Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Trail Lodge Tea
This tea is the perfect treat for the holidays. It starts with a blend of black teas that is full bodied, rich, and smooth. Then it is blended with the flavors of pumpkin pie. Add milk for a delicious latte.
Learn more about this blend here.
It seems that pumpkin pie flavored teas are becoming more and more popular. As little as just a couple of years ago, you’d be hard pressed to find more than a handful of pumpkin pie teas, but now, it seems like just about every tea company out there has a version of a pumpkin pie tea or tisane. Some are better than others, of course, with some tasting very true to pumpkin pie flavor while others tasting more like they’re comprised of little more than pumpkin pie spice and a tea base, with no real pumpkin taste to them.
This is one of the better pumpkin pie teas that I’ve tried. I knew it from the moment I opened the package and the smell of pumpkin pie filled the kitchen! If you happened to walk in to the kitchen as this tea was brewing, you’d swear I was baking a pie!
Taste-wise, I think what sets this one apart for me at least is the black tea base. It is a good, solid black tea base that is full-flavored, but not so heavy that it interferes with the flavoring. It is rich and satisfying, but there is a certain appealing lightness to it as well that keeps the palate from feeling overwhelmed with black tea, preventing it from tasting the pumpkin pie flavor.
The pumpkin flavor is a little lighter than I would like it to be, at least, while served straight. I find that this tea is better served as a latte, because pumpkin pie is a creamy pie, and I find that the creaminess of the latte allows the pumpkin to come through in just the right way.
The addition of milk also helps to smooth out the spices. I find that this is a deliciously well-spiced tea, but, the cloves are just a wee bit sharp. With the splash of milk, the cloves are softened up, making it much smoother, creamier and delicious.
Overall, a very enjoyable pumpkin pie flavored tea – one I’d be proud to serve to holiday guests! I find it is tasty served straight up, but even better when turned into a latte! YUM!