Pumpkin Chai

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A nice spiced black tea – I wouldn’t really call it pumpkiny though.

Vital Stats*

Type: Black
Caffeine: Medium
Cost: $8.98/50g
Density: 4.2g/Perfect Spoon
Servings/50g: ~11.9
Cost/16 oz steeped: ~$0.75

Today for the first time I try pumpkin, anything really. I’ve had pie, and seeds, of course, but that’s it. No PSLs, no PS cookies or tarts or toothpaste or whatever else people are doing with it … none of it!

With so many people who go so nuts over it though, I’m sure there is something to it, so, here we go!

The tea itself smells quite nice. Quite a bit like pumpkin pie … I like pumpkin pie, so it’s pretty hard to go wrong there.

It’s a 3-5 minutes at 95 degrees black tea. In order to get the most out of my second steep, I only did my first for 3 minutes.

The smell of the steeped tea again reminds me of pumpkin pie – but I guess if that’s the only real pumpkin anything I’ve ever had, that’s all it can remind me of.

Here we go … first taste …

Hrm, this is more bitter than I was anticipating. Not in a bad way – in a black tea sort of way, which is great – I think I was just expecting one of those “doesn’t actually even taste like tea” teas.

Letting it cool a bit more and taking a few more sips, it still really doesn’t taste much like pumpkin at all. The smell is very pumpkiny, but the taste is just a reasonablly strong spiced black tea. Nothing in the flavour really stands out enough for me to put my finger on it … it just all blends together very well.

This is probably a very good chai (I really don’t have enough experience with chai to say) – there is clearly a layer of flavour on top of the black tea – but aside from the smell, I really don’t detect any distinct pumpkin.

It wasn’t just me either – I served it to my partner without a word of what it was. When I followed up 20 minutes later she said it tasted like a cinnamon bun, and smelled like something very familiar but she couldn’t say exactly what. After telling her it was pumpkin chai she almost couldn’t believe it – she said she tasted no pumpkin at all, and went I said “it really smells like it though, eh?” she actually said no, and that all she could really smell was cinnamon!

Could I drink this every day? No.

Will I order more? Probably not.

I think I’m going to have to mix this with something else to finish the 50g off even. It’s not that it’s bad, I’m just not over-the-top enjoying it. It’s a good tea, just not something I will seek out when I go to my tea cupboard. Now… if I mix this with some butterscotch…

Until next time, happy steeping!

2020-10-08 update – Please do remember I drink my tea black, and the above review is about this tea, black. I tried some Pumpkin Chai + Stormy Night the other day and was quite unimpressed, then was suddenly inspired to put a splash of my oat milk in it – and wow, it was a whole different tea. I have no intention of adding anything to my teas with any regularity going forward, nor writing additional reviews for the same teas sweetened or lightened – but it is worth remembering (and worth my mentioning, which I will do going forward, especially when I don’t like something) that I drink my tea black. UNT, HS!

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