Revolution Tea

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85

One review called this an “adult flavored fruit tea” and it’s pretty spot on. Got a bag from ggmathis and had to order a pack after trying it! Green oolongs with low levels of oxidization aren’t my thing, but I love the maltier ones that veer towards the black tea spectrum. That’s what they use as a base here. A little smoky with a hint of bitterness and absolutely 0 vegetal hues.

The aroma from the dry bags is strong. I left a sandwich bag with 4 in it inside the office kitchen cupboard, and now the entire office kitchen smells like sweet flowery stonefruits. Arguably better than the previous lingering aroma of jerky. The liquor smells fruity as well, but to a lesser extent, because the oolong is potent enough to take the edge off of it. On the first sip, the apricot is pungent on the tongue, followed by the light smoke of the oolong. Mmm. Very fond of this one for a casual cup to sip on throughout the day. Gotta say, though! it tastes better with the clean water at home instead of the water at work that contains so much iron that it stains whatever it sits in.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach, Smoke, Stonefruits, Toasty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
ashmanra

I need to retry this. I bought some early in my tea journey and didn’t care for it, and ended up giving it to a friend. (Sandy here on Steepster, who introduced me to Steepster.) i think I would like it now. And I think Harris Teeter carries it, or at least they used to carry it.

gmathis

You know, other than our Flying J (we call this brand “truck stop tea”), I’m not sure I’ve seen whole boxes of this locally. Now I have an excuse for a Natural Grocers run!

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84

I used four bags of this to make a pitcher of tea to drink cold. The box was $2 at TJMaxx, and this is pretty tasty, especially for that price. I definitely get the sweet caramel, and the rooibos is good as well. Neither overpowers the other. I even got a decent resteep from the bags. I’m very pleased with this purchase! I’m pretty surprised by all the negative reviews.

gmathis

Yeah, I flipped back and looked … my original review wasn’t very complimentary. Which is a bummer…honeybush and caramel ought to be a perfect pairing.

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75
drank Peach Mango by Revolution Tea
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72
drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
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65

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I hesitated with this one. It had everything I liked in tea, and had se chung which isn’t your run of the mill base. But then, there were reviews on Amazon that compared this tea to smelly socks.

So here is what I found. If you brew it in short steeps via teabag gong fu, it is an awesome liquor of smooth fruit and floral oolong that you really don’t expect to be good. If you brew it too long, it smells like the dry leaf-over ripe blackberries that caused someone to vomit, and now the smell got into your mouth turning into a flavor of its own.

So, I love this tea in short steeps. I also think it is totally deserving of being called disgusting if I brew it more than 30 seconds. I consider it the tea you drink with gong fu beer goggles for quicky sippings, which is very harsh, especially from me. I will play with it, but I do NOT recommend, which sucks because I like blackberry and jasmine more the apricot and peach.

ashmanra

I gave mine away, and my daughter liked it a lot. I agree with the weird smelly socks assessment.

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55

- cafe, straight - —Friend review—

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1

Tastes like floral water. Recommended steeping time is 1-3 minutes. Steeped for 2 minutes – still had an overpowering floral and perfume-y scent. Didn’t finish this tea. It would maybe improve with honey, but there are better versions out there – don’t need to “make this work.” Tasted 8.2018

Flavors: Artificial, Floral

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML

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1

Steeped 2 min (lower end of steeping time recommendation). Overwhelming floral scent – too fragrant. Didn’t finish. Tasted 8.2018

Flavors: Artificial, Floral, Lavender, Perfume

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML

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75

This tea has a nice scent to it. Though the taste is a bit strong for green tea.

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83

Oh it’s so convenient of a tea.

Yes yes we all know how many of us here prefer loose leaf. We enjoy the bloom, flavor distribution and quality of loose leaf teas. This is just a really good satchet!

