The Subject: Bohemian Raspberry Green Tea from The English Tea Store.
Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3 minutes
Tea type: Green
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Raspberry
Aroma, dry: Strong raspberry with pleasant grassiness
Aroma in the cup, plain: Milder raspberry and stronger grassiness
Taste, plain: Milder raspberry and stronger grassiness
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: Lighter, weaker, still very drinkable
Chilled: Raspberry, grassiness comes through with slight tang.
In the wake of 90-degree temps in the area at present, we wanted to be sure to try this tea chilled. So, this review is a little different. It was conducted over a couple of days. First, we tried the tea hot. Then, we put some in the ‘frig overnight and tried it the next morning (preferable to steeping the tea up strong and then pouring over ice, which dilutes the tea as the ice melts).
As for the hot version, we were quite pleased that the strong raspberry fragrance in the dry tea was subdued in the steeping. This let the grassy flavor of the green tea come through, very mild tasting, with no bitterness or astringency. Otherwise, we might as well just have an herbal tisane made of dried raspberry. That tea taste is very important. It adds a quality to the tea that is the reason to drink tea. Plus, you get various health benefits (readily found in an online search) from the green tea.
Chilled, this tea holds its raspberry flavor yet still has plenty of grassy green tea goodness coming through in every mouthful. I can drink it unsweetened, but hubby thinks a touch of sweetener would be just right.
A great everyday tea, hot or chilled. We’ll be keeping some in our tea pantry.
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.
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