804 Tasting Notes


I got a tin of this in October for the holiday season and ran through it way faster than I would have expected. It’s a great pumpkin tea. Highly recommended!

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A friend of mine gets me this whenever she visits Oregon. It’s a great cup—particularly with a bit of sugar!

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drank Assam by Silk Road Teas
804 tasting notes

I had a cup of this at a new local coffee shop. The shop knew how to brew tea properly, and brought it to my table after steeping! It was an unusually good cup, and will become a regular for future visits.

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Since the last note that I made on this tea, I’ve gone without it, and only recently ended up with some again. (I’m trying to have some good decafs on hand—for myself in the evening and for my son in general.) Again, this tea is better than I’d expect, and hits the spot when I need green tea but want minimal caffeine. I let the little one try a sip, expecting him to hate it since he normally has herbals and flavored teas, but he loved it. So it’s about to become a staple, I’d guess.

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I don’t normally expect much from my pumpkin teas, (and I thought this was one in my history,) but this one was great. A great mix of spices and a hint of pumpkin. Glad to have gotten this sample.

Weird… site lost my notes.*

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

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I had a sample of this from the holidays so I gave it a try today. It seemed interesting, but had stevia leaf, so it’s not really my thing. Luckily, my 4 year old loved it (“Sorry, Mom, I’m going to want to drink the whole cup.”) so it will be consumed.

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I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. For some reason I’m always tempted to buy chocolate mint teas, but I find I rarely like them. This, with just under a teaspoon of sugar, really hit the spot.

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I am working my way through my older teas, trying to clean out the stash to make room for new ones. This is a standard oolong. I was hopeful for something more with “fancy” in the title, but it’s just a solid cuppa. It stands up well to multiple steepings, but doesn’t change in significant ways (the way that many of the best oolongs do).

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I liked this tea more than I thought I would. I received it as part of a sampler, and it’s grapefruit is enough to know it’s there, but not enough to be overpowering. More, please!

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


Blacksburg, VA



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