Product Review: Art of Tea’s Pumpkin Pie

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“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.”

– Chaim Potok

I drink tea… a lot of tea. With Mr. Wonderful’s gift of a personal Keurig for my office I drink probably more tea than I should. This tea was ordered from Art of Tea, it was one of my first sample sized buys

Pumpkin Pie is fair trade certified. While the fair trade certification does nothing substantial in the flavor of the tea, it does tell you that the quality and standards of life of those that grow and harvest this tea are greater than those who earn below living wage for what they produce. This is neither the time or the place for standing on a soap box… so I will not digress further at this time into the definition of fair trade. There are wonderful explanations on the Art of Tea website and you are more than welcome to go view the videos and learn about what they are doing to ensure a higher quality product.

Pumpkin Pie contains (organic unless otherwise noted): South African Rooibos, South African Honeybush, Cloves, Cinnamon, Ginger, Marigolds, Natural & Artificial Flavors (I’m assuming the natural and artificial flavors are not organic)

Please also note that my Keurig is not the recommended way to brew this tea. While it might be the easiest way for me to enjoy tea throughout the day… they recommend steeping 1 teaspoon for 5-7 minutes in 206° water. I do own a tea pitcher with infuser (that I can no longer highly recommend as one of mine broke for seemingly no reason) that I bought from Art of Tea. While this allows the tea to properly steep… though I have no control over the 192° temperature. Do I think that the 14º difference is really important? Maybe, if you’re a purist and you are making tea like a science experiment. I make tea and then remember to drink it while I am working.

What made my office smell like burnt cookies and does not taste like vaguely like pumpkin pie? Not to say that it is bad, it is not bad… it’s just not as pumpkin packed as I was hoping. The flavor is rather ambiguous. Main flavor notes I am picking up are cinnamon. It is also nice as a cold tea, which I was not expecting.

This Caffeine Free (what was I thinking) tea contains: South African Rooibos, South African Honeybush, Cloves, Cinnamon, Ginger, Marigolds and natural & artificial flavors.

Now as this is clearly not my favorite tea, I don’t think I will be ordering it again Though I will enjoy what remains in my sample tin and probably mix it with a bolder tea to help hit what are sure to be some interesting flavor profiles.

~Emme

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