This week as businesses re-open in the new year and customers return from the holidays, I took a leisurely break at the tea bar at Gold Leaf. The selection of teas is quite extensive, including some custom blends and flavor inclusions. And customers seemed to have their own regular additions, e.g., pepper.
For me, a straight up brew of Nandi Hills Artisanal black tea from Kenya, $3.50. Not that familiar with African origin teas, I had questions and the barista looked up some references for me in the library of books. Not that deep with most of the flavor impact hitting at the front and encircling the mid-palate. It was improved by a spot of honey. But this was a good day for something more relaxing and less challenging enjoyed in an environment to match.
Gold Leaf Spice & Tea
1/2 W Gabilan St
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 753-7700