Turn up the beet…
(Apple, raisins, hibiscus blossoms, beet root, elderberries, carrot, green maté, goji berries, aronia berries, blackberries, red currants, guarana seeds, raspberries, cornflower blossoms, natural and artificial wildberry flavouring.)
When it comes to the beet, the first thing that immediately comes to my mind is its ability to stain everything in its path, whether that means your fingers, your counter top, or your clothes. But they are obviously known for so much more than the blood red stain they leave behind and their sweet, earthy flavour. Although beets may have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, beets also contain something called betaine, a substance said to relax one’s mind. Which is an interesting fact to me, considering DAVIDsTea’s Just Beet It is a highly caffeinated/stimulating tea blend. The aroma of the dry leaf smells pleasantly fruity, packed full of berries, slightly earthy, while tart at the same time. On the other hand, the loose leaf of this tea appears to contain nearly every colour of the rainbow. Apart from the dark/red components: hibiscus blossoms, various berries, and beetroot, Just Beet It also includes beautifully blue cornflower petals, vibrant orange pieces of carrot, and more… all on top of a base of green maté.
Not really the rich, dark red that typically comes from raw beets, but still bright and vivid just the same. The hibiscus, and of course the beetroot do what they do best, filling the cup with a striking shade of red liqueur after five full minutes of steeping. The scent at this point is even more so earthy, with just a touch of fruitiness. Off the bat, there is an undeniable mixed berry flavour and a definite tartness present in the first sips. But the more you sip, the more you are able to actually taste the beets, which leave a deep, lingering sweetness paired with a tart, dark berry taste. There is no additional sugar particularly needed, because there’s already plenty of natural sweetness provided not only from the beets, but also via the various other dried fruits. Besides its delightfully pun-ny name, Just Beet It is full bodied in flavour, with ingredients you can feel good about drinking, and a guaranteed boost of energy supplied by its green maté base to match. Coincidentally, this exact tea draws strong comparisons to Power Berry, a recently discontinued blend that also features berries and green maté, in case you were ever searching for a replacement.