The first blog I had, Pumpkin Passion, was solely about my love of pumpkin and pumpkin products. The blog was inspired by the first blog I ever read, the Candyblog, and it followed the same model of “eat it and then review it.” It was a nice break from the policy writing that I was doing so much of at work. Eventually, the pumpkin-eating focus was too restrictive and I wanted to branch out to other topics that I’m interested in and that is how this blog came to be. I still have a deep love of all things pumpkin and I intend to keep doing reviews here on Pumpkin Pundit.
I have been daydreaming of being the type of person who drinks fancy posh teas in my quiet breakfast nook, in my clean house, while watching raindrops fall quietly on my vegetable garden. It’s a whole lifestyle that I’ve conjured up around drinking fancy expensive tea. This fancy tea would surely have been purchased from David’s Tea. Their tea is ridiculously expensive and I have only tasted it a few times after pilfering my mother’s free samples.
While pumpkin-eating season has dwindled down to a trickle, I was able to snatch some pumpkin items on after Christmas sales. After Christmas sales can be glorious things and I was able to get the pumpkin matcha and the pumpkin collection for 40% off. Finally! My fancy tea dreams were going to come true!
When the box came, I ripped that sucker open and was a little giddy. The pumpkin collection came with about 3 oz of each of their pumpkin teas. As described by their website, there were tins of
- Spiced Pumpkin–a sweet and comforting blend of pumpkin, honeybush, cinnamon, cocoa and real maple crystals;
- Pumpkin Maté–a super-energizing yerba mate with butternut squash, pumpkin seeds and warming spices;
- Pumpkin Chai–which needs no introduction.
The packaging on these teas is beautiful. I love the colors, the simplicity, the cuteness, and the sweet little pumpkin graphic. It speaks perfectly to my own aesthetic. I want to live in a world designed by David’s Teas. The hoarder in me wanted to keep all the packaging forever but I threw it away after taking the photos. A David’s Tea world of simplicity would not appreciate such clutter. I was not able to fulfill my entire tea drinking fantasy (there’s no breakfast nook, house, vegetable garden or silence) but it was a cloudy and rainy day.
I tried the Spiced Pumpkin first and it was freaking fantastic. I wanted to ditch the hot water and start spooning the leaves directly into my mouth. It tastes like refreshing pumpkin candy. There’s a hint of sweetness but it needs some sugar. Usually I drink my tea with milk but it really doesn’t need it. I made it in an orange cup and at first glance I thought that the tea hadn’t steeped at all. The color is really light. It’s caffeine free so I drink it all day long. This is the tea of my breakfast nook fantasies.
The Pumpkin Chai was next. After a couple of sips, I wasn’t a fan. It doesn’t taste strongly like the chai teas that I’m use to drinking. I think that I expected a lot more spice. I added more sugar and some milk to my cup and that made all the difference. It went from mediocre to super likeable. It is only lightly caffeinated. There are cute little orange pumkinish sprinkles mixed in with the tea leaves that make it look extra festive.
The Pumpkin Mate looks like a strong black tea and it is the most caffeinated out of all the pumpkin teas. This one is my least favorite of the pumpkin collection. It doesn’t take much like pumpkin. It mostly just tastes like an ordinary black tea. Humdrum!
Lastly is the Pumpkin Pie Matcha. I became interested in matcha last year while watching Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon. I totally love that show mostly because the orchestra players are living their dream job but they’re deeply miserable. It’s an easy and smooth show to watch—if that makes sense. On the show, the conductor drinks a ton of tea and it’s brought up frequently in the first season. There’s even a mildly sexy scene all about the making of this tea. The funny thing is that I thought he was drinking matcha and so I did all this research on how to make a perfect match. When the second season was released, I realized that he’s drinking an Argentine mate tea, duh! Anyway, I still like matcha and when I saw that David’s Tea had a Pumpkin Pie Match I wanted it BAD. At 40% off, it was going to be MINE!
I waited a while to make this one because matcha is fairly strongly caffeinated and caffeine is probably my #1 migraine trigger. I had been trying to wean myself off of a Christmas season coffee binge. By the time I finally decided that I was decaffeinated enough, I was still super excited to try it. My first taste was disappointing but I kept on sipping. I tried adding some milk and more sugar. Matcha is supposed to be strongly presweetened but this is the least sweet matcha that I’ve had. Ultimately, I did not like it and that’s kind of an understatement. It didn’t taste anything like pumpkin but it did taste like grainy green tea water. So disappointing!
The Spiced Pumpkin tea will surely be a lifelong favorite and I will stock up heavily during their next sale. The Pumpkin Matcha, I will try it again as a latte and see if that helps a little but I will more likely be using it in matcha baking recipes that I’ve been stocking up on over at Pinterest. These matcha donuts sounds promising! The others, Pumpkin Chai and Pumpkin Mate, will be sipped and enjoyed but I probably wouldn’t purchase them again.
The David’s Tea brand I have swallowed whole-heartedly!