When I asked to smell this tea, I was surprised by the little shocks of orange in the mixture, which turned out to be these cute little pumpkin candies! So silly, DAVIDsTEA. I wasn’t personally worried that they would make the final product too sweet, since I add sugar to even my pasta, but this may be a worry for others? Anyway, the tea is a black tea and also contains cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, caramel and pumpkin pieces.
I got this tea at the London DAVIDsTEA location in the latte form, accompanied by soy and a squirt of agave. I’m not sure if it was just how the lady at the store made it – perhaps she didn’t steep it for long enough so the flavours were under powered – but the soy seemed to vastly overpower the pumpkin, which gives me the impression that this is a tea that is easily made weak. The flavour profile of soy is certainly not stronger than that of pumpkin!
The whole of this tea was improved, however, by adding a dash of cinnamon. Pumpkin and cinnamon? A beautiful marriage.
I have a small issue with the naming of this tea, as the chai just wasn’t there, especially not under the milky cape of the soy. I would hesitate to sell this as such. This is an issue DAVIDsTEA seems to have with many of their chai teas… perhaps I’m too strict? Haha, regardless, I would certainly recommend this to be steeped with a little more than the amount they ask for. It’s got a good (albeit a little weak) pumpkin pie flavour, which can only be made better by making it into a latte with 2 percent milk, leaving no room for the pumpkin to be bumped out by soy.