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90

Such vanilla deliciousness!

I woke up craving a straight vanilla custard type black tea and yes! -this is it. A big glug of milk provided the custard smoothness. Exactly what I was thinking about as I was making a tea decision this morning. The scent is divine, the taste intoxicating.

I am not a huge fan of Ceylon but this one is wow.

Flavors: Custard, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

I didn’t see this one at the festival! boo

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90

This is from a sample Christina sent to me. It didn’t look like the type of tea I would choose but I gave it a try this morning.

This tea surprised me. Long dark spindly leaves. The dry leaves had a slight fruity , raisin smell to them. Brewed 2 min at 95C. Pulled out the infuser and what? Green leaves from black tea? Yep, the leaves when infused turned green.

This is not a bold black but it has loads of flavour. Very fruity with a bit of malt. There a slight buttery base in it too. It’s a little like the moonlight teas. It’s just so mild and tasty. So much fruity flavour!

I don’t often reach for blacks. I have to be in the mood for them but this one is one of those blacks that seems to be a bit of a crossover from the lighter teas. I really love this one! I see it’s from Capital Teas and I’ve never ordered from them before. That means Capital Teas may be on my order lists in the future (once I’ve sipped down my teas to a reasonable level.)

Thanks Christina for this one!

Flavors: Butter, Fruity, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

A very pleasant, middle-of-the-road Ceylon. Somewhat mild, with muted briskness. The initial hints of chocolate and smoke did not impress, but the lush taste of tart raisins in the final brew won me back.

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, boiling, 10:00 min.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I also had to oversteep this a couple of times before I got it right. 2g of leaf, 10oz of water that boiled and then rested for a bit, 3min steep. This time, there’s a lovely sweetness, a slight fruity tartness, a bit of malt and cocoa. Nice, but apparently a bit finicky. :)

Teatotaler

Sounds like my kind of Ceylon! I just might have to try this one.

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90

Quite the lip-smacking first flush, this one. Robust, thick, and full-bodied, it fills the mouth with first flush goodness. Not for those who prefer a lighter tea.

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:45 min.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, boiling, 10:00 min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

Well of the three keemuns I bought from Capital Tea Ltd, this one has noticeably smaller, broken up leaves. It brews up into a rich, full-bodied liquor with mild-moderate astringency. The flavour is complex and hard to characterize – a bit of malt, a bit of spice, a bit of wood and dried fall leaves maybe? It’s a good, solid tea and I suspect it would be good with milk. Reminds me a bit of an assam, actually, but with just a hint of smoke if I really concentrate.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Whoa, weird. I had this earlier today and mostly I just remember being surprised that it was a keemun, because it tasted kind of like an Indian/Sri Lankan tea, kind of medium bodied and with slightly floral/vegetal notes. And now I come online and find out it’s supposed to be biscuit and chocolate, lol. Might have to try it again before coming to a conclusion. :)

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78

The leaves of this one are small, curly, dark, and shiny. They remind me a little of Laoshan Black. The scent of the dry leaves is mild and hay-like. The liquor is malty and a sweet, but also has a juicy quality that is quite distinct from the yunnan black I had earlier. I get notes of cocoa, caramel, and burnt sugar. This is quite tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

The dry leaves of this one are really lovely – lots of fuzzy golden buds. They’re pretty light and fluffy, so my standard 3g turned out to be 2-3 tsp. The dry aroma is light and a bit spicy. The liquor has a classic yunnan base flavour – rich, malty and earthy… and then there are some spicy and fruity notes in the aroma and at the end of the sip. It does have that creamy mouthfeel from the fuzzy leaves. It’s a very good but fairly typical tippy yunnan black. It’ll be interesting to see how it compares to the other teas in my order. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

I picked this up from Capital Teas Ltd as I wanted some cocoa teas from companies based in Canada.
The dry leaf is dark and twisted. Long tendrils that smell like rich chocolate cookies – but no sweet. The 80-90% cocoa type.
Steeped, this tea has a beautiful sweet after taste that envelopes the entire tongue. It has prominent bitter-sweet chocolate flavours with buckwheat flour biscuit notes. Slight cherry roundness, but mostly the sweet is coming from the malty buckwheat flavour.

I like it a lot :)

Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa, Wheat

Sil

nice! sounds nommy

yyz

It sounds good. I’m glad you like it.

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80

The flavours in this tea — dry hay, dried flowers, slightly roasted peanuts, stewed tomatoes — are quite subtle and muted. There is also a nice sweetness at the end. An OP for those who like their Ceylons on the low-key side.

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00 min.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Masala Chai by Capital Tea Ltd.
456 tasting notes

Mild but OK chai. Drank it with/with out milk. Nothing outstanding. I always wonder if a tea is old when I don’t get much flavor. I will withhold giving a rating.

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82

I had this one this morning and just brewed in my mug with the infusion basket for 2 min – 80C. This tea had a fruitiness to it that I really enjoyed. Did I pick up only a slight floral in the background? I’m not sure. It seemed to be there and then was not. I might have been picking up on the aroma of the fruitiness. This tea also had the chestnut flavor that most green teas have but it was very subtle.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. Fruity straight green teas are not that common so I do love it when I get one. Thanks Christina for the sample!

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Another tea sent to me by Christina. Thank you!

I was really surprised by this tea, and kind of regret leaving it out on the counter during fruit fly season.

I steeped 2 minutes at 195, and I used the WHOLE SAMPLE in my giant mug. :) Initially I was rather concerned because it smelled a little like steamed greens. However, as it cooled it was really quite tasty. Not sharp or “cold” at all like some of the other large leafed nilgiri teas I’ve tried. Almost… fruity? I’m not really sure how to describe it, but I did enjoy it.

