Capital Tea Ltd.

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The dried tea smells like malt, or a little bit like feed mix you get for horses, which brings back old memories. The tea has short slightly flattened leaves liberally scattered with saffron yellow golden tips.

The tea brews to a deep orange red after 3.5min.
With malt, citrus, hint of molasses, red fruits, and currant scents.

The first sip brings out bitter cocoa and malt notes mixed with molasses, overlain by a sweet top note that references both fresh and dried stone fruit (plum and cherry) and honey. There is a light floral note. This is a malty, fruity assam. The tea has a thick syrupy body with nice level of caffeine. It is very smooth, and a little tannic, but with no noticeable astringency. Aftertaste reminds me of molasses cookies eaten with a slightly sharp berry juice. A very nice start to the day.

Thanks Capital Tea Ltd for the generous sample!

1 heaping tsp /225 ml/3.5 min.

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve logged a tasting note. I thought that staying away would curb my tea buying, but that approach didn’t really work for me.

I got this tea from Dexter3657. I really enjoyed this cuppa. Yesterday when I drank I found the sweet potato in the early sipping, and plum and honey after.

Today I got sweet potato and honey. No plum. Don’t know what I did differently…Either way a tasty tea.

Thank you Dexter!

Dexter

Hey welcome back!!!

scribbles

Thanks!! Glad to be back!

Sil

i second that! welcome back :)

scribbles

Thank you! I missed being here.

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I find that most of my Yunnan’s fall between the spectrum of leathery spicy and honey fruity all with cocoa underneath, but each are unique in some ways. The crudest, roughest one has almost licorice tones, one has orange notes, one has a lot of spice over chocolate notes, another is jelly and violets and then there is this one. This one is quite fruity and almost boozy in the first steeps, overlying the honey, cocoa, and leather and has a bit of snap pea to it.

It looks just like the picture with medium thickness blades and furry gold buds. About 75-80 % appears to be buds. The dry sent is almost hay like.

I steeped one heaping TSP in a 150 ml gaiwan. Using boiling water.

After 45 s the scent is of honey, hay, cocoa, smoke, and a faint leather spice. The tea is a medium ambre brown with a yellow green ring I get in many tippy teas around it.

The flavours of cocoa, hay, smoke and honey combined to create something slightly fruity. It brings back a memory of something I had at school when a classmate prepared a Vietnamese meal for us. There was a hint of grapes, cooked apple and a slight musty tone all soaked in a touch of rum.

Other notes I tasted were of snap pea, honey sweetened cocoa in grape juice, and very faint leather notes. As it cools the cocoa, honey, slightly boozy fruit dominate. Very smooth tingling in front and top of mouth.The first steep was kind of syrupy. Further steeps were as follows:

60s less honey, more cocoa, and hints of tarter red fruit, touch of bean still quite sweet and honeyed. Not as syrupy as first cup.

75s honey cocoa,leathery earthy notes.

120s. Cocoa, honey, red fruit , leather spice

240s. Cocoa, leather,honey.

This tea still has some life in it. I especially liked the first steep and the hint of red fruit in some of the later ones. All together a nice tea that I wouldn’t mind enjoying from time to time.

Thanks, Capital Tea Ltd for this generous sample!

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This is quite a nice Ceylon. It seems to lie between those Ceylon’s that are sugary sweet, those that hold lots of citrus notes, and those with deep malt notes. It’s a pretty well balanced cup, with just the right touch of briskness.

The tea smells of malt, a touch of brown sugar, spice (cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg), citrus, and berries with some deeper slightly bitter notes. The flavour is deep and robust with all of the above notes. This Ceylon would take milk well. It is not an overly sweet tea, and has a lovely citrusy and spicy aftertaste. I’m quite enjoying this cup. 96°C 4 min.

Edit: The resteep is lovely and sweeter. I think that this tea would benefit from a shorter steep than I first gave it. Cocoa notes are present in this steep.

