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drank Rose & Cherry by Camellia Sinensis
2677 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
2677 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

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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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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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80

I really like this tea but I never make it because I am too impatient to wait for the water to cool. Now I have my awesome new kettle so I figured it was as good a time as any to have some whites.

This is fruity and smooth with just a hint of floral. Super delicious. MMMmmm…

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I got back last night from visiting my family late so my roommate has already gone to sleep. Today when we finally saw each other she presented me with my Hanukkah present – FOUR NEW CAMELLIA SINENSIS TEAS!!! They all smelled so fruity and delicious and I could not wait to test them out. So I brewed up this tea for the both of us to try. It is really good. It is not as delicate as most teas are but still a light, citrus-y and fruity tea. Delicious!!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

awesome gift!

VariaTEA

My stash has now grown by 200 g and I am very excited! She did tell me if there were any I did not like, she would not be offended if I swapped them but I am sure they will all be tasty.

OMGsrsly

What a delightful surprise for you. :)

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Steeping this sample from Dexter on my desk today, which means hotter water and shorter steeps.

Mmm. This is tasty. Not sure how to describe it really, quite fruity. Maybe cherry wood. Some citrus. Malt.

Yep, I still like this one. Thanks so much for the sample! :)

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This tea is from Dexter3657. Thanks! :)

This is so good. It actually survived in my travel mug during my winter walk really well. It still had nice flavour, and isn’t too strong with a 2 minute steep.

I have to try it in a ceramic mug instead of a stainless travel mug, but so far it’s on my list of “teas to buy”!

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

IMHO Camellia has really nice quality straight teas, you just need to pick the ones to suit your tastes. Happy that you enjoyed this one.

OMGsrsly

Now I’m looking at their website, getting drawn in by all the pretty pictures. :)

Dexter

(I bought a beautiful yixing teapot from them too….)

Sil

so many places to order from…so little time and money for all of them haha

OMGsrsly

I know, right?

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92

From the Great Canadian TTB.

I am not sure if this was meant to be. I could not, for the life of me, find this tea on steepster, I also had trouble finding it on the Camellia Sinensis website. So I added it. So this note might be in the wrong place. I am not sure what’s going on at the moment. Its supposed to blizzard today, it hasn’t started storming yet, but my boss called me and told me to just stay home today so I don’t get storm stayed anywhere. So now I am a bit out of sorts because I am ready to go but no where to go. I don’t like it when my schedule it all messed up. HA. I shouldn’t be complaining, its basically a paid day to stay home and drink tea all day :D

This tea smells strongly of vanilla. The brewed tea is a light black base, but the bergamot is moderately strong. There is definitely a strong caramel and vanilla flavour. As it cools, the caramel is getting quite bitter. But while hot, it was super delicious.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
K S

I remember many a morning where my wife would stand between me and the door and beg me not to go. My boss was not as concerned with the safety of his employees as yours. Stay warm, safe, and full of tea.

Lala

Thanks KS. Because I sometimes have to travel for work, one of the conditions in my contract is if the roads are bad I do not have to go and I still get paid for a “snow day”, if I would get storm stayed my work would pay for a hotel. My bosses are awesome that they are concerned about me travelling. I am the type of person that will always try to go though, so I think my boss woke up this early morning just to text me not to go. The weather people have been forecasting a blizzard for about 4 days now. (Because I didn’t go to work, it probably won’t happen though).

MissLena

Lucky! I am at work..not sure how I will get home, it’s snowing and blowing and nasty here..supposed to get up to 30 cm of snow! :( if it’s coming your way, watch out!

tigress_al

wow, that is awesome that you have such a considerate boss!

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Had some of this last night and continuing with it this morning. Thanks MissB for the sample.
There isn’t much info about the tea, but it reminds me of Bluebird’s Raspberry Beret. For me there is quite a bit of rooibos coming though. It’s really fruity, and I’m thinking creamy raspberry. I think it’s nicely balanced, a little sweet a little tart. It’s nice. Thanks MissB.

MissB

Wow, I seem to be missing a lot of feeds these past few days. Sorry about that!

I struggled to find anything about this tea when I got it. CS has taken it off their site, so I ended up calling them. It’s discontinued, and that’s pretty much all they told me. I even asked the person who gave it to me as a gift what the deal was, and have yet to hear back. So… I had pretty much the same experience. It’s pleasant, a bit rooibos-y, and nice to use as a blend.

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Mmm this is quite tasty. More to come.

Thanks Dexter3657. I love that you sent me so many black teas I haven’t tried :)

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