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Capital Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

90

A well balanced breakfast blend with a full bodied flavor and a crisp finish. It is my favorite breakfast blend tea. It also works well iced.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88

It’s crazy morning. Having some old faves that are easy to access in my stash! See previous notes

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75

I bought this for a friend. Had a cup before giving it to her. I think it’s a very nice subtle tea. The fragrance is wonderful. The tea itself has a more floral taste with a bit of fruit and end on a chocolate note. The chocolate is not overwhelming it really warms the flavor of the tea. I like it and might buy it to add to my chocolate tea collection.

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100

I got this tea as a end of finals present to myself. I can legitimately say I looked more forward to trying this tea than I did seeing my family over the holidays.

It really met all my expectations. Creamy with notes of white chocolate and peppermint – and not too dense, considering the ingredients. My only wish for this tea is that they made an herbal version next year – it’s such a good dessert tea but I don’t like having too much caffeine before bed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Milk Oolong by Capital Teas
6 tasting notes

The smell of the dry leaves is worth the price of admission – the apricots and buttered popcorn scent is strong. The tea is bolder than other oolongs. I’ll have to try a shorter steeping time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Feng Shui by Capital Teas
82 tasting notes

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84

Haha, wouldn’t think I’d find this tea here considering I got it from a local little tearoom in Canterbury! Actually discovered this during our Tea Society’s Christmas social where we had a “mystery tea tasting” competition: usually we are all served a little of a tea without knowing what kind it is or what’s in it and have to guess, but this time round, we were given a scorecard… And my team won ;) all because I guessed “peony” for this one, prominent as it is in Coquelicot Gourmand, I’ve come to recognise it in other places too.

And wow, did the flavours surprise me at first! Plenty of people said the aroma was like cherries, maybe cherry bakewell tart (with wild cherries it almost smells like… cough syrup? still delicious!); I found it tasted very much like frangipane, or almonds, or maybe amaretto, as well as rose and peony, but I couldn’t guess chilli at all.

This time round, brewing it at home, I was so fascinated by the miniscule chillies and rosebuds in the loose-leaf tea that I decided to use one of the tiny chillies in my brew. Big mistake. I’m terrible with spiciness. This absolutely burns on the way down, but only while I’m actually drinking it. All the other beautiful flavours are still there though! Cherry, still some marzipan there, peony, with a very smooth, fruity sip as though the chilli had never been there in the first place.

I definitely, definitely recommend giving this try if you can, it’s a really unique experience. I might just toss out all the chillies in my bag of this so I don’t burn my mouth off though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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86

This has quickly become one of my favorite teas! It is smooth and has soft vanilla flavors. I currently steep this at 195 F, and leave the leaves in the teapot until I’m finished drinking the tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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46
drank South Pacific by Capital Teas
5 tasting notes

Initially, the fruity hints of citrus are pleasing. After a moment though, there is an overwhelming bitterness that seems somewhat out of place and unexpected. With a hint of sugar, it takes on a more “tropical” note as the fruity flavors are given a longer lasting impression on the palette.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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46
drank South Pacific by Capital Teas
5 tasting notes

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93

Tea of the afternoon here…

I have been seriously neglecting my tea log which is kind of a shame. Last night I was watching the storm coverage on CNN so I hope all the East Coast Steepsters are ok!

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Bonnie

I was glued to the set too (especially now that the Giants won the World Series and my family is quiet again!).

TeaBrat

We have the Giants parade tomorrow, it will be total mayhem!

Bonnie

Jay Leno said on the Tonight Show that your (SF) idea of celebrating will be to have a yoga instructor lead everyone in deep breathing exercises. Ha Ha. How rude! Expected from the wrong side of California though.

Bonnie

Sorry people who live in L.A. Steepsters are not included in that comment! It’s a friendly Giants/Dodgers feud jab.

Sare

i have been too dont feel bad! with the storm Hitting here and all just have not been Able to get online and all Got power back but now its back to work! lol

TeaBrat

@Bonnie – lmao! There are people lined up all over Market Street who started drinking at 8 am… it will be mayhem!

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90

I did not like hot. It is excellent as Iced only way to drink it.

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drank Lover's Leap by Capital Teas
1623 tasting notes

This is one of those nice nondescript black teas that are just flat good to drink; no one aspect asserts itself, but you look at your cup five minutes later and it’s gone. Just slips right past you comfortably.

Not a huge wake-up kick, but (for once) I didn’t need one … jet lag and intense schedule caught up with me and I slept from 9 pm to 7:15 this morning. Can’t tell you the last time I did that.

K S

Yeah, thats what I think of my Saturday morning Darjeeling.

K S

Oh, and hurray for getting some much needed rest.

gmathis

Thanks. Took an extra R & R day even before I knew how exhausted I would be … reentry tomorrow. Saving the strong stuff for 6:30 a.m. :)

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1

Did not like the mandarin orange flavor that added a surprisingly bitter note to the tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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33
drank 100 monkeys by Capital Teas
41 tasting notes

Some sweet potato flavor, but subtle. A little fishy and smoky on the nose.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Chai Masala by Capital Teas
6770 tasting notes

Started my day with this one – super spicy as a lot of the spice settled to the bottom – even tho I try to remember to shake it each time! A nice wake-up today, tho!

