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Infussion

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Black tea craving and super gaiwan usage recently which pairs this and my new dragon gaiwan up very nicely. I found this tea at the back of my cupboard from my last Infussion tea order not long before it closed down.

The raw leaves are a beautiful mixture of brown shades with golden tips being roughly 3/4 of what is present, those being very shiny and reflective. I do love shiny leaves. They are quite long with a rough average of 6mm, though some are straight while others are curly so it’s hard to tell specifically. Sniff-spection reveals a strong wooden scent with a hint of smoke. Very thick scent, was surprising. Perhaps one of the ‘darkest’ golden tips that I have tried, it smells more like full leaf Dian Hong ie not sweet or creamy like the golden tips I know and love.

First Steep – 15 seconds
It also tastes as strongly wooden and smoky as it smells. Despite a short 15 second steep It’s already very strong, just like a main steep. It does have some sweetness in the after taste but very mild against the smoke.

Second Steep – 25 seconds
Still heavily smoky but now increasing in flavour, adding a dry nutty flavour present in the after taste. Like roast chestnut.

Third Steep – 45 seconds
A little astringency has now appeared behind the smoke. Still getting strong roast chestnuts. The sweetness has vanished.

Fourth Steep – 70 seconds
Lighter in thickness and a little less smoky than previous steeps but I would still say it’s the main flavour. Pure smoke and smoky chestnuts…nice but not what I expected at all.

Fifth Steep – 90 seconds
Similar to the first steep, all that remains is burnt wood.

Overall – This was like no other golden tips I have tried before. I expected malt, sweetness, raisins and cream…instead I got smoke, burnt wood and roast chestnuts. Definiately more like Dian Hong full leaf than the golden tip in flavour. What I saw looked like golden tips (mostly) but it tasted like Lapsang Souchong and Dian Hong. It was nice but not what was expected. Not sure if this got contaminated on their end? It was unopened and still sealed my end and was not near anything open. Very strange.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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A sample from KittyLovesTea, and another one I neglected because I was scared of it. I read some of the reviews below, became even more scared, and then decided to give it a go anyway. I mean, it’s better to know.

I wasn’t really sure how to treat this one, so I dumped a teaspoon (about 35 berries) into my infused, and added it to a cup of freshly boiled water. I forgot about it for a few minutes, so it probably had about 4-5 minutes brew time in total. The liquor is a pale yellow, and it smells…vaguely fruity, and a little medicinal. I sniffed it suspiciously before taking a sip, you see. So I know.

First taste isn’t actually too bad. It does taste subtly fruity — I agree with the sour plum another reviewed picked out. There is something a little vinegary about it in the aftertaste, but it’s not terrible. For some reason, I was expecting a much stronger flavour, but it’s actually quite palatable. I’m coming round to the view that it’s rather nice to drink something completely different once in a while. Something you’re probably not going to come across ever again — a challenge for the tastebuds.

I wouldn’t say this is something I’d drink often, or even seek out. I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to try it, though. I’m not getting five flavours from it (which might be a blessing in disguise), but it’s a nice enough vaguely fruit/berry flavoured cup, if a little odd around the edges, Something everyone should try once.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Sencha by Infussion
415 tasting notes

1 tbsp for 375 ml

Pronounced citrus notes (possible contamination from other teas it was stored with?). Smooth-light grassy flavour. Thick mouth-feel lingering aftertaste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Lin Yun by Infussion
983 tasting notes

I still have a lot of Infussion teas in my collection that I have yet to try, it could be because the company is no more and I would be devastated if I end up loving one of their teas and had no way to buy more of it.

This Lin Yun is beautifully reflective and shiny with plenty of silver tips present. It has a sweet, green, floral scent.

Weight – 7g
Teapot – 200ml/8oz Gongfu
Temperature – 75℃
Steeping Times – (as suggested on the packet) 30s, 45s, 90s

First Steep – 30s – Mild and sweet in scent which reminds me of honeysuckle. Flavour is very mild but contains floral, sweet, creamy and green notes.

Second Steep – 45s – A little astringent and with stronger flavour now. Also a little dry and perfumed in the after taste. Still sweet and floral but now with a mineral green flavour amongst it. Still has a creamy element about it.

Third Steep – 90s – A nice balanced steep in terms of strength and flavour. Still slightly astringent but remains floral, sweet and mineral tasting. Less creamy than previously but more dry.

After the three steeps I can note that the leaves have mostly broken up into smaller pieces and there are a lot of stalks and thick mid leaf stems. Also some of the leaves have a slight red discolouration around the edges and stem area.

I did enjoy this tea, a nice every day tea that would be easy to consume large quantities of. Such a shame…this is exactly what I didn’t want to happen. I have enough for one more pot of this tea and then it’s goodbye tasty green.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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84
drank Longjing by Infussion
415 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 337 ml

Fresh flavour. Nutty, smoky char-like notes. Definite spinach flavour. A hint of clearwhite tea swampy-flavour notes.

