Seaberry Spa tea from DAVIDsTEA has actually been out for a while but is being marketed with the latest Thrive Collection teas. Since I didn’t try it when it was released a few months ago, I picked up a sample to try it out while buying Namastea and Horchacha. It is a typical spa tea with a white tea base. Quite floral scented but licoricey at the same time.
DAVIDsTEA Seaberry Spa Ingredients
Apple, white tea, ginger, lemon balm, licorice root, rosemary, raspberry leaves, cranberries, sea buckthorn, chamomile, sandy everlasting flower, natural flavouring.
The licorice root is definitely quite strong on this one. It is a little less floral than many spa teas as a result. I don’t know, this one just misses the mark for me. I mean spa type teas are far from my favourites anyway but nothing in this screams drink me now.
DAVIDsTEA Seaberry Spa Steeping Instructions
Steep 1-2 perfect spoons per 16oz hot water for 3-5 minutes. DAVIDsTEA recommends a steeping temperature of 90℃/195℉ for Seaberry Spa tea.
Part of my issue with this tea may be the steeping instructions. The white tea didn’t taste burnt but since so much overpowers it, hard to tell. The instructions say 90℃/195℉ which is pretty high for a white tea for me. I noticed this with Cookie Dough too. I would usually steep at around 80℃/175℉. At 3 minutes the licorice root was already pretty strong so I would probably start sipping this around 90 seconds to get your preferred taste.
DAVIDsTEA Seaberry Spa Tea Review
Overall, it was certainly drinkable but not one I would purchase. The floral with licorice reminds me of Tea the North, just a weird almost nail polish remover smell. It does have a sweeter taste than many spa teas which is nice but the licorice was just overpowering for me. Someone recommended trying it iced which brought out more of the floral notes but still not a keeper for me. Not that I expected it to be. If a spa served it, I would certainly drink it just not buy any for my home stash.