drank Salted Caramel by Harney & Sons
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November Sipdown Prompt – a tea that disappointed you

I feel really harsh labeling this tea that way. It just came today and Ashman and I had it with dessert after supper, breaking our no caffeine after 3 pm rule.

Ashman liked it from the get-go, saying that it smelled really good when I gave him his cup. And it does smell good. It tastes good, too. So why am I disappointed?

I was expecting it to be decadently rich in every way, but the base feels so thin to me. It had a bit of a metallic or mineral note, so maybe Ceylon?

The caramel tastes like the caramel note of Paris, so that is really good. I don’t taste salt but I think it would be weird if I did. The vanilla lends a lot of comfort to the aroma.

Sipping it by itself, it just fell a little flat for me. While we were eating our kokakia from the Greek spaghetti dinner it was fine, because it didn’t draw any attention to itself whatsoever. (You get a .01 second glimpse of me and Ashman buying it in the video on the WRAL news for Wednesday night. I’m in a grey and white hoodie, left side of screen, ha ha.)

I thought maybe they intended for it to be drunk with milk and sugar to make it really dessert-y, so I added a little half and half and sugar to the tiny bit still in the pot, but it almost just emphasized that the base was weak. Maybe sugar alone would be better. Maybe I can mix it with a plain black tea of more heft and like it more. Maybe I will change my mind and fall in love with it. Time will tell.

This might end up being Ashman’s easy breakfast sachet.

Tomorrow – Alice In Wonderland.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about fourteen years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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