The smell of the dry leaf is indeed raspberry. I also always enjoy when you can see pieces of the different ingredients. I steeped this for 2 minutes instead of the recommended 3-4 minutes because that is what I have better luck with as far as black teas go. Ended up adding sugar to this one. It took the edge of the black tea off and encouraged the berry flavor a bit. I’d like to mix this one with lemonade and see what happens!