Capital Tea Ltd.

Recent Tasting Notes

91

Revisiting this tea this morning, it has developed a yam tone and has a great floral spicy gardenia note mixed with ginger, cocoa and a good dose of malt, mixed with honey and red fruits. The spiciness seems to have increased as it’s aged. It’s not quite as fruity as when I first opened it, but right now its a lovely warming cup and a great way to start the day. The last time I resteeped it 5 times so I look forward to spending more time with it this morning.

  • the fruit tones and honey come out a little bit more in later steeps. I wonder if I used a little more leaf this time?

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70
drank Masala Chai by Capital Tea Ltd.
671 tasting notes

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

This is a nice chai, but it’s not my favoritte. The base tea is really, really good. It has body and a touch of malt. The spice blend is pretty weak though. There’s ginger and cardamon with some cinnamon. I’m sure there are other spices as well. The spice blend is so light that there were times I didn’t taste it at all. So, not the best chai, but still a nice tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

This was my last tea of the night last night, but I forgot to write down any notes on it so I’m having it again tonight. The leaves are spindly and wavy/curly, and smell malty and bread like.

The aroma is also malty and bread like. The taste is malty, cocoa, bread, and a little browned caramel (and maybe a wisp of smoke in the end of the sip). This, like all of the other teas I’ve tried from Capital Tea Ltd., is delicious. I think if I had to chose, I’d go with Etambagahawila Estate Ceylon, but they’re both great teas that I will restock.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cocoa, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Don’t lie, you’re choosing your favorite based on the awesome name… ;)

Mandy

Shh, let’s keep that our little secret (;

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89
drank Kabusecha by Capital Tea Ltd.
227 tasting notes

The dry leaf is emerald green, with long needle like leaves, that smell like butter and spinach. As it’s steeping the aroma is so buttery, almost to the point of smelling like popcorn. And the wet leaf once removed has a spinach presence again, while still smelling buttery. It’s mouthwatering.

The first steep (1m) is light gold, clear but there’s some floaties in it so I made sure to drink fast. The taste is mildly butter and spinach, with an oceany (seaweed and minerals) aftertaste.

Second steep (30s) is a greenish gold color, and cloudier. The aroma is more ocean like than before, though not quite salty. The taste is still a bit buttery, but less so than the last cup, mild veggie, and a little sashimi grade salmon (salmon sashimi is one of my all time favorite foods): fresh clean slightly mineral sort of buttery and distinctly from the ocean. I can only imagine how amazing this would be with sushi.

Third steep (1m) same greenish gold as the last cup, but with the clearness of the first cup. Vegetal aroma. The taste is less buttery, more mineral vegetal, even a little metallic. I think I’ll stop here.

This is really good, lots if the things I like in a green tea. I didn’t get any floral despite what the description says, which is fine by me because I’m beginning to realize, unless it’s jasmine, I’m not big on floral.

Flavors: Butter, Mineral, Ocean Breeze, Seaweed, Spinach

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

The leaves on this have lots of silver in them and they’re very twisted and curly, very beautiful. They smell vegetal and sweet.

Steeped up, it’s slightly astringent and bitter, sweet chestnut and peas, a light floral note, which lingers with the sweet pea taste in a nice aftertaste. I’m learning to not totally reject slight astringency, and don’t mind it in this tea. I’m also finding that I don’t like most straight green teas with sweetener. I tried added some to the last half of the cup, ad found that I like this much more unadulterated.

Oh how tastes change, I used to have to sweeten everything, and now not only can I drink a bunch of teas unsweetened, but I prefer some that way.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I generally only sweeten flavored teas, and even then I don’t sweeten all of them. Sweet just doesn’t go with a lot of unflavored teas.

mj

I read this as “Human cloud” lol. I was like, I don’t think I want a human cloud….

Mandy

Maybe it makes you feel so light and tea high that you feel like a human cloud (sounds more like something you’d get from a puerh that a green though)?

And I used to sweeten everything, but lately I don’t sweeten greens or oolong, but I still sweeten blacks because it makes them that much more like a decadent dessert.

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Dry Leaf: roughly wound thick but small, chocolate to black brown leaves with prominent scattered gold to silver green downy tips. The leaves smell of fruit and hay.

