Oh, hello new tea friend!
Yesterday the Frequent Steeper/Super Steep “sneak peek” for the fall collection was released, and with it a handful of new teas and a bunch of gorgeous new autumnal themed teaware. There’s soooo much orange teaware in this collection and I am in love.
This is one of the two new pumpkin blends this year – the first being Pumpkin Earl Grey which was first showcased in the autumn subscription box as early access. There really aren’t a whole lot of white tea based pumpkin blends out there in the world, and this is definitely the first time that DT has made a white tea and pumpkin blend.
I go back and forth on this one because I find it a bit hard to summarize/simplify exactly what the flavour is. It’s not really a pumpkin spice, but there are some spices. It’s not totally full blown “pumpkin flavoured” pumpkin but it does taste of pumpkin, and it’s not as extreme of a “pumpkin dessert” blend as past teas like Pumpkin Creme Brulee. I guess, if I had to compare, I’d say it’s most similar to Pumpkin Creme Brulee in taste. There’s definitely some overlap of white chocolate creaminess, for sure. However, more than anything else I just find it an interesting intersection of autumnal flavours.
Things I personally love are that it has these gorgeous dark green pumpkin seeds scattered throughout the blend – they add just the faintest little but of nuttiness but mostly they’re a breathtaking visual in the tea. As someone who doesn’t enjoy heavy handed “pumpkin spice” I find the super soft cinnamon notes of the pumpkin pie flavouring just perfect to put me in that headspace without turning me off flavour wise. Lastly the slight citrusy squash note of the pumpkin in the finish makes me happy.
The things that I suppose I dislike are that, despite a clear white chocolate and coconut flavour, the mouthfeel is rather thin and oily to me – I personally wish that this was just more dense like a pumpkin milkshake versus the light and airy sweet/creamy interpretation. However, I recognize that going heavy handed like that would sort of defeat the purpose of using a white tea base. I also feel like the apple comes out a bit too much because there’s a present fruity undertone that is a tad mismatched to me.
There are other pumpkin teas I like much better than this one, but there’s certainly some I like less too – like Pumpkin Creme Brulee. More than anything else, though, I just really appreciate how unique this tea is & I think it’s a nice autumnal addition for people looking for something familiar yet different.
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