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62
drank Harbor Breeze by Capital Teas
142 tasting notes

I don’t know about ‘wildly exotic’ – since I pretty much just taste hibiscus – but it’s a solid choice and claiming the hibiscus spot in my stash. It’s got a strong taste and color and will make a terrifically refreshing iced tea.

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65

I forgot about this until recently, it isn’t that memorable so maybe that’s why…. :-P

To me it still tastes mostly like plain rooibos with no caramel or candy. Just because of this I can’t give it a high rating but it’s alright if you have low expectations. Nothing I do seems to make it come to life. This is one tea I actually like with a wee bit of stevia added, however.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

I’ve had this a few times now and to me it tastes more like plain rooibos than anything else, I’m not getting much caramel or anything that can be described as candy. Yesterday I inspected the wet leaf and the caramel bits were not quite melted so maybe that’s why the flavor didn’t come through? I know I will drink this quickly but I was disappointed in the flavor. It was better with some stevia, however.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Yvonne

Sorry to hear you don’t like it. The name makes it sound so good :P

TeaBrat

I know!

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90

The story behind Great Grandfather’s Tea is so compelling, I just had to purchase it just to “brew a cup of history”! This tea is finely milled, so I don’t recommend steeping it for more than 3 minutes. Much like an older relative or that nosy retired neighbor with life experience, this brews a cup that isn’t afraid to speak its mind: it’s bold, sassy, and full of character. I’ve infused it with organic rose petals and the teapot just channels Dowager Violet Crawley from “Downton Abbey”. Great for the mornings, every day. Even the so-called “weekends”.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Lover's Leap by Capital Teas
60 tasting notes

I steeped this in my mug at school today; my classmates were telling me “IZZY THAT LOOKS SO SKETCHY OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING.” Calm down you lunatics, it’s just tea. Thanks to Kelci for this tea from the 12 Days Swap. I actually just finished the sample, as I’d had a cup closer to when I got it.

Anywho, this was pretty good. It was slightly astringent for me, but that may have been my awkward in-school steeping method. Otherwise, I liked it. It was very light in color, and rather light in taste as well, but not in a bad way; it was fairly bright, and full. I let my friend Aliza have a sip, and she said that it was very naturally sweet, which I think is true. While I don’t know whether I would buy this for myself or not, I did enjoy the cup!

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62

Hibiscus is the base flavor here for all this wonderful fruitiness, but it doesn’t overwhelm. In fact, my first impression was that the tea was simply too light despite a generous brewing, but after most of a pot of it, I’ve decided that’s what’s growing on me – it’s one you can sip all day. I like to keep one hibiscus tea around for the health benefits, and this just might be the winner.

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78
drank Christmas Cookie by Capital Teas
2774 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for what seems like forever. I must admit, these strong flavored holiday teas are really more appropriate for winter time so that’s probably why I haven’t had so much of this since last year. This is good with the soy creamer. I think I have a trend here, the soy creamer is good in almost everything black tea or rooibos based.

I added a tiny touch of fennel to this and it’s good! I like the mix here of the orange and the chai like spices. I also see a few peppercorns in here, so this is a nice warming drink. Hopefully I will finish it off before spring arrives :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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78
drank Christmas Cookie by Capital Teas
2774 tasting notes

I am trying to enjoy my morning and was thinking about going back to sleep but that seems like it’s impossible. My neighborhood has been noisy and I have anxiety about my physical therapy appointment today which should be about as much fun as a root canal.

I picked this out of my stash today, it’s been a while since I’ve had this. It still seems like a spicy orange chai to me, I don’t know how they are getting “cookie” out of this but it’s fairly tasty no matter what you call it. This is definitely better with sugar though.

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CapitalTeas

Hi! Thank you so much for your review! A lot of our customers enjoy it as a winter treat, like a Christmas Cookie :) Glad you’re enjoying it. Happy Brewing!

