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drank Lover's Leap by Capital Teas
616 tasting notes

This is just a good cup of black tea. There’s no frills or assertiveness, it’s just something that is comfortable and tasty. No astringency either, which is a pleasant Ceylon surprise.

Thanks Kelci :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I liked this one, too—just as you said: a good, plain cuppa.

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So I was hoping that this would taste similar to Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon because while I love supporting Della Terra, Capital Teas is my local tea company. I am happy to say this this is very similar (and cheaper)!

I finished up the DT I had so I can’t compare side by side, but if I’m remembering correctly, the DT version is ever so slightly less rooibos-y (which is now a word). Though, CT recommended an 8 minute steep so maybe it would be different with less time. Still, the idea is the same and I’ll happily drink this one.

2.5 teaspoons + sweetener in my 16oz steeping mug

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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71
drank Blueberry Black by Capital Teas
124 tasting notes

I like this tea. The black tea flavor isn’t too strong and the blueberry is subtle but good. I made it with just a smidgen of rock sugar (I suspect it would taste syrupy with a full teaspoon). Perhaps I will mix this with Teavana’s Blueberry Bliss rooibos to bring out the blueberry flavor more. (And silentrequiem said this is a good candidate for iced tea, so that may be what I do with this next.)

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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This is a nice tea. I thought it was only a green tea so I’d meant to steep it for no more than 2 minutes, but I accidentally forgot about it and let it steep for 5 minutes. It wasn’t bitter at all, but the fruit flavor was VERY strong. (Perhaps a little too strong.) I resteeped the leaves for about 3 minutes and the resulting tea was quite nice. After reading that almonds were in this tea, I thought I could detect their flavor.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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87
drank O Christmas Tea by Capital Teas
36 tasting notes

I generally don’t like green teas unflavored, so I’m not going to describe the taste of the base tea, but as a whole, I love this tea. To me this tea tastes like Christmas. I drink it in place of Talk of the Town November – January and I look forward to it every year.

Usually I love teas with orange and nuts, and this tea is no exception. The peppercorns and the almonds combine to form a slightly spicy note that I love. I really don’t taste any orange flavor in the tea, but I’m sure it’s there.

I could probably drink this tea and Candy Cane Lane from November through January every year and not get tired of them. If that’s not high praise, I don’t know what is.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I had this tea first without sugar a few days ago. It was fine, but the flavors were subtle and the black tea smokiness was a little strong for me. I’m having it again now with sugar, which improved the flavor in my opinion. I can taste the pistachio and I think I taste the almond as well, but the flavors aren’t as distinct as I would like. This is still tasty overall, however.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

CapitalTeas

Thank you for your review Christina! We hope you’re able to try more of our teas in the near future :)

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71
drank Irish Rum Cream by Capital Teas
36 tasting notes

First of all, two things. This tea is called Irish Rum Cream now. Secondly, I’m guessing this is supposed to taste like rum because of the name, but I don’t really drink, so I can’t tell you if it tastes like Irish rum cream or something like that, simply because I have no idea if it does or not.

I can tell you that it’s an interesting cup of tea. The base tea has a strong, malty flavor. The overall flavor is black tea combined with a flavor somewhere between coconut and vanilla. Kind of a little tropical. It’s not quite either flavor, but it reminds me of both of them.

I’ve never tried it iced, but it seems like an interesting idea.

It’s not my favorite black tea, but I’m in no way sad I have it.

I was very pleasantly surprised by the transformation after cold brewing this tea in the fridge overnight. This is almost a completely different tea when iced. I even bumped up my score a few points since I enjoyed it so much cold! The coconut really comes through to form this cool, tropical treat. I added a slice of lime for even more fun! I’m guessing it would be a big hit at a summer BBQ or something like that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
CapitalTeas

Thanks for your review John! Let us know if you try it iced.

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84

When it comes to tea, I’m kind of a creature of habit. I mostly know what I like and what I don’t, which is what enables me to purchase (and review) mostly teas that I know I’ll enjoy quite a bit.

One thing I have found I don’t often like are these dessert teas that taste like something else. However, during my last trip to Capital Teas I was 2 oz. short of the pound discount, I love all things pistachio and I was feeling a bit adventurous, so I decided to wander out of my tea comfort zone and give this one a try.

