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drank Jade Dynasty by Capital Teas
48 tasting notes

Seems to be very high caffeine, felt the effects almost immediately. Nice flavor.

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

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drank Garden of Eden by Capital Teas
35 tasting notes

This tea is incredibly juicy! It has an astringency almost sourness that you might get drinking orange juice. I am finding that fruity tisanes are not really my favorite flavor. However, this tea is so full of fruity flavor and it smells incredible. I think I will try mixing it with some plain rooibos or black. For those who like fruit tisanes this might be a great choice.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Feng Shui by Capital Teas
82 tasting notes

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drank Lover's Leap by Capital Teas
1770 tasting notes

If I had to trim the pantry down to a dozen or so essentials (ha! put two tea packets in a basket and leave them unattended, they mate and multiply!) I think this one would be in it. Just a nice, clean, not-too-astringent Ceylon that needs no fussing, no additions.

Trying to re-start the digestive system after an evening of oh-no- I can’t-get-sick nausea, this was a good start. Basic. Sturdy.

My appreciation to Nicole for introducing this one to me!

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drank Lover's Leap by Capital Teas
1770 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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drank Lover's Leap by Capital Teas
1770 tasting notes

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

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Not rating it yet, because I’m not sure.

I was very excited about this one. It’s tied in cute little bows, so adorable! and it smells fantastically jasmine-y. The shop lady said it’s her favorite jasmine… along with H&S. Which, I’m not fond of.

I didn’t measure the amount of tea, take the water temperature, or time the brewing, and now I wish I had. It’s bitter. I’m on the second steep and it’s still bitter. It has a bitter aftertaste.

It still (even on the second steep) has a delightful jasmine smell, just a bitter taste. And the taste reminds me more of an oolong than a green, so I’m not sure what the base is (I have no ingredients list, either on the packaging or on the website).

The leaves, now that they’ve uncurled, remind me of a mu tan white, but the flavor isn’t that at all (thank goodness, because I really don’t like that). I don’t know what the base is at all.

I’m going to have to try this again under more controlled conditions and see if it’ll come out better. Right now it’s definitely not worth the expense.

TheTeaLady

Did you try steeping the tea with water that is under a boil and for only about 1 minute? I have had this tea several times and have never found it to taste bitter. Let me know!

denisend

I believe (though it was awhile ago) that I drank it at work, so I pulled the water from the office cooler hot spigot. The temperature averages about 190 F, so I don’t think that’s a problem. I may have steeped it too long; my usual office method is “keep sipping until it tastes done”, but I think with this one I was waiting for the leaves to unfold. I haven’t tried it again, but I’ll use a timer and just go for a minute. Thanks for the suggestion!

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The lavender is quite strong.

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Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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54

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.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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54

Very nice, delicate flavor. A solid oolong.

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drank Milk Oolong by Capital Teas
325 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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drank Banana Taffy by Capital Teas
3 tasting notes

Tea is not candy, and should not taste like it. The flavor was very artificial to me… Also the staff at Capital Teas can’t stop selling to you until you’ve bought a pound. I found them a bit pushy, and no where to sit and enjoy a pot of tea.

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drank Chesapeake Sunrise by Capital Teas
2586 tasting notes

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.

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

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97

One of my favorite teas — I can’t believe no one else has rated this one. Tastes like pink grapefruit (with tea), but not too tart. A fruity tea, but not a tisane. I like this one for breakfast. No caffeine. 6-2013

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71

Brewed my second infusion while I was drinking the first of this to set it aside to cool down. Poured it over ice. A million times better. I think this is just one that I probably won’t make hot very often, if ever.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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71

Another one from the Capital Teas gift box I got.

The description on the box for this is “green tea, black tea, rose blossoms, sunflower blossoms, natural flavoring.” I wasn’t really expecting the super peachiness in this blend. I’m not sure if I’d like it more next time since I’d be expecting it, but I wasn’t really in the mood for something so peachy this morning. I was expecting the floral notes, which I think are drowned out by the peach.

Not bad, but not my favorite. The Chesapeake Sunrise is preferable.

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

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78

This is not bad iced, but I think I like it better hot.

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

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78

I got this as a gift. It’s probably not something I would have picked up myself because I would have been weirded out by the green and black tea blended together, but you know what? It’s good!

The outside packaging and the website say 175 degrees, while the inside packaging says 195, so they need to sort that out. I went for the lower temperature to avoid harshing out the green.

There’s a nice light fruitiness that is hard to describe — I’m guessing it’s the jackfruit, since I’ve never tasted that ripe (only young and green in savory dishes). The almond is definitely very easy to pick out, in an almond-cookie sort of way — delicious! The green and black tea bases are basic, serving as a tasty but nothing-special backdrop for the other flavors. Mixing the two types together seems to balance out what might become a problem in either on its own — grassiness in the green or bitter astringency in the black.

I like it. I bet it’d be awesome iced, too.

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

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69

I liked the taste of this tea far better than I thought I would from smelling the tin when it arrived. I bought based on the name because I’m a bit of a history buff, and I’m glad I did in this case. It’s just easy drinking and enjoyable.

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90

This is my last new tea to try from Capital Teas. The saleslady mentioned this one when I was checking out, and since it has the Cream Earl Grey in it and I had purchased that one for my mom, I decided to get this one for myself. It’s a pretty blend, with large tea leaves and small blue petals. There are a few pieces of pink rose petal, but not nearly as many as I had hoped for. The dry leaves smell floral and of soft bergamot. The aroma of the tea itself has more of the perfumey rose scent and the bergamot. The flavor is light and malty with a bergamot finish. There is a floral rose and bergamot aftertaste. This tea is very mildly flavored, but it has a wonderful mouth filling, smooth texture. We’re out of organic white sugar, so I added some coconut sugar (it’s almost like brown sugar in flavor) and it made it pretty yucky tasting. Then I remembered that I have some vanilla infused white sugar, so I tossed that cup out and poured a new cup from my little teapot and used the white sugar. Muucchhh better! I’m loving the light rose aftertaste from this tea. It’s not very strong, but it just adds something special to the tea. Glad I decided to get this one at the last minute!

-Dry blend has large black and green tea leaves with small blue petals and a few pieces of pink rose petals.
-Dry leaves smell lightly floral and of soft bergamot. Tea liquor aroma is of perfumey rose and bergamot.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium brown color.
-Light malty flavor with a full soft bergamot and cream finish. Floral rose and bergamot aftertaste. Mouth filling and smooth texture.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Mildly flavored Earl Grey with nice rose and vanilla cream notes. Smooth texture.

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

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drank Banana Taffy by Capital Teas
358 tasting notes

As soon as I smelled this tea I knew that I wanted some. I love banana flavored things and this smells just like banana taffy. I was surprised when I got home and looked up the ingredients to see that it has rooibos in it. There are so many HUGE pieces of dried fruit that you don’t even really notice the little rooibos that there is, which is just fine with me. I even had a difficult time scooping out 1.5 teaspoons because it doesn’t even fit in the teaspoon. I finally made do with just picking out some of the fruits and dropping them into my little teapot. The flavor isn’t exactly like banana taffy. I can taste a lot of other sweet fruit and especially tart pineapple in there too. Adding sweetener took away a lot of the tartness and made it more of a sweet fruity banana flavor. I like this one, I just wish it was a little more bananaish. Or maybe that it was renamed to Fruity Banana blend or something instead of Banana Taffy. I’d still like to try it iced. Another customer in the store told me that if you mix this Banana Taffy with the herbal almond tea it tastes just like banana bread. Although it’s not Capital Teas’ brand, I have a Roasted Almond tea that I just may try that with.

-Dry blend has full size pieces of dried fruits with red rooibos.
-Dry blend smells tropical and of sweet bananas, coconut and pineapple. Tea liquor aroma is of warm bananas and pineapple.
-Tea liquor is a clear bright medium yellow color with an oily sheen on top.
-Sweet fruit flavor with a tart pineapple finish. Light banana aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener.
-Good tea. Tart and fruity flavor with a light banana aftertaste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
358 tasting notes

We went to DC this weekend. My friend lives right next to the Capital Teas in Bethesda, and she took me there since she knew that I loved tea so much. It was a tiny shop, but they had a whole wall full of glass jars with the teas in them to smell. I loved that because I was able to see the tea and also smell it so I knew what I wanted to purchase. This one definitely stood out to me, it smells richly of dried fruit with just a little hint of spiciness. The tea itself has a sweet cherry and black tea aroma. The flavor is very sweet and fruity even without sugar and there is a strong cherry aftertaste that lingers. The cherry aftertaste kind of reminds me of cherry cough syrup, which I don’t love. Adding sweetener takes the flavor back to a fruity cherry instead of a mediciney cherry. I added a little milk and it became a nice and smooth, creamy cup. This was my first tea from Capital Teas and it’s a winner!

-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves with large dried cherries and pieces of dried fig.
-Dry leaves smell of rich dried fruit with a hint of spiciness. Tea liquor aroma is of sweet cherries and black tea.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish brown color.
-Sweet fruity flavor and finish. Strong cherry aftertaste that lingers.
-Best with sweetener. Milk optional.
-Very good tea. Rich and smooth fruity flavor. Candy cherry taste.

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

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