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78
drank Christmas Cookie by Capital Teas
2774 tasting notes

This will have to be my last caffeinated tea for the day or I might have problems sleeping tonight. :-/

This smells great in the bag and also brewed. It can best be described as a fruity chai. There are spicy elements like cardamom, pepper and clove and the orange element here is VERY strong. This might be a tad bit too much spice for me personally, doesn’t really remind me of a cookie but more of an orange spice chai. Definitely improved somewhat upon adding milk and sugar. It’s good but kind of overpowering for a dessert tea. For example I have an aftertaste of pepper which isn’t something I’d associate with a cookie whether it’s Christmas or not, he he. Still I am sure I will finish this off happily.

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

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72

This is my afternoon tea, on my second mug of it and then I decided to cold brew the rest, so this will be a sipdown for me after tomorrow.

It’s a pleasant green tea with berry flavor, but nothing too exciting. I probably wouldn’t get this one again. I really seem to prefer flavored senchas over flavored Chinese green teas. I need to look for a goji sencha… yum!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
teaqueen

Try Tiesta Tea’s Fruity Pebbles! It’s a sencha/ lung ching/ pai mu tan blend with strawberry, papaya, pineapple, and rose petals. I adore it.

TeaBrat

teaqueen – I just ordered it! WoooT!

teaqueen

You will love it! I have yet to try a tea from them that I dislike.

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72

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone, here is my green tea of the afternoon.

This is a mild sencha, definitely not too vegetal. I think I did overleaf slightly today but I’m still not getting as much goji/fruit flavor out of this as I would like. I should try cold brewing this some day. I need to remember to drink 1-3 cups of green tea a day for the anti-inflammatory effects. See previous notes if interested.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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72

It’s been a busy weekend but I’m glad I have the afternoon to do some things around the house and drink more tea ;)

This is the 3rd from the Capital Teas Wellness Collection. I’ve come to the conclusion recently that my tap water is not the best and needs to be filtered, it really bugged me recently when I saw that my hot water was some strange pink color. So this water has been run through the Brita filter anyway. I’m finding this to be a nice & light green tea but the fruit flavor is a bit more subtle than I had hoped for. Perhaps I will try a bit more leaf next time I make this. It’s light and refreshing and I think I need to try cold brewing this and as an iced tea too. Overall very refreshing… I just wish I was picking up more goji.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Turkish Gold by Capital Teas
124 tasting notes

This is great! I really like this tea. I’m not a fan of all fruity green teas, but this one had a perfect balance (and the cinnamon is an excellent addition). This may be one to buy again.

(Sample from silentrequiem. Thanks!)

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79

This is a sipdown for me tonight…
I’ve had this herbal for 2 years now so it’s a good thing I’m finally sipping it down ;)

This is a good blend of herbs including lemongrass, ginger, lemon peel, licorice, and peppermint. The licorice is not that strong, in fact I usually add sweetener to this when I drink it. I would like this better if it didn’t contain peppermint, I’m not always in the mood for mint and it can trigger my acid reflux. I will be on the lookout for some plain lemongrass soon, I think…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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79

CT says this tea is good during times of illness… well we’ll see about that!

I brewed up some of this yesterday in my Lupicia handy cooler and it’s been sitting in the fridge overnight. I think this is really nice as an iced tea, the lemon and gingergrass are very refreshing. The mint seems stronger than I remember and there’s only a tiny bit of licorice in here. It’s barely noticeable if you ask me. Still I feel like I am not tasting things normally at all so I still don’t want to try anything new.

I’m already feeling like a nap and it’s only 2 pm. This doesn’t bode well for the rest of my day… :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Cheri

Feel better!

Stephanie

Yes feel better soon! Tea can only help right? :)

TeaBrat

More tea for everyone!

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79

Part of the Wellness Collection from Capital Teas — I’ve been looking for a lemongrass ginger tea for a while and this is super tasty. Lots of lemony ginger goodness, I don’t taste much peppermint or licorice here but overall this is a really great herbal tisane that doesn’t need additions unless you want them. One word that comes to mind is “zippy”. Great for an afternoon or evening relaxing cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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55

I thought I’d try this one iced today as it’s been languishing in my cupboard for a while now. When I first tried this I enjoyed it more, but now I am finding it to be REALLY tart. I added some sugar to it and thought it was better that way. I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me, I find the hibiscus just really overpowers and it’s giving me a stomach ache. Hopefully I will find a way to finish this off or bequeath it to someone.

