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drank Tankha by The Simple Leaf
158 tasting notes

The Simple Leaf is two for two with me.

This is a complex tea…and so probably destined to become one of my favorites. I chose this for this evening because of the leaves, which are quite lovely in their variegated appearance.

Tankha, it must be said, is remarkably similar to Samovar’s Royal Garland while hot. It’s not nearly as rich, and it’s a lighter cup of tea by all accounts, but there are striking similarities…the fruity, shining darjeeling flavor with a lingering, nectary, honeysuckle element. It lacks the thicker taste of dense fruit…and yet I hesitate to call it ‘floral’, though I suppose there’s something to that toward the last of the sip, and definitely some of that in the nose. I’m…actually having trouble pinning down flavors with any adequacy. I would not mistake this tea for Royal Garland…and yet, comparing the two is the closest I can get.

The second steep brews to a slightly darker shade, and produces a softer flavor…with, interestingly, a distinct aroma of lemons, without the sharpness you would expect.

Yum…yum…yum.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Harfatum

I’ve been wanting to place another TSL order lately… this might push me over the edge. I didn’t like Darjeelings so much a few years ago, but I think I need to give one a second try.

sophistre

If it helps, it says this is an oolong. ;) Just grown in Darjeeling, and it certainly comes across in the flavor you get!

Ricky

I need to purchase all of simple leaf’s teas! Argh… I need to clear out my tea cupboard first. Why does it always seem to be endless!

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Harfatum

I’ve been wanting to place another TSL order lately… this might push me over the edge. I didn’t like Darjeelings so much a few years ago, but I think I need to give one a second try.

sophistre

If it helps, it says this is an oolong. ;) Just grown in Darjeeling, and it certainly comes across in the flavor you get!

Ricky

I need to purchase all of simple leaf’s teas! Argh… I need to clear out my tea cupboard first. Why does it always seem to be endless!

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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