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Stupid Steepster Server…
Anyway; first review for this blend. Again, no pressure right? Right.
I actually put off placing my Camellia Sinensis order for about two months because this blend was out of stock, and I really really wanted to try it. The day they restocked this, I made my order. It was a very satisfactory feeling. That said, I had a hot cup of this the day my order arrived, and I was definitely quite disappointed by it.
Dry, it smells very very damn lemony. Lemon fucking everything, really. And not in a tart way or a sweet way – but sorta in a “Vitamin C” citrus health pill/acidic chalky lemon crap type way. That’s really a terrible description, but I’m writing this note based on the notes I wrote myself like a week ago, and it’s 2AM and I’m really tired. The words are not coming easily to me.
Steeped, this is still pretty well pure lemon with no noticeable papaya. None. Literally none. Which is crushing, because that’s the aspect of this blend that attracted me to it in the first place. But hey, at least the lemon tastes pretty ok. Like I said, it’s not sweet and it’s not “puckering tart” or anything – it’s just really strong and fairly natural. It reminds me so much, in a hard to describe way, of citrus health drinks or that instant powdered lemonade stuff that comes in little premeasured packs for water bottles. But with the instant lemonade it’s not that taste it reminds me of, it’s the smell of the stuff.
So next up will be a cold brewed version of this. I honestly don’t have the ‘highest of hopes’ but I think, if nothing else, the strong lemon flavour of this blend will be better suited to a cold cup than a hot one. I just want some damn papaya! Just give me a LITTLE. Just a pinch.
Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass
So this was cold brewed, then run through the soda stream and finally topped up with white rum and ice. Yeah…
It kind of sucked. It was just really bitter and astringent, and almost had a chemical/cleaner like finish to it. Something a public elementary school janitor would use to scrub down and sanitize the toilets. I let my mom try it while I took a picture of her taking the first sip. It looks like someone just told her that her brand new puppy, that her parents bought her for Christmas, was run over by a bus.
Had a lovely teacup of this in the morning while I was making myself some brunch!
I was craving the sweetness of the pineapple, but because I wanted some creaminess too I added a splash of coconut milk. This is one of those teas where coconut milk is the perfect pairing because this tea already has delicious, sweet buttery coconut notes to it already. So, more than anything else it just really exaggerated those. That didn’t diminish the sweetness and candy like flavour of the pineapple though – if anything it just made it richer and more perfectly pina colada like.
Unrelated; the other show I’m really into right now is Riverdale! I used to read as many Archie comics as I could get my hands on in the summer when I stayed at my Grandma’s house; she owned a lot. So, Archie has always felt very nostalgic to me. It’s been the weirdest, but most pleasant, experience seeing the Riverdale world reimagined as this style of TV show. I’m just completely encapsulated by it all. The characters, though! Seeing what they’ve done with them has been the best part for me.Even as a kid, my favourite character was Jughead. He was goofy, and sarcastic, and holy shit did he love food. I just adored him! And, I only related to him even more after he was officially announced as Asexual in comic canon. So, I’m so very thrilled that I’m just adoring Cole Sprouse’s take on him in this new series. It’s the perfect clash of genres, with just enough familiarity to the comics while being its own entirely separate thing. Some characters have gone through bigger changes, like Mrs. Grundy her story line on the show so far is undoubtedly the worst thing or Moose. However, Jughead still feels like Jughead to me, at the core of it all.
But anyway, I made an aesthetic blog on Tumblr today surrounded around Riverdale’s Jughead character which you can check out here if you want: https://juggy-j0nes.tumblr.com/ Not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud of it.
Commute to work tea.
It’s been a while since I’ve really gotten those lovely toasted coconut/buttery toffee type notes from this blend – lately it’s been super tropical with a strong focus on the pineapple. However, those rich and more confectionery type notes are definitely what was the focus of this mornings cup. In fact, the pineapple almost felt a little disconnected because it was most distinguishable in the finish of the sip well after I’d already gotten the bulk of the toffee/coconut flavours.
Really pleasant way to begin my day, though.
Whipped up a cold brew of this into a bit of a make shift tea cocktail earlier in the week…
Basically, I just added a couple shots worth (like two and a half) of Malibu Coconut Rum into my normal 25 oz. cold brew and then I just enjoyed. It was richer and sweeter, with a more pronounced coconut flavour and exaggerated buttery/toffee sort of component with the pineapple taking a bit of a small step into the background. Though, the pineapple WAS still very much a present flavour. The additional flavour of the rum of course complimented the pineapple and coconut – I mean, this was essentially the tea cocktail version of a Pina Colada so OF COURSE it tasted phenomenal.
Delicious, delicous summer cold brew!
That said I may need to start hoarding ‘cause I was browsing Camellia Sinensis’ website and making super expensive dream carts and I was shocked to see that it wasn’t listed on the site anymore! WHAT!?
In other news, I almost wound up not getting to drink this! Typically, I drink my cold brews out of a carry mug at work because it’s nice having something cold and refreshing at work during the day. My carry mug is one of the orange/mango ones from DAVIDsTEA and turns out that a coworker just bought the exact same one. We found out because we both brought ours to work this week, and accidentally switched mugs at some point during the day.
