Capital Tea Ltd.

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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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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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I decided to try to make like a pseudo Thai Iced Tea with this, loosely based off of this recipe:
http://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/thai-tea-recipe/
I used evaporated milk because its the only milky thing I have. It didn’t really taste like Thai Iced tea, but it was a delicious milk iced tea non the less. I need to but a pitcher so I can keep a big thing of this in the fridge, because its delicious cold!

Preparation
4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
Cameron B.

Yummy! I need to do this with my blueberry black tea bags. :D

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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.
294 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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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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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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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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drank Marco Polo Blend by Capital Tea Ltd.
5360 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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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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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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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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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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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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I drank the last of this at work today. Thought it was a light black with stone fruit (apricot) notes. This is not my favorite style of black tea, but it was bitter or offensive in any way. I really like Capital Tea Ltd. but for my tastes I do better with the China blacks.

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Another sample from YYZ Again, i didn’t get nearly as much tea drinking in today as i’d hoped but some is better than none! I had this earlier this afternoon and it was a very pleasant cup of tea. It’s nice to find a ceylon that isn’t “red rose” like. This is a malty, fruity cup of delicious. I might need to pick some up to share with the BBB ladies in the future :)

yyz

This is pretty well my favourite Ceylon right now. I love the flavour notes in it.

Sil

yeah it’s really nice!

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Wow, this handmade tea is special! Incredibly complex it has the bright light citrusy, top notes of many darjeeling’s, a bright green floral mixed with a faint eucalyptus menthol (possibly from the plantations grown in this region), lemon thyme and cinnamon and pepper, with sweet potato, roasted cashew, cream, honey, and wood tinged malt, mixed with a savoury vegetal, and light cocoa notes underneath.

The long dried leaves are long, loosely twisted, and wiry, ranging in colour from medium to dark brown with scattered silver green, gold touched downy tips. They smell very bright and inviting with hints of citrus, sweet potato, hay, and green citrus flowers.

Using 1 TSP/225ml at around 95 °C I had a bright light copper orange tea that smelled of muscatel like tones, sweet red grapefruit, sweet potato and honey. As it cooled a nutty cashew like tone also appeared.

This tea tasted incredibly well rounded with its bright, light and fruity, citrusy top notes, blending well sweet potato, honey notes underneath. These notes lie on top of a deeper slightly woody note that lies on top of a slightly vegetal, slightly mineral light malt note.

As it cools a slightly lemony green floral blends with the fruit, a cream and roasted cashew note blends with the sweet potato and honey, with the honey intensifying, and a hint of cocoa blends with the lower base notes, it also becomes more buttery and smooth in texture and develops a feeling of greater density.

The tea has a mild to moderate astringency, a good balance of flavours, and a moderate level of caffeine.

The aftertaste has a good blend of honey and spice, with notes of lemon thyme, menthol, cinnamon, pepper and cocoa mixed with a tang of citrus.

This teas price is a result of the low yield of its style of plucking, its hand processing, and the general quality of the finished product which is unique and special.

It is absolutely delicious!

Special thanks to Capital Tea Ltd for this sample. The tea is available in 20g and 50g packages here: http://www.capitaltea.com/shop/product.php?productid=242&cat=0&page=1

For more information on Glendale estate go here: http://www.glendale-tea.com/about-glendale.html

donkeytiara

I also adore this tea! I wonder why there are so few folks on Steepster that explore Nilgiri teas…. I just bought 100g of it from another source because it was so intricate!

yyz

I know. I think that Nilgrili’s and Ceylon’s have unfortunately fallen victim to prejudice. Many people are exposed to cheap ones and assume that they are all alike. Meanwhile some of the teas from this estate sell for some of the highest Auction prices in the Indian Tea Market. They make this tea over several seasons. It would be interesting to compare them.

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I’ve had this cupboard for a while. The first few times I had it I think I overleafed or over steeped it as I did not experience the delicious fruitiness and spice that I am getting today.

Today after steeping 1tsp in 225 ml of water at around 94°C for 3 min I have a tea that’s yielding a lovely spicy, fruity tea. This tea has notes of brown sugar, yam, malt,cocoa, blackberry, cinnamon, and a faint floral clover nectar. The second steep remained delicious and smooth even though I rediculously over steeped it.

I would purchase this tea again if Capital Tea restocks it, in the mean time this one is tempting me. http://www.capitaltea.com/shop/product.php?productid=247&cat=3&page=1!

TheTeaFairy

Mmm. That ceylon sounds really good…and what’s up with 100g for only $9??

yyz

Capital Teas does have some really nice Ceylon’s at good prices. The Lumbini always makes me think of you and Dexter because it has some pretty nice Cherry notes, but caramel, malt and raisins sounds amazing how when I’m in the mood for something warming.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, cherries, oui, oui :-) adding Lumbini to wish list!

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drank Shincha Kuro by Capital Tea Ltd.
266 tasting notes

This was a sample from a swap with Christina. The leaves were so small and a dark dark green. I brewed at 185F/85C for 1 min. First taste it was nutty, sweet and smooth, not as much seaweed taste as other senchas but as I got further down on the cup it started changing. A slight bitter edge slowly became more prominent especially with the last part of the cup and the seaweed taste became stronger (really strong). Perhaps I brewed this a little too high. Instructions were for 75C. It started out such a fantastic sencha but the bitterness at the end was too much. I am going to try a second infusion at 75C and see if there’s a difference.
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2nd infusion. Yes, more of that nutty, sweet sencha again. On the first part of the cup alone I would give this a score of 90. It’s a fantastic sencha but again it has a bitter edge at the bottom of the cup even brewed at 75C. I still had so much bitterness on my tongue from the last cup it was hard to taste the sweetness on the first part of this cup. I think because this sencha is so fine (the finest grade I’ve seen so far), it’s super sensitive to temperature. Or maybe it was at the end of a bag and had more tea dust on it? I don’t know but it was a strange Dr Jeckyll/Mr Hyde tea.

Thanks Christina for giving me the chance to try this great tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Sometimes 30 seconds is enough of a steeping time for sencha!

Ubacat

That’s good to know. Thanks. Instructions were anywhere from 30 sec to 2 min. I went for 1 min. If I ever get this tea again I’ll try it at the shorter steeps.

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thanks again to YYZ for sending this one my way. this is a really interesting tea for me. I don’t get much in the way of chocolate notes, but i am getting a slight hint of malt with a bit of spiciness?? to it. i’m guessing that’s what YYZ describes as cinnamon/sandalwood. I actually am enjoying this because of it’s unique taste. it’s similar to other teas that i’ve had but slightly different. Just a good time :) thanks YYZ!

yyz

I’m glad you like it! The spice notes really are unique in this tea.

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another backlog from yesterday – this one came my way via the lovely yyz i nede to have this one again to fully decide how i feel about it, but i’m leaning towards YAY! versus NAY lol My hang up is on the slightly floral note that i was getting in between the chocolatey notes. There is no astringency or bitterness in this cup and on the whole i found myself enjoying it. I just need another cup to fully decide :) thanks again YYZ!

yyz

I’m still trying to figure out what makes my ideal Assam. I pretty well like them all, but I think I prefer the biscuit, chocolatey, sweet ones rather than the fruitier ones. I had kind of forgotten about the floral note, but when I looked back at my notes, it’s there. This ones worth resteeping if your in the mood for it another time, it’s not as chocolatey, but the honey really comes through.

Sil

same… i thought i had it figured out and then i didn’t lol

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