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drank Peach Paradise by Silk Road
11940 tasting notes

One of the teas that I steeped for myself today while working from home. I was craving a little bit of flavour, but something pretty simple/stripped and with a solid foundation black tea that wouldn’t be lost under the flavours. This was perfect – just a mellow and not too bright or sweet peach, with a nice floral and malty full bodied black tea to go with.

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drank Peach Paradise by Silk Road
11940 tasting notes

Pretty simple and pretty classic feeling.

Good, clean black tea with a nice amount of body but not a ton of contributing flavour otherwise. A little floral, but muted – which made it the perfect canvas for this simple peach flavour. Sweet, floral and not really overly juicy/syrupy or tart. More of a “natural peach” if you will. Makes this seem appropriate as a daily or routine based tea, and the stripped down but well executed nature of the flavour also provides the perfect canvas for people to tailor to their individual tastes. Add sugar or don’t. Milk or not. This felt like it could really be whatever the drinker wanted it to be.

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Gongfu!

I have had this tea for waaayyyy too long without trying it, but I woke up in a green tea mood yesterday and so it seemed like the perfect time to steep it up. This is a pretty nutty/chestnut forward tea, with some cornsilk notes as well. However, after the first steep it also gets some very distinct and vegetal green bean notes, which are maybe a little less up my alley. It was an alright little mini session overall, but not something I’d be likely to steep up again all that soon.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPqtXNWB1il/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTo4D3r6cek

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76

A good chai but I prefer their herbal chai blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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58

Sipdown (355)

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this tea! It’s astringent and floral but no black currant. It’s nice enough but not my favourite. Tbh I was hoping for a jammy quality that I’m just not getting.

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I have not been on here in quite some time, but thought I’d put up a quick review for this one, seeing as I have had a lot of it lately as I have had a chest infection. It’s pretty much the only tea that I’ve been having for the past few weeks, though I have begun branching back out a bit more now that I am recovering.

I first had this tea when I was at my friends’ restaurant for Christmas dinner (it’s closed to the public Christmas Day and only friends, family, and staff are there). I received Alchemist Brew as a white elephant exchange present, but as it has hibiscus, and I am sensitive to it, they let me pick up a different one with a discount as I couldn’t exchange, even though it was fully sealed. Whatever. I opted for this one, in one of the larger tins, and I am glad I got so much.

While I am not a huge fan of rooibos tea, I can handle it here because it’s muted by the ginger, lemongrass, and green tea. Ultimately, this is a lemony ginger tea, but I really enjoy the way it is blended. I was able to get a second and sometimes third steep from it.

It’s not a remarkable tea in terms of flavour and combination, but it is done well and does the job well when you are not feeling well. I am halfway through the tin and I expect to refill it when I’m done.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

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Feel better soon!

Plunkybug

Thanks. I am still not 100% as I’m still dealing with sinus issues but the coughing and chest infection is over.

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drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
39 tasting notes

A black tea with a very subtle vanilla to it (like vanilla bean), and something else. A bit of citrus? But much subtler than the vanilla. It’s a smooth black tea, and not overly flavoured. I’d describe it as elegant.

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drank Mountain Rain by Silk Road
11940 tasting notes

Drinking this Grandpa style currently, but I’m about ready to be done with it.

The smell of this one was quite nice out of the package; green but also very floral and sweet. Now that I’m drinking it, though, I think it’s leaning much more heavy towards those greener, grassier notes with the florals taking a bit more of a backseat. It’s a little astringent, and there’s something sharp and harsh about the finish to me. It’s not bad, but I remember heavily debating adding this into my last Silk Road order and ultimately I’m happy that I chose not to – I definitely wasn’t missing out on anything remarkable.

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80

Another lemony blend. This time though there is a bit of ginger playing in the background. It makes for a great after supper tea because of that.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

A very nice lemony~ tea.

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

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Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

I really like this tea. I can definitely taste lemon but that’s okay with me! It was sent from a friend of mine as a gift. Lemon is definitely the dominant taste, so if you don’t like lemon avoid this. If you love lemon, this is right up your alley.

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
2900 tasting notes

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drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
2900 tasting notes

I’m enjoying this cup brewed strong with a splash of unsweetened vanilla Ripple (plant-based) milk. Vanilla ripple tastes like a milkshake, so together with a tea called “Vanilla Plantation” you can imagine how great this is.

Thick, sweet, lots of vanilla and creaminess. Some malt from the black tea base but also a touch of spiciness. A bit of tannicity in the base.

Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Sweet, Tannic, Thick, Vanilla

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drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
2900 tasting notes

I got a little mini tin for Christmas from a friend and really wanted to try it.

