drank Raspberry Earl Grey by Red Leaf Tea
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The dry tea smells like a strong earl grey. While brewing, I still only get the earl grey smell. On first taste it is a strong bergamot earl grey but with quite an artificial raspberry flavour. I liken it to cough syrup taste but without the punch that you get with cough syrup. As the tea cools the raspberry becomes less artificial and there is less cough syrup taste. It is not really what I expected from this tea. The black base is only slightly astringent. I brewed for my usual 2 min. I am going to bring the brewing time down. And see if that makes a difference in the flavour.

Edit: after the tea cooled to almost room temp the raspberry was quite prominent and nicely flavoured. Still artificial but it worked well with the earl grey.

A 1 min steep tasted mostly like a very mild earl grey. No raspberry or fruitiness

I have had this tea numerous times today and am finding a 1 min 30 second steep is giving me a nice smooth earl grey with a raspberry flavour. Again the raspberry is a bit artificial tasting, but still good. The two flavours blend well together. Not astringent at this steep time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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