Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Magic & Science Gals Pumpkin Chai Spice blend. When the package they sent arrived this was the blend I wanted to try first but I held off on it until now so that my review went up at a more appropriate time of the year. I’ve loved each and every blend I have ever been try from Magic & Science Gals so I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to enjoy this blend and that it would be another blend added to my list of blends I want to buy more of as soon as my self imposed tea buying ban is over. The best thing about the blend is that while most coffee shops only have pumpkin spice at one time in the year this delicious blend is available all year round. Here’s what the Magic & Science Gals have to say about this blend on their website: ‘’ Pumpkin Chai Spice is a holiday blend magically allowing you to enjoy the warmth of the season throughout the year. Pumpkin Chai Spice is full of health benefits from scientifically derived protein, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants and healthy fats found in the ingredients. And presto, you conjured a gentle energy lift from a small amount of caffeine found in this tasty blend. A bit of trickery here as you add a poof of beta carotene from what looks like pumpkin but is actually persimmons. Persimmons are naturally sweet and protect your body from damaging free radicals. The spices in this blend help balance blood sugar, relieve inflammation, and support digestion and circulation. This blend bewitches your taste buds.’’
Ingredients: 100% Certified Organic Cinnamon, Persimmons, Puerh, Oatstraw, Nettle, Ground Vanilla, Ginger, Coriander, Fennel, Cardamom, White Pepper, Orange Peel, Star Anise, Clove, Nutmeg, Vanilla Flavour, Sweet Orange OilThis blend has a deliciously heart warming aroma…it’s honestly to die for and I could sit and smell it for hours on end. The species in this blend are definitely the top/ most prominent notes in the aroma especially the cinnamon and there is an underlying orange note but it’s very light and is overshadowed by the strong blend of spices. This blend doesn’t have any actual pumpkin in it so it definitely missing that sweet/slightly vegetal and earthy pumpkin kick. After smelling this for the first time as much as enjoyed the aroma my enjoyment was overshadowed with worries that I wasn’t going to enjoy it at all and the Persimmon wasn’t going to be a good replacement for the pumpkin at all. As you all know though I’ve made the mistake of judging blends by their aroma before and I’ll never do that again so I jumped straight into trying this and hoped that it would be phenomenal and rid all of my worries.
Tea Tasting Notes
Having not tried many Pumpkin Spice teas in the past (I need to up my game I know) I didn’t really know what to expect from this tea. I’ve had pumpkin spice lattes in the past (while we were in Florida last year) so I know what kind of flavour profile it has but didn’t know how it would translate into a tea based blend. After taking my first sip of this blend I instantly regretted waiting so long to try it because it is nice and I could definitely see myself drinking a lot of it but not in place of other pumpkin spice blends that I’ve had in the past. For this tasting session initially I was only going to try this blend on its own (without milk or sweetener) but after taking the first few sips while it was nice it definitely did need a little bit of a lift to enhance some of it’s more subdued flavours. After I added just the tiniest bit of honey it tasted much more well balanced and the species used are definitely the shining star of this blend, Which was to be expected given how strong they were in the dry aroma of this blend.The only way in which this falls flat for me is that the ‘pumpkin’ element just isn’t strong enough for me and I’m not completely sold on the use of persimmon in this blend rather than actual pumpkin. Without the blend actually having pumpkin in it the sweet squash like flavours that pair perfect the species is almost completely non existent. The persimmon adds a light honeyed note but not much more and doesn’t add as much to this blend as pumpkin would do. If you’ve ever had a homemade pumpkin pie or made your own pumpkin pie spice you’ll know exactly what I was looking for in this blend and you’ll understand what I mean. After enjoying it on it’s own and finding that the honey I added seemed to balance it out I decided to use what I had left of the sample canister I was sent to make a ‘pumpkin’ spice latte.It works much better as a tea latte than it does on it’s own the milk (I used oatly barista) really helps to mellow out the spices and the light honeyed note provided by the persimmons was definitely more noticeable. I wasn’t able to pick out any nutmeg or orange when I tried this blend on it’s own but as soon as I took my first sip I was able to pick them out instantly. Another aspect of this blend that I didn’t really enjoy was the white pepper it overpowered a lot of this when I tired it on it’s own but it was almost completely lost in the latte which worked perfectly for me. I would definitely suggest using this blend to make lattes and make tea infused treats.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5 | Had the pumpkin element of this blend been a little more prominent this blend would have gotten a 5/5 from me. As I always say though don’t just let my opinion stop you from trying this blend. I still really enjoyed this blend even thought for me it wasn’t perfect and I know some of you would enjoy it as well.
If you want to find out more about the Magic & Science Gals and purchase this blend for yourself you can do both here. As always if you have any question at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley