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Charbrew Strawberry & Cream Tea

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Brand: Charbrew / Type: Fruit Tea / Food quality: Organic food

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      29.07.2013 18:50
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      Organic and tasty, but too expensive and unbalanced in flavour.

      This is a tea which sells itself as Strawberry and Cream.

      The strawberry is totally fair. There is real strawberry in the mix inside the pyramid bag and this really does come through in the resulting brew. There is a good scent as well of taste of strawberry. The brew is a rich, deep rose pink, which adds the visual signal which screams Strawberry, with all its summery associations.

      Though at least part of this deep pink comes from the inclusion of beetroot in the bag. I do like beetroot drinks as well as in pickled form. Beetroot, orange and carrott remains a favourite juice for taste as well as its vitamin and mineral benefits. However, with a lighter strawberry rather than more robust veggies to work with, I think the beetroot aspect, while adding to the sweetnesss, does fight more than work right with the strawberry main flavour note.

      This would be less of a problem if it were not for the other part of the title - the Cream. This does not come from cream - so this tea is safe for the lactose intolerant. This cream aspect comes from including vanilla into the bag. This, not being the same as cream, does work oddly with the rest of the ingredients. It is just that little bit too assertive and does not seem to blend harmoniously with the strawberry, as cream does in the dessert bowl. It seems to clash just enough that it makes the brew feel weird in the mouth rather than feel as delicious as the real thing does.

      Not that this is not a nice, summery tea. It is. The brew works as a hot fruit tea and as a refreshing iced one. There is plenty of flavour to back up the lovely scent and pretty colour - which is not always the case. What is a shame is that with a slightly different mix the tea could have been a winner instead of a flawed contender.

      This is doubly the case as it does have good Green points in its favour. The pyramid bags are biodegradable. The ingredients are orgainic and the box can be recycled.

      Though it is horribly expensive. £3.99 for a box of 15 non-perfect tea bags is way too much. If on offer, this is a good if not ideal summer brew, but at a normal price, not so much.

      Which is a shame, as with a slightly revised mix and more sensible price, this could be a contender. It is just that right now, it's not.

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    • Product Details

      Made with Organic ingredients this healthy tea contains real pieces of strawberry and vanilla and is naturally coloured with beetroot to provide a unique taste. The beetroot provides a naturally red infusion which deliver a truly aromatic smell of summer strawberries and cream whilst deliver a light taste which lasts. A great daytime tea..