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drank Marco Polo Blend by Capital Tea Ltd.
5241 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

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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.
255 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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This tea is very smooth, impressively so as there is no astringency or maltiness at all. However, it is also a very plain tea. No notes of this or that, just a straight up delightful tea-flavored tea. It is one I will enjoy while I have it for sure but I don’t know if I would stock it because it is so plain. Although, it is almost unique in its plainness which sounds weird but it really is a tea that you could just drink without guilt as you go on about your day – enjoyable but not something that really needs your attention. I am glad I got to try this so thank you Dexter for sending some of this my way :).

Courtney

It sounds a bit like my Kangaita. So amazingly simply plain. But I drink it all the time!

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Sipdown!! (164)

Thank you Dexter for sending some of this my way. Apparently this company is very near to my home and yet I have not tried any of their teas. This tea is a very good introduction. This has the slightest bit of astringency but mostly it has notes of rich chocolate and a touch of malt. It is good but not something I need stocked. I am grateful for the chance to try it though.

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drank Keemun Classic by Capital Tea Ltd.
391 tasting notes

This dry tea smells of rye bread that has been allowed to develop a dark crust and is slightly smokey and chocolate and has broken but still fairly large thin leaves ranging in colour from black to milk chocolate brown.

After 3 min at 95°C this tea brews up to a nice reddish copper.

The scent is soothing and warming of light to medium spicy smoke chocolate, a hint of vanilla orchid and a grainy slightly malty note and a hint of fruit.

The tea feels dense in the mouth, with moderate astringency. A sharp fruit tone like dark slightly sour berries and malt are up front, followed by a mild dark chocolate, insence like spice like burning fall leaves, and vanilla orchid to soften and balance the tea. This tea is nice and robust due to the tannins and the astringency. As it cools the chocolate, spicy tone from the smoke ( which is at a level I can appreciate and which enhances the flavour of the tea) and a robust grain tone become dominant and the sharper fruit are minimised. There is a tone that reminds me a little of iron and the flavour reminds me a little of a bitter sweet lava cake I once had.

After a resteep of 4 min the body is a touch thinner and it smells more of chocolate. When hot the sharp berry note is a biy more like a young wine with the sharp berrybalanced by bitter notes from the malt, cocoa, and smoke. There is a nice smokey, grainy element to this steep. This tea could probably take another resteep.

This tea is very nice, with a higher level of caffeine and with enough body to take milk if you prefer your tea that way, and a nice robustness in flavour. It reminds me of being at the field camp in Chapleau watching the mists rise off the lake in early morning and waking to the day in companionable silence. Overall very happy to have this in my cupboard.

looseTman

Awesome review! You have quite a refined palette! Perhaps your Steepster moniker should be Mass_Spectrometer!

looseTman

How does this Keemun compare to others you’ve tasted?

yyz

I haven’t had that many yet. This one definitely has more chocolate tones and is slightly smokier than the ones I’ve had so far. It has a denser mouth feel and more astringency at this temperature. It is a bit more bitter, but this appeals to me as I love espresso. Of the ones I had the Teavivre superfine, reminded me. Of a jinjunmei I had. The whispering pines one had a menthol pine tone that I liked and made the tea very refreshing. The Marie Antoinette one was Avery broken op which was smooth but did not have the resteepability of these other ones. I had an older Zen tea one I liked as well. I’d like to try this one at a lower temp and try it using shorter steeps. It is not as elegant as some of the Keemun’s I’ve had, but I like the robustness, the chocolate notes in it and I appreciate the tones the smoke contributes.

TheTeaFairy

Agreed with looseTman, your descriptions are so colourful! I think you have a lot more taste buds than the average human ;-)

looseTman

Thanks for the detailed reply! We look forward to your lower-temperature results …

boychik

i envy your tastebuds and description abilities;)

looseTman

Or how about, Super-Human_Buds

looseTman

Do you have a culinary background?

yyz

Not professionally. I do like to cook by taste though, and enjoy experimenting with food from different cultures ( one of the joys of living in such a multicultural area). My mom also used to take me on wine tours when I was quite young 13-14. A friend of my mom’s knew the honour of one winery outside of St.Catherine’s and she used to lay out everything she produced that year and we’d sample it all.

looseTman

You might consider adding this background info to your Steepster profile.

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Somewhat sweet and vegetal, as well as slightly astringent, this tea is quite mild and light, almost to the point of being flat. As my bag is a year old, I am sure that much has been lost in the past year (though I doubt it was stellar even when fresh).

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 70 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 80 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 80 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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The dried leaf of this tea is beautiful with the blade being a little wider than some assams I’ve had and there being quite a few quite downy golden buds. Its quite beautiful to look at.

The first time I made this tea I made the mistake of both overleafing and oversteeping this tea, thinking that I would need to compensate for its age, and it turned out to be dominated by oatmeal and bitter cocoa and malt notes and its rich sweet notes were hidden.

To compensate this time, I stuck to 1 tsp/ 8 oz / @95°C, and after an @ 3 min steep the tea brews up to this beautiful red ochre tinged orange, and smelled of a blend of spice, red fruits and honey underlain by malt, cocoa, and a hint of oatmeal.

The flavour was sweet with malt and oatmeal first, followed by honeyed fruit ( red fruit with a touch of raisin), with spice and finishing with bitter cocoa. The dominant flavour is honey, spice and bitter cocoa. It has a good dose of caffeine.

Very nice and it makes me want to try Capital Tea Ltd more recent offering from this estate.

Thanks very much again to Joel for comping me this tea!

Sil

can’t wait to start digging in to the teas out sent me. Hoping for friday if i can manage it while moving…otherwise i’m splurging after the move on 10 mins to just sit and drink at least ONE of your teas lol

yyz

Enjoy them when you have a chance to enjoy them. I hope your move goes smoothly and that you have lots of help!

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This sample came to me from Christina. The jasmine is nicely balanced in this tea (at least for me). I like the jasmine just a little on the strong side and it comes through nicely. I think 3 min is just a tad too long as the tea itself seems a bit strong for a green tea. I will try a 2 min brew time next time.
This may be my favourite jasmine pearls so far but I’ll have to give them a real test and have them side by side one day. Thank you Christina for giving me the chance to try this tea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Thanks Dexter3657! (194)
I drank this yesterday and today and now it’s gone, and both times I had interruptions that messed up my careful consideration of this tea. I know that I really enjoyed it, but couldn’t say why.

That’s ok though. I’ve never really had Capital Teas before and now I’m curious about them. They seem to do straight black teas well!

ETA Wait a minute! I remember people talking about them before and they are SERIOUSLY like a 10 minute drive away from my house. What? I wonder if I could just pick up from them? I mean, eventually. After I pick up my box(es) from Sil

OMGsrsly

Pickup could be nice!

Sil

cavo….we can do a joint shopping order with capital teas. I’ve had a few of their teas but their quantities are larger…sooo yeah.

Cavocorax

Sounds good Sil! I looked at the site, and while I’m interested, I’m a little overwhelmed by the choices. Splitting sounds like the best plan!

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Backlog!
What a pleasant cuppa tea. I quite enjoyed it.
Funny, lately I’ve come across a lot of 1st flush Darjeelings, so when I brewed this up, it slipped my mind that it wouldn’t have those crisp delicate notes. Took me by surprise, I tell ya.
After I got over the shock, I found it very tasty. Muscatel in nature, with a nice depth to it, and a very slight tangy edge. I’m looking forward to having it iced over the summer!!

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