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Adagio Teas : Pumpkin Spice Flavored Tea Review

A Pumpkin Flavored Black Tea That Really Doesn't Taste Like Pumpkin

Summary : A substitute for pumpkin pie it is not. Truth be told...it really doesn't taste that much like pumpkin, although rumor has it when served cold the pumpkin flavor is more pronounced.

Review : One thing about the holidays...you can get spoiled on good food, good wine and good times. Perhaps that "spoilage" is what gave me something approaching a dread about this tea...long before I tasted it. True, it's a bad attitude to have...but I had it, and it wasn't going away. As such, I approached this Pumpkin Spice Flavored Black Tea from Adagio Teas with little enthuaism and quite a bit of dread...truthfully.

Pumpkin Spice Flavored Black Tea Leaves

Yet, I had this tea, as part of the Holiday Tea Sampler that Adagio Teas puts out every Christmas. As such, I felt compelled to give this tea a try, hoping somehow that I just might surprise myself and like a pumpkin flavored tea.

Here is how Adagio Teas describes this tea on their website : "Premium black tea from Sri Lanka flavored with pumpkin and exotic spices. Straight from the jack o' lantern to your cup, this limited edition tea is sure to delight ghosts and ghouls alike. Like the phantoms that haunt your streets, this tea will vanish after Halloween - don't miss out!"

Now, in fact, this tea won't vanish after Halloween - as it was part of the Christmas sampler pack that came with some other "holiday type teas." Truthfully though...I wish this tea had vanished after Halloween...as I could have avoided tasting this tea entirely.

This tea tasted very little of pumpkin. Oh sure, there was a "bit of a taste," but "pumpkin flavor lovers" will be vastly disappointed with the very faint taste the tea has. Additionally, I was not wild at all with the "foaminess" of the tea. Once brewed, this tea leaves a bit of a foam all around your tea cup and in the tea itself, which truthfully I found rather gross.

Last but not least, for the life of me I could not find any spice in this tea at all. I suppose it might be there...somewhere...but I couldn't find it.

Recommendation : No. I do like "pumpkin things," such as pumpkin pie...although admmittedly with LOTS of whip cream on it. And I suppose I could have liked this tea with a very healthy dose of cream/milk/sugar/cinnamon and anything else that was handy. But drunk straight...this tea is nothing special and to say it tastes like pumpkin requires a bit of imagination. This tea is by no means awful...for this reason I give it two stars.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Pumpkin Spice Flavored Black Tea
  • Manufacturer : Adagio Teas
  • Available from : Adagio Teas
  • Type of Tea : Flavored Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose Leaf Tea
  • Date of Review : December 26th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Place 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea in an infuser. Boil 1 cup (5.5 ounces) of water. Pour water over the tea and wait 5 minutes.

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