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drank pai mu than by The Capsoul
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I´m not too knowledgeable about white tea, and this tea looks wonderful (big leaves), but I´m not so sure about the way to brew it. The tin says to use 2g and steep in water of 60ºC, for 3- 5 minutes… but I think the result is quite thin after 5 minutes, so I left it a bit longer. To get a bit of colour and hopefully also some more taste…but there, I think I´ll need some more experience with other white teas, in order to compare. Very subtle taste, and nothing too defined. To be continued…

Flavors: Green Wood

150 °F / 65 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Tangerine White Tea by The Capsoul
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My first time trying tea from this company, but not my first tangerine white tea. How does it stack up?

The dry leaf smells almost candy-ish, and I was worried it was going to be very sweet and artificial tasting. Once steeped, however, the sweetness died down a little and the tangerine is just the right level for me. The leaves are large and flat and there are a few stems mixed in. From tea or fruit? That would require fetching my reading glasses.

This is very similar in taste to the Tangerine White from Revolution Tea that is made specially for P F Chang’s restaurant. (Hint – the wholesale division will sell it to you if you are willing to buy it by the case. I was. Split it with friends and family.)

I think this one might be a tad more forgiving of less than optimal conditions, though. I forgot to set a timer and estimated the time and this turned out really, really well. A winner for me. I think it would be fabulous iced, too.

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2nd tea by The Capsoul I tried. A lovely tin, a fresh and coulourful label, which already makes you feel good…and then you open the tin (it must be said that it´s a good thing to have not only the lid to close the tin, also a plastic lid to squeeze on top of the container) : the tea smells very nice, the fruity fragrances seem natural (honestly a lot more than the bergamot in the case of the Earl Grey of The Capsoul), a bit underwhelmingly if you like the big aromatised fruit teas, but fortunately, this is not the case for me.
After 3 minutes of steeping (as recommended on the label), the tea is light, but subtly fruity and easy to drink. While the aroma´s are definitely more mango-like, the flavour is dominated (still w/o topping the base pu erh) by the passion fruit. A summer-y tea according to me, and I´m curious what this can give when iced.

Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruits

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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My latest arrival in my tea cupboard : 3 teas from The Capsoul. I must say the fresh colourful look of the tins are half of the pleasure, and the major reason for buying the brand w/o having tried anything from them before. I started with their Earl Grey which smells really very nice, maybe not the typical bergamot scent you find with most of the Earl Grey on the market, but strong and powerful none the less. It also looks wonderful.
But so far I´m not that overwhelmed after steeping it, this time about 5 minutes. I guess this is too long for this blend, as most of the fragrance is gone. The taste I love so much with Earl Grey blends is not present either, so I definitely need to drink it again, and steep it less time.

Flavors: Bergamot

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Working six days in a row while not feeling the best has prevented me from enjoying tea, so now that I have a day off, you better believe, I’m spending my day off recuperating at home whilst sipping on tea. I’m trying not to eat much today so perhaps I need to switch over to herbal soon. After two cups of coffee and two Perfect Mugs of black tea, this caffeine is starting to kill my stomach. But that ginger and lemon was calling me. So lively and scrumptious.

Off-topic, but may I get my lovely Steepsterites’ opinions on something? So, there is this co-worker who seems quite interesting, and the few times that I see him, he is a little shy around me. Granted, I’m newer, but there seems to be more to it. It’s difficult for me to ever reach such a conclusion (I’m the kind of person who never thinks anyone would actually like me, never assumes one is flirting, etc), but I have/had a feeling that maybe he is interested in me. His position requires him to float around amongst various stores so sometimes I’ve gone weeks without seeing him (and if so, only briefly), so it’s been difficult to get to know him. Unlike my home store co-workers, who I always have the opportunity to talk to in the lunch room or on the floor, this isn’t the case with him. With that said, the other day when he was in, I bit the bullet and asked him if he would like to go for coffee with me sometime. Normally, I would have waited longer to let things develop naturally at work, and I’m always too unsure of myself to ever initiate anything with anyone, but with recent events such as being headhunted and having a former employer trying to talk me into coming back, I’m not even sure how long I’d be there for. I was so nervous asking him, and despite his saying yes (and I offered to give him my phone number thinking he could just text me or whatever whenever it suits him), I asked quite a few times if he’s sure, if it’s ok, reassuring him that I wouldn’t be offended if he didn’t want to, etc, because I didn’t want to freak him out.

