Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Tea Shirt
Flavoured fruit & vegetable tea blend
Ingredients: carrot flakes, apple pieces, pineapple cubes (contains sugar), cocoa peel, cream-caramel pieces (sweetened, skimmed, condensed milk, sugar, glucose, molasses, butter fat, wetting agent, emulsifying agent), flavouring, safflower.
Preparation: Put one heaped teaspoon of loose leaf tea per person into 100°C water for 8-10 minutes.
Learn more about this tea here.
Caramel Carrot from Tea Shirt has the same feel to it as one of 52Teas’ amazing concoctions! The tea blend immediately called to me. I love the odd teas that are out there and love checking them out. This is one odd tea, that is for sure!
First off, Caramel Carrot has a very unique look. I swear the tea looks like trail mix. Huge chunks of carrots, apple pieces, and what looks to be a caramel cube. Looking at the ingredient list it really makes me wonder what the wetting agent and emulsifying agent are. Two words I can’t say I’ve ever seen in a tea before!
After looking over the package and not really being sure how to steep the tea, I went with what the packaged recommended. 100C and 10 minute steeping time. The dry leaf itself had an unusual sugary like smell to it. One that I wasn’t too keen on but I was going to see this tea thru to the end!
First sip in and I have to say this to is something else. I can’t say I like nor can I say I dislike the tea. There is an unusual sugary caramel flavor that flows thru the sip mixed with a bright carrot flavor. It seems odd to be sipping on a liquid and getting a true carrot flavor, but that is exactly what is happening. I don’t really get any of the apple or pineapple notes. They could just be contributing to the sugary finish.
So all in all, a fun tea to try. Just can’t say that I would enjoy cup after cup of Caramel Carrot from Tea Shirt. It was a fun cuppa while it lasted tho!
On to my next tea adventure!