Camellia Sinensis

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Sipdown (117)!

Definitely didn’t expect to be sipping down this one down tonight, but that’s a thing that happened! I made the last bit of this as a tea soda, because I wanted to do something different with this tea to finish it off. Sadly it’s no longer up on Camellia Sinensis’ site which means this is probably a permanent goodbye. That makes me pretty sad; I’ve really enjoyed having this tea around!

The tea soda is kinda weird; I don’t think rose is a flavour that goes well with carbonation. Plus, the the carbonated ‘chocolate’/cacao bean flavour as well. Normally I can hardly taste the chocolate in this blend to begin with, but it’s so exaggerated here! What I was hoping for was that this would taste like one of those sweet, fizzy cherry Love Heart candies.

Uhh, these things for people not familiar with what I’m talking about:

http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae271/samanthabio/Spring/Love-Heart-Sweet-Tin.jpg

However, that’s definitely not what I’m getting from this. In fact, the cherry is really quite obscured! And even though it’s weird I’ve got to mention it: maybe it’s because I’ve had a lot of Earl Grey this week but something about this soda is reminding me an awful lot of the pretty awful Earl Grey Cream tea soda I made a few months back. Except, I cannot for the life of me place what it is about this that’s hearkening back to that mess of a soda.

But darn it! This sad, sad tea soda is not only ending tonight on a disappointing note but it means I wasted my last bit of this tea leaf on a brew that just was not satisfying…

:(

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88

Mmm, I can smell Safeway baking cinnamon buns right now…

So yesterday, I made this in a timolino before I left for work and then when I got home, after taking a nap, I drank this when it had cooled enough in the timolino to be a perfect temperature. I don’t know if it was from sitting in the timolino for several hours or just from being prepped in a timolino in general (or maybe I’m just crazy), but this was very cherry, and not necessarily good cherry.

If it’s happened before it was a while ago because I don’t remember it, but this actually tasted kinda medicinal and borderline cough syrup like instead of like fancy cherry candy!? Still drinkable, but no…

Probably going to avoid timolino prep with this one, to be on the safe side.

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88

Sometimes you have to make room/time in between sipdowns and new teas to have a few favourites; and that’s what I did when I had this beauty.

It actually surprised me a little bit; the guava was really strong/heavy handed, but in a delicious and juicy way. And that was followed by the usual notes of candied roses and sweet cherry. There’s something so dainty about this one, despite the fact the flavours in it are anything but gentle or subtle.

Camellia Sinensis is quickly becoming one of my favourite places for quality flavoured blends, now that I’ve tried a great range of them.

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88

Started this cold brew in the morning when I got up, and strained it out about an hour ago to drink while watching Big Brother!

It was ok; at first I found it very, very floral and concentrated in flavour – but after making it about 1/4 of the way through the mason jar I found that I’d gotten over the initial shock of the concentrated rose notes and I was able to enjoy the sweet, candy like taste of the cherry, guava, and cocoa. Mostly the cherry/guava, though.

Ultimately it was ok but I dislike that I had to “acclimate” to it, so I’ll probably be sticking with hot brews going forward.

Flavors: Cherry, Floral, Guava, Perfume, Rose

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88

Sipdown (173/175)!

This was an easy sipdown to take because I know it’s only temporary; my incredible tea triplet VariaTEA has picked up 50g for me so soon enough I’ll have a whole bunch of this to enjoy and play around with!

This cup was awesome; though the rose was the heaviest and most present I’ve had in a cup yet it still didn’t cross into artificial or perfume territory which, to me, is just another mark that this is a really, really good blend.

My headache is finally gone as well, so hopefully I’ll get a couple more cups in by the end of the evening. I didn’t feel like cooking after such a miserable day though, so I ordered in pizza for Tre and I – it was kinda my turn to do so anyway. Greasy pizza and fancy pants tea make for an excellent combo.

I swear we order from Pizza73 (a local pizza chain just blocks from our house) way too often though; enough that we have a regular and favourite delivery guy, that we no longer have to write in the comments to come to the side door (they just do it), and currently there are four empty pizza/wing boxes sitting by our garbage and that’s not including the pizza I ordered tonight.

I think we fall into the “student living” niche pretty well…

Courtney

Hehe I love the pizza story. When we were younger the pizza place around the corner knew us by name. Now it’s Shawarma Knight and Indian food. :P

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88

After this morning/early afternoon I didn’t get in a ton of tea drinking. I decided I was going to take advantage of my day off and, now that I have some money do my grocery shopping. I ended up going shopping with my friend Kristina and she helped me carry all my groceries home.

As a thank you for that, and because my grocery budget was more than enough to cover what I bought, I ordered in pizza for the two of us and we spent the last few hours watching Netflix comedy specials. The only “tea” I had in that time frame was a can of Nestea’s Iced Tea (which is super sugared) since it came with the pizza.

Now I’m having this lovely, highly delightful black blend courtesy of the lovely VariaTEA who is going to pick me up an additional 50g of it before she leaves Montreal. I wanted to have a cup of her sample sooner, rather than later, so I could let her know how much to get me.

