Raspberry Royale® Black Tea

49
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4 ratings
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Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Fruit Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:?????
Loose/teabag:Teabag

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 17, 2013

Commercial Description

The delicate flavor of raspberry gives this tea a delicious fruit flavor.
20 individually foil wrapped tea bags per box.

Natural & Artifically Flavored
Ingredients: black tea, natural and artificial flavors.

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Reviewer pic81 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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This was among the better bagged, fruit-flavored black teas I've had. Raspberry teas are uncommon in my experience, so I figured to try some that I saw on a hotel tray in Gillette, Wyoming. Their water ain't the greatest, so I drank one there and also took a bag home. Upon ripping open the foil-lined pouch (s.o.p. for Bigelow, and a positive), the dry-bag aroma was dominantly fruity, with a background maltiness suggesting they use Assam in the base tea. Would the flavor deliver after such a promising intro?

The liquid brewed up dark, fast, yet still translucent, with a hint of malt in the cup aroma and taste—not as obvious as in the dry aroma, but reinforcing the notion that a little Assam was in there. That's a good thing. [Still, I wish tea companies would be more open about the origins of the product in these mass-produced flavored blends, so we're not left to merely guess.] Mostly it sported just a strong fruit flavor that didn't overwhelm the base tea, but certainly asserted dominance. Vanilla is obviously among the "other natural flavors" as well, given the readily apparent creaminess, probably to take the edge off raspberry's natural sourness. That's OK with me, not being a fan of sour tea tastes. The vanilla rendered a smooth, rich, easygoing feel, somewhat like raspberry-vanilla ice cream. The wet-bag aroma is mostly spent tea, and not much fruit, so this blend is suitably efficient at releasing the natural flavoring(s) into the cup.
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Reviewer pic65 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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I like this tea. The flavor is quite complex and I'm not sure which flavors are the tea itself and which are "other natural flavors." The malt sweetness of the tea is foremost and the raspberry flavor is unmistakable, but subtle. The tea tastes alternately of Ceylon and Assam, coupling the malt with an almost roasted flavor. There's very little bitterness or astringency. There's some vanilla and an earthiness that reminds me of pipe tobacco. This tea is similar to an Earl Grey in the sense that the more subtle flavors of the tea tend to be masked by the flavoring.

As the tea cools, the vanilla becomes stronger, adding a background flavor of eggnog. I can also pick out more of the Assam than before. The finish is long and keeps a similar balance of flavors, so the tea can be savored in sips. I find myself having the same problem that I have with Earl Grey teas and I keep trying to taste more tea underneath the flavoring. Toward the end of the cup, I'm finding myself a little fatigued by a sort of creaminess in the flavoring. The raspberry is still there, but there's an added richness that wasn't there earlier that makes the end of the cup taste a bit heavy.

I'm still impressed by the tea. This is one of the few flavored teas that isn't spiced and it compares favorably to others. I can include it with Earl Grey and jasmine in my rotation.

As an addendum, the ingredients no longer list "artificial flavors". The ingredients now read, "black tea, natural raspberry flavor with other natural flavors."
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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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I don't usually like fruity teas, but this was an exception, especially because of it's subtle flavor. I'd advise anyone who wants a strong fruity tea to steer clear, but for those like me who usually find them too strong, I'd fully recommend it.
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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I love fruity black teas, and this one is an old standby for me. Bigelow teas are often available in offices, restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores, and this is the sweetest of the flavored black teas they offer. This can take some sweetener and cream, but it's sweet on its own.
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