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What would a log of mine be without a wayward analogy? [Don’t answer that.] I’m just going to lay it out here at the start.

This tea reminds me of Sudafed. Not because they taste similar, but stay with me. When I was younger my mom used to give them to me and my brother when we were congested and I liked the way they tasted. One time I was feeling particularly petulant [possibly upset because I had to stay home and miss something fun at school – that’s not something that really happens any more] and she gave me a Sudafed and a little cup of water. I told her I wasn’t going to take it and she told me that if I didn’t I was going to be really uncomfortable that day. So I grabbed at it and put it in my mouth and stood there, pouting. Then she said, “You’d better swallow that or it’s going to taste bad.”

I did not [and still do not on occasion] deal well with people telling me to do things.

I stood there, glaring at her, arms crossed, and didn’t swallow it.

A few seconds later, I was spitting it out on the floor and rubbing my tongue with my finger. My mom laughed at me and said she’d make me some jello, and I smiled sheepishly and took another Sudafed.

If you’re wondering what this story has to do with this tea, it’s because it starts out nicely but I found that it has a kind of nasty finish. It’s a shame, too. It smells amazing – somewhere between caramel and kettle corn and I was pretty excited to drink it.

In sipping it, it starts out tasting as advertised – that delicious sweet and salty combination you get from caramel, with maybe a little bit of a roasty note swimming beneath that is reminiscent of popcorn. And then I gulped it down.

it was bitter. Sour, almost. And actually, lightly reminiscent of what Sudafed tastes like if you melt far enough through that red sugary shell. It wasn’t happy, and I found myself taking sips of the tea to try to combat it only to be greeted by the far less appetizing aftertaste on the finish. It was an unpleasant little vicious cycle it pulled me through, right to the end of the cup. I would have stopped altogether, if I hadn’t been holding out hope that it would fill out as it cooled. No such luck, I’m afraid.

All in all, the aftertaste wasn’t HORRIBLE, but it did qualify this tea as being something I’m not going to order. I have a little bit left, so I’ll try it with sugar, or maybe some honey. But I’ve got a couple of other caramel-tasting teas that treat me better, so I’ll be sticking with those unless adding some form of sweetener kicks this up to mind-blowing.

I’ve gotta thank teaplz for sending me this, because it is for sure something I would have ordered without thinking [I mean, it’s called Cream Caramel – which is the equivalent of a talking puppy jumping in front of my face yelping “CHOOSE ME!”] and would have ended in annoyance. Here’s hoping the remainder of my sample ends up sparkling.

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Auggy

I had a very similar experience with Advil. Yuck. Anyway, what’s your favorite caramel tea so far? I think I’ve only had one (well, plus Jackee but I don’t think that really counts since he’s not intentionally caramel-y) and it was only okay-ish so my hunt continues!

S

You know what tastes good? Advil. The brown, sugar coated ones….mmmm.

takgoti

@Auggy Jackee is actually the only full on caramel tea that I’ve had, intentional or not. I’ve had a bagged one that did not taste like anything I’d consider to be good. Other than that, Caramelized Pear and Dawn are frontrunners. Sinharaja had some nice caramel notes in it that I enjoyed. I’m going to try the one Jack mentioned in a comment when I get around to ordering from Upton.

@Shanti Agreed! Though, I’ve learned from my Sudafed experience and typically do not suck on those too long either. [As Auggy has apparently done.]

teaplz

Sorry this was gross to you! I wasn’t getting that aftertaste, but now I sort of have to go back and see.

And yeah, brown, sugar-coated Advil is awesome. The best tasting medication by far is amoxicillin and its pink, bubble-gum goodness! My uncle’s pharmacy used to make amoxicillin with real bubble gum pieces suspended in it. Mmm.

Auggy

I’m so glad I wasn’t the only Advil lover in the group.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to find something intentionally as caramel-y as Jackee and to get it there without having to hit the magic water & ratio number? Of course, it doesn’t seem like hitting that is that hard now that it has been revealed, but I keep having the fear that it will suddenly become impossible to find. I overthink things and worry too much.

takgoti

@teaplz It was literally like drinking two completely different teas. Very weird. Also, I think I would have liked my medicine more as a child if it had contained pieces of bubblegum in it. Genius.

@Auggy That’s the dream! And having lost the caramel-taste [though it was mainly because I had no idea what the hell kind of anything I was using], losing it again is a very real fear for me, so I’m completely with you on that one. I have hopes for finding a solid caramel tea, though.

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Auggy

I had a very similar experience with Advil. Yuck. Anyway, what’s your favorite caramel tea so far? I think I’ve only had one (well, plus Jackee but I don’t think that really counts since he’s not intentionally caramel-y) and it was only okay-ish so my hunt continues!

S

You know what tastes good? Advil. The brown, sugar coated ones….mmmm.

takgoti

@Auggy Jackee is actually the only full on caramel tea that I’ve had, intentional or not. I’ve had a bagged one that did not taste like anything I’d consider to be good. Other than that, Caramelized Pear and Dawn are frontrunners. Sinharaja had some nice caramel notes in it that I enjoyed. I’m going to try the one Jack mentioned in a comment when I get around to ordering from Upton.

@Shanti Agreed! Though, I’ve learned from my Sudafed experience and typically do not suck on those too long either. [As Auggy has apparently done.]

teaplz

Sorry this was gross to you! I wasn’t getting that aftertaste, but now I sort of have to go back and see.

And yeah, brown, sugar-coated Advil is awesome. The best tasting medication by far is amoxicillin and its pink, bubble-gum goodness! My uncle’s pharmacy used to make amoxicillin with real bubble gum pieces suspended in it. Mmm.

Auggy

I’m so glad I wasn’t the only Advil lover in the group.

Wouldn’t it be lovely to find something intentionally as caramel-y as Jackee and to get it there without having to hit the magic water & ratio number? Of course, it doesn’t seem like hitting that is that hard now that it has been revealed, but I keep having the fear that it will suddenly become impossible to find. I overthink things and worry too much.

takgoti

@teaplz It was literally like drinking two completely different teas. Very weird. Also, I think I would have liked my medicine more as a child if it had contained pieces of bubblegum in it. Genius.

@Auggy That’s the dream! And having lost the caramel-taste [though it was mainly because I had no idea what the hell kind of anything I was using], losing it again is a very real fear for me, so I’m completely with you on that one. I have hopes for finding a solid caramel tea, though.

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