Drunken Concubine from Silk Road Tea. . . . .

This top-shelf variant of Iron Goddess (Tie Guan Ying) oolong is named after the Beijing opera story where a concubine gets shwasted after she’s stood up by the king. Based on the name alone, I’m not sure which way this will go from the baseline floral taste of a lesser quality iron goddess – will the tea be a sharp bitter taste reminiscent of heartbreak, or a sweet balm to heal her sorrows? The dry leaves have fabulous scent, reminding me of the elusive white gummy bears flavor. After brewing “3-5 grams for under 2 minutes”, the brew is quickly Read More


Barrel Aged Chai – Silk Road – from Tea of the People

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea (Chai) Where to Buy: Tea of the People Tea Description: Chai is to many tea drinkers to what The Beatles are to music. Paul sang, “Let it Be”, but we went “Across the Universe” and landed in Silk Road, the once legendary trade route between China, India and beyond. Barrel aged with Szechuan peppers, we made Imperial Keemun, “Come Together” with this Indian Chai. Sweet and spicy flavours will leave you wanting it “8 Days a Week”. WHY BARREL AGED TEA? Barrel aging is a new and exciting way to handcraft a sophisticated cup of tea. Read More


Xingyang Silk Road Spice from Verdant Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Pu-erh Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea Tea Description: Xingyang Workshop produces some of the cleanest and most sparkling  shu pu’er we have tried.  The 2008 shu nuggets are just calling to be made into a juicy and cooling blend.  The spearmint and peppermint provide a crisp edge and refreshing flavor that brings out the sparkling texture of the tea.  The cinnamon and fennel extend the sweetness and bring it out into the long aftertaste. Learn more about this blend here. Taster’s Review: At this point, I’ve tried quite a few different teas from Verdant Tea.  They’ve become one Read More