Review: Boston Tea Company Decaffeinated Raspberry Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"This decaf tea is no shrinking violet when compared to it's caffeinated counterparts. It's a rich and fruity treat, particularly when used as an iced tea. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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Having had to completely cut caffeine from my diet, I recently find myself doing something that had previously been unthinkable for me: turning to decaffeinated teas! Available loose or in pyramid-shaped silk sachets, this tea features naturally decaffeinated Chinese and Indian black teas. The decaffeination process uses carbon dioxide, which allows the leaves to retain their original shape. Also present in the mix are raspberry pieces, lemongrass and raspberry flavour. I can see large bits of all the ingredients through the tea bag. The state of the leaves is particularly impressive for a decaffeinated, bagged tea: most are whole and unbroken. The aroma of the sachet is encouraging as well: a very definite yet natural-seeming raspberry scent wafts from my sample's package.

In the absence of more specific directions from the manufacturer, I followed my usual approach to bagged black tea, steeping the sachet in 8 ounces of freshly boiled water for 3 minutes. The resulting copper-coloured cup bears a mild but tart raspberry scent. Well balanced and full-flavoured, this is certainly one of the more successful decaffeinated teas I've tried. There is no bitterness or weird chemical taste present. There is a touch of astringency to the finish though, courtesy of the lemongrass, which merges interestingly with the raspberry flavouring. The raspberry component is neither too mild nor overbearing. It's sweet enough to be pleasant and tart enough to be refreshing.

I tried part of my cup iced. What was all ready quite a decent cup turned into something darn right delicious! The cold somehow enhanced the presence of the berries tenfold and made them sing! I highly recommend this blend as an iced tea! I'm so excited about this that all of my sentences deserve to end with an exclamation mark!!!!

After 4 minutes, steep number 2 is much more focused on the lemongrass component of the blend. The tannic elements of the leaves are also more prominent. The flavour profile is quite different from one cup to the next but still interesting.

This decaf tea is certainly no shrinking violet when compared to it's caffeinated counterparts. It's a rich and fruity treat, particularly when used as an iced tea. I'm also impressed with the sachets. Well designed, these sink quickly without trapping any air bubbles, with plenty of room for the tea to infuse. At 8$ for a box of 15, they are not cheap. It is definitely better value to buy it as a loose leaf tea. However the content and convenience of these sachets certainly makes this small splurge worthwhile.

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