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!

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