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I never get tired of this sencha. Second steep is still pretty good. Third steep is about as far as I’ll push it (175 degrees, 2 minutes)
My second try of this tea. It has a pleasant toasted flavor, not strong or smokey or wooden. Mellow, subtle. The toasted flavor makes me think of how fall oak leaves smell, if that makes sense. It has a satisfying flavor that is very easy to drink.
I was expecting something very bland or burnt-tasting, but it was a very mild, soft, round flavor. Comforting, relaxing for the evening. I will definitely be keeping this in my stash.
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This tea never disappoints! Mellow and comforting, but also strength with purpose. It’s just good at what it is. It doesn’t need to pretend to be something else.
I’m surprised at the suggested steeping parameters. I wouldn’t think that 2:30 would be long enough, but it turned out pretty well. Fantastic aroma and a satisfying starchy flavor to it.
Great aroma, mild flavor. Goes great with plain glazed doughnut holes. Or a cloudy, cold, windy fall day. I have both, so the tea is very welcome!
An afternoon lift provided by bergamont and vanilla. Takes away the grey afternoon doldrums which rear their ugly heads.
It’s called “Daily”, and indeed it is found in my cup every day.
I can’t get enough of this tea! Smooth and mellow, a round feel, earthen tones.
This tea has a very nice warmth to it. It brings to my mind images of a cold winter evening, sitting in front of the fireplace, watching snow fall outside a window.
At first I noticed the cinnamon. It’s not strong, but it is definitely present. Then there are apples, and I believe clove. All the elements are balanced, nothing really is overpowering anything else. On the other hand, there isn’t really anything to hang your hat on. All the elements are mellow and relaxing and cozy, which is I think what Lupicia was going for with this blend. I wonder how a dash of brandy would be in this? All in all, a pretty decent cup of tea, with a very evocative flavor and aroma.
My order from Lupicia Teas arrived, and straight into the cup this went! Chestnut and sweet potato and pumpkin, oh my! Soft, brown autumn flavors without the bright crispness of cranberries that you usually find in “Fall”-type teas. This tea is about sitting in front of a fireplace at twilight, after a long afternoon of raking leaves or roasting squash, reading a book or listening to relaxing acoustic music down softly. It occurs to me that this is the kind of late evening tea I would expect to find in the cupboards of any given Hobbit-hole in the mid-autumn.
Gimme sommathat wakeup juice.
I just returned from a three week long trip to Japan. One of my destinations was the town of Obuse in Nagano Prefecture. Obuse is known for its chestnuts, and there are many delightful confections and concoctions with the delicious “kuri”. So, receiving a sample of Sweet Autumn Tea, flavored with chestnut, I was excited to try it as soon as possible!
The scent of the tea bag is fantastic, chestnuts and sweet potato. I didn’t pick up on the pumpkin, but either way it’s still fantastic. When brewed in the cup, it smells of chestnut and roasted pumpkin, and the flavor is delightfully chestnutty. I can practically feel the texture of the chestnut as the tea dances across my tongue. This will be fantastic on a cold autumn day, overcast and the fallen leaves blowing across the landscape in a chill breeze. I’m ordering a package from Lupicia right now!
Oh, and if you happen to find yourself in Obuse, try the chestnut ice cream!
Edited to add second steep note:
Same parameters, yields a much more pronounced chestnut fragrance and flavor. Don’t discard the tea after the first steep, you’ll be missing out!
A cold, overcast morning, a bowl of Cream of Wheat topped with fruit and honey, and a cup of Supreme Breakfast (augmented with a dash of smokey Russian Caravan) to warm the bones. Enjoying the quiet.
Made the tea a little hotter than I usually do, with only a slight increase of bitterness.
Going against Lupicia’s recommendation of boiling water (I generally don’t use boiling water for green tea), I steeped this tea at 185 for two minutes. The resulting flavor is closer to rose or cherry rather than strawberry, but the vanilla is really nice. The scent is enticing! think this tea would be great for company or with some fresh strawberries.
Having this with lunch. It’s a very pleasant green tea with a nice jasmine aroma. Some other jasmine green teas I have tried leave a copperish aftertaste, but this one does not. Quite nice.
Having a cup with my favorite breakfast: a scrambled egg on top of a bowl of rice. The tea is a gentle wake-up from a weird night.
Having an afternoon lift to get me through the day. I added a smidge of Tea Embassy’s Georgian Caravan to the brew to give a bit of smokiness. A quite nice mix for the afternoon, I think.
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I have tried some other roasted senchas in the past, and was worried that this blend would seem too much like genmaicha for my taste. It turns out that this sencha has a very nice flavor, mildly roasted, not to sweet, not too nutty. It brews up a very nice golden color. I like it quite a lot.