Last month, I noticed that the local Target store got in a few Autumn/Winter teas from Harney & Sons. Harney & Sons is one of those brands that you can’t go wrong with (or so I thought). They’re always so delicious and well balanced. Two teas instantly got my attention and promptly made their way into my shopping buggy. This is one of them. It’s described as being “Herbal Red Bush with Pumpkin and Spices”. This sounded like the perfect autumn tea to be enjoyed with cool weather, pumpkin candles burning, and your typical pumpkin cakes and sweets.
Upon opening it, you smell this lovely cinnamon and pumpkin aroma. Boy was I excited. That excitement dwindled once I steeped it and took my first sip. To say I was disappointed was an understatement. You can barely taste any of the pumpkin. It tastes like rooibos with some spices added. But the rooibos is the most prominent note in this tea. Now, I do enjoy rooibos, but I didn’t buy Pumpkin Spice just to receive rooibos. It’s like that moment when you bite into a chocolate chip cookie only to find that it is oatmeal raisin. You may not hate oatmeal raisin, but you were biting into what you thought was something completely different. And I really feel that pumpkin goes better with chai than rooibos, but that may just be my preference.
I would definitely not recommend this. What I would recommend is Twining Pumpkin Spice Chai. It’s a delicious blend that you can actually taste pumpkin in and it’s a staple for me during these autumn months. Plus, it’s cheaper!
Trust issues… I now have them with Harney & Sons.