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drank Xiao Zhong by Camellia Sinensis
6316 tasting notes

i had this one today while my other half and i wandered about for a while. we tried out a london fog donut today as well…that was interesting and delicious!

this tea? I don’t remember much beyond being seriously satisfied that i’d pick this one to have today. I’ll have to have it again soon to get a better note. heh

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This sample came courtesy of the GCTTB – I love the name, it makes me think of the Transsiberian Orchestra… aaaaand now I’ve got their music running through my head. ;)

The smell of the tea is very cinnamon-heavy though that lightens up a bit in the flavour. There’s also this nice, fudgey chocolate flavour that I’m really liking. It reminds me of a Mexican chocolate brownie recipe I tried once that had dark chocolate flavoured with spices. Given the opportunity I was definitely buy more of this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

They are so badass live.

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These are some big and green leaves! The smooth, tightly rolled balls of leaf smell buttery green. Like buttered green beans with slivered almonds.
The fist couple steeps provide a slight gassiness and something creamy and similar to fresh coconut meat. The grassiness melts away after a couple more steeps, and it gives way to a mineralized buttery floral. I loved spending time with this tea! For being a mellow winter oolong, it had whispers of brighter and greener springy harvests.
Gah! This is yet another tea that has me dying for the spring 2015 harvests to grace my doorstep!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Grass, Vanilla

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90

January 2015

Flavors: Nutmeg, Oak wood

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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86

So many rose petals in this tea, and a really lovely green-black tea blend. I steeped for 3 minutes and it is very smooth and light colored and the roses come through strong. A really nice earl grey flavor that brings out the green tea flavor.

I’m afraid I’ll drink this too quickly before I can get back to Canada. Oh well, guess I’ll have to take another trip ;)

This roses-and-earl-grey mix is similar to the Adagio fandom blend of Lady Hawkeye, though that one is stronger on the earl grey and less so on the roses. Guess I’ll have to drink them both!

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woooooo! Another puerh from dexter I’m working from home today so i’m going to try and spend some time with a few of the raw puerhs that i have started to accumulate in my cupboard. I generally prefer ripe…so i need to focus on exploring more raw to figure out what i love.

First steep: holy mother this smells like when you pull carrots out of wet gardens. Sipping on this, i’m getting leather, mushroom notes…but there’s a sweetness hiding in the background. Really interesting…more to come.

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Later steeps, this never stops reminding me of the garden but i wouldn’t call the steeps overly earthy. there’s just something about drinking them that reminds me of that fresh from the garden memory. Really enjoyed this one today.

OMGsrsly

Ooo, that sounds good! Much better than leather-smoke-omg. :)

Sil

i really enjoyed it

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This was my last tea yesterday and while dexter was awesome enough to send me two of these little guys, I will be giving the other to Cavo since i think this might be one she’d really enjoy. I know i’m likely going to order this one next time i place a CS order because it was such an enjoyable drink last night. So much so that i forgot to even take notes hahaha. I didn’t get the warming sensation that the others did with this one but it did result in a much relaxed Sil last night. Thanks so much for sharing this one Dexter

Final Count: 123

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Here’s a sample from my tea sister Sil, which actually came from Dexter, I think. I haven’t had very many teas from Camellia Sinensis, although I’ve perused their impressive website on more than one occasion. This is a lovely & delicious cup of roasted barley with a buttery caramel creamy mouth-feel that makes it especially appealing to me.

Sil

i’ll be sending more from CS once i get around to drinking those ones :) next box!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, take your time! I’m trying to get down below 300 this month! And I have quite a ways to go, YOU!

Sil

heh it’ll be a few months i think before this box goes out. I need to get through some of my smaller sizes so i can dig in to the new teas from mandala, CS, dragon tea house etc… i’ve got major overflow happening at the moment!

