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Yay, this is my first sample from greenteafairy! I have to say, I was so happy that she was willing to send me some of this, as this is the only Héritage Gourmand tea that I didn’t get from boychik. Also, the dessert that this tea is based on looks and sounds amazing… It’s basically a little cake-like thing baked in a tiny bundt-like mold, and it’s custardy on the inside while being dark and caramelized on the outside. And it’s flavored with rum and vanilla, yums! I think we all need to go to France, just to go on a pastry-eating binge. Anyway! The tea itself has these little white puffs in it, and I’m not sure whether they’re marshmallows or super-puffed rice. I also see something that looks like cacao shells, which confuses me since there’s no chocolate in this dessert. Smells sweet and yummy though!

As soon as the water hit the leaves, I was rewarded with an amazing creamy vanilla and caramel aroma. The scent of this tea reminds me of crème brûlée, sweet and custardy with creamy caramel notes. I added a little bit of raw sugar to my cup. Yum, I think this is the best caramel tea I’ve had so far. It’s not necessarily a super dark and rich caramel, more of a creamy caramel custard or sauce. Yum, vanilla caramel swirl!

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Creamy, Custard, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
The Cookie Lady

Canneles are delicious :) A bakery not too far from me sells them.

Cameron B.

They sound fantastic! :D I love caramel and vanilla.

Tealizzy

Wishlisted! :)

ohfancythat

Wow, sounds amazing!!

Kittenna

echoes Tealizzy :D

Cameron B.

I got to try one today! We went to our local bakery to get tasty pastries for breakfast, and they had them! I’ve never seen them in there before, so I guess I got lucky. It was actually slightly lemony which I loved. :)

The Cookie Lady

How exciting! I’m glad you got to try one! Now that you have had the real thing, how does this tea compare?

Cameron B.

The one I had was very dark on the outside, so there was a definite burnt sugar element that was missing in this tea. Plus it had some kind of citrus flavor in it, I’m not sure whether that’s traditional or not…

The Cookie Lady

I don’t remember whether or not there was citrusy-ness in the one I had from my local bakery, but I definitely remember that caramelized/burnt outside. That was my favorite part. Oh man. I might have to go get one today because now I’m probably not going to be able to stop thinking about that….

Cameron B.

It wasn’t very strong, just a little hint of sweet lemon or orange. And totally, the caramelized outside is essential! I still have a yummy kouign-amann to eat! <3

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The Cookie Lady

Canneles are delicious :) A bakery not too far from me sells them.

Cameron B.

They sound fantastic! :D I love caramel and vanilla.

Tealizzy

Wishlisted! :)

ohfancythat

Wow, sounds amazing!!

Kittenna

echoes Tealizzy :D

Cameron B.

I got to try one today! We went to our local bakery to get tasty pastries for breakfast, and they had them! I’ve never seen them in there before, so I guess I got lucky. It was actually slightly lemony which I loved. :)

The Cookie Lady

How exciting! I’m glad you got to try one! Now that you have had the real thing, how does this tea compare?

Cameron B.

The one I had was very dark on the outside, so there was a definite burnt sugar element that was missing in this tea. Plus it had some kind of citrus flavor in it, I’m not sure whether that’s traditional or not…

The Cookie Lady

I don’t remember whether or not there was citrusy-ness in the one I had from my local bakery, but I definitely remember that caramelized/burnt outside. That was my favorite part. Oh man. I might have to go get one today because now I’m probably not going to be able to stop thinking about that….

Cameron B.

It wasn’t very strong, just a little hint of sweet lemon or orange. And totally, the caramelized outside is essential! I still have a yummy kouign-amann to eat! <3

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

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