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75
drank Lychee Fruit by Silk Road
1849 tasting notes

Great Canadian TTB

Thank you AshleyElizabeth for including this. It smells amazing!! However, it steeps up a lot more subtle. Nonetheless, it still has a nice lychee flavor and I am happy I got to try it.

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70
drank Royal BC Museum Tea by Silk Road
1849 tasting notes

Great Canadian TTB

I have no idea what BC berries are and neither does my friend from BC but I do know is that this is a really pleasant cup. Not something I am running out to stock but I would drink another cup if offered. Thank you AshleyElizabeth for the chance to try it.

MissB

Ha! BC berries, that’s what it says on the bag? I had to go look… so it’s berries cultivated in BC, which includes black raspberry, thimbleberry, cranberry, blueberry, salal berry and salmon berry. With the Nootka rosehips, I’d say this is a well-named tea! Holy moly.

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88
drank Sublime by Silk Road
1378 tasting notes

This is exactly what I wanted right now.

I’ve been drinking a lot of lemongrassy teas lately, I think I have a craving. I even made bo kho, with super strong lemongrass tea (didn’t want to go to the store to get a couple stalks) and it was so amazing and lemongrassy. Yum.

I added a couple small pieces of rock sugar while it was steeping.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

yum, i like lemongrass too :)

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drank Japanese Sour Cherry by Silk Road
1378 tasting notes

Yep. Delicious.

Soon I’ll need to make another trip to Victoria (probably stay a couple nights with friends) to go tea shopping, walking in the park, have tea, etc.

Soon.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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81
drank London Fog by Silk Road
2310 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91
drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
1378 tasting notes

I brought this one with me when I went out today. It’s delicious (as always), but it loses something in the travel mug. I’m really preferring my 12 oz ceramic mug from sbux, even though it doesn’t seal at all. Too bad I haven’t found a ceramic travel mug with no silicone bits I have to touch, and a (mostly) sealing lid!

In other news, I made delicious delicious fries today for dinner. I used avocado oil (takes higher temps than olive oil), and made a dipping sauce with tahini, garlic, lime juice, S&P. So good. Do it. Please. I’m going to try with ghee at some point. :)

http://foodwishes.blogspot.ca/2014/02/duck-fat-steak-fries-theres-new-fat-in.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

That sounds delish!

OMGsrsly

The fries were SO GOOD, but now I’m SO FULL. Food coma time. Maybe I should have some puerh. :)

Courtney

Food comas are exactly when I have the pine tree tea from Verdant hah!

Fjellrev

They sound awesome!

teataku

If you ever did find a ceramic to-go mug that doesn’t have any silicone… let me know? I don’t mind silicone, but my husband HATES it. I got him a Cosco brand one that’s metal and plastic, but he said the metal gives it a funny taste. So… I’m still looking.

OMGsrsly

Check Starbucks. Occasionally they have them, with hard plastic lids. The lids just don’t close. I do like mine a lot, but I’d like to be able to put it in my bag so I can have hands free when I’m standing on the bus!

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14
drank Lychee Fruit by Silk Road
4738 tasting notes

GCTTB!

oh noes. this is NOT the lychee tea for me. this is way too floral and not so much at all like lychee. I vastly prefer the one that i tried from Lupicia back in the day. This one is just… no. no. and uh…no. :)

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71
drank Royal BC Museum Tea by Silk Road
4738 tasting notes

GCTTB!

…..well so much for getting to florida today. Up side? I can drink all the teas in the travelling teabox today so that when i get back, it will be a quick thing to pack it up and get it out to variatea. sooo incoming flux of a million small cups of tea and tasting notes!

I rather like this one. It’s a decent base with just a bit of berry poking through. Not something i would have picked up on my own, though i suppose i did consider it when i was in Victoria. :) Happy to get to try it and i’m enjoying the little cup i made :) I’m doing my best not to finish anything in the box unless there’s something with only 1 cup left heh

Lala

not getting to florida?

Sil

nope. flight cancelled until tomorrow.. sigh

Lala

Oh that is too bad. Now you drank all of the milk for nothing :P

At least it gives you a bit more time to get all of your stuff done.

Also, did you know there is a store in Downtown Disney called Tea and Spice exchange (or something like that). Not to be a problem starter or anything, even though I totally am. My mom tried to stop me from going in, but I almost ripped her arm off when I just turned and bee-lined for it without even saying where I was going. Definitely set my credit card on fire there.

