Happy (belated) National… Raspberry Cream Pie Day!!! To this day, I have yet to actually come in contact with such a pie, but according to Google, this is in fact a real day. When DAVIDsTea first released Raspberry Cream Pie as part of their spring collection back in 2016, it wasn’t long before I was boarding the bandwagon for this tea. That same summer, it ended up being my go-to iced latte, despite not being the biggest fan of blends with rooibos as the base. Just like in my last review, my love for RCP has waned, but I still keep some around in case a craving strikes.
My stash of Raspberry Cream Pie is stored within a orange coloured tea tin with matching orange label. The tea inside has a clear aesthetic going for it: pretty in pink. There is a generous amount of white chocolate chips, as well as pink flower petals, pieces of hibiscus, whole berries, and sugar crystals visible in the loose leaf. The listed ingredients are: green rooibos, cane sugar, white chocolate chips, pink sugar mix, blackberries, raspberries, gomphrena petals, hibiscus, strawberry leaves, natural and artificial raspberry, blackberry and vanilla cream flavouring. Directly out of the tin, this tea smells exactly like it’s described: juicy berries and sweet cream. Very dessert-like.
DAVIDsTea suggests steeping Raspberry Cream Pie for 4-5 minutes in 95°C (200°F) water. I steeped RCP for 5 minutes in water just under boiling.
After a five minute steep, Raspberry Cream Pie has produced a liquor that is cloudy/milky in appearance. The now melted chocolate chips are the reason for this change in colour, as well as the oily sheen. There’s also a visible sparkle from the pink sugar. At this point, the berry scent has a borderline medicinal quality to it, followed by a slight creamy note. There are a handful of ingredients that contribute sweetness to this tea, and in my initial sip, it’s as if I can taste each one, but magnified. The raspberry has a candy like quality to it, but still manages to taste like the real deal at the same time, while the white chocolate really brings the decadence.
All in all, Raspberry Cream Pie from DAVIDsTea is still a great dessert tea offering. The fruity berry notes pair nicely with the green rooibos base, and it’s also caffeine free, so there are no limits to when it can be enjoyed, which I consider to be a major bonus. It’s way too sweet for me though, but that’s nothing some ice and milk can’t fix. Just the way I like it, and exactly how I’d recommend trying it: iced with milk!
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Until we steep again…