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Except for Margaret’s Hope second flush Darjeeling , Chamraj Estate Nilgiri and Kenilworth Ceylon, I have long considered myself a dyed in the wool drinker of Chinese tea. I had relegated Assam teas to use for medicinal purposes. You know, like when you’ve only had a couple of hours sleep and need a good jolt of caffeine to re establish your vital signs.

My new found curiosity for Assam tea was awakened recently after reading an article online about the central role of Assam in East Frisian tea culture. So, brimming with anticipation, I trotted myself over to Carytown Teas, a true jewel in the crown of Richmond’s tea scene, and purchased their Organic Assam. And today – Holy low barometric pressure, Batman! What a day to reacquaint myself with this tea. Lots of storms – heavy rain, wind, roaring thunder and lightning. Ideal weather for a brilliant Assam such as this! I’d almost swear that the stormy North Sea was right around the corner from my house today!

This tea is rich. Malty, of course, along with smooth caramel notes and pastry. Quite a bit of yummy pastry actually. There was a mild fruitiness in the aroma and flavor that for the world reminded me of cherry Danish. There was some very mild bitterness, but it actually complimented the unexpected fruitiness of this tea. With the addition of milk and a little sugar, I believe that I had a perfect Assam experience. Oh, and it definitely obliterated my fatigue!

Now, my next project is to attempt to drink it in true East Frisian fashion, or at least as close as this Virginia boy can reproduce it, by blending it with a little bit of Darjeeling and/or Ceylon. I’ll need some rock sugar candy and some heavy cream too. That’s for another day though, but I do believe that this beautiful Assam will be perfect for it.

Bottom line – Carytown Tea’s Organic Assam is a beautiful, richly flavored and sturdy Assam that is a joy to drink!

Now, another cup to enjoy the stormy day.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Pastries, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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96
drank Black Currant by Carytown Teas
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Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Nice, grassy/earthy flavor. It’s got a little smokiness, but very mildly so. I like it better than the tuo cha.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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99
drank Paris by Carytown Teas
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100

This Yunnan is a rich, full bodied tea with cocoa, honey, sweet potato and raisin
sweetness. The chocolate jumps right out at you. You don’t have to search for it. This tea is a prime example of why I love Chinese teas so much. Bamboo Temple is the perfect autumn cup and would do justice to a fine Thanksgiving Day dinner served with or after dessert. Do yourself a favor and worship at The Temple. You’ll be thankful you did!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Cacao, Chocolate, Custard, Fig, Honey, Jam, Raisins, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, White Chocolate, Yams

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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100

In the familiar old desert island scenario, Margaret’s Hope Estate Second Flush Darjeeling would, without a doubt, be my one tea of choice. To take it further, I believe that tea lovers who have lived a good life, upon arrival in heaven, are handed a cup of this ethereal elixir by St. Peter at the pearly gates. This Darjeeling is most exquisitely luscious – Hauntingly floral with a pronounced sweet muscatel flavor. Honey, fruit and nut flavors add to the pleasant and soft complexity with a mild astringency at the end that I find quite enjoyable. This is my perfect tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Muscatel, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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50

So, I bought a couple ounces of this because I really liked the tuo cha I tried from Upton, and this didn’t require shipping, etc. It’s not bad, but the flavor is very mild compared to that one. I’ll drink through the rest of what I have, but I’ll be looking for another tuo cha (or just ordering some from Upton) in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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60

Super old sample sipdown… Thanks to Shmiracles for sharing this with me long ago!

I didn’t really care for it, unfortunately. Might be because I don’t love orange teas very much. I did like Davidstea’s chocolate orange, so maybe chocolate would have helped this one.

It was really musty and dusty and murky and putting orange flavouring on top of that didn’t make it taste any better to me. Like sticking an orange air freshener in a dank old basement….you never can hide that mustiness.

Not the pu-erh for me, I guess!
Though I appreciate getting to try it :)

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Mixed the rest of this with some of the old Davidstea version (pre lemongrass), to top it up, and cold brewed it.

