Had this one iced last night as the other tea I made myself. I actually was making it for a customer originally, and I realized I’d never actually tried it myself so it’d be a good one to cross off the list. The dry leaf smelled really good too, like cherries and cranberry. That made it even more enticing.
I know this is a really popular blend right now, and I love what it stands for and the cause it supports… but I’m not gonna mince words: I just didn’t like it.
There were elements that were good. I liked the cranberry notes, and found they were defined, and a good balance between tart and sweet which is exactly what I want from cranberry flavours in tea. The cherry was nice; definitely not medicinal. But the rest just seemed a little messy to me. I can’t place my finger on what exactly went wrong: maybe too much hibiscus? Or the peppercorns throwing things off? Perhaps that darn Stevia that likes to ruin things? I don’t know, it tasted both too tart and too cloying to my palate. I wish I liked it and I still see why it appeals to so many people. It’s just not for me, though.
Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest.