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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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