A friend recently shared with me this tin of Republic of Tea's new HiCaf Caramel Black Tea. What is HiCaf tea? I'm glad you asked.
This one is a "fine black blended tea with an extra boost of caffeine." According to ROT's website, a serving of premium black tea usually has 50 mg of caffeine, coffee has 100 mg, and this Caramel Black Tea has 123 mg, more than coffee, which of course is not usually the case with tea. ROT says they have "intensified" the caffeine content of this tea by adding "green tea extract and pure caffeine isolated from premium tea leaves."
Caffeine has never been a problem for me, so I was eager to see if the tea would have any effect. I drank it during the day and, to be honest, did not notice I was any more alert than usual. Both *nights* after I drank this tea, however, I felt really wired and I was up till 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. having a creative burst and working on various fiction writing projects. Was the extra caffeine in the tea the reason I couldn't go to sleep? I have no idea, but I can tell you that my first five novels are all coming out next week. (Kidding!) The thing I liked most about the tea, however, is that it has a pleasant caramel taste, so I'm going to keep drinking it—but perhaps a little earlier in the day!