Ancient Forest Black Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Cultivated from the ancient protected tea tree forests of Yunan Province, China, this rare and exquisite black tea makes a full-bodied and earthy infusion with a rich and penetrating aroma heavy with age and collective wisdom. The flavor of this deep amber infusion is unlike any other black tea available. Truly exceptional.

Taster’s Review:

This really is an exceptional tea, and one that teaches me not to judge a tea by its dry leaf presentation.  It doesn’t smell exceptional, and it doesn’t really look exceptional.  But, the taste – is truly remarkable!

The tea has a very deep, rich taste to it.  Earthy, yes.  I can taste a Pu-erh kind of taste in the background that is earthy.  But that isn’t all there is to this tea – and if it was, I probably wouldn’t consider it remarkable or exceptional, since I’m not a huge fan of Pu-erh.  I like this much better than any Pu-erh I’ve ever tasted, because there is so much more to it.

The flavor has a hint of woody taste to it, like a damp wood.  Consider an old growth forest just after it rains.  The smell of the trees, the earth, the leaves and the air …  that is what I taste in the background… that essence.

If I were to attempt to describe this tea, I would say it is somewhere between a Yunnan Pu-erh and an Assam tea.  It has that maltiness that an Assam usually possesses, and there is the most exquisite underlying tone of sweetness too that is caramel-like.  Sweet and almost creamy.  The finish is sweet with a light, cleansing astringency.  The aftertaste focuses on hints of earthiness as well as the deep sweetness that I am falling more in love with after each sip.  This is really good.

An excellent black tea!

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