318 Tasting Notes

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This is easily one of the best Earl Grey/EG blends I’ve tried. SO DELICIOUS. Surprisingly light for a black tea. The bergamot wasn’t overpowering, and the floral taste is so light that it acts as more of a garnish than an actual flavor. Lovely.

(Also, please please I hope Capital Teas keeps this one in stock for a while, even after royal wedding fever has died down. It’s delicious.)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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84

I fell in love with the smell of this and had to have some. Steeped, the tea is pretty delicious. The blueberry taste is not as strong as the other blueberry rooibos I’ve tried (Teavana) but I really like this too. And with a spoonful of sugar, delicious, though it was also drinkable without.

Preparation
8 min or more

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drank Detox Tea by Capital Teas
318 tasting notes

This was the free sample today when I wandered into their Dupont Circle location this morning. It was nice but wasn’t something I’d normally drink. It was very herby, and tasted almost medicinal. I think it would have been better iced.

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76
drank Osmanthus Oolong by Mandala Tea
318 tasting notes

I was a little worried about how this would taste because the smell of the dried tea was so cloyingly sweet. I shouldn’t have worried. The osmanthus was present, and there is an additional oily taste that I’m not used to in oolong, but overall it complements the oolong rather than overpowers is.

It’s not my favorite oolong – it is missing some of the subtleties that I enjoy – but it’s very good.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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48

I tried this again with a spoonful of sugar. It’s okay. The sugar overpowers the chai flavor, but I remember that I didn’t much care for the tea without sugar. Maybe some cream would help it?

I finished the cup this time! I didn’t last time.

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec

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63
drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
318 tasting notes

Tried this for a third time. This time, I brewed 1 tsp of this plus 1 tsp of rooibos with 1 tsp of rock sugar in 16 oz of water. It was vastly more drinkable than the previous times I had tried drinking this tea alone.

The almond flavor is definitely still present throughout the tea, and the sugar enhances the rooibos and the other flavors in the Amandine Rose.

I think I’ve finally doctored this tea in a way I actually like it. I’m bumping up my score for this tea a bit in reaction, tho I wish I hadn’t had to nearly jump through hoops to make this drinkable.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Christina

This was my first tea of the day and I had it with a bit of rock sugar and really liked it.

Debbie

I think you have more tolerance to blends than I do.

Christina

Yes, I think so… You’ll be getting a lot of blends from me, but I think they’re very good ones (they’re almost all teas I restock as soon as I finish them, so I would say they’re at the top of the blend-tastiness hierarchy. Perhaps that means they’ll taste better to you than the average blend?).

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84

This tea is so pretty to look at in the little spice jar I put them in. The pearls are large about as wide as my thumbnail, and patterned brown and black. The smell is lovely too. The jasmine comes right to the front.

Steeped three pearls in 16 oz of water for five minutes, per the instructions on the label.

This is amazingly smooth and mellow for a black tea. Jasmine taste first, and as it rolls over my tongue, I taste a little woodsy/earth, and then a hint of bitterness as I swallow. This is just a beautiful tea.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tropical Nut Paradise by Teavana
318 tasting notes

I made this iced with a 1:2 ratio of sugar to tea.
This is lovely. Not overly sweet. I can definitely taste the nuts (less so the fruit). I refreshing summer drink.

Preparation
8 min or more

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58

I was sent an oz of this free with my order. This was a reserve tea that they were giving away as part of a promotion.

I will caveat my review by saying I’m not the world’s biggest black tea fan.

The flavor is very subtle. It starts off tasting like what I’d consider a typical black tea to taste like, and then the nuances start coming out. There is almost a bitter taste that fades into almost sour. It plays on the border between drinkable/undrinkable for me but never quite crosses over the line.

I imagine black tea drinkers would love this one. Unfortunately, that’s not really me.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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78

Calm, relaxing — I am feeling so mellow right now after drinking a cup of this. It’s a bit spearminty (again, I have to question if this is contamination from the other teas in my order but it’s yummy as all get all). I can see myself sinking into a bubble bath while enjoying a cup of this and just blocking out the world. Bliss.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens. For the most part, I don’t like straight black tea, but appreciate it as part of a blend or flavored. I’ve learned to love the world of flavored teas out there.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I started drinking for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Love: Oolong, almond, coconut, peach
Hate: Ginger

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