Capital Tea Ltd.

Recent Tasting Notes

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I was in the mood for something a bit sweet after dinner, so I brewed up a cup of this. I added sweetener (xylitol – does anybody else use that in place of sugar?) and milk, and it’s hitting the spot quite nicely. :) I get caramel and vanilla from this – not really any fruitiness, but maybe that’s because I added milk right away. It’s nicely flavoured, not too strong or overwhelming.
Addendum: I stuck my nose in the bag while waiting for the water to reboil, and yeah, the scent of the dry tea is definitely fruity! Smells like chocolate-covered cherries. The 2nd steeping is pretty light and I’m drinking it straight. It still has a subtle sweetness to it.

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Holy Shanghai.
I don’t even know where to start.
Like. It’s just amazing.
It’s smooth and strong. Malty and sweet. Just. Ugh. This tea.
I’m a little in love with this one, to be honest.
Definitely going to order some of this when I officially order from Capital Teas Ltd. So happy they were awesome enough to send me a sample of this one!!

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

So glad you love this. I think this might be my replacement for my beloved borsapori estate tea which is not available anymore.

Ost

I’ve not had that one, but this one really is amazing to me! I’m super happy they sent this as one of their samples. Brilliant tea!

yyz

They’ve kept a similar description so I’m hopeful! Soon I will allow myself a new Assam order!

cookies

Went to check this one out and it has a super great price. On the wish list it goes!

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90

Another black tea sample from Dexter! The leaves are very thin and wiry, similar to jin jun mei. They’re about half black and half golden. Dry scent is malty and a little bit savory, which makes me a bit excited since I haven’t had a yummy savory Chinese black for a while.

Oh my… The aroma of this tea makes my skirt fly up a bit. It’s very heavy on the savory smoked meats with a touch of a bread accent. I hate waiting for tea to cool! :P Mm, definitely very smoky, but not in a harsh charcoal way. This tea reminds me of smoked beef jerky, and it’s making me extremely happy. There’s a bit of bready taste and thickness supporting the smoky flavor. So good…

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Meat, Smoked, Sweet Potatoes, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
aisling of tea

That sounds completely delicious and now I want jerky XD

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75

First tea of the day! This one came from Dexter’s amazingly generous care package. The leaves are quite pretty. They’re long and twisty and somewhat thick – similar to Taiwanese black teas but a nice warm chocolate brown in color. Dry scent is mildly sweet and raisiny with a bit of malt. The amount of leaves I had left looked like more than enough for one cup but not quite enough for two, so I used it all and made a 10 ounce cup instead of 8. :)

Steeped, this tea smells very fruity with some bread and floral notes. I think I may have overdone it slightly on the leaf, it’s just on the edge of being slightly bitter. However, the flavor itself is quite tasty. There’s definitely a heavy raisin influence here along with an overall strong malt flavor. I’m getting a tiny bit of floral as a top note, and while I could do without it it’s not ruining the tea for me. Touch of astringency as well.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Skysamurai

oh jesh… I thought it said human at first…

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60

Got a sample of this from Boychik!
Happy to try another tea from Capital Teas Ltd!
This one I was pretty hyped up about, which was bad, because I feel a little disappointed.
Perhaps it’s the fact that I accidentally steeped this one a minute longer than I was supposed to. Because it tasted a lot like leather. :/
There was a decent amount of malt, and a bit of sweetness from a honey flavor, but the overall taste was leather. So…Can’t say I was a fan of this one.
Maybe in the future I’ll give it another shot and not let it oversteep at all.
:S
Thanks for the sample still, Boychik!

Flavors: Honey, Leather, Malt, Sweet

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88

This is the Assam I’ve been searching for!!!!
It’s strong, malty, and delicious!
It has a slight woody taste, but the malty flavors cover it up almost entirely! If you’re looking to try a good malty assam, this is definitely the tea to try!
I’m surprised there are not more tasting notes of this tea! I might have to pick some of this up. It’s just that good. :O

Flavors: Malt, Wood

Mandy

Oh wow sounds delicious!

Ost

I can send you some if you want (:

Mandy

I would love that! (:

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65

Soooo apparently not that many people have had this tea here, since there is only one other tasting note. xD But I will review anyway! :P
Wasn’t too sure of this one either, since I haven’t tried many Ceylon teas. The only other one I tried was from Tea At Sea, and it just tasted like I was drinking honey. But that was a few months ago, and I’m sure my tastes have changed. Actually, I know they have!
This one doesn’t taste only like honey. There are definitely honey notes in this tea, but it’s in danger of being dominated by the woodiness. D:
The sweetness in this tea is nice, it’s just the wood taste that I’m not too fond of. It’s not terrible though. I think I’d still like to try other Ceylon Teas. The honey notes were still present, and made the woodiness bearable.
So not bad, but I think I’ll hand the rest of this sample off to someone else!

