I liked the Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion quite a bit. But this strawberry one…I just don’t know.
Maybe the lemonade version is better?
It looks very nice. It looks appropriately like a strawberry drink. Just like its Peach cousin, it doesn’t actually contain any strawberry.
It’s a little bit weird that these new naturally-sweetened tea drinks don’t actually contain the fruits in their names, isn’t it?
Once you get over that, and the pleasant way it looks, you’ll be sipping on a drink that doesn’t totally stick the landing. On first taste, there’s indeed a good bit of strawberry flavor…though apparently that’s just other fruits and plants fooling your brain.
Then the tea hits. And then…a weird, watery, sugary aftertaste.
The further I got into the drink the more I noticed this aftertaste. It’s not bad per se, but it’s not quite the light refreshment I got out of the peach drink. And it felt at times like there was a bit of sugar sticking to the back of my teeth.
I have high demands on low-calorie drinks. I don’t want them to taste artificial, and I don’t want them to taste too sweet either. Starbucks nailed this balance with the Peach White Tea…but this Strawberry one is just a touch off.
The blend isn’t quite as natural and the ingredients all stand out a little more.
Now again, it’s not bad, and you might find yourself enjoying its slightly bolder, stickier taste profile.
But I didn’t love it.
I was in no way repulsed by this drink and I finished the whole thing. But I liked it less at the end than I did at the beginning; a conundrum the Peach version didn’t burden me with.