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Hi Steepster — I’ve been busy but here’s a tasting note :)

This was part of the Wellness blend sampler I ordered from Capital Teas recently and I tried it for the first time today. It’s an all herbal blend with pieces of fruit, which is nice. It’s definitely tart with notes of grapefruit, orange and lemongrass being very predominate. The blackberry and eucalyptus leaves give it a bit of an herbal-y flavor and I bet this would be a great iced tea too. Yes there’s hibiscus in it — so there’s that to contend with — but it isn’t as sour as some hibby blends I’ve had. Overall I really like this, definitely good for an herbal blend; it’s tasty and reminds me of juice.

If you like grapefruit flavored things you will probably end up liking this.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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93

T&C Box 7/18

This one smells so good! I definitely smell both cherries and figs; mom says it smells like fruit wine and I have to agree. I hope the taste of this lives up to the name, because I love both cherries and figs and good fruit teas are one of my favorite kinds.

On to the taste: this is so, so good. I’m going to have to get it. The cherry note is sweet and strong, and then the fig comes in later. The fig is subtle but definitely still there, and both fruits taste natural. This is a full-bodied cup, probably more so than any of my other favorites, but I love it. It’s great for a cold day like today, but I think it would stand up to ice too! Thank you, Nicole!

Nicole

It probably would be good iced. It made a great infusion for a cream based mousse. :)

bluebelle

Oh wow, now that’s something I want to try! So far I haven’t cooked much with tea but maybe I should start soon.

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89
drank Yoga Tea by Capital Teas
523 tasting notes

T&C Box 5/18

This one smells wonderful dry—such a kick of ginger and clove with some green herbal notes underneath. As it brews I notice more of the cinnamon, too. Is this technically a chai? I don’t really know how the classification there works but it seems like one.

The taste of this is great. It’s spicy without being too hot and sweet without being overpowering. I expected this to be much spicier and more overwhelming, but it’s actually very soothing.

In other news I’m kind of in love with my kettle. No more guessing! I’ve brewed only perfect cups of tea with it so far. Obviously this means it’s foolproof. ;)

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86
drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
2774 tasting notes

I am not feeling well today, so decided I would sip this one down…

It’s definitely one of my favorites from Capital Teas and one that I would buy again (and may, since I am going to Washington DC for the holidays). This is a nice mix of mint with the slightly cocoa black tea base. I find adding soymilk to this makes it nice and creamy. I definitely have enjoyed it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Hope you feel better soon!

TeaBrat

thanks :)

boychik

Feel better

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

sending you well wishes!

teapartyfortwo

Get well soon!

AllanK

Feel better.

TeaBrat

thanks everyone :)

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86
drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
2774 tasting notes

Afternoon tea…
This tea is true to the name, if you want something with minty and chocolate notes it fits the bill. Of course it tastes more like peppermint bark when you add actual sugar, but even without the sugar it’s pretty good. Definitely nice for this time of year as the days are growing shorter and the holidays are growing closer…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
2774 tasting notes

I just spent the better part of 15 minutes digging around in my tea stash (and not finding) a plain peppermint tea. It’s strange how someone with so many different teas could be craving something so basic but I guess that’s how life goes sometimes. This is definitely minty but I’m hoping the caffeine this late in the day won’t keep me awake!

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

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86
drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
2774 tasting notes

Digging into some of my new stuff from Capital teas!

Tea of the morning here — mmm I love this concoction. The taste of black tea, peppermint and vanilla is creamy and rich. It is so delicious! Not exactly like peppermint bark because it isn’t crunchy but it is pretty darn close. It isn’t too sweet — in fact I put some sugar in it along with soymilk. I have a feeling I will be going through this bag rather quickly!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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