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Thanks for the sample Evol!

No tasting notes on this one yet?

Unfortunately, the day that I drank this was one of those “hurry up and gulp your teas before it gets cold” kind of days and I forgot to jot down my tasting notes. Next time, I will pay more attention.

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Thanks for the sample Evol Ving Ness!

I enjoyed this tea as I have been trying to fend off a cold that my kids have. I don’t often reach for ginger when I am healthy. I find that it is enjoyed best with some honey and a couple of slices of lemon!

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This is a Tea, that at least to my personal taste, benefits from a light touch with the leafing. Use to much and the malt overpowers any of the delicate nuances found underneath it. It can be quite a potent Tea and easily yields 4 steeps even with lighter leafing. I used @1.5 TSP per 275 ml of boiling water.

Complex spice notes overlay a mix of stone fruit, honey and malt notes mixed with lighter notes of cocoa and biscuit in the first steep. By the second steep, the malt has intensified and the spice is almost floral. The cocoa notes are also stronger in the second steep.

Overall a nice complex Assam with the spiciness I tend to appreciate in my favourites.

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90

I know I just reviewed this tea yesterday , but I saved the leaves from yesterday and brewed them up this morning. I wanted to resteep yesterday but I ended up out of the house most of the day.

I was surprised to taste this today and find that it was just as good as yesterday. That deserves an increase in rating!

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90

I got this in a fantastic package from Evol Ving Ness! Thank you so much!

Normally, Ceylon isn’t generally my favourite base but pair it with vanilla and it’s delicious! I detect slight cocoa and cherry notes in here too or maybe I am just crazy. The vanilla is smooth and tastes natural.

Capital Teas is now on my list to order from! Thanks Evol…;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Evol Ving Ness

That was fast! Glad for the joyful beginning—yay!

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Thank you Dexter for the share! I ended up dumping the whole sample in a large mug and it is making for a very nice tea. A bit brisk at the end of the sip but mostly smooth. There is also a touch of astringency at the top of the tea layered onto a more honey/malt base. It’s interesting and has a touch of muscatel but not something I need to keep stocked by any means. Still, I am grateful for the chance to try something new!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80

Good.

I am still sick with a bad cold or flu or something nasty. I might be getting better, but it may be too soon to tell. I was in two different hospitals and two doctor’s offices last week, so likely I picked up all the germs that were on offer.

This is good: the tea, not the germs and the experience.. My tastebuds are still far from a hundred percent, but I am enjoying this one with a teaspoon or less of honey. I imagine it would be good with a generous squeeze of lemon or orange.

I’d like the ginger to be far more intense though. Maybe that will happen when my tastebuds begin to come back.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
sundaysipping

Hope you feel better soon!

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100

A bit of upheaval here. Both good and bad chaos all at once.

I know, I know—vague-book much?

When things get crazy in my world, I am not in the mood for experimentation with new teas. I want delicious, and I want reliable. I want to have a good idea of what my cup is going to taste like and do for me.

Hence, this tea. The flavours are pure and straightforward: a beautiful vanilla and ceylon.

When life is complicated, this is my cure. I will save cups of surprises for sane quiet afternoons.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nicole

I have reliable for crazy days tea as well :)

Sil

i’m with you there. I could use some much needed downtime from the craziness that i’m coming to realise is just what my life is. always. fml.

Evol Ving Ness

I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one. It’s like my usual love of experimentation and spontaneity fizzles. But, it’s all good.

Sil, but you manage it with such grace and charm. On some level, it must be working for you.

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100

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

Evol Ving Ness

This one wasn’t at the festival.

Indigobloom

Oh! haha. I’ve never ordered from them, but always meant to.

Evol Ving Ness

I am a bit slow making my way through my box from them. I tend to get stuck with ones I really like a lot and ignore or misplace others.

That said, through this company, I’ve discovered a lot about teas that I had decided I didn’t like previously. So it has contributed to my tea education journey.

The owner is a lovely human being with great teas for the most part, so I am quite happy to spend my money in his direction. Decent customer service makes a huge difference to me and tends to account for a lot when I make my purchasing decisions.

Indigobloom

I couldn’t agree more! Most of the Assam’s I get (my fave) are from this company. The owner gave me a free pouch of tea last year just because (it was his display pouch and he didn’t want to sell it since it had been opened a few times). I would recommend this company to anyone!!

Evol Ving Ness

Your experience makes me happy. Lovely man. :)

Yes, I have some Assams from them that are currently wandering around somewhere here unopened. I’ll get there, I’ll get there.

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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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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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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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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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