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It’s been amusing drinking these teas at work because these Tea Revv packets aren’t labeled, so it’s always a surprise what tea I end up with in my mug. This one is actually really tasty. The fruit flavor is super light and yummy. I definitely get that it’s strawberry. I love strawberry teas, and this is an especially good one. No sourness, just sweet ripe strawberry. And it’s so much lighter than blends that include hibiscus.
#adventageddon Day Twenty Four – 6/7
I was excited when I opened up the package of this one because the loose leaf had a very large, completely intact star anise and I really love the flavour of star anise. I wasn’t totally sure how it would play into Gingerbread but damn if I wasn’t stoked to find out! Unfortunately, and weirdly, the steeped cup of this tea was SO weak and watery and I didn’t really taste any star anise, or much of anything else, at all…
Overall there were a few winners in the Tea Revv advent, but they were few and far between. I think this was probably my least favourite of all the advents I did this year.
#adventageddon Day Twenty Three – 3/6
- Started off rather nice; smooth mouthfeel and creamy sweet caramel notes
- Comboed with warming cinnamon and other more generic spice notes
- And a peppery rooibos
- DOES feel like a caramel chai, pretty well executed!
- However the finish is a bit off? Has a sort of waxy taste mixed with a hint of rubber!?
- Didn’t ruin the cup but wasn’t great in it either…
#adventageddon Day Twenty Two – 4/6
I feel like I can kind of see where they were trying to go with this blend, and it did loosely remind me of the Frosted Fruit blend from earlier in the advent that I quite liked. However, aside from a light but pleasant cranberry note I found this was REALLY assaultingly drying in the mouth and bitter. I actually dumped the last half of the mug.
#adventageddon Day Twenty One – 5/6
Honestly this tasted just fine, but I’m soooo sick of orange spice/orange and cinnamon teas at this point that I kind of just mind numbingly chugged it back this morning without devoting much energy or thought to it. Average tea, but this is probably like my ninth tea with this profile for the month and I’m just done with it.
#adventageddon Day Twenty – 5/6
Really fun concept but poor execution of it. I believe this is essentially just intended to be a vanilla or cream flavoured Earl Grey, and it does taste a little bit creamy but it’s a REALLY floral tasting bergamot oil that’s been used in the blending and the cup finishes almost painfully soapy. I had two EG teas in my advent picks today and this was by far the worst of them…
#adventageddon Day Nineteen – 3/6
I was really excited to see this tea; my favourite Tea Revv blend so far has probably been the Strawberry Achooo and I’ve noticed that any time Tea Revv’s tea has been a more herbaceous blend it’s been well executed. I’ve relieved to say that I liked this one a lot! I do think I prefer the strawberry, but this had a nice sweet and kind of mixed berry flavour atop a lovely mix of soothing herbs – namely the tulsi!
12 days of (Christmas) tea (Tea Revv) – Day 5
What it says on Tea Revv´s website : A rooibos and fruit blend with sweet cinnamon, pear and apple. Try this Cinnabon as a lattea with hot frothed milk and a drop of Honey.
My experience : firstly, this is a rooibos based tea, so not that easy to drink when using a ceramic filter for the loose tea (the rooibos goes straight through the holes of the filter); the dry loose tea doesn´t have a nice smell, more like an artificial wine flavour coming through. Fortunately, this changes – for the better – when steeped : it reminds me of pears prepared in wine, with some cinnamon…a dessert I really like. In mouth I cannot find the pear anymore, it´s a kind of mulled wine taste according to me. Not bad, and certainly in line with the season, but lacking elegance. Although Tea Revv recommends drinking this tea with milk, I cannot really see its interest.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pear, Red Wine, Wood
#adventageddon Day Eighteen – 2/6
First advent tea from today, and made as a latte as a little treat for myself! It was pretty thin tasting given that the sample sizes from Tea Revv are pretty small but I definitely tasted a light cinnamon and apple flavour, so it’s a check at least in that regard. Wasn’t crazy about this, but I think a latte was a good mood – I feel like I enjoyed it more than I would have straight.
12 days of (Christmas) tea (Tea Revv) – Day 4
“Tea and biscuits in one! A black tea with a sweet honey and maple cookie taste, blooming with rose, jasmine and cornflower petals. Try this one as a lattea with hot frothed milk.” Tea Revv describes its Cookie tea blend like this.
As far as I am concerned, it might have worked as a lattea, but I hate milk in my coffee or my tea, so it comes down to the blend for me, and that hasn´t been a huge success, I´m afraid. I don´t associate the aroma´s with a cookie, and neither does the taste indicates anything biscuit-like. Especially in nose it makes me think of a grog, and not exactly one made with the best alcohol. That´s also the smell that lingers on in the mug after having drunk the tea.
Well, hopefully back to something better tomorrow…
Flavors: Alcohol, Spices
#adventageddon Day Seventeen – 6/6
An average tea – it has that dewy, floral pear flavour coming out a bit but it’s definitely primarily a sweet and hot cinnamon tea with a bit of a honeyed rooibos taste. It’s smooth enough, and flavourful and doesn’t taste bad but I think I liked the Vanilla Cinnabun a lot more.
12 days of (Christmas) tea (Tea Revv) – Day 3
Today´s tea is a very traditional Christmas blend called Christmas Spice…and although I´m not a huge fan of chai and other very spiced tea blends, I could really appreciate this one : when opening the pouch, it smelled like “peperkoek”, a typical Belgian type of cake we have for Saint-Nicholas day on 6th December. I had some the other day with coffee, mmm.
