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Revolution Tea

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It is another one of those days where I lack really awesome stories to share with you, my day consisted of storms keeping me awake at night, oral surgery, and subsequent pain killer loopiness, and a nice nap in the middle. Accuweather is promising another stormy night tonight, but as long as there are no tornadoes I don’t mind the storms, they are my favorite kind of weather after all! I suppose the thing that really kept me awake last night was Espeon trying to burrow into my chest because the thunder was scary to her, poor kitty.

Today’s tea has an interesting backstory, at least for me, many years ago before I was a tea blogger, I was taken on a glorious vacation. One of the spots Ben took me to was a restaurant in Washington DC, before we went to the Smithsonian, I had a wonderful meal and this tea! Earl Grey Lavender by Revolution Tea, is a blend of Ceylon, Oolong, Darjeeling, Bergamot Oil, and Lavender blossoms. The aroma is loaded with delicate lavender and sharp bergamot, with compliments of mellow muscatel and a hint of malt. This is not like most Earl’s, it is more smooth and gentle. This is the tea that I always thought would suit the name Lady Grey.

Once brewed the tea becomes mildly sweet and a touch creamy with delicate lavender and mild bergamot. It has a very mellow aroma for an Earl Grey, which is great if you find the aroma of bergamot overpowering at times.

The taste is at first incredibly smooth and fades to a crisp briskness. The base tea blend mixes muscatel and malt flavors with a very slight astringency. The bergamot and lavender are both mild, accents that do not overpower, quite balanced. I really loved this tea the first time I tried it and I still enjoy it immensely. It is one of those teas that is perfect for an afternoon teatime or morning cup, especially if you want an Earl Grey with a gentle touch.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/04/revolution-tea-earl-grey-lavender-tea.html

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I picked this up at The Fresh Market today. The smell when I opened the package was AMAZING. I actually went around and made everyone else in the house smell it. The tea was nice, perhaps a little weaker than I wanted it to be after smelling the tea itself, but next cup I will steep it more and see what that does.

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I made a cup of this before school, and while it was sweet and forthright it quickly became forgotten during the hectic rush of the day! I was pleasantly surprised later by how well it held up despite a terribly long over-steep.

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100

I really love this tea I’d drink it all but all I have is one box. The lavender is really treat and isn’t overpowering as I thought it would be.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
25 tasting notes

I found this tea by accident. I was staying over my mothers house and finished the tea stash that i had brought. So when i stop at the gas station i decides to buy something hot and found this for $1.99 for the hole box of 20 teas. A deal!

Ive never tried a tea that came in a triangle silk sachets, pretty cool. I’m a sucker for presentation. =D

It was astound by the balance of flavors. This is a very light white tea with a very subtle hint of pear flavor. Definitely will repurchase.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Finally tried this with milk—much better than it is straight up. Some earl greys seem to be fine without milk and some truly need it: this is one of the second type. The milk makes it smoother and cuts the intense herbal taste the lavender can develop. On a side note, I’m pretty sure I oversteep this on a regular basis. Oops.

Very nice afternoon tea with a sweet floral aftertaste. In my opinion there’s nothing better than something floral for calming down.

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I received a sample of this with a gluten free box I ordered a while ago. It stands to reason that mint is gluten free, but anyway I digress.

This comes in a pyramid sachet and is 100% peppermint. It’s difficult to rate a thing like that, I mean you either like mint or you don’t. I enjoy it after meal times. I would say that I slightly prefer the peppermint tisanes I’ve tried that grow in the Pacific Northwest – both Silk Road teas and Steven Smith have nice ones. This is a nice strong mint though and tastes nice & fresh.

p.s. also resteeps well

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I <3 Pilot Travel Centers for serving (and selling boxes of) Revolution teas!

Used the hot water spigot, let it steep about 3 minutes, then added some cold bottled water. Left the tea bag in and it stayed flavorful without getting bitter!

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This sat on my desk while the water was boiling, and I have to say the smell – of just the dry tea – completely filled my area. I kept wanting to look around to see who was enjoying some very fresh and juicy-smelling fruit!

I was a little hesitant about the idea of oolong in a teabag, but it seems to have room to expand nicely. While the smell is still very present, the fruitiness is toned down in the actual cup, allowing more of the oolong’s butteriness to come through.

