Brewing temp-208 to be exact.
I’ve TRIED to get my mom and dad to go with loose tea and to brew their tea properly. I’ve given them loose tea, which they profess to like, but take forever to drink (if they finish at all). We wound up talking a little tea with their neighbor over the weekend and she was impressing the importance of good water too. My dad DID buy a mesh infuser basket for himself at the tea shop yesterday. However, I think they are still probably committed unfiltered tap, boiling water in microwave, tea bag users. The only tea they bought yesterday was bagged. Granted, some of it looked interesting and I gave them some of my loose leaf in exchange for a few bags.
This was the first pumpkin chai-type tea I’ve come across that looked vegan, so bags, the fact it was still on a store shelf in May, and nearly summer weather be damned, I’m trying it!
I added almond milk and a tsp of sugar to this tea.
I was expecting this was to taste like liquid pumpkin pie-I mean, I assume that’s what they are aiming for here. That’s not a bad aim either-I love pumpkin pie. I taste all the spices and even the pumpkin flavoring, but it’s not fusing together properly as a whole. It’s like they combined all the ingredients for pumpkin pie in a bowl but didn’t mix them together. Pumpkin pie is so good because the spices are fused together-not tasted separately. I think there’s too much of the nutmeg, too. One bag left, I might try it plain, although this is one tea where I think drinking straight is not the intent.
It’s not bad, but I can’t see me ever buying a box of this. I’ll look more seriously for a good pumpkin spice chai this fall.