Sil

haha yeah i’ll likely check it out….trying to be good but there are a few there i’d like to try…didn’t realise there was a location @ downtown disney though heh

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Sipdown no 93, from Sil, of course.
A roasty rich wuyi oolong.
We’re watching “this is the end”. It’s really stupid, but then, I knew it would be.

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73
drank London Fog by Silk Road
315 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box

For having sour in the name, I was really expecting to hate this one but it’s really nice! There’s a hint of cherry when it’s unsweetened. It’s not sour at all, but light and fruity. After my 3 steeps of Rhubarb Vanilla Ale, I needed a bit of a palate cleanser and this was the perfect choice. Not a keep but definitely nice to try!

In case anyone has witnessed the large amounts of tea I’ve been logging due to the traveling tea box, I think I’ll be finished by tonight!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

take your time if there’s more to explore… have fun with it!

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Welcome to day 14 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve managed to maintain the self-discipline to keep this party going for 2 full weeks, LOL, & I’m not sure if it can go much further, but it’s been fun.
With only 14 teas to go to reach my goal of 100 sipdowns, I’m going all out today!
This is sipdown No. 86, from my tip sister Sil.
In the first steeping of 3 minutes, it was mostly just a decent shu puerh, very little tangerine taste. This second cup, steeped 5 minutes, has a little more of the tangerine that the tea was aged in, but it is subtle. I added a pinch of stevia ( not monsanto’s version, but the real kind, from Cheryl’s herbs), & the tangerine flavor blossomed a bit more, giving the whole cup a juicy quality, on top of the earthy/woody shu puerh. Not bad!

NofarS

Wow! Good for you Terri! Keep going

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84
drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
169 tasting notes

Thanks Eva for sneaking this in as an extra when you sent me another sample!

I wanted something with a black base this morning, and don’t often reach for fruit teas, but this one looked good this morning.. and the smell of the dry leaf put it in my cup.

Dry it smells sweet and faintly of cinnamon and apple. Steeped the flavors come out.. sweet cinnamon and apple (I did add my normal touch of raw sugar after tasting it-could’ve managed w/o, but so much more dessert-like with). Reminds me of apple crisp or an apple dumpling without the crust or crumbles. I would have thought I would have preferred to have the pastry flavor, but in this blend I enjoy that they left that out and let the other flavors come through.. it feels like a cleaner blend without one more flavor competing. I don’t really taste the black base, but I’m ok with that here. I’m more familiar with blacks than other bases, so maybe it just blends well and I don’t recognize it as standing out.

This is the first I’ve heard of Silk Road, and I might have to take a look at their website soon and see what all they offer … maybe I’ll grab a bit of this for my birthday in enjoy March. It will still be cool enough here to enjoy this hot then.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Suziqzer

Yikes.. just looked at their website. Shipping will cost me on this one.. might have to find another one similar :)

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84
drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
1917 tasting notes

I have OMGsrsly to thank for this sample, although at the leaf to water ratio that is recommended it is more than just a sample! I drink 12oz cups of tea at work, so I estimated about 0.75 tsp for my cup (recommended: 1 tsp for 16oz).

This is an interesting tea. It is decidedly not a typical Earl Grey Cream, although it contains those flavors. The flavors were fairly subtle in this one, and although I wouldn’t call the cup weak, I will probably try this with a bit more leaf before rating it. The bergamot had a sweetish, cookie-type quality (that probably only I actually associate with cookies, haha), which was accentuated by the vanilla. At the same time, the vanilla was pretty laid back and not overwhelmingly creamy. Very interesting tea! Glad I have enough of it to experiment with.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Isn’t that a RIDICULOUS ratio? I started with loose tea at Silk Road and could not understand why other teas called for 1 tsp per 6 oz. :) I like it my new ‘normal’ way, which is 2 tsp, as well as the original way.

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80
drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
77 tasting notes

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Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4738 tasting notes

sipdown! So i enjoyed this one a lot while it was in my cupboard, but i’m not sure it’s worthy of a re-order. I know there is a vanilla tea out there for me that deserves a permanent place in my cupboard. This one, it’s good but i don’t think it’s good ENOUGH.

