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Important note: This is the only Pu erh I have ever had.

The tea looks pretty and smells strongly of oranges. It makes me want to drink it so bad. Almost in a naughty way.

The taste does not live up to the scent, which I find to be the case for every blood orange tea I’ve ever had. For some reason, I don’t ever learn my lesson.

Thing is, it’s not a bad tea in any way. There is a very pleasant tangy orange flavor that makes me want more. There’s a rather strong earthy note that is probably present in every Pu erh tea and I just don’t know it. The earthy note reminds me quite a bit of spring and fall. Things growing, dying, going to sleep, waking up, transitions and all that.

I enjoy it more way hot than iced, but I’m happy to drink it either way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

I got a tin of this in October for the holiday season and ran through it way faster than I would have expected. It’s a great pumpkin tea. Highly recommended!

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62

I really wish that I wasn’t made to buy 4 oz of it in order to have it…because I’m never going to finish it. It has a really medicinal flavor. Even sweetened.

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

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62

Allergies are in full swing, and messing with everything, so I went with a stronger flavor, but not chai, tea this morning.

I also went with a shorter steep time, and that seems to have benefited this tea. Although this tea can taste medicinal, the shorter steep time helped with that. It now tastes more like how I thought it would. Still not sure about the fig…the only fig I know is from a Fig Newton, but it has that sort of note somewhere. Mostly cherry, though.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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62

I taste a lot more cherry than fig. It’s like the tea is almost medicinal tasting, but just shy of that line.

It tastes a lot better to me cold (and I don’t mean iced tea…just hot tea that’s gotten cold). Which is good, because I HAD to buy 4 oz of it, and I rarely buy that much of ANYTHING! I was more than miffed by that.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

I have a couple of green/black tea blends, and they have a similar flavor underneath the main flavor, but I don’t know what it is…a cherry sort of flavor?

Nice tea to wake up with…can taste the orange and almond. Very warming, and I can imagine watching the sunrise on the water with this tea in hand (hey, I USED to live near water…just now in the desert!)

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

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70

Very nice tea! Nice and fruity, with the green/black tea base. I have another one that has a green/black base, and it has a similar flavor profile. I think this would be good hot or iced (drinking it hot).

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85
drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
1041 tasting notes

I messed this one up by using water that was too hot instead of the recommended 197° F. The resulting tea was all cherry all the way. It wasn’t bitter or astringent, but plain it did have a bit of a cherry medicine flavor. I added sugar and cream which brought this back to the cherry cream flavor I tasted the first time I drank this tea. It was still nice, but I definitely prefer steeping this with cooler water so that the fig notes can be tasted.

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drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
1041 tasting notes

Another tea from earlier this evening. I’m liking the fig/cherry flavor more and more. It’s fun and different from most of the teas in my cupboard. It reminds me more of summer than Christmastime, but I’m ok with that.

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drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
1041 tasting notes

I noticed that Capital Teas recommends that the water be 195°F for this tea. Last time I made this the water was closer to boiling, so I lowered the water temp, and it made a difference. Now I taste fig. Yum, yum, yum. There is still the cherry note, but the fig has equal footing, and the two play very well together. I like.

There’s no way I’ll get through all four ounces of this the during the holiday season, but I’m ok with that since I think this will make an equally lovely spring/summer tea. I’m also curious to try it iced. Me thinks it’ll mighty tasty that way, too.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
khamilton611

Going to try very hard to visit them next week when I am in the area for work.

Veronica

Are you going to be in Philly or D.C? I love the Philly store. The sales people are very friendly.

khamilton611

I went to the DC store at Dupont Circle. Sales person was AWESOME!, but I don’t like having to buy 4 oz at one time.

Lariel of Lórien

Some day I will make some figgy pudding, and it will be fabulous.

Veronica

@khamilton611 – 4 oz is a commitment! I wish they had smaller sizes, too.

@Lariel- Yum! Now I must go look at figgy pudding recipes. Why have I never done this before?!?

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drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
1041 tasting notes

I bought this at the Coffee and Tea Festival with the idea of it being one of the teas at my holiday party. I set it aside, but I wanted to drink Christmas-y type teas today, so I brewed a cup.

I should say that I’ve never had fig pudding. I have no idea what it taste like. This tea, however, taste like cherry cream. I do get more of a fig note every now and then, but mostly I get fruity cherry and sweet cream. It’s not what I was expecting, but it is really good!

