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82
drank Xue Ya by Camellia Sinensis
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80

A robust but well-balanced chai. The flavors are vibrant and fresh. It’s heavy on the cinnamon, which makes it a bit bitter on its own, but with milk and a touch of sweetener it turns into an irresistible nectar.

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81

This is a wonderful, delicate pu-erh suitable for the pu-erh novice. It has a lovely, lightly earthy aroma, with hints of the forest and the sea, that I’ve found to be quite intoxicating. The flavor is smooth and light. There’s a touch of sweetness as well. I’m definitely interested in trying some stronger pu-erhs someday, but this is a nice one suitable for drinking any time.

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82

Yum! I think I have a soft spot for dong ding oolongs. The first infusion (travel mugged) was a bit light, but the second could have been that of a milk oolong. I don’t get the floral notes like I do with TGYs (which can be overpowering) – it’s just nuttiness, creaminess, and “oolong” flavour. So smooth and delicious.

Thanks for letting me try this Sil!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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96

This is my fist time trying a yellow tea. So going into this purchase I didn’t know what to expect. Due to amount that came with my order (10g), I decided to prepare it with short steeps.

Initially when going through the rinse stage, I sniffed the gaiwan lid and picked up on a unique aroma. It’s really hard to describe, but from my tastings it’s like a butter and honey combo.

Then, throughout the steeps I got a nice crisp, heavy butter, sweet, creamy, and vegetal flavour (similar to sugar snap peas). With the third steep having a lovely honey and butter flavour.

Overall I’m very impressed. Even though this is my first chance trying yellow tea, it seems very different from the other usual types. I don’t have the budget to indulgence on Jun Shan Yin Zhen, but very happy I had a chance to try it.

Steep parameters:
100ml gaiwan, 5g tea, 3 steeps and rinse (45s, 30s, 30s)
(I tried past 3 steeps but I didn’t enjoy it as much)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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100

One of my favorite teas ever. It gets better with every cup. It’s tastes very natural to me, like leaves, reminds me of a spring day. Not tart at all like other Darjeelings I’ve tried. Great to relax with after a long day

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

Since December 2012 when this was purchased and sipped, I’ve gone through about 2/3’s of the bag. The website description is pretty spot on; spices (cinnamon) and a sweetness are very present in each sip.

Observations from my steeping today, brought up a lot of old memories I’ve had drinking this. It’s a very flavourful cup, but it doesn’t perform so well with short steeps (kinda stretching if I go past 6 short infusions). The spices notes are wonderful, and they give off a nice “warmth”, but I still prefer their Jin Die tea over this for that particular quality.

Overall it’s a good tea and my expectations were met, but there are other teas from Camellia Sinensis I’d order again over Luku Hong Cha.

Steep parameters:
500ml water, 5g tea leaves, 1 steep (4min)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Dong Ding Mr.Chang by Camellia Sinensis
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oy…this is not the oolong for me. overly floral and particularly “green”

Kittenna

If this is from the Amoda box, I’d love to grab some. :)

Sil

Yup go hard ;)

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100

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

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92

First tasting of this particular Dragon pearl tea. Very subtle, soft. Just what I wanted

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

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90

I bought this tea because I was looking for a light Chinese green. Something smooth, not fruity and definitely not bitter. When I brought it home, I read the online description and immediately regretted choosing it, because of the bitter aftertaste that they described.
I steeped the tea as they recommended and poured one cup after 3.5 minutes and then one at 4.5 minutes.
The first cup (3.5 mins) starts off very subtle almost sweet, but when you swallow you are left with a delightful vegetable after taste. It’s a perfect green tea for mid afternoon.
The second cup (4.5 mins) was slightly stronger, but still smooth. A slight more present after-taste that I would maybe try to eliminate next time.

Verdict: Delicious, worth trying at different strengths, but I would go for less than 4 minutes next time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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69

I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the different kinds of Long Jing. This is my frist time (knowingly) trying Shi Feng. The leaves are very very flat and consistant dry. Beautiful to look at wet. They are very whole with minimal torn or broken pieces.

I’d say it’s lighter and crisper tasting with a milder aroma then other Long Jings I’ve had, such as Peet’s. The color is pale gold.

