Brewing temp-208 to be exact.

I’ve TRIED to get my mom and dad to go with loose tea and to brew their tea properly. I’ve given them loose tea, which they profess to like, but take forever to drink (if they finish at all). We wound up talking a little tea with their neighbor over the weekend and she was impressing the importance of good water too. My dad DID buy a mesh infuser basket for himself at the tea shop yesterday. However, I think they are still probably committed unfiltered tap, boiling water in microwave, tea bag users. The only tea they bought yesterday was bagged. Granted, some of it looked interesting and I gave them some of my loose leaf in exchange for a few bags.

This was the first pumpkin chai-type tea I’ve come across that looked vegan, so bags, the fact it was still on a store shelf in May, and nearly summer weather be damned, I’m trying it!

I added almond milk and a tsp of sugar to this tea.

I was expecting this was to taste like liquid pumpkin pie-I mean, I assume that’s what they are aiming for here. That’s not a bad aim either-I love pumpkin pie. I taste all the spices and even the pumpkin flavoring, but it’s not fusing together properly as a whole. It’s like they combined all the ingredients for pumpkin pie in a bowl but didn’t mix them together. Pumpkin pie is so good because the spices are fused together-not tasted separately. I think there’s too much of the nutmeg, too. One bag left, I might try it plain, although this is one tea where I think drinking straight is not the intent.

It’s not bad, but I can’t see me ever buying a box of this. I’ll look more seriously for a good pumpkin spice chai this fall.

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Started drinking tea for health benefits maybe 5 years ago-exclusively bagged tea. Usually went for various Celestial Seasonings type of stuff. I bought a tea infuser at a gourmet shop once and then I realized there was almost no loose tea available. Eventually tiring of bags, I started ordering loose tea online and I have never gone back. Initially, I was exploring all the wild and exotic flavor combinations, but now I mostly drink straight teas. I still enjoy blended teas-but prefer those without “flavoring”. Hope to learn here and find some new teas I might not otherwise find. Am a vegan, so “milk” generally means “soymilk” to me. If it’s almond, rice, or coconut, I will mention that fact.

I am new here, and new to reviewing tea. Many of my initial reviews will be from memory and may not be very detailed at all. I hope to write more informative reviews on current and future teas.

I won’t let external factors affect my rating of the tea-such as slow shipping, too expensive, etc. I’ll mention any customer service problems in my reviews. I also won’t let my mistakes in not following the seller’s recommended parameters affect a rating. I can’t believe people who say “I forgot about it and oversteeped it” and then give it a rating. If I brew outside the parameters, I will wait until I brew it right before I give it a rating.

TEMPORARY RATING SYSTEM- Don’t hold me to these numbers and descriptions-like George Bluth, I like to tweak.

90+ It’s awesome, right?? I’ll probably try to keep it on hand.

80-89 – I really like this and will buy it again at some point, but there are so many teas to try!

70-79 – This is a pretty good tea and I may buy it again based on my mood, what tea store I am buying from, and what kind of deal I can get.

60-69 – This is okay. I finished the bag. I would drink it again if offered, but would not buy it again.

40-59 – IF I finished the bag, I recall this tea thinking “Why in the hell did I finish the bag?”

1-39 – Did not finish the bag. Maybe not even the cup. Tea was given away or discarded.



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