Camellia Sinensis

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sample from crowkettle creme de blerg…

in all honesty, i think earl grey cream is one of the few ways i’m almost always ok with the blerg. Still not my favourite cup but i can drink a whole one without feeling nauseous from the the blerg. :) So that was my afternoon tea….still more blerg to come though. lol

Final Count: 62

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Hot cuppa during a Daredevil binge.

- Very floral and buttery
- With qualities that almost reminded me of milk oolong
- Sweet; I can see the “vanilla” comparison from the company’s description
- But for me it’s a bit more like sweetened condensed milk

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From a Puerh TTB (don’t remember which)

I’ve been bad about reviewing teas lately, In large part because I don’t feel like writing a long essay. So, my new goal is just to say a few words and give a rating. No muss; no fuss.

So, this is a really pleasant tea. It strikes almost perfect balance between the aroma, taste, and finish. The finish is also long enough that you get that nice synergy where you are still tasting the last sip when you take a drink.

The flavor is good, but doesn’t stand out. It is mostly tobacco, but with nice floral and vegetative highlights. Becomes darker, though not bitter, in the finish. By the third steep, I’m feeling a nice thick texture, particularly on the roof of my mouth. The cha qi is noticeable, but not overly strong. This tea will help you relax but not put you to sleep.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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79

Afternoon green tea to try and relax and get things done. Thanks for sending these my way crowkettle – always nice to step outside my “usual”

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79

Another sample from Crowkettle always nice to visit greens – never my first choice but in small, drinkable quantities i can get behind them. I’m no dragonwell expert but this was nice. light, refreshing, juicy and slightly sweet. Thanks crowkettle!

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drank Rou Gui by Camellia Sinensis
81 tasting notes

Not as good as the YS selection.
Nose; toasted grain, clove, gardenia, lychee.
Palate; slight sweet spice otherwise similar to nose.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I picked this tea up at random and had to look up Shan Lin Xi later to figure out what it was all about (I’m an oolong noob). I wish Camellia Sinensis provided a little more info than the bare-bones spiel about this being a high-altitude Taiwanese oolong, but I’m willing to forgive them because it’s delicious.

First steep (3min) tastes like vanilla-coconut with a long sweet finish. There’s some floral oolong action going on, with a little butter.

Second steep (1min) introduces a berry element. The finish that’s exceptionally fruity, reminiscent of a cherry sundae. It’s vibrant and lingering, and has me questioning my tongue.

Third steep mellows things out. The long finish is sweet vanilla cream. Ice cream in a cup.

Steep count: 5

(2016 Harvest)

Flavors: Butter, Cherry, Coconut, Floral, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This tastes like a piña colada. It’s all that buttery and creamy coconut goodness mixed with the candied-sweet pineapple flavouring.

I haven’t figured out yet if it resembles a virgin mocktail or the real deal. The Indian black tea base almost has a molasses caramel thing going on, which makes me think rum, but that could be wishful thinking. Only time will tell!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Molasses, Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Evol Ving Ness

I like this one, but in my opinion, the base needs a bit more kapow to make the tea stellar. I tend to add this one with its bright pineapple to my tropical blends that need a little extra fiesta to perk them up.

CrowKettle

Yeah, I made a big pot of it last night, and I thought the base was ok at first but as I progressed through the pot I was wishing it had more presence. Mixing it in to other teas is a great idea.

So far I love the flavouring but I’ll have to give that time. I think I’m in shock from acquiring fresh blends; they all smell so lush compared to my old teas..

Evol Ving Ness

And that’s how we end up buying all the teas all the time. :)

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I think this may become my staple Cream Grey; it all depends on if I can find another one or two offerings that warrant placing orders with Camellia Sinensis. It’s definitely a cheaper and more naturally scented specimen than my long favourite from David’s Tea, which is more dessert-like but also more artificially “sour”.

This is my go to morning tea when I want to combine the indulgent and the traditional.. and also a splash of milk. I just have to remember to be frugal with my teaspoon serving because this bergamot has a lot of personality; although, that’s part of what makes it so decadent.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Pepper, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sublime and intoxicating.

I had the bag of loose leaf under my nose for about half an hour. The aroma of the brew is sweet vanilla cream with a hint of bergamot but the loose leaf aroma is the flavour profile’s tell- bergamot first, vanilla second. The second steep switches that up, and is primarily vanilla with light citrus highlights.

