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(This is a continuation of my first tasting note today.)
After the first steep, the flavor changes pretty dramatically. Jin Die starts off like a typical black tea, but my second to sixth steeps all tasted like pu-erh!
So I used 3:30 for the first steep, and then 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 and finally 6:30. I gave the six and last one a bit longer because the color faded on the fifth steep.
I’ll absolutely be resteeping this one from now on. It’s like I get 2 different teas with just one teaspoon of leaves. I can’t believe how on the second steep it suddenly becomes so earthy, smoky, slightly malty and just pu-erh`y. I used a small teapot for this, next time I’ll do shorter resteeps with my little gaiwan. :)
Up’d the rating due to the awesomeness of this tea.
I originally bought this because the tea graphic looked awesome. And looking into my tea pouch, it’s full of these cute little golden curly leaves. In the teapot, they unfurl to reveal long buds.
Tea liquor is velvety and heavy in my mouth, the flavour has a bit of spice (like pepper), it has an almost smoky quality to it, and a mix of other interesting flavours. (I’m not great at picking out the more subtle flavours, but they are nice!)
Looking forward to giving this a lot of resteeps.
This reminds me of Black Needles from DAVIDsTEA, but this is a bit “spicier”, more earthy and slightly less sweet. When it comes to black tea buds you really can’t go wrong. Yunnan Da Ye Hong is another easy to enjoy tea that can be drunk multiple times a week without getting boring or sickening. Also I think it’s a shame not to resteep teas like this, the second and third steeps are very tasty.
In the bag, the tea leaves are cute little curly buds (no broken bits, just lots of little buds). The tea liquor is so delightfully smooth when you drink it. There is a bit of spice and grains flavor to it, but all of the flavors have a soft, almost fuzzy sensation to them. It doesn’t jab you with any strong or bitter flavors.
Not one of my favorites, but still a nice tea to relax with.
Still my favourite “cheap” ($5/50g) LS.
Had a good experience short steeping this today, got up to 9 steeps. I was a bit surprised because the tea is comprised of broken leaves and I don’t always get performance out of those. It tasted very smooth, smoky, woody, and buttery throughout all the steeps.
On a final note I’d just like to mention that I usually love LS, so I’m not sure I would recommend this to those that dislike smoky teas. It is definitely not nasty and tarry, but I’ve also tried better (and more expensive) “authentic” LS.
100ml purion teapot, 2 tsp, 9 steeps (3s, +3s resteeps)
edit: if anyone’s curious, the smoky flavour didn’t stay in the purion after a quick rinse for my next tea
I’ve been drinking this all year, even during the wicked heat waves in Ontario. I love Lapsang Souchong so much, but it’s always more enjoyable when it’s cold and raining outside. Each sip makes me think about sitting around a warm campfire
Smoky, malty, slightly buttery, with a pleasant soft black tea body.
Out of the few LS I’ve tried, this is absolutely my favourite. This company also sells a more authentic (?) and expensive version, but the cheap version suits me just fine. (I’ve tried the other one, and it’s wonderful.) As a plus, this is one of my favourite teas from Camellia Sinensis that doesn’t sell out right away. Finally a word of warning: you’ll either love it or hate it. If you’ve never tried Lapsang Souchong before, I recommend getting a small size (at your retailer of choice)
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. :)
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.
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.
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/
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.
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/
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. ;)