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drank Kamairicha by Camellia Sinensis
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89
drank Kamairicha by Camellia Sinensis
23 tasting notes

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89
drank Kamairicha by Camellia Sinensis
23 tasting notes

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Ommy nom nom om nom. Candy roses. This tea is so good, and I’m so sad it’s no longer on their website!

Doesn’t go with the (failed yet edible) cashew chicken I just microwaved, though. Good thing it’s good cold!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Sipdown! Thanks so much to VariaTEA for introducing me to this company. Definitely need more of this and Ombrelle de Papier (If I got that right!).

I steeped at 195 instead of 185, and it’s not ruined! I was actually concerned.

So good. Rose cherry candy yum.

No time to read today again (sorry!) as I need to head out to get my hair cut (I’ve been cutting it myself…) and buy teas for other people. Let’s see if I can avoid getting anything for me. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

I am glad you liked them :). The company has some pretty solid tea choices. Alas, they seem to specialize more in straight teas than flavored so their flavored options are a little limited.

OMGsrsly

I have some unflavored ones to try as well. :)

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I still really like this tea! Rose and cherry candy, somehow. Yum yum yum!

Thanks, VariaTEA. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
VariaTEA

Welcome :) I can probably toss a bit more in the box when I send you your teas. I am planning to do that this weekend btw.

OMGsrsly

Umm, no worries. They’re on my order list as I want more Ombrelle as well. Both were so good!

VariaTEA

I am glad you liked them!

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This smells so good! Fruity candy deliciousness. It smells like something I’ve sniffed recently, too. IDK what though.

I’m really getting cherry from it.

Oh wow, this tastes so good! For me, it is verging on perfume, but it doesn’t really matter because it’s tasty.

Thanks so much, VariaTEA! I definitely need to keep this company in mind. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Yay! I really like this one too.

OMGsrsly

This reminds me of those flower flavoured breath ‘mints’. Now I’m hoping the Violet S&V Fjellrev sent me tastes like the violet ones.

VariaTEA

I have never had those before.

OMGsrsly

My gramma used to talk about them all the time and I found some at Whole Foods. :)

oddree

Ooh flowers! I need to go to Whole Foods and check them out :)

OMGsrsly

I’m in Canada. :) No idea if they’ll have them in the States.

oddree

looks Oh yes you are! Vancouver – I’m jealous… and you’re lucky :)

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Chai hunt continues – I’ve had some really good chai sent to me from other people lately. I’m going to stop buying chai, and just let others choose for me. :))
This one came courtesy of the very generous VariaTEA. Thank you so much.
I was a little concerned, there seemed to be A LOT of cinnamon in the package, and it smelled really heavy on the cinnamon.
I am happy to report, that while it is cinnamon heavy, it’s not over powering. This is light and sweet cinnamon, with some of the other spices coming through. I like this better than the other Camellia Sinensis chai that I bought.
This still isn’t perfect, but it’s a really nice light fun little chai. Thanks VariaTEA

JustJames

i know! smells one way, tastes another! very nice.

VariaTEA

I am glad you enjoyed it. It is pretty different from all the other chais I have tried so I thought I would share.

JustJames

i’m trying the zhena’s coconut right now =0)

VariaTEA

I hope you like it. Both OMGsrsly and Courtney sent some to me and it was not for me so when I saw it on your shopping list, I figured I would pass along what I had left. I figured it was better I send it to you so you could try it than for me to just drink it because it was there.

JustJames

=0) thank you!

VariaTEA

Your welcome :)

Dexter

I was drinking Zhena’s coconut chai earlier – it’s good – hope you like it James. :))

JustJames

it’s very nice… quite unique! i think i understeeped…. grrrr.

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Thank you VariaTEA for sending this my way!

i got no chocolate? but i got a lovely creamy, vanilla-esque cinnamon bomb though! very nice. might have to look into this shop- next semester!

on a completely separate note, had to drop a line to my prof asking for more pages for an assignment….. i will cut and paste his reply:
‘… you should strike some balance between your school work and life.’ buwahahahahaha! yeah! if you promise me A+’s no matter what.

did he just obliquely accuse me of having no life? or would you call that direct? hmmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I am glad you liked it. And yes, your prof may have accidentally (or perhaps not accidentally) accused you of not having a life.

JustJames

thank you so much for sending it! gotta love a prof that puts up with grading extra work and then calls it like he sees it…. politely! lol!!!
yours should be there soon i hope!

yyz

Maybe he’s a little envious. I remember some of my undergraduate profs (mostly department heads) complaining that 70% of their time was dedicated to finding funding/politics, 20% to their own research and grad students, and 10% to the classroom.

JustJames

well, he might be indulging me a bit because i appear to be the only tech savvy student willing to work with networking software for the NGOs, not just mine. also the fact that i have over 100 hours in and it should be more 36 and i’m trying to make it self-sustaining for after i leave as well. my classmates are just starting now, i’ve been at it full time for a month. (no sleep, lotsa tea…. that’s why no reviews!)

yyz

Goodness, with that amount of work in, it would be nice if you could at least get a tax receipt for your volunteer time. Sounds exciting, but don’t push yourself towards burnout!

JustJames

you say what i think…. and yet there’s no one else with my particular spray of skill sets: art, language, people, programs, photo editing with a strong real world network as well. it’ll be fine…. probably. lol.

yyz

Anyways I feel for you…

JustJames

thank you! xoxo…. are you enjoying your bits and pieces?

yyz

I am.. So far I have revisited Hepburn, and Toffee Dream, I was kind of too busy to give a tea proper attention today. I wm planning to explore something new tomorrow, looking forward to it!

JustJames

i’m crazy busy, if you don’t have time to review i’d be the last one to gripe. just thought i’d ask!! =0)

yyz

No harm in it, James they all look fabulous! I think I’m going to have to close my eyes and reach in, to decide where to begin. I’ve also been wasting time contemplating a Betjeman order.

JustJames

i did NOT just read that. i have enough tea… i have enough tea… i will not look them up online!! lol!

yyz

It’s a little bit more effort. To get decent shipping you have to do a phone order from Fouvrac in Montreal. They carry the full line, but don’t have a webstore. So you have to check out the teas at the Betjeman and Barton site. Shipping they said was cheap, someone had an order sent to California for $10.

yyz

Fouvrac seems to carry a lot of companies. They have Betjeman, and a lot of Kusmi, but I have also seen Fauchon, Compagnie Coloniale, and Marriage Frères tins in the pictures on their Facebook page.

VariaTEA

I saw Montreal and perked up. I suppose I have another store to check out now.

VariaTEA

Also this is a list (granted an incomplete one) of the tea companies they have: http://www.lefouvrac.com/grocery-product/en_tea.html

yyz

https://m.facebook.com/lefouvrac?id=220918191303544&rdr. They have 2 locations. I’m not sure which is better but the Betjeman site lists the Fleury location. blank" rel=“nofollow” href=“http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/content/9-world”>http://www.betjemanandbarton.com/en/content/9-world

They have really cute teaware as well!

VariaTEA

The other location is closer but realistically the difference is insignificant unless you are driving there.

JustJames

I AM COVERING MY EYES!!!!!! i am not reading! i have been SO well behaved. CURSES! lol.

yyz

Looks like you’re fine going to the Laurier location anyways. They apparently have an annex to the store dedicated to the Betjeman teas. http://voir.ca/voir-la-vie/art-de-vivre/2012/12/06/home-sweet-home/

VariaTEA

Yeah. Damn. I really shouldn’t be buying more. It is just so tempting though.

yyz

Beware, according to the fleury St description they carry 48 companies teas.

yyz

And it’s smaller than the Laurier one

VariaTEA

Hahaha. This could hurt my wallet. Perhaps I should avoid the store.

yyz

True, it does look dangerous. If you go set a limit, but it looks at least you can buy 50g.

yyz

James, we kind of hijacked this discussion, but you know when I finally get around to placing an order, some samples will be coming to you.

JustJames

ha ha ha ha…. hijack away! i am a man of mettle! i’ll misbehave- i just have to save it up for next semester is all =0)

OMGsrsly

Oh wow, yyz, that is a serious thing to consider! I could get a lot of things I’ve been wanting to try all with just one order. :D

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i’m not sure how i feel about this one VariaTEA! It’s tasty..but it makes my nose sniffle. I suspect that’s the rose. So i drank it..and enjoyed it but i kept sneezing…and then sniffling. soooo yeah. lol that’s my story.

