Black Forest Berry (Honest Tea)

Tuesday is Iced Tea Review day!

Over the past couple months I have really grown to enjoy iced tea. From black tea bases to greens and herbals... most any well blended tea can be brewed for consumption hot or iced. This ready to drink herbal/tisane bottled beverage from Honest Tea comes just short of proving this rule to be true.

Quick Info

FAB* Rating 3/3/0
Company Honest Tea
Blend Name Black Forest Berry
Iced Tea Base Herbal/Tisane
Country of Origin USA
Package Type Bottled
Price per Package $1.50 USD
Quantity 16 fl-oz
 
*Flavor, Aroma, Boldness

From the outset you can tell this blend will be fruity. I'm only speaking visually here... no label counted in. The deep berry red, almost that of a dark sour cherry, screams of fruity deliciousness.

Like most of Honest Teas' beverages this Black Forest Berry is made from certified organic and fair trade hibiscus leaves as well as organic fruits, fruit flavors and powders. Remember also that Honest Tea offsets their carbon usage, as a good citizen of the organic community would.

The aroma from this bottle of berry goodness smells very sweet. While I caught clear hibiscus scents... I also found light notes of raspberry to be present. All this added up to a wonderful aroma reminding heavily of pomegranate.

A bit of a mismatch with the aroma, the flavors were quite subdued. I found this beverage to be a bit watered down (diluted) and without much of a tail. Just a twinge of sour and strawberry hint a the real promise this drink shows.

I expected something slightly bolder and with more berry flavor. I feel duped by the aroma this specific beverage gave me being so different than the taste. While this is sometimes nice to have in a more traditional hot tea... in an iced tea I find it a disappointment. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy this tea. But I do feel its shortcomings to be remedial.

I would recommend this Black Forest Berry from Honest Tea to anyone who enjoys herbal teas (tisanes), fruit juices, iced teas, flavored teas, caffeine-free beverages and fruit in general.

  7 comments for “Black Forest Berry (Honest Tea)

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  2. December 22, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    We ship Black Forest Berry Tea nation wide, one of our best sellers!

  3. Patricia
    December 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Where can I find Black Forest Berry Iced Tea? What supermarket carries it?

  4. December 20, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    You might try Kroger or Amazon (not sure where you are located.)

    Alternatively, HonestTea may list some retailers directly on their website.

    http://www.honesttea.com/tea/glass/black_forest_berry/

  5. August 4, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    I live in Tucson AZ,, where (store) can I purchase forest berry iced tea
    is it better to brew your own or bottled?
    the review on bottled was disappointing. love full robust tastes

  6. August 4, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    PS what is the proper way to ice forest berry iced tea, some tea's become bitter in a day or so

  7. August 4, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    I find you can purchase Honest Tea products in many places. From Whole Foods to a Kroger or similar grocer.

    If you're having issues locating Honest Tea products, including Black Forest Berry, I would check their website.

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