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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1938 tasting notes

This tea always smells so good but I find myself a bit disappointed. It’s the base tea, which has no body or substance to it, so it leaves the rest hanging out to dry. Otherwise, the flavoring is quite good. Pumpkin-y with just the right balance of spices.

Today I thought I might coax some more heft from it by adding more leaf, but it just gained a bitter edge instead. Oh well. Still have never found my perfect pumpkin tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
softrevolution

I have very similar feelings about this one. It could be so much nicer with a different base.

Fjellrev

So funny, I nearly had this one this morning, then decided against it. And just last night I was thinking about many of my flavoured blacks, how their bases are so meh, and that alone can kill the desire to drink them.

Nattie

Try the Pumpkin Juice Adagio fandom blend (Harry Potter). I know it doesn’t sound too promising, being a fandom blend and all, but I tried it today and I am for the first time happy with a pumpkin tea.

Dinosara

Yeah the base of a flavored tea has become extremely important to me, which has the effect of completely eliminating some companies from my repertoire. Unfortunately, that list includes Adagio; I really can’t stand their base teas! :P

Anna

I think Butiki’s pumpkin is The Pumpkin Tea – and I didn’t even feel I needed a pumpkin tea in my life before trying that.

Nattie

Oh :/ I know what you mean about the base, though – I usually find Adagio’s black base goes bitter very quickly. I always oversteep, though, and did a short steep today which I think was the trick.

Anna – I’ve been looking for a good pumpkin tea for a while now, I will try to get my hands on some of Butiki’s!

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softrevolution

I have very similar feelings about this one. It could be so much nicer with a different base.

Fjellrev

So funny, I nearly had this one this morning, then decided against it. And just last night I was thinking about many of my flavoured blacks, how their bases are so meh, and that alone can kill the desire to drink them.

Nattie

Try the Pumpkin Juice Adagio fandom blend (Harry Potter). I know it doesn’t sound too promising, being a fandom blend and all, but I tried it today and I am for the first time happy with a pumpkin tea.

Dinosara

Yeah the base of a flavored tea has become extremely important to me, which has the effect of completely eliminating some companies from my repertoire. Unfortunately, that list includes Adagio; I really can’t stand their base teas! :P

Anna

I think Butiki’s pumpkin is The Pumpkin Tea – and I didn’t even feel I needed a pumpkin tea in my life before trying that.

Nattie

Oh :/ I know what you mean about the base, though – I usually find Adagio’s black base goes bitter very quickly. I always oversteep, though, and did a short steep today which I think was the trick.

Anna – I’ve been looking for a good pumpkin tea for a while now, I will try to get my hands on some of Butiki’s!

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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