42 Tasting Notes
This is definitely a pumpkin pie flavored tea, not just an “autumn spiced” or “pumpkin spice” tea. It has a nice creaminess to it. Just a hint of pumpkin, but it certainly is present. The spices are mild and compliment the pumpkiny, creamy goodness very nicely. I am totally satisfied with this one!
UPDATE: This did not resteep very well for me. Second cup smells good, but tastes like hot water.
This is my first “dessert tea,” and I love it. The sweet, confectionary flavor is perfect after dinner or when craving a late night snack. A cup of this tea feels so indulgent. The smell is heavenly! I wish there was a hint of pineapple or a bit more fruitiness. In the sample I bought, I taste more caramel than anything. But the flavor is spot on to what the gooey, brown sugar “sauce” on a real pineapple upside-down cake tastes like! And I know a lot about them because I own a bakery. ;P
I feel like I should point out that this tea is heavily artificially flavored. If you’re a tea “purist,” you probably already know to stay away from most dessert teas. If you’re not a fan of artificial flavorings in your cup, this tea is not for you. Personally I don’t mind it, and I would drink this as a dessert any night of the week. :)
I give this tea a 70 on it’s own. It has a VERY strong flavor of red cough syrup. I prefer to blend this with black tea leaves in a 1:3 ratio (1 part wildberry hibiscus to 3 parts black tea) to mellow out the artificial cherry taste. Blended with black tea, I would give it a 90. It’s fruity and tart. It’s delicious hot or iced. I prefer it iced and sweetened. And it’s a good deal at World Market. $10 for 2oz in a glass jar with a wooden spoon.
I bought this as a mini tin of loose tea (just over 1 oz) at TJ Maxx. I steeped 1 Tbsp of loose tea in 12 oz of water, and added a bit of turbinado sugar. In lieu of paraphrasing other reviewers (they really hit the nail on the head), I’ll skip the flavor description and enjoy my cup while watching reruns of Malcolm in the Middle.
I was thrilled to find this at TJ Maxx today! An 8 oz. bag for only $6.99. I figured I’d give it a try because the base is Assam (which I love), and it smelled good through the bag. The black tea is strong, and the spices are very well-balanced (which is basically the gist of what every reviewer has mentioned before me). The cardamom flavor is definitely there, with cinnamon and the rest of the gang trailing behind. The smell is creamy with lots of spice. I’m drinking it without milk, and I added a bit of turbinado sugar. So good!
Got this sample in the mail today with the RoT catalog. It’s my first taste of any kind of “pumpkin/pumpkin spice” tea. It’s different than I expected. I thought it would be overly spicy. But it’s very mild, pumpkiny, and creamy. The spices are soft. Actually, the whole flavor of the tea is very soft. Soft and creamy. Like a pumpkin pie! I like it!
And it arrived just in time to warm me up! The heat in our house isn’t working, and it’s 55 degrees (F) inside!
Quick note because I just got home from work after sitting in traffic for 55 minutes, and all I wanna do sink into the couch with my cup of tea. Got this in my $3 green tea “starter kit.” I can’t stand the way it smells… Like toasted seaweed. On its own, the tea is just okay (my opinion), but I’ll happily drink it with honey!