Kong Fu Black from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Tea Description:

Leaf Aroma: peaty, earthy, smoky Infusion Aroma: earthy, slight smokiness

Infusion Color: Amber

Base Flavor: thick earthiness

Infusion Strength: Strong

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I am loving this tea!

But I’m not surprised, when I read the name “Kong Fu” I immediately surmised that this would be similar to Fujian teas that I’ve tried and loved.

The description above is pretty much spot on, except that I don’t get the thick earthiness in the flavor.  Instead, I taste a lovely dark chocolate-y, cocoa-y kind of flavor with an undertone of caramel.  It is rich with some earthy tones but not quite as strong as I would think that “thick earthiness” would imply.

There are notes of smoke to this infusion as well, and they marry with the chocolate-y notes quite nicely.  There are also some malty tones to it that complement the caramel sweetness.  Remarkably smooth and robust, this cup possesses very little astringency.

Such an incredibly delicious cup of tea!  This is a cup that I could easily drink every day and never tire of it. It’s that good.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
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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