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Camellia Sinensis

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88

Sipdown (192/194)!

I took this with in my timolino yesterday, for travelling around with and I’m really sad it was a sipdown, because this was a delightfully sweet black tea.

There was a moment when I first tried it where I got the most brief, fleeting note of cough syrup but that sip must have been a fluke or the result of making this in a timolino or something to that nature because the rest of it was just sweet, and candy like with just a bit of florals and was delightfully lovely.

I may have to ask VariaTEA for more of this in future swaps.

VariaTEA

This will always be apart of my cupboard. Especially given the shop is a literal block from my house (at least until I go back home). Thus, there will always be some to share :)

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88

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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88

Holy fucking butts.

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample; I was excited to make this my first tea from Camellia Sinensis because it just smelled so lovely and wonderful dry. Like sweet flowers and fruity candy!

And man, is this ever fucking tasty! I had company over when I brewed this one up – and I had to hide all my excitement because I really didn’t want to share it at all. Heh, selfish me. But really, it was super sweet delicious yummy cherry candy and candied rose and it was amazing. I’m probably going to finish my sample really quickly, and then I’ll be sad. Yup. That’s how this is gonna go down.

So, onto my shopping list I guess?

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you enjoyed it :). Of course I can always share some more

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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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75
drank Rose & Cherry by Camellia Sinensis
1356 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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85

A lovely sencha once I figured out the best way to brew this. It requires a lot of leaf and precise brewing time. Very weak brew steeping for 3 to 4 minutes even after increasing the amount of leaf. Lose track of the time, and the astringency overwhelms your palate. Hit the sweet spot, and be rewarded. This is not a tea for the lazy or absentminded!

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91

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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45

Really vegetal…and fishy. I feel like I’m eating the seaweed wraps off of sushi.

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86
drank Si Ji Chun by Camellia Sinensis
122 tasting notes

A nice creamy vanilla taste. With a faint hint of flowers..maybe Jasmine? Or honeysuckle.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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83

As Sil said earlier, very floral! I enjoy flowers though, so this was a pleasant cup of tea for me. Think frangepelia/gardenia. Tropical fragrant flowers on a soft/sweet green base. Maybe a hint of pineapple too.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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86

Nice floral aroma with a complex tea. Spinach and walnut aroma as it brews, and I taste spring onions, with a honey passionfruit sweetness.

Not as complex as I would like, but this is a good tea, and a good example of some oolongs.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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45
drank 1990 Kunming by Camellia Sinensis
122 tasting notes

haha it is always dangerous to read what other people think as you drink a tea. I am totally getting the applewood smoke!

This one is interesting. Though I’m not really that satisfied with it. Aromas were earthy, but with some faint fishy aroma, and a fairly dominant camphor. I also got some faint fruity tones of cactus (opuntias).

Taste is quite soft. Not as complex as I was hoping, but shous are my least favorite type of pu-erh.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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45
drank 1990 Kunming by Camellia Sinensis
122 tasting notes

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65
drank Bocha by Camellia Sinensis
122 tasting notes

Nice creamy nature to the tea, with a faint hint of nuts. Imagine an oolong and a green tea combined.

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30

Shou is right, this Pu-Erh is quite special. I’m not a big fan of pu erhs, and less of a fan of shous. I can appreciate that it doesn’t all smell like fish….but really not on my re-order list.

Camphor is the perfect way to describe it, with a chalky after taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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83

This one was from VariaTEA and it’s so amazing and tasty and refreshing. I need to try more from this company!

It’s a white tea, and yes. I think I can detect the base below all those fresh fruity flavours. The base is slightly earthier and provides a nice balance. The rhubarb and strawberry are the most noticeable fruit flavours but I could just sit and sip this one for ages based on that alone.

I don’t drink many whites, but I can tell this blend was done right.

Thank you!

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

This is the one white I really love as well. My roommate did well when picking flavors. She grabbed a bunch I would not have gotten myself and I ended up really enjoying all of them.

Sil

i REALLY liked this one too and that’s rare in a white for me heh

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad it has been a success. I think that is why I sent it to you guys. It is one of the few whites I found that I really enjoy.

Cavocorax

:) Thanks again. It was really surprising!

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90

This is a wonderful first flush Darjeeling tea: floral in the nose and in the cup, a pleasingly-metallic taste on the tip of the tongue and roof of the mouth, and a lingeringly-sweet finish.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
SFTGFOP

I’ve been meaning to try this tea. You can’t really go wrong with Camellia Sinensis

sherubtse

The Jungpana is only my 2 FF Darj. The first one was a Seeyok FF from another tea company. Although I disliked the Seeyok, I love the Jungpana.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

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89
drank Kamairicha by Camellia Sinensis
21 tasting notes

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89
drank Kamairicha by Camellia Sinensis
21 tasting notes

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91

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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89

I’m not a big white tea fan. It can be a little too shy for my taste. This one though is fresh enough to deliver a good texture and taste.

Flavors: Apricot, Gardenias

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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