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drank Masala Chai by Capital Tea Ltd.
1294 tasting notes

Another one from Dexter3657 – thanks so much again! Another chai to try, I say in glee. :D I looked up more info on the site for this one, and there is a wonderful list of ingredients but to me this mostly looks like black tea leaves mixed with CTC black tea leaves. Even after a few minutes, this tea is surprisingly smooth for a CTC. There are hints of ginger and not much else. The picture looks exactly like the blend I have, actually, so I guess this is an accurate batch of this blend. But I love how smooth this is and it has a bready flavor.. not astringent at all! I really wish there were a billion more spices here, but as a black tea it’s good stuff anyway.

I’m not avoiding Steepster notes any more… apparently my Amoda box went missing in the mail. :/ I guess I will just ruin the surprise if it just happens to happen.

Dexter

Hope your box arrives soon. :))
(Maybe I should have added more chai to the box….)

Tea Sipper

Well, I can never say no to chai! haha.

Cavocorax

Oh no! :O I hope it shows up soon. Are they sending a replacement?

Tea Sipper

Yep, I e-mailed them about it but I feel terrible they have to send out another box!

Cavocorax

That sucks, but that’s great they’re replacing it without question. (Which they should?)

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Thank you Dexter3657 for sending me a sample of this tea. This has a strong fruity profile. This is the second darjeeling I’ve tried – the first one from Davids Tea. I think darjeeling is not for me. Although it’s not my preference I won’t have any trouble finishing off my sample.

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Thanks Dexter! So strangely enough…even though the muscatel in this one is like HEY LOOK AT ME! I am enjoying this one. I don’t typically really enjoy darjeelings, but the next thing i knew, i was at the bottom of this mug going ..oopsy….i drank it all? There’s something in the smoothness of this one that just makes it easy to drink and rather enjoyable. Not something i’d pick myself, but i’m glad that they sent this along to dexter as a free sample so i got to try it!

Edit: 140! go me! woot woot!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

This is by far the best darjeeling I’ve had. I would never have ordered this. Love when free samples work out that way.
Congrats on 140. :))

Cavocorax

Gj on 140! So, are you going to be at 250 AFTER Black Friday? :P

Sil

God no. Hoping to stay near 150. Though I’m half tempted to see how low I can go

Cavocorax

Let’s see you catch up to me! >:O
(I bought tea from VariaTEA and Janelle so I’ll be heading up your way!)

Cavocorax

(I just realized I have about 28 incoming and that’s not even with my Black Friday orders. :O So, never mind. You’ll be lower than me)

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mmm thanks for sharing this one with me dexter! This brings me officially to 149 – so i’m under my black friday goal and consider myself to be officially working towards tea purchases. 1 sipdown = 1 tea i can purchase lol.

This is a pretty decent assam. It’s got a bit of astringency to it, but not so much that it’s less enjoyable. There’s a teeeeny bit of sweetness hiding in the sip as well, it’s not a malty assam. :) i like this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Yay congrats! Good job!

Sil

thanks! Ended the night at 147…and there’s still tomorrow heh

Sil

er 148

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Trying to use the steepster app as much as possible but it’s slightly challenging :) I haven’t yet figured out how to add or remove teas from my cupboard or edit teas but I do like the interface so far.

This tea was from dexter! And it’s quiet delicious. There are some chocolates notes in the background that are quiet nice, though it’s not like, say laoshan black.

Dinosara

Those features are coming later. :) right now it’s basically only for logging and reading your dashboard.

Sil

then i’m pretty happy with it so far :)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I’m laying in bed using the app. It’s so pretty! I’ll definitely need to use it in conjunction with a computer or the web interface until adding and removing teas is possible. :)

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drank Keemun Classic by Capital Tea Ltd.
4726 tasting notes

SIpdown on this one from the lovely dexter! I find this one to be really tasty. I do need to compare it sometime with a few others so i can narrow down my favourite keemun but this one is up there! light smoke, slightly malty. yep! delicious!

