|"The raspberry flavor is that of a sweet raspberry filling like you might find if you bit into a chocolate confection or a raspberry jam. The chocolate flavor is a secondary player in the blend and not strong enough to truly satisfy a chocolate craving."|
Bright and Coppery. Contains luxury black tea, freeze dried raspberry, blackberry leaves, rose petals, rooibos, apple, vanilla, chocolate bits and
natural flavors. Makes a marvelous dessert all by itself." ---Merkaba website.
I have 'owed' this tea a review for awhile now meaning that it is a favorite of mine. It is one that I reach for on a regular basis and it is a reorder item in my tea collection (the highest compliment possible). Further, the owners of Merkaba, Ron and Kathy (sp?), are some of the nicest people and willing to take their time with you on the phone should you call to ask any questions about any of the products in their store. In fact, this tea was recommended to me by Kathy when I called their store about a year ago and a sample of it subsequently showed up with my order. Within a few days, I knew I had to have more and I placed a second order for a big bag of this stuff. I've somehow managed to suck down that entire quantity and recently placed another order to restock their Quangzhou Milk Oolong (also amazing) and for another stash of this.
The dry sample is chock full of ingredients and this is one that I advise shaking up the package a bit so that you can get a scoop inclusive of all of the ingredients. While the directions on my package state that you should use water temperature at 180 with just a 2-3 infusion, I can tell you that this one is VERY forgiving. I have actually prepared it with boiling water and let the infusion time drag out to as long as 5 min and still had an amazing cup. I do tend to scoop this one pretty generously and also add the pinch of German rock cane sugar that is recommended when preparing my cup. The result is one of the most delicious raspberry truffle black teas ever! The flavor profile is dominated by the sweet raspberry flavor and has a nice tasty chocolate undertone. The raspberry flavor is that of a sweet raspberry filling like you might find if you bit into a chocolate confection or a raspberry jam. The chocolate flavor is a secondary player in the blend and not strong enough to truly satisfy a chocolate craving. If the chocolate taste was just a bit more intense, then this would be a perfect 10. The black tea base is mild and of a good enough quality so as not to detract from the blend. This one also takes a splash of cream well---or if you want to play up that chocolate flavor, then a splash of chocolate milk! While I do prefer this as a hot cup, this also makes an excellent iced tea. This is dessert in a cuppa...YUMMO. At just $6.30 for 2 oz, this is Highly recommended
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