Lemonade from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Tisane Description:

Origin: South Africa
Certification: Organic
Ingredients: Green Rooibos, Lemon Peel, Lemon Myrtle, Calendula, Natural Essences
Naturally Caffeine-Free Herbal Tea

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve tried a few different “lemonade” teas and tisanes over the last couple of years.  Some are stronger in lemon-y flavor than others.  This tisane started out rather subtle, but, as I continue to sip, the flavors have gotten more intense.  I like the way the flavors develop, getting the palate ready for the tart and tangy notes that are about to come.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I prefer green rooibos over red rooibos.  The green rooibos has a lighter, fresher, fruitier taste to it than the sweet, woody and nutty flavor of the red rooibos.  Here, the green rooibos provides a pleasant fruity flavor and a hint of sweetness to the cup without overwhelming the cup with other flavors that distract from the lemony taste of this tisane.

The lemon myrtle and lemon peel add a sweet, slightly tangy lemon flavor without tasting too tart.  The tartness of this cup is most obvious in the aftertaste, where that tingly tangy taste lingers on the palate, as if I had just taken a sip of … well, of lemonade!

Overall, I’m finding this tisane to be bright, sunny lemon flavor that is sweet-tart and really enjoyable.  It is deliciously soothing served hot (and makes a great sore throat remedy too!) but it is even better served chilled … I think I’m going to stock up on this one as the weather turns warmer!  It’s something that my entire family (even those who don’t like tea!) will love.

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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!

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