259 Tasting Notes
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.
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.