|"The flavor profile is as close to actually tasting like pumpkin pie (with a slight spicy kick most likely from the cinnamon) as a tea possibly could!"|
When I first started really getting into tea, I went nuts that Autumn and bought almost every pumpkin flavored tea that I could get my hands on. Unfortunately, the majority of them left me rather disappointed and even the better ones weren't awesome. That was why I was somewhat reluctant to even request a sample of this Pumpkin Spice blend. However, since the folks at Culinary Teas seem to be some skillful blenders, I decided to give this one a shot---and I am really glad that did! I am a bit of a pumpkin lover and cannot get enough pumpkin pie, muffins, ravioli, bisque, etc. Thus, not having a good pumpkin tea in my stash is bit of a bummer.
Culinary Teas lists the ingredients in this one as Luxury black tea, Hibiscus, Rosehip, Almond pieces, Rooibos, Cinnamon pieces, Apple pieces, Natural dried orange, Sunflower + Calendula petals, Triacetin oil, and Natural flavors. Given some of the ingredients in this one (particularly hibiscus and rose hips), I wasn't too sure that this one was going to be a winner. Due to some previous experiences with Culinary Teas Luxury black teas, I prepared this in water brought to 205 degrees and infused the blend for 4.5 min. The aroma of the blend instantly won me over as it genuinely smells like pumpkin pie!! The flavor profile is as close to actually tasting like pumpkin pie (with a slight spicy kick most likely from the cinnamon) as a tea possibly could! It really leaves a strong pumpkin aftertaste in your mouth. The black tea base is mildly astringent, but did not detract from my enjoyment of the cup. I found this most delicious with a pinch of brown German rock cane sugar and think this is one that would be fun to experiment with by adding steamed milk, pumpkin creamer, maple syrup, etc.
I am most impressed with the flavor profile of this blend and I may cave and purchase it soon. This is the most delicious pumpkin flavor profile that I have come across and I like the little kick from the spices. It tastes rather authentically like pumpkin pie and is extremely well done. The list of ingredients is a bit unorthodox, but it works! If you are like me and love all things pumpkin, then I consider this one a must try! ! Thumbs up!
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