DAVIDsTEA’s 9 Berries | Tea Review

by Tea in Spoons

During the holiday season, I wanted something more festive and this berry-filled tisane looked like it would hit the mark!

Description: “Tart flavour of muddled dark berries with a sweet balance.”

Instructions: 1-2 Perfect spoonful | 475 ml (16 oz) of 95℃/200℉ water | 5+ minutes

Review: While I love my caffeinated teas, sometimes I am looking for a herbal tea for the nighttime. This tisane was too pretty with its mixture of berries. The dry blend had a strong berry smell: elderberries, strawberries, blueberries, and a hint of raspberries!

I infused the blend a few times between 5 to 10 minutes (the latter was because I forgot I was brewing it). At the 5 minute mark, the liquor became a deep burgundy colour and had a berry fruit punch smell. The liquor started off with a quick release of berry notes and was followed by the tart sensation of hibiscus which overpowered the berries. The sip ended with a sweet and floral taste and dryness at the back of the throat. The most prominent flavours were elderberries, hibiscus, and strawberries. The longer the liquor brewed, the more tart it became.

I noticed the DAVIDsTEA website mentioned that this fruit infusion could be iced. So, I let it chill for a few hours because it seemed like it would be refreshing. While the hibiscus taste was still there, it melded better with the berry and floral notes in the rest of the blend and the tartness was reduced. I was able to taste more of the strawberries, raspberries, and black currents. The wet leaves were fruity, berry, hibiscus, and floral.

Overall, personally, while I normally enjoy my tisane hot, I find blends with hibiscus taste better when cooled because it removes some of the tart puckering. That being said, this would be a nice blend for someone who enjoys a mixture of different flavours, berries, and hibiscus (3/5 rating).

  • Type: Fruit Infusion
  • Origin: Unknown
  • Caffeine: Caffeine-free
  • Other: Organic, vegan
  • Ingredients: Organic elderberries, Organic aronia berries, Organic hibiscus, Organic juniper berries, Organic sweet blackberry leaves, Organic chicory root, Organic strawberries, Organic black currants, Organic sea buckthorn berries, Natural berry flavouring, Organic raspberries, Organic goji berries, Organic blueberries
  • Company: DAVIDsTEA

The question of the post: What is your favourite berry?

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