Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee

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  • “When Frank posted about this tea I was so excited, I think I might have been the first person to order it and it arrived today. wheee! This blend was pretty much made for me due to the fact that I...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is the tea with which I’ve spent most of my afternoon … infusing the same leaves, no less. I managed four flavorful infusions – well, as much flavor as my taste buds allowed me to experience,...” Read full tasting note
  • “Ugh! Cardamom- how I loathe thee! I’m going to forgo rating today’s packet from the 12days of tea because my aversion to cardamom would make my rating unfairly lower than it should be. Besides, it...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown! It can be a nippy little thing, can’t it? A lot of sour sweet lemon, a little bit of spicy sweet cardamon, and a grassy smooth base. I want to have access to a drink like this all the...” Read full tasting note

From 52teas

I love the buttery Chinese sencha we use to create most of our flavored green teas with, but occasionally I like to try starting with different base teas. This week, we’ve blended Chun Mee green tea with organic green cardamom pods, lemon peel, lemon myrtle, lemongrass, lemon balm and lemon verbena for a delicious lemony citrus treat with a nice cardamom kick. The aroma of this blend alone is at once soothing and invigorating. As a beverage, it seems to walk that line brilliantly. It’s amazing hot or iced. Be sure to get yours today. Like all of our weekly teas, this is a limited edition.

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1779 tasting notes

This tea just isn’t for me. I’m not a big cardamom fan so I guess that’s no surprise?

Also I am WAY TO WORRIED about new things. I had this in my “mild tea” timolino and then I was worried it would contaminate it. So silly. These things are meant to be washed out so you can start again fresh. :P So now I am brewing up my Korean Sejak to cleanse my mouth.

Also this counts as a sipdown because there’s not enough to send to anyone and I am done with it. It’s ok 52Teas: you won’t win them all!


Contaminating teas are chais, smoky teas, and minty teas. Or badly/grossly flavoured teas. I prob wouldn’t worry about something like this one! :)

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635 tasting notes

52teas 12 Days of Christmas Sampler 2012 – Day 9

This is another one I missed this year. It certainly is very lemon! The dry leaf aroma alone is super lemony. The brewed tea aroma is…different. I’m guessing that’s the Chun Mee and cardamom coming through.

The taste is rather lacking in my opinion. I get a strange green tea flavor that I assume is the Chun Mee. I’ve never had this type of green tea before so it’s a hard flavor to recognize. There’s also lemon but it’s not a super lemon like in the aroma. It’s much more subtle and blends nicely with the cardamom spice. But it’s not really spicy either. And neither sweet nor bitter. It’s just sort of…bland.

I’ve read reviews where people compare this to Sun and Cloud Mist. Honestly, they’re worlds apart! There’s really nothing similar about them at all in my opinion. Except of course that they both contain lemon. But really, Chun Mee and Yun Wu are two extremely different green teas. I much prefer the latter.

Maybe I needed more leaf, or maybe I needed to let it steep longer. I tried a second steep at 185 degrees for 3 minutes. The resultant cup is unfortunately not much different from the first. I added a bit of Truvia and now it’s a sweet lemony green tea. But it still sits heavy on the tongue and makes my mouth feel stuffed with cotton.

I’m not having an allergic reaction. :P Rather this tea leaves a thick, heavy feeling in the aftertaste. It’s not a clean feeling like I’ve experienced in other green teas, namely Organic Dragon Tip from Butiki Teas. In fact, I think I may go make a cup of that next to cleanse my palate. This is just too heavy and bland for my tastes.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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358 tasting notes

This tea smells just like lemonade with a warm spiciness added. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this tea, I don’t really know if I like cardamom or not. I know that I do like lemongrass and lemon verbena. The tea smells like a vegetal green tea with a little lemon noticeable. Without sweetener you taste a grassy flavor, followed by a tart, citrusy note. With a little sweetener added everything blends together very nicely into a perfect mix of green tea, light lemon flavors and a slight spiciness. I like that the lemon is too overwhelming, it’s more balanced. I’m happy to say that I like this tea more than I thought I would!

-Dry blend has small green tea leaves, pieces of lemongrass and cardamom pods.
-Dry leaves smell like a slightly spicy lemonade. Tea liquor aroma is of vegetal green tea with a hint of lemon.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium yellow color.
-Light grassy flavor with a subdued citrusy finish. Very subtle spicy aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener.
-Good tea. Gentle citrusy flavors with a hint of spice.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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1355 tasting notes

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a mug full of… lemon cardamom chun mee tea.

I took a huge sigh when I saw the flavour as I absolutely hate cardamom. :(

Whilst raw the tea smells of lemon but not specifically cardamom (thankfully). Once brewed it forms a golden honey colour with the same sharp lemon smell.

Well here goes nothing sip… wow not as bad as I was expecting. Again it’s lemony with lemongrass being quite strong and it does sort of taste like cardamom but I love lemongrass so I can see past that. It’s very fresh and clean tasting without being over powering or too sharp. It’s also naturally sweet and pleasing, the chun mee is light with a slight green perfumey aftertaste.

It’s nicer than I thought it would be and while it does taste like cardamom it has more than just that element to it. Quite simply if you dislike one thing you can appreciate another. :)

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I came back to this tea because the first time I made it the water was too hot and I was sure I ruined it. Luckily I believed this to be the case and made a smidge with the small bit that was still in the corner of the sample bag. I ended up getting half a cup and was glad I did. The astringency that was overpowering in my first cup is hardly present. The lemon tone of the tea is in proportion overall. I assume the sweetness of the chun mee is intermingling with the citrus to trick my mouth into thinking that it’s more lemon than it actually is. There’s a nice balance here and even though I don’t gravitate toward greens I thought well enough of this drink.
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Oh how I hate it when I ruin the one cup of something I have to sample. SIGH

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137 tasting notes

Had some of this one for the first time after the big dinner. It was nice and soothing on a full belly and went down nicely with no additions. The scent is of bright, intense lemon with a hint of spice from the cardamom. I was kind of surprised this made it into the 12 teas box; it looked a little ho-hum next to some of the other blends Frank is famous for.

I was wrong, though! This is pretty nice, and definitely holds its own. All of the flavours come together nicely and it made a nice after dinner tea. Not a favourite but still quite good.

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93 tasting notes

I’m a big fan of both cardamom and lemon, so I was very excited to try this blend out. The dry leaves smell mostly of lemon with a hint of cardamom. The smell is wonderful! I caught myself sniffing the bag more than was probably appropriate.

I got three good steeps out of this tea (adding 30s each time). The chun mee base is smooth and blends with the lemon and cardamom beautifully. The citrus components of the flavor were the strongest. I really wish I could taste more cardamom. It’s very subtle, but still nice. I might try throwing in some extra cardamom the next time I make this tea.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

I like to throw extra cardamom pods in when I make chai, too :)

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1899 tasting notes

Twelves Teas of X-mas #9. I find that I like this particular lemon green blend better than the Sun and Cloud Mist – I’m not quite sure what it is, but part of it I think is that the base is milder and the lemon isn’t as strong or sharp. The cardamom is subtle but adds a little bit of spice that makes this blend unusual – there are a lot of lemon-flavoured teas out there but the cardamom makes it stand out.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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773 tasting notes

brewing two cups of tea at the same time.
3 day work week vs a wednesday that feels like a monday.
everything feels old and stiff and stuck.
looking forward to my gym time.
daydreaming about working at a library or a museum.

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739 tasting notes

This is really good for my cold (which my mom gave me) It’s also very tasty :D

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