For a long time I just couldn’t get past the smell of this tea. It smells sickeningly sweet, in a syrupy kind of way that just makes me gag. That was disappointing, because I absolutely love pumpkin and expected this to be my favorite out of the holiday sampler. Today I decided to be a big girl and give it a try.
It brews a beautiful orangey color, and the horrible syrupy smell is drastically toned down once the brew has cooled a bit. But its still there and I can’t help but wrinkle my nose.
It tastes bitter, but its nothing a bit of sugar can’t fix. Thankfully it doesn’t really taste like it smells. I get a faint aftertaste of pumpkin, but it mostly tastes of cloves and cinnamon. Overall I don’t really see this as something I’ll drink all the time, or even pay money for, but I’ll finish the little tin. Maybe. More often than not I’ll open it and be so put off by that awful smell I end up making something else. There has to be a better pumpkin tea out there.