Well, this is quite potent in the spice department. Additionally, when they say sweet, they really mean sweet. It’s not just a cute name.
There is stevia in this blend. After a couple sips I thought, is there stevia in here? It was funny because I just was looking in the thread about stevia leaf, and I am in the minority of not minding it in a blend. It just smells like bad alcohol decisions in DavidsTea blends. I never realized I could actually tell what stevia tasted like on its own just based on that smell.
This one, it doesn’t smell like it until you are drinking it, and it just has that clearly stevia aftertaste. I think maybe the pumpkin pie spices help hide the scent, but it just tastes like there is actually too much stevia used, and it’s a bummer. I was hoping this would taste like pumpkin pie, but it’s too sweet! I don’t know how that is possible.
Other than the stevia, it’s a nice mix of spices, a little different from your usual pumpkin blend. There’s ginger and chicory in addition to the usual cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. The pumpkin flavor is nice, but it’s just too sweet. I’d rather have to smell the stevia first and have it blend better into the tea than not be able to smell it, and have it as a prominent flavor.
It is much easier to drink this with very small sips at a time. Otherwise the lingering sweetness is hard to take, especially so early in the morning.