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drank Keemun Classic by Capital Tea Ltd.
4726 tasting notes

mmmm thank you dexter! I picked this as one of my teas this morning and i kept reaching for it even after i’d finished it. In usual keemun fashion i added a bit of maple syrup to this but it didn’t need it. I just like the way keemuns + maple work for me. This could easily be one of my staple tea as it’s not too demanding, but it’s also not unassuming. Appreciate the share dexter! tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dexter

That’s exactly how I felt about the Yunnan I was drinking earlier today, you just expressed it better than I did. :))

Sil

:) I feel like one of these days i need to have a keemun challenge and just drink as many of them from different companies as possible

ifjuly

a keemun-off! that sounds delicious. love keemun.

Dexter

ifjuly – I had noted that you were an assam, and yunnan fan? Am I confused or should I just add keemun to the list and send you samples of all my black teas…. :))

ifjuly

haha, please don’t worry about sending me stuff! i don’t have enough stuff i think you’d like to send back…i thought of a few more things but it’ll be a little bit because i need to restock them first (down to my last cup with a buncha golden moon :O ). i do love keemun though—i love smokiness, and rich not-very-sweet chocolate notes, so it makes sense i would. honestly, there aren’t many black teas as general categories go that i hate across the board…ceylon’s the only one i can think of offhand, and even that can be amazing when done right (sinharaja FTW).

i still need to add maple syrup to keemun sometime. every time Sil mentions it i’m like “oooooh that sounds good!”

Dexter

Golden Moon? as in Golden Moon Tea? http://www.goldenmoontea.com/
This is why I need to keep sending you tea! Trust me you have lots I’m interested in :))

ifjuly

Yeah! As soon as I place it and get my favorites reordered—I highly doubt they’re doing anything for seasonal sales but just in case I’m going to wait a week or so—I’d be super excited to send you some.

Dexter

I’m not in any rush and I’m not requesting anything, but Golden Moon has been on my list forever, but shipping is astronomical to Canada…..

ifjuly

Yay! That makes me super jazzed.

Terri HarpLady

Count me in for the Keemun extravaganza!

Sil

Terri – maybe we need to do that sometime with the BBB box… pick a variety and do a round of that.

Terri HarpLady

That would be awesome!

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This came in a surprise package from Dexter3657 – thank you!

I am liking how good this tea is – sweet and malty. I have not yet found those cocoa notes, which I really enjoy in black tea’s. I’ll give this a go with Dexter’s lower temp, longer steep recommendation. Despite the fact that I can’t taste the cocoa, I appreciate the malty profile in this tea.

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This is ny tea of choice at work today. This is just a nice Yunnan Black. I think I’ve decided that I’m not sophisticated enough, don’t have a refined palate to really get all the subtle nuances of some of the “fancy” teas.
This was inexpensive, plain Jane, Yunnan tea – and I like it. Thinking that I don’t need the “special grade”, limited edition, high end – just give me a nice bold cup of black tea.
I bought quite a few Yunnan teas from Capital, and so far this is my favorite.

MissB

C’mon now, you’re sophisticated to me! Plus you have some truly delicious teas that you’ve shared, many of which you’ve now hooked me on.

ifjuly

I kinda found that out with Teavivre’s multiple grades of different teas—a lot of the time I couldn’t taste the delicate nuance in the top top top tier versions. I guess that’s good, more money leftover for more tea, ha.

Dexter

Thanks guys, but I’m having one of those “I don’t know anything about tea days” or “Crap am I ever confused”. So up set that the tea class I had signed up for has been cancelled – I was really hoping to learn some of this stuff……….

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drank Hunan Black Congou by Capital Tea Ltd.
4726 tasting notes

Another tea from the lovely dexter that i was drinking this morning. I don’t get quite the same intense flavour profile as YYZ and she do, but this is a good cup of tea. It’s malty and sweet, and there are cocoa notes in this one that make me smile. Saving the last little bit of this to share with the BBB Box ladies since it might be one that really appeals to them. If i ever place a capital tea order, this one will likely be on the list of teas to pick up :) Thanks dexter!

Dexter

I guess it doesn’t matter if you are passing it on, but I like this one with cooler water and longer steep. Something like 90C for 5+ minutes. Capital Teas has lots of choices, I’m sure you can find some more to your taste.

