Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #15
I was excited to see a pecan tea in the box – that’s a flavour that I really enjoy but that I think is really hard to capture in a tea blend and I’ve never really found the “perfect” pecan tea. I guess my closest thing right now is DT’s Sweet Potato Pie? But that’s not really a dedicated pecan blend…
This is really nice – it has all those sweet and nutty pecan and caramelized sugar notes that I want and expect from Pecan Pie and it’s also not too sweet/cloying which I really appreciate! There’s even a tiny bit of astringency that adds some depth to the flavour as well. Could it be more pecan-y? Yes, probably – but I still think it’s hitting the mark in terms of delivering a clear and defined pecan note.
The one thing that I really don’t like? The chocolate note.
I am personally just not super into chocolate tea blends in general, but I have a particular frustration with teas that use chocolate as a crutch to either add more sweetness, richness, or overall depth to the blend. As good example is DT’s English Toffee – I want a toffee tea and I feel adding the chocolate to the tea robs me of the satisfaction of tasting that one particular flavour note. The chocolate flavour here is nice – it’s decadent and kind of “truffle-y” tasting, but I feel robbed of the satisfaction of having a really good pecan tea.
I probably will not keep this one for myself, but I was tempted to for a moment. It’s overall one of the better pecan flavours I’ve ever found in a tea.