Hey There Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Zest Tea’s Blue Lady blend. Zest Tea specialise in high-octane tea and each and every one of their blends are jam-packed with more caffeine than you can shake a stick at around 133-155mg per cup which is a hell of a lot of caffeine in one cup of tea which means I can only have probably one cup of their tea every two – three days with as much tea as I drink on a daily basis just a jolt of caffeine at one time makes me feel a little bit uneasy and anxious.
In college I drank a lot of energy drink and a lot of coffee and it caused me to have heart palpitations that put me in a lot of pain. Since then I’ve cut down a lot on caffeine I don’t have any energy drinks or coffee anymore and it’s helped me a lot. These are around the same levels in caffeine so one or two a week is enough for me, So the range of teas zest very kindly sent me are going to last me a long time. Their Blue Lady blend is a black tea based blend with lemon, orange, passion fruit and apparently its a favourite for both hot and chilled tea drinkers.Here’s what Zest Tea have to say about this blend on their website: Our Blue Lady Black blends a sultry Flower Orange Pekoe black tea base from South India, with an aromatic mix of orange, lemon, passion fruit, and hibiscus. A peppering of vivid blue cornflower petals and bits of orange peel make for a visual spectacle. Blue lady will excite all of your senses. No wonder this is a favourite among hot and chilled tea drinkers. 133-155mg Caffeine – 35-40mg L-Theanine = no jitters, no crash – no sugar, natural ingredients.Ingredients: South Indian Flower Orange Pekoe Black Tea, Cornflower Petals, Hibiscus Flowers C/S, Orange Peel, Juicy Lemon, Orange, and Passion Fruit Flavour, Natural Caffeine (V)
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend steeped both hot and iced I’ve been doing that a lot recently because it enables me to give you a much more in-depth review and above all it will show you all how versatile teas and tisane can be. With the having Hibiscus and passion fruit In it I didn’t enjoy it much when it was steeped hot because I’m still not a fan of how tart and off-putting hibiscus is when it’s hot and passion fruit just doesn’t lend itself to a hot tea and both of those notes threw the whole blend off-balance making for a rather unpleasant cup of tea. The only thing that fixed the hot steeped version for me was adding some honey because it took that tart hibiscus bite and muted it a little bit allowing the delicate notes of the tea lemon and orange to come through. Even if you like hibiscus I would still suggest adding a little bit of honey to balance out the blend and make it a little more palatable
The iced version of this that I made was way more up my street and because it was cold steeped the fruit notes and the hibiscus were much more subtle and there was no tart bite to it and it was much more palatable. Unlike the hot version the iced version is very naturally sweet and needs no additional sweetener added to, you all know that I have an insane sweet tooth so when I say something is naturally sweet enough you can trust me. I never used to enjoy iced black tea I normally stick to cold brewing tisane and fruity blends but over the last few months I’ve really taken to cold brewing black tea and I’ll deffinelty be doing it a lot more throughout 2019.
Caffeine wise I deffinelty felt a difference after drinking this tea and it was deffinelty too much for me so I can’t drink this tea very often maybe once or twice a week which is fine but I wish I could drink it much more frequently. Luckily my fiancé isn’t as sensitive to strong caffeine levels as I am so he will be able to get a lot of use out of the tea they sent as well. I’m sure the extra caffeine boost will help him a lot on his long work days. All in all once I cold brewed this tea I really enjoyed it its sweet, fruity, malty, slightly woody and will be an absolute lifesaver during the summer.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5
If you want to find out more about Zest Tea and purchase some of their Blue Lady blend for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley