Creme Brulee is a wonderful dessert, and if it’s on the menu when I go out to eat you can bet that I’ll order it no matter what else they’re offering. My favorite Japanese place has a black sesame creme brulee that is heaven on earth… urgh, just thinking about it is torture, I want some right now! I really wasn’t expecting this tea to live up to the magical taste of creme brulee though, even though I know custard and burnt sugar are flavorings that you can definitely capture in tea-form since I’ve had them before. But I read the reviews, so my hopes weren’t too high.
I think this smells better than it tastes—sniffing the cup is awesome, you get the custard, caramel, even the burnt sugar! However, most of it is lost when you drink this. There’s a strong caramel taste and maybe a hint of creaminess (I added milk before tasting it so I’m not sure how much of that is the tea) but absolutely none of that crunchy topping goodness. I have about 2 servings left in my sample, so I think I’ll try to just make some burnt sugar and put some in when it brews.
I really dislike rooibos—or rather, red rooibos, this is my first experience with green and I liked it. Mostly because I couldn’t really taste it, it’s very innocuous in this blend. Maybe a tiny note of herbiness, but no icky medicinal aftertaste. All in all this is a decent dessert tea, but I don’t know if I’ll be purchasing it on its own.