This is a fantastic change to the Teavana sample I grabbed this morning – it’s washing away the melted cinnamon candy flavor of that earlier poor choice and replacing it with something much, much more enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Well, this could be better, but it not bad.
I hate that they put Darjeeling into the mix
as that is one of my least favorite teas.
But, this is nice and refreshing.
I enjoy the taste of the black tea mixed with Ceylon
as well as the light flavor of the Bergamot here.
You can definitely smell the lavender before steeping…
very nice…it also lingers on the palate in a lovely way
after the tea is gone.
This cannot match the Creamy Earl Grey From David’s Teas
that Whiskey Buzz sent me,
But for the occasional pick me, it is worth the coins (not expensive)
& on a different tip, the flow through infuser bag is super nice
for a tea bag…allowing the tea leaves to expand nicely.

CelebriTEA

P.S. please allow this one tea to cool lightly before drinking,
It enables you to more fully enjoy the exchange between the lavender
and Bergamot.. Enjoy :-)

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75
drank Acai Green Tea by Revolution Tea
4221 tasting notes

Backlog:

I received a tea sachet of this tea in one of my Love with Food boxes. I’m always excited when I get tea in one of my foodie boxes, because the only thing better than getting a foodie box in the mail is getting tea in the mail! So, I am doing the happy dance when I get a foodie box WITH tea in it! HAPPINESS!

Overall, this was alright, not my favorite from Revolution, but, it’s certainly tasty. A little bit sweet, a little bit tart, and there is some bitterness to it which I can’t be sure if the bitter tone is from the Sencha or from the Acai … but, it’s not an off-putting taste … it’s a nice contrast to the other flavors.

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I wasn’t expecting too much. I found a box of this at TJ Maxx and decided to give it a try. I really like this. It’s incredibly smooth and the blackberry and jasmine mingle together nicely. I may have to try and find more of this once I’m done with the box.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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A refreshing mint tea, with hints of spearmint. I find it interesting that this is called “Southern Mint” since in the south they add sweetener to mint teas and I don’t think this one would be as good with sweetener mixed in.

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This is the first lavender earl grey I’ve tried, and I’m impressed. Dry, it smells very strongly of lavender. The brewed tea doesn’t taste as strongly as it smells, but the bergamot is much milder than in some earl greys. That makes it a nice, smooth tea. The aftertaste is my favorite part of it, though—strong, sweet lavender. Delicious!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
381 tasting notes

Not all that thrilling, in my opinion. Tried it hot, and while it smelled and looked nice there wasn’t a whole lot of flavor. Delicate and a little bit sweet and otherwise indistinct. Not enough pear flavor to impress me.

I am chilling the rest of the box for use as iced tea right now, and I suspect it will be much better that way. In general I like white tea better cold.

UPDATE: This tea is much better iced! The flavor is subtle and cold suits it well.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlog:

A very refreshing mint tisane. Minty, crisp, minty, flavorful … minty. Did I mention it was minty?

A very fresh and exhilarating cup. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/19/southern-mint-herbal-tea-from-revolution-tea/

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I think this was the first Earl Grey I ever tried, as well as the first tea I had in a sachet. All these years later, I didn’t think it would live up to the memory. I thought maybe I had built it up in my mind.

I was wrong. This was one of the best lavender variations I’ve tried during my Earl Grey project. There’s no missing the floral note, but while it is unmistakable it is also fresh and subtle.

You can read my full review here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2013/08/earl-grey-lavender-by-revolution.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
242 tasting notes

This was another of the samples I received, and I’ve been surprised at how much I enjoy it as an iced tea. I made a very small batch up and took it to school in a water bottle. It’s nice and subtle, a smooth white with just a hint of fresh pear in the aftertaste.

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When Revolution sent me some of their Earl Grey for the Battle of the Earl Greys, they included a whole passel of various single-servings, and I am having a lot of fun sampling through them. This sachet was in a little individually wrapped box. I couldn’t find a suggested steep time on the box or their website, so I went by the steep times other Steepsterites mentioned on here. I started at five minutes, then bumped it up to eight after a quick check-in.

The rooibos is definitely the primary note, although after increasing the steep I am now enjoying the hint of caramel. I did add some raw sugar, but only a teaspoon… and for me that’s showing a lot of restraint! On its own, this blend is so sweet that it doesn’t really need it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I bought a sampler of Revolution Tea at World Market. This bagged tea is pleasant but not exactly something I’d go out of my way to purchase. I taste tropical fruits but it doesn’t seem to give me a single obvious note. I managed to get two steepings out of my bag.

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The least favorite of The Revolution tea brand

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This is one of my favorite teas. The tea base is high quality, a dry and astringent flavor, perhaps from the darjeeling and shui xian combination, and a light roasted flavor from the shui xian as well. The lavender doesn’t dominate but is noticeable, and the earl is just “grey” enough.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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