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This tea has really grown on me. Which is weird, because usually I buy a bag and near the end I actually start to get bored with it. Here, I was put off by the intense malty flavor. Now that I’m half way through the bag, I’m used to the strong flavors.
I prefer Lapsang Souchong over this, but I enjoyed trying out this tea for a different smoky experience. I recommend this tea to people that share the same love of smoky teas. It’s “sold out” at the moment, but if you see it pop up again it is worth a try.
I’m still experimenting with green tea, finding out what I do and don’t like. This one turned out to be nice, but I use a shorter steep time. I find that the flavor gets really “heavy”. I can’t say this is an amazing tea, but I still find it pleasant enough to drink every now and then. It reminds me of Qi Feng from DavidsTea.
Looking forward to trying more green teas soon, even though they’re not my favorite type.
Not really getting the berries or dark chocolate hints but AM getting the artichokes
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During my last online order at this tea shop, the look of this tea caught my attention. It is black tea, but also with some green leaves. The packaging I received even mentions brewing it at 90 C.
It tastes quite “fresh” or green, but not vegetal though. Still manages to taste enough like black tea. The first 2 steeps are very enjoyable, and it is easy to stretch it a 3rd steep. (I did: 3 min, 4 min, 6 min). Nice flavors, easily an every-day-drink (although that seems like a waste to me).
Very happy with this purchase. I don’t often order stuff online, but I always make an exception for this website. Mostly because of 2 things
1: I try to buy tea within Canada, and they’re in Quebec. (Everything arrives quicker, and I like supporting businesses here, unless I can’t find the product I want)
2: Everything I’ve ordered from Camellia Sinensis has at the very least met my expectations. Which is a nice surprise for me, because I can’t smell the tea over the internet to check if I might like it or not. ;)
Until now I really have not had an “enjoyable” pu erh. So I was very happy when I picked out this tea and tried it. Camellia Sinensis (the company), sells a lot of pu erh so I’ll definitely try some others in the future.
For today’s cup, I steeped it three times (+ rinse). Each of them were enjoyable, and I didn’t feel the urge to dump the water after the first sip. Not something I want to drink often, but nice every now and then. Looking forward to trying more pu erhs. :)
Smell: Before brewing, the leaves smell sweet and silky. Tea liquor smells like typical oolong
Flavor: I like how the buttery and vegetal flavor is very faint, but it enhances the creamy flavor. Its a very tasty, with mild flavor, that ends on a sweet note.
Reminds me of: Somewhat reminds me of DavidsTea’s milk oolong, but the flavor doesn’t jump out at you.
Steeps:3 (+ rinse)
I am finishing up my full-length review of this tea (it will publish soon on the Sororitea Sisters blog: http://sororiteasisters.com) and enjoying another cup so that I can recall all of the lovely flavors that I’ve experienced with this tea. It really is a deliciously different Sencha – very refreshing. It has such an interesting flavor – the buttery taste that I get from it is more like a butter lettuce taste – it’s crisp and less creamy than I would normally experience from a Sencha. The astringency is also different – less drying and more citrus like to me.
The more I try this one, the more I like it.
This has a highly vegetative aroma and taste, but with lingering floral notes that weave in and out of the sip. It is a very refreshing tea with a fair amount of astringency. A bit of nuttiness that introduces itself at the start and wanes toward the end.
A lovely Sencha. I recommend steeping this one at least 3 minutes for full flavor. Any less, and the flavor is a bit too light.
Smell: The loose leaf smells like Lapsang Souchong and malt. Brewed, a bit more like a smooth black tea with the previous qualities.
Flavor: Everything I expected from the scent of this tea. The flavor doesn’t disappoint me at all. Unlike how some other teas will “tease” you with the a wonderful scent.
Reminds me of: Camping, campfires, my previous experiences with Lapsang Souchong
Aftertaste: Smoky, kind of reminds me of mushrooms
Comforting or Refreshing: Comforting, especially now in winter
Steeps: 1 (I don’t usually resteep smoky black teas anyways)
Would I buy this again?: This isn’t going into my permanent stash, but I would certainly get more in the future.
I steeped it in my Gaiwan this time, and it tastes fabulous. Soft, creamy, nutty and sweet with a very smooth mouthfeel. Lovely! I can taste the faint notes of vanilla and nutmeg as mentioned in the product description from Camellia Sinensis.
An exquisite Oolong! If you like Oolong, this is one not to be missed.