Flavors: Honey, Sweet, Wood

Mandy

Hmm sounds like another I need to try

Fjellrev

Ah, woodiness in Ceylon. I can see that causing a bit of strife.

Ost

I can also send you some of this, Mandy! :P

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75
drank Marco Polo Blend by Capital Tea Ltd.
551 tasting notes

Got a sample of this from Capital Teas Ltd! Still surprised at how big their samples are. xD 20g seems like so much-haha!
Anyway! This one is actually better than I expected.
When I opened the bag, I was hit by a strong, fruity aroma. Almost tart even, which made me not so sure. But while it steeped, a more chocolatey, dark aroma replaced the fruitiness.
Which is actually odd because this tea doesn’t really taste like chocolate at all. xD
As for the flavor; the caramel and fruity flavors are light, but not overwhelming. The black tea base is definitely present in this tea, which makes it taste much stronger.
Caramel is probably the biggest flavor in this tea. And the frutiness is more in the aftertaste.
So overall it’s not bad! Better than I expected. A nice, light flavored tea that’s not too overwhelming in any way. Definitely worth the try if you ever order from there! (:

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Fruity, Sweet, Tart

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88

This is a lovely second-flush Darjeeling. It is full-bodied, smooth, deep, and pleasantly tannic, with that Darjeeling “tang” (at the end) that I have come to love about teas from this region. A fine tea indeed, but a tad pricey.

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

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 6:00 min.

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

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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63

Also got a sample from Capital Teas Ltd of this tea. The description on steepster says:
“Cherry, Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Plums”
I wasn’t too thrilled when this tea smelled only of wood while steeping. But as I began drinking it, I discovered cherry and cocoa notes among the wood flavors.
While wood is the main flavor in this tea, the cocoa and cherry flavors make it much more drinkable.
It’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be while it steeped, But I probably won’t drink the rest of it. I’ll find someone to pass it off to, I’m sure! This one isn’t for me!

Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa, Wood

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Sorry all, I haven’t been around much lately. Missing everyone!!! Between the turmoil in my life and the issues with steepster – I haven’t been posting much.

I’m a huge black tea fan, but I’m a bit snobbish about it. I like China blacks, but in truth I’ve only tried a few of the others and haven’t really explored them. I was quite excited when yyz sent me a care package with teas outside my comfort zone. Thank you so much.
In that package was this one. What do I know about Ceylon? Not much so I don’t really have a point of reference.
This tea brews up a beautiful copper red color. It seems light, with lots of high notes, and a bit fruity. This will not lure me away from my beloved China blacks, but it wasn’t offensive either. Really happy to have tried it.

Lala

Glad to hear from you. Hope you’re doing well!

boychik

Hi Dexter:-)

yyz

Hope things are getting better. Ifind ceylons can be pretty diverse from really bitter malt, dark fruit, to sweet potato and citrus. Glad to give you the opportunity to try one.

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80

This is a solidly enjoyable, and enjoyably solid, no-nonsense SF Darjeeling. Nicely muscatel, with moderate tannins and astringency, and the usual Darjeeling fruit-like tartness.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 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
2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

This one was pretty floral, but…even when I steeped it for over the steeping time it still wasn’t very strong. It was nice for a very light, floral tea. But I wouldn’t buy it when I finally order from Capital Teas Ltd.
Was nice for this afternoon though. Thank you, Mandy! :D

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75
drank Jade Green Oolong by Capital Tea Ltd.
551 tasting notes

Seriously get so excited when I get to try something from Capital Teas Ltd. Need to get enough samples to make one big order so I can get free shipping! xD That’s the end all goal. :P
Anyway, thanks to the Lovely Mandy for this tea!
The best way to describe this tea is a roasted floral oolong. xD
I haven’t been into roasty oolongs lately, but the floral makes it better for me right now!
Enjoying this one today! (: Thanks, Mandy! You sent SO many oolongs-it’s crazy! Can’t wait to try all of them!

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Flavors: Apple Candy, Lemon, Strawberry

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85

Backlog from yesterday.

Yesterday evening I had a really bad time of things. I was feeling all tired after walking around, but I decided to do a hot yoga class in the afternoon, as I figured that maybe my fatigue was because I hadn’t done any yoga in a few weeks.

Oh boy.

I came home from that class feeling all achy, worried that I was coming down with a fever – I wasn’t nearly as hydrated during the class as I should have been. I spent the rest of the evening kind of being an invalid: sitting on the couch, eating rice, with a bunch of ibuprofen in my system. And then there was this tea.

