104 Tasting Notes
Good, but not great. Wanted something special out of the Pumpkin Spice tea, but the pumpkin smell is much stronger than the taste, and it ends up being a pretty normal cup of black tea with a slight hint of pumpkin and spice. Maybe bump up the steep time and add milk? As suggested though, this was not a winner.
Half the fun of this tea is just watching the pearls unfurl as the tea steeps. The unsteeped pearls have a very strong earthy/smoky/gun powder smell, but sadly that doesn’t all transfer into the final cup, as the tea itself is on the bland side. It does make a nice, dark tea, but I could go for a stronger, earthier taste. That said, it’s not a bad tea, I just wish it had a stronger flavor to match the appearance.
I’m not sure why they call the scent of this tea ‘delicate’, because it’s a big and bold aroma that is only slightly diminished by a 7 minute steeping. There’s a bit of a medicinal taste to it, but in a good way. It also has a great color, and a strong jasmine flavor that’s not too sweet, but pleasantly soothing.