We figured it out, though. I foresee this being a bit annoying in the future, though.
EDIT: Just went to check out the CS site again, and this is back up on the site. I can breath a big sigh of relief.
So, when Trey’s parents visited for the first time last week I made a pot of tea for each of them based on a flavour suggestion: for his Dad I made DAVIDsTEA’s The Earl’s Garden and because his mom asked for something with coconut in it I made a pot of this tea!
Personally, I adore this tea and this latest pot was no exception. The coconut and pineapple flavours were prominent, and brought about a lovely tropical/pina colada note while at the same time reeling the drinker in with their softness, and the comforting, sweet nature of the flavours. I also find this tea often tastes buttery in a confectionery way, and that the base lends an almost toffee-like flavour and that was as true about this pot as any other I’ve made.
His mother adored it as well; I’d certainly hoped she would, but she’s kind of a difficult woman and while I had confidence in the tea getting her praise still felt lovely and surprising. So, basically, I will slowly win over both the parents…
I’m hiding in my room right now until I have to start getting ready for work, and I suppose I might as well be catching up on tasting notes in the meantime…
I cold brewed this one yesterday; it’s really nice to have it back in my cupboard. Easily one of my favourite blends from Camellia Sinensis, this tea has such lovely tropical and confectionery notes! It’s a blend of super fresh, yummy and sticky sweet pineapple with tropical and buttery coconut notes and a hint of toffee type flavour presumably from the base! It’s been on my restock list for a while to be perfectly honest; don’t know why it took so long for me to slip it into an order considering how many sizable ones I made last year…
Tasty as this was, though, I just have to note that I really don’t remember the coconut shreds in the blend looking as vibrantly green as they did with this order. Again – everything tasted fine but the coconut is a sort of Chartreuse green. Huh.
Tea Infused White Rum Part Two:
As part of continuation of my count down to my birthday (which is today), I had a few shots of White Rum last night that were infused with the remainder of this tea life. Definitely was thinking “Pina Colada” when I picked it out and cold brewed/infused it.
Despite using my finest meshed strainer, this one still had tons of little floaties. So, it had an almost grainy mouthfeel going down. Not much burn though. Taste wise, it was certainly a step up from ‘part one’ of this count down – Flowery Pineapple Oolong. For starters, I didn’t throw up. So automatic win there…
This still had a very strong soapy taste – but intense, artificial coconut soap this time around instead of floral soap. Not that enjoyable (though still better than drinking the rum straight). It smelled so good too; lots of rich, buttery toffee notes! Pineapple flavour kicked in during the aftertaste – thank God.
Also; I just have to point out that this is something I definitely wanted to restock, and somehow it hadn’t made it into either of the Camellia Sinesis orders I placed last week (yeah, I put in two – one for teaware and the other for tea). It’s probably going to be a while before I do another one now – so I’ll likely be without this tea for a while. Boo. My teaware order did show up today though! It was my birthday present to myself; my first Gaiwan and a Celadon cup and pitcher to use with it. It’s so precious and beautiful! I’ve been using it all afternoon (my first Gong Fu session ever!) – just kind of practicing using it and, more importantly, pouring from it…
Guys, I slept in today and had ZERO time to make tea if I wanted to make it to work on time today, so no tea right now. I am a sad slug of tired.
Also, this is my last day at Calendar Club; they’ll start taking the kiosk down this afternoon. Who knows, I may be back next year but as of tomorrow I’ll be down to one job again! That’s both awesome (sleep!) but also kinda shitty because it means less disposable income, which means less tea…
Also; I have no clue what it’s going to mean for my regular morning tasting notes: with a now totally open availability at Sobeys I’ll be working earlier shifts, so I may not have time in mornings anymore for tasting notes and Steepster chat. And that makes me sad.
You know what doesn’t make me sad though? This tea! Made in a timolino and awesome!
Guess what! This is officially my last note in my queue! I am now all caught up again!
I’m actually currently drinking this. Well, the last of it really. I brought a mug to take on the walk to work, and since starting this morning I’ve just been saving the last little bit of it and taking very small baby sips. It’s so good, and really tying me over while I wait to get off. Only half an hour to go!
The top note here is very fresh, tropical pineapple (4433). A little bit sweet and a little bit juicy. Then there’s this very buttery bottom note of coconut (4261) that really anchors every thing and gives more depth to the tea. The combination of these two glorious flavours, somehow, also makes a toffee/brown sugar flavour that very nearly (with the buttery coconut) adds a confectionery element. And then just the most perfect, smooth black base.
My favourite pineapple/coconut, no questions about it.
Love this blend. Love it.
I definitely didn’t have to worry I was being too generous with my rating for this when I first had this; it’s amazing and very deserving of such a high rating. In fact, I’m gonna bump it a little higher!
Pineapple, Coconut, Toffee, Butter, Caramel.
It’s so tropical and nummy!
First to review, and what an honor because mother fucking balls this tea is amazing!
