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Pumpkin Spice from Republic of Tea


[Pumpkin Spice from Republic of TeaWith all the spices in this tea, it’s practically a chai! The addition of nutmeg to the spice blend also gives it a note like a rich eggnog or egg custard.

I enjoy this tea either with milk, like a chai, or just with a bit of sugar to bring out the pumpkin flavor more. With milk, the eggnog/egg custard comfort-food atmosphere increases – the pleasure of a pumpkin custard without the calories. If you’ve ever had pumpkin flan, a seasonal fall treat in areas where flan is popular, like Texas, then you’ll enjoy this tea too.

As far as the black tea goes, it’s of medium strength, serving as a good base for the flavorings; the flavors are more important than the tea. It’s not too brisk or bitter, though, despite not being brisk, one has to remember that this is a caffeinated tea! Because it tastes so much like a great dessert, one might be tempted to drink it after dinner, but keep the caffeine content in mind if you’re sensitive to caffeine after a certain point in the day. One way around that is to steep the tea for only 2 minutes or so, in water slightly less than boiling, and then save the bag for a second steeping. Most of the caffeine will be brewed up in the first steeping, and the second steeping – water below boiling, steep for 4 minutes or so – will be quite low in caffeine but still have lots of flavor. Add a bit more sugar to the second steeping, to bring out the remaining pumpkin flavor.

Republic of Tea describes this tea as:

Keep Warm and Carry On – Cozy up and sip this warm blend of fine black tea and autumnal spices –cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Energizing black tea wards off the chill of the crisp, fall season, and a splash of warm milk transforms this tea to pumpkin pie in a cup.

Ingredients

Black tea, ginger, cinnamon, natural ginger and pumpkin flavors, sweet blackberry leaves, nutmeg, cloves, allspice

Incidentally, this tastes surprisingly good as an iced tea – without the milk, at least for me. The fruit flavor from the pumpkin works well when iced. The time of year that one buys these seasonal teas isn’t necessarily iced-tea weather everywhere, but keep it in mind for spring and summer.

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  1. Comment by November 26, 2012 @ 11:44 am
    Tea Review Blog (@teareviewblog) said:

    New Tea Review at The Tea Review Blog! Read it here: Pumpkin Spice from Republic of Tea http://t.co/SuBs2xa8 by BunRab

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  2. Comment by November 26, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
    TeaForDummies (@TeaForDummies) said:

    Pumpkin Spice from Republic of Tea: Treat this tea like a chai – add skim milk or almond milk to it, and then en… http://t.co/domwcfoe

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  3. Comment by November 27, 2012 @ 2:43 pm
    BunRab (@BunRab) said:

    Tea Review Blog Reviews on Teas Ratings and Forums http://t.co/IwInvm5i via @teareviewblog

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