SBT: Cherry Limeade

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Black Tea
Ingredients
Organic Black Tea, Organic Flavours
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Caffeine
High
Certification
Organic
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155 °F / 68 °C 5 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “At first I thought this reminded me a little bit of Kool Aid. The base surprisingly isn't really present, and it's a very reminiscent of a childhood, candy-like lime flavor. And then on my...” Read full tasting note
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    moraiwe 616 tasting notes
  • “I really love this - I was expecting it to be sort of meh, for some reason. Wrong - it really did taste like limeade...less cherry than I would like in theory. I cold steeped it and after taking a...” Read full tasting note
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    Zimaleah501 334 tasting notes
  • “Today's iced tea of choice. I know this one got three minutes in boiling water, because I used my timer. I can safely say, this time, that this bag got the standard SBT brewing treatment -- 3...” Read full tasting note
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    Scheherazade 1037 tasting notes
  • “Nope, this isn't one that I particularly like. I can taste the lime well but I don't get cherry, and it certainly doesn't remind me of cherry limeade. Hmm, and it's not one that's grown on me...” Read full tasting note
    CK 339 tasting notes

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8 Tasting Notes

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616 tasting notes

At first I thought this reminded me a little bit of Kool Aid. The base surprisingly isn’t really present, and it’s a very reminiscent of a childhood, candy-like lime flavor.

And then on my second glass I reflected.

This isn’t Kool Aid. This is melted lime jello with a splash of grenadine. And it’s way better than it sounds! Add real grenadine and it’s even better! I honestly wouldn’t mind having a full summer’s supply of this.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Roswell Strange

Sounds good!

moraiwe

I’m kind of giddy about it because it tastes so not good for me, but surprise!

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I really love this – I was expecting it to be sort of meh, for some reason. Wrong – it really did taste like limeade…less cherry than I would like in theory. I cold steeped it and after taking a few sips, squeezed half a lemon into it for a super refreshing, lemon/limeade-esque drink.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Today’s iced tea of choice. I know this one got three minutes in boiling water, because I used my timer. I can safely say, this time, that this bag got the standard SBT brewing treatment — 3 minutes in boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold, and into the fridge overnight. I’ve almost picked this one out to brew a couple of times, but I’ve always gone for something more familiar. Today, it finally got it’s turn!

It’s wonderful, as well. The base is in hiding, because I looked after it this time, although it’s still there in the background providing a solid base. The flavouring is primarily cherryade — it even tastes slightly fizzy, somehow — with a twist of lime. It’s a really nice combination, and although I was initially uncertain about the cherry/lime combination, it actually works really well. We’re talking artificial “pop” flavours, rather than actual “fresh fruit” cherry and lime here, but it’s absolutely reminiscent of the cherryade of my childhood, and I think that’s half the point. It’s a tiny bit sweet, a tiny bit sour from the lime, and pretty candy-like. I know I’m going to enjoy sipping on this one all day, and then tomorrow too. Inspired!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Nope, this isn’t one that I particularly like. I can taste the lime well but I don’t get cherry, and it certainly doesn’t remind me of cherry limeade. Hmm, and it’s not one that’s grown on me either.

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Sipdown #19

The dry leaf aroma is potent. Phew! It certainly smells lime-y, although it’s also quite chemically and strong. The undiluted brewed tea aroma is…unappetizing. It just smells weird to me. Not like cherry or lime at all. Just a very strong black tea scent that borders on smoky. The diluted tea aroma is more like what I expected, although I’m still a little wary of that inexplicable harshness from the base.

Okay, so I seriously overleafed this tea. It says to brew it in 2 cups of water and then add 6 more cups. I only added 4.5 and I barely added any ice. So why does it taste so diluted? I’m getting mostly black tea with a tiny hint of cherry lime flavoring. The base tastes different from the other SBT black teas I’ve had, and the aftertaste turns bitter. Did Frank change to a different base from the original line of SBT teas released about 2-3 years ago?

This particular tea came in the fourth package design I’ve seen. I’m not sure what’s with the frequent packaging changes, although this last version does provide a lot of great, helpful information. I like the detailed steeping instructions and the alternate coldbrewing instructions. And this tea is organic?? Hmm, I didn’t know that. I guess that means it is a different base then because I don’t remember the first line of SBT teas being organic.

