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I just want to note that the steeped leaves really smell like pumpkin, so you can tell there’s real bits of pumpkin in it. Just brilliant!

I agree with TeaEqualsBliss’s comment about some pumpkin teas going WAY OVERBOARD with the pumpkin flavor. Kind of like they’re sticking your head in a pumpkin and telling you you’re drinking tea. This tea blend does not do that at all—it has a subtle pumpkin flavor that is more like the sensation from eating pumpkin pie than the actual taste of the pie.

To that is added the light ethereal quality of creme brulee, in hot liquid form. I don’t know how they do it, but I totally get the texture of creme brulee from this tea. The only thing that would make it better would be that yummy layer of caramelized sugar on top. :))))

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Glad you are enjoying the tea! I did use a little bit of flavoring to create the flavor of burned sugar in creme brulee; however, it’s really only noticeable if you use some sugar in the tea particularly brown crystal sugar or sugar in the raw. I found if I used anymore flavoring than that it became too overpowering.

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Glad you are enjoying the tea! I did use a little bit of flavoring to create the flavor of burned sugar in creme brulee; however, it’s really only noticeable if you use some sugar in the tea particularly brown crystal sugar or sugar in the raw. I found if I used anymore flavoring than that it became too overpowering.

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite (I get on tea kicks, which are various lengths of time in which I’ll drink one or two teas religiously, and then I’ll switch), but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3

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