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drank Chill Out Cherry by Tease
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Picked this one up last night while shopping with Marika.

If I’m being honest I sort of bought it our of anger. That’s probably a stupid reason to buy something but the name really appealed to me because of the cherry and then when I turned the container around to read the ingredients I saw there was ZERO cherry in the blend. It’s a flavouring free tea as well, so you can’t even make the argument that the “cherry” they named the tea after is coming from there. I hate that.

So, of course, I had to taste it and see exactly how cherry like this non-cherry tea is.

First things first, it did taste really nice. Good balance of sweetness and acidity, with a surprisingly rich mouthfeel. The blend contains ashwagandha (that’s the “chill out” part) which is a hard ingredient to work with because of it’s intense and off putting taste, but I thought they balanced it out with the fruit REALLY well.

But cherry… I mean, I guess?? I tastes like red fruit, for sure. Not debating that point at all. It’s one of those weird cases where it’s a generic enough type of red fruit note that with a name like cherry your brain will probably fill in the gaps and it becomes passable. However, without the name to prompt that almost placebo effect I don’t think most people would blindly say this tastes like a cherry tea.

I guess I just don’t understand why push an angle like cherry with the name/copy if you’re not putting it in the tea?? Especially when the taste could be described a thousand other more accurate ways that are still super appealing sounding.

Kaylee

Just here to say that I, too, sometimes get angry about tea business’s advertising/naming decisions and appreciate being in a space where others understand that reaction. You’re not alone!

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Kaylee

Just here to say that I, too, sometimes get angry about tea business’s advertising/naming decisions and appreciate being in a space where others understand that reaction. You’re not alone!

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Hello! My name is Kelly, though many people in the tea community call me Ros or Roswell.

I am a mid-twenties tea addict, blogger, and all around nerd. I grew up in the Prairies, but a few years ago I relocated to Quebec to pursue a career with DAVIDsTEA in the tea industry! I’m still working on getting my French language skills down…

My first introduction to tea, in any form outside of instant and bottled iced tea, was about seven years ago when I happened to stumble upon DAVIDsTEA while looking for a birthday present for a friend! I tried their Birthday Cake rooibos blend, and I’ve been hooked on tea ever since! In those seven years; I was introduced to the online tea community, expanded my interest in flavoured teas to include a deep love and appreciation for straight teas and traditional brewing methods, got a tea themed tattoo, started reviewing teas, amassed a sizable tea and teaware collection, became a TAC certified Tea Sommelier, & even came full circle by beginning a career in the tea industry with DAVIDsTEA!

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