Jun Chiyabari FTGFOP1 Autumnal Black Tea from Rare Tea Republic

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Rare Tea Republic

Tea Description:

This outstanding selection is rich and flavorful and offers excellent value. Sweet and creamy notes of caramel and Turkish apricot dominate a sweet and smooth liquor.  This is a superb example of the quality achievable by skillful cultivation and manufacture and a fantastic every morning tea.

Jun Chiyabari FTGFOP1 Autumnal was an award winning tea at the North American Tea Championship.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is an outstanding tea!  But then, I’ve come to expect nothing less from Rare Tea Republic.  Every tea that I’ve tried from them thus far has been nothing less than stellar.

I never tried a Turkish apricot, but, this tea does have a certain fruity note to it that is similar to an apricot or a peach.  It is sweet and luscious!   The above description also suggests notes of caramel, and I’m tasting that too.  However, the caramel tones here are different than ones I might experience in another black or even a pu-erh tea.  This tea has a lighter body, and the caramel tones are not a heavy, “thick” kind of caramel taste, but instead, it tastes like hints of caramelized fruit:  a sweet, light, vibrant taste that delights the palate!

This tea has many similarities to what I’ve come to know as Darjeeling-esque qualities, but, it doesn’t have that muscatel note.  This does have the light crispness of a Darjeeling, however, and a similar dry note toward the end of the sip.  The aftertaste is sweet and slightly fruit-like.

Overall, I found this to be a remarkably refreshing and delicious tea, one that I think should be on the MUST TRY list of every tea aficionado!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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