English Caramel

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Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Coffee, Malt, Roasted, Sweet, Astringent, Molasses
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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Caramel’s bittersweet flavor emphasizes the sweetness of tea.

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911 tasting notes

This smells nice. A true caramel scent but not overly sweet. Which makes sense since it is supposed to be bittersweet. I really like the smell. It’s somewhat like salt water taffy, but in a caramel flavor.

It smells more caramel than it tastes though. It’s more of a burnt caramel – there is definitely some bitter but not bitter like it’s been brewed too long since the bitter comes at the front of the taste, not the end and it is much too smooth of a bitter to be from overbrewing. It doesn’t cause me to make a funny face or anything. It’s a controlled bitter that would pair wonderfully with sweet… if there were more sweet that followed it up. Instead the taste transitions smoothly into an almost cocoa powder taste, then a nice (but still) default tea taste.

Contrary to my previously stated desire to have more sweet in this, I decided to add a splash of milk to the second half of my cup. I blame the cocoa-like notes. With the milk in it, the transition of tastes turns into a melding and this turns into a pretty nice post-dessert tea. Not a dessert tea – it’s not sweet enough for that – but something good to end a rich meal on in lieu of coffee. It makes me think of tiramisu actually, which always struck me as having too much bitter with the cocoa powder to be a proper dessert (I prefer things that are so sweet and rich you will go into sugar shock by the end of the dish).

That being said, I do enjoy this but it isn’t the sweet caramel I was hoping for. I can definitely see it as an after dinner coffee-like drink to wash down that super-rich dessert I’d pick. I might try this with sugar but I might not. It almost seems a shame to make the mild bitter go away.

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Somehow, I love the idea of a caramelly, slightly bitter post-dessert tea. Maybe because it sounds like yummy coffee..


Good solid JUST CARAMEL tea is becoming my Holy Grail.

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1183 tasting notes

I got this in a pyramid bag as a sample with my Lupicia order and I brought it to work, on the theory that I might actually get to have some decent tea this way before I figure out how best to support a loose leaf habit at work.

This is the first time I’ve tasted anything by Lupicia, and I’m going to try to keep an open mind in case this is disappointing, given the lack of control over water quality and temperature at work.

The bag smells terrific. Very caramelly, not bitter despite its description. The tea smells toasty, but caramel is the main scent.

My steeping here is going to be full of unknowns because I don’t have a thermometer to measure water temperature with me, but here goes.

I steeped for approximately 4 minutes (I think), maybe more like 3. The aroma is mostly of caramel, and it isn’t bitter smelling at all.

My sense is that the water I used wasn’t good quality and hot enough to bring out the true flavor of this tea. It’s ok. I can taste caramel, and it’s not bitter. It’s not sweet either as best I can tell, but mostly the flavor isn’t very strong at all. I can taste the tea in the aftertaste, and it’s smooth and sweet. I just wish there was more of it. A lot more.

I wish I had more of this so I could give it another shot under more controlled conditions. Then again, these days I’m mostly drinking tea bags at work, so these conditions are more representative for how a bagged tea would taste to me than controlled ones at home would be.

3 min, 45 sec

That is almost exactly how I felt about Golden Moon Caramel Oolong – smelled great in the bag… not so caramelly in the mug, and then not enough tea to try again under other circumstances. You need at least 2 cups worth in a sample to give it a fair shake.


Do you ever get the feeling that some of the pyramid bags (and other bags) just do not have enough dry leaf in them? Sometimes when I am using a bag of whatever quality I feel that I can use only 2 or 4 ounces of water maximum.


That may have been part of the problem, though I wasn’t using a very large mug and I didn’t fill it the entire way. I did notice that these bags seemed to have less in them than the Tazo full leaf sachets that are made out of a similar material.


Lupicia teabags typically weigh around 3g (yeah, I weight them (curiosity requires me to)… I know, I’m a nerd.) Anyway, they tend to be better than a lot of other companies weight-wise but I still think they suggest something like a 6oz cup.


i tend to 6 oz per bag unless i know they’re better (tazo full leaf 12 oz easy)

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260 tasting notes

Auggy sent me a couple of tea bags of this. I don’t think that I’ve ever had the pyramidal tea bags before, aside from the ones from Tea Forté [and I consider those to be a bit of an anomaly since they’re so structured], so I was intrigued to see how/if it was going to affect the tea. There was definitely enough room for the leaves to expand, but even with the somewhat minimal expansion that black tea leaves tend to undergo, there wasn’t much space left in the bag when the steep was over. I can’t imagine what would happen with a rolled oolong. It was a neat experience, and I think that if I was in a situation where I needed the added convenience I’d be fine with using the pyramidal bags [albeit, size-wise, I’m not sure how other companies stack up to Lupicia’s], but I still like my loose leaf.