A reasonably strong earl grey with a very noticeable lavender scent and taste. The bergamot is on the mild side but that’s perfectly reasonable if the main flavor note is Lavender. It’s still a perfectly acceptable floral earl grey and strong enough to be enjoyed alone or as a latte.
Is it as strong or tasty as many earl grey loose blends from independent or boutique shops? Nah- esp those European brands.
For the price point, easy packaging, availability and convenience? Then wow hot damn very worth. Very loved and often used in my cabinets (now if only my co-workers wouldn’t steal so much of it).

Flavors: Floral, Lavender

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60
drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
2810 tasting notes

Coldbrew one sachet in 600mL cold water (30 minutes).

The pear flavour is very mild, almost non-existent. The base is a bit fruity, however there is a lot more vegetal flavour. I’m not impressed with this tea brand, and especially not this flavour.

Flavors: Vegetal

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65
drank Earl Grey Lavender by Revolution Tea
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The black tea was somewhat weak, but the bergamot and lavender came across quite well. I had this as my morning latte and was hoping for something with more flavour. I brewed 10 minutes, but it was still somewhat lacking. I would have liked more malty and tannin flavours. There are a lot of better EG lavender blends out there, I would suggest finding a cheaper, higher quality option.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Floral, Lavender

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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50

This English Breakfast is fruity, but weak and watery. I actually left the teabag in for 45 minutes while I drank it, but it never brewed very strong. It might make a decent iced tea, but it doesn’t stand on its own as a hot English Breakfast and doesn’t stand up to milk.

Flavors: Fruity

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64
drank Tropical Green Tea by Revolution Tea
2810 tasting notes

Fruity, but the green base is better. I coldbrewed for ~1 hour in 700 mL and would have preferred a higher quality green. The fruity notes aren’t distinct (passion fruit, guava, maybe mango?). I’m still not sure what the revolution was when they made this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Guava, Mango, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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75

I don’t have a lot of time to waste, so I’ll keep it short. This was a gas station surprise and a pleasant surprise in terms of taste. The Assam base was mega smooth and the raspberry flavor was naturally sweet. I drank this in a 12 oz cup, so that could have made all of the difference in flavor. I’d consider a box for easy work sachets, though it might be more astringent and fake in a smaller cup. However, it was soaking for a good five minutes and barely had any astringency and was odd bitter sweet with a cocoa note…never mind the note was raspberry all around. It was also nicely floral with hints from the rose and a slight tart-grassiness from the strawberry leaves.

Here’s to a BWB sachet tea.

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50

I’ve always wanted to try a tea that I could drink with milk. WIth enough milk and sweetener, I imagine this could taste pretty good. Was my first time preparing this type of tea, so hopefully will improve in time.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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35

Tried this from the Here’s Hoping TTB this weekend in the evening when I wanted something caffeine-free. It smelled like caramel while I sipped on it and did have some sweetness, but didn’t taste like much overall.

Flavors: Caramel

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40

Even though the tea smells good, I got no hints of tropical, mint, or much of anything other than the flavor of the green tea when brewed.

While it wasn’t terrible, it was so plain and uninspiring that I look forward to finishing the box and never buying it again.

I may try the suggestion to make it a cold tea and see if I get any better results. I steeped it at a variety of temperatures (175, 180, 185, 190) and found the lower temperature brought out the best results which isn’t saying much.

EDIT TO ADD: I finally got around to cold brewing this tea and still remain largely unimpressed by the tea. I did, however, find the cold brew slightly more palatable with some sweetener and will be how I finish this box off.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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25

Here’s Hoping TTB

Not a fan of this one. It smells and tastes mainly of rooibos with the barest hint of honeybush. No caramel at all! Drinkable, but doesn’t live up to the name whatsoever.

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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64

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #4
Caramel flavored honeybush sounds good enough for me! …but the base of this one didn’t really seem like honeybush to me. It seemed more like rooibos but woodsier. Some of the honeybush “leaves” looked like they had a black color to them, which is different. The caramel flavor was subtle but there.

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