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drank Jin Jun Mei by Capital Tea Ltd.
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86
drank Jin Jun Mei by Capital Tea Ltd.
8861 tasting notes

My computer is being terrible so i need to write another note on this soon but this is one of the teas in my package of teas to review for the Toronto Tea festival. Want. Moar. Seriously, this was delicious enough for me to want to order some for myself beyond the sample that i have. Will write more when i have it again!

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GCTTB6

I pulled this from the box since it has just enough leaf for a latte and today, as it poured outside, a warm gingery latte sounded just right. This was alright. Regular black tea with some ginger flavor. It did what it needed to so no complaints but it’s nothing to write home about either. Still I enjoyed trying it tonight so thank you to the kind soul who shared it (I would investigate who is was if I was on my laptop).

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As far as I can tell, this doesn’t have strawberries in it, but it’s called Strawberry Lane and it actually tastes like strawberry. Or rather, things that are said to be strawberry, like strawberry candy and strawberry soda. It doesn’t have an artificial vibe though, it’s just a strange mix of fruits that somehow combine to impersonate a completely different fruit. The other main note is coconut. It reminds me a lot of David’s Strawberry Colada, but this is the better version, because Capital Teas wisely leaves out the hibiscus. It is slightly on the weak side — I’ll probably try using 2 tsps next time — but overall a nice cup.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample from Evolvingness

I have to say that this is a pretty tasty black tea. I’m not quite sure i’m getting exactly mango…there are a few notes in this that remind me of peach teas, but it’s NOT peach. What it is though, is a lovely light, refreshing black tea. I think a little sweetner in this would really make the flavour pop. I’d also be interested in seeing how this brews cold. Nice cup for this late morning. :) thanks evol!

Evol Ving Ness

Delighted that you are enjoying this one, Sil. Interesting that the mango is not coming through for you because for me, it’s seriously mango, as in MANGO. :)

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I cannot believe that I haven’t yet written notes about this tea. It is one of my standbys—most especially when I want a good cup of tea for either home or to go and I don’t want to have to make a decision. Grabbing this one is always a win. The flavour is very juicy mango with just enough support for the black tea to come through in each sip. Let me say that again—-very juicy sweet and lovely mango. I always steep briefly, ie. two minutes or so, for best effect. And another plus, it travels nicely throughout the day in either my travel mug or thermos.

Flavors: Mango

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

hahahaha i totally pulled this one out to drink today before seeing your post.

Evol Ving Ness

Jinx!

Good thing I posted the tea on Steepster. Yes, yes, call me an enabler. :)

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85

Total plagiarism ahead.

Yum. Fruity malty Assam. :)

Flavors: Fruity, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Yes.

I am fairly new to Darjeeling teas, but find myself craving the muscatel with gentle nuances of caramel and raisin on days such as today. It’s a bit cool and damp out there thankfully after the killer humid blasts we had earlier in the week. I haven’t been particularly well the past few weeks, so a quiet day with tea and contemplation is just what is needed.

Flavors: Caramel, Muscatel, Raisins

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Seem to have a passion for smoky teas these days despite the glorious weather. Can’t seem to wrap my head around there being bergamot in this blend. To me, it’s cherry. And cherry tends to equal here, have some chocolate.

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I had packed this one up in a travel mug for another long long day out in the world. To me, and this is my first cup mind, it tastes of subtle smoke with hints of dark cherry, as if the idea were to imitate the Eastern European approach to drinking strong black tea: with a spoon or two of thick cherry preserve alongside your tiny glass of tea to alternate between the intense sweetness of one and the intense savoury punch of the other. The base is lighter than I had expected though perhaps this is to do with my brief steeping.

When I got home and checked the tea description, I was surprised to discover that bergamot flavours this tea. Well, hey, first impressions and all. I’ll need to give a proper review during my next proper sipping.

Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Wood, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

Did you buy this at the fair? I didn’t know RC had the blerg in it. Always thought it was a blend with Lapsang, for those who want a milder smokey tea

Evol Ving Ness

Nope, I bought this during my most recent order. If you recall, I do have an obsession with their Vanilla Black and a few others, so I tend to throw a few surprise teas into my order when I replenish my supply of standards. Also, I like the owners, lovely people who do a fine job in appreciating their clients.

Indigobloom

Yes I couldn’t agree more!! I adore the owners. I have a tradition of buying Assams from them every tea festival

Evol Ving Ness

Nice work. Support what you want to see more of. <——someone said this, not me, but I am too lazy to google at the mo.

Evol Ving Ness

hmm, the rest of my comment disappeared. I had said that the above is someone else’s words but I am too lazy to google.

