This morning I needed some raspberry leaf (if you know what I mean). I have these bags of raspberry leaf but I prefer to actually just throw a bag in my mug underneath an infuser basket filled with other tea, and rose blacks are my favorite for whatever reason. The raspberry leaf has this odd sweetness to it (not sure if it’s the actual leaf or something else in the bag), and a slight fruitiness. I often pair it with Harney’s Rose Scented, but today I went for this one.

The last time I had this I brewed it near the low recommended temperature but it was kind of thin. Fortunately I read my other tasting note before having this again. This time I steeped it at boiling and it was delicious. I will hold off adjusting my rating until I have it without the raspberry leaf bag, but I think it will be going on. This is kind of like Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black with out the bergamot. The black tea has a similarly awesome flavor profile. Definitely pleased with this one.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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