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

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75
drank Dragon Pearls by Capital Teas
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60

PTS TTB

This is a mediocre generic oolong. Might be a good introduction to oolongs, but its not good for much more.

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drank O Christmas Tea by Capital Teas
341 tasting notes

Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #5

My first thought when I tasted this tea is that it reminded me a lot of Enchanted Forest – mainly because of the almond. I love almond; adore it, and if a tea has a nice almond flavor I am inclined to love it.

This tea is no exception. Unlike the fruity sweetness of Enchanted Forest, this tea is more savory and heavy. A perfect tea to curl up under a blanket with while the temperature’s dropping outside. I didn’t pick up some of this at the show but I’m second-guessing myself now.

Good thing there are several stores near me.

Flavors: Almond

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drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #4

This was lovely. It is exactly as advertised: peppermint black tea. I think I would have liked it slightly sweetened, but even without any sweetener, the peppermint came through strong without being overwhelming. I may have to swing by my local Capital Teas and pick up some of this once it gets colder.

Flavors: Peppermint

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Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival #3

After playing at MajaTei, I crossed the expo floor and visited Capital Teas. They had a very nice and large set up with multiple tasting stations. I personally have very fond feelings about Capital Teas since they are my home tea company, having started in Maryland and with many locations in the DC area. Turns out they just expanded to Philadelphia!

As much as I like their teas, this tea, unfortunately, is not for me. I expected this tea to be spicy and it was, pleasantly (or unpleasantly depending on your nature, I suppose) burning the back of my throat. However, I didn’t taste much depth to this, and definitely no mango. I wonder if I would have liked it better sweetened?

Flavors: Spicy

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80

I like this tea. There’s a good bit of hibiscus so it helps if you enjoy that, but it also contains apples, rosehips, other dried fruit, and lovely calendula petals. The calendula petals are a beautiful sunny contrast to the dark magenta hibiscus, but they don’t do much for taste. However, the apple bits add a softer fruity taste that mellows the hibiscus and rosehip. I find this to be really satisfying combination when I’m craving a fruity hibiscus tisane.

Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Hibiscus

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hojicha by Capital Teas
72 tasting notes

My third bag of tea purchased from Julian tea cottage.
Best way to d describe this tea is “balanced” I can’t seem to find a time when this tea isn’t suitable… bedtime, morning, dinner, and mid-meal; this tea goes with everything. Not particularly flavourful, aside from some love roasted, nutty, mosquito notes, but that’s most likely what gives it this versatility. Very much recommended.

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HHTTB #14/18

I had a two cup sample of this tea that I made up tonight. Without trying this tea I was already comparing this to Della Terra’a version. I brewed this up with milk and sugar. This just seemed to be a red rooibos with a hint of lemon. For being a Lemon rooibos it could have used a dose or two more of lemon.

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Alright, this is weird. I just clicked on this tea because of how pretty it looked (while I was looking at Yumchaa’s Enchanted Forest tea), and I realized that it has exactly the same ingredients as TeaBar’s (Amsterdam tea company) Zoete Amandel Thee. And it’s a rather unusual ingredient mix, too! What’s up with that? Are there some fancy tea combinations floating around the world under different names? Are there tea mix thieves? I’m confused… and intrigued!

By the way, I love Zoete Amandel tea, so if this is anything like it, thumbs up.

cteresa

I once had two teas called Marco Polo – that one and another one (which actually had an ingredient list more reminiscent of what Marco Polo might have encountered!)

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This is a tea from a swap a while back….. I had it out to send to a tea friend, but I think she might not be my tea friend anymore if I sent this to her. I will start off by saying that I am one of the few who actually really enjoy Rooibos. This however. I took one sip and YUCK! Spicy, pepper, grossness is all I got out of it. I walked over to the trash can and tossed this puppy. I know tea blasphemy , but it is still giving me the shivers.

Cheri

Sounds NASTY.

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70

Cherry Blossom Rose Organic is a bit astringent but is tempered by the rose flavor. The cherry is hard to discern among the green tea and rose flavors. I like this tea as something quick in the morning to drink on my commute. I usually steep for 3 minutes @ 175, but I’m going to try a shorter steep to see if it mellows the flavor a little bit.

Flavors: Astringent, Rose

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Totem by Capital Teas
571 tasting notes

This was good, but I thought it could use a bit more flavor. It wasn’t bland by any stretch, but the fruit flavor was really just a sourish tart flavor. I think others might really love it, but to me it is just ok, because I like more bold flavors in my flavored tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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