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Capital Tea Ltd.

Recent Tasting Notes

91

The more I drink this, the more I wonder whether the steeping parameters on the package are correct, or whether my initial taste of it was an outlier. The first sip I had of this a few months ago seems a lot sweeter in restrospect than current sips of this tea.

Perhaps I should also stop making it in pots, and just do single servings.

Anyways, I think this might do a bit better at a higher temperature – 75 or 80 C, perhaps.

This is still good, though. Just pondering.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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80

My morning is usually devoted to black tea, oolong is an afternoon friend, and pu’erh is more serious an usually gets the evening, (flavoured are “in between” teas). Habits, I’m full of them! That’s my tea MO, but having said that, I will happily interchange the order from time to time, but this morning, I stick to the usual…

I chose this Golden Monkey, sent to me by the generous Dexter3657.

This is a high quality tea, you know just from looking at its little golden claws.

Golden Monkeys are not my favourite black teas as I prefer a fuller bodied cup. This one is light to medium body. I over-leafed as usual, cause that’s my preference.

It feels very different from other GM I’ve had. They usually have what I call a Mexican cocoa feel to them, like chocolate with a hint of smoke. The smoke is there, but I find no notes of cocoa. It’s definitely more on the savoury side, roasted veggies, almost peppery with a hint of sweetness.

All in all, a very satisfying cup, but not something I would stock up on. I prefer Teavivre GM, which is a lot sweeter, chocolaty with big notes of sweet potatoes.

But this was a new experience, I’ve never tasted a tea quite like this one, very unique
and I am so grateful I got to sample it.

Thanks you Dexter3657.

looseTman

“I prefer Teavivre GM, which is a lot sweeter, chocolaty with big notes of sweet potatoes.”
TheTeaFairy, I’m with you, TeaVivre Golden Monkey is sooo satisfying!

Dexter3657

Interesting, I think I like this one better than Teavivre – but to each their own. That’s why we have to keep tying new ones – right? :))

Terri HarpLady

I’m with you on devoting the mornings to black tea!
I haven’t had Capital’s version of Golden Monkey, but I sure do love Teavivre’s!

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85

Ahh, this is the tea I remember falling in love with! Last time I brewed it, it tasted mineral and flat, but this time it’s just right. A nice balance of sweet green base, jasmine, and something else undefinable. I still think it’s orange or orange-blossom that I’m tasting.

Something new this time: after given the chance to cool down, there’s a sharp, almost peppery flavour on the tip of my tongue when I sip this. Hard to define, almost acrid, but somehow pleasantly so.

I think today, instead of focusing on trying new teas, I’m going to attack the ones that I have a LOT of in my cupboard so they can be used up more. This tea is lovely, but it came in a 100g package, which will last a long time if I don’t do something about it.

Edit: This tea really deserves multiple steepings, as the pearls don’t unfurl completely the first time around. The second steep retains as much character as the first. Yum.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92

Very nice and satisfying cup of Assam came to me from ifjuly. Thank you !
1tsp 205F 3min 8oz
This tea is very smooth and on a milder side which means its perfect without additives. Floral, malty, with a touch of honey. Some muscatel flavors and stone fruits could be detected, nothing over the top. I think its perfect as afternoon tea.
I’m glad i had a chance to try it. i’m sure i will pick up some once there is some promo from Capital tea ltd.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Stonefruits

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

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93

i’m on a quest for a new fav Assam. This sample came to me from very generous and spontaneous ifjuly. Thank you!!!
205F 1tsp 8 oz 2.45 min produced golden delicious tea. it has Darjeeling floral-fruity notes. very smooth and not bitter. some malt but not over the top.
its important to me since I rarely add milk or sugar. This tea is elegant and i’m sure would be great as an afternoon tea.
Thank you ifjuly for helping me to discover new teas. i have a lot to sample

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
donkeytiara

i am also on the same quest …. the perfect assam with milk and sugar… have you tried the Teabox Assam sampler? Due to the shipping, I’m a bit hesitant….but it looks brilliant…

boychik

No, ihaven’t. I did order some Assam samples from Upton. its a perfect way to try anything in small amounts. I dont order samplers sets but individual samples based on description and reviews. 12g is enough to make a decision:)

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91

Oversteeped and overleafed it today. This tea seems really delicate, so I should have been watching it more closely – damn you, YouTube, with your funny videos!

Although this is bitter, I’m still getting grassy, vegetal notes. I really should try more japanese teas, since right now most of the teas I’ve been getting appear to have Chinese or Indian bases.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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85

I woke up craving this tea, even though I probably need something with more caffeine. I opened the packet containing this tea, and inhaled the glorious, sweet jasmine scent. I boiled the water. I checked the temperature. I watched the clock as it brewed, waiting for my first taste of jasmine ambrosia….

And then I was disappointed. This tea tastes flat today somehow. The throat drying sensation of the jasmine doesn’t really pop, and it’s not as sweet as I remember.

Here’s the thing: I’ve been trying a lot of new teas lately. And I’ve been disappointed that the flavours were flat, dusty, nothing special, whatever. But when that same feeling happens with a tea I’ve had before, that I know I like? There’s got to be something else wrong. Maybe it’s not the tea’s fault.

