Healtheries Strawberry with Lime Twist Infusion

I love the taste of straw­ber­ries, but I gen­er­ally steer clear of straw­berry fla­voured things. The taste of straw­ber­ries and the taste of straw­berry fla­vour­ing are so dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent as to be many worlds apart. I know some­thing is straw­berry fla­voured because I recog­nise the arti­fi­cial, overly sweet taste that accom­pan­ies everything claim­ing to be ‘straw­berry-fla­voured’ and not because it tastes like straw­ber­ries. But I’m always eager to be proven wrong by an unfa­mil­i­ar brand.

This time, I’m try­ing Healtheries Strawberry with a Lime Twist Infusion. The box describes it as ‘a care­ful blend of straw­berry and lime [that] favours the former of those excel­lent fruits, with the sweet tang of ber­ries evid­ent from the first sip’. It lists ‘apple, hibis­cus, rose­hip, orange peels, sweeten­er, straw­berry juice con­cen­trate powder, lime peels, and banana fruit juice con­cen­trate powder’ as its ingredi­ents.

Infused for 4 minutes in 200 ml of boil­ing water yields a gor­geous jew­el-like red-pink col­our with an arti­fi­cial straw­berry and lime nose. Unfortunately, this arti­fi­cial fla­vour comes through as a sweet straw­berry fla­vour in the head before devel­op­ing to sick­en­ingly sweet levels by the body ahead of a zesty lime fin­ish, leav­ing an unpleas­antly sweet after­taste. The sweet­ness is prob­ably a res­ult of the use of sweeten­er where­as I prefer my teas unsweetened, and both the straw­berry and lime fla­vours are arti­fi­cial in smell and taste with the zesti­ness of the lime not being enough to counter the sweet­ness of the straw­berry — there’s no hint of fresh fruity fla­vour. Rather, the tea tastes and smells exactly like cough syr­up I had as a child. And any­thing that tastes like the cough syr­up you had as a child becomes unpal­at­able as a grown up — case in point: D has an aver­sion to all things peach fla­voured as a res­ult of hav­ing peach fla­voured cough syr­up as a child.

This box of Healtheries Strawberry with Lime Twist Infusion con­tained 20 tea bags. It was packed in New Zealand and pur­chased in Auckland, New Zealand in 2014.