I’m so glad I did.

The one thing that attracted me to this tea was the smell. It had a mostly pistachio smell, along with what I think was coriander. I usually don’t like teas that smell like that, but I was all in.

I added some sweetener, which is my custom for these dessert teas.

Simply put, I have never had a tea that tasted more like a cookie before. It was great.

While I taste the almond and what I believe to be coriander, pistachio is very much the dominant flavor which is probably why I like it so much.

No dessert tea will ever taste as good as a nice iced black or hot white tea, but this one surely gets to the neighborhood!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
CapitalTeas

Thanks so much for your review John! We’re so glad you enjoyed the tea :)

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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63
drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
36 tasting notes

This tea both smells and tastes like liquid peppermint bark. I wouldn’t have believed it was possible if I didn’t taste it. I added a touch of sweetener, which I usually do when drinking teas with chocolate.

The only problem with this tea is that it both smells and tastes like liquid peppermint bark after you brew it. I’m not so sure the world needs this tea.

However, some of my coworkers love this tea. The bottom line is if you’re interested in having tea that tastes just like white chocolate peppermint bark, this is the one to go for. If not, try something else.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Crannyberry by Capital Teas
36 tasting notes

I can very clearly taste the cranberries, raspberries and somewhat mellow black tea in this blend. While there is nothing wrong with it, I was hoping for the bitterness of the tea and the tartness of the cranberries to combine in a very intense bitter cranberry taste, but instead the tea is a perfectly balanced blend of all three flavors. Not bad in any way, just not what I was hoping for.

I enjoy this tea hot, but even more iced.

I will say this – I severed this tea iced (cold brewed) over Thanksgiving and a few of my guests (not familiar with tea beyond the bagged stuff you find in a supermarket) really liked the tea and drank it at the meal instead of water. Most of them added sweetener, but to each their own.

CapitalTeas

Hi John,

Thank you for reviewing our Crannyberry Tea! We hope you’re able to try other teas from us in the near future. Happy Brewing!

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drank Blueberry Black by Capital Teas
324 tasting notes

I’ve yet to find my perfect blueberry tea, which tastes like fresh blueberries without needing any sweetener. Unfortunately, this tea is not it. It’s a pleasant tea but not what I was hoping. The blueberry taste wasn’t very strong, even with some sugar.

However, I left my unfinished mug sitting on the table while I went out to run errands. By the time I came back it had chilled and tasted just like blueberries. So this tea is infinitely better iced than hot, and I might have to make some iced tea even if it is December.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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84
drank O Christmas Tea by Capital Teas
50 tasting notes

I was able to taste Capital Teas at the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival. I had seen them in my tea magazines and have come very close to putting in an order. Since tasting them, I will definitely order off of them-I have many of their teas listed on my Christmas list!
This was not a tea I would typically be drawn too, green is not my tea of choice usually. However, I am so glad I tried this. It was amazing to say the least. The smell is very aromatic when brewing, but then all 3 Capital Teas I bought are. I think you can taste all the flavors noted in the ingredients, the combination really accents the sencha green tea. I have been making everyone taste this, including my daughters. My oldest said-tastes like tea, but it is a little better than the others. That coming from her is a compliment, honest!
My 4 oz tin is almost gone. I hope they have this around after Christmas or at least make it again next year. It is a wonderful keeper in my book!

CapitalTeas

Thank you for your review! We’re so glad you found us at the Coffee and Tea Fest in Philly. Happy Brewing!

Kelci

I am so glad I found you too! I actually just ordered some more tea on your website. Can’t wait to get it. I am going to try and get to one of your Tea Bars soon.

CelebriTEA

Tea magazines?
Tell me more….please…

Kelci

Tea Time Magazine, you can find out more info about them here: http://www.teatimemagazine.com/index.aspx
Wonderful magazine I first received as a gift from my Mother-In-Law, who knows I love tea and saw a teapot that I own on one of the covers.
Tea Magazine is another, info for them:
http://teamag.com/
I found them on Pinterest while looking at tea. Neat Pinterest site-check it out.

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86

I bought 4 oz. of this tea during their September trade-in sale. I wish I’d bought more. It’s soooo good. It’s light and the peach flavor is very strong, but the tea isn’t sweet – I know it sounds odd, but I like it a lot. It’s peach, but not a sweet peach.

