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49

I’ve tried this tea western style and so far haven’t much enjoyed it so I thought trying it gong fu style might give me the chance to experiment some and see if I can find a way to get more flavor out of it. Today’s experiment rating: meh.

I stepped for 5, 10, 5, and 5 seconds. The first steeping was a bit thin but still somewhat bitter. The second was more tannic and bitter. The 3rd and 4th were a bit lighter but still fairly bitter. None were undrinkable but any other flavors in the tea were mostly masked by the bitterness.

I’m wondering if I might have been sold old tea that has been sitting around for a long time or if it’s just been so long since I’ve had Darjeeling that I’ve thought I liked it better than it seems I do.

Either way, I’ll continue my experiments trying to find a combination of water temperature, amount of tea and steep time that works for me. I’m thinking that the next one I’ll cut the amount of tea down and see what happens.

Flavors: Bitter, Grapes, Tannic

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

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80
drank Presidential Blend by Capital Teas
125 tasting notes

Thank you Super Sterling! You are the best. Also, you gave me this tea.

This is an interesting tea. I enjoy it. I really like the slightly tangy mango flavor that comes with it. Without it, this tea would be very generic as the black tea base underneath it feels of a generic quality. A slightly tannic feel. But when you add the mango, it gives it that pizzaz it needed.

Much like our President, I will miss this tea when it is done.

Flavors: Mango, Tannic

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Sample from Liquid Proust. Thank you!

This is quite tasty. It’s exactly what I would expect from something called “Strawberry Oolong.” The base is a smooth green oolong and the strawberry flavoring is light but clear. The flavors complement each other very well, and the tea tastes well balanced and interesting.

Flavors: Green, Smooth, Strawberry

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80
drank Citrus Burst by Capital Teas
58 tasting notes

The scent and flavor of grapefruit dominates this tea in a good way. The hibiscus is certainly present and somewhat masks the flavor of the other ingredients. It is devilish tart and delicious. It reminds me of days spent surfing in warm water near citrus groves in far away places like Florida and Japan.

If you’re looking for sweet, this is not the tea to reach for. Grapefruit fun? Yes, that’s what you’ll find here.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

Nice, if I ever order from them, I’ll be sure to pick this up since the grapefruit sounds awesome.

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72

A nice bright and refreshing fruit tea that works well hot or iced. The hibiscus is front and present which makes it taste like a Celestial Seasonings Tea on steroids, but it doesn’t distract as much from the fruit flavors as it might. Berries and apples dominate the flavor at the start of the sip with pineapple and a slight citrus twang at the end.

It’s a great tea for a warm summer morning, a nice little treat on the way to work to get you back into the week after a long summer weekend.

While there is certainly nothing wrong with this tea, I prefer a little more citrus in my herbal teas. Your mileage, as always, may vary.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

I need to apologise to Pu-Erh for that long period in which I wouldn’t drink it because I thought it was gross. I was wrong, Pu-Erh. Will you forgive me?

This tea has a deep caramel/molasses/toffee thing going on.

You know James Earl Jones’ voice? It grew in the same rich soil that grew this tea.

That’s just science.

Mookit

Lol! I love how we have so many common things when it comes to tea. I am still in that “you taste weird to me, stay away” phase of my relationship with Pu. But I am hoping to get to where you are now sometime in the future. I recently got one of LP’s puer beginner packs, though I have not yet mustered up the courage to try the samples he sent….

Super Starling!

@mookit: I only have a few flavors, and both of them are mixed with something else. One’s caramel toffee and the other’s chocolate orange. I’ve never had a pure one. However, the two that I do have are so amazing that I’m now looking to expand the range. If you ever want to trade, I can send you a few teaspoons of the ones I have (plus anything in my cupboard except the pecan ice cream, which I’m almost out of).

Super Starling!

I’m mostly one of those people that wants to trade for a bunch of samples so I can figure out what I like better. I want to figure out my preferences and (ugh this sounds pretentious to type) expand my palette. (Ugh it hurts to have typed that.)

mrmopar

Pu Erh is always forgiving and will welcome you each time you drink it.