Edit: Ok, I was right. It’s a Canadian company! Definitely a place I need to order from in the future. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

I wonder if this is like David’s Tea’s Blue Mountain Twirl? I think that was a green that had almost a back feel that was almost like a black, or at least that is how they categorized it…and I think it was Nilgiri? I may be wrong. I’ll need to go check this listing out!

Christina / BooksandTea

I can send you more of this if you want. The first time I tried it it had some camphor/eucalyptus notes that I really liked, but I haven’t been able to replicate that.

OMGsrsly

Haha. Thanks Christina, but I have so much tea still. I’m trying to get down to one shelf in my cupboard, and that’s gonna take a good long while. :)

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80

The scent of stewed tomatoes dominates both the aroma and taste of this tea, with secondary notes of malty sweetness reminiscent of a tippy Assam. An interesting and unusual Ceylon.

First infusion – 4 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 4 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 4 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00 min.

Preparation
4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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GCTTB
This tea confuses me. I’m a big bold chocolatety Chinese black tea kind of girl. I don’t normally like the lighter style blacks, and I really don’t like Indian teas. So why do I like this so much?
It’s light, it’s fruity, grapey, winey, sweet, a little astringent – but in this one I find the little astringency balances the sweetness. I’m putting the rest back in the box, but this makes me wonder if I should watch for other teas from this estate.

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GCTTB
This is outside my comfort zone, and I was pleasantly surprised. My thoughts are a little different than other reviewers, but I did steep it Western 80C 3min.
No floral, no grass, no vegetal – I thought it was more savory than most green teas I’ve tried. Deeper, darker somehow. It’s still not something that I would stock, but I enjoyed getting to try it.

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Backlog:

Well, I’ll at least try to post two or three reviews per day. I doubt I’ll be able to accomplish that, but maybe some days I’ll be able to post a few more than just 2 or 3. I’d like to get all my backlogs posted though.

I wasn’t so crazy about this tea. I received a sampling of it from Ost (thank you!) and my first few sips were enjoyable but as I continued to sip, the tea became less and less enjoyable.

Here’s my full-length review:

http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/16/dejoo-estate-assam-stgfop1-black-tea-from-capital-tea-limited/

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85

This is a luscious Assam, full of juicy golden tips. The liquor is thus sweet and succulent, with a long finish. Another winning Assam from Capital Tea.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00 min.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69

Not my cup Of Tea TTB #3

Keemun’s are generally my cup of tea so I was excited to try this offering! In the packet it had a little bit of smoke and some cocoa notes so I decided to amp up the flavor a little by adding some full fat milk for creaminess… Not bad… I added in some maple syrup for a little more punch which definately brings out more of the smoke flavor but I don’t want to have to add milk and maple every time to feel like I’m tasting something… Decent but a little too subtle on taste for me to want to revisit.

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80

A very well-made tea that brews up into a quite pleasant cup. It is similar in its characteristics to a Darjeeling First Flush, though less robustly so. Would make a good tea, I think, for those those like their Darjeelings on the lighter side.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 3:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 6:30 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00 min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86
drank Vanilla Black Tea by Capital Tea Ltd.
7171 tasting notes

Sample from Evol Ving Ness and while i’ve had this one before ages ago it was nice to revisit it. I still prefer the subtle differences that you find with fancy french vanilla teas. On the other hand, this one is certainly more readily available to have. thanks a bunch evol!

Evol Ving Ness

I might just need another cup of this one right now.

Evol Ving Ness

Sil, what is your favourite vanilla tea? Or top two even?

Sil

Black orchid by MF i think…

Sil

there’s also another one that isn’t easily attainable lol from fru p

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Sil. Checking prices for Denmark flights. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh gosh, tickets to France just came up on a flight deals blog I follow. MF. Yum.

TeaExplorer

#YouKnowYouAreATeaAddictWhen …

Evol Ving Ness

Canadian dollar = .64 euro. :( :(

OMGsrsly

Canadian dollar = not worth much anywhere, sadly.

Evol Ving Ness

sobs over her teacup

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86
drank Vanilla Black Tea by Capital Tea Ltd.
7171 tasting notes

Another from Anlina and one from my wishlist. While dexter and I are experimenting with blending vanilla teas, it’s nice to continue looking for that perfect vanilla tea. This one is pretty darn tasty. I like the base tea here and the vanilla comes across very clearly. Even cooled it was still a really pleasant vanilla cup of tea. Thanks Anlina!

Final Count: 116

MsWhatsit

I love a good vanilla tea.

Fjellrev

Damn! I’ll have to put it on my wishlist now too.

Sil

mswhatsit – we’re trying to blend our own to see if we can manage a really nice one!
@fjellrev If i end up picking up more, i can send you some my swedish chef…IF YOU GIVE SOMEONE YOUR ADDRESS sheesh

Fjellrev

Nope, I’m not doing swapping!

Sil

it’s not a swap if we just send you things LOL

Fjellrev

That’s even worse! I’m not like someone else. ;)

OMGsrsly

What Sil says! I have some violet teas for you to try, Fjellrev. Violet!!

Ost

I LOVE THIS TEAAA! :D
I loveee the malt and vanilla combo!!

MsWhatsit

Violet teas? I grow and cook with violets but never noticed that they had much flavor.

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83

S-s-s-sipdown!
I thought it’d shake things up and gongfu the last bit of this guy. What could go wrong?

heh.

Word to the wise: don’t. The first couple of sips were definitely a bumpy ride. I measured up what I thought was going to be way under my usual, but woahh, it came out strong, and not unlike strong chicory coffee.

I ended up steeping it for 4 short sessions and put the resulting liquid into a mason jar to cool overnight in the fridge. In the morning, it turned out to be a great ice cold black tea!

Hooray for experimentation?

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