Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
Leaf Aroma: Sweet, floral
Infusion Aroma: Sweet, floral, honey
Infusion Color: Light amber
Base Flavor: Fruity and Floral
Infusion Strength: Medium
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I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this tea, because, well, the description doesn’t really tell much about the tea… but, I was feeling adventurous and looked forward to the surprise that this tea had in store, feeling fairly certain I’d enjoy it since I’ve not had a bad experience with Shanti Tea yet.
The dry leaf is beautiful! Lots of colorful petals mixed with the dark sage-y green tea leaves. The aroma of the dry leaf is intriguing … floral, certainly, and with a lovely sweetness to it too, like fruit and honey. It is powerfully aromatic. In contrast, the fragrance of the brewed tea very subtle, possessing mere hints of the fantastic scent I experienced with the dry leaf. Whispers of flower and hints of honey, with a barely-there fruity essence.
This is really delicious. The green tea tastes sweet and vegetative, and towards the end of the sip, I notice a tangy astringency. It is a very light astringency that could go unnoticed if not paying attention.
There is a fruit flavor to this … I’m tasting apple! I also taste hints of the flowers, particularly noticeable is the sunflower and the chamomile. I think that it may be the chamomile that brought my attention to the apple-y tones here, since chamomile has a natural apple-like taste to it anyway.
What I taste with this tea mostly, though, is the honey-esque overtones. Wow! This tastes as though I’ve added honey, but I haven’t! I can almost taste the nectar-y notes from the honey. It is sweet and it has a creamy thickness to it too, like a thinned honey.
Another delicious tea from Shanti Tea … I expected no less!