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Salted Caramel

I love salted caramel. Salted caramel hot chocolate, salted caramel ice cream, salted caramel everything everything everything.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: There’s no better treat than a salted caramel.  You won’t find this in your history books, but we heard that Romeo seduced Juliet with a salt-sprinkled toffee.  Rich, buttery and sweet with a kiss of salt – who can resist?  So it goes without saying that it makes for a seriously delicious tea.  This is a rich black tea blend, strewn with pieces of English toffee, coconut, caramel and a touch of French sea salt.  It’s guaranteed to seduce your taste buds. 

What I think:

This tea smells very rich. The sweet English toffee is hands down the dominant smell, but there is also a darker, earthier scent.  The tea looks like a standard black, with tiny bits of coconut and toffee thrown in.

The tea steeps to a dark orange-brown, and the smell tones down.  I can still smell hints of toffee, but there’s also an odd burnt smell.  The taste is surprisingly plain given the strong scent.  A touch of caramel, but that’s essentially all I can taste.  I wish the sea salt was more pronounced!  The aftertaste is a touch bitter, so I wouldn’t suggest steeping this for the full 7 minutes (4-5 would probably be more appropriate).

I’ve found that sometimes milk can transform teas, so let’s try this out… The milk definitely helps the taste.  The caramel becomes creamy and the bitterness disappears.  Even though this tea is already sweet, a touch of brown sugar does wonders.  The caramel flavour becomes more prominent and I feel like I can finally enjoy the smooth, easy aftertaste.  But I still don’t taste any sea salt!

This tea really got my hopes up.  Salted caramel is among my favourite things in the world, but this tea didn’t live up to my expectations.  The caramel taste was prominent, but I couldn’t taste any salt.  If you do attempt this tea, remember to add a bit of milk and sugar and to not steep for the max time!

This is the second David’s Tea caramel-type tea I’ve blogged about and unfortunately, neither were big hits.  I’m still searching for a beautiful caramel tea, so please let me know if you find one!

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Organic Caramel Spice

This tea introduced me to the lovely world of mulberries, which has now become an obsession in and of itself.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Have you heard about the new tea in town?  She’s a looker alright: dark, robust, and seductive, with a heart of gold.  And you didn’t hear it from us, but she’s even better with a little booze.  She’s a luscious black tea, with deep caramel flavour from dried golden mulberries and spicy warmth from orange peel and cinnamon.

What I think:

This is another autumn tea from David’s Tea.  The dry tea smells amazing.  You can smell the orange peel, but it’s not a purely fruity smell, probably because of the Saigon cinnamon.  Once steeped, the first thing I do, before even touching my drink, is pick out the mulberries from the steeped tea.  Unconventional, maybe.  But they are so delicious that throwing them out would be a sin.  I had never tasted mulberries before picking them out of this tea, and now I’m hooked.  They aren’t tart like a lot of other berries, and they soak up the tea so they’re just about bursting with flavour.

But I digress, the tea is now steeped.  It still smells just as sweet, and is a very dark, but clear brown.  Unfortunately, I find it to be lacking a little in flavour.  After taking a sip, I taste a bit of orange and mulberry on the back of my tongue, and hints of mulberry and cinnamon definitely linger.  Regardless, it isn’t as full a flavour as I had hoped, and I couldn’t taste caramel at all.

I’m trying to decrease my use of sugar and honey in tea, but I’ll sweeten this a little.  It makes a bit of a difference, the tea tastes a little fuller now.  I can actually taste the cinnamon before I’ve swallowed the tea, but the aftertaste isn’t ideal.  The mulberries are already naturally sweet and I find that the sugar makes it all a little overpowering.

I’m not sure if I’ll buy this tea again.  As far as scent goes, it’s definitely at the top of my list.  And the mulberries are a huge plus.  But the tea is lacking taste without sweetener, and gets overpowered with sweetener.  Unfortunate, since I really do love mulberries.

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