Camellia Sinensis

Recent Tasting Notes

80

I absolutely love this particular Lapsang Souchong. With some others I’ve tried, I don’t get the same strong flavor unless I add extra tea or steep it for at least 6 minutes.

Such a strong smoky and malty flavor. Not normally the sort of thing I drink in the summer, because it has so much “warmth”. It always reminds me of camp fires, which is a comforting thought in the winter. It’s my favorite tea, so even in the summer I don’t go a week without at least one cup. :)

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

Good to know. There are a lot of lapsangs out there that are just crappy tea disguised with smoke flavour. A good lapsang souchong is freakin heaven.

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97

One of my favourite tea. Really rich and tasty. Ideal for fall and winter to warm you up.

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92

This is one of most remarkable white teas I’ve ever tasted. So strong in flavor – nothing delicate about this cup! It is smooth and rich and creamy! Delicious and even decadent! There is a chocolate note to this that is rather irresistible. I love this tea!

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88

It’s finally cold outside, came home and decided that I need some tea. I added a good amount of honey into it making it a very nice smooth warm drink =)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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88

There are two reasons i decided to get a bag of this tea. 1. I am out of straight black teas and have never had a Nilgiri or at least one that’s not flavoured or found in a teabag. 2. it looks funky. :) Actually, I would think the latter is the main reason. It literally looks like someone dumped some green tea into the mix, but really this tea is made entirely from one estate and they process it in a way that during the oxidation process, bits of leaf will fall off first leaving behind green tea like flakes. Anyways.. it is best explained in the blog post under the description.

Colour brews to a nice golden colour, lighter than a typical black. I’ve read that most Nilgiri teas are of the ctc variety and of lower quality but I highly doubt that’s the case here! It is very smooth/sweet and mildly fruity. It doesn’t quite convince me to believe that the green leaves steep well in boiling water as i do get a slightly noticeable “green tea bitter” at the first sip. This would do great as a breakfast tea, but it’s longevity is somewhat weak. After the first infusion, the second one is rather weak but drinkable. I think I could get away with a shorter first infusion to get a stronger brew the next time around, but I think I like it as it is.

The spent leaves are pretty to look at, the green and brown leaves mixed together look great together, and I’ve mostly enjoyed the brew. Camellia Sinensis is one of the better known tea stores in Montreal and they are pretty serious about their tea. Usually fairly pricey, this one was pretty fair.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Dorothy

Did it say to use boiling on the package? Mine listed 90, and their website lists 95. haha

politicalmachine

My bag is listed at 95, I guess it would depend on the whoever was working that day they packed your order. I got mine in-store from Kevin, the guy who wrote that blog post. But honestly i have no idea when brewing instructions say 90 or 95. I guess I will try it after leaving the kettle after boiling for a min or two

Payton

I don’t know CS’s Nilgiri specifically (I’ll have to try it next time I’m up there!), but I’d suggest trying 90 for just under 2 minutes and try not to squeeze the leaves too much. Nilgiris should, hypothetically, be lighter and sweeter than lower-elevation Assamica leaf. Another option (suggested by a Czech friend) would be 80 degrees for 2 or 2.5 minutes, and then boiling for the second infusion, as this often preserves some of the flavor.

politicalmachine

sounds good! I’ll try the shorter steep next time.

Kashyap

Nilgiri is processed very similar to Darjeelings, but are produced in the south west instead of the north east portion of India. As such they are also generally Camellia Sinesis Assamica opposed to the unusual nature of most Darjeelings which are transplanted Chinese Camellia Sinesis Sinesis (which are sweeter, less spicy, and more floral than the Assamica). Nilgiri teas are generally spicy and lightly fruity with brisk, astrigent profiles and are usually cheap. They are medium to fine chopped and so extract quickly and shorter steep times and slightly coolor water temps (like those for green teas 170-185 degrees) work best. They are great additives to make spicy iced teas and dynamic blends. Bear in mind with pricing, you will get drastically different prices from similiar teas if the source is a direct importer, 2nd or 3rd party vendor, and if tea is thier primary business or their secondary line. I get many of my teas from Staufs Coffee Roasters in Columbus, OH just because they offer a wide diversity with a low bottom line, because tea is a side business and not their primary one – meaning even as a 2nd party vendor and not a direct importer they can offer a great value at quality and cost. Places like this are hard to find, but worth looking for. I say this only as I note that your reviews are balanced between cup and cost…

politicalmachine

What you say certainly makes sense with the tea varieties, if i were to say this Nilgiri is much to the same level as a Darjeeling. The cultivar of tea is definitely of a chinese plant. Camellia Sinensis is indeed a direct importer but will use a fairly high markup, the tradeoff I would guess would be the guarantee of quality coming from a tea specialty store like such. Recently, I have been focusing most of my purchases from importers or even small scale buyers who get the product directly at the source or happen to be the producer themselves. I find that quality-wise tends to be much higher, yet is found at around the same price as a tea from company who sources their tea through wholesalers.