VariaTEA

Oh no. I did not mean to irritate your nose. I only wanted to share a tasty tea. At least the sample wasn’t so big.

Sil

haha it was a tasty tea…my nose just went all sniffly on me :)

Yvonne

Still sounds delicious!

VariaTEA

Maybe because it is pretty heavily scented. Your nose was overwhelmed :P

Sil

i just had a mental picture of a tea monster made of loose wet tea jumping out of my cup and leaping at my nose….

VariaTEA

Well now I have that image in my mind and I am laughing out loud…in my room…all alone…still in my batman onesie. So I probably look rather psychotic.

Sil

HAHAHAHA i totally just read that as BANANA onesie… so um yeah….

VariaTEA

hahahaha that might actually be even better. Or we could combine the two and create the onesie version of this: http://skreened.com/wellthatsjustsuper/batman-banana-2605089

Sil

bwahahahahaha

Cavocorax

Oh, I want a batman banana onesie! It’d be really hilarious.

Sil

yeah but i want TK to wear it.. complete with the banana top coming off her head.

Terri HarpLady

Awww, that banana costume is adorable :)

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86
drank Ombrelle de Papier by Camellia Sinensis
6037 tasting notes

Another one from VariaTEA and man…this one smells AMAAAAZING! I really do like this one a LOT. I really need to get around to a camelia Sinesis order because i’ve had a few now and they are pretty solidly good teas. :) This isn’t a floral blend…it’s just fruity and tasty and delicious…even though it’s not a black tea ;)

Dexter

Thumbs up for Camellia Sinensis and thumbs up for this tea. :))

VariaTEA

I am glad you liked this as well. I also am not a huge fan of greens/whites but this is definitely a tasty cup. I am not sure what the shipping for Camellia Sinensis is but I will be back in Toronto in April and can bring some back with me. Especially as it is literally a block from my house. Just pm me if you are ever interested.

Sil

nice! it’s 50% free across canada but i will for sure keep that in mind. I mean, on the other hand i am also up for any excuse to road trip to montreal as well haha

Ysaurella

the tea name is so lovely, so romantic , so Frenchy Chinese

tea-sipper

This IS very tasty smelling!

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This is a very nice tea: light, fruity, and sweet, with the final infusion being akin to honey. A well-made and enjoyable tea.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 75 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 7:00 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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72

Describing it as a first flush darjeeling is a very accurate way to go. I got that green bell pepper taste, but lacking in the muscatel aroma that I have come to enjoy from Darjeelings.

I liked their description of walnuts…which maybe I can taste…or maybe not. I wouldn’t have thought of it until I read over their tasting notes.

Not their best tea, but certainly a tea worth trying.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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93

A good long jing is its own reward. With so many impostors out there…its a rare treat to find one that lives up to the hype.

I tasted some delicious buttered asparagus. Crisp and clean, leaves a delicious full mouth feel that is quite sweet. Sweet floral…that I can’t quite place. This is a tea that you could easily drink all day and be lost in the taste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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97

I love the Amba Tea Estate, and Camellia Sinensis has a fresh version.

Delicious wintergreen cherry taste to it, with a honey sweetness tempered with the malty ceylon base.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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97

This really is an amazing tea! After a long day, to settle down with this tea is the perfect way to end the day. Great complex tastes and aromas really transform in different brewing methods. This is what a good tea is about!

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97

This is a very nice, high grade, Nilgiri tea. Beautiful aroma when I opened the bag, tea had a softer taste than I expected. Umami and wintergreen taste with a subtle hint of freshly cut grass. Fresh green pepper (before it has been dried).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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97

Additional notes: Sad sipdown! I LOVED my sample of this one. One of my favorite white tea blends. Now if only the tea brand/shop wasn’t the name for the tea leaf, maybe I could actually find their website…

nevermind, I found the site by searching for the tea name but my virus scanner says it’s an unsafe site.