Broth: clear copper orange

Scent: spice, malt, a mix of lightly roasted nuts, fruit

1 tsp/ 225 ml/95°C/3 min: sweet fresh and nutty sweet flavour. Fresh torn tree leaves, honey, a hint of citrus and a touch of rose water, roasted nuts (to me a cross between almonds, cashews and hazelnuts), fruit notes ranging from a slightly floral Gewürztraminer wine with notes of citrus, grape and a touch of melon, balanced over a touch of cocoa, malt, butter, and toasted grains. Mild, bright and buttery in the mouth opening to a bright freshness. The aftertaste is fruity and sweet with just a touch of bitterness with a mote that reminds me of bananas.
4 min resteep: an interesting spicy citrus note, overlies the other existing notes. The tea remains sweet, fruity and nutty.

This tea has a decent dose of caffeine and makes a nice tea for all times of day.

mj

Great note! You write incredible reviews

yyz

Thanks!

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90

The first steep is very malty, dark, and probably would hold up well to some milk. Full bodied, and full flavored. As it cools a bit of a raisin note comes out. There’s also a dark sweetness, not quite molasses, but like a dark honey.
Second steep is more sweet than the first. A bit of malt and cocoa Lots if molasses end of sip and lingering after taste, with a bit of honey and cherries.
The third steep was more molasses but with a dark fruit (plum?) thrown in.
Again I am amazed by how much flavors I’m getting from a type if tea that I thought of as bottom tier. I need to stop assuming things about teas I haven’t tried. This tea seems dark, but in a sweet kind of way. Like a good girl who’s had her heartbroken and turns “heartless”: a darker version of her sweet self, but the sweet can’t really be hidden by the dark.

Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Plums

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

So, I’ve had tea wish vanilla bean in then before, but this was the first time I ever have seen an actual vanilla bean segment in a tea. It was a few cm big and bursting with the little black vanilla bean seed things, so cool.

I don’t know if it’s because how much straight tea I’ve been having lately, or because of how great the quality of the base tea is, but I’m getting a bunch of flavors from this. There’s the vanilla of course, but there’s also some cocoa and malt and cherries and honey. And there’s a nice long lingering raisin and cherry after taste. I always assumed Ceylon were bland, I don’t know why, but I really need to stop underestimating black teas.

Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Raisins, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

I think its a case of finding the right Ceylons. I’ve had some I love and others that I stay far a way from. I’m glad you reviewed this tea. I’ve been thinking of trying it after I get through my current one!

Dexter

HHHhhhmmm this is interesting. Adding it to my wish list….

Mandy

I think up into this point most of the ones I’ve had have been more of the “stay far away from”, or the “there’s tea in this” categories. Plus I had accidentally let it cool to room temp by the time I took the first sip, and I swear I did a double take. I was expecting your average vanilla flavored singular flavor profile type tea. And I definitely say try it, you’re already love Capital Tea Ltd, so I’m pretty sure it’s right up your alley.

Dexter

I LOVE Capital Tea Ltd., but I haven’t had many of their flavored teas. Just excited to hear about REAL vanilla bean in an interesting base. I’m not really a Ceylon fan, but I think I’ve only had a couple that were just so-so – haven’t really explored them enough to find the GOOD ones – like yyz said you need to find the right ones. Too many teas, too little time. If I’m ever allowed to order more teas, this will be included. Thanks for sharing.

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drank Cream Earl Grey by Capital Tea Ltd.
227 tasting notes

In all my years, I’ve only ever had Earl Grey one other time. I wasn’t a fan. First thing I notice when I opened the package was that from a foot from my nose I could smell cream. But when I smelled the dry leaf up close, the scent was more citrus and what I assume is bergamot (it smells nothing like all the Bath&Body Works scents with bergamot that I love so much), and then that creamy smell.

This isn’t terrible, I’m still not a big bergamot fan, but the creamy notes round out the blarg and make it drinkable. If served, I would drink it, but wouldn’t choose it given a choice. Better than the other EG I had though, and if you like the blargamot you’ll enjoy this.

