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I did it, I finally found the time and help to clean out a spot for my desk in the basement and move it down! Step one of my Tea-Lair is complete, and while my sweetheart is busy at school tomorrow I will be moving all of my stuff down and setting up my little nest. I also got a new teacup, it was so expensive, a whopping 99 cents, but it is simple, white, and from Arsburg, Germany.
Today’s tea is a dessert tea full of candy-like sweetness. Caramel Tea by Culinary Teas is a Ceylon black tea blended with Natural flavors, Butterscotch chips, Sunflower petals, and Calendula petals. The aroma certainly matches the name with strong notes of burnt sugar and vanilla cream. There is also a malty undertone of black tea, so it does not just smell like candy.
Once brewed the leaves become very rich and malty with and intense sweetness. The aroma reminds me more of toffee and cream than caramel, but that is not at all a derogatory statement. The liquid has an intensely sweet aroma mixing caramel notes and creaminess for a tea that certainly smells more like a dessert than anything else.
The taste is pretty intense, honestly it reminds me more of a Caramel Mocchiato than tea, mixing strong notes of caramel, cream, and slightly bitter nuttiness. It is quite good, leaving a smooth feeling in the mouth and a very sweet aftertaste, of course I want to try this tea with a bit of cream. Adding cream mellows out the tea and brings out the caramel but making it more like caramelized sugar rather than candy. As the tea cools it has a slightly toasted marshmallow taste to it. This tea is a perfect example of sweet dessert tea, and makes a great substitute for an actual dessert at the end of the meal.
On a fun note, tomorrow will start a “Theme Week” the Pu-Erh week worked so well so I am going to try a different spin on it. Experiments are fun! For blogs and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/01/culinary-teas-caramel-tea-tea-review.html
I received this in the box of samples I purchased from LiberTEAS. Thank you!
I really really wanted to love this tea. Strawberry and lemon, it sounds like the perfect combination. The hint of floral and the way the strawberry was presented in this tea just didn’t quite do it for me, but this is a kind of tea I would like to keep trying. Maybe there is a different brand that does the same type of tea a different way.
This particular variety of Russian earl grey is very aromatic before the water even begins to mix with the leaves. Once your leaves are introduced you are hit with the pleasant notes of lemongrass and citrus. Obviously should be expected as they are two of the main ingredients, but it brings you to a new place where you forget about the tea and indulge in the calming effects of this fusion between stout black tea and elegant extras that the group at Culinary Teas were so kind to expertly take the time to perfectly blend. With a normal steeping time of about 4-5 minutes. The dark amber color begins to show, the leaves and other ingredients begin to rehydrate and blossom. This being said I am adding my water at just below a boil, as to give the cup a chance to cool as it steeps. The taste instantly mixes the scents of Earl Grey with the Asian flare of lemongrass and just an extra touch of Spanish orange but as not to overpower the now more subtle nuance of bergamot. The group at Culinary Teas really put a lot of effort into this one and every time I smell the scents coming from my cup, I can just tell. Enjoy!
I bought a one OZ sample of this in late November, 2011, having brewed it twice (most recently on 1/20/2014).
Overall: I’m keeping this review very simple. I just brewed it up for my wife (in the midst of doing my pu-erh toucha sessions), using my standard black tea parameters (although I used my 16oz glass Victorian), and I am impressed with its flavor: I don’t drink brandy often, but I do like it, and this definitely tastes like brandy. The peppermint comes though nicely as well. Not artificial taste either. And, the leaf is at least two years old to boot. I am not a huge flavor-added tea guy, but I am impressed with this tea. My wife likes it as well.
I was really excited to see this in my package from ifjuly. Thank you so much.
I LOVE pecan pie. If asked, what my favorite pie is – depending on the season, I would either say pecan or pumpkin. If you’ve been following me you know that I’ve explored quite a few pumpkin teas – there aren’t as many pecan ones out there, so was really hoping for this one.
All in all, I like it. I am perfectly happy drinking this tea. I think Culinary Teas have something in their blends that remind me of dark/bitter chocolate. That’s great if it’s a chocolate strawberry tea you are drinking, not so good if it’s pecan pie. To me this is a chocolate, pecan tea. I love nutty, chocolate teas – so I’m good, but I don’t need chocolate in my pecan pie.
My boss brought some of this tea in and it’s incrdible!! She and a friend would go to a tea room in Oakhurst, California run by a family friend to get this particular tea. She brought some in for us to try and I’m hooked!! It’s such a lovely fruity/coconuty tea. So delicious!!
Tea #28 from the Here’s Hoping TTB
This tea wasn’t what I expected at all, but then again the only thing I’ve had before with elderberry was wine, so I really have no idea what it tastes like. This was surprisingly floral, almost rose flavored. I was expecting more of a sweet/tart berry flavor, rather than floral. I the background notes there were hints of sweetness and tartness which somewhat confused the senses. It really runs the gamut as far as flavors go and because of this I can’t quite figure out if I like it or not. I’m edging more towards not because the more I drink of it the more it reminds me of potpourri. I will say that it was much better hot than at room temperature.
Before I start my day I figured I’d make a cup of this which I got in a trade with Shadowfall. The hazelnut and vanilla are very light but still present. Kinda like they are playing peek-a-boo with your taste buds. I think I would enjoy it a bit more if the vanilla flavor had more presence.
A really good “every day” type of jasmine tea. (Pearls can be expensive if you’re drinking them everyday!) A sweet, vegetative, floral cup.
