Rainbow Sherbet Iced Black Tea

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Black Tea, Freeze Dried Raspberries, Natural Flavours, Orange, Organic Dried Lime, Organic Vanilla Beans
Flavors
Acidic, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Creamy, Marshmallow, Raspberry, Tangy, Vanilla, Berries, Fruity, Lime, Malt, Orange
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Vegan
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Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I didn’t notice/remember that this was an iced tea; I steeped it hot (and for too long), but it ended up being pretty vibrant and delicious. Definitely reminiscent of the Frank version with the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I usually drink my fruity black teas with milk, but I resisted that temptation so I could try this as intended. I drank it cold, and it was fruity, but not amazing. Maybe it seemed a little thin...” Read full tasting note
    71
  • “Sipdown! I cold-brewed the last of this packet and had it ready in the fridge when I got back from my morning run — a genius move, if I do say so myself! I love, love, love the concept of this tea....” Read full tasting note
    77
  • “Sipdown (2160)! Such a perfect trio of raspberry, lime and orange – it tastes exactly like rainbow sherbet in all the ways I want it to and it’s almost painfully nostalgic to me. In particular, I...” Read full tasting note

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Anniversary Bonus Tea for July 2022!

I’m not sure if I should be calling this a v.2 or if I should just call it my Iced Tea version – but this version is quite different from the original Rainbow Sherbet from Frank’s era, it’s also different from the two reblended versions: the first I blended in 2015/2016 as part of the Kickstarter incentive package & the second I blended in 2017 as a Featured reblend in 2017. This might be a little more similar to Frank’s iced tea version as I used a similar base (a CTC from the Iyerpadi estate).

To the Iyerpadi black tea, I added freeze-dried raspberries as well as air-dried oranges & limes – as well as vanilla bean for some creaminess. This is spectacular. It tastes like someone melted some rainbow sherbet into my teacup. Sweet, fruity & delicious! It’s also vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free & all natural!

ingredient: black tea

organic ingredients: raspberries, oranges, limes, vanilla beans & natural flavors

more about this tea: It’s been a long while since I’ve had some rainbow sherbet black tea from 52Teas! (I can’t remember even trying a rainbow sherbet from another tea company) so when I decided I wanted to make two bonus teas this year for our landmark anniversary (SEVEN years!) & I got some of this Iyerpadi black tea from my supplier, I knew I wanted to reblend the rainbow sherbet, but with this base!

I’m really glad I did, because this tea is OUTSTANDING! I’m loving every sip. It’s so fruity & sweet – with just the right amount of creaminess to taste like a cold dessert treat (like sherbet). So lovely.

to brew: shake the pouch well – there are tiny vanilla beans in with the CTC Iyerpadi, so you want a fair distribution of the vanilla as well as the tea. Some of the raspberries have also been pulverized to a near powder consistency (more surface area = more raspberry flavor dispersed into the tea) so you want to make sure you’re getting a little bit of all the ingredients into your measurement of 2 ½ grams to 12 oz of near boiling water (205°F). Allow to steep for 2 ½ – 3 minutes. Strain & allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.

As this was intended as an iced tea, you might want to allow it to cool completely and then refrigerate. This also makes a perfectly lovely hot cuppa, but since iced tea season is in full swing right now, you might want this iced. If you want to cold brew it, use the same measurements – and use freshly-filtered, cold water instead of nearly boiling water & allow it to brew for several hours – or overnight. Strain & enjoy!

serving suggestion: I love this iced (either cold-brewed or hot brewed!) I also enjoy this hot. I find that a teensy bit of sugar will enhance the overall flavors to make for a more dessert-y taste, but it’s quite nice without sweetener – so whatever suits you.

If you do intend to drink as a hot beverage, allow it to cool for the suggested 10 minutes (at least!) because the flavors will develop over that cool time. Your taste buds will thank you for your patience!

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7 Tasting Notes

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6106 tasting notes

I didn’t notice/remember that this was an iced tea; I steeped it hot (and for too long), but it ended up being pretty vibrant and delicious. Definitely reminiscent of the Frank version with the fruit mixture; I couldn’t really pick out much but citrus (which was delightfully not bitter at all), but certainly more complex than that. I’ll need to try a cold brew next time.

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I usually drink my fruity black teas with milk, but I resisted that temptation so I could try this as intended. I drank it cold, and it was fruity, but not amazing. Maybe it seemed a little thin and metallic to me since I’m used to adding milk? I felt similarly about both servings I had of this.

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Sipdown!

I cold-brewed the last of this packet and had it ready in the fridge when I got back from my morning run — a genius move, if I do say so myself!

I love, love, love the concept of this tea. It’s so unique, and the blend does a great job of evoking the fizzy, sweet, creamy, fruity nature of sherbet. It’s very citrus-forward, with some vanilla creaminess at the back.

That said, there’s SOMETHING that hits the slightest of off-notes for me, and I’m not sure why! I think it’s a very minor acidic metallic aftertaste, maybe? It’s hard to identify! Still, I’d welcome more of this because it’s so unique and so refreshing cold.

2023 sipdown count: 30

Flavors: Acidic, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Creamy, Marshmallow, Raspberry, Tangy, Vanilla

AJRimmer

Aw boo I’m drinking this one now and was debating whether I should do a regular resteep or coldbrew. I wish I’d seen your note first because I think I chose incorrectly!

Kelmishka

I think I had it hot once and it was good, but it really shines as a cold brew!

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Sipdown (2160)!

Such a perfect trio of raspberry, lime and orange – it tastes exactly like rainbow sherbet in all the ways I want it to and it’s almost painfully nostalgic to me. In particular, I think this is one of the nicest raspberry blends that 52Teas has ever put out. It’s sweet but not cloying or artificial and there was just enough of a tang to it.

Only downside is that, for some reason I can’t explain, my very last sip of the mug was unexpectedly quite soapy!? I’d still love to see this blend come back though! It’s really lovely. Like, really lovely.

tea-sipper

whoa, I just finished this yesterday! Was just writing up my note for it now! haha. It DOES taste exactly like sherbet.

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2170 tasting notes

Used the last of my pouch to make a sweet iced latte and it’s delicious. I oversteeped last time and it was incredibly bitter, so I was more careful this time around and it came out great.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge, August 2022: A raspberry tea

Ok, I actually finished this off a couple of weeks ago. I stretched it out as long as possible (made easy by how a little of this tea goes a long way to make a great cold brew jug) – but eventually going through at least one cold brew jug a day took its toll. It was so good while it lasted (I possibly ordered more).

This tea appeals to the child in me to such a degree that I can’t be rational about it. It tastes like rainbow sherbet. The CTC black tea base somehow sells that “this is sherbet” harder (it’s surprisingly smooth), which impresses me further. I can tastes all the sweet citrusy, acidic fruits and berries essential to making a good sherbet, as well as decadent vanilla. It’s the best.

Flavors: Berries, Citrus, Creamy, Fruity, Lime, Malt, Orange, Raspberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Iced

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