I had to drink four cups of Shanti before I could finish my review. I don’t know why, but sometimes it takes several cups for me to both determine and find the right words to articulate what I smell and taste. Especially when the tea has a more complex flavor. I look forward to sharing this tea with friends. I am curious to know their experience resembles mine.
Composition: Organic Indian Green Tea, Abali Estate, Arunachal
Dry Visual: Green tea leaves – long and twisted. Thanks to The Simple Leaf for the awesome picture.
Dry Aroma: A light woodsy smell.
Flavor: I have been converted. My montage of late has been that “I really prefer to only drink flavored green teas”. Citron Green and Genmaicha were my favorites. So I steeped a cup of Shanti and it was fabulous! I would not consider Shanti vegetal, but unique in flavor. It was somewhat smokey with a floral aftertaste. A contrast… yes, but the two tastes work wonderfully together. Naturally sweet, Shanti requires no sweetener. The first cup was enjoyed entirely with no sweetener. The next evening I steeped another cup and enjoyed with no sweetener. During the second infusion, I added Sugar-In-The-Raw. Only half a teaspoon, but it just wasn’t right – Shanti lost some of its characteristically unique taste. I should have attempted a third infusion, but was tea-logged. I enjoyed another cup today and must admit that each cup retains the same consistent quality.
Liquor: A golden color, however if brewed longer than recommended, Shanti takes on an amber hue.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 3 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 3 minutes.
Manufacturer: The Simple Leaf
Shanti made the difference in my green tea drinking preferences. If anyone has tried this tea, I would love to hear your perspective. Did Shanti have the same effect on you as it did on me? Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!