Pumpkin tea showdown! I drank 5 pumpkin teas side by side for comparison.
Dry, it smells mostly like cardamom with a little clove in the background. No pumpkin detected. Reminds me of David’s Tea Kashmiri Chai, which I love, but not when I’m expecting pumpkin. Very few leaves in the mix, lots of brown sugar pieces.
Once steeped the basket was mostly rehydrated flower petals and cardamom pods. The scent of the tea is much more toned down. It tastes good, but not really pumpkiny. It is slightly sweetened and mostly tastes like a chai. Mostly. Cinnamon is prominent and blends well with the cardamom. I like this tea as a chai, but I’m not getting the pumpkin impression which is why I bought this tea in the first place.
Adding creamer… I like this better now! It’s still chai like and not even hitting the pumpkin spice buttons. There is a weird association I’m getting in the finish of hard boiled egg whites. Really strange for a tea, but I can block that out if I’m sipping casually.
Cold… it’s bland. A little bit of spices coming through, but not exciting at all.