This makes for a lovely latte. Malty, sweet, vanilla scented black tea with a nice thick mouthfeel. It is really good with milk because that brings out the sweetness and creaminess of the vanilla. I happen to have some vanilla soy milk in the fridge right now and have to recommend that combination.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet, Thick, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Imperial Earl Grey by Silk Road
15 tasting notes

Silk Earl Grey
The smell of the leaves was strong. When brewed the smell carried over. The tea is not bad but it is really strong. My best guess would say that it smells like pinesol.

Flavors: Pine

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drank Jasmine Oasis by Silk Road
1049 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I’m going to leave this at about 70 because the tea base’s conception of vegetal isn’t entirely working for me. It more often than not turns into a dark bitter green (kale, collards, asparagus, bancha), as opposed to a nutty, mineral, or sweet grassy green which I tend to lean towards. The jasmine is pretty mild and lovely though.

Flavors: Asparagus, Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Kale, Vegetal

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drank Jasmine Oasis by Silk Road
1049 tasting notes

Dropped by Silk Road on a ridiculously short cruise ship pit stop in Victoria, BC. I wasn’t planning on buying tea but once I started walking up Government Street my feet just led me to that Fisgard Intersection on autopilot. And then there I was.

When I used to go to school here a few years ago I’d blow all my money in this store; it’s not that their teas are amazingballs but the shop has this Atmosphere, you know? The kind that makes you feel relaxed, clean, and ready to empty your wallet on jasmine teas you don’t need.

The use of Dai Bai (green) leaf means this tea is incredibly light and subtle, and probably not the best tea to try after eating a Donair. I’m having a hard time picking up notes besides the lovely jasmine, which isn’t sickeningly strong to begin with like in some jasmine blends. I want to say the tea base has a cucumber note? Possibly melon? Maybe some subtle notes of savoury-sweet pandan..

I’ll have to revisit it when my mouth isn’t a big garlic hummus bulb!

Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Jasmine, Sweet, Warm Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Chocolate Panda by Silk Road
1049 tasting notes

I’ve had this a few times over the years, and remember when Silk Road first started selling but apparently I never made a tea note? Huh. This is what happens when you only drink your tisanes and rooibos right before bed!

I generally don’t like cocoa or chocolate in my teas; I find it adds a powdery/chalky texture that I associate with stale candy bars. While that vibe doesn’t go away here I find the mint and anise clean it up a bit, preventing the Chocolate Panda from becoming the Muddy Trash Panda. The vanilla swings the mint into peppermint or chocolate mint territory.

I think when I first bought this years ago I thought it would be a creamy chocolate rooibos, but it’s more of a herbal palate cleanser, which isn’t a bad thing! I’m appreciating it more this time around.

Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Peppermint, Vanilla

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drank Royal BC Museum Tea by Silk Road
2900 tasting notes

Homemade advent day 14

I tried to brew this strong (15+ minutes steeping in hot water, then splash of soy milk) but it tastes lackluster. A 65/100 at best. The black base is fine but nothing remarkable. The berries are more of a generic fruitiness today instead of specific berries. I love the idea of this blend, but this cup just isn’t great. I’m not changing my rating just yet because it is possible my microwave didn’t heat up the water as much as it should have (it acts weirdly sometimes)

Flavors: Fruity, Tannin

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drank Royal BC Museum Tea by Silk Road
2900 tasting notes

The black base is kind of “meh”, but I like the idea of this tea. It has all sorts of neat local native berreis in it: salal, salmon berry, black raspberry, thimbleberry, blueberry, and cranberry. I was expecting this to be sour because I could see quite a few cranberry pieces, but I didn’t find it sour upon brewing. Overall, I really enjoyed the cup I have had, however it does not go with milk (that was a mistake…berry + milk just tastes like fake strawberry milk to me)

Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Fruity, Raspberry

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Iced Tea Sipdown (629)!

Unfortunately, this wasn’t really a shining example of how good this tea can taste. Instead of the usual sweet/ripe mixed berry profile this one tasted slightly bitter and was also very astringent; combine that with the fact that the cranberry was the strongest berry flavour and that equals a pretty dry/tart and mildly unpleasant cranberry black tea.

Noooppppeeee…

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Made this earlier in the evening; I added in some French Vanilla creamer to it and it made for a very thick, creamy berries and cream type of flavour. Notes of blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry. Really robust. It basically tastes like an entirely different tea; it’s amazing how much difference one extra ingredient can make to a blend.

Plunkybug

They’re just down the road from me and I have never had this one before. I’m not sure why, right now. I may have to go and look at some. Especially since the Royal BC Museum is 2 blocks away from me and I see it from my balcony. Thanks for bringing interest to me to look at this again.

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