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Pretty simple and pretty classic feeling.
Good, clean black tea with a nice amount of body but not a ton of contributing flavour otherwise. A little floral, but muted – which made it the perfect canvas for this simple peach flavour. Sweet, floral and not really overly juicy/syrupy or tart. More of a “natural peach” if you will. Makes this seem appropriate as a daily or routine based tea, and the stripped down but well executed nature of the flavour also provides the perfect canvas for people to tailor to their individual tastes. Add sugar or don’t. Milk or not. This felt like it could really be whatever the drinker wanted it to be.
I have had this tea for waaayyyy too long without trying it, but I woke up in a green tea mood yesterday and so it seemed like the perfect time to steep it up. This is a pretty nutty/chestnut forward tea, with some cornsilk notes as well. However, after the first steep it also gets some very distinct and vegetal green bean notes, which are maybe a little less up my alley. It was an alright little mini session overall, but not something I’d be likely to steep up again all that soon.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTo4D3r6cek
I have not been on here in quite some time, but thought I’d put up a quick review for this one, seeing as I have had a lot of it lately as I have had a chest infection. It’s pretty much the only tea that I’ve been having for the past few weeks, though I have begun branching back out a bit more now that I am recovering.
I first had this tea when I was at my friends’ restaurant for Christmas dinner (it’s closed to the public Christmas Day and only friends, family, and staff are there). I received Alchemist Brew as a white elephant exchange present, but as it has hibiscus, and I am sensitive to it, they let me pick up a different one with a discount as I couldn’t exchange, even though it was fully sealed. Whatever. I opted for this one, in one of the larger tins, and I am glad I got so much.
While I am not a huge fan of rooibos tea, I can handle it here because it’s muted by the ginger, lemongrass, and green tea. Ultimately, this is a lemony ginger tea, but I really enjoy the way it is blended. I was able to get a second and sometimes third steep from it.
It’s not a remarkable tea in terms of flavour and combination, but it is done well and does the job well when you are not feeling well. I am halfway through the tin and I expect to refill it when I’m done.
Flavors: Ginger, Lemon
Drinking this Grandpa style currently, but I’m about ready to be done with it.
The smell of this one was quite nice out of the package; green but also very floral and sweet. Now that I’m drinking it, though, I think it’s leaning much more heavy towards those greener, grassier notes with the florals taking a bit more of a backseat. It’s a little astringent, and there’s something sharp and harsh about the finish to me. It’s not bad, but I remember heavily debating adding this into my last Silk Road order and ultimately I’m happy that I chose not to – I definitely wasn’t missing out on anything remarkable.
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I really like this tea. I can definitely taste lemon but that’s okay with me! It was sent from a friend of mine as a gift. Lemon is definitely the dominant taste, so if you don’t like lemon avoid this. If you love lemon, this is right up your alley.
I’m enjoying this cup brewed strong with a splash of unsweetened vanilla Ripple (plant-based) milk. Vanilla ripple tastes like a milkshake, so together with a tea called “Vanilla Plantation” you can imagine how great this is.
Thick, sweet, lots of vanilla and creaminess. Some malt from the black tea base but also a touch of spiciness. A bit of tannicity in the base.
Flavors: Creamy, Malt, Sweet, Tannic, Thick, Vanilla
I got a little mini tin for Christmas from a friend and really wanted to try it.
This makes for a lovely latte. Malty, sweet, vanilla scented black tea with a nice thick mouthfeel. It is really good with milk because that brings out the sweetness and creaminess of the vanilla. I happen to have some vanilla soy milk in the fridge right now and have to recommend that combination.
Flavors: Malt, Sweet, Thick, Vanilla
I’m going to leave this at about 70 because the tea base’s conception of vegetal isn’t entirely working for me. It more often than not turns into a dark bitter green (kale, collards, asparagus, bancha), as opposed to a nutty, mineral, or sweet grassy green which I tend to lean towards. The jasmine is pretty mild and lovely though.
