The Silk Tea Co.

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I think this is my favourite from this sample order!

Also, this is the only tea from this batch of five from The Silk Tea Co where the name feels a bit out of place for me – I’m not entirely sure what the connection is supposed to be because it’s not really alcohol flavoured in any way…

What it is, however, is a very delicious vanilla tea! I could smell immediately on the dry leaf that it’s real vanilla bean – just super aromatic and strong with an underlying fruitiness to the flavour. A lot of North American facing vanilla products are actually more of a “vanilla cream” or a “vanilla custard” – I think of it like the ice cream effect, where people view vanilla ice cream as this neutral representation of vanilla flavoured things when it’s really not. So, I always appreciate a true and authentic vanilla tea when I find one and this is one of the best that I’ve come across in a long, long time.

It steeps very rich and full bodied with a lot of the black tea coming through in the flavour as well. Rwanda Rukeri, which is the black tea that was used here, is a naturally robust and tannic black tea with a lot of really deep notes that compliment this almost haunting vanilla and burnt sugar flavour profile. The little smidge of creaminess coming through is very clearly from the Jin Xuan, and I love that it’s there but differentiated from the vanilla. This is super complex and lovely, and I’m immediately obsessed with this quality vanilla tea!

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Iced!

Sad to report that this tea isn’t as nice when made iced. The juicy peach notes and floral character were both still present, but overall there was also a dryness to the mouthfeel that was very distracting to me and I just felt like the flavours popped so much more when made hot.

So, reverting back to hot cups for the rest of my sample.

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It is not lost on me that a tea called “In The Nude” is peach flavoured…

I really enjoyed this blend a lot! Like other teas from this company, there is a lot going on in terms of flavour components, but they click together really nicely. This is sweet and fresh with a lot of very ripe and juicy stonefruit notes like peach and apricot that really pop on the palate. I could see it being too cloying for some, as there’s not really any acidity to offset that sweetness – but for me it was pretty perfect. I loved the floral undertones from the osmanthus, rose, and lychee – the latter of which adds to that fresh sweetness. Osmanthus also contributes a sort of honey flavour is perfect with this style of peach – the whole thing feels so tender and sweet that it could just melt in your mouth.

Lastly, gotta give a shoutout to the black tea for holding its own among all this flavour happening by adding a substantial amount of body.

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Cold Brew!

This was the only one of the teas from this haul that I didn’t try hot for my first cup, so I’ll have to do that too. It just seemed really well suited for a cold brew.

When I started drinking this, I wasn’t enjoying it – but I’m glad I kept pushing through my brew because by the time I finished it I was really loving the flavour. Initially it was very herbaceous and vegetal forward with notes of moringa and nettle being the most prominent alongside hints of lemongrass and tart hibiscus. However, the flavours build on the palate while sipping and the ones that ended up emerging and becoming the strongest were the light bergamot, and a sweet medley of apple, strawberry and citrus that was softened and supported by the coating sweetness of the fennel.

I think this is an interesting and unconventionally fruity herbal blend. I’ll be curious to see how those flavours translate when made hot, since it wasn’t an immediate love as a cold brew.

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I was really unsure if I would like the flavour and, truthfully, I only got it because it was part of a sampler that had the four other teas I was most curious in trying. In general I don’t gravitate towards green teas and decaf teas also wildly uninterest me. Plus, rose green tea isn’t really reinventing the wheel in anyway…

With that said, it’s a pretty surprisingly nice and flavourful tea! Floral forward for sure, so definitely not something I’d recommend to people who aren’t confident in their love of rose teas. However, it’s also very sweet, lush and fresh – definitely in part from that sweet (and also naturally floral) lychee addition to the blend. Perhaps the most interesting element to me is the addition of cardamom. I’ve absolutely experienced cardamom and rose together and that’s a flavour that I enjoy a lot – but I would have never thought to combine cardamom and lychee and that duo is exciting to me! Very complimentary in that the cardamom really makes the sweetness of the lychee stand out.

Overall, this is definitely my least favourite of the collection I ordered but it was still pleasant and something I don’t anticipate struggling to finish off in any way.

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I’ve been seeing a lot of love for this tea company across my friends on Instagram and I definitely found myself curious and wanting to get in on the fun too – so I placed a sampler order and quickly tasted my way through that collection!

This is, I think, the flavour from MJ/The Silk Tea Co that I think is getting the most attention and I totally see why – it’s a very unique overall profile that’s super well executed. The smells immediately drew me in, and reminded me of another fig tea that I enjoy a lot called Honey Fig Tree (from Tea Squared). However, this was immediately richer in aroma with a creaminess to it that I don’t find in that blend.

Fig is a tough flavour to convey and in all honesty I’m not totally sure that this blend gets it right on – but it’s close enough, and coupled with the impressive array of additional flavour elements it’s easy and enjoyable to get swept up in the idea of drinking more of a “feeling” than a dead on flavour recreation. The overall tea is sweet with dewy fresh fruity flavours coupled with golden honey, vanilla creme, and a more baked/patisserie type of date note with hints of warming spice. It’s maybe a bit like a sweet golden fig custard?

Anyway, however you dice it, this was flavourful fun and refreshingly different from anything I’ve tasted in recent memory!

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Sipodown 146-2021

Nothing to add here, but wanted to log the sipdown. I’d consider purchasing this one again.

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I thought I had logged this before, particularly since I’m down to 1 remaining cup. Oh, well.

I really enjoy this one, and would consider purchasing it again. It’s a subtle orange blossom with a bit more of a pronounced lavender flavor. It’s a bit creamy and custardy, which words really nicely with the floral flavors.

