The last of the Secret Pumpkin teas from Lariel I’m trying tonight—I feel so doused in the season now! I love it (fall is the best)! It’s like I’ve had a three-course Thanksgiving meal where every course was a fall dessert, ha.
The maple in this is STRONG both aroma and flavor-wise. But it’s not bitter. I think the green rooibos in this is good stuff, makes the rooibos in general less noticeable/distracting/scented woodchippy.
The maple for me is strong enough that it evokes other things due to childhood association, primarily black walnuts. Memories of picking them up one by one off my neighbors’ driveway (the deal was we could keep them…there must’ve been a reason we didn’t just sweep them with a wide broom to collect them, but now years later it completely escapes me), then going out back with a sledgehammer to open them one by one. My cat playing with them in their rock-hard bristley shells by the fire in winter, the noise they made skittering across the living room. Some of my happiest seasonal memories of upstate.
P.S. The colorful maple leaf candies in this are adorable; I love how they’re visually echoed in the felt maple leaves that came in my Secret Pumpkin card.