I made two steeps of it yesterday – one before I left for yoga, to get myself hydrated (not enough, it appears!) and one when I was all fucked-up in the evening, because I knew that if I just laid back and didn’t do anything, I’d fall asleep and mess up my sleep schedule.

This tea was pretty okay both times, but I have a feeling that I overleafed it, as it tasted a bit smoky, which I generally dislike in my green teas. I thought the second steep would be sweeter, but it was more vegetal.

In any event, tea is a good thing, and I was in need of good things last night.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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85

Backlog note 8 of 13.

This was yet another sample I had at the Canadian Coffee and Tea Show on Sunday. And I loved it. The taste was like a softer, less savoury version of Bi Luo Chun. It was sweet and gentle, but still somewhat savoury. I much preferred this over the Yunnan Green FOP I tasted at the same time.

Again, this one is totally on my wishlist – I’m looking forward to buying it when Black Friday comes. (And of course, now I’ve got the song by Steely Dan in my head. Curses!)

mrmopar

Well there is always “The Deacon Blues”, “Peg”, “Hey Nineteen”, “Dirty Work”, “Reelin In The Years”, and “FM” just to take your mind off the first one.

Christina

Oh, and “Josie” too!

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Backlog note 7 of 13.

This was another tea that I sampled when I was at the Canadian Coffee and Tea show on Sunday. And the nice thing was that there was another tea enthusiast there called TJ. He runs a tea podcast – that sounds so neat! I need to email him about that.

Anyways, Joel at the booth was kind enough to let us sample a variety of green teas, and I was intrigued by this one since I have some Yunnan blacks at home that I quite enjoy.

After trying this tea, I think I’m going to stick with the Yunnan blacks and avoid greens, because while the smokiness works in black tea, I find I don’t like smoky flavours in green tea. I could taste the similarity, though, and the liquor was a beautiful yellow-green.

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73

Backlog from whenever.

Ahh, this tea is turning out to be more finicky than I expected. First I underleafed it so it was weak. Then I overleafed it and made it too astringent. How will I steep this just so I can get that eucalyptus note I liked so much? Bumping the rating down into the mid 70s.

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Backlog from a few days ago.

The leaves on this are quite fluffy, which means that I underleafed this when I brewed it a few days ago. It was really weak tasting. Considering how well this tasted when I had a sample back in September, I was really sad!

I’ll have to be a bit more generous with the leaf on this one.

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Backlog note 5 of 13: And it’s note 500!

I went to the Canadian Coffee and Tea Show on Sunday, and had this as well as a few other samples that Joel was kind enough to offer.

Unfortunately, since the show was mainly an internal one for the industry, very few vendors were actually selling tea at the event. If Joel had this on sale on Saturday, I would totally have bought a package despite the price tag.

Going in, I knew this was a Nilgiri tea, but it definitely doesn’t taste like one. I don’t remember a whole lot of that taste now, but I remember it being sweet, like nectar almost, with none of the wet earthiness that I remember tasting the first time I tried a Nilgiri.

Joel said that this is a unique tea, as he bought up pretty much the entire harvest from this estate. This is going near the top of my wishlist now – I hope that there’s still some of this in stock when Black Friday rolls around.

yyz

I love this one too.

mrmopar

500 Wow that’s a lot! Congrats!

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drank Vanilla Black Tea by Capital Tea Ltd.
406 tasting notes

The dry leaf of this tea smells of vanilla custard and chocolate and is composed of large pieces of broken leaf orange pekoe and occasional short pieces of vanilla bean. The leaves are thin and tightly folded blades.

I breweed this tea for the recommended 3 minutes at 95°C. The tea brews up to a rich golden red with a gold ring around the edge of the cup. It smells of vanilla custard with a warm sweet vanilla note behind it with a touch of caramel and cream, a hint of malt and tarter fruit is peaking out behind the vanilla.

The first sip is a blend of a cooler vanilla taste, a bit like that found in good ice cream, mixed and balanced with a light bitterness from malt. It leaves a cooling sensation in the mouth. Underneath is a faintly vegetal note mixed with slightly tart stone fruit. There is a hint of an almost eucalyptus note and there is a caramel note up front that mixes with the vanilla. Best drunk slowly to fully appreciate the warm vanilla notes dissipating in the mouth and opening up first through malt, fruit and ahint of wood and cocoa, then finalling to a cooling eucalyptus. The vanilla is up front in the flavour and is distinct. Their are hints of it in the aftertaste but the aftertaste is more a blend of fruit, eucalyptus and bitter malt tones with the vanilla to temper them and smooth them out. Quite a nice vanilla tea. The vanilla is quite natural tasting and distinct, but does not overpower the tea itself which is quite robust. I could easily restock this in the future.

Fjellrev

Sounds wonderful!

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