How did I forget to review this? I did a sipdown of it last week just to say I did, get rid of it and log it. Forgot.
So when I smell the dry leaves I’m all like “blech.” I only brewed it because there was barely enough left for one cup, not worth swapping, and I didn’t want to chuck it out. So I figured what the hey.
I was actually surprised it tasted better than it smelled, to me.
I have to give you a weird comparison here, though I’m not sure if you’re going to get it or not. It makes perfect sense to me though.
You know how there are basically two obviously different types of BBQ flavored chips? I mean the flavoring, not the brand. There’s the “mesquite” type, like the (Lays black bag) and the less spicy ones, my fave, like the Humpty Dumpty brand or the Lays (orange bag I think). I don’t like the mesquite ones. I like the orangey ones.
Likewise for caramel, there’s the creamy, buttery kind, and the burnt toffee sort. I like the creamy ones.
I find this tea is more the burnt toffee sort of caramel. If it were potato chips it would be Mesquite BBQ.
The smell is worse than the taste though. And it’s definitely not overly salty, but I’m cool with that because I just want a good black caramel tea! Kusmi isn’t quite flavorful enough for what I’m searching for, and it’s not creamy enough (though definitely good!) I’m still searching.
I am hoping to find a creamy NON rooibos caramel tea. Della Terra has one but it was out of stock when I placed my last order.
Anyway, this wasn’t as off putting as I remember but it’s not like those little Kraft caramel candy squares, and that’s what I’m searching for.