It’s very refreshing and really satisfies my Long Jing craving. I’d go as far as saying it’s the best Long Jing I’ve had, although I’d like to do a side-by-side tasting someday to prove that.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Da Yu Lin 2012 by Camellia Sinensis
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Another Solid Wulong from Camellia Sinesis. Complex, fresh, on the green side. Coconut oil aroma. Full flavored and thick mouthfeel. I really like this tea lot. I did rank the 2012 Dong Ding Mr Chang a bit higher.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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89

This is up there as one of the best Oolongs I’ve tried. Very floral.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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99
drank Dragon pearls by Camellia Sinensis
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On Sunday, after brewing the Countess of Seville, I decided to brew the Jasmine Pearls. The jasmine scent os prevalent and the water clour is a light green/white.

The flavour is light and delicate, yet strong and caressing taste. The taste is very pure.

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99
drank Dragon pearls by Camellia Sinensis
141 tasting notes

I had some of this divine drink yesterday :) It was so soothing and relaxing to lay down and read while drinking this tea. I really love the feeling I get from drinking this tea.

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99
drank Dragon pearls by Camellia Sinensis
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So I tried this tea New Years eve at a cafe. I have been dying to try this tea company for a while so I was glad that this cafe carries it. I decided to go with the dragon pearls to see how it tastes. I loved it. I got worried at first because it didn’t color as it steeped. But when I tried it, it was like sipping heaven. I just adored it. I love this tea so much that I bought a little tin of it. Cannot wait to go home and brew this. Happy Belated New Year :)

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90

I had a great New Year’s Eve with my friends last night. It’s when we do our Secret Santa style gift exchange. I have awesome friends who gave me awesome gifts. We stayed up way too late. So I’m still groggy right now, but I did manage to haul myself out of bed at around 11am and started using my awesome gifts. :) Feta and olive waffles on my new waffle iron! Yay! Husband was simultaneously please and disappointed because they were tasty but not meant for maple syrup. haha What can I say? I prefer a savory breakfast.

So after my tasty waffles, I got pretty thirsty and started thinking about what tea to drink. I got a sample of this from TeaEqualsBliss, like, forever ago, and I was in the mood for a green oolong. So here we go!

I love the floral hit in the first steep of pretty much every green oolong. Then in the after taste, you can start appreciating the other flavors. I’m getting apple skin and peach. Lovely creamy texture. I’m also getting the coconutty milkiness other people are talking about. I’ve never had a green oolong with the particular natural flavor.

Steep two was like cooked buttered greens. Still floral. Such a nice oolong! Judging from Tea’s notes, I’d say this oolong is at least 2 years old. It’s aging quite well! I can only imagine how it must have tasted when fresh. :)

Thank you for allowing me to try this!

Also, Happy New Year to all!

Bonnie

Sounds like a good start to the new year!

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85

I was recommeded this ‘shou’ last time I went to their store. So far, I’m enjoying this.

I easily got 6 great steeps out of it in my yixing, steep times ranging from 15 seconds to 40 seconds for the last one. I’m sure you could get more out of it.

It has an earthy smell, as you’d expect, with a tiny hint of green (ish) tea. I get the same ‘hint’ in taste as well: It’s surprisingly refreshing, and sweet. This ‘fresh’ sensation will stay for a few minutes.

It’s been awfully cold and rainy lately. We even had our first snowfall (~2cm) a few days ago. Winter is coming as they say in Game of Thrones. I don’t remember having snow that early, it’s not even Halloween yet. It’s alright, this tea provides me the warmth I need to get through winter.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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85

the one and only Bai Mu Dan. By far one of my favourite teas

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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77

I visited the Camellia Sinensis store a few months ago, and while I was waiting the clerk made a pot of this for my group. I bought a large bag on the spot and it has been my goto tea since then. Light, airy, and above all fresh tasting.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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75

I wanted to try an older pu-erh, taste and smell the difference, so I gave this one a try.

It has a strong earthy smell and the description of leaving a pleasant mineral sensation is absolutely correct. It’s quite comforting. However, I thought that the taste was slightly thin, or I should say, thinner than I expected. Overall, it’s an enjoyable experience, and I would still recommend it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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