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Silk Road

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4041 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
2165 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
199 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
4041 tasting notes

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4041 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
709 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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84
drank Chocolate Panda by Silk Road
293 tasting notes

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4041 tasting notes

mmmmm vanilla latte style! I had a cup of this while my other half napped before we have dinner. He was up at 3am this morning to be in for work at 4am to satisfy the materialistic needs of all the crazy people who needed to go to the mall. UGH. so he didn’t get much sleep last night. I am a fan of this tea. Still need to do a comparison with my other vanilla tea to see which i prefer but i’ve got a few cups before this one is gone heh.

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34
drank Candy Cane Tea by Silk Road
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Snow Apple Spice by Silk Road
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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87
drank Mango Shade by Silk Road
173 tasting notes

This is the last tea from my silk road order that I am trying. I guess my expectations for this tea were low as the reviews and ratings were quite low. This tea blew me away! The mango flavour was so fresh and natural as I find with all silk road teas, but it was quite muted. I could have used a little bit more flavour, but it was still really good! I took a few sips of this to make sure that adding milk was an option and that it wouldn’t curdle and it was even better with milk in it! Mmmmmmm creamy mango. I swear most things are better creamy!

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80
drank Classic Big Red Robe by Silk Road
4041 tasting notes

sample sipdown (146) on this one even though omgsrsly sent me enough for at least another cup! the reason? I’m sending this along to terri to try as well since she appreciates a good oolong much more than i do. I can say, that i i quite like this one, though as with most oolongs, i’d be hard pressed to keep it in regular rotation in my cupboard. This one has a bit of a sweet note to it along with the roasty oolong taste that i prefer a bit more than the previous teavivre oolong i had today. It was nice to be able to drink them in close timing :) thanks omgsrsly!

Indigobloom

Woaw oolong alert! :P

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75

I had high hopes for this tea, I think vanilla added to anything makes it better! I wish that the vanilla was more noticeable and that they added chocolate flavour rather than powder as it made the tea a little chalky. It reminded me quite a bit of David’s stormy night but better quality. I started out my tea journey loving spicy teas, mainly cinnamon, but now I find that I am getting bored of them. This tea is still good, but not re-stock good.

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72

I am not a fan or orange flavour, but I do like mandarin so I thought I’d give this a shot. I find that mandarin is a lighter and fresher flavour than just plain orange. This to me didn’t really taste like mandarin, just a spicy orange tea. It was a good flavour, just not for me. I might have another cup of it, but this is definitely one for the tea box because I know someone else can enjoy it.

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48

I had been waiting for winter to come along to I could order this seasonal tea. But this was quite awful. I don’t like peppermint alone, and it is much worse paired with hibiscus. Peppermint should never be sour! I wouldn’t recommend this tea unless you really love both of those ingredients.

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99
drank London Fog by Silk Road
173 tasting notes

Oh, London Fog, I am so happy you are back in my life. Hopefully for good now. This tea is so delicious it’s hard to describe. There’s no mistake about the creamy vanilla in this tea but I get a slight hint of root beer as well, maybe that’s supposed to be the bergamot? Either way, it’s awesome!

Sil

Interesting!

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82

Spiced apple tea doesn’t thrill me. They are so common and I have tried so many, but this being Silk Road and also a new holiday blend, I figured I had to try it.

The most prominent flavour is the cinnamon, but the apple is also very noticeable. I am not getting any vanilla notes, but I usually can’t detect vanilla unless it’s on its own or maybe with one other flavour. The flavour of this tea is a very natural apple pie flavour, like home made apple pie as opposed to store bought. This tea is really well done, but it’s not a flavour I need to have stocked. If I did need to have an apple spiced tea on hand, this tea would be it.

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75

This tea smells so good! The dry leaf smells of a very fresh peach. I found that this did not translate to the flavour of the tea. The peach flavour was very muted, so much so that I can’t attest to it, all I can say is there is a hint of peach. I found that the Ceylon base was also muted, unlike other reviews of this tea. That might be because of different steeping times and strengths. Silk road has some crazy steeping instructions – for all of their teas, they recommend 1 tsp of tea per 2 cups (16 oz) of water. I don’t think I have ever followed those parameters as I do not like weak tea. You kind of have to guess how much tea to use, so I must not have used enough. Still, this tea did taste good and as it cooled, I could detect the peach notes more with every sip. I look forward to experimenting with this tea a little more.

