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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
152 tasting notes

I have an insatiable sweet tooth. In fact, I probably have a mouth full of sweet teeth. If you put sugar on asparagus, I’m interested and there! I was very excited when I read about Kusmi’s Caramel Tea. This blend sounded like it would combine two of my favorite indulgences, sweets and tea.

I brewed this tea for four minutes at 195 degrees. A broth with an amber color emerged.

I expected (or was hoping for) an aroma that would be similar to a caramel apple on a stick. This was not the case, though. The faint smell was more like pipe tobacco. It was sweet but unlike my recollection of caramel.

When the first sip hit my tastebuds, I found myself asking, “Where’s the caramel?” There was a pleasing tea taste but I didn’t experience the presence of the advertised confection. However, with each sip, more sweetness and a slight caramel taste began to emerge and linger. Maybe I don’t detect a major caramel attendance because I’ve bombarded my senses with candy, cookies, cakes, pies, and ice cream for my entire life. If you partake of the sweeter things in life with more self-control than I, perhaps you will find a stronger and more luscious caramel occupation.

Either way, this is a nice pleasant tea with no bitter aftertaste. I’m not sure that I will drink this tea in the morning. Its attempt to be a “dessert tea” may make it more suitable for the afternoon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cheryl

This came in mail last week and after quickly trying it, I got the same impressions as you. Need to retry it with different parameters maybe (my plans).
p.s. Werther’s has a new chewy Caramel Apple flavor (but haven’t tried it…been purposely avoiding candy aisle for a while now) : )

Stoo

Thanks for the tip, Cheryl! I’ll have to check out the Werther’s. I try to avoid the candy aisle but I haven’t been too successful lately. :-)

Cheryl

I was googling to find out what their creamy caramel version was called (to suggest), and spotted the caramel apple (like you mentioned). I’m hoping to forget this finding, before I go to the store next : ) Oh, and forget that Milky Way has a “Simply Caramel” version now too (arggggg). We bad.

ScottTeaMan

Good review Stoo! I was going to say welcome back, but apparantly you’ve been posting reviews. I’m followong you, but your recent activity doesn’t always show up in my dashboard. ://

Stoo

Thanks for checking, Cheryl! I see a Milky Way in my near future! :-)

Stoo

Thanks, Scott! I’ve been around but I haven’t had a lot of new teas to review lately. I’m enjoying the old teas but I didn’t want to bore you with reruns. :-)

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Cheryl

This came in mail last week and after quickly trying it, I got the same impressions as you. Need to retry it with different parameters maybe (my plans).
p.s. Werther’s has a new chewy Caramel Apple flavor (but haven’t tried it…been purposely avoiding candy aisle for a while now) : )

Stoo

Thanks for the tip, Cheryl! I’ll have to check out the Werther’s. I try to avoid the candy aisle but I haven’t been too successful lately. :-)

Cheryl

I was googling to find out what their creamy caramel version was called (to suggest), and spotted the caramel apple (like you mentioned). I’m hoping to forget this finding, before I go to the store next : ) Oh, and forget that Milky Way has a “Simply Caramel” version now too (arggggg). We bad.

ScottTeaMan

Good review Stoo! I was going to say welcome back, but apparantly you’ve been posting reviews. I’m followong you, but your recent activity doesn’t always show up in my dashboard. ://

Stoo

Thanks for checking, Cheryl! I see a Milky Way in my near future! :-)

Stoo

Thanks, Scott! I’ve been around but I haven’t had a lot of new teas to review lately. I’m enjoying the old teas but I didn’t want to bore you with reruns. :-)

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I ventured into the world of serious tea drinking in the Summer of 2011. I started out slowly and gently with bagged tea but climbed to the incredible flavorful heights of loose leaf teas in October of that year. Once you go leaf, you never go bag (except when you get free samples)!

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