I had coldbrewed a 2017 packet of this and reviewed it about two years ago (here: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/397660 ) TL;DR: the coldbrew had a great lemon lime flavor, and was extremely refreshing, but I never did taste the cranberry. Now I’ve pulled my packet from the 2018 Advent Calendar. Last night I tried my first warm cup, and found that even more disappointing than the cold brew… it had a bit of the refreshing lime but mostly, the green rooibos just became overpowering and washed out any flavor. And still no cranberry.
I coldbrewed the remainder of the packet overnight last night, and decided to make it as an actual soda/pop. I strained the coldbrew, then infused it with three bursts of Co2 from my DrinkMate. And this. is. A-MAZ-ING! Hands down, 100% tastes like a lemon-lime-CRANBERRY soda! I even taste the cranberry this time! Perhaps something about that sort of sharp/crisp flavor of the carbonation is really making it pop.
I didn’t even add sweetener, and am perfectly happy with this. Likely if I added some sugar syrup into my cold brew, it might have an even closer replication from that syrupy/sweet quality.
If any other packets of this ever make their way to me again, I’m carbonating from now on! Raising rating!
Flavors: Citrus, Cranberry, Hay, Herbaceous, Lemon, Lime, Sweet