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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
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.
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!
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
I thought it’d shake things up and gongfu the last bit of this guy. What could go wrong?
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?
Got this a while back from Ost’s stash sale. I have had it a couple times before reviewing this, and I quite like it! It is meatier than the Meleng Assam that I got as well, and this is my preferred tea for making chai with. It has a sort of spiciness to itself that lends a wonderfully helping hand to my own personal chai mix. It’s perfectly good as an iced brew as well, especially if I have some leftover chai already made. Which almost never happens :P
Flavors: Malt, Raisins, Spices
I liked this one a great deal, but youngest and our guest said it was good, but not a stellar favorite for them. I love keemuns, though, so it was delightful for me. It has nice body, malty, smooth, with a hint of smoke and a bit of raisin.
This was the first tea served with tea party today and therefore was served with the dessert, which was fresh whole wheat brownies with strawberries and homemade viili, a type of yogurt-like cultured milk from Finland that goes great with fruit. The black tea was a great pairing because it isn’t overwhelmed by the sweetness of the dessert but rather complements it. It cuts the sweetness, I think, and keeps it from getting too heavy or too rich.
I got tea for my birthday Saturday. Lots and lots of tea. One of them was this one!
I had this for breakfast, steeped it at full temp and for the maximum recommended time and was surprised at how light the color was. I didn’t worry because the aroma told me it was plenty strong enough.
This won’t kick your backside like a morning Assam, but I never go for that anyway. You don’t need it when you know you have to get outside and feed the chickens before they wake the whole neighborhood moo-ing for their breakfast. I don’t consider myself a morning person, but I have never wanted strong morning tea.
Though it isn’t a cup to slap you awake, it is one to pique your interest so that you find yourself fully awake to delve into the mysteries of the cup. It is nice and complex without being super strong. I noted a fruity, muscatel scent and flavor like Winey Keemun from Grace Rare Tea, but the classic keemun light smoke was on the end of the sip, too. This is nice for morning or afternoon.
You will get a hint of all those flavors listed in the main description, incredible as that sounds.
I’ve had this tea as both a cold hot brew and have come to the conclusion that it’s more savoury than my preferred greens.
The dry tea smells of mint, fruit and smoke. It is a blue spruce tinged green with silver green buds.
I steeped 1.5tsp in 200ml of 80°C water.
The first flavour notes are savoury with cooked peas and bitter greens. These open up to peach with a crisp green pea note and a chestnut note. The tea has a thick present mouth feel and a faint hint of smoke. As it cools that taste is slightly grainy, with mint coming into the flavour as it cools. The mint and smoke notes become most distinct as it cools.
As a cold brew (steeped 3.5hrs), the tea has a thick creamy texture and a savoury mix of smoke cantelope, hints of plum and the texture of chestnuts.
Interesting but not a favourite. Thanks for the sample Capital Tea Ltd!
Umami, vegetables, slight sweetness; very green liquor. First time trying Kabusecha and its remarkably similar to Gyokuro – like a toned down version. Did a bit of quick research and it seems that Gyokura, Kabusecha, and Sencha just vary on the amount of shading before harvest. More shading = more theanin (an amino acid) = more umami flavour. Would recommend trying this.
Flavors: Sweet, warm grass, Umami, Vegetable Broth, Vegetables
I read some of the reviews for this tea and honestly I had to double check the packaging to make sure it was the same one. People mention it being sweet or having cocoa notes and I am getting NONE of that. To me, this is earthy, bordering on astringent and has a flavor reminiscent of raisins. It’s not bad or anything like that but it’s also not what I look for when reaching for a black tea. Nonetheless, I really appreciate the chance to try it out so thank you Dexter for sharing!
Dexter sent this to me a while back and it got lost in my cupboard and forgotten until Ost brought it to my attention when I asked if there was anything in my cupboard she wanted to try. As a result, I decided I should finally give this a try and I’m glad I did. It is a quite lovely cup of tea. Some amazing cocoa notes are in here making for a sweet and malty dessert tea that’s pwrfect for after dinner. Thank you so much for sharing Dexter and I hope Ost enjoys this like I did.
Backlog from last night!
I just got this tea as part of a huge swap/care package from Dexter. Thanks so much, Dex! I asked her if she could recommend some smoky/leathery black teas to replace my much-beloved (and now unavailable) Golden Yunnan from RiverTea. She sent me at least half a dozen different teas to try!
This is the only tea I’ve tried from the swap package so far. However, I didn’t get a lot of smoke. I sensed a teensy bit of smoke/leather at the back, but the biggest notes I remember were sweet potato, menthol, cocoa, and a bit of fruit. Definitely sweet potato, at least.
So much tea! I’ll never be able to finish it all!
Not sure why my first tasting note on this was so different but I tried this again and it was much less astringent than I remembered. I think steeping for a shorter time and also at a lower quantity of leaves helped. The caramel/brown sugar taste that others have noted is finally coming out too, and seems less malty than I initially thought. It has medium body with some roundness of taste.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Malt