Celebrate the harvest…
(Black tea, cinnamon, cloves, caramel, carrot, lemon peel, pumpkin candies, pumpkin flakes, natural and artificial pumpkin spice flavouring.)
One of the quintessential flavours of fall, is without a doubt, pumpkin. Around this time of year, you slowly but surely start seeing it everywhere you look. From pies, cookies and scented candles to ice cream, alcohol and coffee creamer. The list could definitely go on for quite a while. Even though it has gone through some recent changes since it came out more than five years ago, there’s a reason why DAVIDsTea brings Pumpkin Chai back every year. I think a riot would ensue for this classic otherwise… The bright orange pumpkin candies are a definite ingredient standout in this tea. Amongst the loose leaf, you can almost spot cubes of caramel, cloves, pieces of cinnamon bark and even dried carrot on top of a base of black tea. What comes through the most to me via the scent is the clove and cinnamon, as well as the overall pumpkin spice that is added to this seasonal blend.
After steeping between 3 and 4 minutes, Pumpkin Chai smells like it did initially, but more toned down. The maltiness of the black tea and the spices really make for a warm and comforting cup of tea. Personally, it would have been nice to see the pumpkin (flakes) ranked a bit higher in the ingredients list, because not only am I unable to spot them in the dry leaf, but it’s also not translating as well as it should in the end product after brewing. Pumpkin spice flavouring is included here, and is probably a way better representation/description of what Pumpkin Chai (as a tea) actually is. Although delicious (especially with a splash of cream and a bit of brown sugar stirred in), it is still not quite a true chai, and the pumpkin flavour could be a lot stronger at the end of the day. Thank goodness DAVIDsTea brought back their pumpkin agave (which retails for $14/bottle) again this year, because not only is it another product to rope in pumpkin lovers, it also does wonder for enhancing this tea.