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Celestial Seasonings - Fast Lane

Even though tea had won my heart in childhood, I did eventually have to branch out into coffee.  It was out of necessity, because as a college student with a hell of a commute, I needed that caffeine.  And tea just doesn't pack enough of a punch.

Until now.  If this tea had existed back then, I may have never started drinking coffee.  It's rich and strong, and best of all, highly caffeinated.  According to the box, an 8 oz. serving (and I usually have around twice that) contains 110mg of caffeine.  That's a little more than what's in the same amount of drip coffee.  This is not a tea for the caffeine-sensitive.  (But my high caffeine tolerance means this tea is right up my alley!)

I really, really liked this tea.  I almost always take milk in my spiced black teas, and this one's no exception.  But I was surprised at how strong it was; I actually added more milk than I usually do, and it held up really well.  The cinnamon flavor is strong enough to really satisfy, but not overbearing the way cinnamon sometimes is.

I think my favorite thing, though, is that it's a bit heavier than most other teas I've tried.  That's probably partly because of the extra milk I added, but I enjoy the quality.  The strength of flavor, and the thick, heavier feel to it honestly reminded me of a cup of coffee.  (The flavor's not the same, obviously, but the feel of the drink is very reminiscent.)  A lot of people drink tea in place of coffee, but I'll say that this is the first tea I've come across that honestly is a good equivalent.

In short:  Awesome black tea, complete with a good caffeine kick.  Highly recommended.


Type:  Black tea (Spiced)

Brewing Specifics:
-- 2 tea bags in a full 14 oz. mug
-- Pour boiling water in, cover, steep for 5 minutes
-- Remove tea bags
-- Add some sugar and milk to taste