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Thank you Dexter3657 for sending me a sample of this tea. This has a strong fruity profile. This is the second darjeeling I’ve tried – the first one from Davids Tea. I think darjeeling is not for me. Although it’s not my preference I won’t have any trouble finishing off my sample.
Thanks Dexter! So strangely enough…even though the muscatel in this one is like HEY LOOK AT ME! I am enjoying this one. I don’t typically really enjoy darjeelings, but the next thing i knew, i was at the bottom of this mug going ..oopsy….i drank it all? There’s something in the smoothness of this one that just makes it easy to drink and rather enjoyable. Not something i’d pick myself, but i’m glad that they sent this along to dexter as a free sample so i got to try it!
Edit: 140! go me! woot woot!
mmm thanks for sharing this one with me dexter! This brings me officially to 149 – so i’m under my black friday goal and consider myself to be officially working towards tea purchases. 1 sipdown = 1 tea i can purchase lol.
This is a pretty decent assam. It’s got a bit of astringency to it, but not so much that it’s less enjoyable. There’s a teeeeny bit of sweetness hiding in the sip as well, it’s not a malty assam. :) i like this one!
Trying to use the steepster app as much as possible but it’s slightly challenging :) I haven’t yet figured out how to add or remove teas from my cupboard or edit teas but I do like the interface so far.
This tea was from dexter! And it’s quiet delicious. There are some chocolates notes in the background that are quiet nice, though it’s not like, say laoshan black.
SIpdown on this one from the lovely dexter! I find this one to be really tasty. I do need to compare it sometime with a few others so i can narrow down my favourite keemun but this one is up there! light smoke, slightly malty. yep! delicious!
mmmm thank you dexter! I picked this as one of my teas this morning and i kept reaching for it even after i’d finished it. In usual keemun fashion i added a bit of maple syrup to this but it didn’t need it. I just like the way keemuns + maple work for me. This could easily be one of my staple tea as it’s not too demanding, but it’s also not unassuming. Appreciate the share dexter! tasty!
This came in a surprise package from Dexter3657 – thank you!
I am liking how good this tea is – sweet and malty. I have not yet found those cocoa notes, which I really enjoy in black tea’s. I’ll give this a go with Dexter’s lower temp, longer steep recommendation. Despite the fact that I can’t taste the cocoa, I appreciate the malty profile in this tea.
This is ny tea of choice at work today. This is just a nice Yunnan Black. I think I’ve decided that I’m not sophisticated enough, don’t have a refined palate to really get all the subtle nuances of some of the “fancy” teas.
This was inexpensive, plain Jane, Yunnan tea – and I like it. Thinking that I don’t need the “special grade”, limited edition, high end – just give me a nice bold cup of black tea.
I bought quite a few Yunnan teas from Capital, and so far this is my favorite.
Another tea from the lovely dexter that i was drinking this morning. I don’t get quite the same intense flavour profile as YYZ and she do, but this is a good cup of tea. It’s malty and sweet, and there are cocoa notes in this one that make me smile. Saving the last little bit of this to share with the BBB Box ladies since it might be one that really appeals to them. If i ever place a capital tea order, this one will likely be on the list of teas to pick up :) Thanks dexter!
working from home today! yay for being able to drink up a few cups of tea to get back to 150 asap! Also, not feeling 100% today so it’s nice to be taking it easy, at least in terms of getting dressed…. i always work harder at home
this one isn’t my favourite but it’s not bad. There’s a taste to it that i don’t love..not quite astringency but something else. can’t quite pinpoint it. Thanks for sending this my way though dexter! i haven’t had a chance to try many capital teas yet.
This was the free sample (20g sample) that came with my order. I would never buy a darjeeling, haven’t really enjoyed the ones I’ve had.
The fact that I’m almost out of this, and not hating it, must indicate that it is more towards my tastes, but still not there. Surprisingly smooth though.
