Review: The Simple Leaf Tankha

Darjeeling Tea, Oolong Tea, The Simple Leaf Add comments
Geoff’s Teaview Snapshot
Its OK"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."
Geoff’s Teaview: 6.5/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 8.5/10, Patty gave it 4.5/10, Vanessa gave it 7/10, Kari gave it 8/10, Laura gave it 6.5/10, Katie gave it 6.0/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »
tankha1rg.jpgWhen I first looked at the "Tankha" label of this tea, my thoughts instantly turned to toy trucks. Call me childish. Later I learned it was a type of Tibetan tapestry that conveyed a dramatic event. Why this Indian oolong was named for it, I know not. Given the taste, I'm sure it's a metaphor. The Simple Leaf is a new company out of Chicago and was founded in 2006. Their roster is still small in comparison to other megalithic companies. If their oolong is any indication, they have potential.

Tankha is a Darjeeling-grown oolong. My record with Indian teas was infantile and shaky at best. The few black teas I've imbibed made my lips implode. On the upshot, I found Darjeeling white teas to be quite flavorful.

The leaves were deep brown in appearance, very little hint of green, which promised a darker brew. Wood-smoky and floral would be the best way to describe the dried leaf scent. My brother chimed in and mentioned it smelled faintly like chamomile. I brewed it at 180 degrees Fahrenheit, 16 ounces, timed at four and a half minutes. My first infusion bordered on mahogany rather than the website-touted "golden liquor". The second was even darker. 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. I wonder if the trend will take hold with others; teas named for paintings. If so, I can't wait for a "Verticordia" Chai or a "Dogs Playing Playing Poker" Irish Breakfast.

Okay, maybe not.

— 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.

Teaviews Member: Geoff Geoff
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Geoff's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Geoff.

    



One Response to “Review: The Simple Leaf Tankha”

  1. Jess Gulbranson Says:

    Let’s hope they don’t do any teas based on art by Andres Serrano…

Leave a Reply

My Rating

WP Theme & Icons by N.Design Studio
Entries RSS Comments RSS Log in