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Thanks so much for these teas, TreeGal!  It’s always a great opportunity to sample teas I otherwise probably wouldn’t try.  I had been meaning to drink this one soon for a few days and then felt a sore throat happening anyway.  Gee, what perfect timing for Achoo. sigh.  I was a little wary of this one… it looks like mostly lemongrass in my sample!  No matter how much I try to mix it in the pouch.  But the flavor is very good.  Lots of lemon and I don’t think it’s just the lemongrass that is making it taste like lemon.  More like a lemon donut than overly herbal.  And the licorice is helping my throat.  A pleasant blend and better than expected.  I wouldn’t mind having a blend with this mix of ingredients in stock in the cupboard. The second steep on the second night: sore throat gone.  I have an awesome immune system. :D
2019 Sipdowns: 77 (TeaRevv – Pumpkin Pie Chai)

AJRimmer

Would you recommend their advent calendar? I’ve never tried their teas before, and the flavors sound so good, but the reviews on here are usually pretty bad.

tea-sipper

My only experience with TeaRevv is a handful of their teas generously sent my TreeGal… I would say their teas are okay? Not my favorites. But looking at the new advent, it looks fun. If the sizes are the same as the pouches I have now, you will get at least 2-3 teaspoons, so at least they are multiple servings?

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*by TreeGal

AJRimmer

Thanks, good to know!

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drank #55 And Relax by Tea Revv
8626 tasting notes

So, I ordered an advent calendar from Tea Revv this year and it’s already arrived at the office! As excited as I am to dig in, I’m going to do my best to wait patiently until December hits before I dig in. That said, they did include a free sample of this tea in with the package so I couldn’t resist steeping that one up right away!

I’m honestly surprised how much I enjoy this tea given that it’s a green tea. I suppose that’s because the herbaceous notes and citrus elements are so well balanced and smooth! I really get a nice mix of the rosemary and sage, and while it does add a herbaceous quality to the tea it doesn’t really come off as savory – in fact, it’s more warming and cozy than anything else! The citrus is brilliant; very crisp and sweet without a lot of acidity, more of that dense/full of depth kind of citrus that you see in citrus oils and citrus rind – but not bitter.

I see a lot of people who’ve tried this got bergamot from the taste and I too kind of get that distinct bergamot note from both the aroma of the tea and the taste. Bergamot is not a listed ingredient, which really makes me believe that what’s happening here is one of two things. The first is that the “natural flavouring” listed in the blend is either bergamot oil or, more likely, bergamot flavouring (yes, there’s a difference). Bergamot is actually really expensive, so it’s more common for EG type blends to use either bergamot flavouring or a combination of bergamot oil and flavouring to save on costs, but bergamot flavouring doesn’t look as good on an ingredient’s list so it’s possible Tea Revv is using it but opted not to call it out.

My other theory is similar, and that’s that the bergamot note is coming from the tangerine in the blend or some type of tangerine-like flavouring. Like I mentioned above, bergamot oil is expensive so another alternative that companies sometimes do is use tangerine oil or flavouring in combination with bergamot oil and/or flavouring to reduce their cost. It a weird way, it sort of makes your brain associate that tangerine note with bergamot because you’ve been tasting it alongside the bergamot. The brain is weird like that…

I’m not saying that’s definitely what’s happening here, but that would be my guess. Regardless of what’s causing the bergamot note, I like this blend a lot and I don’t really care where it’s coming from one way or the other.

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Thanks so much for sending this, Tree Gal! I’m happy to try any tea… however this is…
turmeric…. and turmeric…. and turmeric….
with hardly notes of anything else that happens to be in the blend. The green tea/ black tea combo is also a bit odd, as I had to steep it cool for the green tea, so how much did the black tea really appear in the mug? Not sure, as all I could taste was TURMERIC. The color of the brew was also the color of TURMERIC. So I’ve found I’m just not a fan of turmeric… it’s just bitter and blah to me, therefore not a fan of this blend. Again, happy to try it though, even just to see that I don’t like turmeric.
2019 sipdowns: 37 (52Teas – Candy Cane marshmallow treat genmaicha)

tea-sipper

Whoa, there has been like 4 tasting notes in the last 12 hours on my dashboard…

ashmanra

Same here. Glad you mentioned it cuz I thought something was wrong with my wifi. Ha!

