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90

I got this in the May TeaLove box and was pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. I keep reaching for it every morning. Will probably reorder when I run out.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

The aroma and taste of this one makes my soul smile!! Absolutely love it!! What an incredible way to start the day!!!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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75

My son and I had this together this evening. He’s turning into quite the tea fan!

I enjoyed this one. I love the flat, dried leaves—they remind me of small feathers or dried, pressed flowers! The tea itself has a familiar, vegetal taste to it. Slightly bitter, but I think that is from steeping it longer than I should’ve. I did 4 grams for 12 oz of water and steeped for almost three minutes. I should’ve steeped for a shorter time.

The flavor is typical for other green teas I’ve had and comes through very clearly. I didn’t notice any additional flavors beyond the vegetal nature of the tea. Based on the product’s description when I bought it, I was expecting a chestnut flavor as well but didn’t find it. The liquor has a golden yellow hue. This will be a good one to have during the hot summer months coming up.

I found it refreshing and enjoyed it!

Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Years of the strong black stuff have burned out my taste buds so that I don’t catch all the subtleties of green and white tea that others do, but dragonwell always hits whatever green sweet spot I do have.

teepland

gmathis: I am glad it isn’t just me! I mostly drink black teas so maybe I am having the same problem you have. I am also glad I have this Dragonwell tea for when I am in the mood for a mild green tea!

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95

It smells very minty, and when brewed the mint and licorice root blend together wonderfully!! I let the leaves sit in my travel mug for awhile to brew (not exactly sure for how long), and the more the leaves steeped the better the tea got imo!!

Flavors: Apple, Licorice, Mint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 6 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

It tastes very mellow, and is a good tea to drink while busy because as it cools the flavors are enhanced (in my opinion)! It’s not the cheapest tea, but a little tea goes a long way with this blend!

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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77
drank Roasted Almond by Capital Teas
603 tasting notes

Got this as a recent sample. It is very reminiscent of David’s Forever Nuts, but Forever Nuts just seems a little stronger, a little more all around apple-cinnamon-buttery. Still good, but you know, not seeing anything here that would make me want to switch from the original.

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70

Tried this again today and found the rose flavor overpowering. It even gave me a headache. Decided that I just can’t do this one anymore. :(

loudao

I understand. I just had an oolong the other day that was like drinking perfume. I hope you feel better.

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70

Did some yard work today and all the flowering trees inspired me to finally try this tea I purchased a few weeks ago. The bergamot is a bit overpowering but compliments the flavor of the rose petals well — a good combination. I was surprised by the creamy flavor hidden behind the bergamot as well — I wasn’t expecting that. It’s slightly bitter, but that could be my own fault — I’ll try a shorter steep next time.

Overall, it is pretty good, but not something I’ll have regularly. It’s a good evening tea, even though it is caffeinated. The flavor reminds me of a spring evening so it is perfect for tonight.

Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Flowers, Rose

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

Today was a sipdown of this one, sadly. It has become one of my favorites in the past few weeks.

I knew I was getting low but I saved just one final serving until I thought I was going to have something similar on my shelf. I saw that my order of a similar tea had shipped and was finally in my state, so I decided to have the last of this tea this morning.

After I finished the tea and got to work, though, I checked the status of my order and saw that it now says that the package needs to clear Customs before being released for delivery. Damn. They always say, “don’t count your chickens before they hatch…” :(

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95

Okay—the more I drink this, the more I like it. Even as I have been trying single-estate second flushes from other estates, this tea is the one I keep coming back to when I am in the mood for a second flush Darjeeling. It helps that I have been experimenting with the quantity of tea leaf used per water volume and I am at the amount which matches my taste.

While my original rating wasn’t low, I am still raising the number since this truly has become one of my favorites.

Flavors: Astringent, Muscatel, Wet Rocks, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

The more I have this tea, the more I am appreciating it. I don’t know if I’d want it immediately in the morning, but I have been brewing it during my afternoons at work and am enjoying it more and more. It is just a light, fresh tea—perfect for the afternoon/early evening. I especially enjoy the wet rocks/muscatel flavor, which is particularly noticeable with this tea as compared to other second flush Darjeeling teas I’ve had. I know “wet rocks” doesn’t sound all that appealing, but it really is a fresh flavor—like rain.

Flavors: Muscatel, Wet Rocks

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

Has a woody flavor with an undertone of wet stone. Muscatel. The scent of the brewed tea reminds me of a rain shower. The aftertaste is very slightly astringent—probably because I brewed it longer than I should’ve…? That said, I actually do like this tea and would rank it as one of the better darjeelings that I’ve had! It has a pure taste and strong, dark color. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make it this morning as I was more in the mood for a malty Assam, but I am glad I did. I will gladly finish off my supply and look to buy more in the future.