SIP DOWN!

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82
drank Chai Masala by Capital Teas
6770 tasting notes

On my 2nd cup of this – this morning! Just needed some Chai – and this was the first one I found in my work stash. It does the trick. See previous notes :)

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drank Lover's Leap by Capital Teas
1623 tasting notes

This is a fine and smooth Ceylon—great for breakfast, and thanks to Nicole!

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82
drank Chai Masala by Capital Teas
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging 3 cups from this morning…felt like a chai…this did the trick…see previous notes!

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82
drank Sailor's Delight by Capital Teas
2161 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here, somehow I felt like something light and green. :)

This is not for purists, it’s a blend of green and black tea with strawberry and papaya. The papaya makes it a tiny bit tart on your tongue and the strawberry is present but not overpowering. I’m not picking up on much sweetness and am even tempted to add a touch of sugar. I had this iced over the summer and I think it’s really good that way. I like it a little less when it’s hot but it’s still fairly tasty and refreshing.

I have enjoyed it but not sure I will need anymore when this supply runs out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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89

So apparently I’ve never rated this one…even if I’ve had it several times… Amy oh’s review from yesterday reminded me I had this tea. I knew it was going to be my tea of the morning. I had planned to get up at my usual time (even on my surprise day off – due to an excellent conference) but I eased into my day and slept a half an hour later (living the life I know).

But I took my time getting ready for the day = internet. Then I gathered the laundry to start, showered, etc. FINALLY I got the kettle going and had to do a little digging to find this one. I have to say it reminds me of coffee in both smell and taste. But not in a bad way. More like welcome back to a better way to have that caffeine kick. I did add a little soy creamer to this one and some of the amazing Vanilla Sugar from Penzey’s – which is mine and mine alone in the house!

I do get a lot of the pu-erh in this tea even with the additions to it. BUT I think the suger is finally allowing the caramel toffee flavor to shine here. I seem to taste the pu-erh more on the finish this time around rather than right from the start. A really nice way to start my lovely day off.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
TeaBrat

I might add some sugar to mine next time too

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77

This tea was a recent one I scored at the trip to Capitol Teas In Washington DC. I’ve had it a couple of times now and I’m not quite sure what I think of it. It smells better than it tastes, in my opinion. There is definitely an aroma of toffee but the flavor doesn’t translate as well. To me it doesn’t seem that rich and decadent…

Unlike a lot of flavored pu-erhs, you can actually taste the pu-erh in here though and it’s very rich and smooth. I added some soymilk and liked it better than way. hmm. I bet this would be really good as a latte.

And I hope I can sleep tonight after drinking this so late!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
The Purrfect Cup

I had the same problem you did with the toffee flavoring not turning up in my cup. But I too added in some soy and that did help it along a bit.

TeaBrat

Great minds think alike!

The Purrfect Cup

We do indeed! I think this particular tea is one that grows on you…and now I want a cup!

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93

Wow, this stuff is interesting. So I’m from Maryland and being a nerd I had to have a tea commemorating the War of 1812! Plus I like smoky teas but really wasn’t sure what this would taste like with the fruit.

Well, I like it! A blend of smoky black and green teas, a bit herbaly, lots of fruit. This is a very unique blend and delicious. I will to write more about it when I have some time! A+

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sare

This one sounds good and one i want to try !

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66
drank Totem by Capital Teas
2161 tasting notes

I’m back from the East Coast and have a serious case of jet lag – somehow east to west always seems worse. I also got to sit next to a hyperactive 3 year old who was kicking me for 6 hours. I do have sympathy for parents who have to travel with small children but if some airline develops a child free section you can guarantee I will be on it. :)

Anyway this is part of the recent haul from Capital teas. I got some teas for my birthday which was on Thursday… because I just don’t have enough tea, right? :)

I picked out most of my stuff by smell and I ended up with a lot of fruity things. I wish I had realized this had hibiscus in it before I bought it. After I steeped it up my first impression was it was just kind of sour and tart. I ended up putting it over ice which I liked a lot better than the hot version. I think diluting it with ice seems to have been tempered the sourness. As you can imagine, it’s a very fruity and slightly herbaly flavor from the mate and the fruit. It’s difficult to taste much green tea in here, but I hope it will give me an energy boost and perhaps cure this headache I have going.

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

Happy Bday, hope the jet lag goes away!

ashmanra

Happy birthday! Enjoy your new teas!

Azzrian

Have a wonderful Bday!!

TeaBrat

Thanks guys!

Indigobloom

Happy Birthday!! <8-D

Scott B

Happy belated birthday! Did you try that new tea that they are comparing to Bigelow’s Constant Comment?

TeaBrat

Scott, I don’t think I got that

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