I was delighted to find this tea in my best friend’s kitchen today. It was her child’s third birthday, and I was celebrating by raiding her tea without permission.
This tea — Pumpkin Caramel Crème by Spice & Tea Exchange — is not currently available, but there are several dessert teas you may like on their site
Before we get started on this review, please do not tell me it’s “too late in the season” for a pumpkin spice latté or tea. I will drink one in the dead of summer if I want. We live in a global economy where all fruits, vegetables, and teas are available to us all year round, gosh darn it.
But if you ARE the kind of person who believes in seasonality, you will be pleased to hear that this tea doesn’t taste like pumpkin at all. I got caramel. I got crème. I did not receive pumpkin from this taste. It’s possible that I happened to get a scoop that was lacking in a pumpkin ingredient.
What this tasted like, most of all, was one of those maple syrup cupcakes with caramel icing that my husband’s cousin makes. It’s approximately something like this. It was extremely sweet, but a brown-sugar sweet instead of a white-sugar sweet. A more substantive, deep sweet.
“This,” I said to my best friend appreciatively, “is really good.”
“It is!” she said. “My mother-in-law got it for me!”
I have decided to blog about it and say something kind about them both as a thank you. So here goes:
My best friend is very kind and stylish; her other-in-law is the very nicest around; her husband is a genius; her kids are adorable; her house is charming; and her dogs are cuddly. She does not complain when I let myself into her home without knocking — or start up a kettle to try her teas without asking. She is the Patron Saint of Tolerance (and Good Hair).
And the tea is yummy.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: The Spice & Tea Exchange
This tea is no longer on the site but click below for teas that are.