Flavors: Astringent, Muscatel, Wet Rocks, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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81

Super yummy treat!!! Can not say enough good things about this tea!! Very unique and decadent!!

Flavors: Chocolate, Wet Earth

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

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80

This reminds me of David’s Three Wishes and Buddha’s Blend, but less flowery, which was nice. The fruitiness has a chance to come through, and the white/green base holds up well. It’s slightly astringent, but not bad. I’m sure this would work well iced, it has a classic summer vibe.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74

Sipdown. Not extraordinary, but I did warm to this one several cups again. A decent flavored black.

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74

I do get a bit of biscotti, but mostly this tastes like almond extract. It’s well-balanced with the rest of the tea, so it’s not bad, but it’s not exciting either. The Almond Pistachio Cookie tea is definitely superior to this one, but they both have the same underwhelming base.

Reviewing my Capital Teas order as a whole, I would say it’s been mildly good. Nothing was bad, but nothing was amazing. The real bone I would pick with them is price. Their quality is (at best) on par with Harney and Sons, but they are twice as expensive as H&S. What’s up with that? I got this order on sale, so I don’t feel cheated, but I really don’t see myself paying full price for this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
603 tasting notes

Sipdown. This was a very nice tea to have around. Not like a show-stopper tea, but a very comfortable, cozy tea to sip on. I really enjoyed how earthy the cherry was — so many cherry flavorings have that kind of almond bite to them, but this was mellow. Over all, Capital Teas seemed overpriced to me, so I don’t see myself becoming a big time customer, but if they are having a sale I will probably snap this up.

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85
drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
603 tasting notes

Not sure how the tea came by this name, because as others have noted, it mostly tastes like cherry. It’s almost an earthy kind of cherry. This one strikes a very nice balance with the base, and I can see why it’s one of Capital Teas most popular offerings.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Another sipdown. Sorry to see this one go. The base really needs to be punched up but I like the cookie flavor. I’m pretty sure this is one of those Metropolitan teas, so at least it’s available from several places.

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78

Capital Teas was having a fantastic sale, so I decided to take the plunge and try a few. They have some very chic packaging, so that was a fun surprise when I opened the box.

I really adore Lupicia’s Cookie tea, but it was sort of hard on my stomach (it’s meant to be drunk with milk, but I hate milk) so I’ve been looking around for a substitute. The good news is this definitely smells and tastes like cookies. But while Lupicia’s was punchy strong, this is quite mild, especially the base. It’s really too mild to get excited about, but it’s still overall a pleasant tea. If I could find a tea that landed smack dab between this tea and Lupicia’s, I would be a happy camper.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Last day of this tea, as this steeping is finally the sipdown. While my feelings about this tea did slightly improve since my first review of it, the tea still isn’t near to being one of my favorites and I won’t be purchasing more for my cupboard. Overall, a good enough tea for most mornings, but nothing outstanding. :/

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70

This was a good tea but not as high quality as I expected. The leaves are very dry out of the bag. Has a woody flavor, with a honey aftertaste. There’s even a very slight butter taste to it. Tastes a bit tired — not very exciting.

Looking on the Capital Teas website, I don’t even see this as being offered online anymore. I bought this yesterday at 40% off in one of their stores, so maybe that is why it was on sale — this is the leftover product from an old shipment. That would explain why it seems tired and dry.

Overall, I’ve had better Assam teas.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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82

The leaves seem young as some still have trichromes on some of the buds. The color is a nice bright gold. The flavor is floral and sweet . On the second steep the floral flavor intensifies while the honey like sweetness plays a bit of catch up. The color grows a bit more copper. The third steep the floral and honey notes reach a balance . Over all this tea is very good.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I will agree somewhat with a previous user on the taste of this tea – someone described the taste as “spicy bubblegum” – it tastes like bubblegum (and not in a good way) but is not that spicy. Let me explain my reference for what I think is spicy – I grow my own fresh thai, cayenne, habanero, anaheim and jalapeno peppers at home in my garden. I am a big fan of spicy things in general. I had high hopes for this tea, but after trying it I looked more closely at the ingredients ( green tea, green & roasted maté, South African rooibos, rosebuds, blossoms (safflower, marigold, peony, and cornflower), ginseng root, chili peppers, carrot flakes, mango and pineapple cubes (mango, pineapple, sugar), mango and pineapple flakes, dried orange and tangerine pieces, dried strawberry, almond and other flavoring ) and was truly saddened to see that although it had so many wonderful -sounding ingredients none of them really shone through. Was also miffed that it did not specifically state what kind of chiles were in the tea – chiles have varying levels of spice depending on the variety. Steeped with boiling water for 8-10 minutes.

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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