Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shanti Tea Strawberry White

Shanti Tea, an Ontario based tea company, lists the ingredients of this blend as including white tea, rosehips, safflowers, and strawberry essence. The aroma of the dry leaves was sweet but not in an artificial way. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 190 degree water for five minutes.The liquor was surprisingly dark for a white tea, almost resembling an oolong.

I was very impressed at just how strawberry-like this tea  was. There was just the right amount of sweetness tempered by just the right amount of tartness. It wasn’t overdone or artificial tasting. The base of biodynamic Bai Mu Dan from northern India was floral and light. It made a few appearances but let the strawberry take the main stage for the most part. I would definitely recommend this tea.

One of the things that I really love about Shanti Tea is that their offerings are all organic and biodynamically farmed. They even offer sustainable packaging. I cannot stress enough the importance of making ethical choices with your tea drinking. As tea becomes more and more popular here in the United States, our purchases will continue to have a greater impact on the rest of the world.

1 comment:

  1. I definitely like what Shanti tea is doing; I have yet to sample any of their teas though. They seem to be raising the bar when it comes to sustainability. Biodynamic agriculture is a bit bizarre and some have told me they find it superstitious, but I do completely agree with the main premise of biodynamic agriculture, which is that "organic" isn't enough and that using sound ecological methods is really necessary for agriculture to be sustainable. So I'm glad that Shanti tea is pushing this issue a little farther than most organic tea companies have been doing.

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