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89

That is a incredible green tea, very fine and aromatic, lightly floral and sweet, with a buttery and artichoke heart nuances. I find it very satisfying by a hot summer day. One of my favorite green teas. Camellia Sinensis have normally two grades, I tasted both but I’m always coming back to the cheaper one that offers a better price/quality ratio.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67

Gros bouquet floral, rond et goûteux, manque un peu de profondeur et de complexité. Il fait complètemetn la job quand tu as envie de fleurs…. ça pour ça, il y en a du lilas là-dedans!!! Super Oolong rapport/qualité prix.

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76

Ce que j’aime de ce Puerh c’est qu’on sent qu’il est encore “on the edge” de maturer, il est encore vert et en train de tourner vers le terrestre. Vraiment une belle découverte!

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

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92
drank Matcha Sendo by Camellia Sinensis
4391 tasting notes

Backlog: Yesterday afternoon, my Matcha was this Matcha… I had just enough left for one chawan and it was a delicious way to say goodbye to this yummy Matcha. Here is my full-length review for it: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/05/02/matcha-sendo-from-camellia-sinensis-2/

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92
drank Matcha Sendo by Camellia Sinensis
4391 tasting notes

I made a smoothie, and I just grabbed this Matcha to add to it because it was nearby. Normally, I prefer to drink this matcha straight (no smoothie) because it is SO good on it’s own that it doesn’t need all the fruit flavor … but, I wanted a smoothie, and I like to add Matcha to my smoothies, and this is what I grabbed… fortunately I still have enough of this for at least a couple of bowls of Matcha.

This smoothie is so good and refreshing. I used some greek yogurt, frozen strawberries, bananas, juice from an orange, and a couple of ice cubes along with the Matcha … it is so yummy. I taste the banana first, then the sweetness of the strawberry comes through along with a hint of vegetation from the Matcha. The ice cubes gave it a cool sensation which is absolutely necessary as it is another scorching hot day. I notice that this tastes less creamy than the smoothies I made last week with the vanilla cloud matcha … the vanilla really made a difference. Not saying that I like one better than the other though, because they are both really awesome.

This is perfect.

Mélissa

One of the best matchas out there.

seule771

Hi again,
I visited a Boba Tea shop the other day and I had one of their Boba smoothie and I think it had vanilla ice cream, almond and soy milk since I don’t like dairy. Anyhow it was very good. I sat there and drink the whole thing. Oink, oink.

I have soy milk green tea but no ice cream for a smoothie. I am not sure that I want to play with it. Best to leave it as is. It had an after taste when last I had it, so I must try to view the labeling, but it says nothing artificial in coloring or flavoring etc. I will lay off it, for now once finish. Enjoy smoothie.

seule771

Reminding me I need some matcha as well. I have not had any for a year now. That Stash one finished, gone and it was good matcha…I remember whisking it figure eight style until frothie and it taste lovely, not at all vegetal, it was sweetly in fact.

I am kind of confused? When I made my matcha’s I used cold water and never thought to having hot (boiling water) for a hot cup of matcha, can one do that? I think the water temperature must not be boiling.

In viewing my Republic of tea book, who ministers to my craziness says: Matcha is whisked with boiling water in a bowl to create a frothy, bright-green, nourishing beverage and like all Japanese beverage it is high in Vitamin C.

Well, I think for me since it was powdered drink I thought to have it cold. How dumb of me, also I did not have this book last year, either. Take care,

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92
drank Matcha Sendo by Camellia Sinensis
4391 tasting notes

An excellent Matcha. Sweet and vegetative, with a smooth texture. Rich and delicious… just what I needed after a trip to the mall.

Here is my full-length review of this Matcha: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/05/02/matcha-sendo-from-camellia-sinensis-2/

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92
drank Matcha Sendo by Camellia Sinensis
4391 tasting notes

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve had a bowl of Matcha! I know it hasn’t been, but, it just seems that way. This is a really good Matcha, very smooth and rich. Sweet vegetative flavor with notes of fruit and a hint of bitter close to the end of the sip. A very satisfying Matcha.

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91

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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84

Initial tasting notes: I think this is especially smooth. Nothing in particular dampens the experience. It just goes down well. Some of the leaves are quite big.

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

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81

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. ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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85

Everything I expected and more. Wonderful black tea flavor with additional lovely notes I’ve never experienced before.

Savoring what tea I have left, since this is sold out until fall.

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

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70
drank Yie Shan by Camellia Sinensis
318 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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80

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)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Absolutely wonderful oolong. I can’t wait to try more dan cong teas. :)

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85

Amazing flavor, I didn’t really expect something like this from an oolong.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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82

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.

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