I’m not huge on strawberry flavours. If it’s natural and not overly sweet and syrupy, I love it. But any hint of chemical or artificial strawberry, and it goes down the sink. Just no. So, where does Janat Strawberry fall? This is the review where you can find out.
Below, I’ll recount my experience with this tea include flavour, aroma and sensation. You’ll also discover the best way to brew this tea and learn a little about Janat Paris as well.
Janat Strawberry Black Tea at a Glance
- Blend: Black tea with strawberry flavouring
- Flavour: Smooth black tea with fresh strawberry notes
Amazingly, the strawberry flavouring of this tea is very realistic and fresh. The black tea base can be a little bitter, however, so read my brewing notes below. The right water temperature can reduce that bitterness significantly.
Full Review – Black Tea with Strawberry Flavouring
- Type: Tagged paper filter teabag
- Tea: Black tea
- Additives: Strawberry flavouring
- Flavour Notes: Fresh strawberries, bitterness
- Aroma: Dried strawberry pieces, cream, black tea
- Milk or Lemon: Milk, if desired
- Where to Buy: Outlets and Janat Official Website
This is my first tea review of Janat teas, so I really went in with an open mind. When I ripped open the plastic foil wrapper, I was immediately in love with the strawberry scent. It’s strong but not artificial. It’s like dried strawberry chunks. Delicious!
It brews very quickly into a dark tea. The base of the tea is probably from India, Africa, or is just a strong tea variety. It’s not a delicate Ceylon or Darjeeling tea.
As a result, it becomes a very dark brown tea colour that has an undeniable bitterness when over-brewed. Thankfully, the strawberry flavouring is delicate and fresh. It’s sweet but quite watery, like when you bite into a real strawberry.
It’s a juicy tea with a slick texture, but it does have a drying sensation in the aftertaste. You’ll be craving another sup when you finish the cup.
Overall, it’s a nice tea… but brewing it correctly is essential.
How to Brew Janat Strawberry Black Tea
If you want to brew this tea hot (it’s lovely hot and cold) then use water at 90°C or below. This will stop the bitterness from getting too much. So, boil the kettle and let it cool for a few minutes before you pour it over the teabag.
Brew for 2 to 4 minutes. 3 minutes is my sweet spot.
Another great way to brew this tea is to cold brew it. Place 2 Janat Strawberry teas in a jug or tall glass of water and leave it in the fridge overnight (or at least 8 hours).
You can drink this tea in the afternoon as it’s quite a refreshing berry-flavoured tea, or after dinner as it’s quite sweet.
Why Janat Paris?
This is a new tea brand for me. You won’t find their teas in supermarkets and they’re rarely on Amazon. Instead, you’ll stumble across them in tearooms and quirky outlets when you least expect them.
The Janat Paris tearoom was founded in 1872 and their emblem is two lucky cats. They source a lot of their tea from Sri Lanka and they contribute to the Women of the World foundation. Women empowerment is important to them (and me too).
As for the tea quality, it isn’t amazing. The tea leaf is quite finely chopped and I’m uncertain how natural or artificial the flavouring is. Still, it tastes good and that’s what matters most.
Janat Strawberry tea is really nice hot and cold, so don’t be afraid to try it. I bought it as part of a box set containing 4 teas from the Provence series. You can sometimes find it available to buy separately as well. To find out more about this tea, check out the official Janat website using the button below or link above.
I’ve reviewed quite a few strawberry teas in my time, including both black teas and green teas. To navigate all my tea reviews and find something new (or check out my opinion of your favourites) go straight to my Tea Review Index.