1116 Tasting Notes
I love pumpkins and pumpkin pie, but I can only take so much in the way of spices. That’s fine for dessert, but not always great for tea; I need pumpkin pie tea to taste like pie, not chai. Fortunately, this one doesn’t disappoint! The cinnamon, clove, and so on are strong, but they don’t overwhelm the pumpkin or even the tea itself.
This is very much a dessert tea and also very much reminds me of fall; I’m looking forward to curl up with it and a book on a cold day. The pumpkin sprinkles give it a nice little sweetness on its own, but I prefer the flavor with a bit of brown sugar (and even if you’re a artificial sweetener sort of person, go with real sugar for this one. Splenda kills it). Add some pumpkin creamer and you’ve got yourself a glorious pumpkin latte!
Also worth mentioning is that this can be steeped twice nicely; the second steeping tastes simpler, for lack of a better word.
Dry, this one has a ton of character. The scent is distinctly fruity and even a bit sugary, and the dried fruits and petals that flavor it are abundant. They don’t hide the rooibos, either, and the scents mix together harmoniously. It definitely reminds me of spring!
Drinking it, though, I’m disappointed by each sip. It’s not that it’s a bad tea, per se, just that the scent is so lovely that it gives me extremely high expectations. The flavor is primarily rooibos; the berries and rose are still there, but I have to search for them.
One thing I enjoy is the adorable sprinkles that are part of this blend, which give it a slight sweetness. With some rooibos, I find that honey is necessary to balance out the “earthy” taste — not so for this one!