Evol Ving Ness

ie. “Support what you want to see more of.”

Indigobloom

That’s a good quote! Hate it when comments vamoose. Ack!

Evol Ving Ness

Maybe it is celebrate rather than support.

Indigobloom

Either one works for me :)

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Another review with pretty close notes to what I get: Butter, Fruity, Malt, and White Raisins. It also had the usual dry basil smell and taste that I associate with Darjeelings. I got two solid cups, and one third lighter cup western starting out at two minutes fifteen seconds, 6 oz of water, one medium teaspoon. I loved that this was a lighter black. Thanks Evol!

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drank Ginger Black Tea by Capital Tea Ltd.
1811 tasting notes

GCTTB (round 6) entry

Steeps a deep orange brown. No ginger flavour to be found, however. I like to snack on candied ginger, so that was a bit disappointing.

Black base was bitter and overly tannic. I recommend a shorter steep time for anyone trying this for the first time. Tastes like a really generic black tea, but no malt or anything interesting.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Tannic, Tannin

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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2 tsp for 500mL water @90C, steeped three minutes.

I received a sample of this tea as part of the Toronto Tea Festival 2017 Tasting Box — Oolong Tea.

Dry leaf: tightly rolled, light ot medium green. An unfortunate whiff of condensed tomato soup in the scent.

Wet leaf: gorgeous long and twisty medium green leaves with some stems. Vegetal aroma, edging to briny.

I need to say this upfront: I generally don’t enjoy vegetal and brothy teas. Sometimes I think of soup; sometimes I think of scallops. So I’m not sure I can fairly review a tea with such qualities.

Liquor, first infusion: palest green, almost a pale yellow. Vegetal and slightly briny aroma: buttered greens, faint whiff of scallops. Delicate taste of buttered greens with a sweet and floral finish. After swallowing, however, I get a dominant vegetal taste left in the mouth. Not getting much of a floral aroma.

As the tea cools, some mineral notes come out. Vegetal dominates.

If you like a vegetal green or oolong, this will probably suit you.

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GCTTB DAY 6

Wow, I am staying waaaaay past my bedtime literally planning out my cups of tea – how many, at what time of day, which teas, what order – and going through and eliminating all the teas I won’t have time to try. I just realized I hadn’t written tasting notes for two teas I drank yesterday when I stayed home from work…. I mean Monday. It’s Wednesday now. -_-Ugh, someone please hit the pause button. I need more days in the week.

I remember this was a rather strange oolong. It kind of did smell and taste vaguely like milk, which I just found too weird to be tasting in herbally infused water. It wasn’t bad per se, but the oolong didn’t have the traditional deep earthy woodsiness to it that I was expecting. The favours seemed to be on one level of depth, with the scent of milk. Interesting, but not for me.

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When I first started drinking loose leaf tea, I began with black tea with milk and sugar. Someone suggested a golden monkey as being super sweet, so I bought some and added sugar. YUCK! I tried honey. YUCK! I felt betrayed by the tea-recommending stranger.

Then I tasted it plain and went….“Oooooh, this is delicious! It really is sweet on its own.” And I haven’t looked back. Now it is rarer than rare for me to add sugar to tea.

My favorite GM teas are Harney and Sons and Teavivre’s. This is a nice one, too. Much better than Teavana’s! We had it with Inside Out Pumpkin Muffins at tea time today and it was a great pairing. I hadn’t realized how wonderfully Golden Monkey would pair with pumpkin! I simply chose a good plain black tea for starters as usual, but I think I will keep this pairing in mind because a lot of our desserts will be pumpkin theme for the next couple of months.

Doug F

I love GM teas as well. Upton also has some nice ones.

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Today I celebrate that the killer humidity has abated, with gentle cool breezes even. I could have worn sleeves today, it was so nice out.

Sugar cane with the vaguest hint of apricot in the first steep, or so my deliriously contented tastebuds told me. Super fab.

I am on my third steep now and have just eaten a maple sugar walnut tart. Heaven all round.

Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Sugarcane

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I had some hidden and was in the mood for it. I had to try it lighter again after all.

I used a really small tea spoon and did not let it steep over 2 minutes. It tastes like a vanilla black tea, but it was more custardy with a cherry aftertaste in the light astringency. I am going to be happy with what I have left. :)

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Thanks Evol!

This one was way too astringent for me. The vanilla bean and strong cherry undertone of the black tea were pretty nice, but the astringency coupled with the vanilla turned it into something like molasses. It is naturally sweet and the chocolate notes really aren’t too off, it’s just too strong. A splash of milk did tone it down nicely though.

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I was going to be patient, but this little package begged to drink. One smell, and I recognized the high mountain peach scent of the dry leaf.

