Kick in the Cup from Red Leaf Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Red Leaf Tea

Tea Description:

Begin your day with tons of energy with “Kick in the Cup” tea. This basic Black Tea offers a kick in your tea cup with a strong and malty flavor and offers twice the caffeine as most other teas. You will be full of energy, alert and on top of your game all day with one cup of this amazing tea. Enjoy its richness and malt all on its own or add your favorite sugar stick to give it even more of a boost! Give yourself the energy and drive you need to make it through the day with “Kick in the Cup” tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  This tea is definitely a Kick in the … err … a … cup!  It really has some gusto to it, perfect for those days when you have to wake up but you don’t want to.  I know that on days like that, even the most devout tea drinkers might turn to coffee – and coffee is bad, m’kay?  (spoken with Mr. Mackey’s voice from South Park there … and I’m just kidding, m’kay?  I personally can’t drink coffee because it does terrible stuff to my stomach, but, I’m not trying to incite a tea vs. coffee thing here.  Tea is just better, m’kay?)

OK, ok… enough with the South Park talk.

This tea is definitely hefty, and yet at the same time has a very appealing smoothness and roundness to it.  It is deliciously rich and malty, and has that flavor that I crave in the morning.

It doesn’t taste bitter, and while it does have a fair amount of dry astringency to it, I don’t find this to be too astringent.  It’s just bold and delicious, with a strong, bracing flavor and pleasant undertone of sweetness.  I’m loving this tea.

I found it most palatable with a half a teaspoon of coconut sugar to enhance the sweetness a little, and soften the effects of the astringency.  It is tasty without anything added, but, I prefer it with just a bit of coconut sugar (by the way, in case you’ve not tried it – coconut sugar doesn’t really add a coconut-y flavor to anything you add it to, it’s just become an alternative to overly processed sugar.  I think it’s better for you too, although, I’m no health expert).   This tea also takes the addition of milk or cream well, if you like your tea like that.

And, perhaps most importantly with the case of this tea… it is not only delicious but I think that I can already start to feel the jump start it’s given me!  My fingers are moving a little faster, and I feel myself needing to get up and get busy … so I think I’ll close this review for now.

If you’re looking for a KICK in your cup, you really should try this tea!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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