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79
drank Blue Lady by Zest Tea
1489 tasting notes

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.

Second Steep
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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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.

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drank Blue Lady by Zest Tea
1344 tasting notes

Sipdown 68-2021
This tea was an unfortunate victim of sitting in my sipdown box for too long. Because of that, it really picked up some strange flavors and just didn’t taste quite right when I tried to drink it.

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55
drank Cinnamon Apple by Zest Tea
1489 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Superberry Samba by Zest Tea
1489 tasting notes

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.

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60
drank Blue Lady by Zest Tea
197 tasting notes

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

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drank Earl Grey by Zest Tea
1489 tasting notes

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69
drank Earl Grey by Zest Tea
6106 tasting notes

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.

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58
drank Pomegranate Mojito by Zest Tea
87 tasting notes

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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61
drank Blue Lady by Zest Tea
87 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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71
drank Earl Grey by Zest Tea
87 tasting notes

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Martin Bednář

Yup, I started brewing black tea in tea bags for shorter time as well than they usually suggest. I can not imagine brewing some tea in small cup (ca. 200 ml) for 5 or more minutes as they sometimes suggest.

Izzy

Exactly :) Even with a 500ml+ mug I almost never brew black tea for more than 3 minutes or it’s too strong and undrinkable. I don’t understand why tea companies make the brew time suggestions so crazily long

Mastress Alita

Right? I have never understood that either. Three minutes is usually my sweet spot too, and I tend to drop it even further if it is a CTC tea and not whole leaf.

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82
drank Blue Lady by Zest Tea
771 tasting notes

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.

Starfevre

Less tasty than usual though. I either oversteeped or overleafed. Not sure which.

Shae

I’m drinking this one today so reading your note two years too late. I hope you’re feeling much better these days. Anxiety is such a b*tch.

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82
drank Blue Lady by Zest Tea
771 tasting notes

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.

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79
drank Superberry Samba by Zest Tea
87 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
ashmanra

Oh, good hint! I have some Zest that I don’t drink after lunch. Didn’t know it was that easy to lower the caffeine level a bit.

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79
drank Superberry Samba by Zest Tea
87 tasting notes

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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70
drank Pomegranate Mojito by Zest Tea
771 tasting notes

Why does green tea hate me so much sometimes? I wanted to like this but it gave me an upset stomach. I never have this problem with black tea and it is the SAME PLANT. Unfair.

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75
drank Pomegranate Mojito by Zest Tea
105 tasting notes

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Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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84
drank Cinnamon Apple by Zest Tea
735 tasting notes

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

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84
drank Cinnamon Apple by Zest Tea
735 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
mtchyg

I don’t mean to alarm you but maybe it isn’t the caffeine that has upped your heart rate… this being your 666th review. haha

Tabby

Haha!! The note of the beast!

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