I could tell as soon as I sniffed the dry mixture that it would be much less tart than the Hawaii Cocktail. The berries provide a lot of natural sweetness, which is evident in the fragrance of the dry mixture.
It makes a bright red liquor after steeping, and indeed, it is much less tart than the Hawaii Cocktail and not at all bitter. I mostly taste strawberry, and behind it apple. It doesn’t require sweetening primarily because of the strawberry, though it isn’t particularly sweet-tasting.
A much happier second encounter with my TeaFrog samples, though I’m not presently in the market for a primarily strawberry flavored tisane.