This was a high quality tea that you could Gong Fu or steep Western. The 15 sec rinse yielded a creamy mouthfeel that some might call floral. It was a little bit fruity, maybe something like coconut or peach, but was silky smooth and lubricating. Four more cups later, which will soon be five (that turned to six), and I got a lovely array of flavors. I went from 30 seconds to “over steeping” it quick. The over steep yielded something like the Misty Mountain, and I can only guess that this was a Qin Xin varietal since it has the creamy peach note.

In summary: a lovely high mountain oolong with a great mouth feel, and all the usually awesome dimensions of its varietal. The fruitiness and florals were more subsided than I’ve had in others, but the lilac was incredibly present in the aroma. Mouthfeel dominates with a very light fruity sweetness. I’ve had sweeter ones before, but again, it really doesn’t matter because of the mouthfeel. I would probably use this as an introduction to high mountain oolongs for a newb since it’s so flexible to brew. Not too sure about the price. I am sure of the joy of sampling this, and how awesome Evol Ving Ness is!

Evol Ving Ness

hehehehe :)

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Interesting. I decided to Gong Fu this whole sample too since the scent was faint in the bag. I could maybe tell it was a Jin Xuan with ginseng even without the “milk scent” indicating that possibility. Or it could be a Tie Guan Yin with the creamy florals. It’s on the greener side anyway, but still earthy.

The first steep had an interesting taste and smell. Some floral lilacs with a powerful sweet and earthy ginseing, and some creamy hints. The liqour itself was definitely a green milky oolong with the ginseng slowly opening up into a fruity character. The combined profile was like a hot liquid version of a Pina Colada Jamba Juice-but with stronger hints of other tropical fruit. I could be over describing the sweet ginseng-but something like papaya, mango-or barely pineapple.

The next few cups were a swish back and forth from spinach, minerals, to the florals, and the tropicals. A part of me wonders if I was less impulsive and brewed this western with less leaves: that is, if I would have gotten a more subtle tea. I probably would have gotten the same thing, or so I think as I sip.

Glad that this was a sample because I’m not a huge fan of ginseng oolongs. This, however, made me rethink the dimensions that ginseng can yield with a greener oolong. I’m pretty impressed with the topical fruit character that this tea was able to yield, and am glad to have had it. Thank you Evol Ving Ness!

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I’ve been ridden with a cough for a few days now. It won’t let me sleep, despite nyquil or drops.
Anyhow. This was my breakfast tea. A good solid cuppa. I can’t recall much as it was pretty much a vehicle to soothe my throat. Steeped it for five min or so, normally I go closer to three min.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope that passes quickly.

Indigobloom

Thank you @Evol. Today it is a constant tickle. Better than a hacking cough :)

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Doncha just love it when you can consider tea as “mediciine”???
I developed a headache earlier and was almost(but not really!) glad for the opportunity to have tea with a purpose. Seriously! Caffeine + tylenol = remedy nods

Anyhow. I decided I wanted to have this iced, with milk and a bit of honey. At first I was kinda regretting it. The flavours weren’t really working for me somehow. But after awhile things seemed to gel and I really enjoyed it! I was definitely sad when the giant mug was empty. So yeah, if you wanna try this baby cold, let it sit for awhile first :)
I guess I’ll have to write a proper review with tasting notes another time. But if I recall correctly, this is pretty mild, malty, and just a hint bready when hot.

Kristal

Glad it worked for you! The only thing I find about having teas for colds or other specific purposes is that I’m trying to decrease my cupboard number and I literally have 1 bag left of one tea that’s just waiting to get used up (that one being “coat throat”). Another tea is supposed to be an aphrodisiac and there’s maybe 2tbsps left, another a nighttime tea and there’s 3 bags. So frustrating lol.

Indigobloom

I know what you mean. I have a few that I keep and rarely have for that reason. The nice thing about this remedy though is that where the stimulant caffeine comes from doesn’t matter, as long as it gets delivered! :)

Plunkybug

I do the same thing for headaches…I always go for a straight black. I mean, you CAN buy tylenol that already has caffeine in it, but it doesn’t taste as nice as tylenol with tea. :P

Indigobloom

Hehehe totally agreed on that Plunkybug! plus it can get expensive buying so many different meds. I already spend enough on my tea :D

gmathis

My “medicine cabinet” is primarily peppermint, tulsi, and raspberry leaf, but sometimes plain ol’ straight up no-nonsense black does the trick!

Indigobloom

gmathis, right there with you! I need to bring out my cammomile more often now that my sleep is more regulated and I don’t need to worry so much about saving it for days I need it!

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