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

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To everyone who’s trying this tea expecting it to taste like English Breakfast, you’re sorely mistaken. Any tea that’s bitter— catuaba being one— has medicinal effects. Bitter tonics do things for the body system that other tonics don’t do. For something that’s not just not palatable, I suggest blending the tea with something else. Being a bark, catuaba needs to be decocted not simply infused. You could make a strong decoction, like you would with rhodiola, refrigerate that & simply add a smaller amount to another tea or iced drink. There is an amazing kombucha blend made by Beyond Kombucha that uses catuaba as a key ingredient. To the kombucha it adds a spicy, smoky, sort of woodsy tone that in the blend is divine.

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Backlog:

I was sad when I could (recently) no longer find Infussion online. I am almost always sad when a tea company seems to close its doors (whether they be the doors to a brick and mortar or their cyberspace doors) and I really have liked what I’ve tried from Infussion, and I also liked them as a company … really nice!

Anyway … this is a beautiful Matcha – incredibly smooth and sweet. Whisked up brightly jade, and with lots and lots of froth. The matcha doesn’t separate quickly … it stayed well incorporated until I reached the bottom of my bowl.

A really good Matcha – excellent! Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/03/ceremonial-grade-organic-matcha-from-infussion/

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drank Schisandra Chinensis by Infussion
325 tasting notes

This was a sample, kindly sent by infussion, and I admit that while it was my pick, it took me a while to get the courage to try it.

I was unsure of dosage – I used maybe 20 berries for 3 dl of boiling water, and let it steep some 6 minutes maybe. It´s a very pale infusion, but I think it is just strong enough for me. Any stronger would be way too much.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omija_cha

This is supposedly 5 flavour berry. Magical seeing the dark berries. Omija cha. I wanted to try this, thank you infussion!

And it is a very very strange thing to drink. So far, am unsure what I think though I can already say on its favour – it´s better than hibiscus!

I can not say I detect all 5 flavours – no salt IMO, but there is a pungency which reminds me of pepper. There is a woody quality as well, a bit like juniper or cedar. And a lot of tartness, sourness – but I don´t find it unpleasant at all, I do mean it I find it much more palatable than hibiscus.

This could be a lot of fun in blends, particularly fruit blends.

I tried eating the berries, and it is uh, interesting, but no way could I eat more than a couple. It sort of reminds me of sour plums, both the tea and steeped berries – which luckily I like.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I have been craving green tea as of late but unflavoured green tea instead of my usual favourite jasmine flavoured greens. I’m sorry to hear that Infussion is closing down (if they haven’t fully already) but I have a stack of their teas here that will keep me busy for a while.

The Long Zhu balls are cute and have some silver tips to them and the quality looks good. They have a thick grassy and floral scent.

Tea is burnt yellow in colour and has a toasted grass scent. Quite strong similar to it’s raw state.

Flavour is grassy and crisp clean with hints of flowers, toast, honey and broccoli. Altogether it creates many different layers that all blend into one refreshing and delicate cup of tea. It’s very similar to my Jasmine Pearls but just literally has less of the jasmine flavour but all of the green tea goodness.

Yummy yummy yummy green tea in my tummy = me to go :D

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

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84
drank Longjing by Infussion
2221 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks again to Raritea.

The aroma of this one is misleading… even with a properly timed infusion, I was getting a bit of a metallic too old/oversteeped aroma. But it’s not present in the flavour at all. I recall that happening last time too, even though in that case I had oversteeped it. But again, not present in the flavour (or maybe it was a bit, but less than the aroma indicated).

Anyhow! A tasty dragonwell. I do so adore dragonwell.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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drank Lin Yun by Infussion
4224 tasting notes

Backlog:

I was pretty disappointed when I attempted to access the Infussion website and could not … did this company go kaput already? That would really be a shame because I really have enjoyed the teas that I’ve had from them.

This is a really delightful green tea. Sweet, clean tasting, vegetative, with a really delicious crispness that is invigorating.

Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/14/lin-yun-green-tea-from-infussion/

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drank Longjing by Infussion
2221 tasting notes

Oops, accidental oversteep. And then I forgot about it until this morning. But then I drank it anyhow! And it was good and nutty. I should have requested free samples from Infussion when I had the chance. Sigh. Thanks to Raritea for this one!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Raritea

I have lots more if you wanted to try again :)

Kittenna

You gave me enough for two cups, so I’m still good! And even with the oversteep, it was pretty tasty; I was impressed.

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drank Catuaba by Infussion
6770 tasting notes

Good Lord! I this one is SO NOT for me! It smells, looks, AND Tastes like Pencil shavings! BLAH!

VERY bitter, too!

Sorry!
Terrible!

