Hey there Teacups! I hope you’re all doing well, I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Adagio’s – Pumpkin Potion blend which is a black tea based blend from a Harry Potter Fandom set that can be found on both their UK and USA sites. The team over at Adagio UK very kindly let me go through their website and pick a few teas to try and after seeing this over on the American site a few times I simply had to put it on my list. I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin / pumpkin spice so I wanted to give it a try and see how it compared to my favourites.
I’ll be honest I put it on there thinking it would be a long shot and that they probably won’t have had it in stock with it being a fandom blend but luckily they did and they even sent me one of their big three ounce bags of it which really did surprise me as I wasn’t expecting it to be in there at all. So whoever was behind that decision at Adagio UK you are amazing and I’m very thankful.
Here’s what Adagio have to say about this blend over on their website: “Enrol in a School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, think magical thoughts and drink this. Steep at 100°C for 3 minutes.”
Ingredients: black tea, cinnamon, natural pumpkin spice flavour, ginger, cloves, natural vanilla flavour, natural caramel flavour, marigold flowers, cardamom | The Adagio Teas that were used to make this blend are Vanilla (Black Tea), Caramel (Black Tea) and Pumpkin Spice (Black Tea) accented with apple pieces.
Tea Tasting Notes
I’ll be honest with you all even though I love Adagio and their blends, I did go into this tasting session a little bit worried because the dry leaves of this blend just smelt like cinnamon, cloves and apple which I wasn’t expecting at all and it threw me off a little bit. I was also really shocked to see that a blend with a name like ”Pumpkin Potion” didn’t actually have any pumpkin listed as an ingredient but then again a lot of ”pumpkin” blends these days are just blends that contain pumpkin pie spices and not actually pumpkin so I suppose I should have expected it.
For this tasting session I had this tea on its own and with milk and I’m really glad that I made the decision to do both, because trying it on it’s own allowed me to see what this blend was truly like. This is a delicious blend but because of the use of Adagio’s – Caramel black tea in the base and a lot of apple pieces this is much more of a caramel apple blend than a pumpkin blend. The spices are present but not overpowering and pair really well with the apple note that is a stand out overall. The use of both caramel and vanilla black tea is a genius idea because they really give the overall flavour profile a nice lift.
The apple also adds a delicious natural sweetness which means that you don’t need to add any kind of sweetener to this blend at all and that the ever so slight astringent note you normally get from a black tea doesn’t come through at all. The overall mouthfeel is however a little bit dry which is why I decided to try it with a little bit of soya milk to see if I could make the mouthfeel a little more creamy and thankfully it worked. The resulting cup was just as apple and caramel heavy as the first but the overall mouthfeel nice and creamy which brings out the vanilla a little more too. The spices are a little more subtle when you add milk but honestly I prefer it. At first I thought the apple might cause the milk to split but thankfully that wasn’t the case at all.
All in all I really have enjoyed drinking this blend at first it saddened me that it didn’t have any kind of pumpkin element to it but I really enjoyed the overall caramel apple flavour of it as I’ve not had a caramel apple blend before so in a way this blend not actually having pumpkin in it has introduced me to something new, So I’m not complaining at all. In terms of preparation suggestions I would recommend you have it with milk as that’s how I’ve enjoyed it the most but do make sure that you try it on it’s own at least once.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about Adagio 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 answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*