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So I drank a cup of this earlier and it was bitter and I hated it.
But I had one cup left so I super-steeped it and then added ice for instant ice tea, and it’s much better.
Also, I realized that Second Flush might mean darjeeling so maybe that’s why it’s a little bitter? I probably should have steeped at 95 instead of 100. Oh well! I’m happier with it then I was, which is good because I expect good things from TeaG teas!
F*ck yeah, sipdown! 193!
This tastes like it says! Cinnamon and vanilla pastry. Very vanilla pastry, with a touch of cinnamon. I can’t say how relieved I am that the “stars” portion isn’t candy sprinkles in the tea. PHEW. It’s dessert-like enough without added sugar (For me. Others may disagree!).
I quite like it, actually, although with warmer weather coming again, I don’t think I’d drink it much.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Vanilla
i took the last of this one with me over to friends where we played a few games, hung out with the little one, had dinner and then turned in to pumpkins ‘cause we’re all getting old. so we went home. loving this, but still undecided about whether i want to restock this to use as an additive for some of my other teas…
this is almost done, so i think my next cup of this should be on it’s own again so i can have a reminder of whether i want to pick this up again in a few weeks…august is almost here! (not that it means much if i can’t get my cupboard down) i mixed this with cremem brulee from bayswater and loved it! as usual heh
Sometimes it’s funny why you drink a certain tea. Last night I had Glitter & Gold, which came in a tiny, almost camera film sized tin (remember camera film?) Really, the dinkiest tin you can imagine. But since I emptied it, I felt compelled to use it again. At a glance I thought I had just enough of this tea to go in there, but there was about one cup’s worth left…so here we are.
I decided to brew up all four of my black caramel tea samples at once to do a comparison.
Caramel by TeaG
Caramel by Kusmi
Caramel Toffee by Dammann Freres
And Creme Caramel by Upton.
I did a terrible job comparing them, though.
I have a really hard time pinpointing specific notes in tea beyond a very basic level of distinction.
So, beyond noting that they all tasted like caramel in their own specific way, here’s all I got:
Kusmi’s brewed up the blackest and it seemed to have a slight cardboardy note to me.
Tea G’s was a medium amber color, had a thick mouthfeel and was either my favorite or second favorite.
Upton’s was very light when brewed. It was somewhat similar to the DF tea but not as flavorful.
DF’s was pretty light also, and had sort of a fruity note in the background.
I think I may have liked that one best, with that floral note!
But Tea G’s was a close second, if not a tie.
So, this achieved….something. I guess.
For the sake of simplicity and safety, I used 96 degrees and 4 min for all.
Still working on these teas, especially since i’ll be in Chcago again in a few weeks on business. Except this time i’m doing the smart thing and going earlier in the day on the Sunday AND i get Mon/Tues before everyone else joins me heh love this tea as an addition to other teas . not sure i’d restock it to drink on it’s own but i love it to enhance other flavoured teas!
Meh. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t get into this tea. The tea base is (at best) unimpressive. It’s bright and kind of fruity, but it gets astringent much too easily. Even using water as low as 200, or 190F for a few minutes makes it slightly bitter. That’s more frustrating than I can even put into words. The flavoring isn’t too bad—it’s very tart and a little creamy. It makes me think of lemon bars. It’s maybe a little stronger than I’d like. I’d prefer it if the tea base and flavoring worked together a bit better; they seem oddly paired. Tastes better with cream and sugar…It smooths over the acidity of the tea, brings out more of the “buttermilk” flavor that lingers in the background otherwise. Even after swapping out some of this I still have nearly an ounce left. I’m trying my hardest to get through it. Time to pawn more of it off on friends…
Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Lemon, Milk, Tart