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Canton Tea Co

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I just finished my third cup of this amazing black tea. The sugar touch gets less and less but the tea itself keeps giving! It transformed to a more normal black tea thats mild and sweet… Usually i always drink 2 cups of a black tea only some can make me make 3 or more cups. This is one off them a very good third cup, amazing!

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This tea was not on steepster website yet and is not available anymore on canton tea (if my search was correct). It was part of the canton tea club but for a short while on sale for all costumers. Now to the tea…

I was waiting to open this package because its a vary special tea in my opinion, because its pretty rare. The sugar element in this tea made me purchase it, it made me curious!

The dry leafs are pretty large and tippy but thats a sign the quality is good, there were almost no broken leafs in this ziplock bag. For my first steep i’m using a teaspoon of leaf and using the recommended brew time of 2min with 95°c water. The color turns out a dark brown a bit like a ceylon or a light brewed assam. On my very first sip (the tea is still to hot) i notice a light malty taste and of no surprise i can tasted a little bit extra sweetness from the sugar, its not overwhelming but in my opinion enhancing the taste a bit. When its cooled a bit more its less malty then i expected but its still very strong in taste and even a little bit caramel like.

Its a tea i could possible drink on a everyday base but its far to unique to be actually doing this. A nice surprise and i will be trying to get some more off these canton tea club tea’s…

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

my 100th note!

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83

Yixing teapot – 370ml of which I will only be filling half way as it’s for one so roughly 175ml-200ml
Tea weight – 5g
Water temp – 95°C
Steeping times – 15 second increments

The leaves have a musky leather aroma and rich earthen charm. The ageing process seems to have been very kind so far.

The flavour features thick, smoky, sweet, musky, earthen clay elements. Rather smooth considering the amount of different rich flavours it contains.

A nice Puerh that should improve nicely as it ages, if I can keep myself from drinking it all that is.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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90

A very pungent green with features of peony, peach, grass seaweed and dry nuts.

Good quality leaves with hairy/reflective silver tips. Very fresh and a definite recommendation for any strong green tea lovers.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

A very tasty Bi Luo Chun with elements of grass, sugar snap peas, flowers and honeysuckle. Excellent quality leaves complete with silver haired tips and a pungent aroma.

Bi Luo Chun always gives me a tea buzz :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Dag Wedin

Yeah, one of my favorite greens. I find the white bi lou chun to be a bit tough to brew right. have to go really cool. it turns astringant/bitter very easily.

KittyLovesTea

I know what you mean, one day it can be too strong and the next day it’s mellow. I might have a go at brewing the Chinese way according to Teavivre. It’s towards the bottom of the page, seen similar instructions for brewing Long Jing too. Must try it, maybe tomorrow.

http://www.teavivre.com/info/brew-bi-luo-chun-green-tea/

Starfevre

I am so sad that I have never experienced a tea buzz or a tea high. I suspect it has to do with the fact that I don’t react to caffeine, but it still makes me sad. You are lucky.

Bonnie

Starfleet, the caffeine conveys the l-theanine to the brain but doesn’t cause the tea high. You never know what tea will effect you. Fresher, pure tea is a better bet and many people say white, some green and oolong tea’s give a buzz ( or sense of well-being). For me, it’s a certain white tea and puerh. Most puerhs make me feel good and all fresh sourced tea’s.

Starfevre

Ah, thanks, that was informative! I guess I’ll have to keep trying then.

KittyLovesTea

The only tea that makes me tea drunk/high are pungent greens. If I steep it a little stronger than recommended and drink two pots in quick succession it makes me feel very relaxed and happy and my eyes feel warm and tired. Also get a little light headed sometimes. Keep trying Starfevre you will never know when it may work for you. :)

Dag Wedin

Strong sheng does it for me. :)

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92

Ahh, green tea fit for a king. This bag of treasure has a rich smell with beautifully rolled long dark green leafs. The brew smells sexy with a floral green tea note. The drink is mild, no surprises, followed by a soothing sweet after taste. It’s a peaceful zen approach to the pallet with kingly quality.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77

With my last order from Canton Tea there was this little sample of yunnan black pearls included. I had it sitting here for a while now and my curiosity has taken the upper hand.

Upon opening the package i can smell a light malty typical yunnan flavor. I had yunnan tea’s before but that where usual loose tea’s, this is something different. The pearls as they are called are pretty big tea balls. Lets say about 1cm diameter max but most are a bit smaller. Its easy to measure in your teacup and the instructions note that i best use 2 balls for 250ml water. But i like my black tea strong so i’m using 3…

I’m using almost boiling water and a 3min infusion for my first cup. The little teaballs start to unfurl and bubble open pretty slowly and after a minute or so it increases it speed and starts getting alive. The balls turn out to be pretty large yunnan leafs, pretty tippy to. The color of the infusion is a hazy brown, not so dark then i expected but it smells good!

