Churchill's Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

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More of an amazing fragrance than an enjoyable taste. The cardamom, florals plus hints of spice and heavy black tea base would fill a high-dollar niche market perfume bottle, but the actual flavor is surprisingly bitter, slightly soapy, and lacking any enjoyable classic chai qualities. In particular – the cinnamon is muted, practically missing, and the black peppercorn might as well not even be there.

Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Floral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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78

This extremely light green tea, I know it’s almost a white, is very light and sweet. Its slightly brothy and also has a kiwi aftertaste. Very good anytime tea.

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drank Gunpowder by Churchill's Teas
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Smokey and minty, two of my favorite things. It’s like a green version of lapsang. Also the little pellets make you feel like your spooning out kitty litter but luckily it doesn’t taste like it.

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

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drank Golden Monkey by Churchill's Teas
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Very smooth with a strong peachy aftertaste. Reminds me of Yunnan without the bite. Very nice.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Keemun Panda by Churchill's Teas
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Of the two keemuns for sale at Churchill this is the cheaper one and thus the one that needed a snappier name, thus “Panda”. Its not bad, it has almost clove and cinnamon aftertaste, a nice holiday keemun, not much smokiness though and no chocolate taste. Not bad but I’m looking forward to trying the fancier one.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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73
drank Dragonwell by Churchill's Teas
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Vegetal and nutty and sweeter then most green tea, this is one of my favorites. Has an almost caramel aftertaste. Very nice.

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

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69
drank Nonsuch by Churchill's Teas
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Although I hate using the word because it reminds me of a certain drink, this tea is brisk. It has a smooth clean taste, slightly floral and a little bit of cherry. Sweeter then assam and ceylon, this is a perfect morning tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Zhen Mei by Churchill's Teas
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Zhen Mei or Chun Mee, whatever spelling they would like to use, is never my favorite Chinese green, I much prefer Dragonwell but it is interesting. It has a lot more bite then most green teas and an almost dry dusty earthiness, which is a paradox I know. Might need some honey for it.

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

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69

Smooth and grassy with a slight honey sweetness. It’s a great end of the day tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is really refreshing and the yin zhen is great but I’m distracted by the mental image of a tea sorting magnet putting the lilac in a seperate cup to be appriciated on its own. I can tolerate it for the discovery of a savory yin zhen.

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66

This was another tea I was foolish enough to smell in the store after the budget was already gone. With my mother. On mother’s day.
Instant obligatory impulse buy.
It’s based in decent looking silver needle and smells like fresh lilac and hay, quite harmonious. But this blend has major identity issues. The silver needle base and lilac are completely seperate. The yin zhen is, oddly, quite savory and almost like honeysuckle and mushroom soup. The lilac is, well, lilac, fresh and floral. I can’t decide if I like this or not. The tea and flowers are good but they just cry out to be seperated. The maternal unit loves it so I’ve got plenty of chances to decide.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Cherry Rose by Churchill's Teas
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The blending of a standard Sencha with a collection of fresh Sakura cherry blossoms is something I found surprising the first time I saw it, but given the love of the Sakura blossoms and associated festivals in Japan, I shouldn’t have.

This delicately balanced tea is lightly astringent which I didn’t expect so much, but doesn’t detract from the taste much. The floral-but-still-cherry flavor is distinct and memorable.

This isn’t like a “sour cherry” tea you may get from somewhere else. This blend is light and flavorful, but not particularly aromatic. For an additional level of aroma I would either use maybe a 1/2 teaspoon of extra loose material or steep an extra 30 seconds.

This is a great blend for fans of Sencha teas looking for a bit of a changeup. I also think fans of Jasmine green teas will really enjoy this tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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