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94

Tea of the morning, purchased at Bi-Rite grocery in San Francisco. This review is for the mesh teabag form of the tea. The company is Silk Road in California (not the one in Canada).

For a black tea, this is very mellow and easy to sip on plain. I get a nice malty note in the very beginning followed by a gentle cocoa. There is something almost creamy about this, it also seems very pure and light. Devoid of astringency, even in the finish. This isn’t as spicy/peppery as some yunnans I’ve tried. Recommended if you enjoy a smooth and gentle cup you don’t need to bombard with milk & sugar. I’d like to try more things from Silk Road once my budget permits more tea purchasing…

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94
drank Jasmine Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
2169 tasting notes

It’s sad when you discover a tea you really like and then the company discontinues it, or in this case the company goes out of business!

I haven’t had this in a while because I’ve been hoarding it a bit. The sweetness of the golden yunnan mixes so well with the natural jasmine. I really don’t like jasmine teas that are overly perfume-y and drying. This hits the sweet spot for me. A nice, gentle way to wake up!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anna

This does sound really great.

TeaBrat

I may need to try this one to see how it compares: http://www.silkroadteas.com/servlet/the-661/Jasmine-Jewel/Detail

Anna

You should! I’d love to read the comparison. I’m going to try as many new jasmines as I can this year.

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90

hmm, I’ll be glad when I can do yoga again as part of my workout routine.. might be a while before I’m up for the downward dog however. This is such a nice herbal blend anyway. It’s very much like a chai but has a bit of an herby element — maybe from the nettles? I like the honeybush in here and the cinnamon. Overall really a nice blend! This and the Bombay Breakfast are my favorites from TJP.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Indigobloom

Oh no!! What happened that you can’t do yoga? I hope it isn’t serious :(

TeaBrat

I broke my arm and it’s pretty serious but I should recover :)

Anna

Aw, was it a complicated break? That can suck. I hope you have a speedy recovery!

TeaBrat

Anna, it was a pretty bad break but thankfully the Dr. did not recommend surgery. Thankfully there were not a lot of fragments. hopefully I never need the surgery!

Indigobloom

Wow that sounds super painful. Lucky you don’t need surgery! Hope it gets better asap!

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81
drank London Fog by Silk Road
2169 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon here. I woke up from a nap a little while ago and was thinking about going out for coffee. Instead I ended up making a tea. : )

This was part of my haul from Silk Road in Victoria last year. Traditionally I’m not really keen on bergamots, but the vanilla and fruit flavor makes it pretty tasty. I think there is something a bit “soapy” about the bergamot here that I’ve noticed before in Earl Grey.

Flavors: Stonefruits, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Here’s my tea of the morning and thanks to Indigobloom for the sample. I was expecting to be a bit underwhelmed because I don’t find too many chocolate teas that seem worthy of accolades.

I was wondering if I steeped this for too long (5 minutes) but really wanted to coax the flavors out more. The brewed tea smells like chocolate liquor but the flavor is really light. I get the cocoa noted but the almond is even a bit more difficult to detect. It was better with soymilk and rock sugar. Darn you, chocolate teas, for giving me a sense of false hope. ;-)

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Lemoncello by American Tea Room
2169 tasting notes

I managed to get out for a long walk with the BF which was nice, probably the most exercise I’ve had since I busted my arm 3 weeks ago.

He picked this as our afternoon tea, after giving me the obligatory speech about how much tea I have already and how I don’t need to buy any more. hee hee! This is nice, the combo of lemongrass and rooibos. We also discovered my old tea kettle is full of rust so I guess I’ll be getting rid of that and using the variable temp kettle from here on out…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

Geez, I had no idea you injured your arm. I hope it’s been better!

TeaBrat

getting better thanks!

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87

2nd rooibos tea blend of the afternoon. I haven’t been drinking this much since the holidays. This is one tisane I actually prefer to underleaf a bit since I find the mint so overpowering. There isn’t even any actual peppermint here, just candy cane flavoring. I really like this with soymilk and today I tried it with a sprinkle of cinnamon and some cacao powder — nice. Maybe I’ll try making a hot chocolate with it soon.

Candy cane latte anyone? I really need to get that milk frother I’ve had my eye on…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Suziqzer

Oh.. Sounds good with hot chocolate or as a latte !

TeaBrat

If I come up with anything good I’ll let Steepster know. :)

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81

This is making a very nice chai blend for the afternoon here. The orange flavoring is a nice complement to the chai spices and this is really good with a bit of soymilk. I didn’t feel it needed sugar, the honeybush is already a little sweet :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
2169 tasting notes

Green tea of the morning here! I did well yesterday with having a few servings of green tea and am hoping the theanine keeps my stress levels at bay. This is one of my favorite senchas because it has an underlying sweetness like sweet potatoes and is not as seaweed-y as other senchas I’ve tried.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Indian Queen by Cardamom & Curry
2169 tasting notes

I got some “So Delicious” coconut milk creamer and decided to try it out this afternoon along with this tea. Unfortunately it isn’t coconutty enough for my taste… the tea is still excellent though. :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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