TeaNTees

Aw, that’s no good! :(

Dexter

http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/tea/scented/ombrelle-de-papier
I’ve bought from them several times including recently – I’m not sure why your virus scanner would warn you about their site. One of my favorite tea companies and I would absolutely recommend them…..

tea-sipper

Yes, you are the one who sent this over Dexter! :D Thanks for the link – I will definitely be ordering from them at some point.

Roswell Strange

I’ve also ordered from them on multiple occasions (in fact, I have two orders incoming right now), and only have good things to say about the company! When you get to ordering, I’m sure you’ll love whatever you decide on :)

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97

This lovely blend is thanks to Dexter3657! Wow do the leaves smell SO refreshing, bright and fruity. So many fruits in this blend! I knew I had to choose this tea while I was thirsty. And I’ve been sipping way too many black teas lately!

Steep #1 // 3 min // 45 min after the water has boiled
The flavor is as amazing as the fragrance. The white tea definitely is the first to the forefront. It’s nice that the fruit didn’t overpower the white tea. I’m not tasting any rhubarb but I can see where the other fruits make themselves mildly known. I’m getting hints of lemon, pear, cherry, and pineapple… hints but they are there like they combine to make a new fruit. The steep color is bright yellow.

Steep #2 // 3-4 min // half hour after boiling
Another gorgeous, tasty cup! I actually see a big chunk of cherry in the infuser! There are some definite fruity white blends lacking in my cupboard! I love this one. I’m honored I was able to try it!

VariaTEA

My roommate bought me this for Hanukkah. It is so awesome.

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86

Very smooth. The liquor is dark brown, certainly, but not black, which I think speaks well of the leaves. It tastes of cocoa, with a little bit of leather and a gentle tang of eucalyptus. A very interesting Shou Puer indeed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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70

Camellia Sinensis had this tea as a sampler the day my roommate went to buy me my Hanukkah gift. She really enjoyed it so ended up picking 25 g for herself. This morning while we were straining the cold brew teas she brewed up a bit so that I could try it. It was a very interesting flavor experience because for plain white tea it had a very nutty flavor profile. There was no bitterness, no floral taste, and it was by no means a “delicate” flavor. I was actually quite impressed and it made for a good start to the morning.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
yyz

Yum, I’ve quite enjoyed some of the Ceylon whites I’ve had.

VariaTEA

It was definitely not what I expected from a white but it was very good nonetheless

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Sipdown!! (208)

This is probably my favourite of all chai teas I have tried. The spices blend together to create a rich combination of cocoa and cinnamon. However, at the end of the day, this is still a chai and I just don’t reach for it often (that is probably why I was so willing to share this). So long tasty chai, we won’t meet again but I will have fond memories of our time together.

Fjellrev

Good to know! When I was browsing their site the other day, I was wondering what this one would be like.

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78

Most chais have been huge misses for me because I often find them too overspiced with one spice or another. When I brewed this, the cocoa that was prominent in the bag was definitely being overpowered by the smell of the spices. That made me worried. However, with my first sip, my fear subsided because this is one chocolate-y tea – more a fudgey, baked-good type chocolate than a milky, smooth chocolate bar. Of course, there is also a nice spice to this cup to really round out the flavors. All in all a nice chai.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

REALLY! dammit….. button click for shopping list…. grumble…. budget…. student…. dammit. ;oP

VariaTEA

haha I am sorry

JustJames

and now with the stupid kidney thing i am even further enabled tea-buying-wise and inversely DISabled financially if i follow through.

JustJames

no, it’s a good thing….. we know why it happened now, it just means i have to drink non stop to clear it up and make sure i keep my ph cranked to prevent it from happening again. yay tea! boo poverty, lol.

VariaTEA

Damn tea being so addictive and so costly at the same time.

JustJames

well, much better for us than coffee…. more culturally steeped than coffee too…. AND it helps dr who to regenerate!! does that mean i’m part time lord?

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75
drank Rose & Cherry by Camellia Sinensis
2333 tasting notes

This tea has a nice flavor but I am finding the base to be a touch too grassy. I find cherry and green teas are often combined but more and more I think that is a bad plan as it brings the grass out of the base and the medicinal out of the cherry. Maybe I am not drinking the right cherry greens though…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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