Silk Road Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

100

Gorgeous, fuzzy, 2 leaves & a bud with pretty multi hues of light green, dark green, and silver green.
The liquor is a clear champagne color and has a slight honey scent.
The flavor is slight butter bean with a sweet honey note mixed in. Very light, fresh and cleansing.


Second Steeping—I found the second steeping even better than the first which bumps this tea up to 100. ( I am giving lots of high scores lately because I found the teas I like and so I guess that’s why the scoring on here is very personal)
The flavor on the second is sweeter, loses the butter bean and just keeps a sweet fresh note.
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5/16/14
Leaves look so much like white peony but the flavor is almost like a mild green tea. This tea is not as sweet as most whites but does have a little sweet note. Good tea for when you want a green tea but not a strong vegetal or mineral type green (even though it’s a white tea lol).
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6/8/14
Origin: Guo Shan (Drum Mountain) Mountains along the coast of Fujian Province, China.
Wet Leaves are very tender young leaves with scents of butter and spring peas.
The Liquor has a light light celery green color which I love.
Flavor is light spring pea with a touch of butter and a touch of sweetness on the finish.
This is a lovely tea.
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7/18/14
Having some more this afternoon,,,,very spring-a-licious tea!!
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8/7/14
Gaiwan style this morning!!!! Very delicate and lovely tea. Qualities of both a white and a green tea. Delicious, I would like a touch sweeter in the morning though so this is a good one for after lunch.

Flavors: Butter, Peas, Sugarcane

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Pretty good every day green tea. I also have a Fo Mei (Buddha’s Eyebrow). I love the tiny tiny rolled green leaves and they smell spinachy, minerally.
The liquor is light and cleansing, great with my lunches. Very subtle notes of butter and larger notes of butter bean. A bit of green bean flavor as well.


6/16/14

Had a bit of this Gaiwan style at 175F today,,,I definitely have other green teas that I like better but this is a good one to play around with and try different temps bc it’s not like precious Long Jing that I don’t want to run out ever lol.

Flavors: Butter, Green Beans, Lima Beans

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Congou Black by Silk Road Teas
229 tasting notes

This is a beautiful tea!!! The dry leaves are dark brown with orange-brown colored threads mixed all in and they smell like bourbon balls at holiday time.
Brewed, the wet leaves look like brown crochet thread, staying all thin and wispy.
The liquor smells fabulous, sweet and “caramely”
The flavor is smooth and sweet. So good and has that caramelized sugar flavor that I love love love. Then there is a malty finish. Yum YUM YUM!! A good black tea for me to keep on hand!!!
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7/2/14
Tea for the day,,,my little doggie helped pick it out. I had lots of black tea bags out and he kept nudging at this one with his nose so Congou Black it is!!!!!!!!!! My doggie has good taste.
Origin: Fujian Province, China
Dry Leaf: Thin threads, mostly black with some gold ones mixed in. Scents of malt and tobacco.
Method: Took this one down to 190F today with 1 tsp tea per 8 oz water. Brewed Western style, 2 cups at a time for 3 minute steep.
Wet Leaf: When these leaves hit the water, it was sweet malt heaven scent. Very young buds and leaves that have turned milk chocolate brown with scents of honey, chocolate, and molasses.
Liquor: Red/Brown color with malt and molasses scent.
Flavor: Smoke flavor up front but a sweetness hits the back of your throat. There is malt on the nose. Detect a bit of apple peel too. Good complexity.

Flavors: Apple Skins, Caramel, Malt, Molasses, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Elderflower Nectar by Silk Road Teas
229 tasting notes

I couldn’t wait to try this!! This is a lovely herbal with cute, tiny, tiny little dried white flowers mixed into a potpourri of little tiny flower middles and pieces. The little white flowers are whole and they are very tiny, very beautiful to look at!! It’s like little fairy tisane!!!!!!!! Dry, it smells like mulberries and herbs.
The liquor smells like sweet honey and biscuits. It is a golden yellow color, like chamomile, but not as bright yellow gold as chamomile gets.
Silk Road Teas assumes you know what you are doing because they have no specific brewing instructions,,,,so I brewed this one like chamomile only I took the temp down a little to 190 and steeped for 4 minutes.
This is so yummy and naturally sweet. I love this. It has the herbal, wildflower quality of chamomile but it is sweeter and tastes less harsh than chamomile. This is one to keep on hand in my cupboard along with my other herbals chamomile & dry desert lime. My chamomile will be jealous because I see myself drinking this Elderflower a whole lot more often!!!!
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6/11/14
Having a bit of this after dinner as a dessert. So sweet and lovely. I love this tisane.
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7/2/14
Having some more of this good stuff!!! My stomach hurt a little bit so I am using it to soothe a tummy ache.
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7/4/14
Another pot tonight,,,,I LOVE this tisane.

