Exploring our menus

March 4, 2020
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With more than 200 unique items in our continually changing selection, our tea catalogue is one of the most extensive in the world. Whether you like green teas, black teas, floral or roasted wulongs, herbal infusions or Yerba Mate, you’ll find something to satisfy your thirst. But sometimes, so much choice makes it hard to choose. How should we navigate all those nuances in taste? How to distinguish what we like the most? When time comes to buy tea, where should we begin? Luckily, Camellia Sinensis has developed many tools for discoveries to reduce risks of disappointment. This little guide below offers three options to help you explore and get more from our catalogue.

Dominant aromas

To each tea its aromas. Our online store not only includes flavour profiles and descriptions for every listed product, it also boasts a basic flavour wheel to better illustrate the flavour group of each tea. On this wheel, aromas are depicted according to their level of intensity. The most intense ones are called “dominant”. They are the ones most clearly identified during tasting. Those with lesser level of intensity are called “secondary”. They are considered more like nuances in taste, extra layers that add to the complexity of a given tea. By simplifying the aromatic profiles, the flavour wheel helps you to grasp the differences and similarities between products which can be very useful as you explore.

For example, if you particularly enjoy Japanese teas and their strong grassy aromas, try opting for another tea with 3 intensity markers in the « herbal » category while looking for variations in the secondary aromas. On the opposite, if you like herbal aromas but would rather try something less grassy or more subtle, maybe chose a Chinese green with 2 intensity markers in the same category.

Examine the leaves

When different types of teas are being produced, all the steps during the harvest and transformation of the leaves have great influence on the final result. During picking, the ratio between buds and leaves changes not only the taste, but also texture and intensity of the infusion. Withering, oxidation, rolling, roasting, sorting and all other tea processing steps also leave visual evidence on the leaves which can, in turn, translate to great variations in taste. By examining them, one can easily detect clues about the tea’s final profile.

If two teas present similar leaves, chances are their processing techniques are also similar and the more likely that their flavour profiles will resemble one another. Or if you are particularly fond of a specific tea style but would like to branch out for a change, explore teas with different shapes, textures or leaf colours. You will certainly find variations in aromatics and flavours, all the while keeping your favourite tastes in plain sight.

Check out our suggestions

Whether you are visiting our stores in Montreal, Quebec or shopping online, our staff is extensively trained to help you navigate our selection. Tell them about your taste and they will happily recommend something tailored to your needs. Online, every web page displays a selection of products, further down the page, that you are likely to appreciate. Use these suggestions to explore our catalogue. They are your online advisors.

And finally, check out our weekly newsletter. Staff picks, rare finds and seasonal highlights are often posted there!

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