Review: The Simple Leaf Tankha

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Its OK"If I only rated this tea based on the first infusion, I would probably be a bit more positive, but the second cup bordered on disappointing and made the overall experience less than I'd hoped for."
Katie’s Teaview: 6/10
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tankha1rg.jpgI have been a bit M.I.A. for a few weeks now due to a brutal cold followed immediately by necessary cramming for an economics test that I am reasonably sure wasn't in a language I know. When I finally convinced myself to sit down and write a review today, I really wanted to enjoy the tea I was writing about. The Simple Leaf, while not my favourite tea company by any means (Katie is unhappy with companies that do not ship to Canada), has yet to have a tea I outright did not enjoy, and since I've recently been discovering how much I desperately enjoy oolongs, I figured Tankha was exactly what I needed.

With the first infusion, I steeped it at 160 degrees for 3 minutes and ended up with a light-coloured and bright-tasting cup of tea. It had a citrus and floral scent, but the floral ended up overtaking any citrus notes in the flavour. The whole thing was a bit on the thin side, but overall a very pleasant cup.

For my second infusion, I opted for a 4-minute infusion at 180 degrees to see if it would bring out a bit more boldness from the leaves. The colour was a bit darker, but the good flavours from the first infusion seemed entirely lost. Almost all the floral scent disappeared, and the taste became very dry. If I only rated this tea based on the first infusion, I would probably be a bit more positive, but the second cup bordered on disappointing and made the overall experience less than I'd hoped for.

— 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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