I’m pretty sure Teavivre is the company that made me love green tea for the first time in my life. I used to think I hated it, because I was buying terrible dusty bagged tea and oversteeping it with boiling water.

Then I was introduced to Teavivre, including their fresh Springy green teas which still to this day embody everything I think a green tea should be. So when co-workers Ares having a discussion about how gross green tea is, I go dig in my stash and bring out a random Teavivre green for them to try, to see how good it can be.

I still wouldn’t say my tastes are refined enough to notice a huge difference between all the different varieties of green tea. That being said, when I received my samples that Angel/Teavivre recently generously sent me, this was the first one I went for.

Nothing in the world is as fresh as these teas are when you crack open a bag for the first time, the smell is so appealing to me, there’s something slightly bready about the smell of this one, and the taste. Umami is a good word. Whatever it is that my tastebuds want, this tea has that quality for me. I really enjoyed drinking all of one sample bag over the last two days and I’m glad I have another one. I think I will try to do a comparison with the greens later. I slightly oversteeped this morning because my three year old was distracting me, but it was still delicious. I think 4-5 minutes is the magic steeping time.

Bright green leaves, yellow when brewed. Fresh, nutty, vegetal, very green taste but also sweet.

So happy to receive these samples, looking forward to trying the others!!

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I love tea. I love my mini-me daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

Some favourites -

My new favourite tea company is A Quarter to Tea. I love the flavouring used and how it doesn’t seem fake, and the combinations are so delicious. Right up my alley.

My favourite teas are black, I love Laoshan Black and Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black tea from TTC. Also many of Teavivre’s black teas.

Butiki teas RIP, I loved how the flavours were subtle and not fake tasting and didn’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I am dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance. If anyone has some of this I would pay for it!!! It’s my number one all time favourite tea.

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.


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