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Absolutely hated it. To be fair, this is the first tea that I have tasted so maybe it is an acquired taste. Personally, this is nauseating from the first sip. Adding a ton of sugar helped for a bit but not that much or for long. All in all, I would only recommend this to my friends as a gag gift (literally gag) so it’s got that.
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So. How about that 2021?
Anyway, to give the most vague of updates, ish happened, ish is still happening, and I am trying to deal with ish. So, naturally, I have been pounding espresso rather than tea to try and deal. But tonight, my silly butt thought consuming half a pack of cookies was smart and now I need tea to counteract the diabetic shakes.
So, here we are. This came from one of the tea boxes that I received AGES ago. Shae sent it so very long ago and I never really got a chance to review any of it. But, in my quest for a super strong black tea, I found this one at the bottom of the box. Lets see how it turns out.
Steeped boiling water 5 minutes.
Taste is… wow for something advertised as “High octane” that’s surprisingly un-bitter. Not completely un-bitter of course, plus the bitterness really lingers in the after sip. But it has a pretty decent flavor to it. I can taste the bergamot and the tea, although the flavors are rather muted. Probably due to how long it’s sat in the box in my drawer. But I can definitely say it’s pleasent to drink. A nice balance to it and a lovely earl grey flavor that has me constantly reaching back for another sip.
Also, as it’s cooling, I’m noticing more citrusy notes. Yep, for sure. That citrus is really coming through now. That’s pretty cool. I should probably mention I’m drinking this straight as, in my experience, the whole “anti-sugar shock” effect of black tea only works when you don’t add anything to it. You can’t even add splenda or any sugar substitute. You just make the tea and down it straight. Thankfully I have a huge selection of black tea for the frequent nights that I muk up my blood sugar (because, despite being a diabetic, I have the worlds biggest sweet tooth.)
Anyway, I can’t tell how potent the caffeine this is yet, other than knowing I don’t feel as groggy and awful as I did twenty minutes ago. How much of that is the black tea effect and how much is the caffeine, I have no idea. But just know that this tea is pretty dang good and now I’m going to have to try and find more.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earl Grey
I used the least amount of leaf and the most amount of water, steeped for the shortest amount of time so that the caffeine does not overwhelm my senses. Surprisingly, I like it! I’ve been putting this one off not only because of the added caffeine but also because of the hibiscus. I’m not opposed to the flavor so much as to the fact that I can’t add milk to my black teas when it’s present. But I have to say that this tastes good without the dairy, so I’m pleased with the cup. I also really enjoyed Zest’s Earl Grey, but I had to space it out over the course of the day because it was just too much. This one has CBD, so maybe that will help balance the jitters a bit? James loves, loves, loves the Superberry Samba green tea from Zest (the CBD version) so much that he rarely drinks any other tea these days.
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 20 minutes
The second cup still has flavor, but I’m not sure it’s enough to warrant an additional steep. Especially since I’m already fully caffeinated from the first cup and I’m getting into the afternoon now.
Flavors: Citrus Zest
I’m not a coffee drinker but sometimes need caffeine; I’ve enjoyed other Zest flavors for that pick-me-up. This one showed up in a Sipsby box.
It’s a pleasant green tea, lightly fruity, but unremarkable hot. As a hot cup I wouldn’t necessarily choose it except for that caffeine boost. Reading another tasting note, I think I would be interested in trying it again iced.
Sipping this slowly so the caffeine doesn’t overwhelm. The flavor isn’t great – it’s bitter and it has that Big Red cinnamon flavor I dislike so much. I was most excited about this one from our recent order with Zest Tea, simply because I love cinnamon apple teas, but I don’t taste the apple here and I don’t like this type of cinnamon. It’s a bust for me, but my husband enjoys it so he is welcome to the rest. I’ll keep searching for that special apple cinnamon black tea I’ve been missing.
Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon
Abandoned after just a few sips. Not that the tea was bad, but the caffeine was a bit much for me. I thought it might be, but my husband made me a cup and I wanted to give it a try. He gladly finished the rest of it. He loves this one. :)
I’ll probably try this one again, maybe steeped a little differently. There isn’t any temperature suggestion on the bag and it recommends steeping for 5-6 minutes, so even though he let the water cool a bit before pouring over it was still bitter.
I should note also that we bought the CBD version.