Sil

It matters! Not like I can’t decide not to share it haha

Dexter

:)) I have tons if you would like more to test/share.

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working from home today! yay for being able to drink up a few cups of tea to get back to 150 asap! Also, not feeling 100% today so it’s nice to be taking it easy, at least in terms of getting dressed…. i always work harder at home

this one isn’t my favourite but it’s not bad. There’s a taste to it that i don’t love..not quite astringency but something else. can’t quite pinpoint it. Thanks for sending this my way though dexter! i haven’t had a chance to try many capital teas yet.

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This was the free sample (20g sample) that came with my order. I would never buy a darjeeling, haven’t really enjoyed the ones I’ve had.
The fact that I’m almost out of this, and not hating it, must indicate that it is more towards my tastes, but still not there. Surprisingly smooth though.

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“Full bodied” “rich” “brisk” are some of the words used to describe this tea. I’m agreeing with those, and am going to add bold, and astringent.
This isn’t my favorite of the Capital Teas that I have, and I prefer JusTea Kenyan Black – but this is better than most of the Kenyan teas I’ve tried.
I’m just leaving this as “pretty good, but not my favorite”.

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I’ve been really happy with the teas I ordered from Capital Tea Ltd.
This one is not quite to my tastes, I’ve decided that Assam isn’t my favorite style of black tea.
Having said that, I think this is a nice quality Assam, with a nice balance of flavor and astringency.

Sil

GASP you just send all the assams to me haha

Dexter

I’m quite sure there is some of this in the package I sent you. Will keep you in mind if I have others to pass on.

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drank Masala Chai by Capital Tea Ltd.
697 tasting notes

Tea 8 in the great chai quest. I really like this one, it’s a bit mild, but nice balance of spices. It just seems more warming and soothing than most of the others I’ve tried.

mrmopar

Have you tried Stash Tea’s double spice chai?

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drank Keemun Classic by Capital Tea Ltd.
697 tasting notes

This is a really nice black tea. I’ve been drinking my Capital Tea blacks and have been lazy about writing tasting notes. I had this a few times at work this week, and it works really well at work. It’s well balanced and bold without being too strong that it oversteeps.
I’m not sure this is on my favorite black list, but it is a nice everyday kind of tea.

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When I first opened this packet the scent of the dry leaves was very intense, with sharp, bright, notes that seemed almost harsh and pungent at first, but mellowed to notes of grape, lemon, spicy, earthy, biscuit notes with a hint of woody sandalwood.

The leaves are fairly large, and are mostly various shades of brown, with some sage to olive green silvery tips.

Because of the intensity of the dry leaf scent I used slightly less leaf than I normally do and instead used 1 tsp/225ml which I brewed at 3 minutes at 90*c.

The tea brewed to a copper amber colour. The scent of the brewed tea was awesome with hints of fruity white wine, lychee, pink grapefruit, spice( fall leaves mixed with carnation), with a hint of biscuit underneath.

The first flavour note was bright and fruity, followed by biscuit with a fall leaf note accompanied by a light astringency that opens to fruit notes of wine, grapefruit , a hint of melon, and a light syrupy note. I found this to be a relatively smooth and bright darjeeling.

The tea finishes with a bright clean feeling in the mouth that fades to a spicy note that lingers in the mouth. The fruit and spice dominate over the earthy tones.

The 2nd steep at 4 minutes produced a smooth, and a bit heavier and deeper flavoured liquor with spicy, leaf note, over more distinct, wine note with slight woody sandalwood. nutty note, followed by citrus notes and syrup.

A 3rd steep at 5min was slightly floral, with lychee, citrus, and syrup notes over faint sandalwood.

The spent leaves were entire and were mostly brown with some green ones.

Altogether this tea was very enjoyable and I could easily see myself keeping a little bit of it in my collection. Thanks again to Capital Tea Ltd. for this generous sample.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking some of my teas from Capital Tea Ltd. and have been pretty impressed with them (I really should write some tasting notes).

