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First tea of the morning. I picked this up last weekend in DC for a friend of mine and I snagged a cups worth for myself from the tin this morning…shhh! I needed a little pick me up and this did just the trick! Rich and bold the perfect morning wake up for me today. There is a little hint of honey to this one and I liked that too. I did steep this a little too long and needed to add one cube of sugar to it…but that’s it. Yum!
I want to thank LiberTEAs for this one! :)
Other Mexican Chili Mate type tea/tisane’s I have had have been ‘ok’ but no overly my thing! With this one, tho, I really like it! Perhaps it’s the addition of the MANGO…not sure…but this is pretty good! There is a LOT going on! Green Tea, Rooibos, Mate, Fruit, Flavors, Flowers, Nuts, Herbs! WOW!
The Chili is pretty intense but I like it! There are other secondary flavors that help back it up! The Mango is right behind the Chili. The rose, Ginseng, Orange, and Cherry follow. The other ingredients are more subtle! Everything seems to have it’s role in this! It’s very involved and quite unique! Nicely done!
Sipdown, 145. Woohoo, finally finishing this tea! I bought this a year and a half ago at the NY Coffee and Tea Festival, but then was immediately unimpressed by it once I got home. Then I had a whole tin of sachets and no desire to drink them. But I discovered that I do enjoy this one as a cold brew. It is creamy and bergamotty and all in all pretty tasty. Tasty enough that I have now finished it! It feels like a triumph.
Home sick, so my tea stash is limited (most of my tea is at work). Fortunately my symptoms today are mainly sore throat and not much stuffiness, so I can taste fine.
I am not sure what the deal is with this tea. When I tasted it last year at the NY Coffee and Tea festival, I liked it a lot, enough to grab a whole large tin of sachets. But at home I just can’t get back that super creamy, almost caramely flavor, not to mention astringency from the bergamot. It always ends up kind of meh, which is why it is going to take me forever to drink it.
This ended up being the only tea I purchased at the NYC Coffee and Tea Festival. Not much really grabbed me this time, and the one other company I might have bought tea from (and an adorable little gaiwan-teapot-thing) was chinese, so I held off because of my impending travels. When I tried a sample of this tea, though, I was pretty impressed. So creamy and vanilla-y! Even though I already have a bunch of a cream Earl Grey winging it’s way to me from the Tea Spot, I bought a tin of this and justified it because it is in sachets… traveling EGC!
Now to taste it under my steeping conditions (which for this first cup were boiling water for 3 minutes). The tea in the sachets smells very vanilla and cream, at a level where there is just about a caramel note to them. And of course the bright bergamot. The aroma of the steeped tea has calmed down a bit, but retains about the same balance of notes.
The flavor is a little odd. I mean, it’s not bad; there’s no bitterness or astringency to the blend, but the main part of the sip is just… flat. Like there’s very little there. There is a lovely vanilla-creamy aftertaste, but not much going on in the main part of the sip. Maybe I need to steep longer, or maybe one sachet was not enough for my 12oz mug (but that does seem to line up with their steeping recommendations on the website). Actually I apparently brewed it hotter than they recommend, so maybe that’s having an effect.
… Take two, this time brewed at 195°F for 4 minutes. I just couldn’t let my experience be dictated by that cup when I remembered it differently. This one actually wasn’t as good because the bergamot is more astringent and the lovely vanilla creaminess seems to have fled! I guess more leaf at my previous parameters is next. Ugh, I hate it when I can’t replicate a tasting experience that was so much better, even when following the steeping instructions a company gives.
… Take three, this time original steeping parameters in an 8oz mug instead of a 12oz. I checked, the sachet is 2tsp of tea, which should be for 12oz according to their instructions. Closer but not quite it! There is more flavor overall, including the bergamot and the vanilla. So close, but yet so far away! I’m going to have to stop these permutations now because my taste buds are getting overwhelmed by built-up astringency, but hopefully I can try it again later.