OMGsrsly

Oh good! I’ll also have some that I think Sil doesn’t have that she’ll be able to pass on to you, Terri! I’m waiting until she shows up to give her ALL THE TEAS. ahem

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Sipdown (27/330)! I wanna reach 33 – 10% – by the end of the week.
This was a sample from VariaTEA. Thank you so much! I am so glad to have gotten the chance to try this tea and company. I only wish I could pick up more. ):

VariaTEA was kind enough to send me a two cup sample of this, even though it was one of her favourites! I’m glad she did, because I messed the first one up. I didn’t look at the instructions she’d written down, and assumed I should use boiling water since it was a black tea. I ended up with a bitter mess, and tried to cancel it out by adding milk. That just made the whole thing too bland, as I underleafed a bit too, and I was basically drinking warm, thin milk with a hint of roses. This cup, I paid attention and it paid off! I now have one very delicious cup of cherry and rose tea – a combination which I wouldn’t have put together, but it totally works. The dry leaf smells strongly of roses, and the cherry comes in after steeping. The scent of the liquid is sweet acerola cherries with a floral rose back note. I get rose notes primarily in the sip, rounded out wonderfully by the sweet juicy cherry which lingers. I added half a teaspoon of sugar as an experiment, and that really made the flavours pop! The cherry, especially, comes out more and is very juicy now. It’s a shame that this isn’t more readily available to me. It would definitely go on my reorder list if I could actually get my hands on some. It might have even become my go-to rose tea (I love rose tea). Sigh. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to think wistfully on what could have been.

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

Oh yay! I’m glad you got it to work :)

Sil

Just do a swap that involves larger amounts – someone orders this for you and sends it to you…while you order something that isn’t readily available outside the uk for them :)

Nattie

I will definitely keep that in mind if I find someone that wants UK teas!

whatshesaid

I’m going to have to try this one again sometime! I’m not really familiar with this company whatsoever though

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Thanks to OMGsrsly for this sample. :) I actually did try it back when I first received it, but I was coming down with a cold and worried that everything was going to taste weird. I do remember thinking that I could taste cocoa and grain notes, as well as something else that I’m guessing is the “dirt” flavour OMGsrsly gets from this. I liked it! Mmmm, yummy dirt. ;)

So today I decided to brew it along side the Jin Pin Zhenghe Gongfu tea by Tao Tea Leaf. Western style, 2.5g in 10oz of near-boiling water for 3min. The leaves of these two teas are actually really different: the TTL one is mostly long, black, twisted leaves with just occasional golden tips; this one is small, curly leaves with lots of golden tips. :)

Today I’m getting mostly grain and malt, with a bit of sweetness and a bit of sourness or acidity. Not much cocoa or dirt today, lol. I think I might have underleafed it a bit though – usually I go for 3g in 10oz, not sure why I went with 2.5g today. By comparison, the TTL one has a richer flavour, more malt and more cocoa and less acidity. I don’t think I’ve figured out the optimal brewing parameters for this yet, but happily I still have more of this sample to experiment with! :)

OMGsrsly

Glad it works better for you! :D

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This is niiiiiiice. It smells earthy and has an earthy taste, but in a nice way. I’m unwinding from a rough week of work, and this is really doing nice things to my coconut. Thumbs up!

Also, Camellia Sinensis was really generous with this order. They gave me several nice-sized samples to try, and the order got to PA from Canada extra fast. I’m always happy with their tea and service.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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When sharing this with my girlfriend, our reactions to tea are always very different from each other. That being because she is a coffee drinker and doesn’t really consider herself a teaist by any means, however, she still keeps me company while sitting for gongfu of some good cha. This experience, is note worthy because our reactions are hilarious. Hers being more so.

Her: “Ugh, this tastes like an old wet leather boot.”
Me: “AH!! Oh my god! What?! Holy shit!! This tastes like GOD!”

Had a bit of this recentley from a sample. Oh, boy. Brewed this in my Gaiwan. This is what aged pu’erh is supposed to taste like. 20 years has been very kind to this tea. There is so much complexity. Heavy on the mineral, light on the bitter. I got through NEARLY 30 INFUSIONS on this. It lasted about 3 hours. The Chi has evolved into what feels like getting a Hadouken in the throat chakra, and then getting a nice warm cuddle. Hits you hard at first and then gives you the lovin. This may be one of the best teas I’ve ever had, Smoky, beachy, roasted nuts, pine. Viscous is nice, and leaves your tongue slightly numb and wanted a whole lot more.
Not too tippy, and doesn’t have that overwhelming fermented taste. This was a hell of an experience.

Flavors: Anise, Bergamot, Berries, Camphor, Mineral, Ocean Air, Pine, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tealizzy

30 infusions??!! Awesome!

Air_Chrysalis

Seriously! I was getting inpatient too, I had things to that morning! But, yes, it lasted forever.

