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The dry leaf for this tea is just beautiful; I fucking adore the contrast of the pink and purple floral elements against the rich green of the spearmint. It’s so pleasing to look at!
Steeped up, this is nice – very soothing/relaxing. In particular, I really love the sweetness of the spearmint. I’ve always loved spearmint in teas – it’s just mint at its best. Refreshing, sweet, relaxing! The lavender in the tea is actually really nice too. I’ve been challenging myself with lavender teas as of late; traditionally it’s a flavour I don’t like at all but lately some experimentation has shown me that in mild quantities. That’s what it is in this blend – mild. A nice soothing, spa like blend/mix of spearmint and lavender with rosey undertones.
Just what I wanted from it!
One of about ten teas I recently picked up from Silk Road; most of them were sample amounts (including this one) but a couple were larger restocks. This wasn’t a planned sample though; generally I don’t really go for Earl Greys and I’ve had so many vanilla Earl Greys now that there’s just nothing really exciting about them to me…
So why did I end up with a sample of this one? I think I must have just been really craving vanilla the day that I ordered – otherwise I would have skipped over this one like I normally do when companies offer vanilla Earl Greys. When I cracked open the tin it smelled really good though; strong whiffs of vanilla bean with mild, fresh bergamot undertones to it! I’ll admit, even I was excited to try it.
I steeped it up this evening to watch while checking out Netflix’s new Magic School Bus reboot! I was totally excited to talk about the new show with The Boyfriend but he hasn’t started it yet, and apparently he’s excited enough about it that he’s placed a ban on discussing it with him until he catches up. I didn’t realize Magic School Bus was such a big deal that ‘spoilers’ would ruin the experience.
Since I was riding the nostalgia wave watching the new reboot, this was a good tea to sip on since it provided a sense of comfort and familiarity even if this was just my first time trying it. Unlike the dry aroma, I think this is more bergamot than vanilla but both are really pleasant flavours. I like that the bergamot doesn’t seem to push past being a medium bodied flavour; that doesn’t make it too intense/make me feel like I need to add milk to it to soften it, but it’s strong enough that if I DID add milk I don’t think I’d lose the flavour. The vanilla is so creamy and fresh tasting, I really liked it too.
I think for this to be a perfect London Fog kind of flavour representation for me it would have had to be a little bit sweeter though, but all in all it’s a satisfying enough flavour and even though it’s not something I generally find myself craving I think it’s pleasant enough I’ll be able to finish it off no troubles.
And I guess I should give you all a spoiler warning since I’m going to let out my thoughts on the first few episodes of the Magic School Bus reboot here since The Boyfriend doesn’t want me ruining anything for him and I REALLY want to talk about it:
- Not digging the new animation style thus far, though I’m sure I’ll adjust
- I absolutely LOVE the redone theme; Lin Manuel Miranda singing it is PERFECT
- The new Mrs. Frizzle is great; and I love the explanation for WHY she’s taking over
- The fact they got Lily Tomlin back for the OG Frizzle is equally wonderful
- And based on the few episodes I’ve seen, she IS reoccurring throughout the show
- That or they’re just gently easing us into the new Frizz, which is fine too
- THEY KEPT THE PHONE SEQUENCE AT THE END OF THE EPISODES
- Where they explain more of the science/things they depicted that were a bit inaccurate
- OG Frizzle’s new sidekick “Goldie” is the fucking best
- Arnold’s cousin Janet is in episode two which is pretty cool!
- The new kid is neat; I liked the ecosystem explanation/tie in for her & new Frizz
- Is that really the only explanation we get for Pheobe being written out!?
- Like, it’s realistic but also unsatisfactory…
This is a queued tasting note.
Working on finishing this one off since I just ordered some of Silk Dragon’s Buddha Dragonwell a few days ago – there’s really no need for me to have two different Dragonwell teas stocked at the same time from the same company, especially since I don’t drink green tea that often in the first place…
This mug of tea was good though; not really any different than the others I’ve had of it though. A bit of sweetness in the top of the sip; reminded me a little bit of a diluted agave syrup with a hint of floral undertone. The rest of the sip was very, very nutty though and almost instantly ate up that floral quality that was, fleetingly, present.
