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This is my favourite pumpkin tea of those I’ve tried so far. It’s just unbelievably smooth and creamy, and it carries a thick, squash flavour along with mild spicing. I didn’t drink this one at Halloween, but I almost wish I had now. The smell of pumpkin and cinnamon is just so warm and comforting — beautiful!

I gave this one nearly four minutes in boiling water, and added a good splash of milk. The pumpkin is the first flavour to develop, and it tastes very fresh and vegetal. Not in a green tea way, just…like a fresh pumpkin, I guess. The spice complements the pumpkin flavour perfectly, and isn’t at all overwhelming. I can’t identify too much beyond cinnamon, but there are other spice flavours grouping together in the background that give this a mild chai-esque vibe.

The dry leaf is really pretty, too. The pumpkin sprinkles are the cutest thing, and a nice addition even if they don’t contribute anything in terms of taste. What I like most about this is how smooth it tastes. It’s insanely drinkable, and I can see myself coming back to this time and time again over the next few weeks. Truly gorgeous stuff!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 26, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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