A little bit buttery, creamy, with a slight grassy undertone. A good, economical jasmine for those of us who like to have a cup of jasmine every day!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/10/09/jasmine-flowers-green-tea-culinary-teas/
Had this for my morning tea with cookies. This is a good dessert tea but better to go short on the steeping time, I left my first cup for a tad of 3 minutes and it was too much, bitter. This second cup hits the spot, slightly sweet and creamy chocolate taste. I love the weekend so sad that tomorrow is Monday… but on the plus side, my Verdant Tea Black Friday order should be coming in :)
Very nice. Slightly sweet, slightly earthy and slightly astringent from the black tea base, and a delightful fruity tone from the strawberry and lemon. These two fruits work remarkably well together. The strawberry is sweet, and the lemon adds a nice tart contrast.
A really pleasant afternoon tea – works awesomely for an iced tea too.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/26/lady-londonderry-tea-culinary-teas/
I’m trying to go through and backlog all the teas I had this spring and summer but was too busy to review. Pretty daunting, but some headway’s better than none, right?
Once I quickly figured out I’m not nuts for Culinary Teas’ black base for its flavored offerings (Ceylon usually, I think?) but do appreciate the aromas and flavors, I put most of ‘em in the “cold steep” pile…and learned to my delight they are fabulous that way. This was the stand out for sure. I emptied the pouch in no time at the beginning of the summer, loving every refreshing glass. It was so good that way I’d reorder it just for that purpose. Yum.
A really good Rose Congou! I had heard much about chilling Rose Congou, but it was something I had never tried until I got this Rose Congou Emperor from Culinary Teas and I decided to try it out. It’s fantastic iced! It might even be better iced than hot. That’s not something I can say about every tea because I am a hot tea drinker more so than an iced tea drinker (although I do keep a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge at all times now because it’s nice to have something chilled to drink with meals and such)
When iced, this Rose Congou reminds me a little bit of baklava that has been flavored with rose water. The rose is soft, not at all perfume-ish or soapy.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/08/04/rose-congou-emperor-tea-from-culinary-teas/
A really impressive rooibos blend. The blueberry is intense here.
The sweet, nutty flavor of the rooibos creates a sort of pancake-y kind of flavor, and accents the blueberry notes well. Very good iced or hot.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/07/18/blueberry-bang-rooibos-from-culinary-teas/
Tea #2 from the TTB.
The smell is my favorite part. It’s got that wonderful earthy quality that puers have, which reminds me of hiking through the woods without another soul to be seen. The puers I’d tried previously tasted like rainy woods, but this one smells dry and warm and toasty because of the caramel toffee. I am definitely a fan.
I was initially a little disappointed by the taste, because I expected the caramel to be stronger, but it’s pretty subtle. The taste in general is pretty inoffensive, without some of the harshness or earthiness that some puers tend to have.
I should note, however, that my experience with puers is pretty limited. I tried a couple different ones at a friend’s two or three years ago, after which I semi-regularly drank the World Market version and Lupicia’s Strawberry & Chocolate as a dessert tea… But dessert puers really appeal to me, and since this is one of the few I’ve tried it’s definitely in the running!
Does anyone have any good dessert puers to recommend?
From Considering a new Travelling Tea Box
I haven’t had many pu-erh teas yet and to be honest I haven’t liked what I tried. This one, however, I enjoyed, probably because the toffee masked some of the features of pu-erh I usually find objectionable.
Initially, Pu-erh dominated the nose, but as the tea cooled slightly the toffee came forward, to the point where I smell more toffee than tea, though both are apparent. The extremely rich and powerful taste manages to balance the Pu-erh flavor with the toffee. The tea provides a strong base, giving depth and power, while the toffee kind of floats on top, adding flavor.
I thought I would need to add sugar, but it tastes fine without it. There were little chunks of toffee in the tea, so those probably add some sweetness in addition to flavor. The finish is weak compared to the tea, with just hints of toffee and very little tea.
I’d say the aroma is the best part of the tea: well balanced, strong, and interesting. The taste is good, but a bit less integrated, and the finish is a bit disappointing.
Tea #6 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I’m backlogging this one from Saturday night (when it wasn’t 40F out and chilly, thankfully)
This is a very fruity green tea, with a sweet, but not cloying, strawberry flavor that doesn’t need any additional sugar. Even with the strong strawberry flavor, the grassiness of the sencha isn’t masked and comes through as well.
I really really enjoyed this, but I’m sending the rest of it on as it doesn’t seem like a flavor profile I’d like hot and it’s getting too cold for iced tea.
Yummy. Really YUMMY!
I’m in agreement with the others on Steepster that think that this tastes a lot like Watermelon jolly ranchers … and I love Watermelon jolly ranchers.
This is sweet, juicy and delicious. A bit “candy like” obviously, so if you’re one who prefers a not-so-sweet tea this one might not be up your alley, but I’ve a sweet tooth and I really enjoyed this a lot.
It makes a great iced tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/02/watermelon-kiwi-flavored-green-tea-from-culinary-teas/
A really interesting Oolong. Sweet and floral, with a mild sweet pepper taste to it. I was really kind of surprised by the sweet pepper taste … in a very good way. I really liked it. It brought a unique and very compelling element to the cup.
The texture of the tea is soft and smooth, with a cleansing astringency that sort of wipes that soft, buttery texture off the palate in between sips. I like that the buttery notes don’t build too heavily.
A very enjoyable Oolong. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/27/narcissus-oolong-tea-from-culinary-teas/
man… if blueberry cream cheese danish reblend tasted like this i’d be so much happier. theres a little bit of astringency to this, but the blueberry flavouring is pretty nice. it’s not super creamy, but it IS tasty. i added a little sugar and it made it oh so much better,cutting through the slightly astringent taste.