The Simple Leaf

The Simple Leaf celebrates the elegant simplicity of a fresh cup of tea. We import tea directly from estates across South Asia several times a year to ensure that our leaves always remain at the peak of freshness. Our teas are chosen not only because of their taste — and we think they are all outstanding in their own right — but because they have remarkable stories to tell. So whether we are tasting Madan’s tea or Binod’s, it’s the personal connections with the source that make each sip special. We hope it does for you too.

The Simple Leaf is an importer and retailer of South Asian teas and is based in Chicago, Illinois. You can visit their web site at: http://www.thesimpleleaf.com/

There are 28 reviews available for this category, for 7 different varieties.

Below you'll find extracts of all posts on Teaviews.com related to The Simple Leaf. Click on any post to pull up photographs and full-text.


The Simple Leaf Dawn

8.1/10  —  5 reviews
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"The flavor was rich and characterized by chocolate and honey notes. The chocolate flavor was a bit weaker than what was detected in the aroma, but was still quite enjoyable. My only regret about this tea is that I let it sit in my sample basket for a while before getting around to brewing and enjoying it!"
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      8.5/10
Teaviews Member: Erika Erika's review:
"The tea had a nice, clean finish and was not at all bitter or too strong. "
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Dan Dan's review:
"This gorgeous long-leaf tea can be summed up in two words: elegant simplicity."
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      9.0/10
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"This is pretty mild and naturally sweet and I also think that I detect some honey notes along the way. Make no mistake though there is a slightly bitter component to this in the aftertaste, but it is a sweet pleasant bitterness."
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      7/10
Teaviews Member: Joe Joe's review:
"I find myself thinking about this tea (and wanting some) throughout the day. In fact, as I write this, Iʼm thinking about making a cup. And I never drink caffeine at night. Is this the beginning of an addiction?"
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      9/10

The Simple Leaf Honeybee Oolong

7.7/10  —  5 reviews
Teaviews Member: Cindy Cindy's review:
"This is not a bold oolong but rather smooth and delicate and deserves the honor and respect of being savored."
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      8.5/10
Teaviews Member: Geoff Geoff's review:
"Taste-wise, it was very smooth but not impressive. At least not on the first infusion. It lived up to its namesake by the second."
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      6/10
Teaviews Member: Katie Katie's review:
"I would recommend this tea to any oolong novice as it clearly demonstrates the depth and uniquness that can be found in this branch of tea. As an added bonus, for such a lavish tea with no fillers, Honeybee Oolong is very reasonably priced."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"To me, the floral and fruity notes were present in the aroma of the dry leaves (and I should take a moment here to state that the aroma of the dry leaves is outstanding- really crisp and refreshing!), but the floral and fruit notes were less obvious in the brewed liquid."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"It is very honey tasting with fruity muscatel notes. I thoroughly enjoyed my cup and I am pleased to have tried a Nepalese oolong."
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      8/10

The Simple Leaf Shanti

7.6/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Erika Erika's review:
"This is a wonderful tea...it is very delicate but also provides plenty of flavors to keep things interesting."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Joe Joe's review:
"... Shanti, which means peace in Sanskrit, is the prettiest tea I have brewed."
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      7.5/10
Teaviews Member: Numi Numi's review:
"It's surprisingly strong in a way that makes this good for the morning wake-up call and for the shoulder shake needed later on in the day."
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      9/10
Teaviews Member: Katie Katie's review:
"The overall flavour is good, but somewhat limited, and the aftertaste does not stick around for long. I do not find this particularly calming as the name suggests, but it is a touch mellowing."
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      6/10

The Simple Leaf Decadence

7.3/10  —  2 reviews
Teaviews Member: Cindy Cindy's review:
"Decadence is a tea to be savored during quiet moments when you can appreciate an exceptional cup of tea!"
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      9/10
Teaviews Member: Joe Joe's review:
"A wonderfully textured tea with not much taste."
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      5.5/10

The Simple Leaf Chloe

7.3/10  —  4 reviews
Teaviews Member: Erika Erika's review:
"Regardless of the preparation method, each cup tasted the same. The flavor was very heavy and extremely vegetal. "
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      4/10
Teaviews Member: Joe Joe's review:
"This would make a delicious beverage cold. I was stunned by my own thought - a testament to how good the tea is and how much it affected me. "
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      9.0/10
Teaviews Member: Kari Kari's review:
"A full flavored tea,with a hint of "spicyness" and is really good iced."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"This tea has a somewhat mild flavor for such a distinct smelling tea, it was slightly floral and sweet, with a honeylike coloring. It has a wonderful natural sweetness, and I preferred the tea very lightly sweetened."
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      8/10

The Simple Leaf Black Frost

7/10  —  1 review
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"I was really pleased with this tea, and found that it was a terrific brew just on its own, with no milk or sugar added."
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      7/10

The Simple Leaf Tankha

6.7/10  —  7 reviews
Teaviews Member: Laura Laura's review:
"A nice Darjeeling - one that is less dry than its black tea cousin, complex, and medium in body... though barely qualifies as an oolong in taste."
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      6.5/10
Teaviews Member: Katie Katie's review:
"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."
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      6.0/10
Teaviews Member: Patty Patty's review:
"I think this is a noble, perhaps inevitable experiment. And it works, if you don't expect to find a lot of Darjeeling or Oolong flavor."
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      4.5/10
Teaviews Member: Kari Kari's review:
"In the cup the aroma really smells good. This was a smooth, refreshing, great tasting tea with a little sweetness to it."
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      8/10
Teaviews Member: Jamie Jamie's review:
"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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      8.5/10
Teaviews Member: Geoff Geoff's review:
"Any complexity of taste was overshadowed by a roasted, dry sensation; about as floral as a forest fire. In short, deep and somewhat delightful like its tapestry namesake suggests."
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      6.5/10
Teaviews Member: Vanessa Vanessa's review:
"In all, this tea was really flavorful and appealing, however my mind could not accept that this was an oolong tea. While Tankha may be oolong by definition of how it was processed, the flavor, to me, is entirely that of a Darjeeling black tea."
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      7/10

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