A co-worker gave me her sample of this. She doesn’t drink herbals, and knows that I do somewhat, so she thought I might like this. I think this is from the summer collection. But it’s something I would’ve avoided since it has artificial flavoring in it. We live in a world full of so much chemicals, that I feel like I need to take control somewhere, and so therefore I refuse to touch tea with artificial flavors in it. But she already gave me this, and one cup won’t kill me, so I decided to give it a go.
The smell of the dry leaf was really really good. Smells exactly like actual pink lemonade. The liquor is frighteningly dark. It’s pretty, but since there’s hibiscus in this and it’s this dark, my mouth is puckering just at the thought.
Turns out it’s nowhere near as tart as I was expecting, which is a relief. At first the taste is pretty good. Pretty much tastes like hot pink lemonade, but then at the swallow the chemical taste kicks in, along with something foul.
It turns out there’s stevia in this and I think that’s what’s causing the foulness. I just realized that stevia was also in the coffee chai I tried about an hour ago, which was probably what was giving me that weird banana-medicine taste. A few more sips in, and now that weird sickly sweetness is all I can taste. Blech. I won’t be finishing this, it’s making me feel nauseated.
Dear DavidsTea, please don’t put stevia into your teas. :( I’d rather have the choice of whether or not to sweeten my teas than have you decide for me.
I need to get that taste out of my mouth. Time for a cup of Peppermint Patty from Butiki! :)