I do love unusual teas, and this one certainly qualifies as unusual! It has such an odd combination of flavors, but somehow they all work together quite well.
The first thing I noticed, even before brewing the tea, was the aroma of cinnamon and cardamom. Once the tea is brewed, these spices give the tea a warm, inviting fragrance as well as a pleasing, gently spiced overtone to the flavor.
These spices complement the pumpkin flavor very well, and they offer an interesting contrast to the sweet flavors of peach and papaya. I can also taste just a hint of raisin-y flavor in the background. At first, I thought it was just my taste buds playing tricks on me, but then I read the ingredient list and found that my taste buds were on target as there are indeed raisins in this blend.
With all these unusual flavors going on, you might think that the tea is overpowered, but fortunately it’s not. The Oolong is sweet, earthy and has a slightly creamy texture to it, which enhances the overall cup, and the peach highlights the fruity tones of the Oolong. I can even taste the rooibos which in some cases might not be considered a good thing, but in this blend, the woody and nutty flavors of the rooibos adds an interesting dimension to the other flavors of this cup, and accents the already autumnal tastes of the tea.
Teavana describes this blend as
Absorb and revel in this riot of sweet and spicy tones, encouraging you to celebrate the fireworks of life. Toasting in the moment of here and now, an innovative spicy-sweet fusion of robust cardamom lead the way to thoughtful plump pumpkin, papaya and peach merged perfectly with this revolutionary oolong and red rooibos tea. SUPERFRUIT ENHANCED
I really love Oolong but I am often skeptical when it comes to overly flavored Oolongs, and I worried that this would have way too much going on for my enjoyment. And while it does have a lot going on … somehow these flavors all work together quite harmoniously, and instead of interfering with the flavor of the Oolong, these unique flavors play to the strengths of the Oolong, enhancing the fruit notes and bringing out some of its earthier qualities.
A very well thought out blend from Teavana.