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Got this as a sample with my order. green and unusual taste, it makes me want to try other Nilgiri teas. Loved it with milk and sugar.

Flavors: Green, Malt

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Smooth and slightly sweet. This is a very earthy cup, with a little toasty quality to it. It’s like drinking dirt-y honey nut Cheerios. I drank this down too quick to make any careful notes :P I really loved spending time with this one! I still have some steeps to go too.

http://instagram.com/p/zAVgbnKHwH/

95C/~5g/gongfu style:
Rinse x2/Rest/5/10/15/15/20/25/30/35/40/45/50/1min/1:30/2:00…… still going!

Flavors: Decayed wood, Earth, Honey, Toasty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Sil

i’m in your tasting notes…reading your thoughts ;)

TheLastDodo

GET OUT OF MY BRAAIINN!

Sil

nowaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiii

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drank Mei Zhan Zhen by Camellia Sinensis
6316 tasting notes

mmmm tasty tea from Dexter Since this year will be the year of Canadian companies…who let you buy in CANADIAN DOLLARS thank you very much, we’re trying to get through as many samples of teas as possible from various companies. this one is a deliciously tasty black tea. it’s a little floral like but it’s also sweet..not honey leafhopper sweet, but still sweet. This is a tea that is lighter…but not lacking in flavour. Overall another enjoyable tea from Camelia!

Cavocorax

I’m still shaking my head at those shenanigans. Sneaky.

Sil

just another X against their name in my books

Kittenna

I think I missed something.

OMGsrsly

Zen Tea was poopy and changed their currency to USD on the sly then announced a sale.

Kittenna

That is unbelievable. (Yet not, because, you know. But still. Screw them.)

Sil

meh..i’m still bitter about that issue we had 2? yrs ago lol

Cavocorax

Yeah, that was bs. :|

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Edit: Whoops. Thanks so much, Dexter! I really appreciate the sample. :)

This seems like a pretty typical shou.

But holy &^%*! I can FEEL THE WARMING that Cwyn mentions in her note. OMG. Whoa.

…whoa.

Let’s see how far I can get with this tea.

2x pour-in-pour-out rinses.

Steep 1: IDK, time. WHOA. Yeah, it smells a little of that fishy smell that shou puerh does at times. But the taste is all DARK TEA and WHOA.

Oh man. Is 7pm too early to go to bed? It is? Guess I should have more tea. Ok.

Steep 2: 4-5 seconds. That’s really dark. Little mushroomy-fishy smelling. That warming taste/feeling is still there. Wow. My mouth almost feels like I’ve been nomming spicy foods. But I haven’t. Sadly. (Oooh, maybe I should order in Chinese. Or not. I am feeling kinda lazy. And IDK if Vancouver has one of those things where you order and pay online so someone just drops off food for you and there is a minimum amount of interaction.) A bit of sweetness is lingering.

Steep 3: I just want to nod off. I’m still enjoying this, but I’m not sure I’d want a lot of it. Fairly smooth, that weird “spice” flavour, a bit of lingering bitterness/sweetness.

I’ve been distracted and have done more steeps. I think I shall thaw a steak and do some dishes and cook the steak and NOM IT. Because that’s what I think my body needs.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 100 OZ / 2957 ML
TheTeaFairy

This made me smile :-)

OMGsrsly

Haha! Awesome. I’ve been all …squirrel! this evening. And I’m in bed and well fed now. :)

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I am a fan of this style and know it is difficult to produce. Traditionally it is a 30 hour or so process.

This was well done in my opinion and very smooth…very enjoyable to drink.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g

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First to review this, really? Well let’s try to do a good job at it then, it’s worth it!

I was quite intrigued with this tea as soon as I saw how unusual it looked like and read its description….I knew I had to buy some. Anything that has maple in its description gets my attention. (My grandpa had a sugar shack, I grew up literally “in” maple!)

Interesting fact, this tea was compressed and aged in bamboo baskets.

Its dry appearance is light and flaky. It looks like giant flakes of roasted maté, and pretty similar in terms of color.

Its smells a little like damp moss and seaweeds.

I rinsed once as recommended.

The first steep was a beautiful golden yellow.

It feels round in the mouth, almost oily, very nice.

The taste is super sweet, with a light earthiness to it. Maple water, yes please…the description did not lie.

I get a nice fresh camphor finish just like some puerh do.

It’s so tasty, some sweet spiciness emerges in the background, reminds me of anise.

