This tea is billed as a combination of raspberry and chocolate and it combines both flavors quite nicely. It's neither overly fruity nor overly sweet. The chocolate notes are dark chocolate, which blends wonderfully with the dark flavors of the tea. All in all, it manages to taste like a good chocolate raspberry liqueur (and not like those awful chocolate cherry cordials that find their way into holiday chocolate boxes) was added to a rich, black tea. I highly approve. It would be the perfect after dinner/dessert tea if not for the fact that it contains caffeine. So, Tea Forte, would it be possible to make a similar blend without caffeine for true after dinner enjoyment?
I’d originally received this as an individual infusion and held off sampling because I’m typically not a fan of chocolate, especially in my tea. I love greens and tisanes, and when I do venture into flavored black teas for afternoon indulgence or a unique cocktail mixer, I opt for ones like Carmel Nougat and my beloved Peach Brûlée (you folks at Tea Forte definitely need to stock that one in large bags!!). So... just for the record, I’m now on my fourth canister of Raspberry Ganache... . It’s a lovely true raspberry cocoa blend — not at all cloying or artificial as I had feared. It’s wonderful as a hot cup, brewed and served cold as sweet tea, or done up with a splash of bourbon and sprig of mint. It has earned a permanent place in my tea pantry. Thank you so much for creating such a delicious and versatile cup!