I had no idea what to expect from this tea because I’ve never actually tried pure Ceylon tea before. If my first impressions were to write this entry, I’d say my initial reaction when I took a smell of the leaves was “wow… that’s a smokey aroma, kind of like a lighter version of Lapsang Souchong”.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t really get the raspberry taste from this. It could have been for reasons similar to Ricky (other review) where I may have steeped this for too long, but I don’t think I went too overboard with it.
The actual taste I’m getting is an interesting hybrid of Samovar’s Breakfast Blend and Ancient Gold. And as Morgana pointed out, the leaves DO look really interesting.
I was a little disappointed with the re-steeping ability of this tea (I only got 2 good steeps out of it) but again, that might just mean I have to go easy on the initial steep next time.
I’ll have to try this one again some time.