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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
2606 tasting notes

The final tea I’m drinking tonight to find that perfect fall pumpkin tea (from what I have in my collection, anyways!)

The aroma of this tea is quite tasty, but loses out to the amazingness of Della Terra’s version. The spicing is heavier here (it is a chai, of course), but it does still smell pretty delicious.

This version is definitely spicy, and delicious. The spicing is excellent here, not overdone, and I can catch a bit of lingering pumpkin near the end of the sip. This is definitely more of a chai than a pie tea though, which is fair as that’s what it’s called!

Sweetened, this one only improves. Still heaviest on the spicing compared to the other three, but it’s absolutely delicious and seriously tastes just like October. Yes, October. I still think it’s a bit reminiscent of Glitter & Gold for me, although I’ve gathered that there are some notable differences (other than a lack of sparkles).

Overall, this tea is definitely my pick for Favourite Pumpkin Spice Tea! I love chai, and it works so well here. As I mentioned in the Della Terra review, I want to try a 50:50 mix of the two teas to see if I can find a better balance between pumpkin and spice, because where Della Terra lacks in spice, it makes up for with pumpkin flavour, which the DT version could use a bit more of to differentiate it from other chai-like teas (like Glitter & Gold). Glad this one has made a comeback for this year’s fall collection!

(Teas under review: Butiki – Pumpkin Creme Brulee; iHeartTeas – Creamy Pumpkin Spice; DAVIDsTEA – Pumpkin Chai; Della Terra Teas – Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison like you’re doing, but out of all the pumpkin flavoured teas I’ve tried this one is probably my fave. It makes a mean latté too. ;)

Kittenna

Yeah, luckily I have enough of three of the teas to try them as lattés! Another day! I actually had only tried the DT version prior; the rest were all new to me.

tigress_al

Mixed with Butiki Pumpkin Creme Brulee makes it creamier. I was curious how they would be together, but I have also been thinkin about a comparison!

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Jillian

I’ve never done a side-by-side comparison like you’re doing, but out of all the pumpkin flavoured teas I’ve tried this one is probably my fave. It makes a mean latté too. ;)

Kittenna

Yeah, luckily I have enough of three of the teas to try them as lattés! Another day! I actually had only tried the DT version prior; the rest were all new to me.

tigress_al

Mixed with Butiki Pumpkin Creme Brulee makes it creamier. I was curious how they would be together, but I have also been thinkin about a comparison!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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