drank Swampwater by DAVIDsTEA
16 tasting notes

I wanted to like this tea. I really, really did.

I loved the smell. I adored the murky green colour. I thought it was going to be an amazing tea, and I even liked it the first time I tried it! But the reason why I liked it was because it was loaded with agave nectar, to the point where I could barely even taste the actual tea.

I tried Swampwater again several other times – both hot and iced – and each time I hoped that it would be a better experience. MAYBE I would like it this time. MAYBE there just wasn’t enough tea before. MAYBE it was just how the person serving me prepared it. But nope! Each time I was met with nothing but disappointment.

The colouring of the tea is pretty, but it’s all artificial, and so is the taste. When I drank it black, I didn’t taste any natural flavouring. It was more like I was tasting what somebody thought something was supposed to taste like. Does that make sense? I hope it does.

Anyway, aside from that, the tea itself was just hopelessly bitter, bland, and… well, gross.

The only time I liked it was when it was so full of agave nectar that I couldn’t taste anything else, and that is Not Good. If a tea only becomes palatable after one adds an overwhelming amount of sweetener, I consider that a failure.

I’m done with trying this tea, and I don’t plan on wasting my money on it again. I would advise everyone else to do the same.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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