So, this tea then : it smells really great, “peperkoek” entirely. A while back, I bought a tea called Biscottea from Bruu, which has a very similar smell; and it also tastes great, peppery spicy without overdoing the sweetness or the cinnamon-like touches to it. This tea performs a bit worse in mouth : it seems like a de-theine-ated ;-) version of Biscottea, lacking some of the peppery spiciness it truly shows in nose. But even then, it´s still a very balanced brew, which I wouldn´t mind repeating some day…
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Cookie, Pepper, Spicy, Sweet, Tea
#adventageddon Day Sixteen – 4/6
This was nice! I was worried the caramel/toffee wouldn’t come through but that flavouring was actually pretty strong, so the sips were like a sweet and slightly acidified apple note backed by a sweet caramelesque undertone that creeped into a nice, silky and lingering taste in the finish that almost left a sticky residue on the bed of my tongue. Not quite a super rich and high quality “toffee” (in my head a toffee is dense and has a deeper sweetness) since the caramel landed on the palate a little high/sharp and more like the thinner and more butterscotch-y caramel syrup you might have on a sundae. It still works with the blend though overall, but since this is an acidified apple it’s a little tart by the end of the cup and it would feel more balanced either with a deeper caramel note or a less acidified apple/rosehip/hippy combo.
Keep your steep shorter though, and I think you’ll be rewarded with a nice caramel apple!
12 days of (Christmas) tea (Tea Revv) – Day 2
“Stack the pancakes high to the sky”, that´s how Tea Revv describes this black tea blend. I´m not sure whether the tea is supposed to match the taste of pancakes or whether it´s only a nice drink to go with pancakes. Anyway, in nose I get floral tones, but in mouth it´s mainly black tea…and in the back somewhere a sweet touch which might well come from the real maple syrup, but very subtle it is! I admit I left the tea steeping for 1-2 minutes longer than it should have, and there was indeed an added bitterness to it, but this only confirmed the blend not being that balanced, I think.
Flavors: Floral, Maple, Tea
#adventageddon Day Fifteen – 1/6
So, I think this is the same tea I had as this morning’s advent selection – it looks like the same ingredients, though the name is slightly different. However, I’ve noticed more than one inconsistency with Tea Revv’s blend names since starting this advent calendar. So I’m like 90% sure!
I… actually liked this one!?
It wasn’t really anything special and the quality was pretty average but the mix of tickly ginger notes and deeper stonefruit (plum?) notes combined really worked for me. There was some bitterness and astringency coming from the black tea base and the flavours were a little muddy, but it felt like a wintery, Christmas themed mug of tea and it wasn’t too spicy, tart, or sweet. It was just… a warming, tasty good time.
12 days of (Christmas) tea (Tea Revv) – Day1
About the only white chocolate tablet I like is the one with popped rice in it, and this tea reminds me a lot of that chocolate : very sweet and popped rice! Tastes as if made with rooibos as well, but it is really black tea based.
I wouldn´t buy this tea to have on a regular basis, but as a special festive treat it´s more than OK.
Flavors: Caramel, Sweet, Toasted Rice
#adventageddon Day Fourteen – 3/6
Deeply feeling like maple just isn’t this company’s forte right now – but the tea did taste leagues above the other maple blend from earlier in the calendar (Maple Kind). It doesn’t land the maple flavour, but it does have some sweetness and body that’s kind of loosely in that vein!? The weirdest part though, and this is something that probably only people who’ve been on Steepster for several years now will relate to, was that the black tea had that really bizarre but striking (not in a good way) taste that all of Frank’s black teas – back when he was still running 52Teas, seemed to have. That kind of bready/starchy note that was so hard to describe but so easy to identify.
It gave me one hell of a sense of nostalgia!
#adventageddon Day Thirteen – 5/6
This wasn’t a terrible tea by any means but I also don’t think it was my thing either. I was pumped to see the tulsi though, and I liked that the blend really embraced those herbaceous/basil notes. So far I have to say that more herbal/savory blends seem to what Tea Revv’s strong suit based on the teas in this advent so far! What I disliked was just the spices; they were a bit abrasive/strong for me – especially coupled with tulsi, which is already a strong flavour. However, someone more into chai blends would probably enjoy this one.
#adventageddon Day Twelve – 3/5
This was a bad cup but this time I definitely only have myself to blame for that. It was a chaotic morning at work today and I thought it would be best to to try and sneak in as many of today’s teas into the morning as possible (which wound up only being two). However, I forgot that I’d left this steeping while setting something up, and when I came back the mug had been steeping for easily twenty minutes. It was SO bitter, and I only have myself to blame for that. I have no clue if this would have been enjoyable under normal brewing parameters or underwhelming, and it kind of sucks that I wont have the change to find out…
#adventageddon Day 11 – 2/5
Not sure how I would have felt about this tea if I didn’t already have such a stuffy nose and hindered sense of taste, but I actually found it pretty nice this morning. It was peppery and gingery enough that I was able to get the flavour from the cup, and the warming spices actually helped clear my sinuses a fair bit – so it was pretty feed good for me today. Happy to have broken the streak of bad teas from Tea Revv, as well.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings though.
#adventageddon Day 10 – 3/5
Ugh, I don’t even want to waste my time writing about this tea – it was so bad. Really Tea Revv is just on a really crappy streak right now, and I’m hoping they have a tea this week that turns things around for them but I’m not holding my breath at this point.
Didn’t taste like it had any time of added flavour and didn’t even remotely resemble any type of cookie; just tasted like VERY stale black tea.