Passed this one over so many times not because I didn’t think I’d like it but because I was such a huge fan of the now discontinued Creme Brulee and I always wanted a cup of that one instead. And then after Creme Brulee was discontinued I bought so much of it that I haven’t had a need to try this as an alternative.
I will be drinking this one again ‘cause my sample was actually large enough for two cups since this IS a light tea – that’s probably good ‘cause while I can taste the mug I’m currently sipping I don’t know how much of the flavour is the “true” flavour of the tea since I am sick with a cold and I know that’s affecting my sense of taste at least a little bit.
Honestly, what I do taste is really nice though. I mean, the rooibos base does seem more apparent to me than Creme Brulee’s was, and maybe that’s ‘cause this is straight up red rooibos while Creme Brulee utilized both red and green rooibos. However the caramel notes are sweet, creamy, silky, and smooth and very rich. While it mostly is a delicious caramel profile with hints of that more ’burnt sugar’/bruleed sweetness I do think the flavour is a little flat/one dimension. I mean, it’s tasty as hell but there’s no layering of flavour or nuance to it. I liked that Creme Brulee had the caramel like notes but also custardy and vanilla elements as well to add more depth.
Still though; yummy and probably perfect for a really good latte. When I do drink this again, when I’m not sick, perhaps I’ll do a side by side of this and Creme Brulee. I want to taste this again with a ‘tip top’ palate, but I think it’d also be good to see how it holds up to Creme Brulee and whether or not, maybe, I’m idealizing the latter in my head a little bit?
Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically scoring DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m seasonally employed there and it would be a conflict of interest.