Pumpkin Spice

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Black Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Dear Pumpkin Spice, I wanted to like you. Really, I truly did. I know that you might not want to hear that right now, but please hear me out. When I was mildly disappointed with the first cup, I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Alright, I'm willing to try this again as fall is approaching. It still smells like that bubblegum you used to get on Halloween from the old folks down the street. I tried to dress it up a...” Read full tasting note
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    tabby 467 tasting notes
  • “And another sipdown! :O Gotta make room for the 9 new teas/samples I ordered from H&S! And then I grabbed the sachet sampler, so... that's a lot right there but I like surprises! Now, on to THIS...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Wow! The reviews are all over the board for this one! I apparently don't hate this as much as most of the reviewers, but I think part of that is that I've danced with Adagio's black base for...” Read full tasting note
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From Adagio Teas

Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with pumpkin and exotic spices. Straight from the jack o’ lantern to your cup, this limited edition tea is sure to delight ghosts and ghouls alike. Like the phantoms that haunt your streets, this tea will vanish after Halloween – don’t miss out!

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Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

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Dear Pumpkin Spice,

I wanted to like you. Really, I truly did. I know that you might not want to hear that right now, but please hear me out.

When I was mildly disappointed with the first cup, I did not shun you. I tried you again the next day. When that cup, too, left me crestfallen, I was not deterred.

I know what you’re thinking, but don’t you DARE pretend that I didn’t put effort into trying to fix this. I experimented. I changed your steep time. I changed your water temperature. I changed the amount of you that I put in…you. I sat by your bed and read you Harry Potter, and I even held your hair back on that one night we decided to take shots every time those girls on The Hills did something that made us want to lose our faith in humanity. And still, after everything that we’ve been through, things just never felt right.

You were just so bitter. I could never understand it. You looked so good on paper, and I’d be lying if I said your scent wasn’t slightly intoxicating, but being in your company simply wasn’t enjoyable.

I think that the night I knew it was over was when I broke down and tried you with cream and sugar, and I got no pumpkin flavor and could only taste the sugar. With all due respect to your parents, why would they name you Pumpkin when there is no pumpkin to be had? Are you related to the Scented-Bitter-Waters who live up north?

And now, we must part ways. I’m sorry, Spice. Please believe me when I say that I wanted this to work.

Sincerely,
Heather

P.S. You wouldn’t happen to have any friends who taste a lot better than you do, would you?

Jillian

chuckles You always make your reviews so entertaining! _

takgoti

Thanks so much! I figure I can at least try to make up for my lack of tea knowledge with mild amusement. I’m glad people are enjoying them.

TeaCast

Hah, excellent! I inadvertently reviewed this today before I saw this post. I wish it had more pumpkin flavor to it :(

takgoti

It’s always nice when my thoughts converge with someone else’s. Makes me feel like I’m not just talking out of my ass. [Though I often am.]

Angrboda

Late to the party it would seem. But this review is made of timeless win.

takgoti

Oh my goodness. So much retro love. Thanks everyone!

@Angrboda That I have created anything that could remotely be considered timeless makes me giggle like a little schoolgirl.

S

A+++++ would LOL again!

Nik

What Shanti said. What a great read! =)

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467 tasting notes

Alright, I’m willing to try this again as fall is approaching. It still smells like that bubblegum you used to get on Halloween from the old folks down the street.

I tried to dress it up a little with a splash of 2% milk and a dash of cinnamon on top. It’s certainly an improvement. The milk’s creaminess rounds it out, but it still doesn’t really taste like pumpkin to me. And there is still no spice at all, aside from the cinnamon that I added. How can you call something “spiced” when it’s plain? C’mon, Adagio, I trusted you!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
KeenTeaThyme

You’re not alone – Adagio is no good at the spicy teas, unless it’s a custom blend.

LiberTEAS

Adagio really isn’t very good with any of the black teas, with the exception of the blends which some are really pretty good, some are not… and their master teas … the ones that I’ve tried from the masters selections are good. I’ve enjoyed a few of their other teas (green, white and Oolong) but are they better than other companies out there, no way. So many really great companies out there!

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And another sipdown! :O Gotta make room for the 9 new teas/samples I ordered from H&S! And then I grabbed the sachet sampler, so… that’s a lot right there but I like surprises!

Now, on to THIS tea.

I can see this isn’t popular but I can tell you that when you make it as a pumpkin with a touch of brown sugar in it, it’s pretty phenomenal! The best part is that our fancypants coffee-machine at work does lattes, so after the tea brewed I just added the hot milk and OMG – yes!

It does have a bit of a banana taste too – which someone else pointed out. Strange, but I don’t mind.

