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
In short: Awesome
black tea, complete with a good caffeine kick. Highly recommended.
Black tea (Spiced)
-- 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