The description of this made me extremely curious to try this out, since I’m always on the hunt for fruity, caffeine-free teas. A friend of mine told me that this one was delightful, so I ordered 100g and had high hopes.
The smell of the dry leaves is of ginger, with fruity background, not too much of strawberry. If it brewed up the way it smelled, I would be very pleased. The colour of this when steeped is a very pretty raspberry colour. The brewed tea has a funny aroma to it, that I identify with “artificial watermelon candy” (like watermelon Jolly Ranchers, which for the record, I detest!).
On the first sip I got a shock to my tastebuds because it is extremely tart! I should have expected this since this tea is rosehip and hibiscus based, and the tartness combined with the lemon myrtle gives this tea a very citrus-y feel. I think most of the shock was that I was expecting a sweet, strawberry taste and got the polar opposite. I don’t taste any spiciness from the ginger at all.
I added a touch of agave syrup to the tea to take the tart edge off, and although it did bring out the ginger more in the flavour profile, I can’t say that I enjoy this tea. There’s a funny aftertaste that I can’t quite put my finger on and I can’t stomach the idea of polishing off 100g of this.
I think if I’m in the mood for a strawberry tea, I’ll stick to Blazing Strawberries from David’s Tea.