Smoky Jasmine from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Tea Description:

A nice compliment to jasmine green teas, this smokier version is made with a Chinese green tea that has a distinctively stronger profile. A perfect tea for after meals, goes well with unsweetened pastries.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a very unusual jasmine tea.  Unusual, but I like it.  Of course, I expected it to be unusual, based on the name.

The smoke here is light … and with the first few sips, I was of the opinion that the name Smoky Jasmine is a bit misleading, because there really isn’t a strong, smoky presence in this cup.  There is a light smokiness that presents itself at the start which develops as I continue to sip.  By mid-cup, the smokiness is more apparent.

And the smoky notes offer an interesting contrast to the sweet flavor of the jasmine flower.  I find that it seems to emphasize some of the sweeter tones of the jasmine, offering a flavor that is sweet, almost dessert-like, but still very much jasmine.  No soapy taste, no sharp tones.  Just a new way to explore the lovely essence of jasmine.

I am really glad I got a chance to try this jasmine tea.  I don’t know that it is my favorite jasmine tea, but, I do enjoy it for it’s interesting twist on the classic.  Nice, and something I’d be very happy to drink again!

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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