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87

This is such an intriguing tea. The dark spindly leaves look like a black tea when dry, and they smell sort of malty and breadish like a black tea. But the wet tea smells malty still, but also bright and fruity, like apricots and lime zest. And the leaves have unspindled, and have become light to medium green whole leaves, reminding me of green tea or a green oolong.

And the taste is a mix of malt and honey, apricots and water chestnuts, and a bit of citrus. It might sound like an odd mix, but the different notes come out to play at different times and blend with the other notes to create a very complex and interesting cup.

I can’t even describe what I’m tasting, but this is my best attempt to.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

I think you did a pretty good job. This tea really does have a complex mix of flavours.

Mandy

Thank you. I honestly didn’t realize how complex it was when I had it and was too busy and this distracted to dedicate the time to truly experience the tea. Next time I’m going to take my time with this tea and contemplate what I’m tasting better.

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80

I always find it interesting when I see an oolong that’s not rolled into tight knobby balls. The leaves almost look like how the leaves of most tightly rolled knobby balls of oolong look after a short steep, still rolled and wrinkly looking, still knobby, but straightened up out of the ball shape. The leaves stayed rolled and wrinkly, through the first two steeps, and it wasn’t until the forth steep that they actually started to smooth out.

The aroma of this is like most green oolongs, floral, sort of vegetal, and a little roasty. This is a floral oolong, with a natural sweetness that again makes me think of peach blossoms, with a very light roasted taste that only sticks around for the first steep or two, and a buttery taste that is especially noticeable in the 3rd and 4th steeps.

Overall not a bad tea, but not phenomenal, a good tea for when you want to just drink something simple and floral.

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

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83

This smells like green beans with a couple crushed roasted peanuts on top, next to a bouquet of flowers. A dark kind of dark vegetal mixed with a raosted note, and a floral finish. The leaves are tightly rolled dark and light green, gnarled knobby little things. The wet leaf smells more floral, and after the first steep the leaves are still wrinked but not longer balls. The second steep the leaves expand and smooth out more, and by the third steep they’re fully unfurled.

This is on the more savory side of the oolong spectrum.It’s roasty, but not in your face roasty (like the actual peanuts and not the peanut skins). Its that sort of floral thats that I always have a hard time defining. For some reason I want to say peach blossoms (is that even a thing?), or orchids. And in the background is darkly vegetal, like green beans, and buttery, both in taste and texture. Its a fancy cold green bean salad, with a orchid and peach blossom infused butter sauce drizzled on top, and sprinkled with crushed peanuts. Its different, it’s hard to describe, but still you want more.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Green Beans, Orchid, Peanut, Roasted, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Peach blossoms? Why not? Sounds good to me…It’s YOUR review, you can say what you want :-)

Mandy

The words kept popping in my head, but when I kept trying to figure out why I thought of peach blossoms, I couldn’t come up with anything. Also apparently peach blossoms are some kind of crunchy peanut butter treat? http://www.necco.com/Candy/Peach-Blossoms.aspx But that’s definitely not what I meant by peach blossoms, haha.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! No worries, I’ve said “peach blossoms” many times…to me, it’s a mix of floral and peach, I totally understand :-)

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91

Backlog from yesterday morning.

I have only a few spoonfuls of this tea left after sipping and swapping with others, but I don’t mind. I genuinely like this tea, but now that I have more experience, gyokuros are a bit fussier to deal with, so they’ll probably remain only an occasional purchase.

This was good though – very green, slightly bitter taste.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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83
drank Marco Polo Blend by Capital Tea Ltd.
4818 tasting notes

mmmmm post bike ride tea! this one courtesy of YYZ and one of the few teas i have left from her generosity. First off, this smells tasty! i pick up the caramel instantly but not so much the fruit. once brewed this is a delightful caramel tea with a hint of fruit in the background. I vastly prefer THIS marco polo to the one from MF…and yes, they are totally different teas heh :)

gmathis

Oooh…interesting!

yyz

I’ve actually never tried the MF tea before. Its good to know that they are totally different. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Sil

mf = strawberry. i understand why it’s popular but it’s probably one of my least favourite flavoured teas from MF

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76

YYZ sent this one my way and i think, in reading other people’s notes why this one was not the tea for me – it’s like a darjeeling. And let’s be honest, those confuse my mouth :) the floral/fruity notes are not my preferred assam so this wasn’t a hit for me, but i’m glad to have tried it as this likely would have been one i would have been tempted to try myself heh. thanks a bunch YYZ!

yyz

It is much lighter, and seeing as it is one of the more expensive Assam options, I’m glad I saved you some money and gave you the opportunity to try something else:).

