With Halloween just around the corner, we seem to be virtually surrounded by pumpkins here in Japan. Not surprisingly, in addition to the usual pumpkin ornaments and decorations on display, we’re seeing a sudden increase in pumpkin flavored foods and sweets as well.

Japan has gotten into the Halloween spirit to such an extent this year that you can buy limited edition pumpkin-flavored tea in a bottle at supermarkets and convenience stores. And when a beverage involves not only pumpkin but tea from Lipton and a cute Halloween label to boot, well, let’s just say it gives us a lot to be happy about!

Yes, this is one of the reasons we love Halloween so much — sweet, fun foods and drinks in special seasonal flavors. Suntory Beverage and Food has just recently released their Lipton Sweet Pumpkin Tea Latte that comes in an adorably packaged 450-milliliter (approx. 15-ounce) bottle.

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Don’t you just love the orange and black Halloween packaging with the cat and pumpkin? The drink itself apparently has a sweet flavor almost like a pumpkin dessert, combined with the creaminess of milk. The tea drink is made using a blend of Dimbula and Kenya tea for an ideal combination of richness and freshness that brings out the flavor of the pumpkin, with an added mix of fresh cream and condensed milk to turn it into a smooth latte. It’s practically a sweet pumpkin snack in a bottle…yum!

In addition to the pumpkin tea latte, Suntory has also come out with a special edition 500-milliliter bottle for their regular Lipton Yellow Tea Label Limone.

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The drink uses Lipton Yellow Label tea flavored with a refreshing lemon taste, and the packaging for the special bottle also features the black cat, adding a little Halloween fun to your day (or evening) even without containing any Halloween-themed ingredients in particular.

Both drinks are priced at 140 yen (US$1.20) and will be available for a limited time only. We’re all for any occasion that gives manufacturers a reason to up the cute factor of their products, and if that happens to come in the form of a new drink in a sweet dessert-like flavor, then so much the better. Here’s a heartfelt thank you to the folks at Suntory for giving us another reason to love autumn this year!

Source, images: Suntory via Entabe