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60
drank Jewel of India by Silk Road
1984 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML
Fjellrev

Are you on the Island? I miss West Coast Waffles! Best ever.

Arby

Yup, I’m in Victoria. Their waffles are excellent!

Fjellrev

I regret not having them more often while I was living there. So delicious.

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58
drank Mt. Jun Yellow Needle by Silk Road
1984 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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58
drank Mt. Jun Yellow Needle by Silk Road
1984 tasting notes

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML
Fjellrev

That’s too bad!

Arby

I know! I expected more from Silk road, especially for the price.

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77
drank Silk Road Chai by Silk Road
1984 tasting notes

Nice black base. Slightly malty, very smooth, some tannins but not bitter like many of silk road’s blends are.

Very gingery! I really like how spicy (gingery) this is, but wish it was stronger on the cardamom front.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Grain, Malt, Milk, Round , Smooth, Spices, Spicy, Tannin

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100
drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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Flavors: Seaweed, Straw, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty

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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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drank Mulberry Tea by Silk Road
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Flavors: Bamboo, Mineral, Rice, Seaweed, Sweet, Toasted, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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