2710 Tasting Notes


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I got four individually wrapped teabags from this company from a very sweet Instagram friend, so I figured I would steep them all up together and have a nice little tea tasting this afternoon.

They’re all mostly just okay, to be honest. The black base here is very earthy, which detracts a bit from the overall taste. The passion fruit flavor is nice, but a bit too light, so it gets mostly overpowered by the black tea. I do taste it more clearly at the end of the sip, and it’s slightly tart and quite natural.

Not something I would buy though, because of the black base.


Flavors: Earth, Mineral, Passion Fruit, Tart, Tropical

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another one that I chose to cold brew.

It’s light but very tasty. It definitely does remind me of apple pie, though with a bit of coconut thrown in. There’s some light sweetness from the maple and apples, and it’s just the right amount to give it a more desserty flavor without it tasting sweet. The cinnamon pops a bit toward the end of the sip and, together with the coconut, leaves an aftertaste reminiscent of horchata.

It’s sort of like an apple pie + horchata mashup, and I’m here for it ha ha. Bumping the rating just a little since it’s much yummier cold brewed.

Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Coconut, Creamy, Rice Pudding, Sweet

Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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This is one of two Darjeelings I picked up from Capital Tea Ltd. Historically I haven’t been a huge fan of Darjeeling, but I haven’t had a ton of experience with it so I figured it was worth a shot.

This is honestly really good though! I’m surprised by the complete and utter lack of astringency. It’s also quite light, with a soft breadiness and very light dried fruit notes. A hint of cinnamon honey shows itself at the middle and especially the end of the sip. It actually somewhat reminds me of Bai Hao, which is one of my favorite types of oolong.

So smooth and easy-drinking, but still flavorful! Happy that I chose this one to try, as I’ll enjoy sipping down the rest of the 30g package. ❤

Flavors: Bread, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Grain, Hay, Honey, Raisins, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Made the rest of this as a cold brew after not loving it hot.

I do think it’s a bit better, as I don’t get quite as much earthiness from the base. Not getting much honey or brown sugar, though I didn’t taste those in the hot cuppa either.

Mostly it’s a slightly earthy Earl with lavender. Pleasant, but not something I would order just because I have so many other Earls and lavender isn’t my favorite.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earth, Floral, Lavender, Mineral

Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Making great headway on these S&V holiday teas!

I was a bit sad to see the end of this one, it’s very good. It tastes just like those iced oatmeal cookies that you can buy in a package. Sweet, buttery, slightly cinnamony with a nice biscuity flavor. I don’t really taste chocolate at all, though it’s supposed to be there, but I can’t say that I’m upset about it hah. I love oatmeal cookies, so I much prefer this flavor!

The cinnamon is light enough that it doesn’t really veer too much into holiday territory, but would be a great year-round tisane! I think this one needs to go on my wishlist…

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another cold brew from the subscription. I didn’t realize this had butterfly pea flower, so the color was a fun surprise when I started pouring the water into the pitcher. It came out a dark red-violet color in the end.

Unfortunately, this one is pretty generic and boring. It’s sort of just tart and vaguely fruity, with a noticeable mustiness from all of the pea flower. There’s maybe a bit of peach, but I certainly wouldn’t guess blueberry.


Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Musty, Peach, Sweet, Tart

Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I cold brewed this one, and the Blueberry Peach fruit tisane that also came in the May subscription box. After all, the theme was cold brew, plus fruit tisanes are sort of weird hot IMO. The dry leaf, oddly, smelled like banana candy?

This is very interesting. It actually sort of reminds me of their old Elderflower Prosecco, even though there’s no elderflower in it. I wonder if it’s the lime leaves that are giving me that impression? I do get pear, and it’s definitely crisp fresh pear.

There’s something about it, though, that reminds me of artificial sweetener or something. And it sort of ruins it for me. Otherwise, this is a very refreshing and crisp pear tisane!

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Champagne, Elderflower, Floral, Pear, Sweet

Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Someday I’ll finish off all of these Vahdam advent leftovers, heh heh… Let’s hope it’s before this advent season! XD

Anyway, I actually quite like this one. It’s a light and fragrant black tea, and the dry leaf has a deliciously honeyed aroma. The rose isn’t overpowering (luckily for me) and melds well with the citrusy cardamom. I also get a strong saffron flavor here, which I assume is also the source of what I’m detecting as honey. I suppose it could also be from the nuts, but that seems less likely to me.

Anyway, I find the combination very enchanting. This might be the only one from Vahdam so far that I would consider ordering, just because it’s quite unique. It would make for a lovely afternoon tea break with some small cakes…

Flavors: Cardamom, Citrus, Earth, Floral, Honey, Rose, Saffron, Smooth, Spices, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Ha yep, I’ve been working on two of my advent calendars the past couple of weeks, also with the goal of finishing before next advent season!

Cameron B.

Luckily almost all of mine were single serving, so it’s just Vahdam that’s left over heh.

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This is my daily morning tea lately, as I’m working through sipping down these Capital Tea packets. I don’t have a ton of experience with Assam as I tend more toward Chinese and Taiwanese teas.

This is mostly what I would expect though – very malty with tobacco and raisin notes. There’s a lot of depth and richness to the raisin, which is lovely, along with some hints of dark brown sugar. Astringency is present but fairly light.

I will say I can tell even when drinking this that I shouldn’t have it on an empty stomach ha ha, as it’s quite acidic and strong. I’m not really a tea with milk person, but I’ll have to try it with this one as it can definitely take it!

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Malt, Metallic, Molasses, Raisins, Sweet, Tannic, Tobacco

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Sounds wonderful! I’ll have to look into this one!

Cameron B.

I tried a smattering of Assam and Ceylon teas from Capital Tea Ltd. a few years ago, and I remember being pretty pleased with all of them, especially given their prices.

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Finishing this off as a cold brew.

If anything, I’m finding even less of the creamy custard flavor than in the hot cuppa. It’s mostly a pleasantly tart strawberry Jello sort of note.

Nothing special to my tastebuds, but still enjoyable!

Flavors: Candy, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

What an intriguing name though!

Cameron B.

Crazy Brits and their desserts, ha ha…


But you didn’t get a chance to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream…. :D

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

~ January Sipdowns: 25
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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Taiwan Tea Crafts
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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