Monday, June 20, 2011

AriZona Black Tea with Ginseng and Honey Review

Don't be fooled by its look, this is an energy drink...supposedly. The back of the label calls this "The Original Energy Drink" and by that they mean this drink combination originated in ancient China as a natural energy booster. Regardless of whether or not it works, I like the new package and the fact that this still costs $1.


Well, it tastes like black tea that has been sweetened with honey and has a tiny bit of ginseng added to it. The flavour is earthy and there is very little sweetness at the start. The black tea is heavy and helps mute any signs of sweetness. The honey is noticeable, but it is in good proportions with the black tea. There is very little of the ginseng because it doesn't ruin the overall taste, but you can still tell that there is something in the aftertaste.

What I really liked about this AriZona is the balanced flavour that is not as sweet as their other beverages. The sweetness still builds up, but it never reaches high levels. If you like black tea and AriZona, then you should try this if you can find it.


The label doesn't say how much caffeine is in the drink, but I presume there very little since black tea is the only source of caffeine in the drink. Ginseng has no caffeine, but it is supposed to give you a natural energy boost. The sugar definitely gives you quick boost, but after 15-20 minutes I felt like I just had a good portion of a Red Bull. This is not bad, but having the drink 591 mL to get the same buzz as 3/4 of a Red Bull can be tiring.

On the plus side, the energy delivery is smooth and there are no jitters. The boost, as expected, doesn't last more than an hour, but it also does not come with a crash. I think that this may appeal to people who are not addicted to caffeine because the effects will be amplified without going to the extremes energy drinks may push them for.

Cost - $1 from Foodland
Taste - 9/10
Energy - 5/10

Overall - 14/20...great tasting AriZona with a tiny natural energy boost

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