Even though, I enthusiastically told Celstial Seasonings that YES! I would love to try their Fast Lane Tea (a limited edition) – when it came in the mail, I was admittedly terrified to try it. I loved the thought of replacing my (sometimes) second “cup” of coffee with tea without losing out on the caffeine superpowers that it gives me. For some reason I expected it to taste like old, burnt, lukewarm coffee and so I kept putting it off and putting it off.

Well, let me tell you that it tastes NOTHING like burnt coffee. It tastes like a nice tea – and it almost reminded me of the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Holiday Tea. It has a touch of sweetness and it wasn’t too heavy, like some black teas that I’ve tried.

As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a little dependent on caffiene. It was a bad habit that started during Camp, when I essentially worked one month without a day off. (I’m not complaining, I love my jobs) But I was a little tired and I was in major need of caffeine on a daily basis. And then I realized that having that second cup of coffee was kind of fun! :) More recently, I’ve found that my once predictable 10:00pm bedtime just doesn’t leave enough hours in the day and so the amount of sleep I’m used to getting has been suffering. So until life slows down a bit (will it ever?) I’ll be using the help of Fast Lane tea to help get me through my weeks. And I’m ok with that.

The tea has 110 mg of caffeine / 8 oz so even with my cup of coffee in the morning, I’m still below the suggested 300 mg of caffeine limit.

Bzzzzzzz, I’ve got to order more tea before it’s gone and I’ve got a to-do list to get to!!!!

This tea was sent to me to review. The opinions are entirely my own.

18 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mellissa
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    The one thing I don’t love about tea is that a lot of them are caffeine free, sometimes I need a pick me up!

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    • Emily
      Jan 04, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

      Agreed! I usually drink green tea, but this is a nice pick me up cup of tea!

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  2. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Mmmm I would totally try this! My roomie and I share a 12-cup pot of coffee every morning, but let me tell you – even though we’re brewing at home, all those beans add up to be one EXPENSIVE habit!

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  3. Tracey
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Like you, I’m dependent on caffiene. I have my latte in the morning and than soda at night. I really only like to drink coffee in the morning and that is why I switch to soda which is not good for me. I would love to try and replace the soda I drink with tea. Do you know if this tea can be made into iced tea?

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    • Emily
      Jan 04, 2011 @ 11:00 am

      I don’t see why not! I would just make it a little stronger if you are going to serve it over ice!

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  4. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    Ooh, good find! I don’t usually drink much tea unless I’m sick but that caffeine content is no joke and I like it!

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  5. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    Tea with a punch, sounds perfect!! I will have to pick some up next time I hit the store!

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  6. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    Thanks for the review! I too am addicted to coffee and don’t want to drink tea b/c I feel like I will lose out on the caffeine plus black tea is a bit much for me. I keep meaning to try the Sugar Cookie tea though, I’ve heard fabulous things about it.

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    • Emily
      Jan 04, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

      I never saw the Holiday teas this year….and I was looking!

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  7. Michelle
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 5:23 am

    I’m not a huge coffee fan but will drink it when I need a buzz. This tea sounds right up my alley!

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  8. Holly
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    oohhh i haven’t seen this! is it supposed to be caffeine-loaded and give you superhuman powers? what’s the ingredients list? i suppose i could look these up on google, but asking you is more fun :)

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    • Emily
      Jan 10, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

      Nothing weird!
      Black Tea, Cinnamon, Eleuthero, Licorice, Natural Flavors, Caffeine, Cola and Nutmeg.

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  9. Bryan
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    Hate to break it to you, but you won’t find this stuff in your stores… unless they have old stock. Celestial is getting away from black teas, and this one will disappear completely from what I am told. You can order online from Celestial, but the shipping cost is plain silly. I personally don’t care about the caffeine level… I simply love the mellow, yet rich flavor. Celestial has discontinued almost every tea of theirs that I loved, one at a time. I am done with them.

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    • Emily
      Jan 29, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

      Hi Bryan,
      You are right, it isn’t sold in stores. They only have it around for a limited time. Sorry to hear your favorites have been discontinued! I know that companies never like discontinuing items, but unfortunately if they are not sellers, they have to replace them with something else. Still a bummer though!

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  10. Truus Linschoten
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Not selling? This tea was selling like crazy! They’ve discontinued it before which caused a lot of protests. A petition was started online to persuade Celestial Seasonings to brick it back, but their only reaction was: “try Morning Thunder”, which just doesn’t even come close to Fast Lane. Now that they’ve brought it back for a limited time, I’ve ordered 30 boxes, because it might just be my last chance!

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    • Emily
      Feb 09, 2011 @ 10:51 am

      I’m not sure of the reason but that is typically the case. Maybe they have a different reason. It is delicious!

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