Review: Tassimo Tea Bar Raspberry Iced Tea T-Discs
We continue our iced tea review series today with the new Tassimo Tea Bar Raspberry Iced Tea T-Discs. As we previously noted in another review, Tassimo Tea Bar is an in-house brand created by Kraft for the Tassimo. Our main problem with the Peach Iced Tea T-Discs was the sucralose taste. Let's see how it factors in this review.
Brewing these T-Discs resulted in strong aromas of sweet ripe raspberries quickly filling the room and like the peach iced tea flavor, you could also smell some of the black tea aromas in the background. Looking good so far. Flavor this time around was MUCH more palatable than the peach T-Discs. While the ingredients list on the packaging clearly shows sucralose is present, you don't get slammed in the face with it. It's actually barely noticeable. Instead, you get the sweet taste of raspberries bursting forth upon each sip. You can tell there's sucralose lurking around somewhere in the background, but the black tea tannins kick in before it becomes too noticeable. A superb job this time & much more enjoyable overall.
Body was pretty much identical to the peach flavor with shades of orange & yellow throughout. While it worked for the peach flavor, we kind of wish a bit of red could have been added in order to match the raspberry theme. Since orange pekoe, Ceylon and English breakfast black teas all have a similar color, we suppose we can't really ding too many points off here & won't fault this T-Disc too much as a result. Acidity was a bit more present this time around and we think it actually helped keep the sucralose flavors at bay while bringing forth the main raspberry notes. Again, we only noticed the black tea notes and tannins near the end of each sip. Mouth feel seemed smooth and more substantial here. While the addition of ice did water things down a bit, you just got the overall sense of a smoother almost silky feeling this time.
- Aroma - 10 - Strong aromas of sweet, ripe raspberries quickly filled the room along with faint notes of black tea underneath. If anything, Kraft have at least NAILED the aromas in their Tea Bar T-Discs.
- Acidity - 9 - More substantial this time around and we think it's the hero in these T-Discs since it might be the sole factor that helped subdue the sucralose flavors while bringing the main raspberry flavors to the foreground. We still only could taste the black tea flavors near the aftertaste where the tannins started appearing.
- Body - 9 - Deep orange with tinges of yellow, much akin to the peach T-Discs, but we wish a splash of red could have been added somehow. Still, most black teas take on this orange color when iced, so we can't fault things too much here.
- Flavor - 10 - Wow... what a MAJOR difference from the peach T-Discs! Gone is horrible sucralose taste and say hello to a sweet burst of ripe raspberries instead. Black tea notes & tannins present more in the background with, unfortunately, still some sucralose notes swimming around underneath. Still, the main flavors wash it out for the most part, so no worries this time.
- Mouth Feel - 8 - Smooth again but a bit more substantial than the peach T-Discs. It was almost to the point of being silky at times.
- Coffee Drinker - Well, again this is obviously not a coffee, but if you like sweetly flavored iced teas & anything raspberry-flavored, then you won't be disappointed this time. If we had to pick between these T-Discs and the peach T-Discs, raspberry T-Discs would be a no-brainer every single time.
Overall Rating: 96 - Excellent
With the disappointing performance and heavy-handed sucralose flavors of the peach T-Discs, we did not have our hopes set too high for these raspberry T-Discs. Wow... were we ever pleased to see these were nothing alike! We are beyond ecstatic that the main raspberry flavors shine through strong & present while the sucralose notes are pushed to the background where they belong.
There are so many options possible for iced teas that we can't even begin to list them. One flavor we've yet to see anyone attempt is blueberry iced tea. Well, if Kraft uses the same approach towards that as they did for these raspberry T-Discs, we would LOVE for them to take a crack at it. It just goes to show that it always pays to buy the entire flavor line-up whenever possible since while one flavor might not taste all that great, some of the other ones could be stellar and that was certain the case this time. We highly recommend giving these a try.
Tassimo Tea Bar Raspberry Iced Tea T-Discs will work in most Tassimo brewers and are available in 16-packs for $9.99 USD at CoffeeCow.com. Canadians can also order these T-Discs for $10.99 CAD from ECSCoffee.com.
A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to thank Coffee Cow for supplying us with samples for the purpose of this review.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at December 10, 2012 9:04 AM