Your Pittsburgh Tea Examiner recently had the good fortune to try Fast Lane, a tea from Celestial Seasonings that isn't readily available on the shelves. You can buy Fast Lane online, or you can get it from their home base in Boulder, Colorado.
What's so special about this one? Well, to get the boost that CS describes as "jet fuel," they add extra caffeine, eleuthero and cola nut. This ensures that a cup of Fast Lane falls somewhere between a cup of espresso and Ten Hypergods on the caffeine scale. If you're trying to relax instead of to burn through every remaining calorie, Fast Lane might not be the tea for you.
Unlike some other high-caffeine teas, Fast Lane doesn't have a dark, coffee-like taste, but the cola nut is definitely present. The flavor isn't harsh, but you get a definite sense of the additives. Much like the extra-caffeinated (but not as fiercely) Morning Thunder from CS, it's obvious to the drinker that this isn't just a standard cup of black tea. It seems to take especially well to cream, though adding sugar might be overkill. The slight licorice and nutmeg flavors give it a sweetness that doesn't need to be overpowered.
You'll want to brew Fast Lane like any other black tea, for 3-5 minutes, maybe on the higher end because of the herbal additives. Try not to drink a second cup until you see what the first one does to you; you just might not even need it.
If you manage to get hold of Fast Lane, it's a fine conversation piece, and pulls its weight as a sought-after, not-widely-available tea, but there doesn't seem to be anything so special about it that CS couldn't ship it to a store near you. Maybe by the time our children grow up, discover the Internet and read this, Fast Lane will be on store shelves where it belongs.