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This is the best tea discovery I’ve made since I first tried genmaicha. I’ve fallen in love with steamed mulberry leaf tea. The leaves smell of a toasty oolong, and the steeped liquid tastes of it also.
It steeps a greenish colour and re-steeps very well. I’ve had it hot and cold: both were fantastic. This is a caffeine free alternative to the toasty oolongs I crave so often. There is a note of seaweed and a good (not not astringent or bitter) green tea). There is a bit of sweetness, notes of minerals and ocean. Mostly it tastes like an oolong that you can’t oversteep and never gets bitter.
Flavors: Dust, Green, Mineral, Ocean Air, Seaweed, Sweet, Tea, Toasted, Toasty
I went to the Silk Road tea store in Victoria and found this gem. I have not yet tried a peach black tea as good as this one, and I have tried multiple since trying this tea.
However, it was extremely pricey and I only received about 25g for 5 dollars.
Flavors: Peach, Sweet
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i found this tea very smooth, not astringent, not bitter… when i picked it up it read rather as a vanilla berry earl grey. that said i found it rather muddled; definitely not an earl grey, hardly a hint of bergamot…oddly it tastes fairly significantly of apples?
smooth black caffeinated apples.. it’s not bad. just lacking focus.
But it was a little astringent and too heavy on the lavender, so I added some honey to soften the overall flavour. It was a bit sweet with the honey, but still an improvement. I still really love the red berry notes of the tea overall, and I think that very faint hint of bergamot is a nice touch too. I just wish there was less lavender.
Brought this one to work (DT work) with me the other night because I thought it might be interesting to share it with my coworkers given that the tea in it is Canadian grown. Sure enough, they were all fascinated by it so I made about four Berry Victoria iced teas for us all to sample/try.
I don’t know that I personally like this one better as an iced tea as opposed to hot, although I did still enjoy it. It’s just that as an iced tea the lavender and bergamot notes in the blend come off quite strong, and I’m not the biggest fan of strong, concentrated lavender flavour. Plus, I just really enjoy the berry in the blend and I wanted a little more of it. Still not bad though – and I’m happy I got to share it with so many people.
Another from yesterday;
My little sister and mother were over because we had spent the morning Christmas shopping and I’d invited them back for tea. I let my mom pick the tea, and she wanted this one. Probably because she’s the one who bought it for me and she hadn’t had a chance to try it yet. I like this one, so certainly no complaints on my end.
I had to break out one of my giant Western sized pots; ‘cause I was definitely not gonna take the time to make three individual mugs and making this one Gong Fu? Probably not the best plan. I’m sure that the pot liked the attention – it only gets used when I’m making tea for three+ people which isn’t often.
This one went over well with everyone; I found it particularly floral and soothing and my mom really liked the red berry notes that are always present in this one. Surprisingly, even my little sister liked it and there are very few teas she actually drinks/enjoys. Most of the ones she is into have sprinkles and icecream bits and other things like that as well; so for her to enjoy a flavoured tea that’s a bit more on the nuanced side of things was definitely an achievement.
My commute tea from this morning!
Drank this one with almond milk – I wasn’t 100% sure how the milk would affect the flavour of the blend but it actually had a positive effect on it. Basically, I got this lovely added creaminess and thickness of mouthfeel and then the sweet, nutty notes added dimension to the sweet berry medley and floral notes. I really, really felt like it was elevated into something more elaborate and nuanced. It really felt like I was drinking a completely different blend!
Cold Brew, drank two ways!
The first half I drank just as it was after being strained and this tasted pretty solid. Definitely no astringency or bitterness – and I found the currant notes I observed the first time I tried this hot tasted even stronger and richer. The finish was nice and lightly floral as well, which was pleasant too. One thing that was a bit different was that I didn’t notice any sort of citrus or bergamot notes with this cold brew.
The second way I tried it was with some added dark rum because I thought that might make a nice “tea cocktail” type berry punch sort of thing. I wouldn’t recommend going down that route though; even though I was careful about the proportions I was mixing this came out tasting rather anti-septic and unpleasant.
Song Pairing, for the first pleasant way I tried this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDKmKJBhEx4&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=3
So my mom was recently in British Columbia on vacation and she decided to surprise me with some tea she brought back with her! Namely, a tin of this one. I’m not sure if I’ve ever tried anything from Silk Road – although I’m definitely familiar with the company.
She picked this one out for me because it actually uses black tea grown in Canada and she thought that would be something more unique – and she’s right! Even though I’m familiar with the tea farm here in Canada I haven’t tried it, so this is a really cool opportunity. I’m skeptical of how it’ll taste; there’s kind of a reason that tea isn’t a tea growing country and just a consuming country. Geographically, we’re just not really an ideal growing country. So what unique traits will our terroir have?
