Posted: Oct 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM
(Last Updated: Nov 19, 2012 at 2:11 PM)
Celestial Seasonings is not a brand that is synonymous with energy shots, but it is a brand that’s definitely synonymous with tea. So, they’ve taken advantage of that to create “Enerji,” a line of green tea based energy shots. The 100 mg of caffeine in this shot is derived exclusively from green tea extract, while added B vitamins give it an additional functional benefit that should be familiar to anyone who has had an energy drink or shot. From a flavor perspective, all three of these flavors taste quite similar, so we’re just going to focus on the Citrus variety. The base of the drink definitely tastes like it came from tea, albeit in a heavily concentrated form (this stuff is potent). If you’re looking for straight up green tea flavor, you won’t find it here, but it’s definitely palatable and can hold its own against any energy shot that we’ve sampled to date. The product is sweetened with sugar and stevia, which delivers modest sweetness and keeps the shot at 30 calories and 7 grams of sugar. From there, the added citrus flavor is pretty muted, which is fine, but questions the need for three flavors. Visually, we have mixed feelings about this product. Really, it comes down to the rather classic and reserved brand that is Celestial Seasonings being mixed with something that’s trying to be modern and edgy in the “Enerji” brand. As it stands right now, what they’ve created is clean and simple, but the Celestial Seasonings logo feels like it was slapped on. Overall, we like the concept and give them credit for extending into this space, but we’d like to see the label refined a bit more and the flavors evolved such that there’s some more meaningful distinction for the trio.