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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
757 tasting notes

What can I say hasn’t been said already? Owning this tea gives you the magical power to make Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes all day every day; if you like that beverage this should be an instant, unquestionable buy.

It also smells like the epitome of Fall: Cloves, Cinnamon, Caramel, and the sweet scent of those little pumpkin candies. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the season for me and it tastes great in all of its forms be it straight, with milk, brown sugar, or even.. well, maybe it isn’t the best cooled but it’s still drinkable. For best results brew it longer to get the full range of the flavours.

This was my very first loose leaf tea and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and the not so roasted green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Currently looking for the most buttery and sweet green oolong I can find.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, floral, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, orchid, pine, rice, rose, vanilla.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike: apple, cocoa nibs, licorice, marine, peach, stevia

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

91-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

86-90: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-85: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and combined with stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

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BC, Lower Mainland

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