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69
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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84
drank Organic Long Zhu by Infussion
4641 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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1
drank Catuaba by Infussion
230 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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1
drank Schisandra Chinensis by Infussion
230 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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80
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
67 tasting notes

As the leaf appears somewhat broken up I really can’t point fingers since I’m familiar with brittle nature of Bai Mu Dan. With the usual hues of green and brown that White Peony bears I can detect only few white tips.

The infusion is somewhat thick with subtle and almost faint notes of butter, sweet sap and hay on hot summer day. Although it’s a pleasing cup to me it misses some richness and complexity to make it a keeper.
On the other hand, price seems really fair, so my guess is that it could fit in for a gulper tea, hot or iced/cold brewed, so I might turn around when the summer comes. If I ever decide to experiment with tea flavoring I’ll use this one as a base for sure.

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

Thanks for an honest review. You might want to try : Water temperature: 70C/158F
Steeping times: 30s; 45s; 90s

kOmpir

Thanks for the tip, I’ll try it your way. BTW, how much leaf and water do you suggest to use?

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84
drank Sencha by Infussion
506 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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84
drank Sencha by Infussion
506 tasting notes

1 tbsp for 375 ml

Floral. Sweet note- reminds me of chamomile sweetness. Hint of seaweed note in background.

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

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22
drank Sencha by Infussion
94 tasting notes

Dry, the leaves smell buttery and grassy.

Brewed, the tea smells grassy – like a typical sencha. Taste wise, this tea was very light, mellow, and, well, weak. I have tried a minimum of 6 different methods of preparing this and still end up with a very similar cup.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
5389 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

Thanks Raritea for this sample :) Another straight tea I really wanted to try since I’ve had a few flavoured blends with bai mudan. This is a really nice tea, though i much prefer it as a base tea in a blend. This isn’t too vegetal, which is really nice. it’s also a delicate tea that is quite refreshing.

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38
drank Sencha by Infussion
189 tasting notes

Loose
Appearance: olive grey green sencha lead
Aroma when Dry: grassy, smooth, sweet (eastern) light, hint of floral
After water is first poured: creamy, buttery, vegital, sweet
At end of first steep: creamy, vegital, sweet
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: clear
Staple? Type yes
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first ?: smooth, velvety, mineral notes, light vegital
As it cools?: notes flatten, get juicy vegital, soupy
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Hints of buttery vegital notes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Infussion

You might want to try lowering your water temperature to 65C and reducing steeping time to 30s.

Kasumi no Chajin

thanks for the feedback on both your teas, if I have not passed them on, I will try them again with these guidelines!

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4
drank Longjing by Infussion
189 tasting notes

Loose
Appearance: long green leaf
Aroma when Dry: heavy vegital,
After water is first poured: burnt spinach
At end of first steep: cream spinach
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: light green
Staple? Type No
Preferred time of day: any
Taste:
At first?: spinach, peas
As it cools?: tea deepens, gets sweeter,asparagus notes surface cloying
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, with cloying heavy vegital notes

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
T.C.

Oddly enough, I was just watching a youtube video on how to brew this stuff last night.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kff7OxaWhM&feature=related

Sare

T.C that was AWSOME!!! I would have never known! I gave this tea a 59 the first time and i brewed it in a bag I will be trying this tea later today the way they sugest!!

KittyLovesTea

That video was great. I have never been a fan of LongJing and it looks as though it could have been down to brewing it. I usually use my Gaiwan or Gongfu… I will be trying this out. Thank you :)

Kasumi no Chajin

Huh. Lovely vid. I wonder if that method lightens the tea.

Sare

it looks to me likeit would there is not much color in the glass now we will all be trying this method :)

Infussion

You might want to try lowering your water temperature to 65C and reducing steeping time to 30s.

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60
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
50 tasting notes

I managed to completely botch my first cup of this under the impression that white tea needed a longer steep than average. Naturally the result was quite disappointing. Fortunately after looking at the other reviews I made a second cup with a much shorter steep time and can fairly review this tea.

It’s a pretty decent bai mudan. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and buttery. The taste is more vegetal for me than floral, but my mouth might be a bit too conditioned to floral teas that have actual flowers in them. There is a slight honey taste at the very end of the sip. Not bad by any means, but I definitely prefer Infussion’s Sencha to this.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Sencha by Infussion
50 tasting notes

I drink so much flavored tea that sometimes I forget just how good a cup of the basic stuff can be! This is definitely a good sencha. The dry leaf has a perfect grassy scent, but the brewed tea doesn’t taste very grassy at all. It’s very clear and bright, maybe a hint of leaf and pistachio somewhere in there. The mouthfeel is so smooth and pleasant, it’s easy to drink a cup without even realizing it! I will definitely be enjoying more of this, especially whenever I make Japanese food.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Longjing by Infussion
361 tasting notes

I tell you I’m starting to come around to green. For a long time I couldn’t stomach greens I was a black and Pu man. However if you have a quality green then it is smooth and palatable. It’s light, grassy, kinda make you think of spring in the dead of winter. Thanks Infussion for allowing me to try this one.