I’m LOVING this commemorative blend. I was a bit unsure about it at first, as it is a blend with both black and white teas and I sometimes find these to be a bit disagreeable because the white tea needs a lower temperature which doesn’t always do the black tea justice. However, I find that just enough of the black tea flavor comes through here and it’s lighter flavor helps the white tea to shine through.
The sharp, tangy flavor of the bergamot is softened by the sweet, creamy flavor of vanilla in the blend, and I find that the rose in the blend accentuates the bergamot, bringing the floral tones of this citrus fruit into focus.
A very pleasant blend, I like it very much.
I LOVE this jasmine tea. It has a nice balance between white tea/green tea and jasmine flavor. Capital Teas calls this a green tea, but, it is a silver needle tea which I consider to be a white tea, but, whatever.
Anyway, the jasmine is strong, but it doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the tea. It is smooth and sweet and not artificial tasting or soapy tasting. Just floral and delicious. I love it.
This is a fabulous tea! The flavor of the peach is very rich and sweet and juicy! It tastes very authentic, like a fresh, ripe peach. YUM!
I like also that I can taste both the black and the green teas in this blend, the green tea tastes light and slightly vegetative, while the black tea adds an earthiness and gives it a very well-rounded sort of taste.
A very pleasant tea to sip. I started sipping on this when it was hot, and I went back to refill my cup and let it cool, and it is awesome cooled too – it would be a great iced tea.
So if you didn’t already know I am reviewing 9 teas I received from Capital Teas on my blog www.MyTeasandMore.com and am giving people an opportunity to purchase a sample set of all 9 of the teas to try, review, and perhaps compare notes. I thought would be a nice way to do a tea tasting from any where we all may be. This tea is number 3 of 9 for me. I found didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. Way to cinnamon and not enough roll. Check out my blog www.MyTeasandMore.com for a more complete review, purchase information can be found there too if interested.
Sweet but not tart. I liked this because the blueberry tasted authentic. For a full review…
I tried this tea again last week. I enjoyed it much more than the first time I tried it – I think cleaning the Breville helped a lot. I tried different temperatures ranging from 195 to 212, but tended to like the below boiling temps better. I got several (4-6?) infusions from this and enjoyed all but the last one. I’d increase this rating from my previous 77, but still wouldn’t put it as high as my most favorit teas.
I’ve had the second and third infusions of this tea. I increased the steep time by thirty seconds for the second infusion and another thirty seconds for the third infusion. I preferred the second of the three, but it wasn’t a “knock your socks off” tea. It was very good, but not something that I have to eventually have in what I foresee as less than ten teas in my cupboard – especially at the higher price of this tea.
This is very good, but at 3 minutes I think it was understeeped. It did not have the up front tannins that I associate with Darjeeling teas, but I did experience some of the “normal” dryness I associate with the tannins in tea. This is a wonderful tea – I’m looking forward to a second infusion later.
I just reviewed this little jem on my blog. Check it out for a full detailed review…
I’ve had a smoky russian tea before, and didn’t like it, but after hearing about trying it with jam, I was curious. When we stopped in Capital Teas we did get a chance to talk to a lady originally from Russia and she recommended that we try raspberry and black currant in the tea.
So. I’ve been nervous about trying it, since I’ve tried it before and didn’t like it, but this morning I blithely told my husband to pick whatever he wanted. That’s what he picked.
Well, he seems to like it (but he put a LOT of jam in his cup – about 6 to 8 oz of tea and 2 heaping spoons of jam).
I took one sip and gagged. It’s a unique flavor. The jam mellows the smoke, but the smoke is still there and I don’t like the smoke and fruit flavors at the same time. It’s just too weird for me.
Anyway, I tried it!
The first few sips just tasted like a regular black tea, but the longer I let it linger in my mouth the more the unique flavors of it come out. It’s a little malty, but not unpleasantly so (I don’t like malt!). It’s just a hint of malt.
This is a unique experiment for me (I usually either drink breakfast blacks or flavored) and it’s interesting. I don’t like it enough to buy it (it was a free sample), but I’m glad I tried it.