Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Doehi
China black tea with cinnamon bits, pumpkin sprinkles and flavoring. A classic flavor for any time of the year.
Learn more about this tea here.
Oh my goodness! I love the aroma of the dry leaf of Auntie’s Pumpkin Pie Black Tea Blend from Doehi! From the moment I cut off the airtight seal on the zipper pouch of the package, I could smell the warm cinnamon notes. Then when I opened the zipper locked seal, my olfactory nerves delighted in the smell of sweet pumpkin and cinnamon. Mmm!
And the tea is visually delightful too. Little pieces of cinnamon and tiny pumpkin shaped candy sprinkles decorate the black tea leaves. While I have made note previously that I’m not particularly fond of the practice of these novelty candy sprinkles added to tea, I can’t help but smile when I see the little pumpkins. They’re cute, darn it! But I am happy to also see that they weren’t added with a heavy hand. There’s a light sprinkling of these sprinkles, just enough to add some charm, whimsy and color to the blend.
The cinnamon is warm but it doesn’t overpower this blend. When you eat a slice of pumpkin pie, you don’t expect to be bombarded with cinnamon flavor, do you? This tea doesn’t bombard your taste buds with cinnamon, there is just enough cinnamon to give the squash the right amount of spice.
The pumpkin notes are sweet and tasty. There have been a few “pumpkin pie” type teas that I’ve tasted that have tasted more of spice than of pumpkin, and even some that have had no discernible pumpkin flavor at all. This isn’t one of those teas! I can taste the pumpkin! It’s sweet and slightly savory and has a smooth, rich flavor that compliments the black tea notes.
And speaking of the black tea … it isn’t overpowered in this blend! It is a milder tasting tea – I suspect a Ceylon – but it isn’t so mellow that it’s hiding behind the flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon. It’s a even-toned taste with a medium-body. Flavorful and I’m finding that the black tea flavors are actually accentuated by the presence of the pumpkin. These two work together very well.
Pumpkin is a decidedly “autumnal” sort of dessert, but, I for one happen to like pumpkin pie any time of year. And this tea from Doehi allows me to enjoy the delicious flavor of pumpkin in the figure friendly form of tea … all year ’round! This is tasty served straight up with no additions. To amplify the “pumpkin-y” notes, add a pinch of sugar (or brown sugar!) This is also AWESOME served as a latte, I think that the dairy sort of “finishes” the pumpkin pie taste. Think of the latte as the whipped cream on top of the pie!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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