I love that it feels like indulgence to drink something that I usually consider so mundane (sorry, Earl Grey). I’ll withhold rating until I figure out if my personal bergamot threshold can handle repeated exposure to this.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Pepper, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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85

- Top notes of roasted nuts, wood, and cinnamon
- Very smooth with a silky mouthfeel
- Soft body and background notes of fruits; raisin, peach, plum
- Has a really well rounded sweetness to it overall
- Finish it mildly floral in a non distinct way
- Greatly enjoyed this
- Especially the marriage of darker oxidized oolong qualities and stonefruit notes

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Hot cuppa.

Kind of sweet and muscatel, but more than anything this just had a really pleasant and smooth malt note throughout the sip. Malt isn’t something I often strongly associate with Darjeelings, but paired with the brightness/sweetness of the muscat I think it was a very unique flavour note duo that kind of highlighted the differentiating sweetness of each respective flavour.

Also, since astringency has been a button issue with this tea…

Not astringent at all, this time!

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Iced!

I don’t know if I’ve ever had an iced Darjeeling before? I mean, part of me thinks that at this point I must have but nothing jumps to mind. This one was pretty nice, though! It was definitely a little tannic/astringent at the start so I added the tiniest bit of honey to sweeten it. The honey didn’t completely eliminate that astringency, but it tempered it enough to make it pleasant. Most importantly, the muscatel note of the tea was REALLY strong and delicious – it works very well as an iced tea!

I mean, I still think Darjeeling is best enjoyed hot and plain but this was a nice switch up to the seeming increase of hot Darjeeling I’ve been sipping on as of late.

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Free sample that Camellia Sinensis added into my latest order!

I swear, they’ve added in Darjeeling teas a few times now – not that I mind, but I do find it interesting since I tend to order oolongs from them primarily (and Lapsang/blends) so it does seem like a bit of a weird choice.

I added a smidgen of honey to this one because initial sips were a bit too astringent for my tastes. With the added honey, that resulted in a pretty smooth muscatel blend with an overarching autumnal feel to it and a bit of a floral undertone. Relatively enjoyable, though nothing exceptional.

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Drank this one Western style at work, and honestly I wasn’t paying attention to it AT ALL. I was so busy doing deep clean tasks, and helping customers and the before I knew it I had thoughtlessly sipped the whole mug down without making note of just about anything…

I mean, I did observe at little bit with my very first few sips but not a lot. Just that overall this was surprisingly smooth and silky bodied, which to me made very little sense given the company’s description of the tea. I also recall lots of top note sweetness. It made me think of nectarines which is also weird when you look at the tea description…

I don’t even know.

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Made this one, Western style, in store for my manager and myself a few nights ago. This was the first Sheng style Pu’erh she’d ever had and so I kind of challenged her to break down the flavour notes along with me, as well as compare and contrast it to Shou pu’erh that she’s tried.

As far as the compare/contrast goes she didn’t have much to go on because the only Shou she’s tried are the Silken Pu’erh we currently sell at DT and the Golden Pu’erh that DT used to carry. However, she said that the main difference was that this seemed lighter and less earthy as well as fruity.

My tasting note list:
Artichoke, Apple Skins, Peach Juices, Sweet Grass, Anise, Black Pepper, Moss(?)

Dani’s list:
Apple, peach, vegetal, a hint earthy

I enjoyed this one overall! I think maybe I like the other Laos pu’erh I’ve got from Camellia Sinensis a bit better though. It would be good to directly compare them, I think.

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Nice orchid aroma, a light yet complex flavor came out by the 3rd run of 5minutes ( 1st run 15 seconds, 2nd run of 1minute) .Like a refreshing white wine on a summer day, this tea would be perfect for daily drinking from spring thru autumn.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Drinking this one currently while curled up on the couch listening to a new band for the first time; I’m really enjoying how well the flavours of the tea are matching to the music – but based on who recommended the band to me and why they recommended it I kind of figured they would work together…

First Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_4kJalb2bc&index=4&list=WL

It’s weird splitting my attention between the song and the tea and I know that sounds odd given how often I do tea/song pairings but usually it’s with music I’ve heard before. That way, I can sink into the song and let it be a backdrop to enhance the tea and the moment. With new music, well, I want to soak that in as much if not more than the tea itself. I want to hear the lyrics, and the emotions of the singer…

The tea is toasty; really warming and light bodied on the whole but with elements that build/creep in on you and take on a little more of a medium bodied aspect. Apart from being toasty, there’s a sweetness that reminds me of cane sugar but also the sweetness of snap peas without the vegetal taste to accompany. Though there is some green to the taste; more grassy than vegetal, and lightly so.

