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A pleasant dessert after having some wholesome homemade borscht. I made it with red lentils instead of broad beans, which is how my grandma makes it, and it’s still fantastic.
I usually drink this without any additives but since I have half-and-half in my fridge, I opted for some of that. I think it kills the caramel a bit. Going back to no additives.
Breaking Bad time!
I haven’t actually tried salted caramel before. Blasphemy! But between the description of this tea, the ingredients, and the smell of the dry leaves, I just couldn’t resist.
The dry leaves are very fragrant and sweet. Like an overly sweet caramel macchiato. It doesn’t actually smell like coffee, but the combination of notes reminds me of an espresso-laced drink you can find at a Starbucks. If I concentrate, I can also smell a Skor- or Daim-like note in there too, although it’s not nearly as buttery as the chocolate bar. The coconut is mainly a phantom note. I can detect hints of it but if I didn’t know it was there, it would most likely go undetected.
The smell of the steeped tea is quite different. It has simplified to a basic, but ultra rich toffee. Taste-wise, it’s basically just caramel. No coconut nor creaminess, and after two cups, I’ve noticed that I can’t taste the sea salt until I get to the bottom of the mug, so looks like it doesn’t dissolve. The shot of salty sediment at the end is interesting, but I wish I could taste a smoother version of that with every sip.
It’s a great caramel black but I’m not sure if I like it enough to repurchase. Honestly, I need to try more caramel blacks before I can honestly say just how good this one is. Although I must say, the scent of the dry leaves is reason enough alone to go out and buy some.
this is another tea I got from softrevolution.
If everything continues like it smells it’s going to be fantastic. This has to be the yummiest smelling mint chocolate tea I have smelt. The peppermint is fantastic and the chocolate smells like real chocolate, not artificial like many others.
Upon being steeped it looses most of the chocolate smell… oh no :( it tastes nicely pepperminty however the chocolate barely comes threw at the end. as it cools a bit more the chocolate comes through a little more. However I didn’t want my tea to cool today it’s a chilly morning.
Overall I wish there was some more chocolate flavour to it. but still very enjoyable.
oops I forgot about my strawberry zabaglione that is steeping
Thanks Amanda! :)
This does taste list Rootbeer – it even makes me burp like I had a Rootbeer/Float! LOL
There are some strange floaties/textures – but nothing I can’t handle. It’s pretty good hot or cold. Perhaps a tad more flavorful while cold.
I like the sweetness that lingers…it’s also quite juicy…mouthwatering…type aftertaste.
Life has been a little hectically crazy right now: my sister needs surgery on her gallbladder (we have the same issues, just apparently hers are so bad she needs it out!), my sister-in-law’s baby shower is approaching (expecting twin boys), and my husband & I just got news of our own… we’re pregnant with baby #2! It’s kind of early on to announce anything to family, but I had to let someone know! It’s strange, with pregnancy #1 I was so nauseous and tired that the slightest smell of meat or coffee sent me running for the bathroom. This time around I’m actually craving coffee! Fingers-crossed the nausea decides to stay away for good.
It’s also Saskatoon Berry season here in Saskatchewan, with berry-laced pie, preserves, and cinnamon buns at nearly every Farmer’s Market stall. I can’t have any of the baking and my mom makes her own jam, so I usually opt out of the bounty. This tea, however, was an exception.
From the moment the sales-girl opened it up for me to sniff, I knew I needed some in my possession. Today, I finally brewed up a cup to drink with breakfast and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s thick and flavourful, with the Saskatoons complimented perfectly by the maple. Much more dimensional to me than Superberry. Now, let’s see if we can get multiple steeps out of it…
Thank you Amanda for a bit of this tea!!! YAY!
I’ll admit it…I’m overly critical when it comes to orange chocolate ANYTHING.
But I DO really like this. It’s not overly orange-chocolate flavored but the flavor it does have works really well in the Pu-erh base! VERY well, actually. It doesn’t really stop my chocolate craving at the moment but it’s a really tasty cuppa! One I could see having on hand at any time ready to pull off the shelf and sip! :)
It finally dawned on me that I should cold brew this. Berries and coconut? Hell yeah, that would make a mean cold brew. Yes, it’s an obnoxiously expensive blend considering that it barely has any actual leaf in it, but I’m only justifying cold brewing because I got a bunch free during one of their promos.
And it’s unsurprisingly majorly tasty. I think I like it more this way than hot. The coconut is more prominent, and the berries are crisper.
As a side note for myself, we had another 6am fire alarm this morning. Third one this week. Apparently students don’t need sleep.
An oh so drool-inducing sipdown. It’s a coconut caramel cloud. This is a sad moment here! I’d buy more but it’s quite expensive so maybe I’ll reward myself later, like when I finish the semester or something.
I’m also trying to shrink my stash a bit here. I have a DT bag filled with pouches that I told myself to finish before I make an order, most likely to Butiki teas (yay!). I started at a dozen and now I’m at half a dozen.
We shall meet again, Gold Rush.
I just got back from DT with a pleasing array of teas to try out. Out of all the ones I chose, my mom liked the smell of this the most, so I thought I’d make a pot of this beauty first.
At the moment, I only have my Tea Stick with me, and seeing that this is mostly plump mulberries, I could already tell that it wasn’t going to work out, so I passed on that and dumped around 1.5 tsp of the tea into the teapot. The teapot residence services provided us here is really small so I figured after it’s done steeping, I could just split it into two mugs and nothing won’t be oversteeping.