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77
drank Sencha by Infussion
110 tasting notes

The second sample i received from Infussion was this Sencha. Its a 30gram sample, so they where very kind!

The dry leaf look identical to the sencha i received from jing a while ago. Maybe the leaf’s are a bit smaller but for me it looks very mutch the same! Thats a good thing because the sensha from jing was very tasty!

Now i used one teaspoon of sencha leafs and 70°c water, used a bit less leaf then i did before with my other sencha. Because that one was to strong at first. So after it steeped for 3min i’m tasting a very well balanced tea. The quality is equal to the one i mentioned above! I’m surprised that its that good off a sample.

Color looks bright green and it taste sharp and fresh, i’m liking this tea!

Tnx for the chance u gave me to try it out, will order this one in the future!

going to brew a second and third cup later today aswel, will update this note or make a quick new one to post the results!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Haven’t reviewed yet, but I quite enjoyed this one myself. And large sample indeed for this quality level!

darky

got one more i need to review, but it can take a while before that one’s up the berry thing :)

TheTeaFairy

Oh, you are brave, I chose not to go there :-) Not because I wasn’t curious enough but simply cause I couldn’t pass on free bai mudan and gragonwell (longjing) :-) They do carry some pretty unusual stuff though!

darky

well i had nothing left to choose the longjing was all gone :(

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91
drank Longjing by Infussion
4641 tasting notes

Oh yeah! This is nice! This has such a lovely fresh taste … very leafy green-ish, like freshly steamed spinach with a touch of butter. Very bright and lovely.

My full-length review of this tea will publish tomorrow morning on SororiTea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com

Until then, let me just say that this is definitely one of the best Dragon Well teas I’ve come across. If you like Dragon Well, you’ve gotta try this!

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86
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
98 tasting notes

Nice little white tea. There is a light semi-sweet flavor that I haven’t encountered too often in most of the white tea’s I have tried.

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

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95
drank Catuaba by Infussion
98 tasting notes

So I just got home from visiting family and found a lovely package filled with tea from Infussion Tea! This one smelled the most interesting so I decided, why not? It tastes pretty much how it smells, which is like some sort of red wood. It’s not bitter or anything and the taste is rather nice, it’s similar to something that you would find in a dry rub for chicken or beef. I wanna just chew on some for some reason, and I just might.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
110 tasting notes

Made a tasting note before, but i’m updating this a bit because i’m going true my sample at a pretty fast rate over the last week!

Don’t know why but this week i didn’t drink a single black tea, and usually those are the once i drink the most! White and green this week and most off the evenings i’m craving the more robust light malty tasting bai mudan… going to buy this when my sample runs dry!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
110 tasting notes

As promised i brewed up to 3 cups from the bai mudan. 2nd Cup i brewed it for 4min and it gave a equal taste. The 3de cup brewing for 5min was getting a bit less in taste but still a nice one!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
110 tasting notes

Didn’t really know what to drink this evening so i’m going to try out a new tea for me! Infussion was so kind to send me a few off there samples… so i’m so kind to make a review!

Bai Mudan, white peony upon opening the sample i’m seeing alot off brown and greenish leaves with here and there a bud. I’m taking one teaspoon full off leaves for my cup and i’m brewing it for 3min with 70°c water…

The color off the tea looks a bit darker then silver needles, it looks very appealing. After it cooled down a bit i’m sipping the cup and i’m tasting a tea thats a bit more robust then i’m used to in a white tea, but i’m liking the taste!

overall a good white tea, gonna try a second and third cup from the same leafs aswel, will add that in a other tasting note tomorrow or so…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
508 tasting notes

I had this last night (backlog?) at my sister’s and ended up giving the rest to her. This may be one of the more upfront and consistent white teas to stumble my way. The liquor tends towards a golden-like brightness, although, after I left it in the glass pot for a while it turned reddish and reminded me of a light black. This will hopefully be a good introductory white for my predominantly black tea drinking sister.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Organic Bai Mudan by Infussion
508 tasting notes

Mmm, Bai Mudan is not a tea I have had all too often but this seems like a solid and straightforward cup to me! Notes of melon-like sweetness that flirts with the watery freshness of cucumbers. There’s even a touch of buttery cream that make this cup soft. No complaints here! I’ve been looking to pick up some White Peony and this 30g bag will do very nicely for now.

Do you know that sad empty feeling that usually proceeds finishing an amazing series? I’m no good with endings. I just finished steins;gate (a sci-fi time travel anime) for the first time and I needed something to pick me up and carry me off to a new series of books or shows. This was a great cup for that transition- and it held up well to multiple steeps! I guess it’s time to finally finish Lord of the Rings (it’s going to kill me).

Thank you, Infussion, for this lovely sample.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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