Caribbean Crush: A DAVIDsTea Review

This sweet, tangy blend of pineapple, papaya and cranberries is as fresh as it gets.

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$7.98/50g

Your new crush…

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(Pineapple, apple, papaya, cranberry, hibiscus, artificial flavouring.)

I’m not sure if anyone else has gone out of their way to buy an excessive amount of one tea before, but Caribbean Crush was definitely that tea for me last year (with up to 700g purchased), when I fell absolutely fell head over heels for this tangy fruit infusion. But conveniently enough, as my stash dwindles down to the last couple ounces, it comes back as the tea of the month for April. Compared to last summer when it first released, Caribbean Crush appears to have gotten a slight makeover. It’s basically the same ingredients, but at the same time, it looks more lively. The chunks of cranberry, the candied pineapple and papaya, as well as the bits of hibiscus come together to mimic escaping to the Caribbean, or even to the beach without having to leave your couch. It certainly smells like a taste of the tropics…

The liqueur after close to six minutes results in a nice rosy pink colour. It doesn’t smell as vibrant as before steeping, more so like pineapple and cranberry, if anything else. I love how much this blend resembles juice, let alone fruit punch (one of my very favourite beverages). It is a great balance between sweet and tangy, and even though the papaya is not as prominent as you would expect from a drink boasting tropical notes, the pineapple really helps make up for that. It’s one of the first things you taste upon sipping, with a “red fruit” flavour following closely behind. The overall flavour is on the mild side, almost diluted, and it’s not too sweet either. It is a tad surprising how decent Caribbean Crush is when prepared hot. The concept of drinking “hot juice” is still pretty odd, but it’s not the worst thing ever… Iced still reigns supreme though!

4cups

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