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My last tea from Capital Tea Ltd.!

I’m not a big fan of Sri Lankan teas, but this was nice. It’s almost like it’s channeling an Assam with prominent deep, dark brown sugar notes. There’s also a bit of dried cherry and raisin, which also reminds me of Assam. But in the background is that classic Sri Lankan black tea flavor that I don’t know how to describe other than Lipton-y, ha ha… It’s a bit metallic I suppose. I also taste cinnamon and honey at the very end of the sip, which makes for a nice lingering finish.

Tasty, especially for a tea type that I don’t love! But at the end of the day, I’d rather have an Assam (for the brown sugar and raisin) or a Taiwanese black tea (for the fruit, honey, and cinnamon). :)

Flavors: Astringent, Brown Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Honey, Metallic, Raisins, Sweet, Tannic, Tea

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

Yeah, that taste is just TEA to me.

Cameron B.

Ha ha, I’m glad I’m not the only one! XD

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I don’t seem to be a huge fan of vanilla black teas. I like vanilla as a flavor, but I feel like I need something more. To be fair, dessert teas in general don’t seem to be my jam, with some exceptions.

This does seem like a nice vanilla black though. The base tea is flavorful but not bitter, and has some nice raisiny, cocoa-y notes to it. The vanilla is boozy, slightly creamy, a touch floral. It brings out the woody notes in the base tea as well.

I’m sure this would be lovely with milk too, if I were so inclined. But since this isn’t really my cuppa tea, I’m just glad it have it finished off. :)

Flavors: Alcohol, Cocoa, Creamy, Floral, Raisins, Smooth, Vanilla, Whiskey, Woody

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

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This has been my first tea of the day for the past week or two, just working my way through the 30g package that I ordered in 2020. I still have a couple more teas from this order, and will hopefully be working through those soon as well.

It’s very smooth, and tastes like a second flush Darjeeling. Very bready, grainy, with a touch of caraway. Thickly textured but still somewhat light on the tongue. There are some hints of spices, maybe cardamom, along with that aromatic, floral, lightly fruity muscatel character.

It’s as pleasant tea, perhaps slightly more floral than would be ideal for me, but I enjoyed it as a soothing black tea for the morning. Darjeeling never tends to be my favorite but it’s fun to try every so often.

Flavors: Bread, Caraway, Cardamom, Floral, Grain, Grape Skin, Malt, Muscatel, Smooth, Spices, Stonefruit, Thick

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

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Since I have milk in the house— a rare occurrence—I opted for this, with milk. Delicious. I don’t really know what to tell you about this. It is much like, if not the same as, DT’s version. In the odd times that I crave an Earl Grey Cream, this is the kind I reach for.

Thankfully, I was able to fall back asleep after being woken at 5 am and kept awake till 6 with my neighbours’ exercise ritual. As opposed to my usual state of sleep-walking like the living dead after their assaults on my sleep. It is not the noise so much anymore as whatever devices, wifi, Bluetooth whatevers they are using alongside that activate my brain and keep it hostage until they stop and shut the things off. If anyone has any insights into this, I’d be happy to hear about it.

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Whenever I have black leaf that is too strong, too spicy, too whatever, this is inevitably the tea I choose to cut it with. Works every time.

And I like it on its own too.

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Every single time I order from Capital Teas LTd, this somehow lands in my cart. This and another KEemun and several other things.

I keep looking for a replacement for Tea Life’s Keemun Finest. If anyone knows of one or a reasonable facsimile, please let me know.

This is a fine workhorse of a tea. I drink it straight up. I use it to boost blends that otherwise are not working for me.

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Rather shocking that I have yet to comment on this one as I almost always have it in stock.

And it’s a belatedly posted sipdown!

#long time ago internet hiatus sipdown

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This was my first mug of tea for the day, steeped Western style. I think this sample is from VariaTEA although that might have originated with Sil – so thank you to whomever was involved in sharing it!

It’s not a particularly exciting black tea, but it’s really smooth and solid. Definitely thicker bodied with coating sweet notes of dark chocolate/cocoa powder, freshly baked bread, malt, and just a tiny bit of like a “buckwheat honey” drizzled within those more warming patisserie flavours. A very good “daily drinker” type candidate.