Lindsay

hot steeped pencil shavings….mmm now i’m curious!

Stephanie

Mmm pencilicious

Rachel J

LMAO!!! That is the worst review I’ve ever seen on Steepster. Hilarious! Sorry you even had to endure a sip!

jessiwrites

I actually kind of love the smell of pencil shavings… but drinking them sounds terrible.

And I have to admit, this review made me laugh.

MsWhatsit

Might be a good tea for writing :)

Hallieod

Kind of hoping the tasting of real pencil shavings was when you were very young! :)

Ellyn

I have to agree! When we tasted this from the teabox we thought BLECH!

Anthony Burdge Jessica Burke

Catuaba isn’t a sipping tea. It’s for medicinal purposes. So it’s not going to taste awesome on its own. Needs to be toned down & blended with other herbs

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drank Lapacho by Infussion
217 tasting notes

I drank this last week thanks at the lovehly Heidi!’s house.
It was a very drinkable tea – with may supposed health benifits. I got some strong vanilla notes. It also smelled nice. Not the most memorable cup but an enjoyable drink. I have been hard in infussion in my reviews but this product i really did enjoy.

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drank Schisandra Chinensis by Infussion
108 tasting notes

o my being scared to try this i almost forgot i had this sample in my kitchen. Well i’m curious because it is suppose to be very healthy but… if i read the other reviews its going to be a strange thing to drink. Anyway i’m thanking infussion.eu for those 3 samples from there where 2 i really really liked!

I’m opening the package and i see dark brown berry’s. They are pretty big and smell strange. Using 2 teaspoon off leaf for my rather big infuser with boiling water and i’m letting it sit there for 10min like suggested…

The color of my brew is a yellowish light brown like substance and smells funny! The drink while still very hot tastes sour like expected but its not that bad like i expected. Its a bit like lemon juice bit then again its no lemon juice! I’m surprised. i’m comparing this to gini or a tonic you drink on a hot summer day…

Then again its not something i love, but for anyone willing to try this very weird and strange sounding berry. I really would say try a sample!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Lapacho by Infussion
25 tasting notes

Inocuous Tea, with vanilla hints- tastes exactly like the water from boiling reeds to make baskets. (I used to weave baskets and you have t boil the reed to soften it- when you hold the reed in your mouth while weaving, it tastes EXACTLY like this!) Medicinal benefits suggested and I am curious. If candida is a cause of hunger and craving for sweet foods, would this anti-fungal tea cut that craving and help you lose weight. If in fact this is so- what a great tea this would be cuz it is super easy to drink- wayyyyy easier than the berries and the Catauba stuff we tried earlier. I’m not a doctor and am making no claims myself, just passing on what I have read and intuitively put together myself. This seems harmless in daily small doese and worth a try. All I’m saying. Steep 10 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Dianhong Golden Tip by Infussion
217 tasting notes

I really enjoy yunnan black teas. HOWEVER, for some reason this tea tastes unsettling. The flavor is VERY fungal. I mean this is drinking a mossy mushroom sandwich, however in this sandwich instead of bread it tastes like there were portabello’s. I was able to try a sample of this from my friend Heidi!. We tried it rinsed, unrinsed, a variety of times, and tempuratures but no matter what I did it still tasted like mushrooms. Sorry infussion, we have a few more to try from y our lineup…I’m sure I’ll like something else…Next up on the list from infussion…Lapacho.

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Really Excellent. Light, pleasant, citrus without pucker, jasmine hints, no sour, no bitter, light color, pleasant hay- delicate but very nice. I can imagine getting a hankering for this often just to focus and relax. Smells fresh- good- not pungent in the least. I left the tea in the cup the entire time I drank it and it never got too strong.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Ellyn

im so glad you like steepster!

Heidi!

did you try the supreme stuff yet- it’s good- just watched how to mak matcha on youtube- sheesh- we hafta try that one soon!

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drank Dianhong Golden Tip by Infussion
25 tasting notes

This is a new genre of tea for me completely. It tastes like seaweed and spinach. Mellow and soft, it is not unpleasant but certainly new. It does not need anything to supplement it- I think this is a taste you acquire, I have not succeeded yet, it is just culturally very new and I will have to keep trying it and see if it sticks. Smells like warm seaweed, not overly strong, but not like anything else I have ever tasted in tea. Funky.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Infussion

Are you sure you’re talking about premium black tea from Yunnan? Black tea isn’t really new culturally ;)

whatshesaid

I assume she meant new to her taste buds!

Heidi!

CORRECTSHESAID! I believe people have taste buds according to their typical diets, and I have not been exposed to those in this tea frequently, yet. While not unpleasant it is just new to me.

whatshesaid

I agree, that’s how i felt about laoshan black! Doesn’t mean it will never appeal to me!

