Silk Road Teas

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100

Smokey, bitter, punchey. Probably what tea super badass samurai are drinking in Kurosawa movies.

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80
drank Camel's Breath by Silk Road Teas
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Tea of the afternoon here; this is a pretty decent little tou cha – see previous notes for more info.

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60

I’m not big on green teas, but for some reason, when I have a cold, green pearl tea is the only thing I can stomach. And it makes me feel better! Even if I don’t like the taste.

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77

Very light in color, earthy, and no astringency. I got this as part of the oolong sampler to give the oolongs a try— all part of my tea education. I’m not sure I’ll ever want an oolong tea for my “breakfast tea”, but it would be lovely later in the day.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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93

For whatever reason, I haven’t had jasmine pearls in a long time. They really are wonderful.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I love jasmine pearls. They’re one of those teas that I don’t have often enough, and when I do get around to having some, it’s such a delightful experience.

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18

I just had to try the matcha from Silk Road Teas. I guess this matcha is drinkable but definitely not of quality. Dull in both color and taste. I used various water temperatures ranging from 160-175. I think this would probably would be best for cooking/baking so I might have to try that instead. For now, I will stick to Pure Matcha. =P

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C

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93

This is an exceptional green tea. It has a lovely sweet, grassy aroma, very delicious and light. I like to steep for two pots, first pot about 1 min 45sec, and for the second pot I like to steep for a little over 2 minutes. I was using water temp of about 170-175 but I think I like it better slightly lower temp of around 165.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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89

Oh, num. It’s interesting how my tea phases go. A few months ago I couldn’t get enough of green Oolongs. Then I didn’t want anything to do with them. Now, I’m back to craving them. This hits the spot today. Floral and creamy and sweet. Siiiiiiigh of happiness.

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66

The leaves are varied shades of deep green, with a sweet yet toasted grassy aroma. There is little detail, as the leaves are very light and very flat, which is kind of a disappoint, but they are full leaves nonetheless.

Steeping brings out more of that nice sweet toasted aroma, overpowering the grassy scent, which is less of a disappointment. The brew is a nice light jade color, with pieces of leaves floating to the bottom.

I like the subtleness of the grassy flavor, appropriately pulling to the backseat, allowing the sweet toasted flavors to come through.

There isn’t really much else to this tea. It is a very toasty green tea, with subtle notes of grass, but sweet, and toasted.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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94

Definitely a delicious green tea and at a great price! I’m going to order more! It has a good vegetal taste and slight sweetness. I use a Japanese tea pot, 2 steep sessions.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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100

Ever since seeing the excellent documentary “All In This Tea,” I’ve wanted to try this one and I finally got the chance when a local Chinese friend of mine brought some in to my shoppe for blending. During the aforementioned documentary film, renown tea master Gaetano Kazuo Maida does a public tasting of this specfic tea and describes the experience as “vegetal without being flowery, earthy, seaweed.” Well, he’s got a much more refined palate than I do but I get what he was saying. It’s definitely very, very vegetal and has a slight, natural sweetness to it that is refreshing. I’ve never tasted a tea so clean before. I got three lovely infusions out of the amount that was given and we’re getting together this weekend for more tastings.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Heard David Lee Hoffman on Sunday at the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival in Boulder. At least 12 Pu’er’s were served and a few Oolongs. We chatted a bit since we’re both older and went to the same University (San Jose State).

Bonnie

He get’s up your way I’m sure.

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86

one of the better black teas available at a reasonable price. this tea doesn’t have the tendency to get bitter like the more readily available blacks from India. not a complex flavor profile, but a dependably good cup

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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75

Every time I drink this tea, the rating goes higher. This tea is really masterfully made: I love the minimalist tins it comes in, I love the look of the glossy green pellets in the tin, and I love the honeyed colour of the liquor. The taste is also fabulous: a deep, enigmatic, borderline smokey mouthful.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

I’m typically a green tea lover, but this is one of my favorite Oolong teas! It has an excellent flavor, pleasant aroma. I usually have about 3-4 pots at the approximate temperature of 185 and 1-2 min steeps. Drank it multiple times daily, went through it pretty quick. Will have to order more. =D

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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