I decided to brew up all four of my black caramel tea samples at once to do a comparison.
Caramel by TeaG
Caramel by Kusmi
Caramel Toffee by Dammann Freres
And Creme Caramel by Upton.
I did a terrible job comparing them, though.
I have a really hard time pinpointing specific notes in tea beyond a very basic level of distinction.
So, beyond noting that they all tasted like caramel in their own specific way, here’s all I got:
Kusmi’s brewed up the blackest and it seemed to have a slight cardboardy note to me.
Tea G’s was a medium amber color, had a thick mouthfeel and was either my favorite or second favorite.
Upton’s was very light when brewed. It was somewhat similar to the DF tea but not as flavorful.
DF’s was pretty light also, and had sort of a fruity note in the background.
I think I may have liked that one best, with that floral note!
But Tea G’s was a close second, if not a tie.
So, this achieved….something. I guess.
For the sake of simplicity and safety, I used 96 degrees and 4 min for all.