Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
The tea produced at Los Andes has a pleasing astringency and a nice, full body, with subtle floral undertones. The profile of the tea opens wonderfully with a splash of milk and a pinch of agave nectar.
I have been so pleased with the teas that I’ve tried from Shanti Tea. This one may just be my favorite yet, it is such a unique black tea – one with which I’m enjoying becoming familiar.
It starts out bold and even a little aggressive. There is a note of bitterness right at the start that disappears just as quickly as it arrived. It is like a little “wake up” for the taste buds which is soon washed away by the sweetness of this tea. It is a very interesting sweetness: it is not quite honey-like, and not quite burnt-sugar caramel. Somewhere in between, it is unlike any other tea I’ve tasted. There is also a malty tone to it that is similar to a high-end Assam.
As suggested in the description, I note hints of a floral undercurrent which develops as I sip. It is at once rustic and smooth. The astringency is soft, clean and dry, and there is very little aftertaste to this tea.
A very enjoyable tea that makes a delicious breakfast tea (takes milk and honey well) or an afternoon tea. This is one that you’ll want to drink every day!