Based on one of the tea blogs, I think it was Marzipan who reviewed it, I signed up for a month subscription trial of Wicked Tea. Marzipan had given the company a pretty good rating based on her experience with her two months of tea. It is a Canadian company, so the dollar value is good without being killed by conversion and shipping. It is a local company and I like to support small and local. The teas looked like a good and interesting variety. The pouches appeared to be a reasonable size, far more than a sample, and I love the see-through window on one side of the zip pouch so that you can see the leaf. From the looks of things, they looked like they were doing a great job and were giving things their best shot and I like to support that too. And finally, the first month is advertised to be free, but you pay for shipping.
I am a bit confused about this last part because I received my Wicked Tea subscription envelope of teas and aside from the teas, I received an invoice billing for twenty some odd dollars for Free Monthly Trial. I sent them an email inquiring about this a few days ago because, well, confusing, but I have received no response from them yet.
Perhaps it is a free trial IF you then subscribe. If that is the case, then it should be clearly stated. Otherwise, it is misleading. Because I feel somewhat misled.
Anyway, I am still making my way through the teas which are good and good value. That said, I have not yet decided whether I am enchanted enough to commit to another month or three.
Ok, to the tea now.
The dry leaf has long golden shreds of pumpkin in among the Sri Lankan black tea.
I really like this tea. Really. Initially I put off trying it because I thought that it was going to be one of those overloaded with cinnamon spice market strong and ugly black teas that seem to be prevalent this season, but no.
The cinnamon is gentle and nicely settled amongst the other pumpkin pie spice. A mellow addition to the pumpkin flavour.The pumpkin is present but more along the lines of a dense pumpkin bread, not the cake loaf, but actual bread. The flavour is a bit like pumpkin pie but with none of the sweetness. Best of all, the flavours I am tasting taste not the slightest bit artificial.
I drink my tea straight up, so there is only tea in my cup.
I would like perhaps a bit of caramel in this tea or perhaps a bit of cream. Both would be a improvement, but it is already pretty good. I am pleasantly surprised.
I think this is making its way into being one of my favourite pumpkin teas that I have tried so far this season.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Spice