I’m a bit late (understatement) with my review of DAVIDsTEA Pumpkin Chai, but I’m trying to finish up some of my fall teas after my winter tea haul, so here I am. Also, even though this one is no longer available, it is a yearly favourite so if it sounds delicious to you, you can definitely pick it up next fall (and I’ll be sure to remind you then! But I don’t want to schedule this review a year in advance…)
I had heard a lot of good things about DAVIDsTEA Pumpkin Chai, so even though it contains artificial flavours I had to grab a small bag (20 g) when the fall teas were released. I like to start off with a 20 g bag because it gives me a chance to really taste the tea and if I fall in love, well I can always go back for more. The ability to buy small portions is one of the things I love about DAVIDsTEA and why I always pick the store over an online order where you can’t order anything smaller than 50 g, although that would be okay if I already knew I loved a tea.
In terms of ingredients, unsurprisingly, DAVIDsTEA Pumpkin Cha is a black tea and it contains all of your fall essentials: cinnamon, cloves, squash, carrot, caramel, and pumpkin candy. It also contains milk and soy.
DAVIDsTEA Pumpkin Chai is a pretty sweet tea, likely because of the pumpkin candy, so I definitely don’t think you need to add any sugar to this one (although I never do anyway). It’s incredibly warming–even for a tea!– and tastes pretty much exactly like fall with the cloves and cinnamon. There’s also caffeine in it, which makes it nice for one of those crisp fall mornings when you don’t really want to get out of bed and that’s basically how I’m using it even in November.
This is definitely a cozy tea, and I do like it, but the one issue I have with DAVIDsTEA Pumpkin Chai is that it is not overwhelmingly a pumpkin tea. Instead, you have the spices that you’d put in a pumpkin pie, so I feel like it does a better job reminding me of pumpkin than actually tasting like it. I’m not sure how much I’d like a really strong pumpkin tea, and I do like this one, so it’s not really a complaint, but something to consider. Although I haven’t tried it that way, I bet this would be delicious with milk as well for a kind of pumpkin chai latte.
Overall, I enjoyed DAVIDsTEA Pumpkin Chai and although I’m sad to see it go until next year, I’m far more excited for all the other teas I can try in the meantime!