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drank #65 Coffee Lover Tea by Tea Revv
2881 tasting notes

additional notes: Sipdown. Thanks again TreeGal! Sipping it again… it kind of just tastes like old coffee…. which it is. It’s probably just too aged by now. I’m not a fan of actual coffee grounds in tea anyway, so it is what it is.
2019 Sipdowns: 80
I’d love to make 100 sipdowns by the end of the year!

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drank #65 Coffee Lover Tea by Tea Revv
2881 tasting notes

Another little packet I received from TreeGal! Thanks so much! I felt like following my Lupicia’s coffee tea with another coffee tea today. This one is interesting (as in, potentially I might hate it) because the ingredients lists coffee grounds. I really like it better when a coffee flavor is artificial, I guess? Like Lupicia’s yesterday? No actual coffee. Otherwise, if a coffee element is genuine, it becomes too funky for me, as all coffee seems to be. Anyway, this is certainly better tasting to me than many other Steepsterers have experienced. There is definitely a coffee element throughout both steeps. But the coffee just seems a bit sour, again maybe it’s my coffee pickiness. There is also a sweet element as well, might be the cocoa beans. I don’t understand the chamomile in this blend at ALL. But it also doesn’t appear to result in the flavor. The color of the brew is neither too dark or too light, as this should be a puerh and black tea together. I wish more of the puerh made an appearance. Overall, a decent blend. However, I imagine the “coffee lovers” from the name might prefer coffee. But this isn’t terrible for a tea fan who wants a coffee flavored tea once in a while.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoons for a full mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

Kittenna

I also much prefer coffee flavouring in teas as opposed to actual coffee, grounds or beans. Possibly because actual coffee makes my stomach sad.

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82

Another tea in the wonderful package from TreeGal. Again, I really appreciate it! A pumpkin chai from TeaRevv certainly will be interesting to me. The blend has some ingredients I haven’t seen in a pumpkin chai before, like rosehips? And hibiscus? Luckily, these didn’t result in the flavor too much, so I’m fine with it. I see the sprinkles that look like the sprinkles used in B&B’s pumpkin tea. However, sadly, this blend is not as fantastic as B&B’s blend. It isn’t bad. But much like most pumpkin teas, there is never an actual pumpkin element. (B&B at least uses carrots.) I think there is a higher ratio of black tea leaves than spices. The flavor is slightly spiced with hints of sweetness, not sure if it’s from that lone sprinkle. The black tea has medium depth, so it’s tasty enough for me. I’m not sure why this one gets such a low rating.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 6 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

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drank #54 Ginger Green by Tea Revv
2881 tasting notes

Additional notes: Sipdown of this one. It hardly tasted of ginger which was odd, but it’s a surprisingly delicious cup for a GINGER green…. because the ginger is missing? Thanks again TreeGal!
2019 Sipdowns: 76

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drank #54 Ginger Green by Tea Revv
2881 tasting notes

Thanks SO MUCH again for that awesome package, TreeGal! There were a handful of wrapped TeaRevv samples that looked like individual wrapped satchets (it said satchets on the outside of the packaging) but instead this had two teaspoons. So I get to enjoy TWO steep sessions of these TeaRevv teas instead of the one steep session I thought. So an extra surprise bonus! I’m not sure if these were from the advent or something? Anyway, very thrilled I get to try this company that I otherwise might never have had a chance to. I was looking for a healthy fresh green tea today so I went with this one. Let me tell you, I’m not a fan of ginger, but it is much more pleasant here than I thought it would be. The ginger doesn’t overpower the blend at all, and I’m glad because the green tea is so lovely. Buttery, fresh, bright, sweet. On the second steep, I could swear lemon was somehow included here. But it just keeps being sweet and delicious. The butter with the hints of ginger with the sweetness is almost like this is a natural ‘gingerbread cookie’ tea. I like this much better than I thought I would!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for the smaller mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep

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drank #65 Coffee Lover Tea by Tea Revv
10271 tasting notes

VariaTEA sample. Trying to work on a few more over the next couple days while i’m stuck at home by myself lol. This one was fine. It wasn’t super exciting, but it wasn’t bad either. Sort of a middle of the road, take it or leave it tea. I didn’t realy there was chamomille in here, but the coffee came through very lightly and didn’t over power the cup. All in all, a totally fine cup of tea.