Echoing my thoughts from last time I tried this one… It’s very nutty.
Like, my first half of the sip went pretty normally/like expected for Dragonwell: “Hmm, this is pretty smooth with a mix of mild grassy and vegetal notes”. It was in the transition from body sip flavour to the finish that I was surprised. It’s just so nutty, and toasty as well? Not in an unpleasant way, and I know Dragonwell often is a nuttier green tea anyway. It’s just that this is REALLY nutty. I don’t even know how to convey just how nutty it was because I feel like that could still just be interpreted as the normal amount of nutty flavour generally associated with Dragonwell.
I don’t know, one more time for the people in the back and just in case you didn’t pick up on it the first billion times I said it… This was REALLY nutty.
Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Toasty, Vegetal
Another one from my mom’s BC trip/haul.
I had actually asked for their Buddha Dragonwell because that’s a bit more unique/hard to come by, but my mom didn’t know the difference between than one and regular Dragonwell so she just got this one. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed because you can get a Dragonwell just about anywhere so there’s not really anything special to it, but I can understand the confusion and I appreciate her just grabbing tea for me at all on her vacation regardless.
This one isn’t bad, it’s lightly astringent with a vegetal bean/artichoke-y sort of quality. More than anything else, it’s quite nutty though. Of course, that’s not surprising since that’s kind of the defining/separating trait of Dragonwell in the first place. I guess as a green tea in general, it’s pretty tolerable but really nothing special at all.
Finished this one off in my tea press, and it’s one that I’m actually really sad to be saying goodbye to. I don’t know the next time I’m gonna be in BC or that I’m gonna have family in BC that can restock this one for me, but it’s something I definitely 100% want more of.
Unfortunately, this last tea press worth of tea wasn’t the best incarnation of it either. It didn’t taste bad, mind you, but there was A LOT of elderflower left in the last little bit of tea so that flavour far dominated the profile of the mug and the sweet, jammy currant wasn’t all that noticeable under all of that intense elderflower. I do really like elderflower, but I just wanted more rich currant. Also, the black base was just a hint astringent but I think that’s more a result from my slightly oversteeping this one (six minutes instead of the normal four). It was really malty, as well. I actually liked the pairing of malt and elderflower though; I don’t know why but it really worked for me.
Goodbye yummy currant tea!
Flavors: Astringent, Cocoa, Floral, Malt
This cup was a lot more floral than I’ve experienced with the last two; tons and tons of strong, heady elderflower notes. Not that the black currant was absent; just more of a jammy undertone to compliment the rich floral body.
I like this one a lot.
While I definitely like the other teas I’ve had from this company, I do think that this is the only one I’d legitimately consider purchasing again – though honestly, I wasn’t even the one who purchased it for me in the first place. Point still stands.
- With added milk and sugar… kind of
- More elderflower than currant; but still both present and jammy
- Was trying to go for really “British” steep of it by using milk/sugar
- Since black currant is such a British flavour
- It didn’t quite work because my hipster ass only had coconut milk & coconut sugar
- Still pretty tasty, but coconut was not the most complimentary flavour
Another tea from the haul my mom brought back from vacation!
This one I specifically asked for because it sounded really interesting and somewhat unconventional/unique. I think that the flavour pairing sounds really brilliant, and if well executed I could totally see myself loving it. My big fear is the black currant: sometimes it comes out medicinal tasting, and when that happens it can really ruin a tea. The aroma of the dry leaf is promising though: very fresh and jammy, with that black currant sweetness that’s just so good… and British.
Thankfully, it brews up rather smoothly/pleasantly and I can tell right away that the black currant is not going to taste medicinal. My biggest complaint is that the finish is a little drying on the mouth – but the currant tastes really sweet and jammy, without being candy like or artificial. I always associate strong black currant flavours with Britain because it’s such a popular flavour there, and I have to say that this feels very British to me as I sip on it. The elderflower isn’t missed on me either; while I want to fixate on the black currant, this flavour note is also totally present and very well mixed in with the fruity sweetness. It’s floral, fresh, and a really nice compliment to the fruit notes.
All in all, I’m just very impressed with this one. It’s exactly as advertised, and the flavour combination just works for me. Thanks, mom, for scooping it up!
