Leaf Type: Herbal (although this is technically Camellia Sinensis too!)
Where to Buy: Teavivre
Gentle taste, soft and smooth, with the aftertaste of dry persimmon.
Learn more about this tea here.
I have only had the flower of Camellia Sinensis a couple of times, but every time it comes time to review it, I am unsure of how to categorize it. It is a flower, so it can loosely fall under the category of “Herbal” … but, it is also Camellia Sinensis, and usually the category “Herbal” is meant to include those items that do not come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. However, I decided to categorize this Organic Dehydrated Camellia from Teavivre under the category of Herbal, mostly because that is where you can find it on the Teavivre website, and I figured that would cause less confusion to someone who might be looking for the product.
The dry flowers smell floral and pollen-y. The aroma has a slight honey-esque tone to it. Once brewed, the tea has a little less of a floral tone and a little more of a pollen fragrance.
The flavor is quite delicate, reminiscent of a white tea in its delicateness. It also has a slight … taste that is similar to white tea, reminding me somewhat of a high quality Silver Needle type white tea. This has that clean, crisp, airy quality that I enjoy in a Silver Needle.
But the infused flowers do not have the vegetal notes of a Silver Needle, or the “hay-like” quality I’ve come to expect from a Silver Needle. Instead, this has a very pleasant, pollen-y kind of taste that I find very enjoyable. Sweet, honey-esque, and floral. The description above suggests an aftertaste that is similar to persimmon, and since I’m not real familiar with the flavor of persimmon, I can’t tell you that this is what I’m tasting. But I will say that I taste a remarkably sweet, fruit-like quality that is almost “juicy” in the aftertaste, and I am liking that a lot.
It is a very light, refreshing drink that is soothing and relaxing to sip, and since it is lower in caffeine than a typical cup of Camellia Sinensis, this is something that you can drink later in the day without worry that you’ll be up all night (unless you’re particularly sensitive to caffeine, I guess. I’m not a doctor so don’t consider that to be medical advice!)
Another really lovely tea from Teavivre!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!