Review: The Simple Leaf Tankha

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Thumbs up!"Sweet and fragrant is what you get with Tankha. It's deliciously sweet, in a subtle almost honeysuckle like way, and the tea brews to a pretty pale caramel like color. The sweetness is almost floral, almost citrusy, but not overwhelmingly either, and it's wonderfully pleasant."
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tankha1rg.jpgI have found the oolong teas of the world some of my favorite teas. Oolongs amaze me with their sheer variety, smooth sweetness and the seemingly endless infusions you can get from them. I looked forward to Simple Leaf's Tankha and also read a bit about it online as the names at Simple Leaf are not particularly illuminating to me. They start out mentioning that a Tankha is a Buddhist Tapestry. That doesn't get to the heart of the tea in my mind, but I've begun to enjoy Simple Leaf's titling as it makes me want to visit their website and learn more about the tea. I also learned, and this is slightly less esoteric information, that the leaves harvested to make up Tankha are grown in India at an elevation of over 6000 feet by a Darjeeling estate (called Phoobsering) that is in the process of converting to Bio-Organic status. That conversion process will be complete in 2010 (the certification processes generally take at least three years).

The dried leaf is mildly fragrant, light coffee colored and open leafed. I heated my tea water to nearly 200 degrees for this tea, but read some online reviewers at Simple Leaf suggesting using lower temperature water to bring out even more sweetness in the tea. Sweet and fragrant is what you get with Tankha. It's deliciously sweet, in a subtle almost honeysuckle like way, and the tea brews to a pretty pale caramel like color. The sweetness is almost floral, almost citrusy, but not overwhelmingly either, and it's wonderfully pleasant. I enjoyed this tea immensely! It has a smooth, full flavor, no bites, no bitterness, nothing unpleasant. I had three good infusions from this tea and probably could have had another, but the third was weakening and I was losing the fullness of flavor, which to me was mostly connected with the wholesome sweet taste of the tea.

Simple Leaf has sourced out a really fine tea here. I heartily recommend it.

— To purchase The Simple Leaf Tankha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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