Camellia Sinensis

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97

This is a very nice, high grade, Nilgiri tea. Beautiful aroma when I opened the bag, tea had a softer taste than I expected. Umami and wintergreen taste with a subtle hint of freshly cut grass. Fresh green pepper (before it has been dried).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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97

Additional notes: Sad sipdown! I LOVED my sample of this one. One of my favorite white tea blends. Now if only the tea brand/shop wasn’t the name for the tea leaf, maybe I could actually find their website…

nevermind, I found the site by searching for the tea name but my virus scanner says it’s an unsafe site.

TeaNTees

Aw, that’s no good! :(

Dexter

http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/tea/scented/ombrelle-de-papier
I’ve bought from them several times including recently – I’m not sure why your virus scanner would warn you about their site. One of my favorite tea companies and I would absolutely recommend them…..

tea-sipper

Yes, you are the one who sent this over Dexter! :D Thanks for the link – I will definitely be ordering from them at some point.

Roswell Strange

I’ve also ordered from them on multiple occasions (in fact, I have two orders incoming right now), and only have good things to say about the company! When you get to ordering, I’m sure you’ll love whatever you decide on :)

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97

This lovely blend is thanks to Dexter3657! Wow do the leaves smell SO refreshing, bright and fruity. So many fruits in this blend! I knew I had to choose this tea while I was thirsty. And I’ve been sipping way too many black teas lately!

Steep #1 // 3 min // 45 min after the water has boiled
The flavor is as amazing as the fragrance. The white tea definitely is the first to the forefront. It’s nice that the fruit didn’t overpower the white tea. I’m not tasting any rhubarb but I can see where the other fruits make themselves mildly known. I’m getting hints of lemon, pear, cherry, and pineapple… hints but they are there like they combine to make a new fruit. The steep color is bright yellow.

Steep #2 // 3-4 min // half hour after boiling
Another gorgeous, tasty cup! I actually see a big chunk of cherry in the infuser! There are some definite fruity white blends lacking in my cupboard! I love this one. I’m honored I was able to try it!

VariaTEA

My roommate bought me this for Hanukkah. It is so awesome.

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86

Very smooth. The liquor is dark brown, certainly, but not black, which I think speaks well of the leaves. It tastes of cocoa, with a little bit of leather and a gentle tang of eucalyptus. A very interesting Shou Puer indeed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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70

Camellia Sinensis had this tea as a sampler the day my roommate went to buy me my Hanukkah gift. She really enjoyed it so ended up picking 25 g for herself. This morning while we were straining the cold brew teas she brewed up a bit so that I could try it. It was a very interesting flavor experience because for plain white tea it had a very nutty flavor profile. There was no bitterness, no floral taste, and it was by no means a “delicate” flavor. I was actually quite impressed and it made for a good start to the morning.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
yyz

Yum, I’ve quite enjoyed some of the Ceylon whites I’ve had.

VariaTEA

It was definitely not what I expected from a white but it was very good nonetheless

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78

Sipdown!! (208)

This is probably my favourite of all chai teas I have tried. The spices blend together to create a rich combination of cocoa and cinnamon. However, at the end of the day, this is still a chai and I just don’t reach for it often (that is probably why I was so willing to share this). So long tasty chai, we won’t meet again but I will have fond memories of our time together.

Fjellrev

Good to know! When I was browsing their site the other day, I was wondering what this one would be like.

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78

Most chais have been huge misses for me because I often find them too overspiced with one spice or another. When I brewed this, the cocoa that was prominent in the bag was definitely being overpowered by the smell of the spices. That made me worried. However, with my first sip, my fear subsided because this is one chocolate-y tea – more a fudgey, baked-good type chocolate than a milky, smooth chocolate bar. Of course, there is also a nice spice to this cup to really round out the flavors. All in all a nice chai.

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

REALLY! dammit….. button click for shopping list…. grumble…. budget…. student…. dammit. ;oP

VariaTEA

haha I am sorry

JustJames

and now with the stupid kidney thing i am even further enabled tea-buying-wise and inversely DISabled financially if i follow through.

JustJames

no, it’s a good thing….. we know why it happened now, it just means i have to drink non stop to clear it up and make sure i keep my ph cranked to prevent it from happening again. yay tea! boo poverty, lol.

VariaTEA

Damn tea being so addictive and so costly at the same time.

JustJames

well, much better for us than coffee…. more culturally steeped than coffee too…. AND it helps dr who to regenerate!! does that mean i’m part time lord?

