Another wonderfully full flavored black tea to add to my list of faves. I ordered this as a sample and am so glad that I did. I enjoy teas that have a full flavor of fruit and this tea delivers. The smell of the dry leaves are sweet and remind me of bubble gum. You can see the dried raspberries sprinkled throughout the tea.
I steeped the tea using 212°F water for 3 minutes. I used 1 tsp of tea to 8 oz of water and added 1 tsp of German Rock Sugar per cup. The steeped tea is a deep, dark chocolate-brown color.
Adagio Teas describes this tea as:
A blend of crisp of Ceylon black tea from Sri Lanka with sweetly tart red raspberry flavor. Very candy-like aroma, delicately tangy and jammy raspberry flavor. Rounded texture, balanced astringency and sweet, slightly dry finish. This fun, juicy cup is tangy without getting too ‘cheeky.
The genus Raspberry consists of over 200 distinct species, however, only two of these are presently cultivated. The first mention of raspberry comes from the people of Troy (Helen perhaps?), located in modern-day Turkey. Its original name was ‘ida,’ a reference to the mountain on which it was first spotted. The medicinal properties believed to cluster in its leaves was of more interest to its early users than the sweet, red fruit. Today, you can find red raspberries, as well as black, purple and golden.
Ingredients include: Black tea, natural raspberry flavor, raspberries and raspberry leaves
The flavor of the tea is a genuine raspberry. I am drinking this tea hot, but I am positive that it would make an excellent iced tea.