Very pleasant sipping.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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70

Three simple flavors, the general rooibos flavor, the vanilla/cream and the pumpkin combine with some sort of natural sweetness to form a surprisingly complex tea. Capital Teas suggests adding honey, but I think it’s fine just the way it is.

“Cream” teas are hit and miss for me, I think the combination with the pumpkin flavor works well. It may be my favorite cream tea.

Having said that, I’m not sure I’d buy this again, simply because there are other pumpkin teas I like better and there is a limit to how many pumpkin teas one needs every fall and winter. Maybe I’ll get 2oz every other year.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
CapitalTeas

Thank you for your review! We have a few more Pumpkin Teas you may enjoy, such as Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Chai Rooibos. Happy Brewing!

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73
drank Turkish Gold by Capital Teas
324 tasting notes

I can’t help comparing this to Sultan’s Delight from American Tea Room. They taste very similar except Capital Teas’ has a green tea base instead of black. This is nice – sweeter than Sultan’s Delight, and lighter too.

I like them both, but think I’m leaning towards ATR’s better, but this is a nice alternative. I think this would be delicious iced.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Presidential Blend by Capital Teas
324 tasting notes

This tea tastes fairly ordinary at first, but once I put in a little bit of sugar, the flavors exploded. The mango, passion fruit, and papaya blend together nicely, and make it a nicely sweet tea. This would be awesome iced.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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78

This is really good. It’s not as almondy as other almond teas – the pistachio is actually the strongest flavor here. It provides a bit more of a savory edge, and some buttery taste to the tea that is really nice. A nice nutty tea when you don’t want something sweet.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Enchanted Forest by Capital Teas
324 tasting notes

I sat down with a mug of this, finished my mug, and immediately went out the door to go to the store and buy more of this. I only picked up 2 oz. on my last visit and I knew that would be insufficient.

This is GOOD. Sweetish, without being cloying. The almond comes through, and the coconut adds a bit of creaminess to the tea. Delicious and delightful. I think this would be awesome iced, too.

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Almond Cream by Capital Teas
1520 tasting notes

Thank you Nicole! Slowly trying the teas you sent! So. Many. Teas. I think I’ve had this tea before under a different name before – Tea Haus – Marzipan. But that’s fine because I love it! Now I have a little of both. You can’t say this one doesn’t have almond! The black base doesn’t overpower the flavor… but it would be hard to with this almond. Some vanilla like qualities too! Very nice!

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drank Himalayan Gold by Capital Teas
113 tasting notes

I’m really digging this tea. It’s a little more syrupy than a darjeeling, less astringent. I just want to chug it.

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

Bet this is from Nepal…fruity but not a real darjeeling, much richer. If it’s from Nepali TEA Trader’s it’s very good. (They sell there tea to shops)

Bonnie

Their not there

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drank Himalayan Gold by Capital Teas
113 tasting notes

I look forward to my infrequent work trips, mainly because I have the opportunity to visit tea shops and cafes, something I don’t have the luxury to do here in my culturally alive but tea bereft area. On a recent trip to DC, I stopped into Teaism and had a nice cup of Golden Monkey and then bought a tin of this Himalayan Gold from Capital Teas.

I have to say, I have quickly become enamored of this tea. Of course it has the same general profile as a darjeeling, but with a lingering sweetness—Oolong-like in its floweriness—that sets it apart from its more astringent cousin.

I only wish Capital had more unflavored teas to choose from; I would certainly purchase from them again.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

This looks like Himalayan Gold from Nepali Tea Traders (non-profit) in Denver. They source tea from farms in Nepal, sell direct and wholesale. This is one of my favorites in their line of black tea’s. www.nepaliteatraders.com The sample sets are a really good way to try their tea’s if you enjoy tea from Nepal. (I don’t mind plugging a non-profit that helps the farmers!)

Doug F

I noticed the similarities between the two and had always meant to try teas from Nepal tea traders. Thanks for vouching for them.

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drank Roasted Almond by Capital Teas
324 tasting notes

I sampled this while I was in the Wildwood store today. I did not like it. I’m sure there was almond in it, but like some other almond herbal blends that uses apple as filler (cough, David’s Tea, cough), all I could taste was apple, and tart apple at that. Well, at least I could try before I bought it.

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