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I think this is probably my favourite Arizona flavour that I’ve ever tried. Though it was much sweeter overall I think the main thing that made it stand out to me compared to the Cranberry I tried just the day before was that I could taste some black tea in addition to the lush mix of tropical fruits. Yes, to be fair, it’s not an amazing black tea. Very much a similar style to something like a Brisk or a Nestea. But I still thought it slapped and, in fact, I’ve actually been back to the specialty snack shop a few times in the hopes to get a couple more cans and they’ve been sold out every time. So clearly I’m not alone in my appreciation of it.
One of the specialty snack stores that I like recently imported a bunch of US exclusive Arizona flavours, so I took the opportunity to give a couple a try. I really love Arizona as a brand and what they stand for (plus the can designs always slap), but the flavours we have available in Canada are pretty underwhelming. To me, at least.
I enjoyed this a lot, but I definitely was hard pressed to find any elements about it that reminded me of tea. It was more like a really pleasantly tart, crisp cranberry juice. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love cranberry teas and the simple flavour was appreciated. Especially since it wasn’t that sweet either. I just wish I could have taste more of the “base” tea that the juice had been mixed with.
Geek Steep S3E10 – Fantastic Four (2005)
So this is what I drank during my movie watch. Gongfu is firmly NOT the vibe of this movie and I wasn’t in the mood for something hot, so I thought it would be fun to drink one of these Marvel partnership teas from Arizona while watching. The energy seemed right, and there was that superhero connection to keep it all in line.
I went with this one specifically because it has Chris Evans on the bottle (as Captain America, but close enough). However, if you read my tasting note from the Watermelon Dragonfruit flavour then you’ll already know that these drinks are just sickly sweet and God awful. Genuinely, this might be the worst tea that I’ve drank on Geek Steep. In order to even make it palatable I had to add one part water for every part tea and even that was still so sweet.
It was actually so unpleasant that, at the time of recording the episode, I’d blocked it out of my head so much that I’d forgotten which of the flavours I drank and I incorrectly identified it as Peach Mango. Oops.
Okay Arizona, I see you.
Welp, the marketing got to me y’all. This is one of four “teas” in Arizona’s most recent line/partnership with Marvel. They’ve basically sports drinks made with tea, and very loosely themed around Marvel heros. The tea and comic book nerd in me felt seen, so I grabbed one of each. Well, almost- I can’t seem to find the Lemon Lime flavour anywhere.
This one is the “Tony Stark” one. Don’t ask me how Dragonfruit Watermelon related to Tony Stark though, because I’m as lost as y’all are. If we’re going on colour scheme alone, I would have thought good ol’ Tony would be either a Strawberry Lemonade or a Cherry Lemonade.
These drinks are damn sweet. Like, I actually like Arizona a fair bit because their RTDs aren’t quite as sweetened as many on the market and you can usually really taste the teas in them. This was near gag worthy levels of sweetness though. So, so fucking cloying. Sure enough, there’s stevia in this which does explain it – but how much fucking stevia?? I don’t think I’ve had a drink this aggresively sweet in months. Like, I almost couldn’t taste the watermelon because I was so assaulted by the sheer force of the stevia. Fuck the dragonfruit – that flavour was swallowed up never to be heard from again. Also, the mouthfeel was a little strange. Very thick, which I guess makes sense because it has coconut water in it, but also weirdly… I don’t know?? I guess I would call it slippery!? That feels like a strange way to describe a liquid but it just stood out to me that this was a particular viscosity that I wasn’t braced for…
I don’t know how I’m gonna manage the other two flavours I got because this… was not a happy experience. Which is a shame, because the collab was SO COOL.
Blah, this tea was just awfully sweet drink with orange taste. Maybe it was orange juice?
Weird brown colour, sweet, orange reamins in mouth for long. I expect at least bit of bitterness when it´s with ginseng, but nope, there is nothing like that.
So just blah, if you want something sweet, it can work, but don´t expect tea taste.
Flavors: Orange, Sweet
Usually I am not a fan of canned/bottled or pre-packaged brewed teas because they’re usually much too sweet for me. This Arizona Green Tea with Honey and Ginseng has a pleasantly crisp green tea flavor. The citrus carries all the way through and there’s just enough of a hint of ginseng to keep me sipping at this tea. Ginseng is one of my most favorite flavors in tea, and while this Arizona Green Tea is still a bit too sweet for an everyday tea, it’s nice to have every once in a while on hot summer days when I just want a sugary sweet treat.
The addition of American oak during AriZona’s brewing process adds a distinctive flavor to the final brewed tea, but there was an overwhelming sour taste I found incredibly off-putting. Even more off-putting is the fact that this unsweetened tea actually contains three different sweeteners: honey, sugar, and maple sugar—a fact that completely escaped my notice until I had finished most of the bottle.
Yes, you read that correctly, this unsweetened tea contains three different types of sugar!
This completely blows my mind…
These sweeteners are only included in small amounts—less than 1g—an amount that according to the label is deemed a dietary insignificant amount of sugar, but the fact that they are included at all in a tea labeled unsweetened really troubles me. For that reason alone I wouldn’t recommend this tea, but quite frankly, the sourness that is present overwhelms the delicate oak flavor, ruining the entire beverage.
You can read the full review on my blog:
Not like I really had any doubt, but this is awful. I picked it up out of sheer curiosity while on vacation. Tasted like every single bottled tea I’ve ever had – like old tea that has begun to develop that somewhat moldy flavor from having sat for a month in the refrigerator. And “unsweetened”? It is to laugh. The first ingredient is tea, followed by honey, sugar and maple.
So… yeah. This is just bad. It is truly not worth choosing over bottled water (or anything thing else) when on the road.
If I ever have the strong desire to chew the bitter whites off orange peels, this will be the tea I reach for. The honey and Jasmine are strongly at odds with the orange flavour, it is a bitter, sour, yet sweet mess of flavours that just don’t mix well.
Flavors: Bitter, Honey, Jasmine, Orange, Sour, Sweet
As a born and bred Mississippian, I have to say that this is some of the worst tasting sweet tea I have had. The flavors are all wrong. The tea was not steeped long enough, so the flavor is weak. There should be real sugar instead of corn syrup; that changes the taste greatly. Finally, it is like I can just taste preservative (I know there are none); that’s very off-putting..