The dry leaves, if you can even call them that, are seriously 60% mulberries, 30% coconut shreds, and 10% silver needle. So it’s barely a tea. BUT. It smells exquisite. Like a coconut cake with layers of fresh mulberries.
For the first steep, I kind of lost track, but I’m sure I steeped it for like six minutes. It tastes more caramel-like than I had imagined. And much creamier too. I would never want to taint this with any additives. One moment, it’s coconut, then the next it’s caramel, and then there’s that very subtle taste of creamy berry woven throughout everything else.
The coconut got lost with the second steep. It’s mostly creamy caramel. And that’s all there is to it.
I’m going to have to agree with several others that to be fair, the price of this tea is quite steep (no pun intended) considering the fact that this has very little actual tea leaves. But granted, I’ve paid more per gram for by far drabber, more flavour- and tea leaf-lacking teas from other places cough Teavana cough, so whatevz. This tea is so worth it in comparison.
I received this sample from softrevolution. I was expecting a delicious nutty tea. upon smelling this tea I realized it smells exactly like apple crisp. once steeped it keeps this scent. if it tastes anything like it smells I can’t wait to try it. first sip and woah… this tastes exactly like my mom’s apple crisp it is too delicious for words. the only thing it’s missing is the occasional crunch of oatmeal. otherwise I swear I am eating apple crisp.
I am pleasantly surprised with the unexpected flavour and this will definitely be added to my permanent collection, especially for the fall!
thank you so much softrevolution!!!
Took my big new Bodum travel press to work the other day filled with this. It was a late closing shift and I needed all the energy I could get.
I was unsure how this would do in the travel press, since the leaves stay in the press until you’re finished the beverage. This seemed like a recipe for oversteeping to me. Luckily it actually melded the flavours together better than a regular steeping. By the time I went to drink this several hours after steeping it, the temperature was perfect and there was SO much berry flavour and the roastiness of the mate really came through.
As a snack with this tea, I ate a cranberry almond granola bar. It was a perfect complement to the tea.
As for the “rocket” part of this blend, I did feel more awake for the rest of the evening (even once I got home and wanted to go to bed, haha)
Mate and I are friends, and chocolate and I are best friends, and I can’t say I have any complaints about raspberries either. This was destined to be good.
Even though its 30 degrees out, I made some of this and enjoyed every sip. Tastes exactly like you’d expect- chocolate raspberry. Chocolate is the initial flavour, with raspberry following towards the end of the sip. Mate adds some roastiness.
This tea screams to be drank in the afternoon. It’s tasty and fruity and will get you through that point in the afternoon where you seem to lose steam.
Thin-tasting. Definite sweetness. Rounded, somewhat artificial flavour. Coffee taste really comes out near the end of the sip. Has a watered-down coffee taste to it. I think that I may simply just not be a fan of coffee beans in my tea- I like the bold and creamy taste of actual coffee. Feels heavy and acidic down my throat.
Tastes very medicinal and very thin close to the end of the sip. Sour and bitter after-taste. This tea tastes like it is trying to be sweet. I think that I may be sensitive to the taste of the hibiscus. I am not able to detect the taste of the white tea. The tea does have a flavour reminiscent of cherry-pomegranate. As the tea cools, I’m detecting some peppery notes in the flavour.
So while out on a tea run with my mother, we stopped in at a David’s to pick up some matcha. And while browsing and picking out refills of teas I still like from David’s, one of the workers recommended me some of this (apparently they’re one of the only stores in the city that still has it in stock).
It smelled? Amazing. Absolutely so, so amazing. I had to get some. This might just be the solution to my conundrum between loving the scent of coffee shops but hating coffee.
Dry, it smells very strongly like vanilla; think a vanilla bean latte. When brewed it’s not as strongly vanilla, but still sweet and aromatic and pleasing. I’ve never had a straight-up chicory tea before and Idefinitely noticed the bitter aftertaste drinking it straight. I used one teaspoon and 6 oz of water and set it to steep for 7 minutes, but I was a bit lax with watching my timer so I’m sure it steeped longer, which is why I’ve selected 8 minutes or more. I definitely see it as not being very forgiving, though, if the bitterness I’m getting is any indication.
With a little bit of milk and brown sugar it is delicious, and even with brown sugar on its own. I wish I had some almond milk to try it with, because I’m sure that would be even better. If it is being phased out of David’s I’d be sad, but I might go back to the same location and stock up on this to have it over the winter. I think it’s a new-found love.
Thanks so much to Amanda for this one, too!
If this tastes half as good as it smells that would be awesome!
The post-infusion water looks really gross. It’s a muddy gritty chocolate dark cloudy cup of weirdness.
The awesome aroma changes drastically after it’s infused.
I can taste the roasted carob and stevia more than anything. I can then taste a whole bunch of sugary ingredients that don’t seem to jive real well for me. It makes me make a funny face.
After trying to really get past whatever weird reactive face this makes me make – I’m really trying to like this. It leaves a VERY FUNKY AFTERTASTE.
I feel bad because many people seem to really like this…but this is one of the most bizarre flavors I have come across and can’t get past the aftertaste that lingers.
I’m super excited I got to try this – I’m VERY grateful!!! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the dry leaf aroma! I probably could at least finish the cup but between it being way to overly sweet for my palate and that funky aftertaste…I just don’t think this one worked for me…sorry.