Here’s where it gets weird. Later on in the day, he pulled me aside to ask me what my intentions are, to clarify if I meant it as a date or just friends, and then went on to explain that he has a rule that he doesn’t date co-workers, so he would only be ok with going for coffee with me on a friends-only basis. I completely respect that, but it still made me feel sick to my stomach. This is why I was worried about asking him because I didn’t want to put him in an awkward position or freak him out. So, what is everyone’s opinion on that? Do you think I shouldn’t take it personally and he really does abide by such a rule? Or is that a polite way of rejecting an individual? Of course I’m cool just being friends, I simply want to get to know him more, and I swear based on his behaviour, I was so sure that he was intrigued by me. Now I’m worried he’s weirded out and being forced into doing something he doesn’t want to do just to be nice, or… I don’t know. I feel so bad now.


Don’t feel bad! I’m sure he’s being honest. If he didn’t want to go for coffee at all I’m sure he would have said so.


I agree to him saying if he didn’t want to. Go and feel him out and be friends first as if you are friends and it goes on then you will always have that to have between you.

Evol Ving Ness

Do. not. feel. bad. So you go for coffee. And exchange phone numbers. And maybe platonically go for a movie. Not dating co-workers is a good policy to have. You’ll get to know each other as friends. Then when you have moved on, you can get in touch and see what happens. If then he is not interested, then you’ll know. Still, once you have established a friendship and a warmth towards each other, things should be pretty clear and you’ll have every reason in the world to contact him to let him know that you have switched jobs.


I asked the man in the house (ha!) if he was thinking the same thing as me and we figure he actually genuinely wants to go for coffee but just wanted to make sure you didn’t think it was a date like thing. I wouldn’t take it as rejection…most guys i know wouldn’t say yes if they didn’t actually mean it.


He may just be covering his bases, especially if his manager has a policy against coworkers dating. It gives him an “out”, if there is no connection after coffee. Also, something similar happened to me ages ago before I met my boyfriend. I asked the guy out but when his reaction puzzled me, I amended it to only as friends and he agreed and said he wasn’t looking to date anyone at the moment anyhow. Turns out his reaction was due to overall shyness, and he really did want to date me… he just thought I would never go for him, so when I added the as friends part he felt that he needed to save face. Anyhow. Long story short, I didn’t feel a connection there but he did and he’s told me a few times now how he wishes he’d given me a different answer.


Also.Feel better soon!


You are all so amazing, thanks! And Sil, extra thanks for asking your husband too. :D I will still continue to stress out until we talk and I explain my reasoning behind asking now rather than later, but I’m glad to hear that everyone thinks that he wouldn’t have agreed to in the first place if he truly weren’t up to it. I just hope he isn’t dreading coming to our location and facing me because that wouldn’t be fair to him.

Indigo, crazy how things work out that way, hey?


Seriously. I feel badly, since it might have turned out differently if we’d started off on the right foot shrugs


Aww, well how were you to know though. It’s too bad he wasn’t honest to begin with, but I get how shyness and simply caring a lot about what people think can make it difficult.


Same here. But what can ya do right. Anyhow, keep us posted! I really hope things go well for you and this guy :)

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, do keep us posted! Even if nothing comes of it, it is nice to have a bit of frisson around a special fella.

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Oops, it appears that I have sprung back up to 40 but that isn’t so bad. I found this gem at Winners. The gorgeous tins caught my eye but I spent quite a while studying them carefully, being a loser skeptic in regards to this mysterious brand. Who are they? Is this stuff good?

The beautiful tins talked me into it. Actually, to be fair, the Pennyroyal tea initially did because it made me think of Kurt Cobain. But! I went and grabbed these others too.

So glad I did! I’ve only opened this one so far and so far, so good. As soon as I cracked open the lid, I was hit with a burst of citrus. It smells almost exactly like LUSH’s Avobath bomb. Freaking glorious.

And the flavour does not disappoint either. It basically tastes like Froot Loops drenched in a bold black tea base. I’m sure this would make a stellar cold brew too. I’ve since gone to other Winners locations in search of other flavours but haven’t found the ones I’m looking for (primarily their Pakistan blend).

I also enjoyed this with milk the other day but it wasn’t in sync with the notes in here for some reason. I was hoping for a pseudo London Fog or citrusy chai due to the ginger but it was a little muddled. It’s best left untouched.

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