The fruit tea - waterlilies fruit tea (Roselle, Rose hip, Apple, Orange Peel, Pineapple Pieces) is my favourite one! I can actually taste all the different fruits in it. It has a lovely rosy colour (photo above) and delicious smell! It's very refreshing and has a natural sweetness to it, so I didn't have to add any sugar to enjoy it! Sometimes a find fruit teas a little acidic and too strong, but that wasn't a case here. It's caffeine-free and a great tea for relaxing or "pick me up" - as it's very fresh! It reminds me of those sunny, summer days...
My second choice was for black teas, a selection of 5:
Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip
Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea
Bailin Gongfu Black Tea
Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea
Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea (Yan Xun Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong)
They all are quite strong, with a very nice smell. Those black teas would be an equivalent of a coffee for me, well something I can substitute coffee for. I like the fact that on all those little sachets of different types of black tea I actually had an information about exact brewing time (something I wouldn't have a clue!). What I was surprised with the most was the fact that I actually can say the difference between those 5 teas - well can't name them but I would know that they're not the same ones!). I always thought that a black tea is just that - a black tea, that once you've tried one you know all of them... Well, thank you for proving me wrong!
Oolong teas were something I've tried (and heard about) for the very first time. I thought they will be similar to green tea but they actually weren't. Oolong tea has it's own unique taste and aroma. The ones I had an opportunity to try were:
Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea
Organic Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea
Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea
Taiwan Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea
Taiwan Ginseng (Lan Gui Ren) Oolong Tea
I've found out that oolong teas are perfect for afternoons, just kind of "pick me up" drink I need in those hours after lunch, something to "revive" me but not make me "hyper". I'm amazed how many steeps you can get from each tiny sashet, so it's not only good, staty but also economical! I like the Milk oolong tea in particular - very unusual, but pleasant taste.
Last tea I got was the pu-erh one. I asked for the pu-erh as I always liked red tea but it's so hard to buy a good one. Most of the teas I bought before were too bitter and had this weird "after taste"... I was nicely surprised with the one I got from the Teavivre. It's Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2005 and I actually got a small piece of the "cake"! Again it came in a small silver sachet with full instruction regarding brewing (method and for how long). It wasn't bitter at all, even once when I forgot all about it and it brew for longer than it should... still the taste was very strong but nice. It has very dark, amber like colour. The smell/aroma of a red tea is very distinctive and not to everyone liking but it appeals to me. You'll get good few steeps out of a small piece of "cake" and this one is a high quality tea, so brewing it few times actually makes it better each time round, that's what I've found anyway!
Teavivre has a great website. Very informative with detailed information about all different kinds of tea, a little bit of history, brewing methods, different teas for different health benefits (relaxing, weight loss, anti-aging etc.) and also what tea is the best for different times of the day (morning, afternoon, evening and all day round).
So for your "1 stop shop" and very informative website about Chinese teas go to www.teavivre.com
*I received a free sample of all the teas mentioned above from Teavivre. All thoughts and opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.