|"The berry flavor is authentic and refreshing. The hibiscus is detectable, but not overly so, and does contribute a nice little zing to the cup. The Keemun base is rich and sweet, perfectly balancing out the added fruit flavors. "|
With the exception of coconut tea, I can’t say that I am a huge fan of fruit-flavored teas. However, with the weather warming up and my iced tea consumption increasing, I do often look to fruity teas to satisfy my iced tea cravings. Today’s sample from Kally Tea is their ripe raspberry. The Kally website describes it as a Keemun tea flavored with raspberries and litchis (or lychees), although the ingredients list reads “Black Tea, Hibiscus, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Natural Flavors”, so I guess the litchi contribution comes in the form of that natural flavor. Two things struck me after I read the tea’s description. First, I was pleased to see Keemun used as the base, as this tea, with its rich fruity tones seems an often overlooked tea to use as a base for fruit-flavored teas. Second, I saw that hibiscus was there and just a bit of dread set in, as I am not really much of a fan of hibiscus.
I brewed the tea by infusing one teaspoon of leaves in about 8 ounces of boiling water for three minutes. The tea is a darker brown color with a coppery tint. I drank half of the tea as a hot tea then let the remaining half cool to room temperature before adding ice cubes to test out its merit as an iced tea. It turns out that either way, this tea is downright delicious. The berry flavor is authentic and refreshing. The hibiscus is detectable, but not overly so, and does contribute a nice little zing to the cup. This is a rare occasion for me where the hibiscus is not overwhelming and is used in the right amount to provide a nice benefit to the blend. The Keemun base is rich and sweet, perfectly balancing out the added fruit flavors. There is no need to add any sugar to this tea, as the fruit flavors added provide plenty of natural sweetness. While the tea is robust enough to serve well as a breakfast tea, it is not too full-bodied, which means that when served over ice, it is refreshing instead of being heavy on the tongue. Overall, I would have to say this is among the better fruit-flavored black teas, particularly berry-flavored black teas. As summer is approaching, I highly recommend this tea to anyone looking for that perfect iced tea blend.
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