Revolution Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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I had a pyramid bag of this tea in my travel mug for breakfast. It’s not bad.

The tropical fruit flavor hits right up front in the sip. I got pineapple and mango. There’s no mango or mango flavoring in here, but that’s what I tasted. The fruitiness gently fades into green-tea-ness. I had trouble figuring out how to describe it. Not vegetal, grassy, or seaweedy, but definitely very green. Each sip left my mouth feeling slightly dry. This tea is better as it cools because the tropical flavor lasts longer through the sip. It would probably be good as an iced tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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100

My work has a giant tea stash (which I suspect is a “The in-laws really think I like tea and won’t stop giving it to me” collection from the office), so I was going through and really liked it. It’s loose-leaf, and if you look closely you can see what I assume are dried peach and/or ginger bits mixed it. I just used the water office heater and steeped for 3-4 minutes (any longer and it gets bitter quickly, unfortunately.) Also for disclosure, I just checked the box and it expired over a year ago, but was still enjoyable to me.

The peach is really strong, but that’s not necessarily bad. The ginger is subtle but still there. It’s my go-to morning tea for sure.

Flavors: Ginger, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Dragon Eye Oolong by Revolution Tea
259 tasting notes

Sorry to disappoint Ost, but I do not hate this tea at all. It’s really good! If I had any criticism it would be that I need more oolong taste from it. I also probably used too much water for the size of the sachet. However the peachy apricot goodness that shows up and lingers at the end of the sip is very pleasant and also subtle in a good way. Thanks Ost!

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

Ost

Bummer xD But hey, if you want more, let me know! I wasn’t a huge fan of that tea anyway :P

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60

I got a sample of this in my monthly Love With Food box. The package says to brew “just under boiling.” I’m no green tea expert, but that seems too hot to me. However, it didn’t matter either way, since I’m at way work and only have one “hot” setting here. I think I may bring my thermometer and find out exactly what temperature it is. Whatever it is, it worked out well enough for this tea. Brewing, there was a strong pineapple scent. I’m almost not getting that in the taste though. At the very beginning of the sip, its almost as though a pineapple just rolled by my face; the tiniest hint of pineapple is there. Then it’s all green tea. And I’m not getting any of the mint everyone else mentioned! Overall not terrible, but not great.

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50

I actually wasn’t a huge fan of this tea even though I thought that it would be a decent caramel honeybush and rooibos blend. I suppose that my standards for this type of tea are quite high considering that caramel rooibos blends are always in the cupboard. I’ve realized that my caramel rooibos teas must be buttery, sweet and have a nice balance of the caramel flavor and the rooibos itself. It’s also a bonus if the tea has little caramel squares in it to make it extra special!

This tea wasn’t terrible, but it was rather uneventful. I did taste strong notes of rooibos (more than the honeybush in this blend) and very little caramel. This would be fine with me since I enjoy rooibos on its own so much, but this tea is supposed to have some sort of caramel flavor.. it’s called Honeybush Caramel Tea! In addition, the rooibos/honeybush combination here wasn’t the best – I’m very particular when it comes to the rooibos base and it seems like there are smooth, sweet and woody rooibos teas and there are splintery, dry rooibos teas. This is definitely part of the latter, unfortunately. Not a repurchase for me — just…. no.

Anna

And this sounds like one that could have been so good.

QueenOfTarts

Anna – I know! I don’t know how you can go wrong with honeybush/rooibos and caramel.. this one was a complete miss for me!

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85

I have had this in my cupboard for a while and completely forgot about it. Shame on me! I guess I just tend to ignore my bagged teas and go straight for the loose-leaf. (I’m such a snob). I am glad I re-discovered this though, because it is unexpectedly good. I don’t care for the plastic-y pyramid bags, but that’s not a problem. I just rip them open and pour the leaves into my infuser and bingo! loose-leaf! This also gives me a chance to inspect the leaves, and these appeared to be in good shape, not shredded up in teensy weensy pieces. Once steeped, my infuser is filled with nice full sencha leaves, and the liquor is fresh bright green. Okay, I’ll admit I’m impressed. So far so good.

The resulting tea is delicious! I thought it would be difficult to achieve a good balance with the bergamot and green tea leaves, but this company manages to pull off the blend very well. The Earl Grey bergamot flavor is perfect: citrusy and light, and the assertive yet sweet sencha comes through nicely. It is a good sencha base, definitely holding its own to the bergamot but at the same time working harmoniously with it. Both flavors are impeccably balanced. I’d say this is a wonderful breakfast or brunch tea, when you want a green with a little more oomf to it but that’s still smooth enough to ease you into the day. Or, I could see this also being that perfect rainy afternoon tea, when it seems a little too late for a brisk, classic black EG and you want something just a bit lighter (but that will still provide you with a snap-out-of-it alertness). This tea will no longer remain lonely and neglected on my shelf. I think it is deserving of loose-leaf status now. :-)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

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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70

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
32 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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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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75

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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71

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
4366 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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80

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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64

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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64

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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42
drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
414 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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74

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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80

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
251 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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