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drank Matcha by Silk Road
447 tasting notes

The roommate and I mixed this into our vanilla ice cream tonight. So good. This batch is grassy-sweet, and almost buttery.

Shmiracles

omg so decadent! i have to figure out a way to try this!

CrowKettle

It’s super easy, and this way you can use your favourite/preferred ice cream base. I wonder how this would taste with almond milk ice cream. :)

Tea Sipper

ah, I’ll have to try mixing matcha with ice cream!

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70

I made quite a large silk road order recently and this is the first tea from that order that I tried. I was excited about the berries in this blend as Silk Road doesn’t have any other berry blends.

I found that this tasted a lot like David’s superberry but without the chalkiness. I couldn’t really pick out any particular berries, it kind of tasted like berry flavoured chewable vitamins. Not a bad tasting tea, but I was definitely disappointed. Maybe there is just too many berry flavours in here, it probably would have been better with just two or three flavours. I will definitely give this another chance, but so far, this is headed for the travelling tea box.

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4041 tasting notes

quick tasting notes on tonight’s stuff before i try to get to bed. Long day tomorrow and i’m up way later than i wanted to be. I had this first thing as a latte and it was the perfect start to my day. I am loving it! still haven’t tried it straight lol

JustJames

this one was not my favourite… too buttercream. not bad certainly, just not my favourite vanilla version =0)

MissB

Too buttercream? How is that even possible. Seriously, that sounds like the best icing ever, in tea format.

JustJames

lol, i don’t like buttercream. now…. spiced cream… as in the stuff i mke to go over pavlova is a whole other story….

Sil

haha i haven’t tried it straight yet, so hard to tell what it tastes like on it’s own…with milk i’m enjoying it a bunch..but i still want to do a comparison with the other vanillas in my cupboard.

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82
drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
4041 tasting notes

I’m having a lovely latte cup of this tea this morning while i try to get going. I had a hugely long day of work yesterday, followed by a distinct lack of sleep (i’ve been up for 4 hours) – an overall crappy day in which i was clearly affected by something given my inability to let things slide – which i’m normally pretty good at. So today, i’m taking it easy and trying to still do work, but from home, in my pj’s while drinking tea.

I missed out on all cyber monday purchases yesterday because of work but i did get a lovely card in the mail from grace, which helped improve my day a bunch. It also occurred to me last night that you guys all rock my socks. I really do love the sense of community we have going on here and the inclination that a huge number of people have to just be awesome. The sharing, the conversation – everything just makes my days a little sunshinier for having the steepster folks around :) So I’ll raise a cup of tea this morning in your honor and be thankful for the comraderie that is abundant here on steepster, that keeps me going some day.

Thank you all for just being awesome. keep it up!

(oh and the tea? it’s a lovely cup of delicious vanilla warmth)

Veronica

Love this. And while I don’t know you as well as some of the others might, I can safely say that you’re pretty awesome yourself.

Hope today is better than yesterday!!!

keychange

I echo your feelings about how wonderful this community is! and I’m not one to let things slide even on a good day, so don’t be so hard on yourself. I hope today is better!

Indigobloom

err the only Grace I know is from the guild lol. Who dat?

Cavocorax

Yay! I was hoping you’d be able to work from home today…

Sil

IB…you don’t know everyone who’s cool…. grin

Kaylee

Hear hear! I hope today is better for you.

Terri HarpLady

Steepsterites are a awesome!
And you, my friend, are the awesomest!
:)

Nicole

Hope things are better soon. <> :)

Nicole

Hm, there was a hug in there, I swear…

Sil

haha nicole..i stole it…

Indigobloom

Nope but it’s certainly my mission to meet them all :P

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82
drank Japanese Sour Cherry by Silk Road
709 tasting notes

From the Great Canadian TTB.

This one is creamy/milky, smooth green tea. There are subtle cherry notes. Not quite what I would consider sour cherry but also not overly sweet. Not the Sakura Cherry taste that I am used to. Reminds me of cherry flavoured ice cream or a cherry cheesecake. Quite good in my opinion.

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

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