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75
drank Rose & Cherry by Camellia Sinensis
2766 tasting notes

This tea has a nice flavor but I am finding the base to be a touch too grassy. I find cherry and green teas are often combined but more and more I think that is a bad plan as it brings the grass out of the base and the medicinal out of the cherry. Maybe I am not drinking the right cherry greens though…

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

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75
drank Rose & Cherry by Camellia Sinensis
2766 tasting notes

Tea number 3 in my Hanukkah present from the roomie and so far it is my least favorite. Luckily that is due to the others being so awesome and not this one being bad. In general I don’t usually grab greens or florals and this is both so I was a bit hesitant but it smelled really good so I was excited to try it nonetheless. This tea is light and floral and sweet – a nice tea for the afternoon although nothing particularly special.

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

have you been transported back to childhood? were you given 8? =0) i remember being so sad when that changed over, lol.

VariaTEA

haha I was given 4 teas but since she is a student on a budget I was quite happy with the gift. Although it was always exciting ripping into a new present for 8 nights straight. My sister wanted to convert when she heard that there was 12 days of Christmas but when she was told you don’t get a present each day she decided to stick with being Jewish :P

JustJames

LMAO….. that’s awesome! well, depending, on how much you spend there’s a lot more than 12 days of christmas…. some people spend themselves in to many, many months of debt. besides, challah, latkes and brisket trump trditional xmas food….. just one person’s opinion though.

VariaTEA

haha well I second that opinion. Plus, everyone loves matzo ball soup. Even my roommate who is from Hong Kong now makes matzo balls and challah from scratch on occasion.

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97

Sipdown (104)

Saying a sad goodbye to an old friend while breaking in a new one. Though it sucks to see this go given its been discontinued for some time now, I decided to send it off by letting it be the first tea made in my new sloth nordic mug. Plus, with age this has begun to deteriorate so there was no better time to use up the rest of what I have been hoarding.

Though its merely a shadow of what it used to be, this tea is still awesome. The “bonbons” are still deliciously sweet while the rose adds a nice floral punch to keep it grounded. The base has become more noticeable over the course of this 100g bag and though its not the best quality tea I have had, it avoids astringency and holds up no matter how long I steep this for (as in I may have forgot about this and steeped it for 8 minutes).

In other news, I went in to DAVIDs today (not my usual one) and for the first time really did not like the sales associate. She was not friendly at all which I get sometimes people have a bad day so they aren’t always going to be cheery and bright, but she also wasn’t very knowledgeable either. Plus, for the first time, I got tea that was just blatantly overpoured. I was buying herbals so I get they are heavy and I asked for 10g cuz I just wanted a taste and she told me that I wouldn’t get very far so I said around 20g would be fine then. When I got home, I realized most of the bags were over 30gs. Like I know its easier to go overboard with the heavier teas but every time I have been in DAVIDs they always ask if its okay or at least try to get somewhat near what I asked for (and this was after I complained about Teavana’s tendency to overpour and not tell the customers and how I felt that was wrong).

Fjellrev

Whatever, I don’t care what they claim, I swear they’re in recent times getting trained to overpour. It’s been happening to me quite a bit. Sorry you had a bad experience!

VariaTEA

When I made the comment about the overpouring at Teavana the employee was like “well I get that it’s a way to make sales”

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97

So this is another tea that is nearing its end. Just one serving left after this cup and then its gone forever unless Camellia Sinensis decides to bring it back.

Its probably just as well that I finish this up because the flavor is starting to deteriorate just a touch. The smell is still as strong as ever but the tea itself is more bland.

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97

I set up a cold brew this morning when I made the hot cup and I am enjoying it now as I watch Mad Max. I gotta say, the sweet floral of this cup is a stark contrast to the gritty and raw film. Both are rather enjoyable though.

I find this tea to be amazingly consistent – no matter it’s age or brew style, it tastes almost the same everytime. This may be the tiniest bit more floral than the hot tea but not significantly so (honestly it could just be because I expect a difference). All in all, just a great, consistent tea that I really will miss when it is gone.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Would you say Mad Max is worth watching? I’m surprised it got so many Oscars.

This is a great tea!

VariaTEA

I was surprised the first time I watched it that I enjoyed it. I thought it was just car racing but there is more to it, for sure.

Fjellrev

Cool, good to know. I’ll have to watch it then. :)

Roswell Strange

I was so incredibly sad when CS stopped selling this one :(

VariaTEA

I don’t know why and it makes me sad too. I even went to the store when I was there recently and no Des Roses et Des Bonbons to be found :(

rosebudmelissa

I went to see Mad Max in theaters when it first came out. I was in the mood for a mindless action movie – which it definitely delivered on the chase scenes and explosions – but the story was surprisingly compelling as well.

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97

This was still out on the counter from yesterday so I decided to brew it up again since I need to work on older leaf anyways. Still sweet and delicious!

