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!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!