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drank Caramel Toffee by CaesarsTea
1497 tasting notes

Trying to review, comment, post and reply to messages tonight has proved too much for me. Or perhaps Steepster has decided to give me the cold shoulder tonight. Again. ;) Regardless, I’m around, just unable to do much of anything at the moment. I will reply/like/comment as I’m able!

Tried this one tonight thanks to VariaTEA who sent this out in a swap about a month ago now. I’ve been raving about Tea Desire’s caramel pu-erh so she graciously reminded me I had this one waiting to try out, too.

This is definitely a stronger tasting pu-erh, although that may just be because of the steeping parameters (1.5 tsp per 8 ounce cup). Initially, the caramel tasted… granular. I do mean taste instead of feel, and I’m finding it a bit challenging to explain. About half way through the cup now, I’m getting more of a cloying caramel note, with a darker, deeper, dryer pu-erh note in the background. I want to love this… I mean, I devour Tea Desire’s version almost daily now, so anything comparable is welcome. I think, in part, the tea feels a bit thin (odd for a pu-erh), and then the caramel used (perhaps flavoring, perhaps the tiny pieces in the brew) seems artificial.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I am sorry you took a break from your beloved Caramel Pu’erh to have this disappointing cup. I tried this one first so perhaps that is why I was more okay with it. Though the Tea Desire tea is definitely superior.

Also, there isn’t anything artificial in the blend, the company is all natural. So perhaps iris the caramel pieces that taste off??

MissB

I’m really happy to try it, and really grateful that you sent it. :) It’s likely the pieces, and just my tastebuds tonight. I’m a bit tired and have been sleeping weird with this stomach thing on and off, so that’s likely it.

AnnaEA

Steepster is having crazy server issues. I thought it might be local, and emailed them about it, got a nice note back from Jason that it was on their end. Poor guy sounded frazzled.

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VariaTEA

I am sorry you took a break from your beloved Caramel Pu’erh to have this disappointing cup. I tried this one first so perhaps that is why I was more okay with it. Though the Tea Desire tea is definitely superior.

Also, there isn’t anything artificial in the blend, the company is all natural. So perhaps iris the caramel pieces that taste off??

MissB

I’m really happy to try it, and really grateful that you sent it. :) It’s likely the pieces, and just my tastebuds tonight. I’m a bit tired and have been sleeping weird with this stomach thing on and off, so that’s likely it.

AnnaEA

Steepster is having crazy server issues. I thought it might be local, and emailed them about it, got a nice note back from Jason that it was on their end. Poor guy sounded frazzled.

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. I now travel full time with only two carryon bags to my name. One quarter of those bags are tea.

It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more.

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