Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
A pleasantly sharp green tea, lively, light sweetness with some astringency.
Learn more about this tea here.
I am really enjoying this Green Elephant Tea from Shanti Tea. It’s one of the more unique, pure green teas I’ve encountered in some time, and I’m really liking how unique it is!
The sip starts out relatively smooth and pleasantly sweet. I was expecting some sharpness to present itself right at the onset, based upon the description, but I didn’t get that at first. By mid-sip, though, I noticed a slight sharp bite to it, and by the finish, there was a unique spiced note that develops in the aftertaste, imparting a tingly sensation on the tongue that is quite interesting. It definitely is “lively!”
I really enjoy how this tea develops on the palate. I love the soft sweetness at the start, it doesn’t prepare you for the surprise you’ll get when you reach mid-sip … that really took me by surprise. I had expected more of a bite at the start, and when I didn’t get it, I sort of relaxed and enjoyed the sweet tone, and then this sharp, snappy flavor just sort of hits the palate.
Truly an interesting and inspiring cup of tea … I expected no less from Shanti Tea!
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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