The taste of this tea is rich, full-bodied, and warm. I absolutely love the nutty flavor. To be quite honest, if someone had me try this without telling me what flavor it was, I probably would have guessed pecan before I’d guess chestnut – but that’s OK, because pecan is one of my favorite flavors! (I make a pretty good pumpkin-pecan pie at Thanksgiving, and during the years I lived in Texas, I ate far too many of Lamme’s Pralines.) I would have guessed chestnut after that. Either way, the nut flavor is so rich and warm that this tea is almost a dessert in itself.
The tea is also available in loose leaf form; I have not tried it as such – but since mesh sachets allow for leaves as large as loose ones, and allow as much water flow as any infuser, I don’t think that this tea would taste much different in an infuser than it did in the sachets. Mesh works so much better than traditional paper tea bags!
The underlying tea is a plain black tea – one of those Sri Lanka blends that works so well as a base for flavors because in and of itself it doesn’t have any conflicting notes or overwhelming flavor that would make it difficult to add flavorings.
The tea is available as part of the “Stocking Stuffers” assortment, where it comes as part of 6 tins (see pictures, below) – one of the others is the Pumpkin Spice tea, another favorite of mine. While you can buy the chestnut tea by itself, it’s so much fun to get an assortment and try several things at once! For me, opening one of these packages is like opening 6 holiday presents at the same time.
Adagio describes this tea as:
Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with roasted chestnuts. Perfect for enjoying in front of an open fire. With Jack Frost nipping at your nose, this is the ideal time to enjoy this Holiday favorite. Roasty, smooth and full bodied, with pleasant dryness. Help to make the season bright, give this limited-time tea a try.
The chestnut has been a staple food in southern Europe, Turkey and Asia for millennia, largely replacing cereals where they would not grow in mountainous areas. They are a beloved treat during the holidays here in America (thanks to a certain favorite modern Christmas song.) In France, the marron glace – a candied chestnut involving 16 different processes in a typically French cooking style – is served at Christmas and New Year’s time. They are also always served in celebration of the New Year in Japan. There, chestnuts are said to represent both success and hard times – mastery and strength.
Here are the assortments that have chestnut tea in them: