Camellia Sinensis

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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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84

I’m not a big white tea fan. It can be a little too shy for my taste. This one though is fresh enough to deliver a good texture and taste.

Flavors: Apricot, Gardenias

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

I got some more of this tea from a friend, and was a little hesitant from my last experience…but wow! I’m convinced that the last batch I got must have been stale (even though I got it as a sample from an order direct with Camellia Sinensis).

These leaves are nice and long, beautifully dark green and a good shine. Lovely smell of seaweed and ocean salt. Taste is nice and smooth and sweet.

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86

Beautiful aroma to this tea. Fresh sea breeze and seaweed. Produces an infusion that is almost iridescent.

Zest is also a good description, however the taste has not really been as complex as the aroma suggests. I am going to do several more infusions, and also a cold infusion and see what I get…

This is a good Sencha. Not really worth the price though.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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77

A decent Earl Grey, not the best I have ever had, but good. There is a faint lemon taste, and an oil residue left on my tea cup…which does suggest a lower quality and grade.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

A unique tea…that is interesting…not really as great as it should be though.

buttered pecans, bok choy, maybe some peach. I really don’t get the rocket/arugula at all. Its a good tea, not quite what I was expecting or hoping. Leaves are quite pale yellow, in some cases white.

Price needs to come down considerably. If this tea was priced appropriately I would rank it around an 85/87

Flavors: Bok Choy, Butter, Peach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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97
drank Anji Bai Cha by Camellia Sinensis
149 tasting notes

This is a great tea. I was a bit hesitant about the long brewing time, but it does take a while for the leaves to fully unfurl, so it is justified.

Lovely spring asparagus with a soft butter taste. Faint green pepper/floral note…maybe magnolia?, and a great umami flavor. This is a great tea…just probably not worth the price…25.00 bucks for less than 2 ounces….

If the price was matched more appropriately, I would bump my ranking up even higher.

Flavors: Asparagus

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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89
drank Kamairicha by Camellia Sinensis
23 tasting notes

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89
drank Kamairicha by Camellia Sinensis
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89
drank Kamairicha by Camellia Sinensis
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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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82

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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