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Tuesday
Oct012013

Tuesday Tea - Grandma's Pumpkin Pie - Della Terra

Tea Description:

Take a trip over the river and through the woods to Grandmothers house and have a slice of her amazing pumpkin pie!  Or, grab your infuser and our Grandma's Pumpkin Pie tea and have just as great an experience!  With the traditional spices you know from the classic pumpkin pie blended into black tea with pumpkin shaped candies you will be sure to crave this one over and over!

Ingredients:  Black tea, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, pumpkin candies

Other Information:

Leaf Type: Black (flavored)

Where to Purchase: Della Terra

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 1 teaspoon per 6oz serving

Water Temp: 210°F

Steep Time: 2 - 5 minutes

Review:

Autumn is absolutely my favorite time of the year, yet up in Wisconsin we're trapped in the middle of yet another heat wave. However, I know it's coming when everyone starts releasing their pumpkin flavored coffee/tea/ice cream. Yes, I said ice cream. My father took me to Dairy Queen last week and they had pumpkin pie blizzards. They were absolutely mind blowing and I ate every last bite while carefully dissecting it in my head. If I have the time I want to make something similar for Thanksgiving. Can you imagine how amazing pumpkin pie ice cream would be on top of a pie?

Anyway, I'm getting off track.

To get me in the mood for the cooler weather ahead, I thought that I would break into my Harvest Collection teas from Della Terra. Upon opening the package I had high hopes for this tea, it smelled wonderfully spicy, although not quite like pumpkin pie. With so many great pumpkin teas available this time of year I tend to be incredibly hard when I rate them. What can I say, I have high standards when it comes to my autumn themed teas.

This is definitely a dessert tea with its combination of spices and subtle sweetness from the sprinkles. The cinnamon stands out the most, followed up by hints of nutmeg, but it is missing a little something in terms of spices. I make my own pumpkin pie spice because I like to add cloves to it, but if you look at a commercially compared blend such as the one from McCormick, it contains cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. I'm just not tasting the full range of spices that I expect with pumpkin pie.

Another thing that is noticeably absent is the pie crust, not to mention the whipped cream. I mean, who can eat a pumpkin pie without whipped cream? For me, this is perhaps the biggest disappointment of all with this tea. I can overlook the missing spices and the weak black base, but I just can't overlook the lack of pie crust and whipped cream.

My Rating: 75/100

Would I order this again? Possibly. It wasn't a terrible tea and I did enjoy drinking it, it just fell short of my expectations. It also didn't resteep well and I like to get at least a second steep out of my leaves.

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Disclosure:

I'd like to be open with my readers and let you know up front when I have been provided something for free to review as it does happen from time to time. In this case, I was not provided with anything from Della Terra and paid for this with my own money. As always, all opinions are my own. If you are a company and would like to send me an item for review feel free to drop me an email.