“Full bodied” “rich” “brisk” are some of the words used to describe this tea. I’m agreeing with those, and am going to add bold, and astringent.
This isn’t my favorite of the Capital Teas that I have, and I prefer JusTea Kenyan Black – but this is better than most of the Kenyan teas I’ve tried.
I’m just leaving this as “pretty good, but not my favorite”.
I’ve been really happy with the teas I ordered from Capital Tea Ltd.
This one is not quite to my tastes, I’ve decided that Assam isn’t my favorite style of black tea.
Having said that, I think this is a nice quality Assam, with a nice balance of flavor and astringency.
Tea 8 in the great chai quest. I really like this one, it’s a bit mild, but nice balance of spices. It just seems more warming and soothing than most of the others I’ve tried.
This is a really nice black tea. I’ve been drinking my Capital Tea blacks and have been lazy about writing tasting notes. I had this a few times at work this week, and it works really well at work. It’s well balanced and bold without being too strong that it oversteeps.
I’m not sure this is on my favorite black list, but it is a nice everyday kind of tea.
When I first opened this packet the scent of the dry leaves was very intense, with sharp, bright, notes that seemed almost harsh and pungent at first, but mellowed to notes of grape, lemon, spicy, earthy, biscuit notes with a hint of woody sandalwood.
The leaves are fairly large, and are mostly various shades of brown, with some sage to olive green silvery tips.
Because of the intensity of the dry leaf scent I used slightly less leaf than I normally do and instead used 1 tsp/225ml which I brewed at 3 minutes at 90*c.
The tea brewed to a copper amber colour. The scent of the brewed tea was awesome with hints of fruity white wine, lychee, pink grapefruit, spice( fall leaves mixed with carnation), with a hint of biscuit underneath.
The first flavour note was bright and fruity, followed by biscuit with a fall leaf note accompanied by a light astringency that opens to fruit notes of wine, grapefruit , a hint of melon, and a light syrupy note. I found this to be a relatively smooth and bright darjeeling.
The tea finishes with a bright clean feeling in the mouth that fades to a spicy note that lingers in the mouth. The fruit and spice dominate over the earthy tones.
The 2nd steep at 4 minutes produced a smooth, and a bit heavier and deeper flavoured liquor with spicy, leaf note, over more distinct, wine note with slight woody sandalwood. nutty note, followed by citrus notes and syrup.
A 3rd steep at 5min was slightly floral, with lychee, citrus, and syrup notes over faint sandalwood.
The spent leaves were entire and were mostly brown with some green ones.
Altogether this tea was very enjoyable and I could easily see myself keeping a little bit of it in my collection. Thanks again to Capital Tea Ltd. for this generous sample.
I’ve been drinking some of my teas from Capital Tea Ltd. and have been pretty impressed with them (I really should write some tasting notes).
I have this one with me a work tonight. OMG!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! I can’t explain what I like about it. It just seems to have the correct balance between a dark malty black, and a lighter astringent black. It’s different from most of the ones I’ve been drinking. This is way up there on my list of favorite black – like keep in your cupboard always.
Thank you yyz for recommending Capital Tea and this one specifically. :))
EDIT TO ADD – WOW – I highly recommend trying this at lower water temp longer steep. I just had a cup at about 90C for 7 minutes. WOW!!! Massive chocolate notes – zero astringency.
This tea is quite different than the Chinese blacks I’ve been drinking lately. For one thing the spent leaves are huge, with the one I measured being 5.5cm long or around 2.25 inches. Secondly it’s flavour profile reminds me a little bit of a cross between a Indian and a Taiwanese( I haven’t had many of these though) assam. It has the thick rich texture of an Indian assam, replete with malt and biscuit, combined with the bright fruit and spice notes, of mint, nutmeg and cinnamon I’ve had more in the Taiwanese versions. Really interesting and nice flavour notes which were not exactly what I was expecting as the dry leaf smells mostly of chocolate and cinnamon.
