When I opened the ziplock bag, this tea knocked me over with a very pungent, very artificial raspberry smell. It was almost enough to make me close it back up without trying it, and it was definitely enough to make me regret buying 3 ounces before buying a sample.
Once brewed, the cheap candy-like smell does dissipate quite a bit. It’s definitely more drinkable than I thought it would be based on the smell of the dry leaves. But it doesn’t bowl me over, and I definitely won’t buy it again. Something tells me this might work out better as an iced tea, so maybe I will try that soon.