The top notes are sweet, fleeting floral ones: lily, orchid and other fresh flowers. The body is also floral, but in a different way – it’s heady with magnolia and rose aspects. Things that linger and have a more impactful presence. This is my favourite part, and the part that I had described as “creeping” and more medium bodied. It definitely makes the cup.

Also, this is my favourite song from this new band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J2r9NDRnaA&index=4&list=WL

I think that maybe it’s just a BIT too upbeat to be a perfect match/pairing but I like the sentiment of the song with the flavours/feel of the tea and I do think some of the lyrics perfectly touch on that “creeping/building” quality that this tea seems to really push on you.

And I will follow you no matter where you go
I wanna be the comfort in your company

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I’ve had a lot of blacks today, so I wanted to sneak in a lighter tea to today’s line up as well; I chose one of the new greener oolongs from my most recent Camellia Sinensis order.

This one is interesting; I didn’t have a lot of preconceived notions or expectations for it so it’s been fascinating from start to finish. It’s very light bodied and delicate overall and definitely a tea which requires attentiveness/focus whilst drinking it to appreciate it. I’m happy I could devote that time to it today.

The flavour is really clean and crisp with overarching vegetal notes throughout, though nothing all that distinct other than the general coolness/refreshing nature of it. Definitely not something “dense” as far as veggies go. In addition, there are some beautiful floral undertones here as well! They’re making me think of lilies and daisies; though I’m not particularly sure why the former because I don’t think I’ve ever had a “daisy” infused/flavoured tea before or really ‘daisy’ flavoured anything…

Other neat things I observed was some fruit based sweetness in the top of the sip which also lingers for a few seconds on the bed of my tongue after I’ve swallowed the sip. It reminds me of a really, really gentle/light and stripped down raspberry note. Not totally unlike the raspberry notes in DAVIDsTEA’s Mighty Aphrodite blend that I recently enjoyed iced, although this is even lighter than that and more fragile. Really natural, though.

I’m very pleased with my first tasting of this; I think it will make a lovely Spring time addition to my cupboard! Can’t wait to see how it holds up to Gong Fu as well.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYTfZRkh4XY&list=WL&index=2

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Finally diving into this that I picked up in Montreal when I was there some time ago. Such a beautiful store to shop in. I should have written down which vintage this was. No idea. Spring 2016? Autumn 2016? Earlier?

Currently on the first steep and don’t think I’ll manage beyond the second today. Caramel sweet and milky and a bit vegetal, but delicately so.

Thank goodness for tea. I find that there’s such heaviness in the air post-election next door. Fear and heaviness. Panic too, perhaps. And anger. And upheaval. My heart goes out to those living in it.

Flavors: Caramel, Milk, Vegetal

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I was gonna drink this one Gong Fu the other night, but ended up having some Yabao instead notes from that session to come later. I had already pulled this one out of my stash though, and it seemed a shame to put it back without having tried it…

So I drank it Western which I felt like, at the very least, would give me a starting off point for what to expect when I do eventually Gong Fu it.

- Dry leaf smells wet/dank/musty/earthy (pleasantly so)
- Reminds me of old books? In a good way
- Smooth, sweet and earthy with lots of wet wood/decaying wood notes
- Petrichooorrrr!!!
- Finish is honey sweetness
- Resteeped; same notes

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The leaf I received was very brittle and somewhat broken up, but a little cosmetic damage doesn’t mean too much to a tea. I warmed my gaiwan up as I took a sniff of the small black slivers. They gave off a nice aroma of dry maple with some char. These are pretty roasty, and I hope it was a successful firing. I scooped my leaf inside the gaiwan and gave them a swirl. The roast scent mixed in with some slight leather and dark fruit, The leaf portrays a common aged oolong profile with the dry raisiny tones. I washed the leaf once and prepared for brewing. The taste was smooth and lightly sweet. A calm brew with wooded tones and raisin with a base of mineral and spice. The drink is nice, but it is relatively plain. However, the odd sweet and spice mix does excite the palate somewhat. A harsh astringent tone hastily presents itself soon after the first couple steeps. I did not notice any qi from this drink.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFtjKHVTGSA/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Leather, Maple, Mineral, Raisins, Roasted, Smooth, Spices, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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GCTTB tea 6/8 that I picked.

Always wanted to try This company- glad I got the chance! This tea is pretty good- most prominent taste is floral but there’s a slight vegatel taste at the end of the sip. Very smooth without bitterness. I am more partial to vegetal greens but I will have no prob using this one up.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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