The leaves themselves look exactly like the picture, dark, thick, glossy and twisted. I used around 1.5 tsp for 225ml and brewed at around 95*C.
50s brewed to a rich reddish brown
scent: red fruit, malt, cinnamon, nutmeg note, hint of biscuit, honey,
flavour: fruit ( a cherry, currant like note), honey, malt, slight floral note, hint of chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg.
faintly astringent, rich makes a nice breakfast tea,
45s above notes with a slightly minty fruit note (reminds me of creeping snowberry (northern peat bog plant with white berries tasting of blueberry and mint)). It’s smoother with more cocoa and a stronger nutmeg note. Feels cooling.
60s spice, nutmeg, cinnamon fruit, cocoa, malt fruit and honey.
90s faint fruit malt, biscuit, hint of cocoa.
Next time I’d like to try a longer western style brew to see what notes come out.
This was a really interesting tea that I think would make a nice breakfast tea. Thanks again to Capital Tea for their generous opportunity to sample this tea. http://www.capitaltea.com/shop/product.php?productid=224&cat=6&page=1
I’m currently sipping steep number six of this tea and thinking about how different it is from my other Golden Monkey. While my other one is cocoa, jelly and violets. This one is more like a full meal with savoury notes of roasted sweet potato, butter, pepper, malt, and chestnut (in early steeps) blending with cocoa, honey, plum, cinnamon and longan ( which to me is kind of like a sharper tasting citrus lychee cross). When allowed to steep for longer steeps a slightly floral honeysuckle note comes out as well. In early steeps the sweet potato and cocoa notes are stronger and the tea is sweeter, but as you continue to steep the longan notes become stronger. This tea has tightly rolled leaves with about 30% golden tips which smell of sweet potato, and sweet cocoa, bubbles appear on top of the liquor when you brew it and the liquor is a orangish brown with tints of green. As the wet leaves unroll the long furry hairs are quite apparent on the leaves. I’ve steeped this tea using both longer steeps and shorter steeps and am enjoying the blend of flavours the shorter steeps bring out. Altogether a nice comforting tea for winter with great warming notes and a variety of flavours. Thanks again to Capital tea Ltd. for providing me with such a generous sample!
This is a really elegant well balanced assam. It is not in your face with strong bitter malt notes, but rather a well made tea that presents a smooth mix of the fruit, cocoa, malt, spice, biscuit and floral notes that assams often have.
The dry leaf has a cocoa, molasses, floral scent, with rich brown leaves scattered with gold. After 3 minutes at around 94* C. The tea is a deep copper red colour with a scent of spice, red fruit, malt, cocoa, baked goods, and spicy floral.
The tea tastes smooth and elegant with a medium body, with a sweet flavour with notes of light biscuit, blackberry and cherry, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, light floral note, and malt.
It re-steeps really well with cocoa and malt notes strengthening over the sweet fruit spice and biscuit notes.
A really good example of a well made assam.
This tea is quite lovely well made Assam that is lighter and more fruity than the Borsapori Assam I have from Capital Tea.
This one smells like dark chocolate mixed with molasses ginger cookies, with allspice. The dry leaves are twisted shorter fat dark brown leaves with lots of shiny furry rich golden tips, which produce a beautiful dark golden red copper coloured clear tea.
It smells of a fruity plum and berry mix, honey, chocolate, and spice(almost like it had a pinch of Chinese five spice powder with nutmeg) with a light spicy floral note.
It tastes smooth with a bright sweet top note of honey, fruit and a little bit of the top note of malt, then a brief floral note, followed by slightly bitter note of malt, molasses and chocolate. It has a mild astringency. The fruit has a jammy/compote note of stewed fruit mixed with spice.
It re-steeps really well (I’m on the fifth steep) with honey an bright fruit notes ( lychee and citrus) mixing with spice and malt, with a light floral. The aftertaste is of milk chocolate mixed with floral spice and a bit of citrus.
