|"A pleasing, rugged contender in the Caramel Tea world. Intriguing and delicious."|
The scent of the dried blend has a slight dusty-coffee aroma to it. This elicits some hesitation on my part, as the majority of caramel teas out there seem to have a throat-scratch-inducing vibe about them, stemming from an overall dusty palette. The aroma is quite pleasant though, even to this here non-coffee drinker. Leaves are medium-sized, broken, semi-wiry. Ample chunks of dried caramel are peppered throughout to ensure an even portioning.
A 200-degree brew for 5 minutes is recommended, and that seems to do this tea quite nicely. The liquor is a pleasant, rich copper/amber tone, a bit murky but all the more attractive for it. Once cooled down to sipping temperature, the flavor is quite bold, malty like good ale. the caramel is subtle here, but present. Its efforts of not trying to overdo it with a smattering of caramel flavor have worked to this tea's advantage. The strong black tea flavor wins out, and caramel stands by as a tall and proud companion. The finish is interesting - a bit sweet and a bit astringent in a nice way, with lasting presence.
In a perfect world, I might be seeking something more pure/filtered, a tad more sweet, and a bit more smooth. This tea's ruggedness have attracted me to it day after day for several weeks now, though, so it's surely a winning, tasty treat. It just seems that the elusive "perfect" caramel tea will still have to wait. I know you're out there, somewhere. Until then, I'll be sipping this blend while I wait.
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