Last new one!
I was kind of scared of this one when it was announced to staff; I’ve had some pretty unpleasant tea experiences with blends that had hot pepper in them. 52Tea’s Napalm Ferret springs to mind as well as Chocolate Kisses Chili from RiverTea. I also don’t love the use of the word ‘Cleanse’ in the name of the tea – it’s right up there with teas that use the name “Detox” or “Teatox” for me, but that’s a whole ‘nother thing that I don’t want to get into. If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while you’ve heard me express distaste at that usage and know my thoughts…
As far as the cayenne in this tea goes? Not an issue for me! I have the most delicate taste buds when it comes to spice – I am a complete and total wuss. So take it from me that this barely has any spice to it at all. Just a little bit of a tickle in the finish, the same way I experience with ginger or peppercorn heavy blends. I don’t think anyone is gonna be burning their tongues off with this one. Which for me, at least, is a good thing.
And the rest of it is pretty lovely! It’s really intensely lemon flavoured but in a way that feels both natural/realistic and also sweet. Like, I get hints of pith/peel from the flavour but also fresh squeezed lemon juice. In fact, I think this would make a REALLY SOLID lemonade like flavour if you iced it. Apart from that very rich lemon note, there are undertones of both lime and apple as well but they’re very much not the focus flavour here. Just something that adds a bit more depth to keep this from feeling more one dimensional/flat.
I’m really into this one, guys – I didn’t expect it to be the kind of tea that I would eagerly/enthusiastically be recommending to people for taste over wellness benefits. I mean, I’m still going to end up talking about it from a wellness perspective a lot – that’s unavoidable with the name, but at least I can lead with the fact I genuinely loved the taste.
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.