When I opened up my Sweet Tooth Teas sampler, I showed my husband the options and asked him which I should try first. We both agreed that the Tiger Eye tea sounded delicious, so that was the first one to make it into my cup.
The Tiger Eye blend boasts chocolate and caramel, and the first thing I thought of was those little individually wrapped Godiva caramels I loved so much–and have missed terribly since the Godiva chocolatier near me closed. I was pretty eager to dive in and see the taste, which was…
Honestly, I didn’t know what I felt about this tea. I thought it would be a lot sweeter, a lot more chocolatey, a lot more… more? I’m not sure. It’s definitely not a bad tea, but it didn’t blow me away like I expected. When tasted straight, it’s relatively bland, with the black tea overpowering everything else. With some sugar and milk added, it’s a lot more enjoyable, as that helps bring out some caramel notes. But it tastes less like the creamy caramel I was envisioning and more like burnt sugar caramel–which isn’t bad by any means, but it wasn’t what I expected or anticipated at all.
I’ve tried the tea twice more and while I do enjoy it, I always end up looking into my cup and wondering if I’m preparing it wrong, because while it’s pleasant, it’s not exactly remarkable. Good, pleasant, definitely something I’d put out on my table for friends to sample at a tea party, but it didn’t wow me, either. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for this one? Hard to say.
Either way, there aren’t a lot of teas that fall into the “eh, it’s okay” category for me, but this one did. Hopefully the rest of the box will be a bit more impressive.