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Thank you for a freebie of this one, AJRimmer — especially as you only had a few and liked it so much.  I was having chocolate cream pie for dessert, and thought this would be an excellent pairing.  Yup.  What a unique delicious flavor.  I tried a sip before looking at the ingredient list and was surprised at the uniqueness of the berry!    I don’t think I’ve had a tea with this specific berry flavor yet – and I can distinctly taste the raspberry AND blackberry. Looking at the list of ingredients (and bright red brew), I thought I’d hate it.  But no!  It does have an authentic buzzy, earthy raspberry/blackberry flavor with just enough of a tart boost from the hibiscus.  It tastes like those jelly candies with the sprinkles coating them that are raspberry and blackberry flavored and look like raspberries and blackberries — had them once, not sure what they are called. The second steep the next night was purple in color rather than the bright red, and that lovely flavor was also mostly missing, so it was perfect that first steep… wouldn’t really bother with a second. I wouldn’t mind having some of this around (especially to pair with chocolate cream pie.)  This would also be good adding some vanilla ice cream to the mug. (Try it, AJRimmer!) 
Steep #1  // 18 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // just boiled //  3-4 min

Nattie

Vanilla ice cream in tea is a new one for me! Oooooh I have ideas :D

AJRimmer

I have some Tillamook chocolate ice cream that’s pretty decadent, so I might have to give that combo a try! I’m glad you enjoyed this one too!

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Nattie

Vanilla ice cream in tea is a new one for me! Oooooh I have ideas :D

AJRimmer

I have some Tillamook chocolate ice cream that’s pretty decadent, so I might have to give that combo a try! I’m glad you enjoyed this one too!

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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