Strawberry Hibiscus Sparkling Iced Tea

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So a few months ago DAVIDsTEA partnered with LOOP to make a sparkling iced tea made with our Earl Grey blend. I wrote a tasting note here on Steepster for it when it launched and overall I really liked the drink! LOOP is a Canadian company mostly known for their juices made using upcycled fruits.

Well, in addition to our partnership RTD they also released three other sparkling iced teas that incorporate different fruits and the other day while grocery shopping I finally saw all three so I of course had to pick them up to taste test. I’m gonna be honest, though. As a first foray into their other flavours, this was a hard flavour to get into.

Firstly, despite having stevia in it, it is very unsweet. I don’t usually mind a less than sweet beverage, but the hibiscus used in this is so sharp tasting while also having this weird and borderline savory undertone to it. There’s something about the strawberry that felt a little off too. Dehydrated strawberry used in tea blends typically have very little flavour and are mostly used for visual effect. What flavour they do have is very flat and lifeless tasting. Usually that’s not a problem in LLT because you’re using a small amount or have other ingredients incorporated to balance the taste. This sort of tasted like a really concentrated version of that dull, stale strawberry taste though. Combine that with the really shrill hibiscus? Yeaaahhh no.

It’s surprising because, in addition to the Grapefruit Earl Grey from this line, I’ve tried a lot of LOOPs other juice products and they’re so much nicer than this was. Hopefully the other two in the collection are a more pleasant experience. I guess I’ll know shortly.

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