drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
757 tasting notes

Well, I don’t love this tea but I don’t hate it either. My first chai tea from DAVIDs was the Saigon Chai, and with the peppercorns and Saigon cinnamon, it is one potent chai. Getting back to the Pumpkin Chai though, I found it underwhelming in comparison. It wasn’t very chai-y and the pumpkin was rather muted, and it all seemed a bit bland, though I did like the taste, even if it was a wee bit understated. I only had a small amount (and I’m out of it now), and was only recently told that many people are steeping it longer or in a higher concentration. It’s not my favourite tea, but it is certainly inoffensive to the taste buds. I might try another small amount and try some different brewing/steeping options.

4 min, 30 sec

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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