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Review: Crook & Marker Spiked Teas

Spiked seltzers are trendy right now, but in our experience many of them aren’t exactly packed with flavor. Crook & Marker, a health-conscious alcohol brand from Bai founder Ben Weiss, is trying to address that with their own spin on the original ready-to-drink classics, spiked tea and lemonade. But Twisted Tea or Mike’s Hard Lemonade these are most certainly not. Crook & Marker are sugar free (they’re made with Stevia), have less than 1 carb per can, are certified organic, and naturally sweetened. They are non-GMO and vegan. Hell, they’re even kosher.

We’ll get to the spiked lemonade later this summer, but today we’re kicking things off with a look at the spiked tea expressions from Crook & Marker, which come in a variety pack featuring lemon, peach, raspberry, and traditional sweet tea flavors. At 4% abv and less than 10 mg of natural caffeine in each can, the chances of incurring a Four Loko hangover are minimal here. Thoughts on each flavor follow.

Crook & Marker Spiked Sweet Tea – The aroma is lemon-forward, not artificial but not fresh-squeezed either, like the lemon juice you get out of that lemon-shaped bottle. A subtle, not overly sweet, black tea note lingers under the citrus. The palate is clean and crisp with an easily discernible sweet tea note and only a touch of the lemon from the nose. The finish lingers with a refreshing sweetness that doesn’t come across in any way artificial. Sweet tea good enough for slightly-boozy porch sittin’. A-

Crook & Marker Spiked Peach Tea – The nose on this one screams peaches. Like the lemon in the sweet tea, it’s a bit inauthentic, but anyone who loves Haribo peach candies will gravitate to this one. No sign of any tea aroma. The palate has a well-balanced sweetness, but the alcohol is a little more aggressive here. The peach notes are clean, but they turn a bit sour into the finish. B

Crook & Marker Spiked Lemon Tea – I’m confused. I swear there’s lemon in the sweet tea, so what is this? It’s definitely more lemon-forward on the nose, that same bottled lemon, which adds plenty of brightness. There’s just a minimal trace of tea underneath, so I guess that’s the distinction. The palate offers a quick burst of lemon squeeze, juicy with the same balanced sweetness. It’s pleasant and clean. My only real complaint is that the lemon favor fades rather abruptly on the finish. B+

Crook & Marker Spiked Raspberry Tea – The nose on this one may be the best balanced of them all, with tea and red raspberry clearly detectable. The raspberry note skews a little tart though, almost cran-raspberry. On the palate, that cran-raspberry is consistent, more sour than sweet until the finish, when the Stevia turns things a touch too saccharine. B

$15 per 8-pack / crookandmarker.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

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Drew Beard

Drew Beard is Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager for Drinkhacker. He has studied and written about beer, whisk(e)y, and other spirits since he first started drinking them. A recovering Federal government employee of 10+ years, he is happy to have finally found a career where it is acceptable to drink on the job.

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  1. Natalie September 26, 2020

    Is crook & marker a seltzer .

    1. Drew Beard September 26, 2020

      They make a hard seltzer line, but the spiked teas reviewed here are not carbonated.


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