Not a bad tea, got from a Chaplain’s care package here in Afghanistan.
A little bit of sweetener makes it a pleasantly fruity taste.
If you are on the go, it’s worth it— if not, try Anjou Pear-adaise from Teavana instead!
“First tea of the day! Thank you Jenny Wren for including this in the tea swap! I read the reviews on this one, seems others have found it overly sour; I actually didn’t...” Read full tasting note
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“Continuing on with the project of finishing up my earliest batch of tea splurge, I am saying goodbye to this one today. It actually grew on me quite a bit from my initial tasting. After drinking...” Read full tasting note
“Definitely tasting the berry in this tea. Tastes and looks like hibiscus is partly to blame for the bright red color of this tea, it’s slightly toned down from the actual darjeeling. I like...” Read full tasting note
Berry Black™ – Raspberry Darjeeling Black Tea
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Extraordinary and the first of its kind, Numi’s organic Berry Black features real North American forest fruits to create real authentic berry taste. With strawberries and raspberries, this sassy organic tea is fresh, wild, and all natural, blending hibiscus, vitamen C-loaded rosehips and a touch of smooth organic Darjeeling.
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This is an ancient teabag. Maybe the last from my box of Numi samples. I think I was avoiding this one because it sounded great, was a great idea for a blend (Darjeeling, berries) but I knew it would be terrible….hibiscus. I’m glad I didn’t drink this one when I got the Numi sampler and I was oversteeping most of my teas. It would have been much worse. Sadly, the only thing I can taste here is the hibiscus. The mug gets very red very fast. I can’t really taste any berry or Darjeeling. Just sour hibiscus.
Steep #1 // 15-20 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
I was really looking forward to trying this fruit-laced darjeeling from Numi. Unfortunately, Berry Black is much more about hibiscus and rose hips than darjeeling! In fact, this will sound bitchy, but it seems a bit like a waste of good organic darjeeling. And fruits!
The hibiscus really overwhelms. I should have known as I watched the liquor brew up bright red, but this is much more than I was expecting. I have something like 15 more bags of this blend and will likely brew them up en masse for a gallon of iced tea, which I suspect will be pretty good, but I would not choose to drink this again hot. Cream would not help—in fact it might curdle!
(Blazing New Review #21)
Okay! So, I pulled this one out of the sample box and read the ingredients. Hibiscus. Rats. My last experience with Hibiscus in a tea was not a positive one, but as I didn’t have to pay for the tea bag, I gave it a shot. It’s not bad, but I wasn’t all that impressed either. Being a Darjeeling helped it just enough to make it drinkable, but I HAD to add milk. Even then, the Hibiscus insisted upon being the main attraction, and made every effort to overpower the Darjeeling with its icky over-sweetness. I suppose if I was somewhere craving tea and this was all there was to choose from, I’d be a big girl and deal, but I won’t be seeking this tea out any time soon. In fact, I think the only reason I’ve rated this one so high is out of respect for the Darjeeling. Sorry Numi. No winner this time.