I have this one with me a work tonight. OMG!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! I can’t explain what I like about it. It just seems to have the correct balance between a dark malty black, and a lighter astringent black. It’s different from most of the ones I’ve been drinking. This is way up there on my list of favorite black – like keep in your cupboard always.

Thank you yyz for recommending Capital Tea and this one specifically. :))

EDIT TO ADDWOW – I highly recommend trying this at lower water temp longer steep. I just had a cup at about 90C for 7 minutes. WOW!!! Massive chocolate notes – zero astringency.

Sil

nice! i’ll have to mark this on my shopping list

yyz

I’m so glad you are enjoying them and specifically this one since you got 100g of it!

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This tea is quite different than the Chinese blacks I’ve been drinking lately. For one thing the spent leaves are huge, with the one I measured being 5.5cm long or around 2.25 inches. Secondly it’s flavour profile reminds me a little bit of a cross between a Indian and a Taiwanese( I haven’t had many of these though) assam. It has the thick rich texture of an Indian assam, replete with malt and biscuit, combined with the bright fruit and spice notes, of mint, nutmeg and cinnamon I’ve had more in the Taiwanese versions. Really interesting and nice flavour notes which were not exactly what I was expecting as the dry leaf smells mostly of chocolate and cinnamon.

The leaves themselves look exactly like the picture, dark, thick, glossy and twisted. I used around 1.5 tsp for 225ml and brewed at around 95*C.

50s brewed to a rich reddish brown
scent: red fruit, malt, cinnamon, nutmeg note, hint of biscuit, honey,

flavour: fruit ( a cherry, currant like note), honey, malt, slight floral note, hint of chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg.

faintly astringent, rich makes a nice breakfast tea,

45s above notes with a slightly minty fruit note (reminds me of creeping snowberry (northern peat bog plant with white berries tasting of blueberry and mint)). It’s smoother with more cocoa and a stronger nutmeg note. Feels cooling.

60s spice, nutmeg, cinnamon fruit, cocoa, malt fruit and honey.

90s faint fruit malt, biscuit, hint of cocoa.

Next time I’d like to try a longer western style brew to see what notes come out.

This was a really interesting tea that I think would make a nice breakfast tea. Thanks again to Capital Tea for their generous opportunity to sample this tea. http://www.capitaltea.com/shop/product.php?productid=224&cat=6&page=1

Nxtdoor

Hrm… I’ve never gotten much of anything when I steep anything for only 50 seconds. I’ve tried. I mostly get watery crap.

yyz

For me it really depends on the Assams, Ceylons, and Darjeelings I tend to brew for about 2.5-3.5 min, and generally get the level of flavour I want. I especially keep to this for most flavoured teas unless directed elsewise because I like the balance between the base flavour and the flavouring. For Chinese teas I find it varies. I have some teas that do need a longer steep to preform their best Ie my Xinyang Hong Cha, and others that I can steep for much less time. Generally I am steeping either Gonfu style or a teacup at a time so I may be using more leaf than if I were brewing a mug. I took the advice I read in the comments of someone’s tasting notes to try very short steepings for some very tippy blacks and that is now the only way I brew one of my Jinjunmei’s. I only brew it for 5s in a gonfu pot and then pour it off into a cup and it is perfectly caramel and desert like. I was really surprised. I then increase steeps by 5s each steep. I fond that longer steeps produced a flavour that was overwhelming and a little unpleasant for me. Things to take into consideration I am used to drinking a weaker tea and I rarely add anything to it. If you prefer milk or cream in your tea you probably would need a longer steep. As well I have bought some tea lately that retain flavour over multiple steeps. I’ve usually been able to resteep my assams 3-4times, but some of my Fujian blacks last for 7+ steeps. I’ve had some oolongs that are also overwhelming or even bitter if I steep the first steep over 30s and one of the one’s I have recommended a 10s first steep.

Dexter

yyz I’ve seen you mentioning Capital Tea Ltd a couple of times today, and this tea was the one that was screaming my name on their web site. ugggg…… I ordered 100g of it and samples of 8 other teas. I think you get the blame/credit of this order ;))

yyz

I hope you enjoy them!

