Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Compass Teas
A Brand New Dessert tea! We suggest sweetening it with Amber Sugar Gems.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Camellia Sinensis Stems, Sunflower Petals, Safflower Petals, Flavoring
Learn more about this tea here.
When I measured out this Butterscotch Toffee Black Tea Blend from Compass Teas, I was kind of surprised to see all the stems in the tea. I thought to myself, this is a really “stemmy” tea … which is sometimes indicative of a poor quality tea, but, in this case, I don’t think that’s true. After reading the description and ingredient list on the Compass Teas Website, and seeing “Camellia Sinensis Stems” as one of the ingredients, I realize this is supposed to be a stemmy tea!
My first couple of sips of this tea … all I could really taste was a strong, earthy, somewhat “roasted” tea flavor, but nothing that resembled either butterscotch or toffee. Then I allowed it to cool for a few minutes (maybe five minutes? The tea was still pleasantly hot, but not piping hot), and the flavors began to pop. Now I could taste a rich, buttery taste along with a sweet, caramel-y note. YUM!
And even though this is a sweet tasting tea, and even with a name like Butterscotch Toffee … I’m not finding this to be a cloyingly sweet tea. It is definitely what I’d call a dessert tea, but, it doesn’t taste too sweet.
I’m also gratified to find that the strongest flavors of this cup are not the butterscotch or the toffee … but the tea! The tea is a robust black tea … it’s good and strong, and I think that the stems of the Camellia Sinensis gives this tea a pleasantly “roasted” kind of flavor that almost mimics a coffee-like richness. This is a tea that would be very satisfying served as a breakfast tea, it has that hearty flavor that I want first thing in the morning … and that it is a Butterscotch Toffee tea … makes it a delightful indulgence too.
I recommend trying this as a latte too … it makes a really decadent treat!