me teas for free for the purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own and honest.

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11 responses to “Teavivre

  1. Well, I’lll look out for this tea. Though in all honesty, I can’t be a true Brit at all, as my life simply wouldn’t be the poorer if tea didn’t exist. Coffee though, that’s a different story……

  2. they are beautiful teas. I would love the silver needle.

  3. I must be supremely lucky – I live quite close to a REAL tea shop (Northern Tea Merchants at Chesterfield) so I can pop in for a quick cup or grab some loose of bagged tea to one of hundreds of blends or if I want to try something new you just ask (I also love to blend my own coffee there) and both at home and in my caravan I carry loose leaf tea infusers so it doesn’t matter what interesting tea I grab I can enjoy a fresh cuppa.
    I do have to agree with you Oolong is a wonderful brew and I am surprised that you had not learnt NEVER use boiling water it just burns the leaf (it also applies to coffee too) but then I seem to have around 25 years more life experience than you so …..

    Cuppa anyone

    • Ha ha, no I was convinced that it needed to be boiling when you poured it on the tea. I know better now – better late than never. I knew the rule about coffee, but never thought about it applying to tea. Silly me! I like the sound of your tea shop very much. The idea of blending your own coffee appeals very much. What is your favourite blend? I am partial to a strong rich coffee, Columbian always hits the spot.

  4. As for Blends
    a Darjeeling for power or an Earl Grey for relaxing or an Orange Peko

    Coffee depends on mood
    Breakfast Fast French Bon Mamam slow an Italian as expresso
    after lunch coffee would have to be a home blend of half Colombian High Mountain with a Puerto Rican filter blend and sometimes I add Mexican instead

  5. I’d love to try these – have been sipping Neals Yard Peppermint and Camomile recently but can’t ever get it to taste as good as when I sampled it in their shop! For some reason I always get into teas in January! Happy New Year to you! xCathy

  6. My hubby was in England about seven years ago and he was quite surprised to see that the Brits mostly use tea bags for their tea time. Makes sense though- fast tea like fast food is the modern way I guess. Just out of curiosity- why do you think that tea became so popular in England? I argued with hubby that it’s because of the rainy weather- but honestly, I’m not sure. What do you think?

    • Well I am not sure what it is about tea and the British, but I can tell you that a cup of hot, sweet tea makes the world feel better. In fact, if you have a shock, it is the thing most offered to help you calm down. We were on holiday in America in the summer (I had of course packed tea bags but it seems that American hotels are not so big on providing a kettle in the hotel room) and was most disappointed when I help myself to a cup of something marked ‘tea” to find it was actually iced tea! Imagine such a thing! 😉 I think that we are a nation that loves its tea bags, and in particular making it with a bag in a cup instead of in a teapot.Loose tea in a teapot is so much better though. I have found a really interesting site about the history of tea in Britain http://www.tea.co.uk/a-social-history. I particularly like the way tea was protected during the world wars to help boost morale. You see, we need tea in order to carry on. I hope you and yours are well. x

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