Nxtdoor

Dexter, you’re hopeless. :)

yyz

If it makes you feel better, I am in dire need of banning myself from Aliexpress. I probably have enough tea for over a year at this point.

Dexter

nxtdoor But it makes me happy… :))

yyz – I’ve taken just a couple of quick looks at Aliexpress and quickly determined that if I don’t want my cupboard to hit 400 teas, it’s a place I should just avoid. The other one I have a self imposed ban on is Yunnan Sourcing.

Sil

my ONLY issue with capital tea ltd is that you can 100g or 10. I would really like 50g option.

yyz

Sil for most teas there smallest size is 20g but I agree 50g would be nice.

Sil

i just want to go tea shopping…so close to my goal lol

yyz

I know…. At this point I think that unless it’s some amazing deal or perhaps flavoured teas I shouldn’t even be online on black Friday weekend. Especially, with the amount of tea I am currently waiting on. Think of it this way that any tea you buy now just takes away from the pool available to buy on black Friday. On the other hand I find myself building orders and shutting them down before processing them.

Dexter

Sticking my nose in – I just broke open, my order box. It’s beautiful – I’m really happy with the 20g samples – I think they are more than enough to try the teas – actually bigger than I would have expected for 20g. LOVE the red tissue against the black packages. This is really nice and professional, and it was quick. Ordered on the weekend, shipped Monday, I got a card in the mail yesterday.
Thanks yyz so far I’m really impressed – will see how the tea is.
Sil I’m going to send you a bunch of these for you to try.

Dexter

and I got a 20g free sample – I didn’t notice it at first, it is in exactly the same pacaging as the ones I ordered.

yyz

Nice, I usually get my packages within 2 days ( I live in Mississauga). The first time I ordered from them they actually comped me a piece of my order as a free sample. I didn’t really notice until I was reviewing my bill. Their samples are really generous. What did they send you as a sample?

Dexter

LOL it’s not something I would have ordered, but I guess that’s good to get me to try other things. It’s this Darjeeling.
http://www.capitaltea.com/shop/product.php?productid=206&cat=12&page=1

yyz

Funny, I have that one to try too!. I still have this one and a Ceylon to open. At least with 20g you can try it all sorts of ways to see if there’s away you can enjoy it. If it’s too astringent the first time, lower the temp.. I have one that is lemony and bright when brewed at boiling and tastes of almonds at lower temps. I hope you enjoy their teas!

Dexter

I surprised at how much tea there is in the 20g sample. I agree that it’s enough to play with but not crazy amount if you don’t like it. Enough to share. Like I said – really happy. I’m sure I won’t love them all, but am hoping to love one or two. It’s also easy to order a bunch with most of the being 3-4.00.

yyz

True!

Sil

yay!

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I’m currently sipping steep number six of this tea and thinking about how different it is from my other Golden Monkey. While my other one is cocoa, jelly and violets. This one is more like a full meal with savoury notes of roasted sweet potato, butter, pepper, malt, and chestnut (in early steeps) blending with cocoa, honey, plum, cinnamon and longan ( which to me is kind of like a sharper tasting citrus lychee cross). When allowed to steep for longer steeps a slightly floral honeysuckle note comes out as well. In early steeps the sweet potato and cocoa notes are stronger and the tea is sweeter, but as you continue to steep the longan notes become stronger. This tea has tightly rolled leaves with about 30% golden tips which smell of sweet potato, and sweet cocoa, bubbles appear on top of the liquor when you brew it and the liquor is a orangish brown with tints of green. As the wet leaves unroll the long furry hairs are quite apparent on the leaves. I’ve steeped this tea using both longer steeps and shorter steeps and am enjoying the blend of flavours the shorter steeps bring out. Altogether a nice comforting tea for winter with great warming notes and a variety of flavours. Thanks again to Capital tea Ltd. for providing me with such a generous sample!
http://www.capitaltea.com/shop/product.php?productid=154&cat=6&page=1

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