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What a delicious-sounding tea name! I’ve only had sticky toffee pudding once, at a friend’s wedding reception in Australia (they call it “sticky date pudding”), and it was scrumptious, as I would expect. How can you go wrong with toffee sauce ha ha?

Anyway, this is just okay. It mostly tastes like hojicha, which I’m happy about, given that there’s also black tea and rooibos here for some reason. There’s a touch of buttery caramel flavor, and based on Deb’s other caramel teas I think it’s the black tea that’s caramel-flavored. But because there are two other bases, the caramel ends up not being strong enough in my opinion. I also don’t really taste the brown sugar, and I didn’t see any in my pouch either. So it’s a slightly caramel-flavored hojicha with a touch of black tea and rooibos.

It’s not bad, just meh. Don’t get me wrong, I love hojicha, but this tastes like a very generic hojicha, and I guess my tastebuds are hojicha snobs at this point LOL. :P

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Butter, Caramel, Dry Leaves, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toasted, Woody

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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 piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, 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 steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

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, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts

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 or scent contamination.

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