I drink all kinds of tea, any tea that’s in front of me. In an effort to avoid becoming a strident elitist tea snob, I vowed to drink it all, even dollar store tea.
So when I call a tea an Abomination, it’s a high bar 🙂 This tea is an abomination. The combination of various natural and artificial flavors make the Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai an undrinkable tea. And it’s not for lack of trying. I tried it hot, I tried iced, I tried it at room temperature. Plain or with cream. Heck, I even tried it with my favorite “Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage” hoping it would “average down” the yuckiness of its spices.
Nothing worked! This is the only tea I’m seriously considering throwing away and it makes me want to cry because I don’t want to throw away tea!
Having said all that, taste varies from person to person, and more so with something like “pumpkin spice”. Just look at the opinions on Starbucks’ PSL. I like some pumpkin-spice things, like the almond beverage mentioned above and the Trader Joe Pumpkin Spice Rooibos, but there’s some things I don’t like, like the Trader Joe Pumpkin Spice coffee [YIKES!].
The cardboard container is shrink-wrapped before you open it, not uncommon with flavored/aromatic teas, so they can keep it all inside. The packaging is nice, it is a colorful cardboard that has a couple of hinges that keep it closed. Inside you will find the tea bags in their own wrappers, flexible when you want to take them on the go, or keep them at the office or school or other places where you may not have your full tea arsenal.
As you can see, various (!) natural and artificial flavors make up the majority of the flavor in this tea, so in retrospect, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The ones in yellow are the “flavours”
Good news if you hate staples in tea bags. The tea bag is attached to the tea bag and string without using staples.