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I measured up 11 ounces of water. I heated the water to around 194 degrees. I added a little less than 1.5 teaspoons of dry leaf to my teapot. I timed it for 3:45. I tried it plain. With Splenda. With milk. But the result was always the same—no caramel!

This tea is yummy on its own, as a smoky, non-bitter, savory tea. The texture is like silk, and it goes down easily. I won’t have any trouble finishing it off. But I wanted caramel, damn it!

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
wombatgirl

I’ve been having problems getting it too…

takgoti

Drat. Maybe I’m just crazy. I’m going to have to do this again soon and see if I notice anything in particular. The only thing I can think of is that when I drink my tea I usually hold it in my mouth and swish it around; I almost never swallow straight-away. Black teas in particular require a bit of taste acclimation before my taste buds are accustomed to it. Other than that…I’ve got nothing. So sorry!

S

Maybe my tastebuds are just wonky :)

I tend to find flavored teas that other people say are “weak” flavored pretty strong, so perhaps I’m just too sensitive to the smoke flavor to taste caramel? I also tried Adagio’s caramel recently, which is like “holy shizz caramel!!1” tasting, so I might just be expecting too much.

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wombatgirl

I’ve been having problems getting it too…

takgoti

Drat. Maybe I’m just crazy. I’m going to have to do this again soon and see if I notice anything in particular. The only thing I can think of is that when I drink my tea I usually hold it in my mouth and swish it around; I almost never swallow straight-away. Black teas in particular require a bit of taste acclimation before my taste buds are accustomed to it. Other than that…I’ve got nothing. So sorry!

S

Maybe my tastebuds are just wonky :)

I tend to find flavored teas that other people say are “weak” flavored pretty strong, so perhaps I’m just too sensitive to the smoke flavor to taste caramel? I also tried Adagio’s caramel recently, which is like “holy shizz caramel!!1” tasting, so I might just be expecting too much.

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