So, I’m sipping on this one right now with a splash of Butter Pecan creamer in it. It’s smooth, rich and full bodied with brilliant malt notes and sweet, nuttyness from the creamer but admittedly my mind is basically anywhere BUT on the tea right now…
Wise Steepster folk, I need life advice – if anyone has some to offer.
So, there’s this guy I’m seeing but not seeing. We’re not really officially together; but we have been on a significant amount of dates and that’s 100% the direction things are moving. The point isn’t really the status of our non-relationship, though. The point is that recently, and I mean really recently his apartment complex caught fire. It sounds like the entire building is going to be condemned and the majority of the stuff in the basement is going to be totally lost. While it wasn’t his suite itself that caught fire it was the one RIGHT next to his in that basement area (they share a wall; it was very close) so more likely than not he’s lost absolutely everything except what he was wearing and what he had at his office at work/his mother’s house. Of course they’re not completely sure of that yet; they haven’t been allowed back in the building yet to survey the damage…
Even though we’re not technically in a relationship; he’s kept me in the loop thus far about the whole situation and I was one of the first people he messaged immediately after he found out a few days ago. So, I know based on that he wants me involved to at least a degree…
I want to help; but here’s where I need help – I have NO CLUE what I can do for him in this situation. I can empathize ‘til the cows come home, but bottom line is that my pity it going to do nothing for him. I did buy his a Nordic Mug and a tin of his favourite tea for his mother’s house, where he’s currently staying, because I had to do SOMETHING and I thought a kind gesture like that and a piece of normalcy throughout all of it might be helpful? His parents are setting him up with fresh clothing (because his will likely all be smoke damaged) and his immediate housing needs are taken care of so that’s one less thing I could do for him. I just…
I’m at a loss for words. So any advice would be helpful. I want to do something for him, I just don’t know what would actually be helpful and what goes beyond being reasonable for someone who hasn’t known him for the world’s longest period of time or as well as the majority of people in his life. I’m not family, and I don’t know him like his close circle of friends do…
I’m other, in this situation.
Made a hot cup of this one at work the other night, with a small splash of milk because I accidentally let it oversteep a minute or two longer than ideal and I was worried it’d be WAY too harsh since this is a CTC and steeps up very quickly.
Milk was the perfect band-aid for that screw up though; this becomes a beautiful and full bodied black tea with all the bright, brisk and malty characteristics of a solid Kenyan Black tea and hints of citrus in the undertones. Very, very smooth and with a fuller mouthfeel from the added milk. This would be great for a morning cuppa instead of a more traditional breakfast blend, but I also really enjoyed it late into the evening as something bold that could keep me going during the rest of my shift.
So my mom went on a two week vacation to British Columbia, and of course she brought back tea for me as a present/souvenir of sorts! Some of it wasn’t a surprise because it’s things I’d asked her to grab, but some of it was things that she chose on her own or with the help of shop keepers!
All in all, I wound up with fourteen different teas to enjoy from the following shops:
- Terroir Tea Merchant
- Murchie’s Tea & Coffee
- Janet’s Special Teas
- Silk Road
- Cloud Mountain Tea House
- The Fairmont Hotel (Not a tea store; but they do a High Tea where you can buy tea)
Silk Road was one of the places I had asked her to stop; I specifically wanted their Black Currant & Elderflower tea and a higher grade Dragonwell and then this is a tea she chose out for me on her own because she thought the country of origin was kind of unique – and it kind of is! I think I’ve actually had Tanzanian tea before in my Sommelier course but it’s certainly not something you see a ton of.
I was a little disappointed to see it was a CTC grade tea; but I’m not at all surprised by that either. Something like 90% of all tea produced in Africa is CTC grade, generally for tea bags or blends like breakfast blends. That said, even if I’m not really a fan of the strong, full bodied brisk and often greatly tannic brew that CTC produces I’m going to go into this mug of it as open minded as possible.
Honestly? It’s not bad.
