Okay Arizona, I see you.
Welp, the marketing got to me y’all. This is one of four “teas” in Arizona’s most recent line/partnership with Marvel. They’ve basically sports drinks made with tea, and very loosely themed around Marvel heros. The tea and comic book nerd in me felt seen, so I grabbed one of each. Well, almost- I can’t seem to find the Lemon Lime flavour anywhere.
This one is the “Tony Stark” one. Don’t ask me how Dragonfruit Watermelon related to Tony Stark though, because I’m as lost as y’all are. If we’re going on colour scheme alone, I would have thought good ol’ Tony would be either a Strawberry Lemonade or a Cherry Lemonade.
These drinks are damn sweet. Like, I actually like Arizona a fair bit because their RTDs aren’t quite as sweetened as many on the market and you can usually really taste the teas in them. This was near gag worthy levels of sweetness though. So, so fucking cloying. Sure enough, there’s stevia in this which does explain it – but how much fucking stevia?? I don’t think I’ve had a drink this aggresively sweet in months. Like, I almost couldn’t taste the watermelon because I was so assaulted by the sheer force of the stevia. Fuck the dragonfruit – that flavour was swallowed up never to be heard from again. Also, the mouthfeel was a little strange. Very thick, which I guess makes sense because it has coconut water in it, but also weirdly… I don’t know?? I guess I would call it slippery!? That feels like a strange way to describe a liquid but it just stood out to me that this was a particular viscosity that I wasn’t braced for…
I don’t know how I’m gonna manage the other two flavours I got because this… was not a happy experience. Which is a shame, because the collab was SO COOL.