Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Design a Tea
A nice hardy blend of pumpkin and nutmeg with a black tea base. Served hot, will fill the room with the aroma of a “beautiful pumpkin”. Those were his words- I know, lame! .
Learn more about this tea here.
I hate to admit it, but I have a double standard when it comes to tea names. I absolutely hate it when a company will skirt around what type of tea something is, “It’s a deeply shaded fukamushi sencha harvested in the summer, steamed to perfection.” I get it. Just say it’s a gyokuro already! But when it comes to blended and flavored teas, the more ridiculous the better.
That is why I had to try this tea from Design a tea. I have so many questions. Why is this pumpkin angry? What happened in this tea’s life to make it so furious? Will it make me angry when I drink it? There is only one way to find out.
I brewed up 5g in my 12oz teapot for around 4 minutes. The resulting brew was like an autumn hug. Usually pumpkin flavorings fall short for me, but in this tea, the pumpkin was at the forefront of the brew. Luckily, it wasn’t an aggressive pumpkin. It was sweet and complimented the spices and the black tea base.
I suppose you cannot have a pumpkin tea without putting in some pumpkin pie spices. This particular blend highlighted the use of nutmeg. It was a good idea in theory, but the blend also had cinnamon chips. Yes, it is listed as the last ingredient, but the cinnamon tried it’s hardest to overpower the nutmeg. Throughout all this fighting for attention, what I get is a sweet slice of pumpkin pie. For my first fall-themed tea of the year, it definitely gets me pumped up for more. Bring it on!
I still don’t know what makes this pumpkin so angry, and the other flavors are not that aggressive either. The black tea base is mellow, sweet, with notes of sweet potato. This is a tea with a soothing profile, but I think the name Mellow Pumpkin would not sell as well. Thankfully, it did not make me angry to drink it, and I happily gulped down my pot of Angry Pumpkin to celebrate the beginning of October!
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Hello- THANKS for taking the time to try our Angry Pumpkin Tea!!!
We totally agree with the aggravation sometimes with “WHAT IS THE DANG TEA TASTE LIKE!!”- but we here love to come up with weird names AND stories about how we got the names. I know I know sometimes you have to work to see what the heck the tea is…Here is the Angry Pumpkin story…not to be confused with the Happy Zombie one- enjoy.
I look down the driveway the other night and I see a pumpkin staring at me. Next thing I know it rolls up to me and is all in my face! He says that because people have been hacking away at pumpkins for centuries that they (the pumpkins) deserve their own tea blend!!! Couldn’t make the connection there… BUT he was angry and I was afraid for my life– I’m not kidding!! So we negotiated a “traditional Fall blend”. He also demanded that some of the proceeds go to the National Foundation of Pumpkin Reconstruction.