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90

Confession: I bought this in-store because it smelled pretty good, even though I had no idea what pu-erh was. When I got home and found out it was fermented and aged tea, I was kind of grossed out. I put off drinking it for a while.
What a mistake!
This is yummy. It’s got the caramel, plus an earthy, almost chocolate undertone. (I might be imagining it, though, because chocolate is my favorite thing on earth.)
It’s a tiny bit sweet, but mostly rich and dark.
This is both literal and figurative: the tea does come out wonderfully deep in tone.
It’s like the loamy soil upon which barefoot witches are performing a ritual. You can almost taste the history. You know, that history I didn’t know about when I bought the tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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88

Upon re-sipping, I’m bumping this tea up a few points.
I typically wonder how much crap could get thrown into a tea to make it interesting, but this one’s good exactly as it is. It’s a nice, earthy black & white tea with some mango in it for a kick. (Is this celebrating the Hawaii part of Obama?)
I would liken this tea to a sturdy log cabin in the woods. The Hawaiian woods, I guess.

Flavors: Earl Grey, Earth, Mango

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88

I’m not going to lie, team: I bought this tea because I have a crush on president Obama. The idea behind this tea (half black, half white, get it?) is totally pandering. Despite the conceptual contrivance, this tastes great. The white tea takes the edge off the black tea. It’s “just right.” It’s a good basic tea. I prefer nuttier/sweeter/more extreme teas, but this one is a classic I keep going back to.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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drank Chicory Chai Puerh by Capital Teas
1320 tasting notes

Bought this at the tea festival because it was a puerh tea. Didn’t realize just how many ingredients were it it. It tastes downright weird. I guess that is the chicory root giving it the weird taste.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86
drank Annapolis Treasures by Capital Teas
1320 tasting notes

Bought this at the tea festival last week. It is pretty good. It has a light flavor of peaches. They are but ever so slightly sour. Not enough to bother me though.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I get a couple of notes from this tea, I’d say two from the caramel, one note is a burnt taste and the other is a sweet caramel taste. After this I get the puerh, it is sweet I think not bitter, but it’s hard to really tell.Bought this the other day at the Coffee and Tea Festival NYC. Capital Teas unfortunately only had a limited number of teas available. I bought both puerhs they had available. Both were flavored.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 2 min.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Roasted Almond by Capital Teas
1320 tasting notes

This time I cold brewed this tea to make it iced. It makes an excellent iced tea. There was already a natural sweet flavor to this but I added a sugar syrup to make it really sweet. The flavor of the almonds adds a savory aspect to this also. It was good. It had a really nice red color to the tea.

I cold brewed this overnight, 5 tsp leaf in a 32oz Lipica Handy Cooler.

Flavors: Almond, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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85
drank Roasted Almond by Capital Teas
1320 tasting notes

This is what I would describe as a sweet and savory tisane. Bought it today at the Tea and Coffee Festival NYC and it is too late for caffeine so I am trying it first. One reviewer mentioned she didn’t like the hibiscus in this. I don’t taste any at all. I think they must have removed it from the blend. The main note is that of almonds.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 4 tsp leaf and boiling water for 8 minutes.

Flavors: Almond, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
R.F. Hill

Is the Festival a yearly thing? I’d like to convince the wife to go some time….

AllanK

The Tea festival continues today if you want to go. They may not sell tickets at the door. You may have to get it online. Yes they hold it yearly.

R.F. Hill

Well, considering I’m in Ohio, that’d be a long trip up. However, there’s always next year!

AllanK

If you decide to go next year it’s quite a big event, I’d guess at least forty tea companies and ten coffee companies. There was also a booth selling specialty honey I bought chili honey.

Sakura Sushi

I got myself this tea yesterday, too! I didn’t go for it last year and was sad about it, so I made sure I got some this year. I hate buying so much of one tea but am hoping it’s just as good iced as it is hot, so I can justify buying an entire pound of it!

AllanK

I am planning on cold brewing this one tomorrow. I think it will be excellent iced.