OMGsrsly

You only got 9?! I feel like such a tea collecting maniac now.

Terri HarpLady

I have some of this sitting on the shelf. I should drink it up to make room for…uh…all the teas I ordered from Mandala yesterday…

JustJames

i don’t know if it’s a good or a bad thing that every time i worry i have a tea problem i find posted proof that i’m not the only one. LOL.

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616 tasting notes

Wow! The reviews are all over the board for this one!

I apparently don’t hate this as much as most of the reviewers, but I think part of that is that I’ve danced with Adagio’s black base for almost a decade now. (I’ve found if you go at it at about 205F for just under 3 minutes, then you don’t get the bitterness. Then wait until it cools a bit before drinking to avoid the astringency).

That said, I wish there was more pumpkin in my pumpkin spice. I get cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, but the pumpkin takes the back seat to the spices and only really makes itself known with the addition of milk. The spices are warming and perfect for a cold, blustery day though.

Thanks jeweledthumb!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Ha! It’s amusing when a tea gets such diverse teas. Makes you wonder which side of the spectrum you’ll end up on as you’re taking that first sip.

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The artisan who makes my soap sent me a sachet of this tea along with my last order of soap. She used to be one of my very best tea customers when I sold tea. :) It is nice that she thought of me and included some tea with my order!

I don’t hate this as much as it would appear most of Steepster does. Then again, after having gone round and round with the black tea base of Adagio, I have learned a thing or two when it comes to steeping their flavored black teas. A slightly lower temperature (just below boiling) and steeping for 3 minutes (or even just 2 1/2 minutes) produces a pleasant cup. Oh… and let it cool a few minutes before taking that first sip. About three or four minutes will do it. It tames the astringency significantly. It still is certainly not the best cup of tea I’ve ever had, but I’m not hating it either. It’s agreeable.

The pumpkin flavor here IS odd, though. It tastes artificial. The spices are nice, but, the pumpkin just tastes off.

Overall, it’s alright. Not something I’d buy, but, more than that, I’m very happy with the thoughtfulness of my dear friend, the soap artisan, and I truly appreciate her thoughtfulness.

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Wow this tea has received such a wide range of rating scores. It would seem that you either love or hate this tea. Time to add my review for this one.

The pyramid tea bag is lovely and see-through so I can clearly see the tea. There are a few pieces mixed amongst the the black tea but it’s hard to define what they are from the list of ingredients. It has a sweet yet subtly spicy scent, the pumpkin isn’t coming through as strongly as I would like.

The black tea is the strongest element to begin with but towards the after taste there is a delicate creamy squash with a touch of cardamom and spice. It’s a very mild blend with some sweetness. It is a little astringent but I feel that a drop of milk would sort that out, a spoon of sugar may also bring out more flavour but for me it’s sweet enough.

I quite like it. It’s not great but nor is it terrible. I would drink it again but would not buy it again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Wow… this is pretty bad. When I opened the sample, my nose was assaulted with bitter, sharply sweet notes of what I think was supposed to be pumpkin. But it was like no squash I’d ever smelled.

That note, which tastes and smells pretty artificial, is overwhelming the whole cup. I can’t pick out any of the spices I normally associate with pumpkin pie. The absolute best thing I can say about this tea is that it’s warm on a cold morning. That’s it.

I keep adding the Adagio teas to my list because their samples are so inexpensive, but I think I should just save my money for more expensive, higher-quality teas.

Not an experience I would care to repeat.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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411 tasting notes

Sigh.

Why does my pumpkin taste vaguely like banana?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bethany

I had a similar problem..

LENA

umm…ick!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

That not good.

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124 tasting notes

Not strong on the pumpkin or spice. It was a decent black tea, but needs something more. I’ll try it with milk next time.

maozed

It’s bagged, but Stash’s pumpkin tea tastes pretty strongly of pumpkin spice. I could mail you a bag or two if you want.

mindala

Mmm good suggestions. maozed, I will eagerly accept any tea you send my way.

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796 tasting notes

I only have this tea because Adagio said you’d get 4 oz with an order. I made an order, and was surprised by the fun holiday-themed tin in came in. If only I liked the tea as much!

I’ve tried it straight, with sweetener, and with sugar and soymilk. I like it more the less stuff I add to it. It’s not very pumpkiny and it’s not very pumpkin pie spicy. It reminds me of vegan alternatives to regular foods. If you go in thinking it should taste like the original, you’ll be disappointed. If you go in thinking it’s something new, you might find something in it you like. When I drink this not expecting pumpkin spice, it’s okay. And that will get me through the tin.

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