Another white! It’s not even deliberate, just a result of working through the older teas in my cupboard. I guess either I was on a real white tea jag at one point, or I’ve just left the white tea in favour of others. I have a feeling it’s more likely to have been the latter, but it wasn’t the result of any conscious deliberation. I feel like I’m back on safer territory with flavoured white tea, though, so I’m hopeful about this one. It’s also a LP, so, of course…
Autumn Warmth is supposed to be apricot, cinnamon, and cream. That description sums it up perfectly, pretty much, but it’s also something more than that as well. The creaminess is a lot more prominent than I expected it to be, and it verges a little on the artificial side, but it works well with the other flavours so no complaints really. The apricot is most noticeable in the mid-sip, and is more of a dried fruit kind of flavour than fresh/juicy. It’s a fruitiness that’s concentrated, tart, jammy, and almost thick-tasting – spot on dried apricot, really.
The cinnamon is all in the background, just about there in the aftertaste, but it still has an impact on the flavour. It definitely adds the “warmth” of the name, making what would be quite a summery flavour combination into something much deeper, richer, and more autumnal. The white tea base, which is a white peony, also adds a mild leaf pile kind of flavour, in addition to a hay-like starchiness. It’s a perfectly named blend, and I like that all of the ingredients contribute something both unique and significant to the overall effect.
One word: yum!