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This is one of only a few Darjeelings that I’ve really enjoyed, and it’s lovely cold brewed as well. Very smooth and bready with a touch of muscat character and hints of fruit and cinnamon honey. It’s light enough to be quite refreshing, but still has plenty of flavor.

A nice option for a cold tea in the summer!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bread, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fruity, Grape Skin, Hay, Honey, Muscatel, Musty, Oats, Raisins, 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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Not a huge fan of this to be honest. It’s been a long time since I last tried a Nilgiri, so I didn’t know what to expect, but this is definitely reminding me of a Darjeeling. It’s quite astringent with an almost muscatel flavor to it. There’s some bread and hay as well. I’m finding it quite difficult to describe, honestly…

But it’s too light and too astringent for me. I’ll have to see how it fares as a milk tea…

Flavors: Astringent, Bread, Drying, Hay, Muscatel

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

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drank Jin Jun Mei by Capital Tea Ltd.
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J is for…Jin Jun Mei

I woke up with motivation to do work today. Too bad my nephew woke up with the motivation to refuse his milk and scream the whole day while his Dad is at the firehall. So while I have been aspiring to blast through a paper so I can submit and move on, I have now spent hours helping my sister calm him down.

This tea and time to do a tea note is my reward so I can calm down. Thank you Sil for sending it my way!

This cup is slightly astringent but also a lot of malt. Some cocoa notes as well – specifically cocoa powder, rather than chocolate. No creaminess and not sweet. It also smelled awesome so it could have been my steeping that messed it up because I smell/taste a lot of potential here.

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Thank you Sil for this one. Today it has more cocoa notes but its still not overly interesting. Cocoa. Malt. A sharp metallic endnote. Nothing special but still fun to try.

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H is for… Harishpur Estate

I took Sil’s advice and steeped this for 2.5 minutes. My first sip was brisk but also vanilla. So nice? I think. As I keep drinking, I notice the astringency more and the vanilla less. It’s alright but not a favourite. I will try playing around with it since I have one more serving. Thank you for sharing, Sil!

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Thank you Sil for this one as well. Grabbed a cup and the rest is off to Roswell Strange.

You wrote this was boring and I can sort of see it. I actually think it has slightly more flavour than the other Capital Tea I had today that you shared. A touch more malt and maybe a bit of chocolate and bready notes. Smooth and mild. Another everyday absentminded drinking sort of tea.


they were both boring lol

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Another tea from Sil. Thank you! Trying to blast through these so I can finally seal up the TTB and send it to Roswell Strange and some of the samples from Sil are for the two of us to split.

This one is fine. Smooth. Mild. Not much going on. If someone wanted tea to drink everyday and ignore, this could be it. Personally I usually drink tea for flavour so I don’t need more of this. If I was going to drink something absentmindedly, it would be water.

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This tea is the bomb.

That said, I am currently visiting friends in Ottawa —hence internet—and the water is just plain weird here. so the water is strange and the steeped tea does nottaste like itself. My friends who live here tell me that the water is hyper chlorinated.

My friends here have an N espresso machine, so we start the day with coffee and continue it with soda stream carbonated water (which somehow doesn’t retain the weird flavour).

I’ve been locked down for the better part of the year. Here, restrictions are a bit lighter. I got a haircut!!!!! (And look a bit less than a swamp thing.)

I’ll be doing more drinking of this tea when I get home to , what for me, is normal water..

Btw, this is evol ving ness..


It’s so good to see you!!


Good to see you too! Still no wifi at home. Hope to get that figured out soon.


Wow! Good to see you on here! Hope you get some better tea water soon!

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2021 sipdown no. 40

Nearly done these teas from Cameron!

This one is exactly what it says — a very vanilla black. I can confirm I do not care for vanilla teas. They taste musty to me and upset my stomach, but this tea is what it says it is, so one can’t fault it for that!

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sipdown! Another relatively mild, inoffensive tea from capital teas. Nothing to write home about, but nothing that i’d turn down in future either.

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