Caffiend: AriZona Green Tea Energy Drink

AriZona Green Tea is one of the most popular pre-made teas, so when we heard the company made a new Green Tea Energy Drink, we figured we'd give it a try, despite our reservations about how strange a "lightly carbonated" green tea might taste.

Looks like: The can is black, embossed with cherry blossom trees (also featured on the regular AriZona Green Tea cans), and Asian-inspired images in gold, including two warriors battling in front of a pagoda.

Smells like: A regular, leafy green tea.

Tastes like: Here's the problem. Green tea tastes sweet and earthy, but the carbonation gives this drink a funky aftertaste that's probably akin to sucking on sage leaves.

Caffeine and other contents: There is 100mg of caffeine and 100 mg of Guarana in the blend, making it theoretically twice as strong as a can of Red Bull. The amount of Taurine (1000 mg) is the same as a Red Bull, but there are a couple of herbal elements unique to this blend (35 mg of Milk Thistle and 100 mg of Panax Ginseng).

Caffeine kick: If the AriZona Green Tea Energy Drink provided a substantial energy boost, one could probably get past the weird, carbonated tea taste. But the buzz from this blend is mild, and doesn't come close to the hyper effects of the most popular energy drinks on the market, like Red Bull, Rock Star, and Monster. In fact, a traditional black oolong or Chai tea is probably more potent.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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