Dry: This looks like a decent black tea with dried caramel bits. Smells like creamy caramel with a hint of vanilla. I typically don’t associate caramel with autumn, but this one somehow works even though it does not have any spices, apple, or pumpkin.
Steeped: Light-medium brown clear liquor depending on whether I overleafed or not. I tend to be happiest when I overleaf a bit on most of Della Terra blends to bring out a stronger flavor. Smells primarily like black tea with a light caramel aroma blended in.
Taste: This is a decent caramel tea! It is still not the perfect blend that I have been looking for as I primarily taste black tea, but it smells like caramel and has a detectable soft caramel flavor once you sip beyond the base with no bitterness/astringency. I had no expectations after messing with David’s Salted Caramel a bajillion times and never getting it quite right, but I am pretty happy with how this one came out. I added a bit of honey to the mug to sooth my throat and it goes really well, adding a sweet note to what is already a decent dessert cuppa. I think it would also be nice if I added a dash of milk in the future.