Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"an intriguing balance of perfume and fruit notes. It did take me a few sips to get totally comfortable with the flavors that were going on in my mouth, but ultimately I ended up really appreciating this unique blend."|
Canadian-based Shanti Tea has a clean and well-organized website, which makes it easy to get in-depth information on any given tea. This morning I sampled their Midnight Magic, which is a visually attractive blend of green tea, rose petals, rose hips, and orange pieces. I often find that I have to be in the mood for overtly floral teas, particularly rose-flavored teas, so I did approach this tea rather hesitantly. However, I do have to say that even just sniffing the dry blend assured me that this tea would be a tasty one. I used one level teaspoon per eight ounces of water and infused the leaves for three minutes in 185-degree water. Although this is a green tea, the color of the brew is slightly darker than most green teas, although a few shades lighter than a black tea. This tea offers an intriguing balance of perfume and fruit notes. It did take me a few sips to get totally comfortable with the flavors that were going on in my mouth, but ultimately I ended up really appreciating this unique blend. I found that the rose is more prominent at first, but the orange flavor becomes more apparent at the rear of each sip. The rose is pleasant- certainly strong in a floral sense, but not too over-powering or off-putting. The orange is much more subdued, but just enough to sweeten the tea and balance out the floral notes. This tea gets points for creative blending, as I am pretty certain I haven't seen a blend like this before. It was very soothing and relaxing hot, and while it was not awful as an iced tea, I do think it is better served as a hot tea (as it is hard to get a refreshing effect from rose-flavored tea). I happily recommend this tea to anyone looking for a novel blend, and certainly for anyone who likes flower teas.
— To purchase Shanti Tea Midnight Magic, 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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