Smells overwhelmingly like cough syrup. Tastes like cough syrup. I got about two sips in and couldn’t finish the rest of it – and I have a cough.
“Onto caffeine free teas for the evening. I forget how nice this rooibos is until I have it again lol, very fruity and a touch of cream. The red rooibos is a good base as it adds to the rich currant...” Read full tasting note
“Backlog: OMGsrsly introduced me to the awesomeness of blackcurrants last spring. Those things smell. So. Good. The aroma of this rooibos blend is up to par, but the flavour isn’t quite as sweet and...” Read full tasting note
“Wow. I LOVE black currant flavoured things and have asked Davids off and on for over a year to make a good black currant tea. When cocoberry came out I was excited and then horrendously...” Read full tasting note
“Too bad that VariaTEA didn’t like this, but I’m happy she gave it to me. I don’t mind mediciny-rooibos’ flavours. And I’m happy that we made it through all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness....” Read full tasting note
Our currant favourite
In 11th century Russia, it was grown as a staple in monastery gardens. In 17th century Europe, it was made into a dark and delicious syrup to soothe sore throats. And in England during World War 2, it was the country’s top source of Vitamin C. We’re talking about the deliciously nutritious blackcurrant, quite possibly our favourite super-fruit. Try it for yourself with this velvety rich tea, a sweet and fruity blend of blackcurrants, blackberry leaves and super-healthy rooibos. It’ll be an instant love affair.
Ingredients: Rooibos, sweet blackberry leaves, blackcurrant, black currant and cream flavouring.
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I’m feeling a bit pouty today, because I’ve been sick and I thought I was getting better, but I don’t think I am. I was feeling pretty decent all day, and then I went to pick up groceries for dinner and started feeling faint levels of feverish. So I had to cancel my plans for the evening :( I also ordered a variable temp kettle that was supposed to arrive today and it didn’t. So boo. I was hoping that this tea would sooth me and cheer me up.
I love black currant so much, and the smell of this is to die for. It captures all of the depth and nuance of juicy black currants. It smells sweet and rich.
Sadly, the flavour just doesn’t measure up. There’s a hint of black currant on the finish, which is nice, but the rest of the sip is pretty meh. It doesn’t have a lot of flavour and the start of the sip is mostly rooibos woodiness, which is followed up b a sweetness that tastes artificial to me. There seems to be dimensions missing that should be there. I want this to fill my mouth, but it doesn’t even come close.
It gets better as it cools but it’s not great.
Flavors: Artificial, Black Currant, Sweet, Wood
This was my pick for tea of the day at my local Davids Teas: tart with deep berry tones in a caffeine-free blend. The dark fruit notes are strong enough to compete with the medicine-like flavors of red rooibos. It is even more amazing as a tea pop, which brings out the zing of sour berry. If I made this myself I would steep it longer than recommended to get more of the tart currant flavors. Plenty fruity and sweet without sugar, it is a nice alternative to sweeter berries like blueberry or strawberry. I would be worried if it would taste too medicine-like when brewed hot, but I’ll have to order some and try it. Cold, the tartness of the currant works in its favor.
Flavors: Berry, Black Currant, Fruity, Rooibos, Sour, Tart
Black currant flavour is a bit to much like candy for my taste. A little bit of tartness might make this more authentic-tasting.
As the infusion is cooling, I’m detecting an artificial sweetner aftertaste. Maybe it is from the “artificial black currant” ingredient listed.
Thanks to Roswell Strange for a sample of this tea! Initially, I thought it smelled pretty good – all deliciously of berries, specifically black currants (duh). Unfortunately, though, it occurred to me after a few minutes that the aroma really reminded me of something… Medicine. And not rooibos- medicinal; in that respect it was just fine. Nope, it was the flavouring that reminded me of some sort of flavoured medicine I’ve had. Blech. And I can’t blame the tea for this – it was quite tasty until I had this realization, so overall I’d count this as a pretty good blend, just one that I am prejudiced against due to previous experiences.
Also in unrelated news, is the Steepster app available? This new format is not playing nice with my phone. Actually, it’s terrible.