The artisan who makes my soap sent me a sachet of this tea along with my last order of soap. She used to be one of my very best tea customers when I sold tea. :) It is nice that she thought of me and included some tea with my order!
I don’t hate this as much as it would appear most of Steepster does. Then again, after having gone round and round with the black tea base of Adagio, I have learned a thing or two when it comes to steeping their flavored black teas. A slightly lower temperature (just below boiling) and steeping for 3 minutes (or even just 2 1/2 minutes) produces a pleasant cup. Oh… and let it cool a few minutes before taking that first sip. About three or four minutes will do it. It tames the astringency significantly. It still is certainly not the best cup of tea I’ve ever had, but I’m not hating it either. It’s agreeable.
The pumpkin flavor here IS odd, though. It tastes artificial. The spices are nice, but, the pumpkin just tastes off.
Overall, it’s alright. Not something I’d buy, but, more than that, I’m very happy with the thoughtfulness of my dear friend, the soap artisan, and I truly appreciate her thoughtfulness.