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This was from a sample swap with Ysaurella, oh many thanks for the generosity, this is lovely. It really tastes just like marrons glacés, well with maybe some vanilla.

A couple of random notes because can´t really focus too much but before I forget it:

  • I thought I was being generous at scooping this up, but I should have been even more generous at dosage. Not too hot and not too long (for a black tea) seems perfectly suited to this – enough to bring all the flavours of the marrons and some body for the tea underneath and not a hint of bitterness or bad manners from the tea. And it is rather sweet on its own. It might be better with some milk, must try but when I brew it stronger.
  • This is to my mind an afternoon, or even an evening tea. And like its name, oh such an autumnal thing. Weird of me to impose such rules to just a tea, that there is a time of the year and a time of the day for it, but this is it.
  • It really really tastes just like, intensely like, marrons glacés. Just repeating, but I kept thinking it from first to last sip.
  • On the other hand, marrons glacés do not quite taste like roasted chestnuts or what I sometimes call a “chestnuty” note to some chinese black teas. Chestnuts roasting for me are one of the ultimate Autumn smells and I even divide mentally into different smells flavours – raw chestnuts (can be very good if of a variety where the the inner peel gets loose easily), the smoky charcoaly smell of chestnut sellers´s carts on the street, the little almost burnt bits on some street bought chestnuts, the different taste to home oven roasted chestnuts. Marrons glacés are lovely, but a different kind of chestnut. And not one I got any emotional ties to – but maybe that is lucky, if I had any strong feelings for marrons glacés I would have ordered somehow a tin of this before finishing my cup! It really is that amazing at being a marron glacé tea.
Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Ysaurella

the vanilla base is really present in this blend to my taste as present as in the marrons glacés.
I am very glad you liked it so much ! it is one one my Sunday tea ! Each Sunday morning I have a cup of pleine lune + a cup of Prince Igor OR Rouge d’Automne.

cteresa

it is lovely! A perfect cup for a sunday indeed!

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Ysaurella

the vanilla base is really present in this blend to my taste as present as in the marrons glacés.
I am very glad you liked it so much ! it is one one my Sunday tea ! Each Sunday morning I have a cup of pleine lune + a cup of Prince Igor OR Rouge d’Automne.

cteresa

it is lovely! A perfect cup for a sunday indeed!

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

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