153 Tasting Notes
This is pretty good. I’ve had this sitting my tea drawer for an indeterminate amount of time, so I think if it were fresh it would likely be even better. Of course, what better time of year to drink a Pumpkin Chai than now? Although honestly, I’m not getting a whole lot of either pumpkin or chai – again, could be because this tea is a few years old at this point. Overall the flavors are mild but pleasant, and the tea feels smooth, silky, and malty.
Yuck. I feel like I taste something of an artificial sweetener in the mix, but I can’t quite pinpoint if that’s accurate. I wish some of the notes were more prominent – there’s a disappointing lack of ginger, pineapple, and cinnamon. Maybe the goal was for the flavors to be more muted so that the overall sweetness of the honey and molasses could be at the center of the profile, but I found it not only lackluster but also not to my liking at all. The aftertaste is particularly unpalatable for my tastes.
Flavors: Artificial, Honey, Molasses
Meh, not really a fan. Vegetal notes, bitter, and seems to lack the complexity of flavor that a lot of similar teas have. The aftertaste is quite good, though. Just wish the rest of the tea was similar.
Edit: Lowering my rating because it seems this tea gave me a TERRIBLE migraine.
Flavors: Bitter, Vegetal
Huh, looks like I previously rated this before and gave it a ghastly 32! I think my tastes have changed quite a bit since then because, while this tea isn’t fantastic, I don’t think it’s terrible by any means, and it’s certainly worthy of a higher score than that. The spices and flavors are all kind of dull and muted – I would have liked them to be more prominent. But overall, this isn’t nearly as bad as I apparently once thought. For a rainy fall day, it actually hits the spot rather well.
Received this as a gift from someone who visited Niagara Falls. I’ve been there once myself, albeit years ago, and I have fond memories of eating these little maple-flavored chocolates called “Moose Droppings.” Anyway, the color of this tea is on point. I used a clear glass mug and it could definitely pass for a glass of just straight up maple syrup. The flavors are actually fairly mild but are bathed in this vast sweet profile. I taste more of the chocolate than the maple, but I suppose that was the idea for this blend. They have another one which is just maple without chocolate, so I’ll try that one soon. But overall this tea is tasty.
Flavors: Chocolate, Maple, Maple Syrup
I’m amazed this doesn’t have a higher rating on here. Then again, if a tea is marketed as any kind of “fall-winter-holiday-xmas” type, there’s a great chance I’m going to adore it. This one was no exception – I thoroughly enjoy the blend of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and whatever other spices are included. It might be 90 degrees here today but this tea brings me back to cool winds and fall scarves.
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Spices
I really enjoyed this one, so much so that I waited until the last bag in my box before writing this review (ok, the delay was mostly due to being extremely busy). Anyway, some mornings I like a little cuppa something strong, and since I can’t do coffee (too much caffeine that ends up giving me trouble sleeping), I opted to try this. It’s so nice! Rich, malty, and with a viscous mouthfeel, this tea is an excellent substitute for coffee and brings forth a decent amount of caffeine.
Ick, another tea with what seems like a strong aftertaste of alcohol, and not the good kind. Individually I can taste what’s supposed to be strawberry and vanilla, but together I’m just getting an overwhelming taste of the alcohol that makes up vanilla extract. Bleh.
Flavors: Alcohol, Strawberry, Vanilla