If someone had asked me a year ago if I were interested in tea, I would’ve said, “Hmm?” as I sip my second cup of coffee. I’ve always associated tea-drinking with the elderly (sorry!) or the more refined sort of people...or even old and refined people. This was after sampling a popular tea brand and almost gagging from the leafy, watery taste. For a while, I was content with the thick, bitter taste of caffeine and the palpitations that come with it. But then I met a now-close friend who’s got me into tea. I started with teabags (scandalous, I know) and I enjoyed them enough to drink at least two cups every day. The thing about starting with standard tea bags, however, is you can always upgrade to something better--loose leaf.

It’s a whole new ballpark. Loose leaf tea smells better, has a richer flavor, and damned if I don’t enjoy preparing it. I like the fact that you don’t just dunk the leaves on a cup, pour hot water over it, and call it a day. The need to measure, filter, and wait at the right moment makes drinking loose leaf a more enjoyable experience. Teas that come in a bag may be convenient, but you’ll find loose leaf has already spoiled you. But enough about me rambling.

Here I am, Jay, with my first tea review — Shine Wing’s Lotus Leaf Tea.

Tea Basics

Lotus Leaf Tea by Shine Wing Tea

  • Name: Lotus Leaf Tea
  • Brand: Hunan Shine Wing
  • Flavor Profile: A mild, clean taste with a slight hint of bitterness.
  • Steeping Instructions: A teaspoon for every 16oz water. Steeped two to three minutes.


Lotus leaf tea has a dark-green, almost seaweed-like color when dry. The leaves lighten considerably into olive once you’ve steeped them. The previously tight bits open up into long, almost-curling leaves. When it’s ready, lotus leaf tea produces a lovely, pale golden color —like the first sprigs of a summer perennial.


tea time with Shine Wing Tea

Photo by Rob Estonactoc

Shine Wing’s Lotus Leaf Tea has a pungent, milky aroma. Its pleasant, almost-sweet scent relaxes you when dry. The aroma is just as strong once you’ve added water. In fact, I think it’s become even more pungent. It has lost some of its milky aroma, replaced by a leafier, saltier scent. It’s not unpleasant--the intense aroma is now bound to wake you up than relax you, however.


lotus leaf tea

Photo by Rob Estonactoc

Taking a sip of Shine Wing’s Lotus Leaf Tea will give you a clean, light taste. It’s almost a contrast to its thicker aroma. The aftertaste has a hint of bitterness in it, which for me is a bit refreshing. If you want your tea a bit stronger, however, you might want to find another variant. My friend has tried this option and found its lightness not to his taste. On the other hand, those who love their tea both mild and refreshing, then lotus leaf tea from Shine Wing is a perfect companion on gray, lazy afternoons.

Overall Experience


Photo by Rob Estonactoc

Shine Wing’s Lotus Leaf Tea offers a lovely experience with its golden-green color and mild, relaxing taste. It may not overwhelm the taste buds with a stronger flavor, but those who prefer their tea light won’t have any problem enjoying a sip (preferably with biscuits) any day of the week.

Experience this excellent tea option firsthand by checking out Shine Wing Tea’s Instagram (@shinewingtea) or visiting their website


*CompareTea received a sample to review. We made sure to keep our review as honest and unbiased as possible for the benefit of our readers.  


Jay Edma

Jay is a content writer and tea-newbie. He enjoys books and video games in his spare time, that is, if he's not outside looking for new food haunts.