There’s nothing quite like the sweet nutty warmth of roasted chestnuts on a late autumn afternoon. Lupicia Chestnut Green Tea is available only in the autumn/winter months. I bought this in Japan, after finding it out of stock in the Melbourne store just a week out of winter.
The tea leaf is a mix of green tea leaves and small cubes of roasted chestnuts. Steeping 3 g of the tea leaf in 200 ml of almost boiling water yields a liquor slightly more golden than a typical green tea. The sweet nuttiness of chestnuts is evident in the smell of the tea that also comes through in the taste. A first sip gives initial vegetal notes from the green tea before giving way to the earthy nuttiness of the chestnut that intensifies to include the sweetness of chestnuts. The sweetness is natural and enjoyable and lingers as an aftertaste with the slight astringency from the green tea. It’s an immensely comforting, yet also, elegant tea.
The bag of Lupicia Chestnut Green Tea contained 50 g. The tea originated in Japan and was purchased in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.