Raspberry Cocoa Flavored Black Tea from Tippy’s Tea

raspberrycocoaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tippy’s Tea

Tea Description:

A bold, malty blended black tea with a taste of raspberry and dark chocolate notes at the end. We highly recommend sweetening slightly to bring out the chocolate and raspberry. Delectable.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Hmm … after experiencing their wonderful Not so Vanilla Tea, I had high expectations from the Raspberry Cocoa Tea from Tippy’s Tea.  And while it didn’t quite live up to those expectations, I still found this tea to be quite enjoyable overall.  And based upon some of the tasting notes for this tea on Steepster, I think I might be a minority in my thoughts on this tea.

To brew this tea, I used my Kati tumbler.  I measured a bamboo scoop into the basket of the tumbler and poured 12 ounces of boiling water into the tumbler.  Then I let the tea steep for 3 minutes.  I let the tea cool a couple of minutes before taking a sip.  That very first sip was not only still quite hot but also a little ‘muddied’ so I let it cool a few more minutes.

After the tea had cooled to a drinkable temperature, the flavors were much more distinguished.  The raspberry is strong.  It’s sweet with notes of tart.  But it doesn’t taste quite as authentic as I would want from a raspberry flavor.  It seems a little contrived, and I’m not sure if that’s because of the Keemun’s presence in this blend.

The black tea base is a blend of Assam and Keemun.  I’m getting lovely notes of malt and I like the way these notes play with the chocolate-y flavors.  The Keemun offers a hint of smoke to the cup as well as a hint of wine-like flavor.  The wine notes interact with the raspberry and I’m not sure that it does so in a good way.  I’m not sure if it’s the raspberry flavoring itself or if it’s the way the Keemun tastes with the strawberry, it just tastes a little bit off to me.

The smoke from the Keemun adds some interest to the cup as well, although I can’t say that it’s my favorite thing about this tea.  It adds interest, but does it improve the flavors?  Not really.  It almost seems like an odd note, standing out a little in the crowd, it’s just kind of different and doesn’t seem to meld with the other flavors quite right.

So, maybe it’s the Keemun in this tea and not so much the flavoring?  I’m not quite sure.

As the tea cools slightly, I pick up on more chocolate-y notes and that’s a plus.  The chocolate reminds me of a dark, powdery cocoa, as if it were derived from Dutch powdered cocoa.  I can taste the bitter and the sweet.  I think I’m just wanting more of it.

Interestingly enough, I needed to leave my cup for a while and when I returned, it was quite cold.  I found this to be a much tastier cup of tea when it was cold than when served hot.  I don’t usually find this with a chocolate tea (and maybe that’s my own perception because I think of “hot chocolate” when I think of a chocolate drink).

Overall, it was an enjoyable beverage, but there was something just a wee bit off with either the raspberry or the Keemun … or possibly both.  I’m still unsure.

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