Sil

i VERY much appreciate it! :)

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85

This is a favourite, and there’s not much more to say. I drank a whole pot of this while taking a break from editing and watching an episode of Cosmos instead.

This was still tasty, but I think I either overleafed it or oversteeped it slightly, as the jasmine came off tasting a bit metallic today.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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80

15/28 sipdowns

this one came to me via YYZ and was another early morning, get me through this day, tea. This yunnan is a fruity sort of yunnan. On the whole i find that i prefer the sort of malty, chocolate, cocoa-y sort of yunnan. that’s not to say that this one isn’t bad, but it’s not the type that i prefer. it does reinforce that i need to get time to place an order with Capital teas though, as there are a number of tea there that i would likely really enjoy. Thanks for sharing YYZ!

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84

YYZ sent me this one and i wanted to hold off for some time when i had more than 20 seconds to drink it to go through a few steepings. I don’t drink a lot of non black teas but when i do, i try to pay attention to them more than normal because they surely can’t all taste the same – aka “green” :)

Plus this Comes highly recommended by YYZ so yeah :) I followed her steeping paramters and the first few infusions were floral, but smooth, there was no vegetal taste to this, just mildly sweet water heh later steeps this became a little more floral and less to my liking but the first few steeps were pretty tasty. Sadly, greens just don’t have a permanent place in my cupboard but this was rather nice :) thank you, again, for sharing YYZ!

yyz

I Like greens, and actually have more than a few in my cupboard. They are actually the ones I share most with my relatives as many of them have sworn off black teas. I don’t drink them as often as I should though. I’ve come to prefer the sweet, but not too sweet Chinese ones. I don’t love the vegetal, grassy, or overly marine either. In fact I have old cheap sencha I should just toss as I never touch it.

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82

This is one of the many surprise teas that Sil sent me, buried in a box full of tins from Davids as a silly birthday present (which I love!)

I’m drinking this so I don’t have to add it to my cupboard. I have a lot to add. I’ve had a few people visit me this week and they all brought tea! YAY!

So this is a really nice black tea. I really am going to have to try Capital Teas at some point, once I make a bit of a dent in my unflavoured black collection! I’m tasting an interesting spice but it’s hard to describe what it is. Malt? Cinnamon? Nutmeg? I should resteep it for longer to see if I can tease those chocolate notes out!

Thanks Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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95

donkeytiara ’s interest in assams made me want to revisit this one. Not much more to say from my last review http://steepster.com/yyz/posts/194229, except that it has aged really well. It still has really good red fruit, spice and biscuit notes. It does taste a little bit more syrupy to me. Perhaps I used more leaf?

Anyways I still thoroughly enjoy it and would restock it.

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Operation sipdown is in full effect so here goes nothing. I’ve got a few hours of work this morning so i’m trying to make it more enjoyable by trying to get through some of my samples. This one is from YYZ and falls in to that category of tea that has a floral, bitter note to it. So not my favourite. It’s not a terrible cup fo tea, but for sure falls on the other side of the spectrum from the teas i most love. That being said, i am always happy to try more teas! 3 more days until my steepsterversary and i’d like to see how close to 2k teas tasted i can get heh thank you again YYZ! :)

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Another one that I finished off at work today.
I like Capital Tea Ltd. for straight black teas, this is just not my favorite style of black tea. With my last order, I just ordered a bunch at random – hoping to find a hidden gem that I wouldn’t normally have noticed. This isn’t it. If you are a fan of Assam style teas, you would probably like this – but that’s not really my thing. At least it reminded me of an Assam, but what do I know. It’s a little too bright, too light, too brisk – ok wait that sounds like Darjeeling – dunno, I’m sure this is a quality tea, just not for me.

Marzipan

I’m trying to find a Hips Don’t Lie joke.

Cavocorax

Hahah – Marzipan

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