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drank Earl Grey Black by Zest Tea
2144 tasting notes

These teas from Zest Tea wake me up like nobody’s business, which is huge since I work nights and as I’ve mentioned often enough, I am not a morning person. I woke up bright an early (for me) at 8:30am, drank a cup of this tea and even though I’m still sick and only had 4 hours of sleep, I feel like I could move a mountain. I probably won’t, instead I’ll channel this extra energy into cleaning the living room (which currently looks like a bomb went off in Santa’s shop.)

Housekeeping have never been my strongpoint, so it’s a good thing I became a writer instead.

Now lets talk about flavor. In addition to packing a caffeinated punch this tea has a bold flavor full of malt and bergamot—it’s a great combination. There is a twinge of astringency and the tea does leave you with a little cottonmouth, so that’s something to keep in mind. But, if you’re looking for a strong flavored tea to get you going this is it my friends. I can’t wait to see how well it works when I’m battling jet lag this summer.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2016/1/5/tuesday-tea-earl-grey-zest-tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Earl Grey Black by Zest Tea
2144 tasting notes

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With the holiday season about to start I thought that this would be the perfect time to share this tea. We could all use a little boost this time of year and these bags pack a real caffeine-fueled punch. They contain a whopping 140mg of caffeine per bag, so if you’re sensitive to caffeine you may want to proceed with caution. I found that consuming this tea on an empty stomach left me just as jittery as a cup of coffee, but the effects weren’t as noticeable if I had eaten recently. I wish I had discovered these last month during October Unprocessed, they might have kept me from falling off the wagon after the first week of the challenge when I tried to give up my weekly coffee at Starbucks.

As for the flavor, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The dominant flavors are peppermint and lime, and I’ll be honest, I was looking for more flavor from the pomegranate—I could hardly taste it. Pomegranate lovers everywhere may find this disappointing, but for you peppermint lovers out there I think you’ll really enjoy this tea, especially if you’re as horribly addicted to caffeine as I am.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/11/3/tuesday-tea-pomegranate-mojito-green-high-caffeine-tea-zest-tea

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
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Good to see you posting again!

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My mom hasn’t been in the best health the past few months so I’ve been needed elsewhere. I hope to get back to posting regularly, I’ve really missed it.

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No stranger to parents who are sick—I’m so sorry you’ve been going through this. We’re always here when you’re up to being here!

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88
drank Earl Grey Black by Zest Tea
4837 tasting notes

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I’ve tried all four of the teas offered from Zest Tea and I enjoyed each and every one of them. This one was my favorite! Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/01/earl-grey-black-tea-from-zest-tea/

It’s a really good Earl Grey. A strong, delightful bergamot aroma. The flavor is a bit softer than the aroma suggests, but that’s OK. I’d rather the flavor be a bit softer than to be overdone. (An overdone bergamot just ends up tasting like soap or cologne.)

The black tea base is a Nilgiri and it’s rich, malty and robust. Smooth! A delightful base for the bergamot. I like the way the notes of malt mingle with the bergamot notes. It’s really quite a treat.

And with the “high octane” extra caffeine … this one will give you that swift kick in the pants that you need to get going!

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I tried all four of the teas that Zest Tea offers, and of the four, this one was my least favorite, but I still enjoyed it! It did require a little experimentation on my part to find just the right parameters to steep it, but it was worth the effort.

I recommend a low temperature for this – I’d go with 170° – 175°F and a steep time of 2 1/2 minutes. These parameters worked best for me to get a very flavorful cup without the flavors tasting off. I found that when the temperature went higher than 175°F the flavor started tasting a little funky. It’s better to go low and a little slower with this one.

But as I said, the extra efforts pay off because this is really a tasty cup. I get flavors of pomegranate, lime and peppermint along with a fresh, light flavor of green tea. The peppermint is strongest and notes of lime weave their way in and out of the sip. I found the pomegranate a little more difficult to pin down, but after a few sips, the pomegranate came through.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/22/pomegranate-mojito-green-tea-from-zest-tea/

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85
drank Apple Cinnamon by Zest Tea
4837 tasting notes

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I really enjoyed the teas that I tried from Zest Tea. My favorite was, not surprisingly, the Earl Grey, but this one was good too. A good balance of apple and cinnamon flavors. The cinnamon isn’t aggressive and kick you in the face, but the extra ZEST of the extra caffeine does give me a nice kick in the pants when I need a little more invigoration than the typical cup will give me. I like that the extra caffeine doesn’t lead to a weird or off taste.

A very tasty Apple cinnamon black tea. The black tea is strong and brisk and flavorful, the apple is sweet and the cinnamon gives a nice warmth to the cup. Yum!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/05/12/apple-cinnamon-black-tea-zest-tea/

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87
drank Blue Lady Black by Zest Tea
4837 tasting notes

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I’ve tried and reviewed three out of the four Zest Teas thus far (the other reviews/tasting notes coming soon), and overall, I’d give these teas a thumbs up.

I really liked this Blue Lady. Fragrant, sweet and fruity. I like that while the fruit notes are strong, the Nilgiri black tea is stronger and isn’t overpowered by the fruit. I like that even though there is hibiscus in the blend, it seems to do more to enhance some of the contrasting tones of the fruit than it does stand out and taste like hibiscus.

The black tea has a nice malt note. The extra caffeine doesn’t add a weird or funky or off taste at all. In fact, if this had been brewed “blindly” – that is, if I had not known that I was brewing a “High Octane” tea, I wouldn’t have known by the taste that it was a high octane tea. It tastes like a fruit flavored tea. It tastes great.

But it does certainly pack a kick in the pants!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/15/blue-lady-black-tea-zest-tea/

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This tea is extremely aromatic and tastes delicious. The citrus smell and flavors come through strong. The caffeine kick is also very noticeable. This is my favorite of the Zest Tea blend.

Flavors: Flowers, Lemon Zest, Orange Zest

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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