Is something wrong with the water? Do I need to clean out my kettle? More investigation is necessary.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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A sipdown on this tea, sent to me from Sil, who got it from Dexter. Thanks ladies!

I drank this earlier this morning, & I’m gonna confess right now that I over-tea-ed it. I’m at Tony’s. No scale, larger cups, also the leaves are kind of big & wild, so I went for it, just dumping the sample in there. I should have gone with shorter steeps, but it got 3 min.
The resulting cup was drinkable, but not my favorite taste combo, if you know what I mean. It was kind of astringent, with an acidity to it that some people might translate as cherry or plum. I get the biscuit taste, especially as it cooled, but didn’t really get any chocolate.
In retrospect, I wish I’d gone with a gongfu setup for this one.

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93

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

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This one came to me from Sil who got it from Dexter.
I accidentally ruined the first cup. I was also making Tony a cup of the Earl, & he likes a spoon of sugar, but I accidentally put his sugar in my cup of tea! Yuck! I tried to drink it anyway, but I have this weird problem, which is when I put sugar in my tea, I can’t taste the sweetness of it. It only ruins the flavor of the tea.
My 2nd cup was much better, sans sugar. This is bold, a little astringent & slightly bitter, and not very malty, so it’s probably never going to be a favorite, but it was still quite drinkable, & the most robust cup I’ve had today, so at least there is that. :)
And it’s a sipdown!

Angrboda

I completely agree about the sugar. I’m forever puzzled by people who say a bit of sweetener brings out the flavouring more. For me it just turns the tea astringent.

Sil

Sugar brings out flavours for me when it’s a flavoured tea….but in a straight tea? Ick

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it adds astringency & acidity too. The funny thing is, I can’t taste the sweetness of it, especially the rock crystal stuff. I can taste maple syrup, however, although I only occasionally add it.

Angrboda

I only really know that German sugar, that people seem to think is superior for tea. It’s made from beet sugar and to me that’s just normal ordinary every-day sugar. :) It’s cane sugar that’s the fancy-schmancy stuff around these parts. :)
I’ve tried sometimes with a little bit of liquid honey, but that just makes the tea taste like honey, which wasn’t really the purpose either. I’ve given up and accepted that I don’t like sweetener in my tea. (Strangely, though, I rather like a honey flavoured tea. I don’t know why this is different for me)

Terri HarpLady

I love teas that taste like honey & bee pollen, but could never have honey in my tea.
Tony adores that German Rock sugar, it’s considered fancy in a rustic sort of way, I guess.

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88

With a mildly malty & subtlely sweet taste, this high-quality tea is a great choice for those who like their Assams on the milder side. A bit pricey, though.

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

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:30 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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90

Giant dry twisted leaves; rich dark brown in color. Delicious flavor found in the medium brown brew—-honey + malt + biscuit flavors all mixed in together. Western style brew was strong for a steep plus resteep. This is one I’ll be keeping around and restocking.

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

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This is a great morning tea. Thanks to Dexter3657 for sending me a sample.

I opened the sample bag and I got a waft of the smokiness. I thought from the dry leaf that the smoke would be really strong. I was delighted that while the smoke was evident in the sips, it wasn’t overbearing. I do like smoky tea’s but sometimes it’s too much. I didn’t add any sweeteners, and it was delicious.

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drank Yunnan Green FOP by Capital Tea Ltd.
245 tasting notes

This tea is a really nice blend between the sweet and savoury. It’s scent is blend between bright fruit and light smoke and once brewed it releases a perfume of smoke,rich, sweet plum, sweet corn/ pea note and a hint of spice.

I brewed this tea four times (45, 55, 70, 100s).

The dry leaf are dark olive to khaki tightly twisted wiry inch long leaves that produce a golden yellow brew.

The tea is smooth. The first notes are savoury, with light smoke, salted butter, a roasted vegetable note (sweet green pea mixed with a slight bitter spinach), over honeyed plum, pepper and a hint of nutmeg. The aftertaste is sweet plum intensifying under a light spinach note. The tea has a rich creamy texture and maintains a consistent flavour over ateeps with only the light smoke dissipating while the rest of the tea sweetens.

The tea offers a really nice value. It has really nice fruity aspects, a thick texture and a pleasant savoury note. Another really nice tea from Capital Tea Ltd! Once again thanks for the sample.
http://www.capitaltea.com/shop/product.php?productid=227&cat=5&page=1

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

On my wish list

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96

This is another mucho nummy tea from ifjuly

It’s one of the only teas I’ve had that I’d describe as savory. It even smells savory, like a soup broth of some kind. Maybe there is a little smoke lending to that impression, but if there is, it isn’t a harsh smoke or something that sets off my smoke alarm. It’s thick and hefty and serious. Yes, this is a serious tea. And of course I like it a lot – I have expensive tastes. I wish I had the funding for all of my expensive tastes. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Kaylee

amen sister

yyz

So true. I really got the savoury notes with this one as well. Remember that they do sell this tea in 20g packets.

Nicole

I’ve been avoiding looking too much at yet another tea company. But I resign myself that it will have to happen eventually so it is good to know they sell small sizes.

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This one’s lighter and more floral, a teensy bit Darj-y in some ways. I liked it, and it resteeped ok just like all the other Assams from Capital I’ve tried. But I prefer the darker, heavier, more intense ones like the Borsapori and Duflating. Definitely a case of individual affections defining how worthwhile this cup feels, and how that’s personal and varies, though. Lovely for what it is. Would make a solid afternoon tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This one’s good too, but I was surprised checking now to see it’s Capital Teas’ second priciest Assam because to me it reads as great in the ways the others are—namely the fantastic smoothness—but much more straightforward, with a less complex network of flavors (maybe I just can’t detect them though…I am a subtaster and all that). The flavor is tasty, there just aren’t as many notes, less transformative interplay. This is a softer tea, but don’t get me wrong, it still has a deep sweet flavor. It would make a good first thing cup because of its relative simplicity and first rate smoothness; instead of a harsh tannic pucker you’d greet the day with the palate equivalent of warm soft fuzzy blankets.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So lovely. It’s a shame that the teas I’ve been most impressed with lately—Assams from Capital Tea—I get in the mood to drink at night while snuggled up to watch Elementary, and by the end of that I’m too sleepy to write decent notes. I think I reach for them then /because/ I know they’ll be wonderful and that matches my excitement and comfort looking forward to the evening’s relaxation. Alas for them. But in short, this is yet another excellent, beyond-all-other-shops’-Assams experience for me. Remarkably smooth but chock full of deep, rich, dark-sweet flavor and lots of neat subtler nuanced notes. And just like all the other Assams from Capital so far, resteeps like a dream (and I’m normally very skeptical of resteeping black tea), like the energizer bunny (I don’t even add extra time the first couple, and I can resteep at least 3 or 4 times…nuts). I think the best way to describe this (and just about all of the Capital Assams I’ve tried so far) sloppily/lazily is that it’s like the heft and deep-dark-satisfying classic tea flavor quality one expects from an Assam (or any Indian or Ceylon tea, but with the harsh acidic lemony part removed), the smoothness, sweetness, and complexity prized in good Chinese black teas, pluuuuus an uber satisfying dark bittersweet brawn (but smooth, always smooth!) that hints at good coffee made from freshly roasted oily beans. With spice notes usually. Perfect. Assams! I love you so much right now. I just needed to find the right go-between for us to date again. Now the feelings I’ve got are getting serious. Cohabitation seems inevitable, ha.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter3657

I’m so happy that you are enjoying the Capital Teas.

ifjuly

so good! :D

oh, i saw your note about zen tea coconut oolong and was like “d’oh! why on earth did i send Dex the other two but not that one?? weird!” but i’m glad you like it (it’s a fave of mine too!).

Dexter3657

LOL so we CAN agreen on at least one coconut oolong. :))

ifjuly

yes, it’s like a venn diagram where zen’s is the middle where we meet, ha.

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Welcome to day 11 little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve managed to sustain this sipdown thingy for this many days, & although not every tea I’ve drank has been a sipdown, most of them have, & it feels good to be letting go of all of the small quantities that have been sitting around waiting to be drank.

Sipdown #75 was Maharaja, from American Tea Room. I am entering it here because I can’t get the ‘review’ button to work on Maharaja’s page. It’s a very bold & a little tart Assam, sent to me by Sil, & it really hit the spot this morning! I love it when I can actually feel the caffeine coursing through my veins!

Sipdown #76 is this Kenyan from the Milim Estate, Capital Teas. This one came to me from Sil, who got it from Dexter. Thanks girls! Although some of the Kenyan blacks I’ve tried have been very bright & kind of grapey, this one is much more earthy & a little sweet, with a nice wood taste.

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Sipdown #64, also from Sil, who received it from Dexter. Thanks girls!
Not really much to say about this one. I shared a pot of it with Ari during breakfast, & although it was pleasant, it didn’t knock my socks off or anything like that.
Sorry for the lame review :)

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Delicious. Scattered and vague note, alas; I will try to write a better, clearer, more precise one when I drink this not so late at night after a ton more Elementary (g’ah, I love that show). I reckon it won’t take too long because it’s so good. I also tried Capital’s New Vithanakande because I love Harney and Sons’ but have run out (only had the sample packet) and it has a similar scrummy bittersweet chocolate thing going on. I am loving all these bittersweet deeply flavored bold teas lately! Also, this one resteeps like a charm. Had still another black tea from Capital today too, but I’m blanking right now—it was lighter bodied and mild, sweet, like Golden Monkey, which again is alright but never gets me to sit up and take notice relative to stuff like this. I was kind of feeling sad about not liking Assam as much as I used to back in the day after trying so many Steepster faves (Steven Smith and to a lesser extent even A&D’s), but this parade of delicious bittersweet bold black Indian teas from Capital is changing my tune and reminding me why I fell in love with them in the first place so long ago. Hooray.

yyz

Love this one too! I’m glad you’re rediscovering your love.

Sami Kelsh

Oh fabulous! I love good full-bodied Indian black teas too. My favourite kind!

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