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

My favourite Earl Grey, the black tea base isn’t bitter and has a lot of flavour and the bergamot isn’t too strong or artificial. Perfect balance.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1

I’d really rather make No Review at all before I make a Bad Review BUT in this case I really had to, there is something horribly wrong with this tea to me :(
This tea seriously makes me stomach hurt, I’ve tried it on 3 different occasions and I decided to try it again this morning but NO Good :(
I have honestly never had a tea that made me belly hurt like this after drinking so very little of it, tho I have drank teas that have made me feel bad, this one really hurts I can’t even change to something else because my belly is upside down.
Tastes like a Yunnan Black but really taste all goes out the window when your belly starts hurting.
It makes me sad too because I ordered a few teas from Silk Road Teas(4) and honestly only 1 out of 4 was even worth drinking and that was only when it was Iced.

Very Disappointed with Silk Road Teas :(

MissB

I get like that with oolongs. I’m finding a few that I don’t react to, but for the most part? I get violently ill within minutes.

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94

Tea of the super early morning. I am loving this a bit more every time I have it. A delicious yunnan, malty, peppery, chewy. Makes a great breakfast tea with a splash of soymilk. I may need to make it part of the permanent collection. :)

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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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85

This is my kind of oolong—a little bit roasty, fragrant, sweet, and lightly floral. I don’t get plum initially, but it comes in very nicely in the aftertaste. Just the thing for yet another snowy day. Thanks very much for sharing this with me, CharlotteZero! I wasn’t familiar with Silk Road Teas prior to this swap, but this lovely tea has prompted me to check out their site and I see they have lots of other exciting offerings. Definitely one to keep in mind for a future order.

CharlotteZero

Yay! I’m glad you liked it. :-)

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90

Assuming that this Golden Monkey is the higher grade variety that Silk Road offers, this tea is really quite a find. Most gold-bud black teas will have about 20% gold buds; however, this tea is closer to 50/50 on the tea leaves to tea buds front.
I was initially brewing this at 200-boiling, however after accidentally brewing it at 180F I realized the true potential of this tea. The lower brewing temperature allows for more of the soft maltiness of the roasted teabuds to shine through, while not allowing the black tea leaves to oversteep and exude their bittering astringency. As a teadrinker who tends to stray away from black teas, this Golden Monkey is one of a kind in the class of gold-bud teas.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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87

This is a very high quality bouquet-style Dancong oolong. Some times I will brew this tea perfectly and it gives me the chills. The second infusion is always a little better balanced than the first, but the fourth infusion is the prime of this tea.

The infusion yields an amber and gold liquor, the aroma is woodsy and nutty and the taste is creamy like honey and butter, yet also pleasantly minerally with an allusion to tasteful astringencies.

I would highly recommend this bouquet style dancong oolong

Flavors: Butter, Honey, Mineral, Orchids, Raisins, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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64

I didn’t like this tea the first time I had it, but I was hoping I would like it better this time around. The aroma is pleasant, but the broth lacks sweetness and is very drying to my throat. At this point it way just be too old.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey, Orchids

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Lichee Congou by Silk Road Teas
3 tasting notes

Stale and sour. Can’t give a better description because after two sips I threw it out. If you like black tea their Golden Monkey would be a far better choice…albeit at over twice the price…but worth it! Not my cup so I’m not going to give it a number. I have the rest of this 1/4 lb and 1/4 lb Dragon Eyes which I find tastes the same. If anyone wants either of these send me a pm or email and I will ship them to you for free. If no one wants them I’ll dispose of them in my garden like I do with my spent tea leaves.

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91

Chewing on a couple dry strands reveals a dusty (sawdust like) crunchy, mellow taste with the slightest hint of bitterness. The cup that follows is similar in taste. This batch had many more golden buds and was much more dusty than my order last March. I’m guessing it was taken from the bottom of the bin while my previous order was probably from the top. I’ve been out of this tea for a couple weeks and the first sip is like sitting down with an old friend. The cup is mellow and smooth with a nice chocolaty flavor that resides on the pallet for some time afterwards. Brewing the cup for 4 min 15 seconds is my preferred length of time. It results in a chocolaty and malty cup with a texture that coats the tongue. I find 4 minutes results in a slight numbing of the tongue (not unlike a sip of coca tea) which steadily fades. That numbness as well as a hint of dried apples is overpowered by a chocolaty, almost coffee like flavor when steeped for 4 min 30 seconds or more. The longer steep also results in a hint of bitterness that isn’t present when steeped for a shorter amount of time. The tea feels strong in both caffeine and theanine. This along with Silk’s White Peony I prefer to keep continuously stocked. These two along with Mi Xian Black and Caramel Assam by Butiki are by far the best teas to dance with these taste receptors. My first order of a few pounds came with a free gaiwan and a few tasting cups. This act of kindness has resulted in me becoming a life-long customer. With a tea like GM (Jin Hou) it makes that easy. By far, one of the best teas from Silk I’ve had the pleasure of tasting and one I could easily drink for life.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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87