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Thanks so much for sending this one over in that glorious package, TreeGal! This one sounds intriguing. I thought this might be something I might like, though to be honest, I’m not picky and will enjoy almost every tea. :D The dry blend looks lovely with these amaranth flowers. Upon steeping, I’m tasting huge amounts of floral with hints of plum and pear. The base black tea has a larger leaf, completely black and twisty but the brew results fairly light. I thought it would taste more like plum as the cup cools, but it tasted fairly floral throughout. The second cup tastes almost exactly the same. This would be an even better blend if they toned down that floral a bit, since it’s called frosted floral/ sugar plum! So I think they are setting up everyone for disappointment when the name doesn’t match the tea. But I can enjoy this one if I’m not thinking of what it SHOULD be. Thanks again, TreeGal – probably a tea I’d never be able to try if you hadn’t sent it over.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 15 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 minute steep

Cameron B.

This one tasted like perfume to me… Blech! :P

tea-sipper

I’m not QUITE getting perfume here, but I know you hate rose teas, so possibly this is too much floral for you. haha

Cameron B.

Oh definitely, it’s a flower bomb!

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drank #SPB22 Christmas Cake by Tea Revv
249 tasting notes

This was sweet and woody and had a somewhat alcohol-like taste. Almond was overwhelming and very sweet. It was actually OK to drink, but I wouldn’t have it again.

Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Marzipan, Wood

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drank #55 And Relax by Tea Revv
249 tasting notes

I am happy to see others got bergamot out of this, too. I got that, the lemongrass, and the sage mostly. I wouldn’t buy this, but it was surprisingly OK.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemongrass, Sage

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drank #SPB8 Snowballs by Tea Revv
105 tasting notes

Tastes sweet with some fruity/mango tastes. Sweet from the cake sprinkles. Also has almond flavoring. I like this tea. Recommends adding a dash of milk or mix with hot frothed milk for a lattea. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Almond, Fruity, Mango, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Gingerbread Man by Tea Revv
105 tasting notes

Ginger and spices in black tea. Bitter but not super strong flavoring. Recommends adding a dash of milk or mix with hot frothed milk for a lattea. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Bitter, Ginger, Spices, Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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50

A little sweetness, a touch of maple in a thin black tea. Recommends adding a dash of milk or mix with hot frothed milk for a lattea. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank #54 Ginger Green by Tea Revv
105 tasting notes

Tastes like green tea with ginger. No milk advised. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Ginger, Green, Tea

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

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Black tea flavor with coffee undertones – not very strong. Tastes a bit weak, doesn’t quite capture a coffee or mocha flavor. Recommends adding a dash of milk or mix with hot frothed milk for a lattea. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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30

Tasted like black tea with a little something extra attempting to capture chocolate, but not quite. No big change noted with addition of milk. Really wanted to like it but it fell flat for me. Recommends adding a dash of milk or mix with hot frothed milk for a lattea. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Chocolate, Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Recommends adding a dash of milk or mix with hot frothed milk for a lattea. Tastes like chai, and rooibos – fairly generic. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Rooibos, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Black tea with sweet flavors, like a vanilla or sprinkles taste. Really liked it. Recommends adding a dash of milk or mix with hot frothed milk for a lattea. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Candy, Sweet, Tea

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

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drank #88 Mardy Tum by Tea Revv
105 tasting notes

Peppermint taste, but spicy and burning at the end. More like pepper spicy vs. holiday pleasant spicy. No milk advised. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Pepper

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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20

Mix of black teas, but didn’t stand out to me. OK for Todd, but nothing outstanding.
Recommends adding a dash of milk or mix with hot frothed milk for a lattea. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

Flavors: Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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No milk advised. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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50

Bitter. Some floral and sweet flavors, but didn’t like. Todd liked it – but also likes Earl Grey in general. Recommends adding a dash of milk or mix with hot frothed milk for a lattea. Part of TeaRevv Advent Calendar Collection. Tasted 12.2018

0/10 for me, 9/10 for Todd.

Flavors: Earl Grey, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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