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.