Apart from import-friendly grocery stores in the United States, Ribena comes at a hard-fought effort. It also bears the calorie toll of sugar, both added and natural, and unnatural ingredients infused into the “black currant fruit drink” mix. A surprisingly delightful, and calorie-free alternative, comes in the form of Ahmad Teas Blackcurrant Burst.
In all my travels the world over, Ribena has been the one flavored drink that has stuck with me. The nostalgia from travels across the UK with my late best friend, Elizabeth, treks across Australia on my own, and moments of positive joy found in New Zealand on rainy days draw me to the drink. The sugary burst of artificial ingredients pushes me away. But that flavor – it lingers with me in memory and tongue.
Flavor Profile of Ahmad Teas Blackcurrant Burst
Naturally sweet and tangy, the black currant infused into the black tea fills the senses with fruity delight. The tea, twinkling and aromatic, requires no sugar, milk, or other additives to bring out the flavor. In fact, I would highly recommend against adding anything for fear of tainting the purity of the simple essence.
Recommended Service for Ahmad Teas Blackcurrant Burst
Bring the water to near-boil before pouring over the teabag. Then, let the tea steep for 5 to 7 minutes, a bit longer than the recommended time. This fully draws out the deeper tones of the black currants in the tea.
If you prefer particularly strong teas, keep the tea bag in until you’ve finished drinking. Otherwise, remove the bag once fully steeped.
Cool only enough to be able to drink without burning your turn, then sip over the next 10 to 15 minutes.
If you know you’re going to step away from the tea for a time, I recommend using a mug warmer to keep the tea warm.
Overall Review for Ahmad Teas Blackcurrant Burst: 4.7 out of 5
Even if I had no nostalgia for Ribena and all things black currant, this tea earns a high rating in the black fruit tea category. The fact that no sugar is needed to prevent bitterness or to bring out the flavor earns it points on its own. The luscious flavor and ability to manipulate it solely through steep time earn the rest of the points.
I don’t quite give it a 5-star review, however, because I have had other black currant teas that use a higher-quality black tea base. The flavor, however, of the black currant essence earns this a 4.7 rating.
Need more tea suggestions? Check out these other reviews from Rita’s Tea Time.
- Sip and Be Merry Tea
- Apothecary Teas Cherry Blossom Tea
- Montego Tea
- Stash Southern Peach Tea
- Pecan Praline Tea
- Cuppa Cake Tea
Editor-in-Chief of The MockingOwl Roost, Rita Mock-Pike is the granddaughter of aviatrix, Jerrie Mock, first woman to pilot an airplane solo around the world. Rita has found inspiration from her grandmother’s life and flight and pursued many of her own dreams in theatre, podcasting, novel writing, and cooking up delicious food from around the world. She now writes on food, travel, pets, faith, and the arts. She’s happily married to Matt, and faithfully serves the very fluffy kitten queen, Lady Stardust.