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drank Himalayan Gold by Capital Teas
6407 tasting notes

sipdown! (211) mmmm another fine tea from nicole I think i accidentally over steeped this a little but i can still get the flavours in this tea. I really like this one, though if i didn’t mess up steeping this, it’s a little stringent for me. or…because it’s a cousin to darjeelinsg, that’s what i’m getting here. What i love about this tea are the under notes happening here. I cant quite place the taste but it’s somehow familiar to me. either that or lack of sleep has made me disfunctional..but at least i’m getting some stuff done..even if it’s as silly as sorting pictures…

Bonnie

Nepali Tea Trader’s has a Himalayan Gold Tea, I wonder if this is the same source. Really good tea.

Bonnie

Oh, you do have to play with the steep times on these teas we found at Happy Luckys, after tasting many Nepalese varieties. It’s not just you.

Sil

good to know Bonnie, especially since i want to order their teas eventually :)

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drank Summer Cherry Fig by Capital Teas
6407 tasting notes

sipdown! yes…from nicole again haha. I am really digging this one today! I think part of why this is so enjoyable is that it doesn’t taste like that artificial cherry taste that i’ve come to expect in most cherry teas. It also smells so yummy! I’m not great at picking out “fig” in anything but there is another taste that i’ll have to assume is the fig. The black base is mostly in the background of this tea, but that’s no issue for me because the flavours are so tasty! thanks nicole!

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drank Russian Caravan by Capital Teas
341 tasting notes

For a smoky tea it’s not very smoky. I love Lapsang Souchong because of the smoky taste so I was disappointed in this blend.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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A good friend of mine has a really sweet daughter-in-law who lives near this shop, and sent her this because she knows how we love tea!

My friend was surprised that the color in the cup was so light and wondered if she should steep it longer. I opened the tin, and nary a tea leaf did I see. I looked at the label, as I hadn’t seen the name of it yet. Ah. No need to steep it longer, this is the right color. There is no tea in this!

She was surprised and I had to explain what it means when the tin says tisane, and how it must have camellia sinensis of some sort in there to be called “tea.” This is why it was classified as a tisane on the tin.

This had a very true, rich, chocolate aroma, as it consists of nothing but cacao shells. It is fairly light and we drank it without additions. We paired it fruit – blueberries and melon cubes.

I think real chocoholics would love this. This is not a rich, creamy, hot chocolate-y type of tisane so don’t think of things like Florence from Harney and Chocolate Cream by Tea Frog. This has lots of dry unsweetened cocoa flavor and a slight edge of bitterness that coffee lovers would enjoy. It was good, but I do prefer TEA!

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drank Totem by Capital Teas
1212 tasting notes

Back in December, the Yelp elite event of the month was dinner at a pop-up restaurant followed by Totem. Cirque du Soleil, FOR FREE. I was all over that as I’ve never seen a Cirque show. It was Totem! So when Amy oh offered me this in a swap I had to have it.

This tea is nothing like Totem in my opinion. Then again I have no idea what the point of Totem was other than to make me feel inferior and useless as I will never ever be able to flip bowls on gigantic unicycles or roller skate around in a 1.5 meter wide platform.

Hot, this is not so great. It really has no flavor to it other than that it’s tart. I let it cool off and it was WAY better to have iced. It was still tart but it actually had flavors to it, mostly the papaya at this point.

I really am not a fan of green/mate blends and I’m glad this actually worked out with Capital Teas’ instructions.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Jade Dynasty by Capital Teas
52 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
1850 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
1850 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
1850 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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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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90
drank Milk Oolong by Capital Teas
341 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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89
drank Chesapeake Sunrise by Capital Teas
2776 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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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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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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