The marriage of honeysuckle nectar and clover honey. Sweet and refreshing. Very light and easy to sip quickly. The leaves are very tender and remarkable good quality.

This is a nice greener oolong and complements other more oxidized and roasted types of teas. I like drinking this one along side a sweet Sun Moon Lake black. Sometimes nice going back and forth between the two, fully absorbing the complexity and contrast of the different class of teas. Nonetheless, this tea can be certainly drank by itself with great pleasure.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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92

Chose to gongfu steep this one. Wow – this tea brew a nice clean, thick liquid. The aroma is spicy in its chai-likeness, yet has deep hay notes and a sweet molasses and oats thickness. This tea is pretty remarkable in how it continues to produce several cups without weakening. I may load up on this one on my next purchase. Thank you, Silk Road Teas for including this generous sample with my purchase!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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78

Produces a very rich dark liquor with a smooth mouthfeel. There’s a lot going on in the flavor of this Pu-er. Almost too much I think. I have a hard time picking out anything unique about this tea, other than it has that usual “barnyard” smell. Flavor is roasty and smooth. I’ve accidentally let this tea brew for over an hour, and it never got bitter. I find that it doesn’t rebrew all that well, not because of bitterness issues, but it’s hard to get a similar strong flavor that comes with the first brew.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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84

Dark fine leaves produce a deep amber soup. Lovely sweet orchid notes. My sample disappeared too quickly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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75

This is a gorgeous tea with long (1 1/2 to 3") leaf sets. Cups to a pale yellow/green soup with nice thick mouth feel and a fresh, delicate, but noticeably savory (umami) taste. I’m not getting the orchid notes.

I brewed it with warm/hot water (175F?) poured gently over 12 or so leaves placed base down standing straight up in a 4 oz. ball jar. 1st steep (45 sec) was all fresh spring with a bit of mouth puckering. 2nd to 4th steeps with increasing temp and steep times yielding very enjoyable cups. Final steep (#5) with boiling water and drank it right out of the ball jar with the leaves at the bottom.

It’s a delicate tea, and maybe a bit tricky to brew, but has the umami taste of a nice fresh green and the mouth feel of a silver needle white. I’m very satisfied with the purchase.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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It smells like water from boiled veggies, like asparagus, chard, and spinach. Not really my favourite tea smell.

My face is probably pretty ridiculous right now. I want to taste this tea, and give it a fair shot, but…

Yeah, ok. It’s green veggies and bean sprouts and it’s SWEET. Weird. I might get through 1/4 of my mug (I steeped it per Silk Road’s normal parameters, which is 1 tsp tea for 2 cups of water).

Umm, thank you, CrowKettle, for sharing this one with me. Definitely not something I’ll be buying myself, but green teas are always worth a try. I’ll be giving the rest of the sample to a friend to try.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
keychange

Haha love it. It’s hard when you really want to try and say something redeeming about the tea but honestly can’t. But hey, you know what you don’t like.

Fjellrev

Weird, I wonder what it would be like to make stock with it for soup.

OMGsrsly

It might work for something like that Japanese soup where you pour hot tea over rice and other tasty things.

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I did at least 5 to 7 steepings earlier today with this tea. I decided to finish it off by adding the leaves into my tea tumbler (t free) add a bit of hot water, waited a minute, then topped with ice.

Pretty good! I didn’t add any sugar and the pu’er is light and ends on a sweet note, perfect cold. Hopefully this unclogs up all the excess pizza I ate for lunch. Ugg.

Preparation
Iced

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Ty to Meeka for a sample of this from our Steepster meetup!

No steeping instructions, and Silk Road has this tea out of stock so there was no info there! Whatev’s, I can deal with it. 200F, quick steeps via gaiwan. However,my constant trips to the gaiwan is driving my roommates a little annoyed, as they are scrambling around trying to get ready for their LARP trip this weekend.

No fishyness or bitterness, earthy flavor ending with a little sweetness. Early infusions has a dark chocolate note mid sip. What I find interesting is how this tea can be super black in colour, but with taste with a good level of flavor and not blasting pu’er strong!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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