Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Rare Tea Republic
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.
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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!