Sakura Sushi

Please review if you do end up cold brewing it, Allan. I’m curious to know your opinion of it, and I still have a liter of a different iced tea to go through before I try this one iced.

AllanK

I’ll try to post a review. I usually don’t bother to review my cold brews though. They are usually teas I have already reviewed.

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60

Tastes a lot like David’s Buttered Rum since David’s went and changed it. Not really a fan. The base seems decent enough, though not spectacular. This was actually what I was most curious about since I’ve never had Capital Teas before.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Herbal TTB

Ooo, this one is tasty! Some gingerbread teas that I’ve tried have come across as just a heavy-on-the ginger chai, but this one has a legitimate gingerbread flavor: warm and nutty with just the right amount of spice. The aftertaste is perfect…sweet and almost cake-like with none of the woody flavor you sometimes run into with rooibos. I would definitely consider purchasing more of this one!

Flavors: Almond, Cake, Ginger, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

Yum, Gingerbread teas never taste quite right to me because I’m used to gingerbread made with Blackstrap Molasses, which has quite a distinctive flavor.

Inkling

Interesting…don’t think I’ve ever tried Blackstrap Molasses! Is it a regional thing?

rosebudmelissa

Maybe? I grew up in Michigan. I know there’s something similar in Britain that goes by the name Black or Dark Treacle.

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88
drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
759 tasting notes

So, so tasty. Fig and cherry and some almond. So good. This is the only tea from Capital that I haven’t been able to get a close approximation of elsewhere and I feel silly ordering just one tea. So thanks, Liquid Proust for sending some of it along in a swap awhile back!

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A 16 oz Santa teapot, a thistle cup & saucer set my Aunt K brought back from Scotland and an adorable penguin plate that Mom gave me – covered in fresh oatmeal shortbread cookies! Yay!

chezmj

Apparently we like many of the same teas! I know, big surprise right? I also have some Figgy Pudding, courtesy of the every wonderful Liquid Proust and am debating whether or not to order more. The smell is worth keeping it on hand.

Nicole

This is hands down the best fig tea I’ve had.

Roxanne

is this one best with sugar? I can only use Truvia though (dieting)

Nicole

I’ve never put sugar with it.

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Here’s Hoping TTB R5 #2

I’m guessing this tea may be something one of the box participants purchased quite a while ago as it doesn’t really seem to have any real flavor to it at all… although the dry leaf has a slight malty, smoky scent, I’m not getting anything at all out of the brewed tea… disappointing as the website states its a rich full-bodied tea… maybe a while ago but not anymore…boo… back to the box this one goes.

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100
drank Honey Oolong by Capital Teas
384 tasting notes

would i recommend this tea? YES!
to someone who can justify (after many days) a costly expenditure….
seriously, from wow to OW (price wise) back to wow.

canadians, don’t bother with the website call head office, the tea crew are dedicated and polite.

looks like tendrils of oolong caramelized in honey or toffee or something ridiculously decadent.
tastes like honey chocolate but not too smooth… it has a velvet aspect that makes it thicker somehow, each sip more prolonged.
resteeps well…
i still don’t get how a tea can impart ‘thickness’ without being thick but it does.
the depth of flavour is excellent.
hate to say it (although i really do appreciate capital teas)… but this crazily priced tea is worth it to me. (and i say that as a student accruing debt) perversely, you get an expositional high sometimes by saying ‘i paid THIS much and i was WRONG!’ (we are weird animals)…. but i’m not sorry a bit for buying this tea. i just have to make it last a loooooong time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
keychange

I’m just having an expositional high because you’re posting again! ;)

Sil

awesome. and welcome back!

JustJames

lol, keychange… xoxo

JustJames

well worth it sil… i should see about uploading the pic that goes with it.

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70

More aromatic than flavorful, unfortunately- scents of marzipan, cherry, and fig abound, but a mild, woodsy, somewhat cherrywood-forward flavor is all I got. I’m impressed with the innovation of CT’s blends but this particular flavor just did not impress.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry Blossom, Cherry Wood, Marzipan

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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