• Reviews

    Shanti Tea Kung Fu Black

    Shanti Tea’s website doesn’t have any information about this selection but it does say that it is certified organic. The dry leaves of this tea had a mottled brown appearance and an aroma that reminded me of cocoa. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for three minutes. The liquor was very dark brown in color. This tea was rich and toasty with notes of chestnut. There was also hints of druit and cocoa that gave the flavor profile a nice roundness. I love a black tea that is as bold and complex as this one is. There was a slight astringency, making it brisk and…


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    Shanti Tea Roasted Kukicha

    Although this organic offering from Shanti Tea it is listed as an herbal tea on their website, Kukicha is a green tea that is made from the stems of the Camellia Sinensis. The dry tea was uniformly brown and literally looked like a bunch of tiny twigs. They had a strong nutty aroma. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 175 degree water for three minutes.The resulting liquor was deep amber in color. This tea was toasty and sweet at the same time. There was also something else there that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Although I don’t like to eat mushrooms, that is the closest description…

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    Shanti Tea Iron Goddess

    This oolong tea is organic and fair trade certified. The dry leaves were various shades of green with some brown mixed in and tightly rolled appearance. I made this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 190 degree water and three consecutive 30 second infusions. While I was preparing it, the non-tea drinking people in the room observed that it smelled like spinach. The liquor was pale gold in color. This tea had a very light floral taste. It was almost a little too delicate. Most Tie Guan Yin teas are a bit bolder and complex than that. That doesn’t necessarily make it a bad tea, it was just not what I was expecting. There was…

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    Shanti Tea Jasmine Dragon Pearls

    The dry leaves of this tea had the appearance of tightly rolled balls. They were mostly dark  with some silvery white hairs visible. The strong jasmine aroma was apparent even before steeping. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 165 degree water for four minutes. The liquor was a deep yellowish-gold color. This tea was pleasantly sweet and floral without being overdone. The jasmine flavor was definitely there but what I loved most about this tea is that there was more to it than that. There was a creamy mouth feel with hints of vanilla and mint. More often than not scented teas use lower quality leaves because the…

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    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…