I used both of these on consecutive nights, one at 3 minutes and one at 4 minutes, and I liked the 4 minute steep a little better.

The flavor was…eh. I’m a big fan of caramel, and the fact that Lupicia describes caramel as being “bittersweet” made me a bit edgy from the jump because the kind of caramel I like doesn’t really have any bitterness to it.

The caramel flavor I got from this was…not terribly present. It skirted around it, and dropped that it there, but I never really got it full-on. When I found it at its fullest, it was flat and strangely salty. It reminded me of peanut brittle with about half the sweetness. I’m not sure what makes this English, but maybe the English like their caramel salty? Or maybe this tea simply isn’t fantastic.

Everything in consideration, not a bad tea by any means, but not something I want more of either. Thanks for the try, Auggy! If I were putting together a Lupicia order, I could see myself ordering a large-ish size of this and it ending in crestfallen annoyance, so this was quite a save.

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Hey, I never promised to send you only good teas! :P


HAHAHA, well given that you even attached a note to this one about this one not being fabulous, I wasn’t expecting a caramel epiphany!

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361 tasting notes

I wasn’t too hopeful after seeing the reviews of this, but I was pleasantly surprised. This isn’t the best by far, but it’s an okay cup with some milk and honey.

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4846 tasting notes

The flavor is rich and sweet. This is not the best Caramel tea I’ve had, but it’s pretty good.

I think that this is a tea that definitely benefits from the addition of milk or cream, it enhances the creamy caramel flavor just a bit.

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392 tasting notes

I got this as a free sample with my Lupicia order and I brought it to work with me today. I was looking over the tasting notes for this tea and I see I had a very similar experience to Morgana. I too wish I could try it under more controlled conditions because it was good but not as strong as I like.

Anyway this tea smells like those caramels that are little squares that are sometimes used for baking (that is probably a terrible description – haha – sufficient to say it smells caramely). It actually smells (and tastes) a lot like caramel tea from adagio which I love!

So like I said it was a little on the weak side. It tastes like a weaker version of caramel tea by adagio but with milk already in it. It certainly served it’s purpose as an afternoon pick-me-up. And this tea make me look forward to trying my other Lupicia teas!!!

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326 tasting notes

When this tea was served hot, the caramel was aromatic – kinda like caramel or toffee candies – but this didn’t translate into the flavour, unfortunately. I had the feeling that I was just having a cup of plain black tea. Imagine the disappointment! I was going to give this tea just a bare pass, but then I noticed a bright note of sweetness in my cup as the tea turned cold. The caramel was there, after all!! Perhaps I would try this with milk next time (or more radically, iced?).

It’s true that Lupicia’s teas are generally not strong, and this tea is no exception. remember to add more tea leaves when you think it is enough! Trust me! ;)
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33 tasting notes

Compared to Lupicia’s other flavoured black teas, this lacks a bit of oomph, even when it is steeped for a long time. The caramel is rather weak – I think I get more of that deliciously syrupy, but not too sugary, caramel taste from Cookie! There is a slight bitterness to English Caramel even with milk and sugar added – and that’s not a bad thing, but it would be better if that bitterness was combined with a stronger caramel flavour.

It’s a good brew for when you want a more subtle black tea. Not terrible, but I don’t think I’ll buy it again. Still looking for the perfect caramel!

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972 tasting notes

Another Lupicia tea, this one came from TeaBrat. I am always on the lookout for simply flavored black teas done well (such as caramel and vanilla), so I asked for a sample of this one in our swap. The leaves are a very dark chocolate brown with a reddish hue, and there are a few stems included. Dry scent is very sweet caramel with a distinct salty note.

The steeped tea also smells strongly of sweet caramel with cream and salt aromas. Hm, this tea is very interesting. There’s a distinct roasted flavor that reminds me of coffee along with a dark burnt sugar note. These two form the base for a creamy sweetness reminiscent of a lighter caramel, such as a creme brulee or custard. I did add a touch of sugar to my cup (a scant half teaspoon of raw sugar) and I’m sure this helped to balance the burnt and roasty notes. I can see this being even more lovely with a touch of milk added, and there is the lightest astringency that this would also help to balance.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Coffee, Malt, Roasted, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lariel of Lórien

I have been wanted to try that one. The Milk Caramel is really good.

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726 tasting notes

Got a sample of this one from Christina in our swap!
It’s pretty caramel-y…but has a funky aftertaste that I’m not a huge fan of. It’s a good tea, but nothing I’d go out of my way for.
Glad I got to try it before I decided to try and buy it. Thanks, Christina! :D

Lariel of Lórien

Try the Milk Caramel.

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