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drank Caramel Cream by TeaFrog
403 tasting notes

A very solid flavored rooibos – I’ve actually enjoyed several cups of this already from my TeaFrog sample, but hadn’t gotten around to logging it. The picture is quite accurate, and I like being able to see the little cubes of caramel in this (they don’t dissolve very easily, for better or worse – 2 or 3 steeps and some vigorous stirring will do it, but one simple steep will not). I have gotten more than one steep from this, but the first is by far the best. I’d consider buying it, but my decaf-creamy-sweet niche is currently being filled by Hazelnut Honeybush; maybe when that’s gone…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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