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drank Schisandra Chinensis by Infussion
25 tasting notes

This is wild stuff. It has many benefits supposedly, I cannot say yay or ney on that but it is so different it is intriguing. To me it is really sour, I can suck on lemons and enjoy the flavor plain, so maybe this is just perfect for me- but I like it. in a weird, unique way. I believe you are to steep it 10 whole minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Organic Long Zhu by Infussion
4224 tasting notes

Backlog:

LOVED this stuff! I found it a little unusual to be looking at these perfectly shaped pearls and not smell the distinct jasmine note that I expect when I see green pearls, but I got over it, especially after trying the tea. It is a really refreshing cup of tea. Vegetative and very pure tasting. Very enjoyable.

Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/01/long-zhu-from-infussion/

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drank Matcha by Infussion
43 tasting notes

First of all, big thank you to Infussion for sending out free samples. I probably never would have gotten out of my comfort zone enough to try matcha otherwise.

Now, I’m going to hold off on rating it because I’m not sure I made it right. I tossed the four gram sample into a water bottle with two cups of water and some honey and shook it up. Took a sip, didn’t like it. Went to class, came back, tried it again and down the whole bottle in about two seconds. So I really don’t know about that. XD

Overall I’m sure this is an excellent matcha for the experienced matcha taster. The quality seems to be pretty high (and heavens knows it tasted better than the starbucks green tea frappachino. Though I think the syrup starbucks uses is to blame for that one.) But really, I have no idea what I’m doing. =,D

I still have the ceremonial grade, so I’m going to have to try and make that one properly. XD

Kittenna

4 oz. sample?? Maybe 0.4? Just trying to figure out how you made it! I think most people use between 1-2tsp/2 cups water when making a smoothie, and perhaps less when drinking it straight.

Ramvling

I meant 4 grams! Wow lol.

Kittenna

For some reason, that didn’t even occur to me, ahaha. Sounds much better!

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drank Catuaba by Infussion
217 tasting notes

This is from the here is hoping traveling teabox.

This dry infusion looks like a fibrous root. It almost looks like the shavings I used as a child for my gerbils. The dry root like infusion has a cedar smell.

Once steeped it is deceptively rosy in color. It looks pretty. However, at first sniff it is bitter and goes into my sinus cavity much like a vapor rub. A deep sniff of this makes me wince. There are notes of chlorine and wood in the smell.

I researched information about this herb online and found out that the fruit from this tree is not edible. I am not surprised. This root is barely edible…err…drinkable.

The flavor is hard to discern. I can say that it is VERY bitter. It puckers the edges of my tongue.

While I am rating this tea 0 the entertainment factor as I sipped it with a friend is 100. We had fun drinking this, reading about its supposed benefits and having a laugh.

Thank you Tea Sipper for putting the teabox together. I may not like this tisane but I appreciated the opportunity to try it and (comically) give it a review.

Marcel Duchamp

Your reviews today are very spunky. haha.

Donna A

Your writing is very poetic.

Ellyn

My comment got deleted! DANG!

My reviews today are from: 1. having fun with the traveling teabox, 2. being in a great mood due to a win at work 3. trying tea with a friend and 4. enjoying new things even if they are somewhat funny!

Thanks for reading!

Ellyn

also had 1/2 day due to snow!

Ellyn

Donna a: thank you!!!

Alphakitty

Yeah, I did not like this one either! I wanted to but oh my goodness was it bitter

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drank Schisandra Chinensis by Infussion
217 tasting notes

This tea is from the here is hoping traveling teabox.

This tea may have health benefits. But it is gross.

The infusion is a light yellow color.

There is no tea in this infusion nor is there anything resembling leaves. It is just dry peppercorn looking berries.

The dry berries smell like cedar chips and vinegar. I am not joking. This is repugnant and fierce. I can appreciate that infussion.eu is trying to spread chinese herbal medicine and know that there are interesting supposed benefits. However, you REALLLLLLY need to want the benefits in order to choke this down.

The prominent note is SOUR. It gets under your tongue with a ZING! (And not a good zing.) It is very vinegar and dill tasting. Perhaps you could use this to make pickles!

I am glad I got to taste this but will stay away from this herb in the future. If you are going to try this herb please be aware that it gets more pungent as the cup cools.

I finished the sample from the traveling tea box – but I do hope that others can try this and let me know if I am crazy in my taste!

Note: I was googling the various health claims on this tea and found that this tea is not suggested for people who are pregnant. I am not a dr, however, I am just relaying what I read on the interwebs.

Marcel Duchamp

This sounds weird and intense. haha.

Emily M

Wow…that sounds… interesting?

Ellyn

Marcel Duchamp: It is seriously intense. wow.

Tea Sipper

Ah, I didn’t know it wasn’t suggested for anyone pregnant. Could you write that on the package of this one? In case anyone else in the teabox doesn’t know? thanks

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