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drank Berry Victoria by Silk Road
390 tasting notes

tried to update the image for this tea… steepster is not in the mood to accomodate.

i found this tea very smooth, not astringent, not bitter… when i picked it up it read rather as a vanilla berry earl grey. that said i found it rather muddled; definitely not an earl grey, hardly a hint of bergamot…oddly it tastes fairly significantly of apples?

smooth black caffeinated apples.. it’s not bad. just lacking focus.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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HOW CAN AN ENTIRE BROWSER THAT HAS BEEN UNINSTALLED THEN REINSTALLED HAVE A VIRUS? argh.

rant over.

this is a great tea. must admit i am hedgy about lavender (not listed here as chrome takes umbrage against every keystroke i make…) but it not only fits perfectly with the tea somehow gives it a scottish feel. i know i know, scotland is more known for heather than for lavender, but somehow this tea carries a lovely gentle purple hue.

light, fresh, lavender is balanced by a hint of rose with a great punch of black tea caffeine. i wouldn’t change a thing. superb.

Flavors: Lavender, Oak wood, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Sounds delightful.

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drank Electric Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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hah! how long has it been since i was here? too long…

apologies for my lapse, friends. this reviews signals a change. :-) since mid november last year i’ve been at tent city in victoria bc as a support worker. i have been wrangling police, fire, mcfd, provincial reps, parole boards, POs, street nurses, harm reduction teams, MPs, MLAs and news crews. (did i miss anybody? lol) in short it’s been a brilliant zoo filled with incredible characters both tragic and hilarious. that said i am reviewing a DAVID’S tea because i am so broke (did i mention i was unpaid?) that even a DT encroaches on my budget uncomfortably.

i enjoy mates. i like the hum version of caffeine it parcels out and the lack of a crash afterwards- a nice steady caffeine climb. is this the highest quality mate… no. BUT it’s summertime. this time of year i make iced tea… and i never use my highest quality teas to make iced tea, so this tea is more than adequate. it’s light, fresh, tangy and fruity.

back to school and i started paid work this past tuesday. yay affordable mate! also yay 82 million dollars towards affordable, accessible, low barrier housing on vancouver island… it’s a good start.

Flavors: Lemon, Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
gmathis

Wow on every level. Good to see you back!

Sil

welcome back!

Fjellrev

Welcome back, James!

JustJames

thank you so much my friends. it’s good to read you all…. xo

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drank Honey Oolong by Capital Teas
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would i recommend this tea? YES!
to someone who can justify (after many days) a costly expenditure….
seriously, from wow to OW (price wise) back to wow.

canadians, don’t bother with the website call head office, the tea crew are dedicated and polite.

looks like tendrils of oolong caramelized in honey or toffee or something ridiculously decadent.
tastes like honey chocolate but not too smooth… it has a velvet aspect that makes it thicker somehow, each sip more prolonged.
resteeps well…
i still don’t get how a tea can impart ‘thickness’ without being thick but it does.
the depth of flavour is excellent.
hate to say it (although i really do appreciate capital teas)… but this crazily priced tea is worth it to me. (and i say that as a student accruing debt) perversely, you get an expositional high sometimes by saying ‘i paid THIS much and i was WRONG!’ (we are weird animals)…. but i’m not sorry a bit for buying this tea. i just have to make it last a loooooong time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
keychange

I’m just having an expositional high because you’re posting again! ;)

Sil

awesome. and welcome back!

JustJames

lol, keychange… xoxo

JustJames

well worth it sil… i should see about uploading the pic that goes with it.

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drank Lychee Fruit by Silk Road
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how is it possible to be chronically busy? even on weekends? even in free time? it must speak to a time management issue or a problem with prioritization, and yet….

i got pictures of a snake basking in the sun today and got chased out of an urban exploration photo shoot yesterday by drug dealers… i found the snake much more relaxing, let me tell you! the rcmp and i are getting to know one another quite well ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MNANgFCYpk) lol.

as i review this tea i am drinking a dreadful one, but that’s just the way it goes….

the first note i observed about this blend once the water was poured was a light wood essence. it verged on smokey, but didn’t quite cross the boundary. light sweet wood… maybe balsa by comparison. i wasn’t sure how that would factor into the tea. the smell of lychee wasn’t as strong as the wood element.

everything changed with sipping. i realized what silk road had been striving for (i think)… they weren’t trying to recreate a lychee flavour, they were looking to create a lychee experience. the wood element built the suggestion of the lychee’s woody rind in china town, the warmth of the beverage reminded me of the boxes of lychee fruit basking in the sun, the lychee notes themselves had a NEARLY overripe quality, almost bruised… that ‘peel and eat me as soon as you get in the door’ urgency.

impressive. if you’ve spent time in china town (1 block down the road from silk road teas) then you know that this tea is less a flavour and more a spring scenario painted for your nose and tongue. very clever.

back to being busy… royal roads begins at the end of august so it isn’t going to let up anytime soon, lol.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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i am on here too rarely… from feast a year ago to famine now!

i got a notification from ATR that they had a new website up and running, that if i wanted to sign up all over again there were discounts to be had. i have my favourites with ATR, i made a list and my package arrived today.

sitting on top of my items was THIS sample. i usually try samples first… suspicious nature maybe, or perhaps adventurous spirit? i don’t know know if this classes as a gift or a torment. it’s fantastic— like home run fantastic. like add milk and it’s a grown up creamsicle with way more layers and perfectly balanced flavour… …… ….. but. (of course there’s a but) IT ARRIVED WITH THE ORDER I ALREADY PLACED!!!!!!!!!

pretty funny when you think about it. it’s as though ATR has been taking lessons from stacy lim.

awesome blend on the heels of a great honour at school that will look fantastic on a resume. not a bad day… maybe i’ll behave badly and order more of this blend. maybe. =0D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

interesting… and nice to see you around again ;)

Ysaurella

That’s great to see you back James !

JustJames

it was too good not to review, sil. seriously. if you flavoured teas, and these days i defer to iced greens, high quality blacks or flavoured then i can’t recommend this enough!

JustJames

hi ysaurella, it’s been an age! sorry i’ve been so busy my friend. :0/

Sil

wishlist it goes heh

scribbles

JustJames!!!!!! I missed you!!!! Am so pleased to see you :)

boychik

Good to see you James

JustJames

hi scribbles! it’s been far too long…. i do apologize. xoxo

MissB

Methinks I need to send you some tea from my travels… seeing you back here reminds me to add it to my list. :)

JustJames

tea swaps are always a lovely thing, MissB… though i do have to update my tea cupboard! hope your travels were excellent!

keychange

Come baaaaaack to steepster, my dear. I miss you!

gmathis

Good to see you!

JustJames

hello keychange! oof! i am so busy in school… residency is kicking my butt, lol. i miss you too. xo

JustJames

good to see you as well gmathis :-) …sorry i’ve been out of touch.

keychange

Yaaay, you’re here! even just a little bit.

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