Review: The Necessiteas Lemon Raspberry

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Thumbs up!"As for taste, it was a pleasant balancing act between the sencha's roastiness and the lemony accents. Raspberry? I think she was on break."
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necessiteas-lemon-raspberry.jpgThe NecessiTeas presents a green tea blend with lemongrass, cut raspberries, lemon and raspberry flavor accents, and a Japanese sencha for the green base. On nostril alone, this offering packs a wallop. When I took my trusty paper bag o' tea with me to work, the lemon-raspberry melange clobbered the scents (and senses ) of everything else. Even the tangelos I had in the same bag for safe keeping (and later eating) were no match. It is no exaggeration to say this smelled like a liquid fruit roll-up. The leafy consistency ranged from brightly dark green to purple. Not as vibrantly purple as I saw in the cover photo but still pretty-like.

Brewing instructions were not provided, so I had to go with sencha tips I found on-line. Generally, Japanese green teas should only be brewed for two minutes in 175F water. However, since this was a flavored blend, I chanced an extra minute and an added 5F degrees. I brewed 1 tablespoon in 12oz.

Unlike senchas of brews long gone, this infused to a very pale yellow-green. Most I've tried in the past turned a dazzling shade of...radioactive; like "ninja turtle"-inducing. Not the same here. It resembled the semi-pale, translucent green infusion lemongrass produces. The aroma was almost all lemon with a trace berry presence lagging behind. And if I were a betting man - a very unlikely "if" - I would wager this was pre-sweetened. It smelled like a Lemon Drop. Yes, the drink sorority girls glug by the gallon.

As for taste, it was a pleasant balancing act between the sencha's roastiness and the lemony accents. Raspberry? I think she was on break. I sensed nothing remotely similar to it. A flavor like this could easily be duplicated with just green tea and lemon myrtle, I would think. And - like there was ever a doubt - it complimented sweetener splendidly.

I will confess that this blend accomplished what it set out to do, which was make a sencha drinkable to me. Aside from the tamaryokucha variant, I don't usually go for sencha. However, this blend was drinkable. And good. I was a little disappointed that the berry-ish aspect was unapparent, though. Yet I can shrug that off.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Necessiteas Lemon Raspberry”

  1. Dan Says:

    So strange, as everybody’s review of this tea seems to indicate completely different flavor profiles. I found the raspberry to be very present, and the sencha to be virtually undetectable — almost the opposite of what you got, Geoff! The others’ reviews are equally dissimilar. Very intriguing…

  2. Geoff Says:

    Probably has something to do with the steep time. Freeze-dried raspberries wouldn’t steep well on anything less than five minutes usually. Sencha can only steep for two or three. I probably didn’t detect the berry because I did it for less. I still have some left, maybe I’ll chance four.

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