Flavors: Creamy, Custard, Floral, Lavender, Orange Blossom

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I love all of the ingredients in this tea, but it never quite struck me like I hoped it would. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tasty tea. But, I thought this would be something I would want to have on hand at all times, but it’s sadly not. It just smells slightly off- it is just too strongly scented, and comes off as a candle. The smell actually seeped through the bag, and effected all the teas in my tea drawer at work.

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The overly sweet, intensity of the flavor has settled since I last opened the bag. Definitely a good thing. I’m tasting more caramel and a bit of a nondescript floral. Will be trying this with a bit of milk next.

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Thanks to Cameron for posting about this brand! I bought the sampler pack as soon as it became available again, and they arrived today! I was most intrigued by this blend- milk oolong, Assam black tea, cardamom, dates, figs, caramel, and roses (amongst a few other things). Quite an ingredient list. The smell upon opening the bag is incredibly strong. It’s soooo sweet smelling, and has an eggnog thing going on with it. I’m getting eggnog in the flavor too. Not really making out any of the individual ingredients, except the caramel. Not getting any of the flavor of the tea, which makes sense, as I can’t see much of it in the dry mix. Definitely need to revisit this one, as I have some mixed feelings.

Cameron B.

Ha ha, well I’m glad to encourage new brands around here, even if this wasn’t your favorite! I’m waiting for it to be available individually to order some to try. I will say I haven’t been super happy with her teas so far, but mostly because there are a lot of florals…

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drank Desert Rose by The Silk Tea Co.
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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – D

Okay, so I’m almost guaranteed not to like this one, it being a rose blend and all, but I figured it deserves a chance. So here it is for my alphabet tea today!

Yeah, no. I mean, it’s not awful, it doesn’t taste like perfume. But it’s very heavy on the rose. I do get some hints of lychee and cardamom, I think. But mostly it’s lush roses.

Into the rehoming box!

Flavors: Cardamom, Dry Grass, Floral, Grass, Lychee, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sipdown! (2 | 400)

Never really warmed up to this one, or any of The Silk Tea Co.’s teas for that matter.

I love both melon and strawberry, yet this tea is just odd to me. The melon is lovely, sweet and a bit creamy, maybe with some help from the vanilla? The strawberry is definitely candy. I think my issue is with the nettle? Between the cool mint and the sort of herbal note from the nettle, the tea ends up tasting almost medicinal to me. And the flavors seem a bit disjointed, almost like it was two very different teas mashed together into one. I have a Dammann tea with similar flavors to this one, I’ll have to pull it out one of these days.

Meh! I see The Silk Tea Co. has several new teas out now, but after not liking any of their first three, I don’t think I’ll spend the money to try the others. But they have a very strong following on Instagram, so good for them! :D

Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Herbaceous, Honeydew, Medicinal, Melon, Menthol, Mint, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Meh, not a fan of this one…

Not sure what it is, maybe the combination of the peppermint, nettle, and strawberry? A melon-strawberry-mint green tea sounds appealing to me, yet there’s something here that just doesn’t quite go together. The strawberry is quite candylike, so maybe it’s that combined with the mint/nettle? There’s an almost menthol-like taste to it.

Anyway, I’m going to put the rest of the packet into my rehome box, because it feels like a waste to force myself to drink it when someone else will probably enjoy it more.

I guess this company is not for me, because I’m 0 for 3 with their teas. Oh well, I’m glad to not like everything, heh heh…

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Creamy, Dry Grass, Herbaceous, Melon, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Pine, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Hmm… not sure how I feel about this one. It sounds like something I would like – a strawberry and honeydew green tea.

But something is a bit off for me? Not sure if it’s the peppermint, the nettle, or just one of the flavorings not melding well. I definitely get the melon, and it seems sweet, creamy, and perfectly pleasant. Strawberry is definitely candylike though.

We’ll see if I warm up to it over the course of 25 grams!

Flavors: Candy, Herbaceous, Honeydew, Melon, Mint, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

There was a Cadbury’s in my basket yesterday; still is, but may not be by tonight!

gmathis

Ooops. Responded to the wrong note. Omit Cadbury references above and apply to B&B Cream Egg. This is clearly not my day. At work, someone was sending info via email and asked me to stay on the line to confirm it came through, to which I responded, “OK. Sometimes it takes a little while for incoming emails to make it through our DRYWALL.”

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drank Morning Sex by The Silk Tea Co.
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So The Silk Tea Co. is a small American company that has been sort of popular on Instagram lately, at least in my circle of tea people. So I ordered their sampler pack of three teas, and this is the first one to be tried!

Unfortunately, it’s just not to my tastes. I’m getting rather strong lavender and orange blossom flavors, which kind of overpower the milk oolong base. And since I’m not a floral lover, that’s not a great thing for me. I do definitely pick up on some of the mentioned crème brûlée notes – there’s a lovely creamy vanilla-caramel swirl that comes out a bit after the initial barrage of flowers.

So I’m sure this is perfectly tasty, it’s just not for me!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CM0eA1gBI3l/

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Custard, Floral, Lavender, Orange Blossom, Perfume, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Martin Bednář

While I don’t like the name the most, I love the pouch/wrapper design!

amandastory516

This sounds like my cup of tea (hehe). Just looked this brand up, and their 3 blends sound quite interesting. Hopefully they restock soon.

Cameron B.

It looks like she’s adding a fourth blend soon too – smoked Assam with milk oolong, caramel, and figs.

amandastory516

Wow, that sounds incredible.

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