This is nice; it’s kind of soft and medium bodied and I really like the fruity/berry notes from the added ingredients in the blend. It’s a bit of a mixed berry sort of taste, with a strong red and black currant flavour being the standout fruit note. There’s a lovely floral undertone; I definitely feel like I’m tasting more of the rose than the lavender though even though I saw much more lavender in the dry leaf than rose. Mmm! Berries and roses! Very tasty, fresh and a little romantic, no?
That’s the strongest part of the flavour profile, for sure – but there’s also a VERY LIGHT citrus/bergamot note in the bottom of the sip that kind of hides behind the other fruity notes. I guess there’s vanilla in here too, but I don’t taste the vanilla. I think maybe it’s just acting as part of whatever is making this so smooth and seamless. It’s hard to taste the specific notes of the black tea – but I think it’s adding a subtle malt flavour to this, and it’s just a hint astringent/tannic. It leaves a really faint astringency on the bed of your tongue – and it’s just light enough that I actually find it relatively pleasant.
So yeah, overall my first impression of this one is really positive. I very much like the currant notes I’m tasting in particular. Personally, I think this one was a much better pick for me than the other teas that she picked out last time that she was in BC. Maybe that’s because it’s from a higher quality tea company than Granville Island (which just sources their teas and doesn’t blend the majority of them themselves) but maybe she was just a bit more thoughtful in her choice this time as well.
Had this the same way I did last time, with about a 2 minute steep, and unsweetened. It’s really good. I chose it because I woke up not feeling great and with a headache, so I gravitated to this. It really is nice and I am gonna have to buy a tin when my sample runs out.
I had this a few weeks ago with my breakfast, and it was nice. I only steeped for about two minutes and I didn’t add anything to it, and it was lovely! I think a smidge of sugar or honey would have brought out some of the berries more, but I was ok with it as is, which is great…Ihave been reducing my sugar intake more and loving when I find teas I am ok with unsweetened now. I look forward to cold steeping this one soon!
Despite the floral bits in this tea, they’re barely noticeable under the mint of the tea, which works for me…had a cup hot last night, and a cold steep today. Nice and light and refreshing on a warm day like today. Normally I would not get a tea like this, but I was given a small amount from a friend to try, so I did. The rose petals are usually a no go for me, but she said they were very understated and barely noticeable in it once brewed.
Extremely heavy on the hibiscus. Even iced, I couldn’t drink this. In fact, during the tea tasting session, this was the only one I couldn’t drink. Very sour, generic berry flavour, a bit of citrus, I can’t taste much else because of the sour. I like to be able to taste the tea base, but the white tea can’t be tasted at all.
Do not try this hot unless you enjoy tart fruity teas!
Flavors: Berry, Citrus, Fruity, Hibiscus, Sour, Tart
A tart and fruity blend. I tried it iced with white grape juice and it was nice made with juice. I’m not sure I would enjoy it hot because of the hibiscus, but it isn’t too bad cold. It made a nice refreshing drink that I could see myself enjoying by the pool side.
Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Tart
I tried this hot
Although this is very herbal/medicinal tasting (herbs like lemongrass and mint), you can almost taste the underlying green base. Barely. Light citrus notes. The tea itself is really pretty, but most of the bogus health claims they make put me off.
Flavors: Citrus, Herbs, Lemongrass, Medicinal, Menthol, Mint
I really like the spice combination in this. Lots of interesting herbal notes. I taste citrus (lemon grass and maybe catnip or lemon mint?), a medium intensity mint, and something floral. Very nice hot and cold.
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Herbs, Lemongrass, Mint, Peppermint, Spices
I found this tea underwhelming, to be honest. I almost bought a tin of it last time I went to Silk Road because the loose leaf smells so good, and now I’m not sure I will ever go back for it.
I bought a cup of Silk Road’s Sour Cherry green tea because I needed some tea before my flight and I knew I would be stuck at the airport for a while. They used a lot of leaves in my tea bag, at least 3 teaspoons, which quickly expanded to 6 teaspoons after a few minutes of steeping. The leaves were mostly large pieces of a medium green colour. After about 3 minutes of steeping, the tea was a light yellow and tasted very faint, so I let it steep for another 3 minutes. The liquid was now a more attractive amber colour and smells like green tea and cherries. Unfortunately, the flavour was lacking. To my disappointment I could taste very little cherry, and I dislike the tangy and astringent aftertaste. However, under all that, there was a pleasant green tea flavour. If you are someone who does not mind astringent tea, you will enjoy this tea strong. Otherwise, I would not recommend this tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Green, Tannic
I wish this tea had a bit more chocolate flavour, but it is still one of my favourite chocolate mint teas. It is very nice plain or with light sweetener and goes well with milk. In the summer I make it iced with honey. The best part about it is that you can re-steep it 4-6 times without losing any flavour.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Lemon, Mint, Peppermint
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Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Lychee, Sweet, Tangy