This was from the TTB earlier this year and I saved it until I was traveling and could enjoy an caffeine boost to get me through the day. I’m not really sure why one would need more tea extract in tea, but its and interesting concept. I actually switched from coffee to tea because even half calf coffee was too much caffeine for me.
I was careful to not over steep this as I thought it might be bitter, and I wasn’t tasting much of the orange pekoe base of the tea. This starts out hibiscus (maybe a good thing to hide bitterness?) and ends with a weird soapy aftertaste. Most teas benefit from a steep in a go cup, I have an oolong that I only like to do in the go cup as it turns a bit nutty that doesn’t happen in a regular steeper, but this one just had more aftertaste the longer I drank.
Not for me, glad I got to try it.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Soap
I’m doing a few months of Sips by boxes to see if I like it, and this came in my second box. I love Earl Grey but have to be mindful of the caffeine so this may be a total disaster. I do want to give it a shot though, and since today I have a ton of house cleaning to do I thought the extra energy boost might help.
I first have to say that I love the flavor of this EG. It’s bright and citrusy and uncomplicated. There is just a touch of bitterness that feels well-placed. I’ve been a little bored with the Earl lately – either it’s dull or it’s been doctored up with a bunch of lavender. Sometimes I guess I just want a simple yet flavorful EG and this delivers.
Still too soon to say about the caffeine, but I’ll check back in.
Update – I ended up sipping on this all day. The flavor is good and it did give me a boost of energy, but the caffeine spinnies weren’t worth it.
Flavors: Bitter, Citrusy
Sipdown but apparently this was not added to my steepster cupboard so no decrease in cupboard number. However, this is two years old so I am still happy to be sipping it down.
I picked this one specifically because of the caffeine boasted by Zest Tea. Exams started today and I was extremely worried about the one I had this morning (despite only needing to pass) so I tossed and turned all night. That includes giving up on the attempting to actually sleep at around 3 am when I started to feel like I couldn’t breathe. That’s when I turned on the movie Ocean’s 8 and watched that before finally falling asleep around 5 am and waking up again at 7 am. Then I wrote a 3-hr exam from 9-12. While I debated napping, I have another exam tomorrow that I need to do some prep for so instead I turned to caffeine for my midday slump.
I brewed this up and meant to add a splash of milk but the bag folded while I was pouring and a bit more milk came out than intended. Frankly I was okay with that because it drowned out the bergamot that much more. This was ok as far as earl greys go. It wasn’t too bitter or sharp, thanks to the milk but also due to this being a touch weak overall. It wasn’t anything special but it did its job of perking me up a bit.
A nice tea, but it’s a bit too much for me. I can never finish a cup, or if I do, I get odd stomach feelings for the rest of the day. I do love the aroma though. Dry, it’s very minty with green tea and pomegranate notes. There’s also this lemonade and vodka aroma – I swear, I’m not imagining it. After some bad experiences, I rarely touch alcohol.
Flavour is just mint, really really strong mint. It doesn’t taste like peppermint to me, it’s more like spearmint with extra menthol added. Any pomegranate flavour is lost on me.
Personally, I don’t like it iced. The Superberry Samba is far better iced. Full tasting notes, method, pics etc.: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/zest-tea-pomegranate-mojito-review/
Flavors: Menthol, Mint, Vodka
A nice tea to power me through a dreary week. It has a juicy aroma and flavour that’s quite pleasant, probably from the passion fruit in this blend.
I’ve found it’s the least bitter of all the Zest Teas – I’ve no idea why, but I’m glad. The hibiscus is nice but I wish the citrus flavours would come out more. There’s this sort of generic citrus flavour which isn’t detectable as lemon or orange, but some kind of hybrid. I think adding some bergamot would really lift this tea.
Nonetheless, it’s enjoyable and I finished the cup easily.
The only downside to the high caffeine level of this tea is that it becomes my one tea of the day. Having another tea later on is just too much, even if it’s a normal caffeine level for a tea. I’m too sensitive to caffeine.
Full review and a few pictures, like usual: https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/zest-blue-lady-tea-review/
Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Hibiscus, Tropical
When there’s a ton of work to get through, you need a ton of caffeine. That’s the main reason I picked Zest’s earl grey to review today. Mondays always need a pick-me-up.
