Next iced tea in the collection.
First time I saw this one, I was not into it. It really looks like a raspberry version of Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait – there are A LOT of overlapping ingredients, and I don’t like SRP so I figured I wouldn’t like this one. Also, it’s got straight up sugar in it too, which isn’t a pro in my books. However, the closer we got to launch day the more the idea of it was growing on me, and when we finally cracked open the first kilo bag I found myself really into the aroma of the dry leaf: it was juicy raspberry, with this familiarity I couldn’t totally shake.
Steeped, I think this actually (and reluctantly) ends up being my favourite of the new teas after Passion Punch. Mostly, I like it because it reads as a very solid/pure raspberry flavour with a faint sliver of tartness and a lot of mellow/natural sweetness. Now, mentally I know that it ISN’T natural sweetness because there IS sugar in the blend, but it doesn’t taste super cloying/sweet and artificial to me despite that. The raspberry also tastes pretty familiar: in a way, it’s like the raspberry from Rainbow Sherbet but at the same time, it has the sort of mellowness and slight creaminess of Blackberry Blizzard. Then, while having similarities to both of those summer blends, there’s still a quality about it which is really familiar but I don’t think tea related at all. I still can’t place that aspect of it, which annoys me a little bit.
Unlike Passion Punch, which I loved, I likely wont buy any of this one for myself but I anticipate it being a “go to” to drink on shift when I want an iced tea.
But to sum up:
- Good raspberry flavour
- Tasted fresh and naturally sweet, despite not actually being “natural” sweetness
- Has a hint of creaminess to it (from the cream flavour/yogurt in the blend)
- Oddly familiar
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.