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Camellia Sinensis

Recent Tasting Notes

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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Thanks to VariaTEA for sharing some of this with me! The name instantly grabbed my attention, and I was hoping for Turkish Delight or something along those lines. And it basically is. First sip was candied rose, but the more sips I took, the more the cherry came out.

The base is a little on the dry side but I like it here. The only drawback is the more you sip on it, the more the cherry starts to morph into a cherry cough syrup note. Part of me still wants more, and this reminds me of how I’ve been meaning to order from this company for quite a while. Despite the cough syrup note, I can still see myself enjoying this every once in a while.

VariaTEA

I think this is my favorite tea from them (or maybe Ombrelle de Papier?) so I am glad you enjoyed it.

Sil

ombrelle! i vote for that one! not this one! blaaaaa

VariaTEA

Haha I still have both in my cupboard. Plus I was nice and tossed some Ombrelle de Papier into the TTB. I am spreading the love :)

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I was eyeing that one when I was browsing the site. Sounds great too. Their herbals look very unique too.

TheTeaFairy

Love Camellia Sinensis, their store in Montreal is fabulous! They used to have close to no flavoured teas at all but they’ve expanding that part of the business. And they have some of the best quality straight teas I’ve had.
Damn cough syrup though, I really hope Stacy can come up with a decent cherry tea soon, I’m this close to ask for a custom blend…wonder why it’s so difficult to render properly…

Fjellrev

I’m glad they’re adding they’re expanding the flavoured tea section. And I’m stumped on the cherry too. This got even more cough syrupy as it cooled, unfortunately. Stacy ought to take a stab at it, for sure!

VariaTEA

I don’t get cough syrup from this but I tend to drink it pretty fast.

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This really is an amazing tea! After a long day, to settle down with this tea is the perfect way to end the day. Great complex tastes and aromas really transform in different brewing methods. This is what a good tea is about!

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Sipdown (193/195)!

So, I made the last of this in my timolino and drank it on the walk home. It started snowing! Like, fairly heavily. Boo! Fingers crossed it all melts by tomorrow. DEATH TO ALL THE SNOW.

Anyway; this was nice! It’s sweet and maybe a little more “chocolate” flavoured than the previous cup was – but mostly it’s the cloves I’m really ‘digging’ right now. Concluding thoughts: this will be a little missed, but I’m sure it’ll be short lived/soon forgotten – it was a good, solid gingerless chai and I loved that, but I don’t think it was special enough/unique enough to be remembered over the other chais I keep stocked.

Thanks VariaTEA for the Transylvanian Transsiberian Chai!

JustJames

this one is awesome.

VariaTEA

It is definitely one of the few chais I like but I don’t think it is one I will keep stocked either after I finish what I have. I think my future Camellia Sinensis orders will consist of Ombrelle de Papier and copious amounts of Des Roses et Des Bonbons.

OMGsrsly

Ombrelle de Papier was SO GOOD.

VariaTEA

It is one of my favorite white teas for sure. Weirdly enough, aside from mulberry white teas, all the whites I really enjoy are from local companies in Mtl.

Roswell Strange

Coughitsonmywishlistcough

VariaTEA

Haha, I shall share with you Roswell Strange, fear not.

JustJames

i have to look that one up…. never heard of it. brilliant name though……

VariaTEA

JustJames, I can probably send you a sample as well :). By the way, I think a postal worker has run off with the package you sent me since it still has not arrived :P.

JustJames

i know! what a dirty trick…. am i rebuilding your parcel and sending it off now?

VariaTEA

Haha thank you for the offer but you don’t have to do that. I have plenty of tea here already :)

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drank L'Apaisante by Camellia Sinensis
137 tasting notes

I was just feeling out of sorts, with an upset belly, and the description on this one made it seem like a good bet. It was. You’d think a Campari drinker would know better than to expect sweetness from a bright red tea, but I was still surprised that it was so…grainlike? If I closed my eyes I thought of basil and millet while actually tasting neither. Only after reading the description did I pick up on the anise – and I really hate anise in tea. But not in this one. It steps to the back and doesn’t leave that Ouzo stickiness. And it did settle my belly!

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Oh, I lost my tasting note on this! Steepster ate it on me…

Anyway, I broke this one out because the amount of Chai samples in my possession is only growing, so I figured I needed to step my shit up and actually finish (or at the very least, try) some of them. This one comes from VariaTEA and appears to be gingerless, so it was the top choice for the moment.

I have to confess; I originally thought this was called “Transylvanian Chai” and I kept getting the image of Dracula either taking a sip and his fangs being really sensitive to the heat of the liquor or him saying something like “It’s Spiiicccyyy” in his thick, sexy accent. I’m a little disappointed that that’s not actually the name…

Steeped up what I’m finding is that this isn’t as scary intense/spicy as I had assumed/feared it would be. The cloves and cinnamon are pretty strong and there’s some sort of thick creaminess/sweetness that I would maybe label as more like vanilla, but I’m assuming is the chocolate in this. The absence of ginger really helps a lot with putting this more forward in my books.

