Happy Kwanzaa to everyone who celebrates!
I drank this one yesterday, for Christmas. It’s now or never to write a tasting note for this one. I acquired this in the July B&B sale. I’ve already parceled out most of it to others, since I can’t find anything special in this blend. It just isn’t for me even though I LOVE raspberries. I’ve tried it a few times and I just get the same result – tart and sour. No matter how I try steeping it, I feel like the hibiscus just takes over. On the second steep using boiled water, somehow the hibiscus took more of a backseat so that was better. Too many tart ingredients in this blend though. I get wisps of raspberry and the flavor of the base, but it just isn’t enough. The description for this tea kind of mentions percentages on the ingredients and it’s 62% of the other ingredients and they aren’t mentioning the amount of hibiscus and rosehips… I really hope it ain’t 40% rosehips and hibiscus. The description also mentioned steeping at boiling for 4 minutes which I would never do with a Darj…. I do love the idea of a darjeeling with raspberries though. But this one just isn’t my favorite from B&B. It’s good to have a couple blends from B&B I don’t feel I need to keep around though!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 minute steep