I bought this not realizing the giant letters announcing that it was a chai. I mean, I expect pumpkin SPICE to be spicy, but just seeing the word chai made me think it would be too intense. As a few people suggested to me, I brewed this in half water and half unsweetened coconut milk. This was the first time I have brewed a tea IN milk instead of just adding it after brewing.

First of all, oh my goodness. The smell is exactly pumpkin pie (not just pumpkin….crust…cinnamon…even whipped cream!) using this method. The taste….I’m not sold. I think I will try this with unsweetened vanilla almond milk next time because the coconut flavor either overpowered the pumpkin flavor or there was simply none to be found. That’s not to say that it wasn’t good, and the amount of spice was tolerable. I just wouldn’t think of this if I was craving pumpkin. I’d think of it on a cold night.

Am I really expecting too much when wishing for actual pumpkin flavor in a pumpkin spice tea?

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I am a teacher for an after school tutoring program serving grades 1-12 and the Assistant Director of an English language program. Dealing with people who are just learning how to communicate can be stressful. Since I’ve never been (and never want to be) a coffee drinker, I was happy to have found a tea I liked when I started college. Bigelow French Vanilla was my first ever favorite tea. I am just learning to love loose leaf. I drink tea both hot and cold every single day.

I’m not too much of a fancy-pants when it comes to tea drinking. As long as it tastes good and doesn’t take up my whole paycheck, I’m happy. I find I am mostly enjoying flavored blacks and oolongs, as well as whites and the occasional green tea. I’m struggling with plain greens. I take to fruit-flavored greens much more readily. The only reason I ever sweeten a tea is if I hear it brings out a particular flavor in that tea. Otherwise, I don’t usually add sweeteners. When it comes to milk, I again don’t usually add any. But, when I do, I only use almond milk or coconut milk (the thin kind that comes in a carton from Trader Joe’s…not the thick canned kind).

Love: Floral (especially jasmine and rose), caramel, maple, nuts, cream, cake/cookie flavors, chocolate, and fruit (especially peach, pineapple, berries, raisins, and coconut)

Loathe: Peppermint, licorice, really strong vegetable flavors, mint/chocolate combo, heavily spiced teas

Aside from tea, I also really REALLY enjoy reading.

NOTE: I haven’t been putting my one to two cup samples in my cupboard because that’s really only enough for tasting and experimenting. If it’s in my cupboard, it means I have enough to go back to it if I’m craving it (or if somebody wants to swap).


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