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85

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
1225 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
1225 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
1225 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
1225 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
751 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
383 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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91
drank Milk Oolong by Capital Teas
181 tasting notes

wow. this is totally creamy.

It has a lovely aroma, the cream mixing with the magical Oolong floral-ness in a unique way. It really is wonderful.

quite thick, really leaves a layer of cream on your lips. Taste-wise, its nice, theres a slightly fruity burst when it first gets into your mouth, and makes my head feel nice, with obviously a long creaminess at the end.

I like the mix of milk with oolong, its my first one ive tried, makes a nice change from the usual oil/butter thing that oolong has going for it. I didnt get as much vegetal as others, was just overwhelmed by the creaminess.

will buy again, for sure.

Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Milk

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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35

The flavor of this tea is spicy bubblegum and I’m not sure how anyone can taste anything else. I had to write a review because I was so disappointed in the flavor. I thought I was going to love it and it would taste like dried chili spiced mango slices, but it quite literally tastes like a gumball sprinkled with cayenne. I’m trying to find a way to get through it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

This was a really rich-smelling tea, one that reminded me of Christmas puddings and dark fruitcake. Nice rounded flavor (I steeped mine for four minutes) and added vanilla creamer, which gave it a deeper flavor with figgy, very slightly plummy undertones.

Flavors: Cherry, Fig

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea looked nice, it smelled fantastic, and it also tasted great. Not sure of all individual tastes, but the combination was great!

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90
drank Milk Oolong by Capital Teas
45 tasting notes

Wonderful and unique. The oolong flavor really comes out, and there is a definite and pronounced creaminess I’ve never gotten in another tea. It’s also bit sweet. I’m not generally one to find tastes of other foods in my tea, but I was certainly reminded of butterscotch while drinking this.

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95
drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
2044 tasting notes

I’ve had this three times since I received Nicole’s package (thank you!) Am I just a sucker for mint/chocolate combinations? It must be the blends I end up drinking the most. This one is fantastic – cocoa shells!! Plenty of mint. A great black tea base. And some coconut for some reason, though it doesn’t impart too much flavor to the blend. But the mint and chocolate is well balanced. The black tea is slightly robust. Two teaspoons for this one works best. Love it!

Edited to add: the description mentions white chocolate and not coconut so maybe what I think is coconut is actually white chocolate? It also mentions vanilla! Yum!

TeaBrat

this is yummy

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85

A sample from Roswell Strange. I was really curious to try this one, as gingerbread teas are typically among my favourites. This one smells good to start with – just like a freshly baked gingerbread man. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 5 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk.

The flavour is spot-on wonderful! It’s sweet, but not overbearingly so, with a pleasant edge of ginger and a touch of almond. It’s definitely “gingerbread” more than “ginger” – it has that wonderful cake-like quality that’s so difficult to capture in a liquid (and equally hard to describe!) The ginger is sticky and sweet rather than strong and sharply spicy. I’m really enjoying this one — I only wish I had more!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank South Pacific by Capital Teas
27 tasting notes

The smell of this tea is very tropical; an image of an island in the South Pacific comes to mind.
The taste is very smooth, but I was missing tasting the amazing smells a bit, but I do confess I might have underestimated the volume of my mug. I’ll update next tasting.

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