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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
590 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

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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85

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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85

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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80
drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
590 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

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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70

This is one of my go-to black teas at work. It is decent for the price

Flavors: Astringent

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Figgy Pudding by Capital Teas
8 tasting notes

I adore this tea. The fig isn’t overpowering, the cherry taste is lovely and natural. My favorite tea from Capital.

Flavors: Cherry, Fig

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

This is another selection that my better half brought back to me from her trip to the nation’s capital. I have a feeling the name of the tea company is no coincidence.

When I opened the container, expecting a bergamot and/or cream aroma to flood out, I got something completely different, yet familiar. Flowers again! There were little blue flowers spread throughout the container of short black leaves. The Capital Teas website says they are cornflower petals. I assume it was the smell of those petals that totally defeated any competition from bergamot or cream.

I followed Capital’s brewing instructions and steeped the leaves (and petals) for five minutes at 195 degrees. There wasn’t much brewed aroma of any kind. The color was amber.

The first sip provided a mild flowery taste and not much else. After that, I could taste the Ceylon tea AND the flowers. I don’t know why, but I have detected a slight twang of astringency in almost every Ceylon tea I’ve tried, and this one was no exception. The astringency wasn’t overpowering but it was noticeable. I also really had to shake down my palate to find the bergamot in this blend.

All in all, I would say this tea is okay. It’s not exciting. The flavor is medium-strength. And, if you bought this product because you experienced a severe bergamot and Earl Grey craving, you might be disappointed.

Flavors: Flowers, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I had enough for another cup of this, and though I was not overly enamored of my first attempt at pu-erh, I decided it was worth it to try it again.
And I’m glad I did! I used a bit less leaf, and steeped it less aggressively, and this time a creamier cup came out, with notes of the toffee, as promised!
I still don’t think I’m going to be leaping into the world of pu-erh, but I might mosey in.
Just goes to show that, if you can, always give tea a second chance.
Sipdown!

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My goal to taste all the teas (currently in my cupboard) is mostly an exciting challenge! Look at this tea! Didn’t it sound good when you got it? Why havn’t you tried it yet? Get crackin!
And then there are the teas that I have trepidation.
Poor pu-erh, a teas that I live in apprehension over. Its probably not pu-ehr’s fault, I’ve hardly had any of it. But I cant move past the idea that this is a tea that is Not For Me.
No good reason there.
Super Starling! sent me this, as we share a love of all things sweet, but though caramel and toffee sound delightful, I’m wavering at the pu-erh.
But I’m being brave, so I brewed it.
I don’t taste a single note of caramel or toffee, alas. Just te pu-erh, which remains not my favorite. Oh well.

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95
drank Lapsang Souchong by Capital Teas
204 tasting notes

My thoughtful and caring wife brought this tea back for me after her business trip to Washington, D.C. It was even NICER of her to do it when you consider how much she HATES the smell and taste of smoky teas.

Personally, I LOVE smoky teas- when they are produced correctly. They shouldn’t be overpowering to the point that you feel like you fell into a campfire. And, they shouldn’t be so weak that you feel like you need to rub two sticks together to create your own campfire effect.

This tea came in a black metal tin similar to the containers that package Harney & Sons teas. Whether that was done on purpose or not, it did give me the impression that I was about to partake in some classy tea.

When I removed the lid for the first time, a wonderful and potent smoky aroma filled the room (much to my wife’s nausea). To me, the smell was blissful. It was like the inside of a smokehouse where rows and rows of fine pork hang as they wait to become barbecue.

I followed the container’s brewing instructions for black tea and steeped the black leaves for three minutes at 195 degrees. Both the time and temperature seemed a little light-weight to me but I always give the manufacturer the benefit of the doubt…on the first steeping.

The steeped aroma was also delightful, conjuring memories of the great campfires I sat around while a Boy Scout. At the other extreme, my wife had to leave the room at this point, her nausea too much for her to endure. The brewed hue was dark like maple syrup.

From the first sip to the bottom of two cups, this tea was just a joy to drink. The smokiness in the flavor was at the perfect pitch. Powerful and booming, but extremely pleasant. In spite of the mighty presence of the smoky taste, it was also smooth with no astringency to be found.

My wife clearly showed me that this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). However, if you find smoky teas as delicious as I do, you will love this one. I HIGHLY recommend it!

Flavors: Smoke, Smoked

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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