Philosopher's Brew

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Lemon, Lemongrass
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From Silk Road

Tea of Enlightenment.
Flavour profile: a luscious, lemony cup of tea with a bright golden hue.
Ingredients: lemongrass, citrus peel, rosehips, lavender blossoms.

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2816 tasting notes

2nd lemongrass tea of the afternoon and finishing off the little sample tin I got at Silk Road in Victoria over the summer. I have to say I was not overly impressed with anything I tried in their herbal collection but this is the best one of the bunch. Definitely lemony and slightly on the tart side, but not exceedingly so. Lavender in tea is a weird concept for me still. This is pretty good for a chill afternoon.

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Love the name of this one.


It does have a nice name for sure!


This has been a favourite from Silk Road for me for a long time! I should remember to drink what I have more often..

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2290 tasting notes

I cringe at the thought of how old my container of this tea is. I think I bought it in 2006 or 2007 when I was working full-time at a contract job. My container is still mostly full, probably because the lemongrass is cut fine enough that the tea was difficult to strain through my teeth, and I hadn’t discovered the delightful Finum strainer yet (My favourite tea at that job was Golden Phoenix.). Now, I may be wrong and I may have purchased this on a more recent visit to Victoria, but… I’m probably right, and yet I’m still going to drink this stuff.

Dry, the tea still smells a little citrus-y, and a lot lavender-y. Wet, it has a smoky smell that essentially smells like old lavender blossoms and pu-erh… so, old lavender blossoms. Sipping on it is still delightful, though. There’s a bit of sweetness from the rosehips, a lot of citrus from the lemongrass and orange peel, and the smokiness comes out as lavender. There isn’t enough lavender to make it soapy, even though the tea has… been well aged.

I remember I used to think this needed sugar, but evidently my palate has matured. This is good, and I’m excited to finish what I have (!! I know!) and plot for a new order from Silk Road. Maybe I’ll go visit, or maybe I’ll bribe someone to come visit me! Or maybe I’ll just stay at home in my PJs and order online. Tough decision. :)

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791 tasting notes

A very nice lemony~ tea.

Flavors: Lemon

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39 tasting notes

Wonderful, wonderful lemongrass. This is the best straight tasting lemongrass tea I’ve ever tried. I just love it. It is perfect for late night study sessions. It perks you up without the caffeine and is so refreshing. One of my favourites!

Flavors: Lemongrass

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47 tasting notes

It took me a while to warm up to this tea due to an unfortunate lemongrass essential oil incident in the past, but now a fan. It’s light and fruity with a bite of lemongrass. Caffeine-free but with a bit of a pick me up that perfect for early evening tea drinking.

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1271 tasting notes

A coworker gave me some of this tea from Victoria BC. It is very lemon-grassy and crisp. The first sip and it had me hold my chin and ponder like a philosopher (seriously) about it’s strong taste and combination of flavours. Very nice if you like lemongrass.

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This is one my fav teas from Silk Road in Victora, B.C. I sometimes drink this tea instead of the standard camomile to relax at the end of a long day.

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