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This is a sweet and lightly nutty tea with a unique look and lots of flavor. I brewed this one in a tall glass to accentuate the leaves. I used 2 grams of the leaves with 160-165 F water poured over them, steeping for 3 minutes. I did three infusions thus far. It could likely go for more.
I generally don’t care for flavoured whites and greens (or so I thought), but this tea is an exception. Smells sweet, fruity, and, yes, like a happy song. Really nice summer drink. Can’t wait to try it iced!
Brought from a fried visiting her relatives in China. A dark and rich wolong with a distinctive aroma that portends a strong flavor, but when tasted the tea is surprisingly smooth.
This is a great yellow tea. It is bold and complex, very buttery and it develops some quiet peppery notes during additional steeping. The infusion is perfectly clear and intensely yellow.
This is a really good every day green tea. It is sweet and light perfect for a hot day but has a hint of astringency at the end that is really pleasant. It supported easily 4 steeps. I prepared it with a gaiwan full of tea with a slightly warmer water than I use to for green teas. it is also a good quality/price tea.
A robust but well-balanced chai. The flavors are vibrant and fresh. It’s heavy on the cinnamon, which makes it a bit bitter on its own, but with milk and a touch of sweetener it turns into an irresistible nectar.
This is a wonderful, delicate pu-erh suitable for the pu-erh novice. It has a lovely, lightly earthy aroma, with hints of the forest and the sea, that I’ve found to be quite intoxicating. The flavor is smooth and light. There’s a touch of sweetness as well. I’m definitely interested in trying some stronger pu-erhs someday, but this is a nice one suitable for drinking any time.
This came along as a sample with my order (Darjeeling 2013 sample packs).
I didn’t expect much from it, but it has a lovely warm fuzzy peach flavour to it. Overall, it has a lovely soft Darjeeling characteristic, with a smooth, creamy body.
250ml mug, 1 teaspoon
Flavourful, sweet, woodsy and creamy. Not to overpowering or bitter either.
I found that with a bit too much time or leaves it’s too bold, but it’s really wonderful when I get it just right. Comparing this to the Thurbo Dj-19 I just had from CS, it’s a stronger flavour but still overall a balanced tea.
250 ml mug, 1 teaspoon
This was really smooth and not sharp/bitter at all. Along with the typical notes I expect (woodsy, peppery), I never felt like the flavours overpowered my taste buds.
Overall I enjoyed the tea, but Darjeelings are not something I usually purchase so I’ll reserve rating this for now. But compared to some others I’ve tried, this seemed really subtle and balanced at the same time.
250ml mug, 1 teaspoon
Yum! I think I have a soft spot for dong ding oolongs. The first infusion (travel mugged) was a bit light, but the second could have been that of a milk oolong. I don’t get the floral notes like I do with TGYs (which can be overpowering) – it’s just nuttiness, creaminess, and “oolong” flavour. So smooth and delicious.
Thanks for letting me try this Sil!
This is my fist time trying a yellow tea. So going into this purchase I didn’t know what to expect. Due to amount that came with my order (10g), I decided to prepare it with short steeps.
Initially when going through the rinse stage, I sniffed the gaiwan lid and picked up on a unique aroma. It’s really hard to describe, but from my tastings it’s like a butter and honey combo.
Then, throughout the steeps I got a nice crisp, heavy butter, sweet, creamy, and vegetal flavour (similar to sugar snap peas). With the third steep having a lovely honey and butter flavour.
Overall I’m very impressed. Even though this is my first chance trying yellow tea, it seems very different from the other usual types. I don’t have the budget to indulgence on Jun Shan Yin Zhen, but very happy I had a chance to try it.
100ml gaiwan, 5g tea, 3 steeps and rinse (45s, 30s, 30s)
(I tried past 3 steeps but I didn’t enjoy it as much)
One of my favorite teas ever. It gets better with every cup. It’s tastes very natural to me, like leaves, reminds me of a spring day. Not tart at all like other Darjeelings I’ve tried. Great to relax with after a long day
Since December 2012 when this was purchased and sipped, I’ve gone through about 2/3’s of the bag. The website description is pretty spot on; spices (cinnamon) and a sweetness are very present in each sip.
Observations from my steeping today, brought up a lot of old memories I’ve had drinking this. It’s a very flavourful cup, but it doesn’t perform so well with short steeps (kinda stretching if I go past 6 short infusions). The spices notes are wonderful, and they give off a nice “warmth”, but I still prefer their Jin Die tea over this for that particular quality.
Overall it’s a good tea and my expectations were met, but there are other teas from Camellia Sinensis I’d order again over Luku Hong Cha.
500ml water, 5g tea leaves, 1 steep (4min)
oy…this is not the oolong for me. overly floral and particularly “green”
Red rooibos blended with vanilla and raspberry sounds like a tasty evening treat. I got this from a sampler set/gift box from Camellia Sinensis.
Dry, the vanilla and raspberry aromas are quite distinct and overwhelm the rooibos, which finally comes through harmoniously while steeping. The finished cup is a very appealing blend of scents of the honey-like sweetness of rooibos, vanilla and a fruity accent.
The taste of the cup is similar, if a little weaker than anticipated: sweet, fruity, decadent and relaxing. The next time I make this, I will likely add more leaves. Regardless, it is rare that I feel a sweet tea (or “tea”) doesn’t need any sweetener, but this one is perfect.
One last note: while the Camellia Sinensis English website calls this blend “Strawberry & Vanilla Rooibos”, its description, as well as its original French name (“Le chaperon rouge (Rooibos framboise & vanille”) points towards a raspberry flavour, not strawberry. This is an error on their end, but I decided to copy their translation regardless.
This tea has intrigued me ever since I first saw it. It’s a black tea from Japan, which is unheard of as far as I’m concerned.
Nadeshiko smells like dried fruit. Raisins, dates, figs perhaps. Dry or submerged in boiling water, this is the dominant aroma. The scent of roasted cereal appears as the leaves brew.
The resulting liquor is a deep, dark red. It tastes familiar to Japanese green tea drinkers, with the cereal aroma coming out quite strongly, while the fruit smell remains in the background, mildly astringent, and as an aftertaste. Comforting and subtle, this is well worth trying, and easy to drink at any time of the day.
Nadeshiko is hard to compare with other teas, as its taste is closest to that of black tea, but it is produced more similarly to pu’erh. It is classified as a “rosé tea” by its distributor.
This is my first genmaicha, and it has quickly become one of my very favourite teas. It’s delicious at any time of the day, and it’s not picky with water temperature.
There is a faint vegetal aroma coming from the package. After scooping a couple of teaspoons and rinsing the leaves with hot water, the nutty, sweet smell of the toasted rice comes through, masking the grassy notes of the tea leaves.
The recommended steeping instructions on Camellia Sinensis’ website were a temperature of 90°C for 3-4 minutes. This resulted in a light, sweet brew that was relaxing and easy to drink, and retained the heavy aroma of the rice. Another set of instructions I tried came from the Nihoncha Instructor Association, which recommends a short steeping time with boiling water. Following these guidelines the tea came out stronger, but not bitter. Both methods taste great, and the better one should come down to personal preference.
I have no other genmaicha to which to compare this one, but it’s one of my favourite discoveries.
First tasting of this particular Dragon pearl tea. Very subtle, soft. Just what I wanted