Sipdown, 168, another from the Traveling Tea Box. I wasn’t going to pull this one at first, because Adagio. I’ve actually never had an Adagio black flavored tea because I kind of skipped over them when I was starting my tea journey (but only just, because I remember thinking of ordering samples from them), and then became uninterested because everyone seems to complain about the quality of their black base for blends. Being quite picky about my base teas, especially now, I wasn’t going to go for it, but this tea actually has decent ratings, plus I needed to free up some weight in the box for the teas I included, heh.
When this was brewing I caught a whiff of it and it smelled almost dead up like Land’o’Lakes Raspberry Hot Chocolate. We always buy those LoL individual serving hot chocolate packs, and they come in a lot of flavors. It’s not the most authentic raspberry in the world, but it is tasty anyway. Fully steeped it does smell quite a bit like that hot chocolate, although the tea is making it smell like a slightly darker chocolate.
Having just had quite a nice very dark (so, slightly bitter) chocolate tea, this is a bit of a letdown. Yes, it’s chocolatey, and the raspberry is definitely there, reasonably tasty, but man if this isn’t bitter! I could really use some milk and sugar, and then I’m sure it would quite quite tasty, but plain? Blech. So bitter. Ah well, I kind of expected it anyway!