Pumpkin Pasty Honeybush-Rooibos

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Honeybush Rooibos Blend
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Cinnamon, Clove, Honey, Nutty, Oats, Pastries, Spices
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Caffeine Free
Organic, Vegan
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205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 12 oz / 350 ml

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Tea of the Week for October 15, 2018!

What is a Pumpkin Pasty? When I looked it up, I found out that they’re supposed to be similar to a Cornish Pasty, but filled with pumpkin instead of meat and vegetables. Personally, I’ve never heard of a Cornish Pasty, and the only time I’ve heard of Pumpkin Pasty is when it was mentioned in Harry Potter. Hey, the only time I’ve been outside of the United States is that time I visited Tijuana, and what happened there . . . stays there.

So the best I’ve been able to guess – a pumpkin pasty is something like a pumpkin pie – only, like a handheld pie, where the pumpkin filling is encased in pastry. That suggests to me that I needed to amp up the pastry notes just a bit on this because it’s supposed to have more pastry than the average pumpkin pie. I also chose a base that might help in that department – the naturally nutty notes of the honeybush and rooibos play well to the added pastry essence.

And of course, there is to be pumpkin! A sweet, smooth pumpkin-y note, brought on by chunks of dried organic pumpkin. And spice – because every pumpkin deserves a touch of spice! I didn’t go very heavy on the spice, because I wanted the pastry and pumpkin to shine through – but I did add some ginger, cinnamon and cloves to give this a warm flavor.

So, even though I’ve never actually tasted a Pumpkin Pasty, this tea tastes to me a lot like what I’d expect from such a thing. I think that nice lady from the trolley on the Hogwarts Express would approve!

And it is – of course – VEGAN, gluten free, allergen free, caffeine free and all organic!

organic ingredients: honeybush, rooibos, pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, calendula petals & natural flavors

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Happy National Spice Blend Day! I had to work today and didn’t have any time to brew something before work, leaving me with having to find a caffeine-free option tonight. Thankfully, I found this still-sealed sampler from 2018!

I’ve had an ongoing migraine since Wednesday, and my sense of smell has kinda been off as a result (this last week I’ve used “wet dog” and “hayfever” both as scent/flavor descriptors for various foodstuffs). Something about the scent of the dry leaf smelled like tomato to me (I’ve had that happen with hibiscus before, too). Thankfully that doesn’t transfer to the brewed cup, and even with my off-sniffer I’m getting a strong spice aroma; that familiar cinnamon/clove scent that reminds me of Christmas candles. Smells a bit indistinctly sweet, as well.

The base does reminds me subtly of pastry; the pepperiness I normally taste in honeybush is very subdued, and I’m getting more of a nutty/honey/oaty sort of flavor. I’m not really tasting pumpkin, but to be fair, I rarely do from pumpkin flavorings. The spice is very warming and nice; the sweet cinnamon is probably the flavor that is most dominant for me, but I can also taste the clove. I don’t really distinctly taste ginger, but am feeling a pleasant warming on my throat and calming of my migraine-furious tummy.

I don’t think it stands out compared to other pumpkin spice rooibos teas I’ve had, but it’s a perfectly fine cuppa. I may use the rest of my pouch to make a latte with vanilla almond milk, as I think the creamy body would be jammin’ with this blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Honey, Nutty, Oats, Pastries, Spices

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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