This is a good pumpkin spice tea. The flavors are yummy and warm but seem a bit muted. The aroma was fabulous (like a decadent pumpkin muffin) and I was expecting the flavor to match. I was a bit disappointed. I used two tea bags in a 14 oz mug, added boiling water, a touch of sweetener and splash of half & half. There is also a slight perfumy undertone to the flavor. I can’t put my finger on it.

Overall, despite the fact that I wish it had a stronger spicy flavor, I like this tea. The spices are warm and yummy – perfect for a brisk fall day. The black tea base doesn’t register with my taste buds (not that I’m complaining) and it doesn’t taste artificial.

Oct 15th: I finally got it right. Apparently it wasn’t the tea that was less than fabulous it was my technique. After reading a suggestion to try water that was around 205F and a 3 minute steep, I decided to give this tea another try. Third time was the charm. This cup of tea was subtly but deliciously flavored. The spices didn’t overwhelm the tea base and didn’t fade into the background. I think using boiling water and a longer steep time simply washed away all the spice flavors. The shorter steep time allowed the spices to shine through.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Spices

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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