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!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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