I got carried away while the kettle was brewing so the water was approx. 90C or a bit less by the time the tea sachet hit the cup – a happy accident. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before it seems so obvious. Brewing this tea at a slightly lower temperature stops some of the bitterness from the tea extract they add to get the caffeine in there. Brew it like a green tea and it’s actually a lot better tasting… although still more bitter than any other earl grey I’ve ever drank. I might try rinsing it next time to see if that has a similar effect.
I noticed fresh orange zest aroma with the classic bergamot flavour notes. Not too overpowering. The tea base is flowery orange pekoe, which has a nice body. I’m tired of trying new earl grey blends that use darjeeling. It’s too light for my tastes and the bergamot just overpowers it and ruins the tea flavour. Zest got the body right in this blend though, it’s almost like drinking an English Breakfast tea with bergamot oils added.
As always, full review with pics is up on my blog, if you want to read a bit more about my experience with this tea https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/zest-tea-earl-grey-review/
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Orange Zest
Drinking this in hopes that the placebo effect will help me. Although I’m edging up on Anxiety level 4 going to 5 so this is probably not going to help that. Maybe. Hard to say. Caffeine is so weird. I missed yesterday because as I predicted, 3 days a week is too much but I had to shift some hours onto today since I have no vacation left which means I don’t get to leave work until 6pm (usually leave time 1pm) so I’m not please and very unhappy, and anxious.
But that has nothing to do with this tea, which is tasty.
I could have sworn I’ve reviewed this before, which makes no sense that it’s not even in the database. Has there been a purge or something with entries disappearing?
This is tasty, though I oversteeped it. The tea extract that makes it extra caffeine-y makes it taste weird when oversteeped. Otherwise, despite the hibiscus, I liked this enough from my sipsby box from forever ago that I bought some.
Having this tea cold brewed as it’s getting quite warm today. Aroma is even better than when hot, lots of juicy passion fruit notes going on. The taste is a little bitter but has a smooth texture. Just green tea, the fruits are just an aroma. I only left it to brew for 3 hours in the fridge so I guess that’s why. I’m too impatient to wait for it to brew longer.
The bitterness and extra caffeine/l-theanine is making my stomach feel a little funny. I should have rinsed the tea bag to shake off some of the tea extract that’s added.
Weird tip for this tea. Inhaling through the nose while you sip somehow adds the fruit aroma to the flavour and diminishes the slight bitterness.
I’ve been taking some time to “sipdown” many of the teas in my cupboard, hence so few reviews being posted the last week or so. No point repeating myself unless there’s something new to add.
Flavors: Green, Passion Fruit, Smooth
Thank you Steepster for reminding me to review what I’m drinking today! I started my morning with a strong cup of Superberry Samba because of the high caffeine contents. I save this tea for when I need a real boost of energy.
It tastes quite bitter and strong, but after those first few sips you get a lovely passionfruit flavour with a little berry goodness. Needs a generous teaspoon of sugar if you’re not keen on that astringent start to your day.
I wrote a lot more about this tea, but I won’t bore you with it here. Bottom line: it’s super fruity and one hell of a tea kick! Read more of my review on my humble blog if you’re interested https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/zest-tea-superberry-samba-review/
Flavors: Passion Fruit
Finishing this sample as I settle in at home. I’m feeling glued to the couch, so I need a boost. This one will be missed. I’m probably going to end up making an order with Zest Tea. I could never handle this as a daily work tea, but on the weekends when I’m a human slug, it sure is handy.
Sipdowns in 2019: 7
Another from Sips by. I had been waiting to try this one because I’m caffeine sensitive and need to try stuff like this in a low stakes environment. Luckily, this is my Friday night and I am free to make bad sleep decisions.
I’ve actually tried this brand’s Earl Grey, too, but I think I was on Steepster hiatus then. It was good. Not spectacular, but pretty good.
Anyway. Apple cinnamon has been a flavor dear to my heart my whole life. Steeped, the cinnamon smells like Red Hots. I’m not sure about that. Artificial cinnamon is always a bit of a letdown. Luckily, it doesn’t taste super artificial. However, there is that weird bitterness you get from stuff that has had caffeine added to it. Leaves your mouth kinda tingly. The apple flavor is present, but falls behind the cinnamon. All around, the taste here is mild. This is a gently flavored tea that could probably stand a longer steep time than I gave it.
EDIT: The caffeine certainly offers a potent boost. Upped my heart rate and motivated me to get off the couch. I am talking much faster than I normally do.
Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Bitter, Cinnamon