I’m wowed by how amazing and candy like the cherry in this is; it’s totally familiar and nostalgic, and yet I feel like it’s unique and true to only this tea as well. Definitely very amazing! And then, the super subtle floral edge of this makes it that much more interesting and very dynamic and fun. Lots going on with this one; but not in a way that’s too crowded or competing!

Really happy to currently have more and be getting even more!

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88

Sipdown (192/194)!

I took this with in my timolino yesterday, for travelling around with and I’m really sad it was a sipdown, because this was a delightfully sweet black tea.

There was a moment when I first tried it where I got the most brief, fleeting note of cough syrup but that sip must have been a fluke or the result of making this in a timolino or something to that nature because the rest of it was just sweet, and candy like with just a bit of florals and was delightfully lovely.

I may have to ask VariaTEA for more of this in future swaps.

VariaTEA

This will always be apart of my cupboard. Especially given the shop is a literal block from my house (at least until I go back home). Thus, there will always be some to share :)

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88

Holy fucking butts.

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample; I was excited to make this my first tea from Camellia Sinensis because it just smelled so lovely and wonderful dry. Like sweet flowers and fruity candy!

And man, is this ever fucking tasty! I had company over when I brewed this one up – and I had to hide all my excitement because I really didn’t want to share it at all. Heh, selfish me. But really, it was super sweet delicious yummy cherry candy and candied rose and it was amazing. I’m probably going to finish my sample really quickly, and then I’ll be sad. Yup. That’s how this is gonna go down.

So, onto my shopping list I guess?

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you enjoyed it :). Of course I can always share some more

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45

Really vegetal…and fishy. I feel like I’m eating the seaweed wraps off of sushi.

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84
drank Si Ji Chun by Camellia Sinensis
149 tasting notes

A nice creamy vanilla taste. With a faint hint of flowers..maybe Jasmine? Or honeysuckle.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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83

As Sil said earlier, very floral! I enjoy flowers though, so this was a pleasant cup of tea for me. Think frangepelia/gardenia. Tropical fragrant flowers on a soft/sweet green base. Maybe a hint of pineapple too.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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81

Nice floral aroma with a complex tea. Spinach and walnut aroma as it brews, and I taste spring onions, with a honey passionfruit sweetness.

Not as complex as I would like, but this is a good tea, and a good example of some oolongs.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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45
drank 1990 Kunming by Camellia Sinensis
149 tasting notes

haha it is always dangerous to read what other people think as you drink a tea. I am totally getting the applewood smoke!

This one is interesting. Though I’m not really that satisfied with it. Aromas were earthy, but with some faint fishy aroma, and a fairly dominant camphor. I also got some faint fruity tones of cactus (opuntias).

Taste is quite soft. Not as complex as I was hoping, but shous are my least favorite type of pu-erh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank 1990 Kunming by Camellia Sinensis
149 tasting notes

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drank Bocha by Camellia Sinensis
149 tasting notes

Nice creamy nature to the tea, with a faint hint of nuts. Imagine an oolong and a green tea combined.

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30

Shou is right, this Pu-Erh is quite special. I’m not a big fan of pu erhs, and less of a fan of shous. I can appreciate that it doesn’t all smell like fish….but really not on my re-order list.

Camphor is the perfect way to describe it, with a chalky after taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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85

Even more lovely and perfectly balanced using Ippodo’s brewing recommendations for sencha.

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85

A lovely sencha once I figured out the best way to brew this. It requires a lot of leaf and precise brewing time. Very weak brew steeping for 3 to 4 minutes even after increasing the amount of leaf. Lose track of the time, and the astringency overwhelms your palate. Hit the sweet spot, and be rewarded. This is not a tea for the lazy or absentminded!

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83

(145) I found this buried in my flavoured tea bin last night, as I was tidying, and stuffed it in my purse to finish off today. It’s so good, and doesn’t deserve to waste away forgotten in the bottom of a bin.

It’s one of the few non-black teas that I consistently enjoy. That’s really saying something! And it’s so freaking hot/muggy/awful outside right now that a lighter tea like this seems preferable to my typical black.

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83

This one was from VariaTEA and it’s so amazing and tasty and refreshing. I need to try more from this company!

It’s a white tea, and yes. I think I can detect the base below all those fresh fruity flavours. The base is slightly earthier and provides a nice balance. The rhubarb and strawberry are the most noticeable fruit flavours but I could just sit and sip this one for ages based on that alone.

I don’t drink many whites, but I can tell this blend was done right.

Thank you!

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

This is the one white I really love as well. My roommate did well when picking flavors. She grabbed a bunch I would not have gotten myself and I ended up really enjoying all of them.

Sil

i REALLY liked this one too and that’s rare in a white for me heh

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad it has been a success. I think that is why I sent it to you guys. It is one of the few whites I found that I really enjoy.

Cavocorax

:) Thanks again. It was really surprising!

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90

This is a wonderful first flush Darjeeling tea: floral in the nose and in the cup, a pleasingly-metallic taste on the tip of the tongue and roof of the mouth, and a lingeringly-sweet finish.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
SFTGFOP

I’ve been meaning to try this tea. You can’t really go wrong with Camellia Sinensis

sherubtse

The Jungpana is only my 2 FF Darj. The first one was a Seeyok FF from another tea company. Although I disliked the Seeyok, I love the Jungpana.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

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