Tasting this tea reveals a slightly malt and spicy flavor that holds up pretty well, its surprisingly sweet and not bitter at all. I’m enjoying this and its easy to make because off the balls u just pick some out the package and are ready to go…

Overall not my most favorite yunnan but its a good quality

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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There’s no mistaking this beeng cha for anything but a sheng. It has that familiar aroma that I no longer associate with anything but sheng puerh. This carries over into the wet leaf and the liquor. The leaves are large and the beeng is quite loose, making it easy to pick apart, while retaining whole leaves. The liquor is a lovely rich golden yellow colour that really reminds me of nothing so much as a sample! Still, it is one worth drinking!!

The tea itself is quite mild. I suspect I should have brewed it for longer, and I shall try that with the next steeping. It is smooth and sweet with only a slight bitterness, and the real flavour develops on the tongue after swallowing. There is an edge of camphor to the aftertaste, a slightly prickly dryness on the tongue, and an enduring sweetness on my breath. It is really jolly good. I can feel my body cooling and relaxing as I drink it, and the enduring aftertaste enhances that experience. There is a lot going on with this tea and I am really enjoying it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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90

Backlog:

A really delicious green tea. Unique in flavor … this isn’t your usual green tea! It has a flavor to it that is almost “juicy” … sweet and fruity! I tasted notes of cucumber and watermelon, just as it was promised in the description. Awesome!

This isn’t a really thick or what I’d call a “brothy” type of tea … this is more crisp, light and refreshing. I like this tea best when it’s cooled slightly because the flavors really pop.

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95

5g / 200ml water from kunzan tetsubin in a banko-yaki pot.
Two infusions.
2m @ 85C
3m @ 90C

First impression is very much like a high grade silver needle. But the leaf look more like a mao-cha, curly and twisted. The tea is matured from 2008.
Taste is like that of a good silver needle. maybe a bit sharper. Very full taste, with a long fresh aftertaste. Aftertaste reminds me of a lemony black tea. A darjeeling perhaps. VERY nice!

Will have to look around for more matured silver needle.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
yyz

Sounds like it’s really good!

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54

meh. Great Canadian Travelling Teabox

so i don’t even know what to say about this one. it’s not bad..but it’s just blah. boring. uninspiring…and i had great hopes from the description. I’ve made a few steeps just to run through the different flavour profiles and it’s over all just kind of boring.

And the world (or at least my cupboard) doesn’t need more boring tea.

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96

My very first gyokuro!

Brewed it traditional style.
5g / 100ml in a banko-yaki kyusu. Water from Kunzan tetsubin. Served in hagi-yaki 120ml cup. All out japanese tonight :) Used the cup as a yuzamashi. (watercooler)

Only 3 infusions due to lack of time.
2m/8s/8s @ 55C

The taste was intense, sweet. Like a supersencha! Now i understand why gyokuru is considered the best green tea in Japan. I found it invigorating. I will be sure to sample some more gyukuros and stock up! Less sencha next year for sure.
Next time i will use 6g / 100ml.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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60

Tea #8 Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box

I’m confused (I know, that’s not unusual for me). I was expecting this to be pu’erh. Is it suppose to be pu’erh? It doesn’t smell like it, it doesn’t taste like it. To me this is a mild black tea. There is a hint of maltiness, a hint of cocoa, but not bold enough for me. I used one brick to 8 oz of water, and have done 4 steeps of it. The second steep was the best.
It’s ok, but nothing special in a black. If it’s suppose to be a pu’erh total disaster. I’m just going to not dwell on it and move on. It would hurt my poor head too much to try and understand.
Edit: As per Kittyloves Tea’s comment. I’ve rated this as if it were a black. Makes me feel better that this is suppose to be a black tea. Taste buds didn’t fail me this time. I didn’t think it tasted pu’erh. I was underwhelmed with it as a black tea. Nothing really wrong, just not bold enough for my tastes.

KittyLovesTea

This is a black tea that has been compressed. I don’t mean to pimp myself out or anything but I did a blog entry on this a while ago with information on it’s origin and information etc. http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2013/03/17/the-gift-of-feng-qing/

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88

4g in Banko-yaki kyusu, 200ml water from Kunzan tetsubin.
2m @ 70C
3m @ 75C

This is one of my favorite greens, full of flavour. The aftertaste is amazing.:)With the kunzan the flavour and aroma are stronger. So will bump up rating.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

anything with emerald in its name should be wonderful

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88

Drinking this marvelous 1st flush today after a meal off my favorite dinner stewed porkmeat with honey and carrots and rice… This 1st flush tastes alot like the arya estate darjeeling oolong i had a while ago. It keeps up true 3 infusions while most black stop being very good with only 2. This one got in general a lot of the same tasting note’s then the oolong. But its less muscatel tinted and a bit more sweet, especially the sweet honey like after tastes is getting out, or maybe thats because i had a very sweet honey flavored main course… i love this one thats for sure!

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66

Ok so I have recovered from my bike injuries and as I was getting back to normal my cousin almost died on Friday night which has left me shocked and upset. He was drunk and punched a window which cut a main artery in his arm and cut through the muscle down to the bone. Very nasty and messy and the ambulance crew said they are surprised he made it because of the amount of blood he lost. We are not sure if he will have full use of his arm again but time will tell.