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4738 tasting notes

Made a latte out of this one this morning with a small teaspoon of Red Leaf’s Irish cream added to it. oh man…so good. Looking forward to trying the irish cream on it’s own as it added just the right something, something to this today haha

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4738 tasting notes

I had this in latte form earlier tonight. I’ve got a long night ahead of me and i’m already crashing. Testing for work tonight, and amazingly enough they’re ahead of schedule…but that means less sleep ironically enough since the schedule before they were ahead gave me a bit more sleep time. I have a funny feeling the next few days are going to be filled with cranky tired Sil. But this cup of tea helped! Hard to believe i’m almost out of this one though heh. At least i’ve got another vanilla black in my cupboard to move on to after this one :)

TheTeaFairy

Working the whole night???

JustJames

thinking of you…. sending energized ions your way!

Sil

teafairy. Yeah. Started at 5pm..but my work doesn’t really get going until 10pm-4am then i get a nap..and i’m back at it around 8am-1pm :)

OMGsrsly

Yikes! Good luck, Sil!

Sil

haha it’s not too bad. it’s just going to be tough in combination with travelling monday and being in chicago tues/wed. don’t sleep as well and it’s long days/nights.

__Morgana__

Whoa, what a schedule. I’m yawning just thinking about the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. part. Good thing you have tea!

TheTeaFairy

Hey, we’re here for you when you need a break…Not much of a sleeper here, so I can be your night buddy ;-)

Cavocorax

Hopefully you’re able to drink some tea while you’re in Chicago this time around. Failing that, coffee?
I hope they pay you triple over time and a half for hours like that. :P

Sil

in the continuing saga of people being inept. I woke up to my boss telling me to cancel my trip. What fun!

OMGsrsly

Oh, that sucks!

Sil

im pretty bummed as it may mean that i wont get out to st louis as well :(

Cavocorax

Ohnno!!!

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67
drank Philosopher's Brew by Silk Road
2310 tasting notes

2nd lemongrass tea of the afternoon and finishing off the little sample tin I got at Silk Road in Victoria over the summer. I have to say I was not overly impressed with anything I tried in their herbal collection but this is the best one of the bunch. Definitely lemony and slightly on the tart side, but not exceedingly so. Lavender in tea is a weird concept for me still. This is pretty good for a chill afternoon.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Love the name of this one.

TeaBrat

It does have a nice name for sure!

OMGsrsly

This has been a favourite from Silk Road for me for a long time! I should remember to drink what I have more often..

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69
drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
342 tasting notes

KatieK included this as an extra in the 12 days of Christmas swap. Thank you!

The flavors of this are so nice. The apple makes this tea naturally sweet and the cinnamon is light but makes the tea somewhat like apple cider. My first cup of this was a little weak. For my next try I will add a bit more leaf and maybe a touch of sugar. The 12 days of Christmas swap has allowed me to try a lot of teas I would have never picked out for myself. This is another one that I would have never picked on my own, but I am really really enjoying.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
1195 tasting notes

ahh I don’t remember who sent this because I pushed it aside from the other 12 days stuff: if someone could remind me that’d be awesome because I LOVE this.

Reading the description, I was thinking apple pie but it’s more like apple cider. In fact I think I am going to bring home steamed apple juice from work and add some to a stronger steeped cup of this…that sounds like it’d be fantastic.

I’m glad to have finally found a spiced apple tea that isn’t disgusting. While I have a ton of Mom’s Apple Pie, that one has more pastry notes to it than this one does plus I think the difference in a black base vs a green base makes this one more my style for a cider-y type.

Now to write a couple iced tea related notes and I am all caught up, haha.

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4738 tasting notes

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4738 tasting notes

Latte of this one has been great to sip on while watching fringe and enjoying our pulled pork that has been slow cooking all day. Mmmmmmmmmm so good!

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79
drank London Fog by Silk Road
754 tasting notes

Received this one from the amazing AshleyE as another Holiday card surprise. This is such an awesome community.

I love London Fog, this is a tea that had been on my radar for the next time I made an order. So I was super happy for this surprise.

The dry tea smells mostly like an earl grey crème. The brewed tea, while initially hot tasted fairly similar to a London fog. It was earl grey and milky and creamy. Not earl grey crème but like London Fog – which is different. The only thing that was missing was the thickness of the liquor you get from the steamed milk. But quickly after it started to cool it became more just an earl grey crème. And as it cooled further it started to become astringent.

Overall a good tea, a really interesting and well done idea. I am happy to have tried this one. Unfortunately, I think I still prefer my Starbucks London Fog – Oh, excuse me – my Starbucks earl grey latte :P

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I still haven’t tried the London Fog at SB!

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