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95
drank Philosopher's Brew by Silk Road
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Wonderful, wonderful lemongrass. This is the best straight tasting lemongrass tea I’ve ever tried. I just love it. It is perfect for late night study sessions. It perks you up without the caffeine and is so refreshing. One of my favourites!

Flavors: Lemongrass

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89
drank Summer Shangri-la by Silk Road
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Had this the same way I did last time, with about a 2 minute steep, and unsweetened. It’s really good. I chose it because I woke up not feeling great and with a headache, so I gravitated to this. It really is nice and I am gonna have to buy a tin when my sample runs out.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89
drank Summer Shangri-la by Silk Road
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Backlog…

I had this a few weeks ago with my breakfast, and it was nice. I only steeped for about two minutes and I didn’t add anything to it, and it was lovely! I think a smidge of sugar or honey would have brought out some of the berries more, but I was ok with it as is, which is great…Ihave been reducing my sugar intake more and loving when I find teas I am ok with unsweetened now. I look forward to cold steeping this one soon!

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drank Angelwater by Silk Road
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Despite the floral bits in this tea, they’re barely noticeable under the mint of the tea, which works for me…had a cup hot last night, and a cold steep today. Nice and light and refreshing on a warm day like today. Normally I would not get a tea like this, but I was given a small amount from a friend to try, so I did. The rose petals are usually a no go for me, but she said they were very understated and barely noticeable in it once brewed.

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A tart and fruity blend. I tried it iced with white grape juice and it was nice made with juice. I’m not sure I would enjoy it hot because of the hibiscus, but it isn’t too bad cold. It made a nice refreshing drink that I could see myself enjoying by the pool side.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Tart

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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85
drank Gen Mai Cha by Silk Road
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A very tasty genmaicha, but it isn’t my favourite green tea base.

Flavors: Grain, Grass, Green, Rice, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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89

I really like the spice combination in this. Lots of interesting herbal notes. I taste citrus (lemon grass and maybe catnip or lemon mint?), a medium intensity mint, and something floral. Very nice hot and cold.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Herbs, Lemongrass, Mint, Peppermint, Spices

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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I found this tea underwhelming, to be honest. I almost bought a tin of it last time I went to Silk Road because the loose leaf smells so good, and now I’m not sure I will ever go back for it.

I bought a cup of Silk Road’s Sour Cherry green tea because I needed some tea before my flight and I knew I would be stuck at the airport for a while. They used a lot of leaves in my tea bag, at least 3 teaspoons, which quickly expanded to 6 teaspoons after a few minutes of steeping. The leaves were mostly large pieces of a medium green colour. After about 3 minutes of steeping, the tea was a light yellow and tasted very faint, so I let it steep for another 3 minutes. The liquid was now a more attractive amber colour and smells like green tea and cherries. Unfortunately, the flavour was lacking. To my disappointment I could taste very little cherry, and I dislike the tangy and astringent aftertaste. However, under all that, there was a pleasant green tea flavour. If you are someone who does not mind astringent tea, you will enjoy this tea strong. Otherwise, I would not recommend this tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Green, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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90

I wish this tea had a bit more chocolate flavour, but it is still one of my favourite chocolate mint teas. It is very nice plain or with light sweetener and goes well with milk. In the summer I make it iced with honey. The best part about it is that you can re-steep it 4-6 times without losing any flavour.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Lemon, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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94
drank Lychee Fruit by Silk Road
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Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Lychee, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Flavors: Fruity, Sour, Sweet, Tannic, Tannin

Preparation
Iced

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42

Too acidic and astringent for me.

Flavors: Astringent, Berry, Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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68
drank Seamist by Silk Road
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Flavors: Green, Herbaceous, Lemon, Lemongrass, Salty, Seaweed

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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97
drank London Fog by Silk Road
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I tried this over at a friend’s house last month and it was amazing! It is a typical “Vanilla Earl Grey” but with less bergamot and more of a rounded, malty black tea flavour. Next time I am at Silk road I’m going to pick up some of this to make London Fogs out of. It is soooo good with milk/

Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Malt, Milk, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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94
drank Herbal Chai by Silk Road
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Flavors: Cardamon, Ginger, Pepper, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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94
drank Herbal Chai by Silk Road
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Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

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94
drank Herbal Chai by Silk Road
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This chai can be very spicy, so it makes a great morning tea (hence the name “cosmic consciousness”). It isn’t the same as most chais because it has more ginger and cardamon, which makes it unique. It is one of my favourite teas from Silk road because I love the combination of spices they use. It can be re-steeped several times and is also good iced or with sweetener.

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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90
drank Angelwater by Silk Road
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Flavors: Flowers, Herbaceous, Herbs, Lavender, Mint, Plant Stems, Rose, Spearmint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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90
drank Angelwater by Silk Road
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Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Herbs, Honey, Lavender, Mint, Rose, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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90
drank Angelwater by Silk Road
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Never oversteeps. Using boiling water will burn the leaves and make it taste bad, use cooler water and steep longer. I taste spearmint and also some floral notes like lavender and something that tastes like a lemon or citrus scented flower. This is amazing hot or cold. A local restaurant even makes Angel water flavoured ice cream (have not tried it.) I can understand why it is so popular, I think the sweet spearmint goes really well with the herbs and flower petals. I’ve had not-so-great cups of this flavour before, so I’m thinking the water temperature is important.

Flavors: Floral, Herbs, Lavender, Medicinal, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 19 OZ / 550 ML

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90
drank Angelwater by Silk Road
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Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Mint, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Flavors: Green, Mint, Salty, Seaweed

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70
drank Velvet Potion by Silk Road
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Not a bad tea, though on it’s own I find it a little plain. I enjoy it very much in a tea-latte style with steamed milk, and a bit of vanilla and chocolate syrup; makes it taste like a red velvet cupcake! :) overall quite tasty

Flavors: Earth, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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73
drank Alchemist's Brew by Silk Road
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Quite a good tea, though I find it gets a little too strong for me quite quickly. I don’t much enjoy it hot but it makes a great iced tea with a little bit of sugar; it’s a lot less sour and it really brings out the spiced undertones. :)

Flavors: Floral, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Sour, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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