I’m back at work this week, so I brought some new teas with me (or I suppose what I really mean is “untried” teas…) to ease the pain. Not that my week off was so great – I’m trying to buy a flat (with the emphasis very much on trying), and so in some ways it was a lot more stressful than being at work.
Anyway, the tea. I still gravitate towards black tea and milk when I’m in need of comfort, so that’s what I did today. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk (partly to help with the “zabaglione” effect…) but in all honesty, it would have been fine without. It smells delicious – creamy candy raspberry. There was at least one whole (large!) raspberry in my cup, so that gives me hope. I have memories of my beloved 52Teas Raspberry Cream…
My verdict is that it’s pretty good. I can definitely taste raspberry, and it’s not as artificial/candy-like as the scent would suggest. There’s a tartness alongside the sweetness that’s very much reminiscent of fresh raspberries. There’s also a creaminess, although it’s not as well defined as the raspberry. It’s not making me think custard, and it’s not super dessert-like, but it’s pretty good. Raspberries and cream is what I’m getting from this one, and since that’s what I was hoping for, I consider myself satisfied.
The black tea base works well, maybe better than I thought it would. It doesn’t overpower either of the flavourings, and even though I left it quite a long time, there’s absolutely no bitterness or astringency. It’s a definite contender for Raspberry Cream’s crown!
I’d buy more of this one if I could, but (alas) the nature of 52Teas is such that I don’t think it’s currently possible. If it was to make a return, though, I’d definitely be there!