This coming Monday, we officially transition from summer to my favourite season, fall! Fall also marks that time of the year when everything edible gets the “pumpkin spice” treatment! DAVIDsTea’s Pumpkin Chai doesn’t need much introduction… Simply put, it is a fall classic. Some would even consider it a must have. After all, there’s gotta be a reason that it’s been brought back year after year since its initial release nearly a decade ago.
Pumpkin Chai comes packaged in a resealable foil pouch, with a navy blue coloured label that signifies the blend as a black tea. The stand out ingredient of this tea are the pumpkin shaped candies, which help bring a pleasant pop of colour to the otherwise dark looking dry leaf appearance. Nearly every other ingredient is visible and easy to identify. The listed ingredients are: black tea, cinnamon, cloves, caramel, carrot, lemon peel, pumpkin candies, pumpkin flakes, natural and artificial pumpkin spice flavouring. The scent out of the bag is cinnamon-driven, very warming and familiar.
DAVIDsTea suggests steeping Pumpkin Chai for 3-5 minutes in 200°F (95°C) water. I opted for a steep time of three minutes.
After just over three minutes, Pumpkin Chai smells very comforting, the spices coming through first, followed by a hint of the pumpkin. The colour filling my cup also reminds me of pumpkin; a light orange, golden in colour. The flavour of Pumpkin Chai is definitely defined by its spices. The cinnamon, in particular, which really adds warmth to this black tea, but also has a way of coating the tongue and almost overwhelming the blend. Despite the inclusion of both caramel and pumpkin candies, there isn’t too much actual sweetness to this tea blend, but that’s okay because I personally like to sweeten it on my own.
Pumpkin Chai has been in and out of my tea collection for at least five years now, and as much as I enjoy it (especially with some warm milk and brown sugar), I can’t help but think that its namesake is a bit misleading. The “chai” aspect of this tea is severely lacking; if you’re someone who loves a more traditional chai flavour and you’re trying this tea for the first time, it’s likely you may be disappointed. Otherwise, it’s worth trying if you’re a PSL fan.
Pumpkin Chai is priced at $7.98 for 50g.
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Stay tuned for a new afternoon tea review next week!
Until we steep again…