Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
I was thinking, you always see teas fashioned after strawberries & cream, peaches & cream, even blueberries & cream, but why not raspberries & cream? So, of course, I had to make one. Here’s our premium black teas with real freeze-dried raspberries and organic flavors. And yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds. Hot or iced, it’s just nice.
Learn more about this blend here.
I have to agree with the above description from 52Teas, you really don’t see a whole lot of raspberries and cream flavored teas out there. I’ve come across quite a few strawberries and cream … occasionally the peaches and cream and the rare blueberries and cream, but I can’t recall a raspberries and cream flavored tea. I might have come across one, but I certainly don’t remember it.
So I was excited to try this Raspberry Cream Flavored Black Tea from 52Teas when it was announced for the week of February 11. The flavor combination sounds so yummy!
And it is. The black tea base offers a solid backdrop of flavor, it is rich and robust. Not too astringent, not bitter … just flavorful: slightly earthy, hints of malt that meld nicely with the cream notes, and a smooth, rich flavor that supports the flavors of raspberry and cream very well. I like that the black tea tastes comes through strongly with this cup.
The next taste that I notice is the raspberry. The sweet-tart flavor of raspberry comes through right at the start, and is noticed throughout the sip, but, is especially noticeable at the finish and into the aftertaste when there is that pleasant tangy taste that tickles the tongue as if I just popped a fresh, juicy raspberry in my mouth.
The cream flavors are a little less noticeable. I find myself wishing for a tad more creaminess in this cup – just a hint more sweet, vanilla-y cream taste. The cream flavor does come out really nicely when a splash of milk is added to the cup, but, when I drink “cream” flavored teas I want the cream notes to come through without the addition of dairy. As the tea cools slightly, I notice the cream notes just a little more … so this is a tea that definitely benefits from a brief wait time from the moment it is poured until you take a sip (just a few minutes is all you need wait!)
A really tasty tea!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!