Sunday, June 12, 2016

Oh Say Can You Tea! (Limited Edition) Snapple -Target

Oh Say Can You Tea! (Limited Edition) Snapple -Target

Welp, I'm still sick and when you're sick you're supposed to drink tea. While I'm 110% sure this tea won't be all that beneficial or hasten my recovery, I'm going to drink it anyway, 'cause 'Merica. (Plus it has an eagle on it, and that's freaking hilarious.)

But first, a quick rant... (If you want to skip it just scroll down to the next bolded line of text.)

What is the deal with all these Patriotic products? I know we have a bunch of national American holidays in a row (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day), but that's nothing new, and I feel like there's never been such a strong influx of American Flag themed name brand novelty products for the summer. Is it because of all the election hype? That's the only thing I can think of that might have lit the proverbial fire under these food company's butts to make such things. While it's a fun, and a little cheesy, I can't help but think of this song from Bo Burnham's recent special MAKE HAPPY. (I'm sick, so I've been watching a LOT of Netflix.)

I think Bo sums things up rather well. For the most part these companies are just re-releasing their normal products with red, white and blue flag-inspired packaging or candy colors, which is really lazy, but other companies, like Skittles and Snapple, actually created new limited edition flavors for their attempts, which I have less of a problem with.

So that was my mini soap-box stance on all these political and patriotic themed products that companies have been putting out. If you're wondering why I bought this tea after feeling that way, America-themed or not, I really liked the flavor concept. So let's drink some 'Merica tea!

Black tea is my preferred type of tea, and I love strawberries, so I bought this more-so for the flavor than the packaging or anything else, which is rare. Normally I'm all about the visuals and packaging, but this time it was the flavor and product itself that caught my eye when it was announced online and I kept my eye out for it at the store. (I didn't go to the store just to buy this though. I was trying to find those dang Blueberry Pie Oreos.)

I think I've already talked enough about the packaging, so I'm going to skip ahead to the review part.

I twisted the cap off with a satisfying Snapple POP and took a whiff. The tea smells really sweet, like most bottled teas, and very fruity. The strawberry aroma is very realistic and refreshing, and towards the end you get a little bit of that tannic black tea scent.

Since the bottle is clear I didn't bother to do a pour shot, instead I drank right out of the bottle. (Plus I don't feel like washing glasses.)
This stuff tastes awesome. We have a sweet strawberry flavored black tea with a hint of mint. The minty flavoring is very weak, so if you were worried this might be toothpaste-y, rest assured, it isn't. I can only taste a slight authentic mint flavoring at the very end as an after taste. It adds a nice complexity to the beverage and helps balance out the sweet fruity flavoring. It's a little too sweet for my tastes, but if I dilute it with a bit of water and add some ice cubes it's perfect!

Bottled teas aren't my favorite thing in the world, and it's been a long time since I've had a Snapple beverage (I think the last time was their limited edition flavor for the fall which I reviewed HERE), but this is pretty darn good! If you're a fan of strawberry based teas, like the fancy ones sold at Teavana and Starbucks, you should check this out before it disappears. It's a really refreshing flavor and perfect for summer. This is one patriotic product that delivers a new flavor, and I'm really glad I looked past the novelty aspect of this and gave it a try.
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