Since the smell so distinctively reminded me of blueberries, I was really excited to give this blend a try. Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits to be featured in a tea blend. However, after sipping, I found that the tart and sweet flavour notes didn’t mix very well in this blend. They came together in a way that was almost bitter as I felt the ingredients were battling out for who would be the strongest. The best way that I can think of describing the flavour of Southbrook Berry Blend is perfumey. Other than the hibiscus, there aren’t any ingredients that should bring out floral notes, and I wouldn’t say the flavour is floral, it’s just sweet and perfumey. This wasn’t an awful cup of tea, but definitely not a cup I look forward to trying again. I found that the sweet, perfumey taste was extremely overwhelming.
I thought that my turn off may have been due to steeping such a sugary-fruity tea as a hot cup- so the same day, I steeped an iced cup for my boyfriend and gave it a try myself. Unfortunately, the taste was nearly identical- with the different flavours being overwhelmingly perfumey and my boyfriend felt the same. It’s been a while since I’ve had tea with flavours that battle each other rather than blend.
Flavors: Alcohol, Berry, Grapes, Hibiscus