So conclusion drawn based on that? I’m pleasantly taken aback and will really enjoy finishing this off, but wont seek it out once it’s gone because I have other sweeter/fruit based (my preference) Chai blends in quantity that are more important I finish off first before getting more.

But yes; this is good and not as scary as I thought it’d be!

VariaTEA

hahaha I am also a bit disappointed it is not called Transylvanian Chai now :P

Veronica

Ha! What a great name for a tea!

Lynxiebrat

That would be a great name for a Halloweened themed Chai. Hmm, something to to represent blood though…

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Meh. This has a nice, light fruity, extra floral thing going on, and if you’re into that, this is a nice, lightly astringent, balanced green blend.

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Ok, ok, I lied. I’ll have a white or green tea tonight. This one is from VariaTEA. :)

Basically it was an “Anything that smells amazing!” choice. As long as “anything” wasn’t a black or oolong.

So this. Dry, it smells like fruit candy. Mmm.

Steeped (for 5 mintues!!), it smells like fruity candy plus tea.

This is really good! I don’t specifically get rhubarb and pineapple, but I do get tea and fruit and sweet-with-a-little-tart. Really nice balance. I wonder how this is iced, or cold steeped. Hmm…

(2-2.5 tsp per 14 oz)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Dexter3657

I love this one – happy you are enjoying it too. (It’s really good cold steeped…)

OMGsrsly

Good to know. Now to decide whether to put it on tonight, or to wait… I’ll put a cold steep on tonight. :)

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you liked it.

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drank Zeste Eclair by Camellia Sinensis
137 tasting notes

Sniffing the dry rooibos blend made me think I had a lemon bomb on my hands, and I mean that in a good way. After brewing, what we have here is a gentle, but deep and delicious lemon with a touch of spice. This is the best thing I’ve ever seen anyone do to rooibos.

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drank Bi Luo Chun by Camellia Sinensis
137 tasting notes

I’ve only tried two other Bi Luo Chuns so far, but this is a bit light for my taste. Instead of the earthy-sweet I was expecting, this is more fruity-sweet. It does have a pleasant light astringency though.

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There are many different fruits in here, but the outcome for me is a tea that tastes like dried strawberries. Not the crispy ones with the citric acid taste, but the soft, chewy ones, as if you dried them in a dehydrator yourself, with the slight dark syrupy note under the fruity lightness. As a bonus, this feels like a total indulgence. Dessert, but not sugary.

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This is every bit as delicious as the Verdant version I just discovered. Such a great tea. The only difference I can see is that where the Verdant one makes me think of buttered toast with apricot jam, this one makes me think I blended in some of my American Tea Room Immortal Green, which is a peachy green with brown sugar notes.

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I’m drinking the winter harvest version. You know how your life seems to progress from a love of simple, bold flavors (Hi-C?) to, say, fine Burgundies (yeah, I’m old) that you never would have remotely liked as a kid? I think I’m somehow enjoying this relatively more delicate but creamy, sweet, thick Jin Shuan at least as much as I ever enjoyed the bolder, crazier versions I’ve tried. I think it’s satisfying, thick body makes up for the relatively delicate (but delicious) flavor.

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Tasting this makes me think the first oolong I ever had many years ago must have been a tieguanyin. I brings back everything I love about it with its floral, mineral, mushroom notes. Finally a candidate worthy of filling the spot opened up by the out-of-stock Verdant Handpicked Autumn Tieguanyin. If they were both available, I think I’d have to flip a coin. This version has less-pronounced (but still present) hyacinth flavors in favor of a warmer profile.

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This is my new go-to green Earl Grey. There is nothing subtle here, just a strong, brisk, clean bergamot. I’m in the camp that sees no point in delicate bergamot and really wants to be knocked out by it, so this is a winner. But it’s not only strong, but a nice rounded, balanced flavor.

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When tea drinkers live dangerously. That’s actually kind of true here. Apparently you’re really not supposed to drink this stuff if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and it has a ‘slightly stupefying’ relaxing effect. So it’s basically beer. In flavor it reminds me of….gin? Definitely a bit medicinal but not bad. It’s just a little piney. I’m definitely relaxed, but then, I’m spending an evening drinking tea, reading a cookbook, and playing with my dog. Really hard to pin down the culprit here. Still, I really think I need to keep this around.

Amanda Wilson

Neat! I did not know that any of the Rhododendron’s species were non-toxic (but I am so not a plant expert) I will have to give it a try.

Flowery

Well, maybe ‘mildly toxic’ is the right description, at least if I’m interpreting WebMD’s summary correctly. I can live with that.

TeaBrat

sounds like I might need to try it :)

Amanda Wilson

Yeah, I can live with mildly toxic ;)

Stephanie

interesting…

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This has to be the most beautiful tea I’ve ever seen. You could throw it at weddings. Don’t try to brew it with a little spoon infuser though – even in my basket infuser, I barely stuffed 3.5 grams in there. Next time I might just use a strainer after brewing completely loose. I chose this one because it promises to help with seasonal allergies that seem to be popping up tonight. The flavor is sort of a cousin of chamomile, very comforting, a little less floral perhaps. I think I like it a bit better than chamomile. I’m halfway through the cup, and my allergies have subsided quite a bit, which I of course have to attribute to just being inside for long enough to make tea. Still, maybe it didn’t hurt? UPDATE: Oh it definitely worked. 30 minutes later, after being back outside, I was completely cleared up. My claritin doesn’t work that well. That’s crazy.

Amanda Wilson

A tea to help seasonal allergies, sign me up! Especially if it doesn’t have the spacey-icky side effects of allergy meds!

caile

Wow, that’s great!

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Surprise after surprise after surprise. I plucked this tea more or less at random from a giant delivery of nearly all of Camellia Sinensis’ herbals. The first surprise: it looks just like that photo! All of their herbals look just like their ridiculous photos. They look like someone may have cut the stems out of a lovely dried bouquet. Next, the tea brewed up to a deep purple I’ve never seen in a tea. Then the flavor – floral herby basil. Emphasis on the herby basil. I think this will be the perfect pre-bedtime tea.

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drank Rose & Cherry by Camellia Sinensis
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I joined Steepster one year ago today. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone here for helping me explore tea, putting up with my questions, generously sharing your cupboards, expanding my knowledge, and just generally being the nicest online community I’ve run into. Thank you !!! (This also reminds me that I should update my profile – it’s not really completely “true” anymore).
I’m really working on getting over the “funk” I’ve been experiencing the last few weeks. I think I’m on the right track now and should be around more.

This was my tea of choice at work today. I’ve written about it before, and it still confuses me, but not as much as the first time. LOL I am learning – or trying to learn.
I really like Camellia Sinensis quality of tea. This one is Taiwan, and that’s why I think it’s weird. I think all Taiwan black teas are a little strange. Most of them are a little oolong esque to me. This one does not TASTE like oolong, but it’s definitely on the lighter side of the black scale. I think this is an interesting Taiwan Black, and if that’s where your interests/tastes lie, then you should give it a try. Me – I’m more of a China Black kind of girl – and that I didn’t know a year ago….

Courtney

Happy Steepsterversary! Ooh, Taiwan blacks are my favourite.

VariaTEA

Happy one year!!

Sil

awe! happy anniversary dexter! hugs

__Morgana__

Happy anniversary!

Stephanie

Awesomeness! Happy steepsterversary!

caile

Happy steepster anniversary! :)

OMGsrsly

Happy steepsterversary! :D

Tea Sipper

Yeah, I’ve realized in the last year that my tastes aren’t with Taiwanese teas either. Happy one year!

mrmopar

Yay! Glad you joined us. You have opened my horizon to many of the teas you drink.

Terri HarpLady

Happy anniversary! :)

TheTeaFairy

Aww, so happy to have you here with us, happy anniversary, many more to come I hope :-)

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I have no idea what to say about this tea.
There was immediately a flavor that I didn’t care for, but can’t quite place.
I kept sipping.
Then there was roasted barley, reminding me of some of the herbal teas I used to enjoy.
Then it was almost as if I was drinking a Dancong: roasted florals & grapefruit.
I’m still sipping re-steeps of this interesting tea, sent to me from Sil who got it from Dexter I think. It’s almost like a houjicha now, only tangier, like apricot. Thanks girls!
Now I’m sitting on the camellia sinensis website…just looking around…

__Morgana__

Shapeshifter tea!

Dexter3657

The Camellia Sinensis website is a hard place to be “just looking around”. I really like all the teas of theirs that I ordered. :))

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well what a strange tea. I picked it out the enormous swap box Dexter3657 sent me because I have been attracted by the leaves…of course I have thought it was an Oolong because it looks like an Oolong but no this is not…and however it comes from Taiwan and I adore Taiwanese teas…

And now I am sipping it after a 3 minutes steeping and…I am perplexe…I cannot really say what I feel about it and what I can taste. I it a medium black bodied tea, I would say a little malty with very little candied fruits.
It is a pleasant tea but really strange tea exactly like some people you meet and cannot really grasp their personnality.
Maybe I should meet this tea sevenral times…

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I have also experienced the generosity of Dexter3657!

Ysaurella

yes incredible generosity. I don’t know which lovely teas to drink first now I have so many :)

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