Hey there Teacups! I’m back with another Let’s Talk Tea post today and this time around I’m going to be reviewing DavidsTea’s Pumpkin Chai. You all know how long I have been wanting to review some DavidsTea blend here on my blog for a while now and up until now I just haven’t really had the opportunity or the space in my blogging schedule to do so. So when a very kind tea friend of mine sent me a few DavidsTea blends to try I thought I’d put a few aside to review during 2020.
I’ve chosen to start with Pumpkin Chai because I’ve been eager to try this blend for a long time now and I know it’s quite a popular tea when it comes to David’sTea. A lot of people who are yet to try it could probably benefit from a review like this before they decide if they want to buy it.
Here’s what David’sTea have to say about this blend over on their website: “The forever fall must-have. This rich premium black tea is the perfect way to kick off the season. It’s got all the warmth of cinnamon and cloves, plus the sweetness of caramel and pumpkin candy. For a truly unforgettable pumpkin chai latte experience, top it up with steamed milk and stir in a spoonful of brown sugar.“
Ingredients:Black tea, Cinnamon, Cloves, Caramel (milk, sugar, glucose syrup, butter, sorbitol, mono and diglycerides), Carrot, Lemon peel, Pumpkin candies (sugar, rice flour, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, corn starch, gum arabic, cellulose gum, yellow 6, confectioner’s glaze, carrageenan, soy lecithin, artificial flavouring), Pumpkin flakes, Natural and artificial pumpkin spice flavouring.
Tea Tasting Notes
I was sure going into this tasting session that I was going to love this blend because I love spiced black teas and pumpkin inspired blends but sadly this blend just really missed the mark for me both on its own and with milk. I was expecting a blend full of spice with strong pumpkin notes and I didn’t really get either of those things from this blend. I had hyped this up for so long in my head because I had heard so many people talk about just how much they love it, and I think that because I had expected so much from it when I took my first sip I was very disappointed.
I had expected this to be amazing and give a nice kick of spice and a hearty pumpkin note, and expected it to be great on it’s own and as a latte and it just didn’t meet my expectations. This blend alone has definitely taught me not to over hype teas before I actually get to try them because they are never going to meet those high expectations.I used the full sample I was sent to make a pot of tea and because this is a black tea I used 100°C water and I steeped the tea for around 6 minutes as I like my black tea strong and DavidsTea recommend 6-7 minutes. This first cup of this tea I tried on its own and then the rest of the pot I added soya milk and a little honey to. I know I should have done that after pouring it into my teacup but honestly I knew I was going to want it a certain way so I made life easier for myself and just added it into the pot. The first cup of this I had on it’s own was a beautiful colour a nice huge of red an golden brown that was incredibly inviting.
The first thing I noticed after pouring this tea into my cup was that it did have a oily look to it (because of the pumpkin candies) and that oily look becomes an oily mouthfeel when drinking. However, the black tea is quite smooth and it’s definitely the star of the show because no much else stood out to me. There is a slight cinnamon and clove spice to this but that are nowhere near as strong as I would have liked them to be as this is a chai blend and I would have liked a bit more spice to it. Despite this having both pumpkin flakes and carrot in it I could not actually pick out either and that was a little disappointing for me. I could however pick out the caramel and the lemon peel which surprised me as they were the last notes I expected to be able to pick out of this blend before I tried it.
The cup(s) I had with milk and honey were much better than the cup I had on its own, I did have to add some spices to make those elements stand out a little bit more but after I did that it balanced this blend out perfectly. I would definitely have loved to have had the pumpkin stand out a little bit more though considering this is a ”pumpkin” chai but I would bet there is probably a way I could make it stand out a little bit more though I shouldn’t have to doctor teas to make them better.
I will say that I’m not a huge fan of sprinkles in tea, yes aesthetically they are adorable but they give this blend an oily feel and I really would love to dictate the sweetness of my own tea. I would definitely recommend picking them out before you steep this tea. Sadly I have had better pumpkin chai blends so this is probably not one I would buy again but I could see why some people might love it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 2.5/5
If you want to find out more about DavidsTea and purchase some of this tea 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 by a tea friend and not directly from DavidsTea. I was not asked to review it. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*