A re-review of this tea.

Now with it being October I’m trying all the herbal/rooibos pumpkin blends I can find. Unless I find one at a tea shop I’m going to in Minneapolis this weekend for my anniversary , this rooibos blend is my last one I’m trying.

I tried it 2 ways:

Way 1 (plain cup): 1.5-2tsp of leaf, steeped 8min in 8oz of 190F water: Def tasting cinnamon and cloves followed still by rooibos and a bit of apple. The spices seemed weak to me, but I’ve realized iHOT airs on the side of caution with their spices. See my tasting note for rooibos chai: this pumpkin blend has more spice than it! Overall this cup was okay if weak.

Way 2 (latte): 4 “perfect spoonfuls” (10tsp), steeped 5ish min in 8oz of 190F water, mixed with hot, frothed 1% milk (approx 6oz): Wow, ok, THERE’S the cinnamon and cloves! The latte is much more powerful and this is where the tea shines. I would even reduce my leaf by 1 perfect spoonful (or sub in something else) because the spices were almost a bit strong for me. Overall a good latte!

However, if I had to say what my favourite pumpkin tea is I would say Spiced Pumpkin by DAVIDs TEA: reason being, they had actual pumpkin in that blend. This tea from iHOT is an easy #2, and pumpkin cheesecake (DAVIDs) and pumpkin pie (Steeped Tea) were crap. I kind of consider this tea to be the better chai rooibos blend as opposed to a pumpkin tea. Definitely a repurchase.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cloves

190 °F / 87 °C

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I used to drink coffee, but it started to hurt my stomach so I switched to tea. A friend of mine introduced me to DAVID’s TEA and I couldn’t stop after that! I’ve now been expanding my scope beyond DAVIDs away from “candy-like teas” into more natural teas or flavourings. Current favourite stores include International House of Tea (iHOT) and Verdant Tea.

When it comes to tea ratings, I usually only ever rate them once. I know a lot of people on steepster do many tasting notes for the same teas depending on their mood, but I prefer to rate once and if my opinion changes, I will delete the old note and rate again. How I rate teas goes as following:

1-49: Teas I won’t buy again. Either the taste is disgusting to me, or it’s too bland, etc. I’m most likely not even going to finish the tin/bag.

50-59: Teas I wouldn’t buy again; I have to force myself to drink the whole cup to not waste it.

60-69: I’ll finish the cup and even the bag/tin, but I wouldn’t buy these teas again. Teas of this rating are “lacking something”.

70-79:Teas that are pretty good and ones I might buy again. Usually these teas are ones I have to be “in the mood for” and drink occasionally.

80-89: Great teas! Ones I will drink several times a week and often have in my stash :).

90-100: Favourite must-have teas!

My favourite types of tea are green tea and different types of “natural” herbal tea (different herbs, natural flavourings, etc). I cannot drink black or oolong teas due a sensitive stomach. I don’t really go for white tea due to its cost and the fact that it has just a little caffeine (if I want caffeine I’ll just go for a green tea and if I don’t I’ll go for a herbal-no sense on just having a little caffeine). I also like to do iced teas in the summer time, and then I’ll gravitate towards herbal fruit blends that are bagged to cut costs and convenience (it’s easier to throw out bags than clean a filter). Flavours I don’t care for include anything too tart, bitter, artificial, overly spicy or overly sweet.
Also, when I have time (usually when I’m not working much) I like to make tea lattes out of different rooibos blends.

My everyday green tea is Gunpowder since it is strong and not sensitive to temperatures or steeping time which is something I cannot be bothered with when I’m getting ready for work. Other greens I enjoy are dragonwell, sencha, and different Chinese greens. I’m not the biggest fan of yunnan greens since they are so finicky (although I do like gyokuro)

On a day to day basis I usually have 2-3 cups of green tea and several more cups of different herbal blends.

Besides tea I also work at a couple libraries (I am finishing my library tech diploma),am in my early 20s and got married in Oct 2014.


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