On The Rocks

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Black Oolong Blend
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Bourbon, Vanilla, Whiskey, Alcohol, Caramel, Cream, Marshmallow, Rum
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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From The Silk Tea Co.

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Inspired by sunlit days on the Mediterranean, this luxurious vanilla bean tea is made to be served cold, ‘on the rocks,’ with large cubes of ice, like a fine spirit. Featuring notes of caramel, honey, and butterscotch, this blend will transport you to a lush escape with the sound of clinking glasses at sunset and the waves lapping against the cliffs below.

If steeped longer than 1 minute, you’ll savor the complexity that emerges and can drink this like a fine bourbon. Let each sip linger on the palate to reveal dark fruit, dried dates and luscious macerated figs accompanied by a hint of toasted oak and soft cream with a bold structure wrought by the Taiwanese dark pearl oolong and Rwandan black Rukeri estate tea blooming alongside a rare Thai Jinxuan oolong. When served on the rocks, this tea is designed to be bold and will retain its divine flavors even as the ice melts.

Play and experiment with brewing times, and read on for our ‘On the Rocks’ brewing guide.

The Silk Tea Brewing Ritual for this blend

For a delicious cup of our On the Rocks tea, shake up the bag and scoop one teaspoon into your tea filter of choice. Boil water to 180ºF / 85ºC and gently pour over the tea. There are many ways to steep this premium blend:

To enjoy at any temperature: Quickly steep for just 30-40 seconds
To enjoy with milk and/or sugar: Steep for 2 minutes.
To make a bold drink with ice: Steep no more than 3-4 minutes. Elevate with milk, sugar, or a little splash of somethin’ else. Serve this one on the rocks.
To make a cold brew: We highly recommend an overnight steep for the most delicious cold brew! Use a ratio of one heaping teaspoonful (2.5 grams) for one 12 oz / 350 ml pouring of fresh, cold water over the tea blend. We recommend an infusion pitcher like our Eternal Summer Tea Set. You can also use a water bottle or a mason jar with a top. Blend the tea with the cold water and refrigerate for a minimum of 12 hours. Stir or shake and then strain to serve. Enjoy the smoothest and most crave-worthy cold brew tea of your life.
As always with The Silk Tea Co, this tea is good for re-steeping and will unfurl different flavors over a few refill pours of water. Each spoonful of this On the Rocks whole leaf tea blend can yield 3-5 cups of delicious tea.


On the Rocks features Rwandan Rukeri black tea, Taiwanese dark pearl oolong, Thai Jinxuan oolong, sliced vanilla beans from Madagascar, natural vanilla flavor and safflowers.

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321 tasting notes

Grabbed a small sample from the TTB… mmm! Such a great vanilla tea with mild boozy notes. It reminds me of this fantastic whiskey barrel-aged maple syrup I received as a gift this year… yum.

Flavors: Bourbon, Vanilla, Whiskey

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250 tasting notes

The first time I tried this blend I steeped it for the recommended 30 to 40 seconds, let it cool, then poured it over ice as intended to be enjoyed. Once steeped, I had more of the vanilla bean aroma but the floral and booze-like notes were still there. Now it was time to taste, and wow. This blend is really special; I immediately got the deep vanilla flavor, complemented and balanced by the floral notes I got from the oolong. Together I got a decadent and sweet butter rum-like flavor that I’ve never had in a tea that wasn’t overly processed or full of artificial flavoring. I honestly can say that I’ve never had something like this blend before and I’m just still pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this blend; it was so smooth and slightly sweet. Having a cool and light tea like this on such a hot day was just an experience that I’ll never forget; I drank the entire 30 oz pitcher by myself! I was a bit tea drunk afterward but I enjoyed it.
Then I tried a few other ways described on the packaging, hot, with milk and honey, and cold brewed. I opened the package the moment I received it to cold brew some since it does take 12+ hours. When I tried it hot I also steeped it for 30 to 40 seconds as recommended; the vanilla bean provided a warm and comforting element that certainly would make this blend perfect for a cool, crisp mid-fall day. Just the mere change in temperature changed everything; making a crisp, cool, light, and floral tea and then transforming it into something rich and comforting. Then I tried it with milk and honey, honey is my preferred sweetener but I’m sure any sweetener would have the same effect; and wow did it change a lot? When I added the milk and honey into the mix, I was met with a beautifully creamy vanilla flavor. Making the tea into a decadent and dessert-like treat that seemed like a guilty pleasure; spoiler alert. I wasn’t guilty, I went in for another cup! Finally, I had the cold brew, with the cold brew I got more of the floral notes from the oolongs and safflower, cutting the sweetness of the vanilla flavor a bit and giving the tea a deliciously crisp bite and I can see myself cold brewing it time and time again.
Overall, I think that On the Rocks is a seriously incredible blend; it’s not often that I find a tea that is quite perfect anyway that you brew it. Although I preferred it over ice, I can see myself brewing it hot as the weather changes in the upcoming months. Another thing I liked was how much care and time MJ puts into the tea which makes the tea less like a beverage to just drink and move on from, but an experience to savor and ponder about. What I find with a lot of blends from The Silk Tea Co is how they’re able to transport you to a faraway place with just a few simple ingredients in a matter of minutes.

Flavors: Alcohol, Caramel, Cream, Marshmallow, Rum, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I haven’t tried any of The Silk Tea Co.‘s blends since the original release. I wasn’t a fan, but I’ll have to order some of her newer samplers to try one of these days…

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Bought another Silk Tea sampler so that I could try this. I love a vanilla tea, and this did not disappoint. This isn’t a vanilla bean blend, but rather a slightly boozy vanilla extract. I tried it plain, and it was delightful. Added some black sugar syrup…which ruined it. Definitely needs a more neutral sweetener. Can’t wait to try this as a latte with raw sugar.

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15850 tasting notes

Mmmm! This was a highly aromatic cup of tea with a lot of really floral but thick and dense vanilla notes that gracefully but heavily coated the entire palate. Really quite peaceful but commanding. Like, I don’t know if I’m conveying this well but it just felt like a cup of oxymorons in the most beautiful way. Kind of an “everything” vanilla blend.

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