Pumpkin Milkshake showdown! It’s the original Pumpkin Milkshake versus Milkshake 2.0. Which shall emerge victorious?!
The first steep of the original is creamy, with a lovely pumpkin overlay. The pumpkin is strong, but natural tasting. A bit of brown crystal sugar brings out the creaminess and really makes the flavor dead on for its name. The second steep (again with some brown crystal sugar) is more vanilla than creamy, with the pumpkin and vanilla holding about equal weight.
The first steep of the 2.0 is woodsy. Like walking through dark forest on a crisp autumn night. My theory is that it’s the base tea coming out, overwhelming the flavoring. It’s fantastic, but not as pumpkin-y or creamy as the original. A bit of brown crystal sugar brings out the flavoring and tones down the base. Now it tastes more like the original, albeit drier and malty. The driness and malty/woodsy notes really linger long after the sip. In the second steep, the flavor is weaker and the base tea even more dominant. Like the original Milkshake, creaminess gives way to vanilla on the second go-round once a bit of brown crystal sugar is added. The pumpkin fades far, far into the background. More of an idea than a presence really.
steep 1: 180f, 4 mins
steep 2: 194f, 4 mins 30 secs
Pumpkin Milkshake 2.0
steep 1: 170f, 4 mins
steep 2: 180f, 4 mins 30 secs
Cross-posting on both teas’ pages, so apologies for this showing up twice on your dashboard!