Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Pumpkin Spice
Aroma, dry: Predominately pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon
Aroma in the cup, plain: Predominately pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon
Taste, plain: Predominately pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Mellowed pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon
Taste, enhanced: Mellowed pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon
2nd Infusion: Not recommended — weak, loses pumpkin spice flavor
The Little Yellow Teapot is feeling all cozy and warm after trying Adagio’s Pumpkin Spice Black Tea. Hubby and I are, too. What could be more appropriate for a tasty Autumn “cuppa” tea?
A word of caution: Don’t let this tea over steep. If you are using a teaball or infuser basket, remove it from the teapot after 5 minutes exactly. If you are steeping the tea au naturel (that is, with the leaves loose in the teapot) as I do, strain the tea into another teapot or other container. Otherwise, the tea will take on an overly strong, bitter taste, with the pumpkin spice flavoring becoming too prominent, as I found out the hard way. Also, a 2nd infusion is not recommended, since it is weak and most of the pumpkin spice flavor fades away.
We had to go with a rating of 4 teapots instead of 5 due to the seasonal nature of this tea (not sure we would drink it during Spring or Summer), the bitterness and overly strong taste the tea takes on after only a minute or two of over steeping, the disappointing 2nd infusion, and the fact that it doesn’t go well with chocolate (just kidding! everything goes with chocolate).
Disclaimer: The teas reviewed here were provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are strictly objective.