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23 Tasting Notes

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A very gentle tasting rooibos creates a neutral backdrop for sweet oranges, tart cranberries and a hint of spice in this tea. Even though all three flavors are distinct and somewhat prominent, the tea seems almost perfectly balanced. It may be one of the most balanced things I have ever tasted.

Against my better judgement since I never like spicy iced tea, I decided to try this tea cold. Luckily I rarely listen to those warning bells in my head, because this tea was great after cold brewing it overnight. Somehow the cold really highlights the sweet and tart flavors and the spiciness complements them perfectly.

While certainly anything with cranberries, orange and spice invokes Thanksgiving celebrations, I can imagine myself enjoying this tea iced on a cool spring day at the beach, as well as enjoying it hot after a fall or winter morning bike ride.

Overall, a very enjoyable, balanced experience. I will be getting more of this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Included as a sample with some other tea I’ve purchased, and I’m so glad it was.

I’ve held a pomegranate, cut one open, smelled it, ate the seeds and have had the juice, but I can’t remember exactly what it tastes like. I’ve never had a dragonfruit that I know of, so there’s that.

This tea smells tropical. Like being back at a BBQ on the beach in Aruba. It smells so good I don’t even want to put it in the water, but I do, because that’s how it works.

The aroma is significantly muted after I brew the tea, but that tropical taste is still there. I really don’t think it has anything to do with the pomegranate, but I could be wrong. There’s a small underlying taste that I associate with green tea that I think most people would call “burnt green tea.” I either don’t know how to brew green tea or I just plain don’t like unflavored green tea. I can’t taste any hint of the white tea.

So, what I’m trying to say is I like this tea quite a bit. I don’t think it tastes too much like pomegranates, if that’s what you’re looking for, but it’s a nice, tasty reminder of good weather and the beach when it’s cold and rainy out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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The base black tea is not too mild and not too strong. It has a slight malty flavor that I can’t quite place. Pumpkin is the primary flavor with background clove and cinnamon notes. A tasty treat for a cool morning that also pairs nicely with desserts.

It tastes more like pumpkin pie filling to me. There is no “crust or cookie” flavor, if that makes any sense.

I finally got brave enough to try this iced. Honestly, it came out better than I thought, but I’m not planning to make any more. I can understand why some people may enjoy it, but the iced tea doesn’t work with the spices for me.

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drank O Christmas Tea by Capital Teas
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I generally don’t like green teas unflavored, so I’m not going to describe the taste of the base tea, but as a whole, I love this tea. To me this tea tastes like Christmas. I drink it in place of Talk of the Town November – January and I look forward to it every year.

Usually I love teas with orange and nuts, and this tea is no exception. The peppercorns and the almonds combine to form a slightly spicy note that I love. I really don’t taste any orange flavor in the tea, but I’m sure it’s there.

I could probably drink this tea and Candy Cane Lane from November through January every year and not get tired of them. If that’s not high praise, I don’t know what is.

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

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First of all, two things. This tea is called Irish Rum Cream now. Secondly, I’m guessing this is supposed to taste like rum because of the name, but I don’t really drink, so I can’t tell you if it tastes like Irish rum cream or something like that, simply because I have no idea if it does or not.

I can tell you that it’s an interesting cup of tea. The base tea has a strong, malty flavor. The overall flavor is black tea combined with a flavor somewhere between coconut and vanilla. Kind of a little tropical. It’s not quite either flavor, but it reminds me of both of them.

I’ve never tried it iced, but it seems like an interesting idea.

It’s not my favorite black tea, but I’m in no way sad I have it.

I was very pleasantly surprised by the transformation after cold brewing this tea in the fridge overnight. This is almost a completely different tea when iced. I even bumped up my score a few points since I enjoyed it so much cold! The coconut really comes through to form this cool, tropical treat. I added a slice of lime for even more fun! I’m guessing it would be a big hit at a summer BBQ or something like that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
CapitalTeas

Thanks for your review John! Let us know if you try it iced.

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When it comes to tea, I’m kind of a creature of habit. I mostly know what I like and what I don’t, which is what enables me to purchase (and review) mostly teas that I know I’ll enjoy quite a bit.

One thing I have found I don’t often like are these dessert teas that taste like something else. However, during my last trip to Capital Teas I was 2 oz. short of the pound discount, I love all things pistachio and I was feeling a bit adventurous, so I decided to wander out of my tea comfort zone and give this one a try.

I’m so glad I did.

The one thing that attracted me to this tea was the smell. It had a mostly pistachio smell, along with what I think was coriander. I usually don’t like teas that smell like that, but I was all in.

I added some sweetener, which is my custom for these dessert teas.

Simply put, I have never had a tea that tasted more like a cookie before. It was great.

While I taste the almond and what I believe to be coriander, pistachio is very much the dominant flavor which is probably why I like it so much.

No dessert tea will ever taste as good as a nice iced black or hot white tea, but this one surely gets to the neighborhood!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
CapitalTeas

Thanks so much for your review John! We’re so glad you enjoyed the tea :)

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I love this tea. I love the strong peppermint flavor with the hint of vanilla. I don’t taste the cinnamon, but I bet it’s doing something important. The peppermint/vanilla really does overwhelm all the other flavors, including the green tea, but it’s so good you won’t even care.

Sometimes I wonder if I overrate this tea because it was one of my first teas beyond the simple black tea bagged stuff. Then I taste it again each November and I realize it is that good.(I only drink it 3 months a year and look forward to that first cup after Halloween way too much.)

Celestial Seasonings does some things well and some things less well, but they have this one right. They do seem to be one of the few decent tea companies I can find in the average grocery store.

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

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drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
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This tea both smells and tastes like liquid peppermint bark. I wouldn’t have believed it was possible if I didn’t taste it. I added a touch of sweetener, which I usually do when drinking teas with chocolate.

The only problem with this tea is that it both smells and tastes like liquid peppermint bark after you brew it. I’m not so sure the world needs this tea.

However, some of my coworkers love this tea. The bottom line is if you’re interested in having tea that tastes just like white chocolate peppermint bark, this is the one to go for. If not, try something else.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Cranberry by Capital Teas
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I can very clearly taste the cranberries, raspberries and somewhat mellow black tea in this blend. While there is nothing wrong with it, I was hoping for the bitterness of the tea and the tartness of the cranberries to combine in a very intense bitter cranberry taste, but instead the tea is a perfectly balanced blend of all three flavors. Not bad in any way, just not what I was hoping for.

I enjoy this tea hot, but even more iced.

I will say this – I severed this tea iced (cold brewed) over Thanksgiving and a few of my guests (not familiar with tea beyond the bagged stuff you find in a supermarket) really liked the tea and drank it at the meal instead of water. Most of them added sweetener, but to each their own.

CapitalTeas

Hi John,

Thank you for reviewing our Crannyberry Tea! We hope you’re able to try other teas from us in the near future. Happy Brewing!

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