A few years ago I ordered some tea as a gift for a friend and since then every month I receive the latest catalog and a free sample from The Republic of Tea. Tea is a benign substance that appears happy to accommodate every odd fruit, vegetable, herb and flavor known to man. In all the months of free samples I have yet to encounter one that is just tea. I must admit to some guilt in this area because my tea of choice is Earl Grey, which is black tea infused with oil of bergamot. And no, despite all the health advisos, I do not drink green tea because it tastes like something you should not be drinking...nuff said.
October, the grandest of all the months of the year, not least because it is my birth month, seems to have been designated 'pumpkin month' resulting in every conceivable food being infused and combined with pumpkin or its flavor, natural and not.
This month's tea sample was pumpkin spice and I thought I'd give it a whirl, or rather a steep. What a waste of good water. I tried to like it. I tried to drink it. I was unsuccessful on both counts.
Then there is that bastion of bad coffee, whose beverage offerings can only be compared to Jim Jones' kool-aid. They seem to have a count-down to the day you can obtain their pumpkin flavored potions.
Scroll around the interwebz this month and you will discover that pumpkin and its perceived flavor has been added to anything and everything even remotely edible, drinkable and smellable.
I like pumpkins. Cunningly carved or prettily painted. They are cute. They are festive. They are fun. But aside from pie - Stop the pumpkin madness.