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97

Tbh I was really worried about trying this because (1) it’s so old (as in mid 2014 old) and (2) because you can’t get it anymore so I was worried I would have to throw this beloved tea away if it deteriorated drastically. Thankfully I was just being silly because this tea is as lovely as ever. Rose candy deliciousness from start to finish! Maybe a little less in-your-face flavor wise but still bright and tasty so I’ll deal with the slight flavor loss.

Evol Ving Ness

Happy story ends well.

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97

Made this as an eggnog latte and it literally tastes NO different than any other cup. The candy-like flavors of the tea just take over and honestly, I’m okay with that.

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97

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97

I am heading over to Camellia Sinensis on Friday to get some of this and Ombrelle de Papier for Roswell Strange (if anyone else would like me to pick up anything for them while I am there, feel free to let me know before then). Since I am running low on this, I decided to have a cup to see if I still really love it so I could decide if I wanted 25g, 50g, or 100g. Sipping on it now, I am thinking 100g all the way, especially because I will be moving away from the store soon :(. It tastes exactly like what the name suggests, candy and roses, and it is delicious.

Roswell Strange

I currently have a cup of this steeping, so I can tell you how much to pick up :P

Sil

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

VariaTEA

Haha, of course you do. If we didn’t have the same tea at the same time every few weeks, I would be concerned we were losing our edge.

Sil

Oooor…order less so you’re closer to free shipping threshold when you get here and place joint orders with us! Hahahaha

VariaTEA

It is around the corner from me so no shipping, just shopping and the potential for tasty treats. Plus I can get smaller amounts if I go in. I can also hand deliver teas to you when I come home thus shipping for you either :P

VariaTEA

thus no shipping for you

Roswell Strange

Ok, I’m thinking 50g. It’s very “yum” but not very, very “yum” ;)

VariaTEA

Haha, np. 50g it is and 25g of Ombrelle, right?

Roswell Strange

Yes please :)

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97

Happy Valentines Day to all!! I am excited to have a day of festively themed teas starting with this one. Candy and roses, the gifts of choice for many today but honestly I think I prefer the tea – less calories than candy and not as much work as roses.

This tea is the perfect combination of candy sweetness and rose florals. Plus it is hot and comforting on this cold snowy day.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
JustJames

happy heart day VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

You too JustJames!

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97

Gotta love coming upstairs to the water at the perfect temperature. Yay for the “keep warm” option.

As for this tea, candy and roses is definitely an apt description and it is delicious.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Keep warm sounds amazing.

VariaTEA

t is pretty awesome.

Kamyria

Every time I hear about this wondrous kettle the battle erupts in my head… “Just go and get it, live the life” says the right side of my brain… “but you have perfectly good and still working water thermometer with built in alarm” says the logical left. “it’s not the same thing!” insists the right…. I wonder how long I can hold off… lol

VariaTEA

I drink a lot of tea daily and forever I thought a kettle was a waste of money because I had a kettle that boiled water. However, I would ignore most of the teas that didn’t steep at boiling. I have only had it a day and I think it is one of the best purchases I made.

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97

I was craving this prior to going to Florida but I stupidly left it behind. Then I returned from Florida and couldn’t taste things. However, today I have finally be able to taste some things so I decided to have a cup.

Just like the last, it is sweet and delicious. A blend with “rose” right in the name scares me because florals can easily taste perfume-y but there is none of that here. This is a cup of liquified candy and I am so glad my roommate picked it out for me. Yum!!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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97

Second tea from my Hanukkah present from my roommate and so far she is two for two! This tea smells like a candy and tastes like one too. I can’t quite put my finger on which candy but it is a delicious cherry hard candy. Luckily, it manages to avoid tasting like cough syrup so it is a delightfully sweet hard candy in a cup with some hints of floral to round out the flavors.

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

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80

Made this iced and I was quite disappointed. All the beautiful fruit notes were drowned out by a base that was too floral. I never had a problem in the hot brew so if I get more of this I would certainly stick to that method. 163.

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80

I was at Camellia Sinensis earlier today with a friend and so she was intrigued by the company and wanted to try their teas. This is one that appealed to her so I steeped it up for us to share. It is fruity and sweet and amazing for a Spring sort of feel, however, the more I drink it, the more I feel as though it is a little generic. Yet, I keep going back to it and for that reason, it will probably remain stocked. Though I am dropping the rating a bit from my original 85.

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80

This is such a light and fruity tea that it is always such a pleasure to drink. On top of that, it smells amazing. This will probably be a favorite as the weather warms up as it is just so fresh tasting that it really seems like a Spring tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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