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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!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Dexter

I could send you a couple dozen more black teas to try – I just thought those were the best candidates to what you were looking for. LOL but based on this review we taste things differently. Oh well – at least you can cross it off your list. :))

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My one-liner for this tea would be In-your-face malty & astringent.

It didn’t seem so bad when I took the first sip, which was mainly a bready malty sweetness with a full mouthfeel in the top to mid notes, but the end notes are drying and astringent.

The full intensity in the first infusion is quite something – enough to wake me up of a sleep deprived stupor. But wait patiently for the second infusion which is perfect – a balance of malty yet mild sweetness; astringency & dryness much reduced

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Malt, Yeast

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML

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83

This tea hits all the right notes for an Assam (malty, yeasty, sweet & tannic), with none predominating. A nicely-balanced Assam, which would be a good daily-drinker.

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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85

Oh wow this is good! Malty and a bit fruity. Somewhat drying. I am a fan!!! So much yum. There is a bit of breadiness as well. I had a migraine at the time so will have to write a more detailed note another day :)

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77

Took this in my travel mug to see the boyfriend. I think I like it better this way.
More astringent, but it seems to suit the setting of a tumbler better than a mug somehow. Also, the yam note, and something molasses like really came out. Rating bump.

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77

Picked up at the tea festival. Thank you Capital Teas!!
A rather interesting Assam, I must say. Not quite what I expected. First impressions are of stone fruit and cocoa or maybe sweet potato. Somewhat reminiscent of white wine in the way the flavours are profiled (not in the way it tastes, just how they present the fruit aspect).
Let me rephrase. When I drink wine, the flavours hit my palate in a unique way more at the back of my throat, whereas with teas it is usually more of a full/front of mouth experiences. Atleast with black teas, which I gravitate towards. Am I the only one who finds this?
I think this may be why I find the tea to be so unique.
Also, there is a sweetness here that reminds me quite a bit of Lover’s Leap or Margaret’s Hope, only instead of raisin notes, I see sweet potato.

yyz

I totally got the wine notes and sweet potato with this one as well.

Indigobloom

Awesome, I was kinda worried. I’ve never had an Assam like that, wasn’t sure if it was just me!

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80

A very straight-forward Ceylon black, with definite broad hints of cacao. Muted tannins and an almost non-existent sweetness bring this tea to the brink of being non-descript. A nice daily drinker, for all that however.

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

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 7:00 min.

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This tea came from CameronB. Enjoying it this morning. It’s sweet with chestnut notes with a slight bitterness that hits the tongue on the finish. The bitterness is not unpleasant but adds to the enjoyment of the tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Chestnut, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This confirms my “can’t judge a book by it’s cover” theory from the other day. The leaves in this tea are BEAUTIFUL – all nice and fuzzy, but it’s not as good as the other one.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a nice tea – perfectly happy drinking it at work today. Standard, typical Yunnan golden tippy tea. But it’s not really special – I was going to say just standard, average. That might even be a little harsh – lets try great not spectacular.
Anyway another one out of my cupboard – narrowing down to just the spectacular ones.

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Decided to go with a straight assam this morning, because it has been a while. I think I either overleafed or oversteeped this initially, because my first cup had a bit of bitterness. Not enough to make me not drink it, but enough to distract from the other flavours. It improved slightly as it cooled. I took the leaves for a second steep, slightly cooler water and same amount of time. Now it’s smooth, malty, and surprisingly sweet! I’m holding off on rating it until I brew it properly, but I like this.

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

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I’ve decided that I have quite a few black tea samples lying around. Some are company samples, some are tea friend samples, some are the last little bit of something I bought. This week’s mission is to drink up all (most?) of these little bits and pieces – so today at work I drank the last of 3 different teas. This being the first of them.

Not a huge Assam fan, I don’t hate it but it’s not my favorite. I thought this was was a little dry, a little astringent, pretty mild, some fruity notes, nothing really offensive just not my style. I don’t think I need to buy anymore Assam, I’m just going to make the decision that they aren’t for me and only buy the styles that I really love.

OMGsrsly

More Assam for me! :D

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And thank you to Ost for sending me a sampling of this tea.

An excellent Assam. Full flavored and robust. This is the kind of tea you want to reach for on the mornings when you can’t shake the sleepy because this will do it for you.

Malty, rich, delicious notes of dark chocolate and honeyed caramel. A really nice, bold tea.

