Yum! This tea really tastes like pumpkin! I used to cook up fresh pumpkin in the pressure cooker, because I like making my pumpkin pies and pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread with fresh pumpkin rather than canned. There’s a nice vegetable taste in there that gets completely buried in spices in some people’s pies – and in some teas. Now, I love lots of spice, and I love chai tea, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that it is so refreshing to be able to taste the pumpkin flavor as well!
In a chai tea, it doesn’t matter so much what kind of tea the base tea is – we’re not really looking for a first flush Darjeeling, or a single-estate Ceylon – we just want it to be an adequate black tea. And that’s what the base tea here is – an understated, non-bitter black tea.
The spices and pumpkin flavor cover it up, and it doesn’t interfere. (This doesn’t mean I don’t also like chai teas based on other tea leaves!) Twinings always has at the very least a decent black tea, often quite a bit better than decent compared to most mass-market tea bags.
The packaging, which does an excellent job of keeping the flavors as fresh as possible, also keeps the tea leaves from being stale or rancid, and so a box of these tea bags will last for a while if need be – not that it’s going to last more than a couple of weeks in my household! I will be pushing this Pumpkin Spice Chai on people for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning, and the next day at lunch with the leftovers, to increase our Thanksgiving happiness without increasing our calories much!
Twinings says about this tea:
Pumpkin Spice Chai is a seasonal favorite! May be served with milk or without. We enjoy ours best when brewed for 5 minutes or more with equal parts water and milk. Sweeten as desired.
Fine black tea perfectly balanced with the flavors of pumpkin and savoury spices of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Natural Chai, Cinnamon & Ginger Flavours with Other Natural Flavours, Natural & Artificial Pumpkin Spice Flavour, Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove
As with most chai teas, a bit of sugar goes well (though the pumpkin flavor and the nutmeg give it quite a bit of natural sweetness), and chai is the one kind of tea I actually like milk in. Almond “milk” goes nicely with this blend of flavors.