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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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36

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
237 tasting notes

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
237 tasting notes

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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71
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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100
drank Angelwater by Silk Road
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One of my favourite herbals! Subtly minty with just a hint of rose and lavender. So good!

Flavors: Lavender, Rose, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84

You can’t go wrong with black currants in tea, but the combination of currant and elderflowers is a surprising hit! This tea packs tons of jammy black currant flavour.

Flavors: Bitter, Black Currant, Jam, Licorice

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84
drank Rose Petal by Silk Road
7 tasting notes

Spectacular smell, and equally spectacular taste. Big on rose flavours. This is the first rose petal tea I have ever sampled, and I am hooked.

Flavors: Fruity, Rose, Spices

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89
drank Peach Paradise by Silk Road
30 tasting notes

The aroma dried is not unlike those fuzzy peach candies (love those things!!). Sure it’s a bit sweet and artificial smelling to the nose, but brewed up it’s a much more balanced aroma and flavour. The earthiness of the black Ceylon mixes quite nicely with the fruity peach and citrus flavours. Silk Road has great quality teas and this one is even organic. It’s the second time I’ve purchased it – had no trouble going through my last tin. It has a nice summer feel to it that is a great start to my Saturday here at work. I’ve found 4 minutes is about the right brew time – much longer and some bitterness starts to come through.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
602 tasting notes

After cleaning out my tea cupboard I realized one of the reasons for my tea hiatus this last year; I have 80 some specimens and only three of them are green oolong. It’s full of puerh, black tea, and flavoured greens. That’s just not right, but at least there’s now true motivation to drink down all the teas.

This is a nice Earl Grey that would be run-of-the-mill if not for the Vanilla. It’s an “ice cream with waffle cone” level of vanilla indulgence.

Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

My first experience with this tea was probably 7 years ago, by now. At the time, I was working at a local gift store, and they would often hire international students to practice their English. We often had Japanese students as that was one of the colleges the shop partnered with, and plus, we get tons of Japanese tourists. So win win for all. Anyways, the first of these students I worked with, right when I started, was a sweet girl named Yuka. We only worked a short time together, but when she left, she gave me a mini tin of this tea. And while I was a tea fan way back then, and before that, brewing green tea at home was never my strong suit. I was fortunate to have some green teas that were very forgiving, though genmai cha was a favourite, and I drank that the most (and it was fairly forgiving). When I made this tea, I wanted to love it. I wanted to enjoy it, but I didn’t. I can’t remember truly what I disliked about this tea back then, but it was probably that it was bitter, and thus (retrospectively) user error. I seem to think that the cherry flavour was not that prominent either. Whatever it was, it kept me away from buying it for a LONG time. Til today, in fact. I was talking with one of the girls at the shop and she did confirm that it can be a finicky tea, and overbrew very easily. She suggested no more than 2 minutes to steep. I smelled it in the tin, that was filled to the brim. Ahhh, sooo good! I just had to try it again, and hope that with my gained skills and experience over the years, but more importantly, my variable temp kettle and kitchen timer, would give me success this time.

So, I decided to make this (from the 5 new green teas I got today) when I got home. I chose this one because I had my first wheatgrass shot, and anticipated it being awful (it was) I had a chaser prepared. My chaser was pomegranate juice. Then this tea. I set the temp on my kettle to 180F (it only measures in F) though it might have cooled off a little more as it took a few minutes before I actually poured the water into my mug and infuser. I let it steep for 2 minutes, and added a little bit of organic cane sugar. Oh sweet cherry! Though the sourness is just at the back of my throat after I sip. I found it got fruitier after it cooled a little more. This one seems like it will cold brew well. Looking forward to warmer weather to do that.

So, I am very glad I decided to try this one again. I am sure I will enjoy the rest of my mini tin…though I know a few people who will likely be getting some in their next tea box from me. :)

Flavors: Cherry, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
OMGsrsly

Yeah variable temp kettle! I haven’t had this tea in ages, but it’s so good iced in the summer. :)

Plunkybug

Yeah, I can’t wait to try it in summer.

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drank Dancing Monkey Tail by Silk Road
36 tasting notes

okay right okay so basically I impulse bought this cause .. giant leaves? How could I resist? Now I have no idea why they’re giant leaves, it says they’re from wild bushes which is weird cause i was gonna suggest.. gmo.. (they’re like 3 inches long!) but anyways. The package says 1 leaf to 4 cups of tea and can be resteeped, theres no time or temperature .. even on the website, so I figured i’d try starting out with sort of a basic green tea kind of steeping.

I put a leaf into my perfectea maker, and steeped for like 45 seconds, and it was basically flavourless which took me by suprise because everyone at Silk Road had told me how potent the tea was. at this point i just put the tea from my mug back into the perfectea maker, steeped for maybe 2 more minutes and there was still very little flavour.. except.. There’s a lot of astringency. So I’m thinking this might actually be how this weird giant leaf thing is supposed to be.

Basically it’s got a bit of honey flavour and sweetness, with a lot of astringency, but I think I need to stop thinking of it as a green tea, I think this type of leaf should have its own classification .. “Giant tea” gets my vote.

You know what else it has though, is that empty flavour of a tea too far steeped.. right from the start (I’ve been getting a lot of this today)

So much astringency.

But yeah I dont really know, there’s some other stuff going on with a different leaf I brewed. There’s all the other stuff I mentioned but somehow it’s .. thicker I guess. I only steeped for like a minute. The one leaf was sort of two leaves I think, so yeah it was more flavourful which makes sense. Maybe it’s growing on me but I’m starting to really enjoy it. No rating because I really have nothing to compare this to.

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77
drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
7440 tasting notes

noms. finished this one up today since i’ve got 10 ish hours left before 2016 to get as many sipdowns in haha. I am about 100 teas higher than i wanted to be at the end of this month but i am TOTALLY blaming that on not planning to be in paris, which resulted in a ton of teas coming home with me (3.5kg worth). this one is a really nice winter/holiday tea. just the right balance of apple and spice…not just cinnamon :) thanks omgsrsly!

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drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
7440 tasting notes

Apple teas are a dime a dozen. 95% of them are also spiced apple teas – cinnamon or otherwise. this one is no exception but it’s still pretty decent. there’s a little vanilla here to smooth out the cinnamon, and while the ingredients mention ginger, i’m not getting any. either way, this is tasty but nothing i need in my cupboard on a permanent basis! thanks omgsrsly

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100

Best ever. My local cafe serves up Silk Road teas, when they run out, theres a mini riot. Very mild, exquisite aroma, use a bit extra leaf, look for that beautiful amber colour, always perfect. I drink it with milk and sugar, but a bit kess sugar because of the natural sweetness. You will never go back I tell you…

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93

I haven’t had this one in awhile, so I will have to go back and update my notes next time I drink some but I worked at Point Ellice House and that’s when I first tried this tea. It’s actually based on the archives of the O’Reilly family (who owned PEH) and is something they would have enjoyed on the lawn during a party. Beautiful, smooth tea which is excellent for everyday use. It’s a little reminder of the best parts of Victoria that I enjoy regularly. I hope they never discontinue this one.

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91

One of my favourite teas, so sad that it’s discontinued as it was a limited edition tea based on tea drunk on an expedition to Antarctica (Was it the Scott expedition? I forget). I love the smokey, richness of this black tea. Really nice with some milk and sugar. Great bold breakfast tea. Not overpoweringly smokey, either. I’ve gone through two HUGE tins of this stuff and am sadly down to my last stash, which I will have to ration out. Any suggestions for something similar? Would this be like a Russian Caravan type tea? I’ve never had anything like this before.

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