Definitely a full bodied, brisk flavour with very round, lingering notes but it’s not unpleasantly strong and I don’t find it too tannic/astringent at all. In fact, one of the first words that comes to mind while sipping on this is “smooth”. There’s a very grainy, malty flavour that coats the tongue and is pleasantly sweet and very silky both in flavour and mouthfeel. I’m greatly enjoying it. Additionally, there’s a bit of lemon flavour in the undertones of the body and finish and while my personal experience with a lot of African black teas has been a more pithy/lemon rind kind of citrus note this is sweeter and almost sort of juicy. All in all, I think this is just a very pleasant tea not just as a CTC but just in general. Good pick, mom!
Flavors: Citrusy, Cocoa, Grain, Lemon, Malt, Sweet
I had this hot. The brew was a dark amber colour and smelled of herbs and Earth. The brew had a pleasant flavour, but reminded me of olive oil. This is very medicinal, but I can appreciate the ginger + lemongrass combo. Spicy ginger aftertaste is my jam. :) Light tea flavour, but strongly flavoured by herbs. Many some minerals, but not metallic. It doesn’t beat Tetly’s Sooth (spicy ginger, lemongrass, and mint), but it isn’t bad, either.
Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Ginger, Herbs, Lemongrass, Medicinal, Mineral, Spicy
I’ve tried this a few times now (both hot and cold), and can’t say I love it. I don’t hate it, but it tastes very strongly of peppermint/menthol. It is very cooling and it stays in your mouth for ever with that cold menthol feeling. It would be good if they halved the peppermint, but it is very unbalanced the way it is now. You can somewhat taste the lemongrass, but there is also dry hay flavour and something akin to lemon balm (or lemon verbena?) Also, the sales people will not stop going on about how it cures hay fevers. As if I could just drink a cup of this and be cured. If peppermint and lemongrass cured pollen/grass allergies, we wouldn’t need Claratin and other pharmaceuticals (you know, the ones that are actually backed up by medical scientific studies).
Flavors: Dry Grass, Herbs, Hot hay, Lemongrass, Medicinal, Menthol, Peppermint
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Smells delicious, tastes alright.
Like most Silk Road teas, I find this one benefits from a shorter steep at a lesser temperature than what I would normally go with for a black tea.
It did not like me adding milk. Apple flavoured things in general don’t seem to like milk.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Went out for breakfast and had this with a delicious strawberry and pineapple waffle (shoutout to West Coast Waffles!)
The looseleaf was put into a tea bag, but it had some room in there. They served it in an adorable 200 mL teapot that looked like a miniature silver English-style pot. Steeped ~3 tsp in boiling water for 2.5-3 minutes, would try 2 minutes next time.
This is a strong breakfast assam, no fruity/floral notes, maybe a little bit of malt, but nothing really notable. Just a standard breakfast blend: bold, full bodied, oxidized, slightly tannic. It would be nice iced due to its potency, and it would take sweeteneer and fruit well.
Flavors: Tannic, Tea
Attempted to brew this again., and it was slightly better than previous cups. It is so light that I had to overleaf it (I only had 10g to start with) and use less water at a higher temperature. This tea is far overpriced and even if you can coax out the flavour, it is far too finicky to enjoy regularly. Plus, it doesn’t rebrew.
As for the light flavour, I did enjoy it. It reminds me a lot of Yunnan sourcing’s Moonlight white. Green peppers, spicy black pepper, petrichor.
Bought this with a giftcard (which is why I was willing to pay $20 for 10g of tea). I knew this was overpriced, but the sales person said it was a slightly toasty yellow, and that’s my current flavour craving.
I did not realise this is a very VERY light tea. I mean very light. You almost can’t taste anything, even with long steep times and lots of leaf (1.5 tsp is what I used).
Steeps 1 and 2: 100 mL of 80 * C water, 5 minutes each, 1.5 tsp leaf
Almost no flavour, clear liquid. Slight tea scent to the brew, but not a lot of flavour yet.
Steep 3: 100 mL of 80 * C water, 8 minutes
Light tea taste, no bitterness, slightly buttery and sweet with notes of grain
Steep 4: 100 mL of 80 * C water, 5 minutes
Light tea flavour, more buttery but less sweetness. A tiny bit of grain flavour. not toasted, but the smells of oats or dried corn kernels.
Overall: Overpriced and not a very good brew either. This isn’t a good tea for those who like strong teas.
Flavors: Grain, Sweet, Tea