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drank Earl Grey Black by Zest Tea
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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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drank Apple Cinnamon by Zest Tea
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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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drank Blue Lady Black by Zest Tea
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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

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

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