Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tealish’s – Pumpkin Chai blend. So far I have had one Tealish blend that I love and one Tealish blend that I didn’t enjoy at all. So when it came to trying this one I was both excited because I love Chai and black tea blends but also very hesitant and worried that it was going to completely miss the mark and I wasn’t going to enjoy it at all. Pumpkin Chai blends are so hard to get right I’ve been drinking & blogging about teas for a long time now and I’m still yet to find one that I love.
I just wish they all had much more of an actual pumpkin note to them rather than just being all spices. I know the spices are supposed to replicate the spices in a pumpkin pie but a Pumpkin Chai blend with actual bits of pumpkin in it providing a earthy, vegetal and slightly savoury note to it would be phenomenal. Hopefully one day there will be a real blend like that on the market… if not I’ll just have to make one myself.Here’s what Tealish themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: Get cosy with this bold and spicy black tea blend! Vibrant notes of timeless chai spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom unite with notes of warm honey and nutmeg for a pumpkin spice infusion that is strong and satisfying!
Ingredients: Black tea, carrot pieces, orange peel, apple, cocoa pieces, safflower, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, pepper, star anise, natural flavours.
Tea Tasting Notes
This blend for the most part is amazing it’s got a nice spiciness to it, an ever so slight cacao note and a robust black tea base and making for an absolutely delightful cup of tea. However there is a way in which this blend fall flat and it’s ‘pumpkin’ element. I totally understand that when people say pumpkin chai they just mean it has pumpkin pie spices in it, but if you are going to try an replicate a pumpkin note in a blend like this use pumpkin pieces and not carrot. The carrot that’s been used in this blend does provide a subtle sweetness and a somewhat peppery note and it pairs quite well with the spices that have been used but It’s not pumpkin and just for once I wanted a pumpkin chai blend that actually had a pumpkin in it.
With that said it’s still one of the best pumpkin chai blends I’ve had in a while and I completely understand the effort that has gone into blending it. With the sheer amount of ingredients in this blend the one thing I didn’t expect to come through was the cacao. I really thought the spices would drown it out but it provided a chocolate note that was even more intense once I added milk. I wish the orange and cardamom came through a little more but because of the strength of the star anise they were drowned out and pretty much non existent. Thankful I was able to balance out the star anise a little bit by making it as a latte and added just a little bit of honey (around half a teaspoon).
For this tasting session I tried this blend on its own and as latte in my opinion it works much better as a latte than it does on it’s own. On it’s own the spices are all too strong and the star anise overpowered a lot of the other much more subtle notes. But with milk all of the spices become a little more muted and everything balances out a little more enabling you to be able to pick out the orange, cacao, apple and more and the honey just gives it a little lift and brightens it all up. There are probably lots of you out there who would enjoy this on it’s own but for me this will be a blend that I make Chai lattes with over everything else. I’m going to use it to make some pumpkin chai cookies and maybe even some pumpkin chai ice cream at some point as I think it would be the perfect base blend for both of those.
Mouthfeel wise on it’s own it is a little heavy and drying like most chai blends are when you drink them on their own, however it was still nice to drink. With milk it still feels quite heavy in the mouth but the added creaminess and the soft spice notes are to die for. All in all I really enjoyed being able to try this blend and if I’m not able to find a pumpkin chai blend that actually has pumpkin in it before the end of this year I will be repurchasing it. After not enjoying Tealish’s Maple Cream blend at all I’m really glad that this one was great because it’s put them back in my good books and I’m now really excited to try the other blends that they sent.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5
If you want to find out more about Tealish and purchase some of this blend for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley