Capital Teas

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67
drank Russian Caravan by Capital Teas
1 tasting notes

Needs more smoke.

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

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55

Tastes like cinnamon mixed into green tea. The cinnamon flavor is not as strong as in many cinnamon teas, so if that’s what you’re looking for, this might be your tea. I do not taste the orange at all. It’s not a bad tea, it’s just not what I was hoping for.

For the budget minded, this tea is good for multiple steepings. I’ve done 3 or 4 with reasonable results.

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90
drank Earl Grey by Capital Teas
33 tasting notes

Just a plain old Earl Grey tea. The base tea is robust and flavorful and there is just the right amount of Bergamot flavor for me. (I am quite fond of the taste, it may be a little much for others.) This tea works best when only steeped for 3 minutes on the first steeping. A fantastic Earl Grey that is one of my go to teas. I enjoy it often, both hot and iced.

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

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83
drank Pumpkin Spice by Capital Teas
33 tasting notes

I generally love anything pumpkin and this is no exception. This tea is exactly as advertised. It tastes just like black tea blended with pumpkin pie. The black tea is very malty and bold and the spices are strong and I find I generally enjoy later steepings much more than the first one. I generally will use the same teaspoon of leaves all day to make 4 or 5 10 oz cups of tea. It’s just like pumpkin pie in a cup and is great for late-fall and winter.

I am not brave enough to try this iced, but some people do insist it is a good idea.

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

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65
drank Lemon Drop by Capital Teas
33 tasting notes

Apparently a lemon drop is a type of candy. I’ve never had one, and I generally don’t add sweeteners to tea, so I may be missing the point of this tea. I bought this tea looking for a nice citrus flavored tea I could enjoyed iced. While there is a strong citrus flavor, I would not identify it as lemon, but it is pleasant. It was just OK iced. It’s not that it’s a bad tea, just not what I had in mind and maybe that colors my view of it a little.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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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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64

I like this tea, even though I am an adult :)
It tastes just like a gum ball. The only bad thing is the gum balls that come in the tea are often hard as a rock. This tea can get bitter if it is steeped for too long.
It tastes great with milk or cream (kind of like bubble gum ice cream – yum!).
I found it is a great way to introduce kids to tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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86

I picked this up for two reasons, well three really:

1. I love vanilla
2. I am really getting into rooibos as an alternative to black in the evenings
3. I very much enjoy Teavana’s Vanilla Honeybush and I am looking for others similar to it.

This tea smells like mellow vanilla, nice and warm, not so strong that it overpowers everything. It brews into a dark color. A full bodied liquor that smells nice and tastes sweet but not at all overpowering. It is enjoyable as a dessert treat or a late night yummy.

It is less sweet/strong smelling than Teavana’s but then again no surprise there.

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

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87
drank Genmaicha by Capital Teas
4449 tasting notes

This is a really lovely Genmaicha – thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it my way.

Sweet, toasty, and delicious. I love the roasted rice flavor of Genmaicha, it reminds me of my favorite part of rice when I cook it, the part that gets slightly caramelized at the bottom of the pan in my rice steamer… sweet, a little crispy … just YUM! Combine that with the flavor of the sweet, vegetative taste of green tea. Just lovely.

Thanks for this tea, my sister!

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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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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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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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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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90

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

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15

Not my style of tea at all. Very mild. No more non-Chinese whites after this.

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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 Sailor's Delight by Capital Teas
2459 tasting notes

This is a sipdown… I’ve had this tea for a long time too, so it isn’t as fresh as it used to be, though I’ve still been enjoying it. Yesterday I put this in the fridge overnight so I could have it as a cold brew. I like it iced, the fruity flavors are refreshing. I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me anytime soon but it’s pretty good. So many other teas to try!

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82
drank Sailor's Delight by Capital Teas
2459 tasting notes

This tea ended up being my cold brew experiment of the day. It makes a pretty good cold brew but I think I prefer it hot. Cold, the papaya and green tea notes really seem to pop out and I don’t get a lot of strawberry. Definitely serves the purpose of refreshing me on this sunny day and maybe will wake me up gently (as I just got up from a nap!)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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82
drank Sailor's Delight by Capital Teas
2459 tasting notes

I haven’t had this tea for a while but Capital Teas does some pretty unique blends. I like the combo of black & green tea with the strawberry and papaya, though it is a little difficult to know exactly how long to steep this for. I am finding it slightly tart and refreshing, might need to try doing this one as an iced tea. I should get some more of their blends someday.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

I don’t quite understand why they make green and black tea blends. It’s like knowing in advance your tea can’t be brewed properly, so the only way to go is in between for time and temperature wise but then your green tea is likely to be bitter and the black won’t develop the way it should. Having said that, I’m glad that you seem to have found your sweet spot with it :-)
(the flavouring probably helps to hide whatever flaws there might be )

TeaBrat

yeah my strategy with them is to use water that is not quite boiling and it turns out fine, never had a problem with bitterness or flavor.

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