I left it two days because I didn’t feel like drinking cold tea yesterday.
It was understandably bitter, I left it too long without straining it. But it was amazing coconutty and creamy so I will definitely do it again and just remove it sooner.

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This is a very old sample sent from Shmiracles back in the day before I got pregnant and stopped drinking tea for a year or so.

Not sure what makes this one different, but I didn’t like it quite as much as the original Coconut oolong from Davidstea (before they brought it back with the unnecessary addition of lemongrass).

This one seemed a bit more floral. I used 85 degree water and steeped for three minutes. Maybe two minutes would be less oolongy.

Either way, decent! I think I will cold brew the rest :)

A long overdue thanks to Shmiracles for the sample!

mj

“unnecessary addition of lemongrass”: totally agree! WHY?? To me, that’s the reason I do not like DT’s Coconut Oolong AT ALL

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79
drank Mistie's Blend by Carytown Teas
1774 tasting notes

An adult version of cocoa? Yes please!

I wish I had tried this sooner, but I didin’t realize what it was. It’s delicious! Thank you, Shmiracles! It was nice and chocolately before I added milk. It was creamy and rich.

Down to 222

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75
drank Chocolate Mint by Carytown Teas
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More minty than chocolate flavored, next time I’ll have it iced.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

I think Shmiracles sent me this one a loong loooong time ago. It smells heavenly! The flavor is amazing. It has that nice buttery oolong flavor tied with toasty coconut. The flavor is so rich it reminds me of some type of cookie or dessert. It’s super creamy and smooth. I really, really like this one! Thank you!

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88
drank Mistie's Blend by Carytown Teas
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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88
drank Mistie's Blend by Carytown Teas
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Mistie's Blend by Carytown Teas
674 tasting notes

Ohh this is delicious! I picked up a small bag as a mother’s day gift. I think it might be the first time I’ve had a cocoa blend, and I am a FAN. I brewed it a bit too weak, so I didn’t get much if any rose flavor, but the hazelnut really makes the tea. Def going on my wishlist!

Flavors: Cocoa, Nuts

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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88
drank Paris by Carytown Teas
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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88
drank Paris by Carytown Teas
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Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Apricot by Carytown Teas
750 tasting notes

had this for breakfast.
it might be my favorite carytown tea to date.
no lie.

vacation starts tomorrow.
i am currently in my office at work waiting out a tornado warning.
i’m passing the time by shopping for Hawkeye t-shirts.
there are so many i’m having a very hard time picking just 1 or 2.
i will also keep looking for a shirt with Phil Coulson in space from the #2 recent Secret Avengers comic. it’s only a matter of time.

TeaBrat

stay safe!

MissB

Oh gosh. Stay safe! Was in my first tornado a few summers back, waited it out in a truck stop in Northern Saskatchewan. Super scary, yet the locals seemed unphased.

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80
drank Apricot by Carytown Teas
101 tasting notes

I have apricot tea and apricot tartlette cookies, and my whole desk smells like apricots. Yay, vacation tomorrow with Shmiracles! South Beach ahoy. Essentials for the beach: Kindle filled with slash fic & Thomas Harris & poetry, Hannibal & beach music playlists, Timolino, ceviche. I did make an awesome playlist, I have to say – all euro synth and goth poetry and cheeky humor. I’ll add you to my instagram? I’m giraffodil there.

OMGsrsly

I’ll add you to my instagram! :)

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80
drank Apricot by Carytown Teas
101 tasting notes

I was all, I need some Chinese black tea to help me with my life crisis. And Carytown was all, we use that in most of our black tea blends, like Apricot and Black Rose. And I was all, I knew I loved you guys for a reason. I also got apricot tea biscuits and stuff to make my lunches, but I forgot them all at home this morning. Life crisis.

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79

Thanks Schmiracles for the surprise sample of this in our swap!

This tea has three things that I love, chocolate, nuts, and flowers. I am mostly getting the chocolate and the rose in the sip, but not a very distinct rose, which is good because rose isn’t my favourite flavour. I am only getting the hazelnut in the aftertaste. I like that I can detect the things that I’m supposed to in this tea, that doesn’t often happen for me.

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