Salted Caramel Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apple, Caramel, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Toast, Brown Sugar, Salt, Salty, Butter, Butterscotch, Cream, Molasses
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Low
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Edit tea info Last updated by Roswell Strange
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 11 oz / 325 ml

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We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring you this much-requested perfectly sweet sweater-weather flavour. Experience a rich & creamy blend flooded with real golden caramel bits, rightly rolled & slightly toasted oolong, plus a smattering of oversized sugar cubes. Sip now, love forever.

What makes it great

This rich honey-coloured blend has the perfect balance of sweet & salted caramel.

The smooth & toasty oolong makes a great base for this rich blend.

Salted caramel is a trending flavour profile.

Sweet, rich & creamy with a hint of fruitiness to support the caramel flavour

Oolong tea, Caramel bits (sugar, condensed milk, glucose syrup, whole milk powder), Sugar crystals, Pineapple (pineapple, sugar, citric acid), Carob, Chicory Root, Artificial caramel flavouring, Salt.

About DAVIDsTEA View company

DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

11 Tasting Notes

451 tasting notes

I had to break isolation and go all the way into the city because the damn library wouldn’t let me renew my book anymore, so I decided to swing around to the only DAVIDsTEA still open in my region and pick up a few things I’d been eyeing.

I noticed they were bringing back a few old blends online-only as well. Hmmm. Maybe.

Overshot the steeping time on this one, but it didn’t turn out bitter, although the roast of the oolong may have gotten a bit sour. I mistook the giant sugar crystals in the mix for salt and kind of made a face at the dry tea, but it’s definitely not salty. Perhaps just enough to enhance the caramel, but nothing more. The pineapple adds to the acidic apple taste, definitely settling this more in the ‘fruit tea feel’ for me. ‘Kind of drying, a bit watery, steeped fruit pieces’ slightly lacking that body I like with more ‘tea’. I would have liked to taste this blend without the addition of the pineapple, to see how it stands.

Otherwise, the caramel is present, creamy, enhanced and lingers into the aftertaste. The roast of the oolong adds to the ‘sea salt’, but otherwise doesn’t overwhelm or interact badly with the added flavours. The oolong they use is… very small. Definitely not whole leaves, confirmed once they expanded in my strainer… Basically tattered shreds. It doesn’t take away from the tea (smaller tea fragments probably held the flavouring better), although definitely results in a darker brew (medium-deep amber).

In the end, it’s not a love or a hate—it sits in the same park as the Maple Syrup Oolong for me. Most of DAVIDsTEA’s flavoured oolongs kind of occupy that zone… The fruit bits detract a bit from the taste. But this definitely tastes like caramel, helped along by the dissolved sugar and caramel bits, I’m sure, heh.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Toast

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I made this as a latte. I put 4 perfect spoons of this blend to make a super concentrated tea and frothed up some milk to pour on top of it. I think with the milk it tastes better because it subdues the saltiness and caramel notes of this blend. It makes it into a creamy, slightly salty, oolong latte. However, I do not think I will repurchase this tea again due to its strong artificial taste.

Flavors: Caramel, Salt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I often have trouble with caramel-flavored things tasting artificial, too. :(

Courtney

I feel like I often get intrigued by David’s blends, then see the artificial flavouring in the ingredients and steer clear. There are so many teas with natural flavouring that do such a great job instead. It’s such a shame though!

Silent Kettle

Yes! I can 100% relate to this. I am not sure if DT has changed, but I remember before, their teas did not taste as fake/artificial or loaded with stevia. They were pleasant and natural tasting despite being creative blends. But they do still have some good blends!

I agree; I think I get wrapped up in the allure of DT, but every time I have tried most of their teas, I have been left unsatisfied.

Silent Kettle

I think I prefer when tea companies just use brown sugar etc. to mimic the taste of caramel instead. It makes it a more enjoyable experience.

Cameron B.

I’m the same way with DT, I generally only order teaware from them now. There have been some in the past that I’ve enjoyed, but most have been disappointing for me. But the new ones do sound good! :P

Silent Kettle

Yes! I want to get their nordic mugs (since I haven’t been able to locate a 16 oz mug anywhere, lol!) But this will probably be my last tea order. And I will look at your reviews to see how you felt about their new releases!

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Another new tea! I had pretty high expectations for this , as I’ve been searching for my ultimate caramel tea and I prefer oolongs. I under-leafed it, but it’s still so tasty! Really smooth, creamy caramel flavor that works extremely well with the oolong. Not getting any saltiness, but that may be because of the ratio of ingredients I got in my mug. I’ll be getting more of this one when it’s restocked.

Silent Kettle

I want to try this one again so badly! I got it in my “sweet indulgence” box. But every time I go on the Canadian website, it is nowhere to be seen, or else I would order 100 grams of it, lol. So glad you enjoyed this one too. I also like their maple syrup oolong, have you tried that one yet?

amandastory516

Hopefully they restock it soon! It’s quite tasty.
I’ve tried Maple Syrup Oolong, and the stevia was a bit too strong for me.

