2169 Tasting Notes
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…
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!
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.
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
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. ;-)
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…
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…
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 :)
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.