On the fifth day of Christmas, Della Terra gave to me…Caramel Oolong!

I wasn’t sure whether I’d be up to drinking flavoured tea today, but my throat was feeling a little better this evening, so I took a chance. I’m glad I did, because it cheered me up no end!

Oolongs haven’t traditionally been my favourite teas, but this is one of the rare exceptions. The oolong itself reminds me a little of the Nilgiri Frost that Butiki use in their Maple Pecan Oolong. It has similar large, dark, wiry leaves and a similar taste. None of that metallic heavy mineral flavour — just a light, clean, non-astringent but sturdy base. The caramel tastes a little bit fake, but not overly so. You can definitely tell it’s caramel, and it’s strong enough to be easily tasted over the base tea. There are small cubes of caramel among the dry leaves, too, which melt and add to the indulgent, definitely dessert-like flavour.

Oolong and caramel are two things that I think do go well, and there’s no exception here. I’ll happily finish the sachet, and it’s one that I’ll be coming back to when I want a sweet Christmas time treat without the calories. Yum!

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 29, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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