drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
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Twelve years ago, I was not kind to this tea. Gave it another chance and brought some for the work tea party cache because it is a particular favorite of an office friend.

Tastes change. I think what didn’t impress me back then is what I’m liking about it now: subtlety. It hints of raspberry instead of slaps you in the face with tartness. That same trait is what changed my mind about a St. Dalfour bagged black cherry that’s now an easy-steep office standard for me.

One caution: a lot of Bigelow flavored teas recommend a really short steep—just 1-2 minutes. I had an unexpected office visitor at the time and let this go just slightly to the bitter side. Other than that, it’s a nice change of pace.

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Steepster “geezer” (been reviewing here for more than a decade); tea barbarian who has no systematic method for storage, preparation, classification, or rating; lover of strong unleaded builders’ tea. Never quite grew up—I cut and glue, play with Legos, design kids’ curriculum, and play with fifth graders every Sunday.

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