Bonus: it provides a very relaxing and warming qi. I feel giddy :-)

This is a superb tea and I’m now adding Liu Bao to the list of favorite tea! It will be interesting to also try their 1996.

I take this opportunity to give some love to the wonderful teahouse that Camellia Sinensis is. When I used to live in the beautiful city of Montréal, I was a frequent customer of theirs. Superior product and impeccable service.

Americans, take advantage of our low Canadian dollar and encourage them! They even offer free shipping to the USA for all orders over $50. (Did I mention they have exquisite teaware? Cause they do!!)

Link:

http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/tea-store

Pics of this amazing tea:

http://instagram.com/p/ybE9jHQhxV/

http://instagram.com/p/ybGNmcwhy-/

boychik

This tea sounds AMAZING!

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m right there with boychik… amazing! (and, I checked out their teaware, and it’s gorgeous! Thanks for the link, and the beautiful pictures!)

TheTeaFairy

Boychik, it’s very different and unusual :-)

DeliriumFrogs thank you and you’re welcome! Hope you get to experience them someday :-)

Cwyn

Their Sencha Ashikubo gives me delusions of being 25 again.

TheTeaFairy

Cwyn, I’ll take some “feeling 25 again” please, dilusional or not ;-)

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First review for this one! This is a blend with dark green tea leaves and dried raspberry pieces, though I didn’t identify the orange peel pieces from the description. There is a raspberry scent that reminds me of the pastille type of fruit hard candy, and also leans toward floral and perfume-like. These qualities become stronger after steeping, which produces a yellow-green color. This is a very solid dark green tea, vegetal but not vegetable-like or grassy. The raspberry flavor is potent and refreshing. Aside from the scent being a little too perfumed, it’s quite enjoyable.

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drank Nadeshiko by Camellia Sinensis
6316 tasting notes

jury is still out on this one…though i think it’s leaning towards “no thanks” i tried this one gonfu today, to try and get a better handle on it. it didn’t work. the first steep was amazing in it’s uniqueness and then later steeps went weird on me. I have no idea how to classify what i’m tasting here beyond “weird” and “different” haha I only picked up a small amount of this, so we’ll see how terri fares with this one haha since she wanted to try more CS teas :)

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drank Nadeshiko by Camellia Sinensis
6316 tasting notes
picked this one up from CS because i wanted to try something that was a little different from other teas that i’ve had. Sipping this, i’m still not sure what to make of it. It reminds me of another tea that i’ve had before…this is not your typical black tea. there’s an almost plum-y depth to this while also being kind of like a bold port like drink. this is a really strong, distinct tea. Holding out on rating this until i have it a couple more times.

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drank Labrador Tea by Camellia Sinensis
1909 tasting notes

This is really, really light, sweet, and somewhat resinous. Very fresh feeling, although I wouldn’t say there’s menthol. It’s also sticky and kinda sorta (at this steep level) is making my teeth feel weird. That’s probably the tannins. It’s also rather thick.

(5 minutes at 95C, decided it was too light so I popped the basket back in for another 5 minutes.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

weird; sounds interesting though.

OMGsrsly

It is weird. It’s apparently a soporific, and it definitely made me feel a little unusual last night. I’m going to look up some history/other brewing methods for it.

Lindsay

Neat, some of the First Nations people in my area drink/use Labrador Tea (I once met a guy with a foot infection who was treating it by soaking it twice a day in labrador tea). I’ve never tried it. :)

OMGsrsly

Same on the west coast. I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it all over while out hiking, but I wasn’t sure and felt it would probably be best to try it from a known supplier first. :)

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i told omgsrsly that i would try this one today since we both ended up ordering it from CS during their sale the other week. This tea has super cute little curly buds that made me smile as i wasn’t expecting that today.

So i don’t actually get cocoa from this one…it’s more of a slightly sweet, malty tea..with a hint of “dirt?” lol maybe there’s a little cocoa there in the background if i concentrate, but this one is vastly different from other cocoa/chocolatey teas that i’ve had. I’ll have to try this one gonfu as well to see how that changes things up.

OMGsrsly

:D I’m planning on trying this one gong fu when I wake up.

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drank Choco Shou by Camellia Sinensis
6316 tasting notes

Latte of this one this morning that i thoroughly enjoyed. It added the creamy facto to a really nice chocolate puerh :)

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