Then today as I was again starting to pick up a little I had my e-mail account hacked. They sent all sorts of porn messages and links to numerous people with my face on them! Quite frankly that left me stunned too but thankfully I managed to change my password and kick them off so it shouldn’t happen again. Lucky I managed to keep it at all.

So that’s my last few days, I hope everyone has been well.
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This was a free sample from a while ago and I had completely forgotten all about. Well I got a new Japanese (I think) teapot with flowers and built in ceramic filter which I have been using of late and it’s perfect. Anything large leaved or ball shaped works well with it.

In raw form these balls/pearls are very small measuring roughly 3mm – 4mm in diameter on average. Some have silver tips that shine beautifully amongst the dark green leaves and they smell strongly of Jasmine, rather fresh too. Not as fuzzy/furry as I was hoping for though.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a sweet and strong pure jasmine aroma. Very clean smelling and pure.

Flavour is floral, sweet, a little astringent and perfumey. Stronger than the smell and a little more astringent than expected. I brewed low and had maybe 13 balls in one large pot, enough for 5-6 cups….balance works with my other pearls. Perhaps this tea is the ‘cheaper’ version hence no fur on the pearls which would explain the taste. It’s not as sweet as I was expecting either but there is still a hint there.

I think I will stick with my Pearls from Teavivre and Dragon Tea house. These are just too rough. :(

KittyLovesTea

http://t.co/Xqw8wnLJxg <——- Pic of my new teapot. Was £2.50 – carboot find.

Veronica

I’m so sorry that you’ve had such a rough time lately! I hope your cousin will be ok. That is such a scary thing.

Your teapot is beautiful! Love the different colors of green for the leaves.

momo

Holy crap that’s a lot to go on in a short time, glad everything is okay!

Nxtdoor

Must google "What’s a carboot? "

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Ok so I have recovered from my bike injuries and as I was getting back to normal my cousin almost died on Friday night which has left me shocked and upset. He was drunk and punched a window which cut a main artery in his arm and cut through the muscle down to the bone. Very nasty and messy and the ambulance crew said they are surprised he made it because of the amount of blood he lost. We are not sure if he will have full use of his arm again but time will tell.

Then today as I was again starting to pick up a little I had my e-mail account hacked. They sent all sorts of porn messages and links to numerous people with my face on them! Quite frankly that left me stunned too but thankfully I managed to change my password and kick them off so it shouldn’t happen again. Lucky I managed to keep it at all.

So that’s my last few days, I hope everyone has been well.
…………………………………………………………
This was a free sample from a while ago and I had completely forgotten all about. Well I got a new Japanese (I think) teapot with flowers and built in ceramic filter which I have been using of late and it’s perfect. Anything large leaved or ball shaped works well with it.

http://t.co/Xqw8wnLJxg s not as sweet as I was expecting either but there is still a hint there.

I think I will stick with my Pearls from Teavivre and Dragon Tea house. These are just too rough. :(

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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73

my very first Indian Oolong! I had a few darjeeling tea’s before but usually the regular black first or second flush tea’s, this on the other hand sounds special…

The leaf are big and look like a heavy roast chinese oolong perhaps a bit like a big red robe. But taste wise its different offcourse, i’m tasting a fruity fresh oolong with the same hints off muscatel a good first flush black tea has. Its sappy, but the sweet and sour note’s from the discription are not coming true on my tastebuds… perhaps its a personal thing i don’t know but i’m really enjoying this.

Gonna try a second cup in a few moments with a bit longer steep but for now this tea gets a descent score!

oh i forgot to mention i brewed this for 2min with 85°c water.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Huo Shan Huang Ya by Canton Tea Co
108 tasting notes

Huo Shan invasion this evening! Second cup brewed for a solid 3min 30sec and its still just as wonderful then the first. One thing i notice is that its more nutty then my first cup, probably due to a longer brew time!

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drank Huo Shan Huang Ya by Canton Tea Co
108 tasting notes

small note: the aftertaste on my first cup is just insane the flowing sweetness is still in my mouth after 5min or longer :)

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drank Huo Shan Huang Ya by Canton Tea Co
108 tasting notes

Here we go i had this one for 2 months in my kitchen but now its time to try it out. Over time i had a lot off green and white tea’s but never ever a Yellow… So its a first time for me and i’m very curious how its going to taste!

The dry leaf’s look a lot like most green’s but with the difference they got some yellowish spots and stains here and there. When dry it doesn’t really smell alot just a regular grassy tea smell. Brewing my first cup with 70°c water for about 2min30sec.

When pouring in this tea i notice almost no color, only when my cup is almost full i’m beginning to see a light green tint in my glass cup! I let it cool for a while because i enjoy my white tea usually when they are cooled down a lot, so doing the same with this one!

My first sip tastes soft very soft in taste and its sweet. You can really tell its sweeter and different then green tea. I did not expect this to be true because its so related to a green tea… This has to be one off the most sweet and fresh tea’s i had in a while and very light in taste. Going to enjoy this on the warm summer days ahead!

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