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Today I discovered that I enjoy Russian Caravan tea – at least this particular Russian Caravan. The story of Russian Caravan tea has always intrigued me – Silk Road, camel caravans, Trans-Siberian tea trade, etc. However, I wasn’t too sure about charcoal-smoked tea itself. The traveling teabox gave me an opportunity to experiment. Because this is a blend of Keemun (which I enjoy) and Lapsang Souchong the result is quite appealing to me. Unlike others who want the smoky flavor to be stronger, the lighter smokiness is just right for my taste. I just might have to keep this one.
Thank you Nicole for this tea, from her generous stash reduction :) Oh my goodness, this past week has been so busy I haven’t gotten an earlier chance to try or do tasting notes :(. I’ve been getting home late and sleeping like the dead lol. I thought I could be coming down with something but I think it was wishful thinking so I could stay home :)
I think ever since getting to taste the ATR Brioche tea that I decided that I should try more almond teas. The taste I was expecting was different than what I got. The almond taste was sweet but fake, more like amaretto and for some reason there was a slight sour taste like sour cream maybe? It was ok but doesn’t make my future shopping list.
This tea has been sitting in my cupboard for a year and I just haven’t been drinking it, I decided to bring it into the office and maybe I will drink it as a cold brew. It just isn’t one of my favorites due to the hibiscus element which makes it so very tart! ugh! Today I’m having a cup of it warm and I remember why it isn’t a real favorite.. oh well! Hopefully it will wake me up anyway. Better with a little bit of stevia.
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.
So I had a whole new tasting note typed up and then Steepster ate it in a fit of pique. (Or, unstable server hosting… take your pick.)
After several months exploring the tea world and drinking oolongs from near and far, I’ve returned to this one to downgrade the rating a LOT. I’ve learned a few things, including what a really good oolong tastes like, and what I like in oolongs. This oolong from Capital Teas contains neither.
The flavor is overall rather weak and flat. It is missing the subtlety that I look for in oolongs, and is almost sour/bitter.
I won’t be repurchasing this after I’m done with the tin.
Mm-hmm, I thought I smelled some Earl Grey cream in here. (I may or may not have ordered some from Zen Teas last night at 1 AM. Only a little obsessed, I swear.)
Dry leaves smell delicious, basically like EG Cream with a bit of rose. The pink little rose petals mixed with the tea leaves are charming.
This is good! I think in this case, something about the mix of the cream and the rose tip tip the aroma a little on the sweet side for me. The taste is a little milder, and it averages out. A little perfumey, which I don’t complain about, without being chemical-y. Nice bergamot, too. Yay royal weddings!
Thanks to Nicole for the sample! I’ve really been enjoying the Earl Grey batch!
Sip down! Thank you for this one nicole this is a clearly a yunnan tea and is another delicious tea from capital teas. This might be the last sample that I have from Nicole, though I’m not 100% sure since my tea stash is back home. Hanging out at the cottage means whatever teas I tossed in the box to bring up with me whenever I can spare a moment. The rain is coming down now so we’re hold up in the house, listening to music, playing board games while outside the food is cooking on the fire :)
This is easily one of the best Earl Grey/EG blends I’ve tried. SO DELICIOUS. Surprisingly light for a black tea. The bergamot wasn’t overpowering, and the floral taste is so light that it acts as more of a garnish than an actual flavor. Lovely.
(Also, please please I hope Capital Teas keeps this one in stock for a while, even after royal wedding fever has died down. It’s delicious.)
I fell in love with the smell of this and had to have some. Steeped, the tea is pretty delicious. The blueberry taste is not as strong as the other blueberry rooibos I’ve tried (Teavana) but I really like this too. And with a spoonful of sugar, delicious, though it was also drinkable without.
I might have steeped this for too long. It was very dark and had an acrid taste. Basically, it reminded me of a stronger version of the standard black teas I’ve had in the past that I haven’t liked. (I tried it with rock sugar first and added half-and-half later, but it didn’t taste good either time.) I didn’t bother resteeping the leaves and went straight to a different tea to cleanse my palate.
(Tea from silentrequiem. Thanks!)
sipdown! (211) mmmm another fine tea from nicole I think i accidentally over steeped this a little but i can still get the flavours in this tea. I really like this one, though if i didn’t mess up steeping this, it’s a little stringent for me. or…because it’s a cousin to darjeelinsg, that’s what i’m getting here. What i love about this tea are the under notes happening here. I cant quite place the taste but it’s somehow familiar to me. either that or lack of sleep has made me disfunctional..but at least i’m getting some stuff done..even if it’s as silly as sorting pictures…
sipdown! yes…from nicole again haha. I am really digging this one today! I think part of why this is so enjoyable is that it doesn’t taste like that artificial cherry taste that i’ve come to expect in most cherry teas. It also smells so yummy! I’m not great at picking out “fig” in anything but there is another taste that i’ll have to assume is the fig. The black base is mostly in the background of this tea, but that’s no issue for me because the flavours are so tasty! thanks nicole!
This was delicious. The oolong taste was perfectly complemented by the buttery-creamy taste. It reminded me of the seaweed wrap in sushi – but in a good way; there was a slight salty aftertaste that kept the other flavors from becoming overwhelming. The price tag on it is very steep though – $24/2 oz.
Wow, here’s another tea I bought a while ago but I evidently forgot to log. I had been thinking this was a green tea blend and I forgot there was black tea in it as well.
The cup brews up to be a medium brown/orange in color. The flavor is really nice in this blend and subtle. There’s jackfruit and orange, but the orange does not overwhelm me like some other blends I’ve tried lately (here’s looking at you, Kusmi). The almond adds kind of a mellow note to this blend. I’m able to sip on it plain which is great, no bitterness or astringency. I’m getting slightly more black than green tea flavor.
This morning I’m drinking it hot but I think this would be really good as an iced tea also, I’ll have to try that soon. Overall this is a really nice blend and I’ve been really pleased with all of the items I bought from Capital Teas in the past. They really do some wonderful blends.
A good friend of mine has a really sweet daughter-in-law who lives near this shop, and sent her this because she knows how we love tea!
My friend was surprised that the color in the cup was so light and wondered if she should steep it longer. I opened the tin, and nary a tea leaf did I see. I looked at the label, as I hadn’t seen the name of it yet. Ah. No need to steep it longer, this is the right color. There is no tea in this!
She was surprised and I had to explain what it means when the tin says tisane, and how it must have camellia sinensis of some sort in there to be called “tea.” This is why it was classified as a tisane on the tin.
This had a very true, rich, chocolate aroma, as it consists of nothing but cacao shells. It is fairly light and we drank it without additions. We paired it fruit – blueberries and melon cubes.
I think real chocoholics would love this. This is not a rich, creamy, hot chocolate-y type of tisane so don’t think of things like Florence from Harney and Chocolate Cream by Tea Frog. This has lots of dry unsweetened cocoa flavor and a slight edge of bitterness that coffee lovers would enjoy. It was good, but I do prefer TEA!