The more I sip it, the more I think I like it. But I have to say that it is mostly black tea with only a hint of lime. Perhaps there’s some cherry in here too but it’s definitely the quietest of the flavors. Maybe this would have been better if I coldbrewed it? I’d be interested to hear what others think of this because maybe I’m being over critical or I just botched the preparation somehow.

All in all, I feel that I have to give it a low (-ish) rating since it is not as expected and overall isn’t that yummy. I know Frank can do better than this. A few of the SBT flavors have blown my mind. (I’m looking at you, Pink Lemonade.) But this one is not spectacular.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

i think he did? change the base on sbt’s

CHAroma

The older/original SBT teas had “premium Indian CTC black teas blended with organic flavoring.” These newer ones have “premium organic black teas, organic flavors.” So, I’m not 100% sure they’re different but I think they are based on taste and the fact that he’s now describing the base itself as “organic.”

52teas

You have a very astute palate if you can actually taste a difference in the base tea. I did change the base from a CTC to an organic BOPFS from a different estate in the same south Indian region. My supplier was out of the CTC I had used and not expecting another shipment for months and offered this higher quality base as a suggested replacement. It has been the same base for about two years now, though the changes in the description came a little later. (I realized that we were using organic flavors and organic tea, so our iced teas were in effect 100% organic, so I added that to the description.)

As for the packaging changes, this should be the last one—fingers crossed. You should see the folders on my laptop: “SBT – Labels,” “SBT – New Labels,” “SBT – New NEW Labels,” “SBT – New New NEW Labels”. I’m so sick of redesigning labels.

Sorry you didn’t like the Cherry Limeade. It sounds like you prepared it correctly, if you steeped it 3 minutes in boiling water. 3 minutes is the high end of our recommendation for these. After that, it quickly over-steeps due to the delicate nature of the tea. It’s possible that it was over-steeped just a tiny bit. I’m basing that on your statement: “The base tastes different from the other SBT black teas I’ve had, and the aftertaste turns bitter.” Over-steeping does tend to mute the other flavors. Or maybe this one just didn’t do it for you. That happens. I think that’s why I make so many different flavors. I want to make enough so that everybody can find something they love. Of course, it would be great if everybody loved all of my teas, but I know that’s not going to happen. =)

CHAroma

There’s one other tea that comes to mind where I could tell the difference between the organic and non-organic versions. It’s definitely not something that I set out trying to tell apart. It was one of those things where I accidently bought an organic version and then was sipping it and thinking, “This doesn’t taste like I remember.”

So, I suppose it’s possible. But I just tried the SBT: Lime Cheesecake and found that base delicious! So assuming they’re the same thing, it’s probably the added flavorings of this tea that I didn’t particularly enjoy. But that’s all part of the adventure of tea! Everyone has different tastes and it’s part of the fun discovering what you like. Keep blending, Frank, and I’ll keep drinking. :)

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This one was part of the SBT kickstarter way back in October 2013.

On first viewing, the tea bag is quite small as compared to the “older” SBT’s. I was not necessarily concerned about this, but it is just an observation. Both “new” and “old” packages list the same weight, so it is most likely the newer version is just more economical.

I am unsure if I have ever had cherry limeade. But I can imagine what it tastes like. Or what I think it should taste like.

Brewed this one up as per usual, 1 bag in 2 cups boiling water, white sugar added, brewed for 2 minutes, then filled the jug with cold water and chilled.

I was expecting a super tart cherry-lime-lemon-citrus flavour. But on first sip I was sadly disappointed. There are definite cherry and lime flavours but they are quite blunted and not tart or sour. Definitely artificial but not in a horrible way. I also felt it wasn’t sweet enough. But as I kept sipping, I thought, this is actually quite good. It is more along the lines of a real iced tea, vs a sugar crystal drink mix. (Duh!)

I can taste the black base a bit, it gives a smoothness and creaminess to the tea. No astringency or bitterness at all.

I have changed my mind, and I like this one now.

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I was excited to try this flavor because I love the flavor combination of cherry and lime. I wish that those flavors were a little sharper in this tea. It’s still a really good iced tea, but the flavors are not quite as bright and distinct in this as I’d like them to be.

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