Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
Leaf Aroma: Sweet, floral
Infusion Aroma: Sweet, floral, honey
Infusion Color: Light amber
Base Flavor: Fruity and Floral
Infusion Strength: Medium
Learn more about this tea here.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this tea, because, well, the description doesn’t really tell much about the tea… but, I was feeling adventurous and looked forward to the surprise that this tea had in store, feeling fairly certain I’d enjoy it since I’ve not had a bad experience with Shanti Tea yet.
The dry leaf is beautiful! Lots of colorful petals mixed with the dark sage-y green tea leaves. The aroma of the dry leaf is intriguing … floral, certainly, and with a lovely sweetness to it too, like fruit and honey. It is powerfully aromatic. In contrast, the fragrance of the brewed tea very subtle, possessing mere hints of the fantastic scent I experienced with the dry leaf. Whispers of flower and hints of honey, with a barely-there fruity essence.
This is really delicious. The green tea tastes sweet and vegetative, and towards the end of the sip, I notice a tangy astringency. It is a very light astringency that could go unnoticed if not paying attention.
There is a fruit flavor to this … I’m tasting apple! I also taste hints of the flowers, particularly noticeable is the sunflower and the chamomile. I think that it may be the chamomile that brought my attention to the apple-y tones here, since chamomile has a natural apple-like taste to it anyway.
What I taste with this tea mostly, though, is the honey-esque overtones. Wow! This tastes as though I’ve added honey, but I haven’t! I can almost taste the nectar-y notes from the honey. It is sweet and it has a creamy thickness to it too, like a thinned honey.
Another delicious tea from Shanti Tea … I expected no less!
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!