Flavors: Asparagus, Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Kale, Vegetal
Dropped by Silk Road on a ridiculously short cruise ship pit stop in Victoria, BC. I wasn’t planning on buying tea but once I started walking up Government Street my feet just led me to that Fisgard Intersection on autopilot. And then there I was.
When I used to go to school here a few years ago I’d blow all my money in this store; it’s not that their teas are amazingballs but the shop has this Atmosphere, you know? The kind that makes you feel relaxed, clean, and ready to empty your wallet on jasmine teas you don’t need.
The use of Dai Bai (green) leaf means this tea is incredibly light and subtle, and probably not the best tea to try after eating a Donair. I’m having a hard time picking up notes besides the lovely jasmine, which isn’t sickeningly strong to begin with like in some jasmine blends. I want to say the tea base has a cucumber note? Possibly melon? Maybe some subtle notes of savoury-sweet pandan..
I’ll have to revisit it when my mouth isn’t a big garlic hummus bulb!
Flavors: Cucumber, Floral, Jasmine, Sweet, Warm Grass
I’ve had this a few times over the years, and remember when Silk Road first started selling but apparently I never made a tea note? Huh. This is what happens when you only drink your tisanes and rooibos right before bed!
I generally don’t like cocoa or chocolate in my teas; I find it adds a powdery/chalky texture that I associate with stale candy bars. While that vibe doesn’t go away here I find the mint and anise clean it up a bit, preventing the Chocolate Panda from becoming the Muddy Trash Panda. The vanilla swings the mint into peppermint or chocolate mint territory.
I think when I first bought this years ago I thought it would be a creamy chocolate rooibos, but it’s more of a herbal palate cleanser, which isn’t a bad thing! I’m appreciating it more this time around.
Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Peppermint, Vanilla
Homemade advent day 14
I tried to brew this strong (15+ minutes steeping in hot water, then splash of soy milk) but it tastes lackluster. A 65/100 at best. The black base is fine but nothing remarkable. The berries are more of a generic fruitiness today instead of specific berries. I love the idea of this blend, but this cup just isn’t great. I’m not changing my rating just yet because it is possible my microwave didn’t heat up the water as much as it should have (it acts weirdly sometimes)
Flavors: Fruity, Tannin
The black base is kind of “meh”, but I like the idea of this tea. It has all sorts of neat local native berreis in it: salal, salmon berry, black raspberry, thimbleberry, blueberry, and cranberry. I was expecting this to be sour because I could see quite a few cranberry pieces, but I didn’t find it sour upon brewing. Overall, I really enjoyed the cup I have had, however it does not go with milk (that was a mistake…berry + milk just tastes like fake strawberry milk to me)
Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Fruity, Raspberry
Iced Tea Sipdown (629)!
Unfortunately, this wasn’t really a shining example of how good this tea can taste. Instead of the usual sweet/ripe mixed berry profile this one tasted slightly bitter and was also very astringent; combine that with the fact that the cranberry was the strongest berry flavour and that equals a pretty dry/tart and mildly unpleasant cranberry black tea.
Made this earlier in the evening; I added in some French Vanilla creamer to it and it made for a very thick, creamy berries and cream type of flavour. Notes of blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry. Really robust. It basically tastes like an entirely different tea; it’s amazing how much difference one extra ingredient can make to a blend.
Early evening tea.
Hmm, not enjoying this one nearly as much as I did the first time I tried it. It’s still a nice mixed berry soft or flavour all around, with some emphasis on the blueberry and cranberry. Actually, maybe more so on the cranberry? There’s a bit of crisp tartness on the top of the sip that I don’t think I experienced last time. The big change that isn’t working for me isn’t the cranberry though; it’s that overall the cup has quite a bit more astringency and I don’t like that it’s not as sweet and smooth. A little bit of astringency I can handle, especially with things with cranberry in them, but this is just taking over my mouth and it’s not the best sensation.
I mean, it’s still a very nice tea overall but if my next cup leans more towards this experience than the first I think I’ll have to bring my rating down and blame the first cup either on ‘new tea excitement’ or just call it a fluke overall.