Camellia Sinensis

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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82

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.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82

I must agree with TeaEqualsBliss – this is a different tasting Sencha. It is good, just different, and one that I want to spend some time with to evaluate a little further before I rate it.

Shinobi_cha

This looks like/sounds like an aracha (unsorted tea). Obubu tea sells those. Those do seem to have a unique flavor, because they are not blended with other teas to achieve a consistent flavor. Instead, you get a full idea of whatever cultivar, growing conditions, etc. were used. It is strange to see these sold, because I guess in Japan they are considered “Farmer’s Tea” for the most part.

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81

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.

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

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81

Sipping this tea with the windows open to smell the fresh rain. I really enjoy drinking smoky teas in the winter or on a rainy day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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81

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.

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

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74

Tried this again today but with many short steeps. I think I prefer it that way too. 1 through 4 were tasty, the flavor was not overpowering.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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74

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. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
De

I haven’t tried many pu’erhs either, but the Caravan Earl Grey from DavidsTea is amazing.

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74

I don’t drink a lot of pu-erh, but found this enjoyable. I’ll probably write a longer review after I go through the 25g bag.

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

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100

Aged teas are something special. certainly not for everyone. I love them. You can taste all the years they’ve lived through. Each sip like a journey back in the history books. so smooth but rich. the liquor is a crimson chocolate and the sent of morning fir trees. not quite piney but in the conifer family. I shall savor this goodness til the next time I can get to montreal

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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91

Oh yes! Creamy, sweet, coconutty, buttery, goodness! Sharing this…upping rating, too!

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91

Vanilla-Coconut-Grassy-Buttery-Goodness! It’s Crisp and Clean and Light! It’s one of those teas that make your teeth feel fresh and clean after drinking! I’m not saying it’s minty at all but it’s very fresh and clean and you can feel the difference on your teeth and gums! NomNomNom!

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96
drank Si Ji Chun by Camellia Sinensis
4449 tasting notes

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.

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96
drank Si Ji Chun by Camellia Sinensis
4449 tasting notes

This is a fantastic Oolong. As I am drinking this now, I wish I would have steeped it in my Gaiwan… perhaps next time! The flavor is so delightful. Creamy, sweet, nutty. Yummmmy!

I love this!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86

The post-infusion color of this is very vibrant and almost glows! The taste is that of a mellower lettuce with creamy and buttery notes along side. The after taste is somewhat floral. This is a nice Sencha. It’s a different Sencha…but you know what they say…Different is GOOD.

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89
drank Cui Yu by Camellia Sinensis
108 tasting notes

A Wonderful post-sushi tea, sweet in flavor and not too light in body. the bite from the spring leaves makes the 8th and 9th infusion a little sharp but the lingering sweetness smooths it out.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Cui Yu by Camellia Sinensis
108 tasting notes

This light and floral tea is a tightly rolled oolong that is durable like an ali shan but maybe even sweeter. the flavor held strong even after 8 infusions in a pot. this is my go to tea right now so hopefully i won’t go through it too quick.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Gaba Cha by Camellia Sinensis
108 tasting notes

Rinsed leaves have an aroma of cinnamon and raw chocolate; yeasty.
1st infusion, 98 deg/30 sec: light body, brown sugar, a little sour. I decided this was too short. Camellia Sinensis recommends 3-4 minutes, so here I started to agree with them.
2nd infusion, 98 deg/2 min: slightly more body, still sour-sweet. A little too sour for my taste.
3rd infusion, 98 deg/30 sec: round body, much sweeter and fruity. Finally quite drinkable. I’m marking this as a 2.5 minute tea as I think that might be a good starting point for future attempts.

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

we will have to drink this soon, i’m curious of this sourness

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95

I could pick up the hint of nutmeg more this time! And it’s sweet but creamy so I am chalking that up to the vanilla notes! LOVE this…but…all good things must come to an end, eh!? SIPDOWN! sigh…

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95

HOLY COW! This is a crazy good oolong!
This is so different from any oolong I have tried! AND I LOVE OOLONG!
First…the aroma is mild but floral. The color is a very light yellow. The taste is smooth, sweet, juicy, and very fresh! I can taste a sugary caramel type taste but also a vanilla type taste. There is a hint hint of something else which I assume is the hazelnut hint they mention…but I want to stress it isn’t a loud hazelnut and all flavors that I stated are on the sugary-sweet side but naturally-speaking!

This is truly unique and FAB! YUM!

Batrachoid

Is this a pure oolong or are there additives? Either way it sounds phenominal.

TeaEqualsBliss

I don’t ‘think’ it’s flavored…I think those are just natural notes…

Batrachoid

I was just wondering because the desription makes it sound flavored.

TeaEqualsBliss

I know it…I went back and forth with that too! I’m not sure…maybe I will try and email them and ask

TeaEqualsBliss

Okay…I dropped them an email…I will let you know what I find out! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I already heard back from Francois here is what he said…
“Regarding your question on Si Ji Chun, the flavour is fully natural, nothing was added.”

SIMPLY AWESOME! LOVE IT!

Batrachoid

Even more amazing. =)

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