Will you cherry me…
(Apple, raisins, carrot, hibiscus blossoms, beetroot, sugar hearts, white hibiscus buds, rose blossoms, sour cherries, artificial flavouring.)
Upon my initial encounter with DAVIDsTea’s latest limited edition release, Sweet Tart, I honestly couldn’t help but instantly think about SweeTARTS, a popular sweet and sour candy that was created more than half a century ago in 1962 (shout out to Jeff Sousa!). And although Valentine’s Day is still a whole three weeks away, it is never too early to get yourself in a lovey-dovey, celebratory mood! The dry leaf of this festive herbal blend is borderline artificial smelling, fruity and sweet, very candy-like, and pure cherry all at once. Kind of reminiscent of Me To We and Hard Candy from years past. As for the loose appearance, it is somewhat minced looking, but overall pleasing to the eye. There are three major colours that stand out: orange, red, and pink. The bright pieces of carrot, the delicate white hibiscus buds, the dark raisins, the beautiful rose petals, and we can’t forget the adorable sugar hearts that round everything out.
After being steeped for five and a half minutes, Sweet Tart brews up to an absolutely gorgeous crimson red colour. Cherry red, even. Its fragrance at this point is still as fruity and irresistible as it was from the beginning pre-steep. Something about it is also highly nostalgic. Even though neither Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait nor Queen of Tarts possesses a cherry flavour of any kind, these are two teas that help to convey a better picture of just how tart Sweet Tart really is. (Somewhere in the middle, I’d say.) Despite its sources of natural sweetness and sweet finish, there is still no denying that this vegan blend is significantly more tart than it is sweet (thanks to ingredients like the sour cherries and hibiscus blossoms). Sugar is a necessity here, unless you’re a fan of a nice sharp pucker. Gives a better balance to the overall flavour. Sweet Tart is definitely worth trying (preferably iced), especially if you love Sour Cherry Blasters! In my opinion, this tea tastes quite similar.