Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
A strong and earthy black tea from Tanzania; milk and sugar or honey is strongly recommended for this one.
Learn more about this tea here.
Wow! What an amazing black tea!
The flavor is bold and rich and malty, reminding me just a bit of an Assam … but smoother! It has less astringency than a typical Assam, and a very well-rounded presentation. It feels so full on the palate!
It has that biscuit-y quality to it that I find so desirable in black teas. It also has a delightful sweetness to it that really melds well with the biscuit-y tones, creating a rich, flavorful note that evokes thoughts of freshly baked scones. YUM!
It would make a perfect breakfast tea, and it takes the additions of milk and honey very well, but if you want a tea with a stronger edge, add nothing. It tastes great either way! I personally prefer it with about a half a teaspoon of turbinado sugar as it softens it just a bit and also enhances some of the caramel-y undertones.
I really love this tea. This is the kind of tea you want to wake up to 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!