My Camellia Sinensis order came in, and this was pretty much the tea in the order that I wanted to try most of all, and when I cracked open the packaging I was flooded with the most heavenly, amazing tea smell ever. Legitimately, I’m struggling to think of another tea which smelled this damn good when I first opened it. Basically, think really fresh, supple pineapple and coconut pastry with like pastry butter goodness and toffee. But yeah; fresh is really the most important word there. FRESH.
I was impatient to try it, so I made it in my timolino so I could have it at work with me. It steeped up splendidly. I followed package instructions, and they did not lead me astray even a little bit. The black base was very, very smooth and had notes of malt and honey to it. And then carefully layered over that was intense notes of fresh, sweet, juicy pineapple, buttery coconut pastry, toffee, and sex. So pretty much; an orgasm in your mouth.
For Butiki fans; this one reminds me heavily of Hello Sweetie in that the coconut/toffee vibe is very, very similar but instead of Banana you’re working with Pineapple – which is better, in my opinion. So if you liked that one, you may want to try this one. Really, if you like Pineapple or Coconut even a bit, you probably want to try this one. It’s the best pineapple/coconut tea I’ve had in a really, really long time (if not the best ever).
Even if the other two blends I got in this order are total flops – this one blend makes the whole order worthwhile. Right now, I’m rating it a 90 even though I want to do the full 100. I’m a little worried some of the love here might just be new tea excitement (but I’m thinking probably not) so I’m trying to be conservative with my rating until I have it again.
I want to share this gem with all of you! Except that would mean less for myself, and I don’t know if I can do that…
If you like black earth, leathery, thirst quenching dark, dark chocolate tea then this is the one. Straight up it smells and tastes like black earth after rain. When I added a touch of almond milk it brought out the dark, dark chocolate taste.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Earth, Leather
Hazelnut, butter, vanilla and a slight herbal taste…this is a wonderful tea. One to be steeped in a Gaiwan starting at 30 seconds and then to be enjoyed over and over again in multiple steeps. A delightful tea for a time of pondering…best straight and on its own.
Flavors: Butter, Hazelnut, Herbaceous, Vanilla
This was a sample from dexter It’s a roasty oolong, and while the brewed aroma is that oolongy taste i’m not a huge fan of, this is a really nice brewed cup of tea. it’s not overly bold, but it’s not a wimpy oolong either…sort of middle of the road with a bread like sort of taste to it. I’d be inclined to pick this one up again if i needed a ump to get me to free shipping threshold or something with an order but it wouldn’t be a permanent restock. thanks for sharing dexter!
This tea was a free sample from Camelia Sinensis. It really is a lovely little tea with a heady floral aroma that really lingers in the sinuses (I love it when that happens…lovely after-aroma). Initially I was thinking honeysuckle, but today it seems more like hyacinth. Whatever, the smell is heavenly. I’m not always in the mood for florals, but today I’m really enjoying it. Underlying that is the taste of blanched almonds (but not toasted) with a little vanilla & a hint of lychee.
I should be in bed asleep by now, since I have to get up at 5am, but I just finished making my breakfast & lunch for tomorrow & cleaning up the kitchen, & I wanted to share a few comments regarding this tea.
My beautiful little black yixing arrived from Camelia Sinensis, along with 2 cups I ordered, & they are all adorable. I had a little free time, so I started the seasoning process, using Verdant’s Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong smoked wuyi black.
Also included in the package was a free & generous sample tin of this tea (or at least I think it is this one). I opened the tin, & the fragrance is sweet, floral, fruity, & almond-like.
It steeped into a golden liquor, both floral & fruity, with flavors of Honeysuckle, Vanilla, almond milk, & lychee.
A very lovely afternoon session.
The directions on the bag said 5 mins?! I listened, and wow I knew that was way too long. It’s become a bitter bitter and astringent. Theres also a nutty quality. Also some vegetal and roasted smell. I know see the gaiwan method, and will use the last of my sample on trying that method.
The dry leaf is twisty and curly, black with a few silver tips spread though out. Steep up 8g in 8oz at 200F.
First infusion (45s) the tea is brownish red, and a little cloudy. This is a bit smoky, sort of floral, and bread like.
Second infusion (60s) this cup was much like the last, but I noticed more cocoa notes as it cooled.
Third infusion (75s) this had a sort of brightness about this as it cooled. Almost like a burst of light in my mouth. Taste wise still smokey, a little malty, bread, and some cocoa as it cooled.
Forth infusion (90s) this got a touch bitter as it cooled, and a touch my smokey tasting.
Fifth infusion (115s) and Sixth Infusion (130s) still sort of bitter and smokey, also a bit metallic.
Overall this isn’t bad, the smoke isn’t my thing though so I want be repurchasing.
Out of all of the 2014 FF’s I ordered from Camellia Sinensis…this one kinda pales in comparison. No distinction, really no taste at all, I can understand the ‘mineral’ description they give…but that isn’t necessarily the mark of a good tea.
Taste = 65
Price = 50
Representation = 75
New score of 63.33