Be prepared for this to taste more like the fruit that is pumpkin rather than the traditional pumpkin pie spice that we tend to associate with fall. It is a nice Ceylon black and has bits of sunflower (which I personally enjoy) and there is a slight spicy aftertaste to the cup that isn’t strong, but is noticeable. Somewhat astringent. As for the pumpkin pieces, the aroma of the dry blend in the bag is a bit on the unusual side because dry pumpkin pieces don’t really smell “sweet”, but the taste once steeped is fine.
If you’re looking for it to be a fall version of the super-spices as with a chai tea, this isn’t the pumpkin tea for you. But if you’re more of a purist like myself who enjoys tasting the tea in your tea, this is a perfect seasonal treat, and can be sweetened or left alone according to how well you love pumpkin in its unprocessed form.
Perfect accompaniment for toast and drier pastries.

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Still fairly new to the life-long process of learning and appreciating tea. Got into loose leaf a number of years ago after health concerns cut soda and sugared drinks from my repertoire. I’ve been blogging about and exploring tea more in-depth for the past several years and I just plain enjoy it. I keep an eye out for French tea trends as well, so if you parlez, bienvenue!

My ratings tend to fall into these categories:

I don’t bother discussing teas that I wouldn’t recommend to other folks on some level. Not worth drinking, not worth wasting time, so you won’t see many yellow light scores from me. I will, however, post if a tea is marketed as something it’s not. There are a couple of examples in my tea log.

50-70’s : Fair. Either a quality or grade issue or perhaps not suited to my personal preference. Wouldn’t turn it down if it were a gift, but wouldn’t purchase it for myself.

80’s: Good teas. Enjoyable and well-crafted, but maybe some slight room for improvement or maybe a notch below another of the same type that I’ve tried. Would buy again if the price were reasonable.

90’s: Excellent teas. My personal favorites that I’ve fallen in love with and have been surprised by.

I don’t know that I’ve ever rated a 100, which is why the 80’s and 90’s are more representative of the teas I like and would recommend. A 96 is just about perfect.



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