drank Pumpkin Spice by Bigelow
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In my latest bagged tea drinking endeavors, I came across this one when my husband and I were about to leave the house but we wanted something to take with us. I asked him what he was in the mood for, and he said, “Surprise me.” So this tea came out. I brewed it, added sugar and milk, and then let him smell it. He wanted to try and guess what it was. I was expecting him, based on the kind of tea it is, to mistake it for chai, but surprisingly, the pumpkin flavor and aroma was enough to distinguish it (which I found out immediately after by smelling it myself).

I really like the pumpkiny-ness of this one, even if it may be a little artificial. I didn’t get a big artificial vibe from the smell and the taste, so it didn’t bother me. It tasted like pumpkin, the stuff from the can that you get in the grocery store. Some people might prefer it to taste the way fresh pumpkin smells, but I actually am not as fond of the smell of fresh pumpkin. I am, however, fond of this tea, and I will probably bring it back out sometime in the near future… if I can get over whatever pregnancy funk is preventing me from wanting tea right now. This being my first pregnancy, I don’t know how long this nausea thing is supposed to last, but whenever it wants to quit is fine with me. xP

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite, but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3


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