The Subject: Pumpkin Spice Black Tea from The English Tea Store.
Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time:5 minutes
Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings added: Rooibos, cinnamon, pumpkin flavor
Aroma, dry tea leaves: Cinnamon, vanilla, apple-ish
Aroma in the cup, plain: Cinnamony
Taste in the cup, plain: Not bitter, cinnamony, roasty, apple-ish, vanilla-ish
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Cinnamony
Taste in the cup, enhanced: Sort of egg nog like, I would swear there’s nutmeg
Additional Infusion(s): Didn’t do
This blend is mostly true tea (from the Camellia Sinensis plant) with a touch of rooibos and some cinnamon and real pumpkin flavoring. The good part is that the pencil-shavings (hubby calls it “woodsy”) taste of the rooibos is muffled. We didn’t do a second infusion since flavored teas usually don’t do well in the second infusion (the flavorings are usually gone).
One caution here: Do not try this tea with the expectation of it tasting similar to pumpkin pie. If you do, you will be disappointed by what is really a very pleasant and flavorful seasonal tea. We set aside our own expectations and tried the tea from a straight on perspective. We were rewarded with a tea unlike any we have yet tasted, including Adagio Pumpkin Spice, which we tried almost a year ago. There was no bitterness, but there was a flavor from the cinnamon similar to those little Red Hot candies, but not too hot.
The best part of this tea is the flavor it takes on with a bit of milk and sweetener (not needed, since this tea has no bitterness, just a pleasant tang), which we tried just to see what it would be like. Something about the combo said “egg nog” to us, not strong, just an impression. Maybe we just have egg nog on the brain as winter approaches.
Hubby likes this tea with a nice slice of pecan pie. Try it with your favorite treat.
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.
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