Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Kally Tea
A calming, yet invigorating blend of organic Darjeeling, Keemun, Nilgiri, and Assam teas. Inspired by Tibetan Monk’s devotion on Buddhist meditation and mental and physical calm state. A wonderful tea any time of the day. The brewed cup is a wonderful deep crimson red.
Learn more about this tea here.
Recently, Kally Tea introduced a new line of organic teas to their already impressive collection. I was very excited to try some of these new teas from them! This Organic Monk’s Blend is the first that I’m going to sample.
And this is really good! It’s quite different than I expected from a tea called Monk’s Blend. Most of the Monk’s Blend teas that I’ve tasted have been a flavored black tea blend – specifically, most of the Monk’s Blends I’ve encountered have been flavored with grenadine and vanilla notes to give it a very sweet and creamy kind of taste. That’s not what this is at all!
Instead, this is a blend of four black teas: Nilgiri, Darjeeling, Keemun and Assam. This combination creates a really nicely balanced cup that is a little bit of everything. What I mean by that is that there is no one characteristic that describes this tea entirely. It has little bits of different qualities: earthy, sweet, woodsy, floral, smoky, fruity and malty. It isn’t bitter (although I’d be careful to avoid oversteeping this) and what little astringency there is to this is even smoother than in a typical black tea blend.
From the very first sip, I noticed how well-rounded it tastes. It is a full-flavored tea, and it has a very satisfying flavor. It is robust yet smooth, so it would make a good afternoon tea – it is soft enough around the edges – this isn’t what I’d call an edgy or aggressive tea. However, it is good and strong and invigorating … so it will give you that jump you need for those mornings when you’d rather stay tucked in bed, but you’ve gotta get going.
I am very pleased with this unique take on a Monk’s Blend … and I love that it’s ORGANIC!