I quite enjoyed this tea it make a nice afternoon tea. It is a little lighter in body than some of my Assams. I brewed the first steep at 3.5 minutes at around 90*C. I think I might try it a lower temperature to minimize astringency. The fruity spicy notes in this tea are quite nice and memorable. Once again thanks very much to Capital tea for providing me with this very generous sample.
Cloud an mist teas tend are grown at mid to higher altitudes in areas with high humidity and less sunshine as a result of high cloud cover through out the years. This video is a nice introduction to the manufacturing of this style of tea:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kkPlWASbbA.
I really enjoyed this tea. It seems like a nice green to take into winter as it had a nice body and a good depth and variety in its flavour with a good mix of floral and fruity sweetness, nuttiness, and sweet and bitter vegetal notes combined with a really nice sparkling brightness.
The dry leaves smell bright and sweet with a green pea scent and a hint of tartness. The leaves are tightly twisted forest to earthy green leaves with silvery straw coloured furry buds.
After 45s brewed in an open gaiwan at about 175*F I had a pale golden yellow green tinted broth, with a sweet scent with hints of fresh hulled peas, chestnut, and sweet honeysuckle floral. The tea had a clean taste. The broth was silky to buttery with a first note that was nutty to bitter green that opened up to sweet pea, with light floral and herbal notes (faint basil), with a hint of brightness that was slightly fruity hinting at orange. A light astringency created a fresh and sparkling sensation in the mouth. There was a sweet green, floral aftertaste that lingers. A lower temperature and a little less leaf might reduce the astringency and increase the focus on the teas sweetness. The Wet leaf smelled of chestnuts.
The tea has enough body and depth to the flavour that it is a nice green to take into winter. It had a nice level of caffeine that left me feeling pleasantly alert.
After a 60s brew the tea smelt of sweet floral spice with chestnut underneath. It tasted very sweet at first and was creamy and silky opening up to bright freshness, with a sweet fresh green note (like eating green pea pods) with fruit notes merging into a floral orange blossom note. Chestnut was lightly present underneath. The floral fruity green aftertaste lingers. The tea scent had floral, herbal, green notes as it cooled.
Later steeps (70, 80, 90, 110s) had a sweet floral scent and tasted of plum, orange, light bitter green, floral and chestnut notes.
This particular tea is from Hunan, China and was provided as a very generous and much appreciated sample by Capital Tea Ltd http://www.capitaltea.com/shop/product.php?productid=225&cat=5&page=1 . I look forward to future experimentation with this tea and am definitely interested in purchasing some more once I work through at least one of the greens I currently have in my cupboard.
This is getting old. Very tasty still, but old. That’s fine, because it’s almost the last of my straight Assam black teas. I think I still have my Sloane Assam left.
Today, this one is especially good because I added a pinch of first flush Darjeeling. Mmmmmmm. And honey. Lots of honey, since I’m recovering from Strep throat! Oh man, I’ve never appreciated my honey more.
As for the actual tea, I’m getting used to the smokiness, and figuring out the delicate nuances, in how it differs from one cup to another. Except now I find I can’t have this without my extra Darj. Nevermind. It’s been a great ride :)
and of course I love my Assams, but I find myself in the mood to explore lately. So I think I’ll back-burner them for awhile. Maybe I’ll buy one/two instead of my usual rotation of three or four I need to reorganize my stash first, and start a serious sipdown pile.
Anyhow, off to get some work done. Dang I love working from home. (although the main benefit is that of drinking endless tea, which I can’t do at the moment for fear of my dampened buds ruining the taste. Ah well!)
sipdown! and thanks to raritea for this one. While this IS a green oolong, it’s also jsut kinda hanging out being a slightly flavourful water. This is a tea that i could take or leave but will never drive me to hating it OR loving it. it’s just kind of there…