Today’s iced tea of choice. I haven’t tried this one before, but the flavour appealed to me when I tipped out my selection of SBTs to sort through. Dry, it smells strongly of grape candy; sweet and slightly artificial. Since that’s actually what I was hoping for, I’m really rather pleased! I gave this one the usual SBT treatment — three minutes in 1/4 litre of boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold water and into the fridge overnight.
Brewed, this one retains the grape candy flavour, although it’s not quite as sweet as I was expecting. That’s a good thing, on balance, because I think it might have been too cloying if it were as sweet as it smelled — the grape flavour is quite strong and lingering enough without being uber sweet to boot. The black tea base seems a lot lighter in this one than it has been in the SBTs I tried last year. I’m not sure whether it’s been altered, or whether it’s just the flavouring here, but I can’t really taste it at all. The flavour actually reminds me of a grape lipgloss I had as a teenager — nice in an odd sort of way! It’s funny the memories tea recalls sometimes.
I’m enjoying this one a lot. It’s got a good, strong flavour, it’s not too sweet, and it’s pretty unique. I’ll come back to this one next year if it’s still available.