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Herbal "tea" that tastes similar to real "black" tea—camellia sinensis.


Martin Fisher
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Some folks are of the opinion that red raspberry leaf "tea" is the herbal tea that comes closest to tasting like real "black" tea—camellia sinensis.

Red raspberry leaf "tea" isn't processed—other than drying.

So, I got the crazy idea of attempting to process red raspberry leaves in the method of "black" tea. nasty.gif

A simplified, hand-processed, Japan-style black tea. This is a PDF file!

What are your thoughts? :blush:

 

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~Martin :)

I just don't want to look back and think "I could have eaten that."

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There's only one way to find out! Looking forward to your results.

 

Personally, I don't think raspberry leaf tastes anything like black tea. But I've always found rooibos tastes a lot like Ceylon orange pekoe with a bit of honey, and it's easy to come by.

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I am eagerly awaiting your results on this.  A while ago, I concluded that what I found missing in most herbal teas was the complexity and depth of flavor that fermentation provides.  Rooibos starts to get there, but I have yet to find a quality that truly satisfies what I am looking for.

 

 

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