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Thank you to Ost for sending me a sampling of this tea!

This is a remarkable Ceylon – very rich and chocolate-y, with notes of caramel. This tastes more like a Fujian Black to me than a Ceylon! It even has that kind of ‘hefty’ quality that I would expect from an Assam or a Nilgiri or a Fujian Black … but not a Ceylon. This is a very surprising tea.

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85

This was one of the teas that I got from Ost’s Stash Sale! She had a few of Capital Teas in small sizes, so I got all three, since I could not decide on which one to get.
I have a couple more Ceylon teas in my cupboard that I have yet to try. I decided to try them all in the next few days to compare and contrast the flavor profiles. I have also been reading up on the history of the region to get some insight. I love doing mini research projects on tea!
Lucky for me that Ost did not like this! It’s my first time trying anything that Capital Tea has to offer, and I like where this is going. I managed to get three good infusions in my Camellia Sinensis porcelain-lined travel tumbler. The dry leaf is black-brown, with short, thin, twisted leaves. I smelled the ho hum woody-ness and malt. But when I brewed this tea up, I got a sweet nectar of pure honey, fresh and ripe stone fruits, with the lightest hint of milk chocolate. I had to make sure that I did not put any sweetener in my mug before steeping!
If you are someone who wants to try many different estate teas from a wide range of areas, give this one a go and check out capital tea! I am really going to have to look up their teas now :D

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Honey, Stonefruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This Assam casts off scents of baked goods, citrus a hint of sweet potato, cocoa and spice.

It brews to a deep red orange.

The first sip is full of spice over the deeper tones of malt, mixed with cocoa, charred crust and a bit of sweet potato. This opens to a mix of red fruits and citrus blended with molasses, malt and a bit of bread. This one has a dense mouth feel. There is a mild bitterness that tempers the sharp fruit. It is not overly sweet. This is not an Assam that is rich in honey or dried fruit. In fact the fruit references a tart red wine. What it does have is a good blend of malt, spice, tart fruit and grainy bread notes. It reminds me a little of pumpernickel, or a dark crust artisinal brown bread. It’s a little like breakfast in a cup.

Edit. The second steep is a little sweeter with a bit of apricot among the other fruit, spice, bread, cocoa and molasses notes.
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 225 ML
Sil

mmmmmm

Nicole

Sounds yummy

Fjellrev

I totally agree with the above.

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I’ve had this a few times, but it just does’t have the same warm comfort I remember from Simple Loose Leaf’s Kenilworth tea. Glad I only have 50g of this – I bought 100g and gave my aunt half of it in a special tin for Xmas.

However, it is a good no-fuss tea for the mornings when you’re not sure what you want.

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Tastes like chlorophyll and toothpaste. Blarghhh!

I conclude its probably because I don’t like spearmint, its probably not the fault of the tea itself. As a result I won’t say NOT recommended because of my biases but simply ‘steep with caution’.

Flavors: Spearmint, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

This tea reminds me of orange zest! As someone who hasn’t drank much Western-style tea but more Asian teas, this is the first time I’ve tried Lady Grey. Medium weight tea on the palate, with hints of orange and bergamot. The rose petals and the name make me feel like I should be drinking this in a fancy Royal Doulton teacup and saucer.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Orange Zest

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

A flavoured black tea, that smells very different dry vs. steeped! I don’t know why, but when dry the leaves reminded me of dried vegetables – the kind usually found in Asian markets. I like that smell, so I don’t mind, but not sure why that came to mind.

When steeped though, the flavour becomes of earthy, fruity dark chocolate. There is a medium weight to the tea, it definitely has some body, not as much as Keemun but noticeable. There is just a hint of astringency at the end, but barely perceptible.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Earth, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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79

Afternoon cup. Somehow, for me, oolongs are the right sort of tea to drink in the afternoon.
This one is so nice! Light, and tasting very clean, crisp, and almost juicy. Lovely cup of oolong.
Many thanks to Ost who sent this my way.

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78

Strong vanilla fragrance from dry leaves and steeped.
Good vanilla flavour with creamy mouth feel, bitter chocolate note that gets less bitter as the cup cools. Hot, this lacks a full mouth flavour, but that also improves as the cup cools.

Much less chocolate in this one, than the other vanilla blacks I’ve had recently, but a very nice choice for a straight up vanilla black tea. Thanks Lindsay!

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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