Camellia Sinensis

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65
drank Bocha by Camellia Sinensis
149 tasting notes

Nice creamy nature to the tea, with a faint hint of nuts. Imagine an oolong and a green tea combined.

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30

Shou is right, this Pu-Erh is quite special. I’m not a big fan of pu erhs, and less of a fan of shous. I can appreciate that it doesn’t all smell like fish….but really not on my re-order list.

Camphor is the perfect way to describe it, with a chalky after taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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85

Even more lovely and perfectly balanced using Ippodo’s brewing recommendations for sencha. <3

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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
23 tasting notes

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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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