drank Thé au Caramel by Britley
620 tasting notes

I had this tea as a lunchtime treat as I fancied something sweet, and found this at the back of my tea drawer after a bit of rummaging. I bought these teabags for ease of brewing when I was in the south of France for a holiday last Easter, had a couple of cups and (as I remember) wasn’t impressed by the weak flavour, so I left them to be forgotten about until now. As I remembered them to be fairly weak, I used two bags for a mug this time round (I like my tea pretty strong) and left it for about 10 minutes.

When you first open the little sachet, the caramel smell hits you right away, and it smells so good, but definitely delicate. When steeping, this smell doesn’t diminish, but the black tea scent behind it comes up a bit more.

Plain – I am definitely glad I used two bags, because I hit on the perfect strength for me, and it would have definitely been too weak otherwise. That being said, it was a tiny bit bitter from my oversteeping, so I felt the need to add milk, although I think it would have been just fine without if I didn’t leave if for too long. And I usually feel the need to add milk to all black teas.

With sugar – I had a feeling adding sugar might enhance the caramel and play down the bitterness a little, and I can confidently say that this is the first tea I have EVER experienced where sugar actually made it more bitter, which I was not expecting at all.

With milk and sugar – after the bitter surprise from the sugar, there was no way I could drink this without milk. I added a splash of skimmed milk (I think 2% in US, maybe?) and oh. My. God. Did it make a difference. The caramel flavour was back with a vengeance, even creamier from the milk so that it was almost like drinking liquid fudge. The taste from the black tea works as an excellent base to keep it from being too sweet, and I swear I could drink this all day.

A definite rainy day treat, and I am actually upset that it only came with 25 sachets, as that means I only have 6 or 7 more of these before it’s a sipdown, and I can’t get to France to buy more! ): I will definitely be looking for the perfect caramel loose-leaf substitute when this is gone, although I think it will be hard to beat!

Flavors: Caramel

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

I also tend to ramble on a bit.


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