Mastress Alita

This sold out so fast on the American site and never was restocked, only put in advents/gift boxes. Boo.

Silent Kettle

Sometimes the salt particles can fall to the bottom. Maybe try shaking the bag? I did that, but it made it almost too salty >.<

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this one wasn’t bad. It’s no salted caramel from france, but it’s the best that i’ve had from a non fancy french tea place :)

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5290 tasting notes

This delivers on its name. Caramel? Check. Oolong? Check.

The smell is more mouthwateringly caramel than the actual taste. That is only because the taste also has the oolong in addition to the caramel. I like it. I like the smell more but it’s still delicious.

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I wasn’t initially super impressed with this one when I first tried it straight up. It was essentially everything I don’t love about David’s Tea dessert teas: a drowned out (green oolong) base, smothered by sugar and flavouring.

As a latte, however, it’s something else. The lush offerings of salted caramel candies fill the void that generally only the decadent fall dessert beverages of Starbucks fill. It’s still very sweet, but oh-so perfect.

This (as a latte) gets bonus points for pleasing a wide array of family members as well. My mom and sister both tried to drink from their empty cups, and wanted refills. That must count for something.

Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cream, Molasses, Salt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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10345 tasting notes

The newest tea from DT! It was the lone new tea in the recently announced batch of teas.

I want to be careful not to over hype this tea, because I would truly hate for people to see how excited I am for it and buy it based on that only for it to not live up to their expectations. However, that said, I loveeeeeee this tea! I think all my Steepster friends here know that I’ve basically been looking for my perfect “Caramel Tea” for years now. It’s my White Whale, if you will. I believe that caramel is one of the hardest flavours to capture in a tea because you need density/richness and thick flavour but you also can’t just have generic and “one note” sweetness because that’s not what caramel actually tastes like. It’s a creamy sweetness, with caramelized sugar notes and sometimes hints of molasses or fruit. Like, in the range of “sweet flavours” caramel is surprisingly nuanced and full of depth! The majority of caramel teas I’ve come across are simply not rich enough or too generic/flatly sweet. I also really don’t want caramel/chocolate – I think those blends can taste nice (ex. English Toffee from DT) but that’s _not_a “true” caramel tea in my opinion…

So is this my mythical “perfect caramel tea”? Well, no. I think the perfect caramel tea would be a black tea base – however this is SO CLOSE to checking all the boxes that I want in a caramel blend! It’s probably the best one I’ve found so far. There’s only one other caramel tea that comes to mind as anything close to what I like about this tea, so if this is not the best then it’s the second best!!

I just think it has the perfect level of thick, rich sweetness while also having that creamy note that good caramel has, the hint of fruity flavour that rounds of that sweetness, and even a tinyyyy hint of that molasses-y quality that adds so much dimension of caramel. I also do like the oolong base – it’s not really the forefront flavour, but the gentle floral notes aren’t totally lost either. The salt level is solid too – I could live with or without salt in my perfect caramel tea, but what I do appreciate about it is that salt is a flavour carried so it does add an extra bit of “oomph” to the blend, and dimension to the flavour. I taste it softly in this tea, mostly in the finish. So, if you’re wondering if you can actually taste the salt, then my answer is yes – a bit. With milk it’s pretty masked, though.

I guess the other ingredients that people might have thoughts on are the carob and the chicory. I like carob, personally. I think it has a pleasantly sweet flavour that compliments the caramel really well here and adds a subtle and less detectable layer of depth to the caramel – anything to keep from a generic or flat/one note kind of sweetness is a win in my opinion. I actually wish we used carob in more teas. I don’t personally love chicory, but I appreciate that the use here is to also add a bit more depth and lean into that caramelized sugar type of quality. I don’t actually taste it on its own, but there are people who are much more adverse to its flavour than I am so I don’t know how much it might stand out to them.

Overall, I do think this is a real win for caramel tea lovers so I hope it does well enough to stick around for a while! There isn’t anything else on the wall right now that really tastes like this, so I’m excited for people to try it and happy to have such a nice caramel flavour in my own tea rotation now!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CEepa02g2Xh/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfGMS0M8aFo

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

K W

I am so excited to try this, but I’m indecisive when to place my order. Since DT doesn’t deliver to PO boxes, I have to time deliveries just right while I’m in the middle of moving.

Roswell Strange

Oh interesting, I actually didn’t know that we don’t deliver to PO boxes… I guess it’s been a LONG time since I last placed an online order though.

Sil

wonder how it compares to the ones from france that i adore…

CrowKettle

Ooh, that looks good. Had this one sitting in my cart for the last couple days and was going to place my order today, but was miffed pumpkin chai (still on this bandwagon) sold out so quickly! I may just go ahead and place the order anyways now. :)

Martin Bednář

Send me a sample :P

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