Tea of the Week for October 30, 2017!
Retro Monday/Featured Reblend for October!
I wasn't planning on doing this tea as this month's reblend - but as it turned out, the tea I had originally planned on blending required a certain tea for the base and I didn't have any in stock. About the same time that I realized that I'd need to change my plan for this month, I happened to see a message on Instagram that mentioned 'hope' for a pumpkin chai blend with a black tea base from us. (Yes, I really do read things that are posted about us/for us - so long as we're tagged so I know about it!)
Anyway, this blend was originally crafted during Frank's era and I enjoyed it. (You can read my review of it here.) It had a nice amount of spice and I could taste the pumpkin. However, I did decide to go a bit astray on my own route with this one. I'm well aware that the teas I've selected to use for this blend are different than the ones that Frank used for his. AND when it comes to chai, I'm a big fan of spice!
I went heavy on the Assam with this because Chai blends seem to benefit from the strength, depth and malty tones of the Assam. To the Assam, I added some Ceylon for smoothness and some Keemun because I thought that the natural smoky tones from the Keemun would add an interesting dimension of flavor to this chai. Then I added chunks of dried pumpkin and vanilla bean and my chai spices: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, allspice and nutmeg.
This is definitely a chai before it is a pumpkin tea - and as I insinuated above, I don't have a problem with that. I like my chai to have some spice to it! But while the spices are strong, I can still taste the pumpkin and the creamy backdrop from the vanilla bean.
While this is fantastic served straight-up, I recommend drinking this hot with a teensy bit of sugar (sugar with the spice makes a chai taste real nice!) or honey to bring out the chai spices. And if you really want a wowza moment, try it as a latte! So YUM!
Large size is approximately 50g
organic ingredients: black teas, pumpkin, chai spices, vanilla bean & natural flavors