Price: Free sample (regular price – $5.00 for 1oz)
Vendor: Butiki Tea
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1.5 teaspoon of leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 210°F, steeped for 4 minutes
Overall Score: 4.4 out of 5
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Raspberry Truffle is a Kundaly Indian black tea base mixed with chocolate chips and raspberries; all organic ingredients. The huge raspberry and chocolate chips stand out amongst the tiny black tea leaves. I am tempted to pluck out and eat one of the chocolate chips from the blend just to see if it has been infused with the black tea and raspberry flavors... but I won't.
The aroma of the dry blend is super sweet. I can smell the fruity raspberry with a hint of earthiness in the background... not sure if that is coming from the chocolate chips or the black tea.
The subtle aroma of the steeped blend is a mix of sweet, tart, and earthy. I can smell the raspberries up front with the earthy and hearty black tea aroma in the back ground. The liquor is a light brown color.
The taste is quite tart at first. After each sip the tartness gives way to sweetness. I can't really detect the chocolate by itself, but I believe the chocolate is what is helping the black tea flavor move more towards the front. What I mean is, usually with flavored teas you just taste the flavoring. However with this, I can taste the raspberry flavor AND the earthy tones of black tea. I think the chocolate makes the actual tea flavor richer so it does not become hidden by the raspberries.
When it comes to adding milk, cream, or sweeteners to this tea... I like it the way it is. I believe adding cream would mask the flavors too much while sugar might bring out the raspberry flavor more than it needs to be - unless you really like raspberries.
If given the choice, I would pick an actual raspberry truffle over this tea - mostly because of the lack of chocolate flavor. However, this is a flavored tea that I wouldn't mind keeping in my stash.