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Finally got a chance to try this, even though I think I’ve had it for almost a week now. When I saw this online I jumped at the opportunity to buy some because I loved the spring 2011 version so much. And usually my husband takes black tea for work, so he was also excited to try it.

After brewing it up 6 times, we agreed that it was a very good oolong and stands up to the previous version we tried. So if CS keeps stocking Ali Shan by Mr. Chen we will keep buying it. ;)

125ml yixing teapot, 1 generous tsp, 6 steeps

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
SimpliciTEA

Dorothy: I am glad you chose to review Camellia Sinensis. I have checked out
their website after I read that they were recommended by Heiss and Heiss in their book, The Tea Enthusiast. I vaguely remember their teas being on the pricy side (at least from my point of view), but I do remember being impressed at the selection and the amount of information they provide about each tea.

Dorothy

Yeah some of their teas are pricey. I’ve tried most of their Chinese black teas, and even some of the cheapest options are very tasty though.

Isabella Luna Gadbois

It is the best tea house in Montreal! Their collection of tea is amazing, the tea house beside the boutique is awesome and very relaxing and the staff are very knowledgeable and NICE. And they also have a tea school offering a large variety of classes :) I LOVE this place and recommend it to everyone. :)

Isabella Luna Gadbois

You should try this one also, it is cooked directly at Camellia and is really good ! http://steepster.com/teas/camellia-sinensis/23609-dong-ding-mr-chang-cooked

Dorothy

I’ll have to try some next time it’s in stock. :D

SimpliciTEA

Cool, and great to know. Thanks!

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SimpliciTEA

Dorothy: I am glad you chose to review Camellia Sinensis. I have checked out
their website after I read that they were recommended by Heiss and Heiss in their book, The Tea Enthusiast. I vaguely remember their teas being on the pricy side (at least from my point of view), but I do remember being impressed at the selection and the amount of information they provide about each tea.

Dorothy

Yeah some of their teas are pricey. I’ve tried most of their Chinese black teas, and even some of the cheapest options are very tasty though.

Isabella Luna Gadbois

It is the best tea house in Montreal! Their collection of tea is amazing, the tea house beside the boutique is awesome and very relaxing and the staff are very knowledgeable and NICE. And they also have a tea school offering a large variety of classes :) I LOVE this place and recommend it to everyone. :)

Isabella Luna Gadbois

You should try this one also, it is cooked directly at Camellia and is really good ! http://steepster.com/teas/camellia-sinensis/23609-dong-ding-mr-chang-cooked

Dorothy

I’ll have to try some next time it’s in stock. :D

SimpliciTEA

Cool, and great to know. Thanks!

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

What my tea ratings mean:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.

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