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24 March 2008 @ 08:53 pm
Tea Enabling  
More Revolution Tea:  I decided to try a sampler!

Black Citron - and the reason why I decided to try a sampler is this tea.  I just took one look and thought, that sounds kind of different and cool, and I want to try it.

The tea lives up to it's name.  It's strong black tea, and the flavoring is not citrus, it's literal citron, the flavor of candied citrus peelings.  I happen to like citron, but it does have a very distinctive taste, and it's nothing like what you would be looking for in a citrus spice tea.  The first sip of this left me with a feeling of intense nostalgia.  What on earth IS that taste?  I know that taste!  Had the tea been cold, I'd have recognized it immediately:  this tea tastes like a hot version of my southern grandma's iced tea:  strong, sweet, and liberally dosed with squirts from that yellow bottle of fake lemon stuff she always used to put in it.  I'm tempted to ice it and sweeten it with sugar just to test the difference.  In any case, I probably won't get it again, since I don't really like iced tea (and particularly not strong artificially lemonated iced tea), but it's a very interesting taste experience.  I didn't let cream anywhere near this tea.

Organic green - yup, that's green tea.  Oddly, I find myself gravitating toward it.  It's just a nice, regular green tea, inoffensive with or without sweetener.  I'm not sure I would ever drink green or white tea if it weren't for the caffeine levels:  for late afternoon when black tea is too much but herb tea would knock me out, I love a nice cup of mid-level caffeine tea, something I can drink unsweetened.  This is a nice, basic green.  I bet I could find a cheaper one that tastes pretty much the same.

White Pear - oh, this is a lovely afternoon tea.  The taste of pear is light and refreshing, and goes perfectly with white tea.  Unsweetened, it's just a nice white with a hint of fruitiness that doesn't quite make it sweet.  I prefer it sweetened just a little bit.

Enough about Revolution and their snooty little boxes.  elvinborn introduced me to a tea from the Renaissance Festival called Fairy's Dew... I believe they sell it at the tea room there.  If anybody can lend us the name of the place, we would appreciate that.

Fairy's Dew - as she described it, a very light sunflower tea.  With sugar, it tastes exactly like it sounds... sweet, light, and with the tang that can only be described as sunflowery.  With honey (I had mine with honey), it tastes even more strongly flowery.  Highly recommended, especially as a spring or summer drink -- and that's an awfully nice thing to be able to say about a hot tea.  I get bummed about the fact that most of my teas just don't taste as good in summer as they do during the winter.
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Hunterjjhunter on March 25th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Mmmmm.... tea. I'm not at the tasted everything, snooty connoisseur level, but I know what I like.

My favorite green tea is from Good Earth and has lemongrass in it. I think it's the first (maybe only) tea that Toby likes. Well, that and the ummm cough syrup (orange spiced tea mixed with grand marnier - if it doesn't knock out the germs, it at least makes you feel better).
Wiseacreewin on March 25th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'll have to try that!
Myxostrazsa:  Standard Dragon Rules Applyclockworktomato on March 25th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Oh I love Revolution teas! I didn't see that you were enabling with them!

Have you tried the Sweet Ginger Peach? It is my absolute favorite of theirs. I had it at P.F. Chang's, of all places, several years ago and I was so smitten with it that I had to know what tea it was and where I could find it. And I've just not found another of Revolution's blends that I like nearly as much.

I also adore their high quality tea bags, and there's something about the tiny little boxes that the samplers come in that just makes me squee. :)
Wiseacreewin on March 25th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Heh, yeah, I think you must have missed me ranting about them here. I hate having to dig through all the packaging.

I'm actually really fond of Republic of Tea's Ginger Peach, though I haven't reviewed it yet. Ginger + Peach is made of win.
Xandre: Gojyo: I drank WHAT?ayakashi_fox on March 25th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
I adore White Pear... but it gives me gas if I drink it too fast.
Wiseacreewin on March 25th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
I think other kinds of white tea do that to me! I never made that connection until you said that.
Xandre: Gojyo: D'oh!ayakashi_fox on March 25th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Ya know... yeah... I have a blueberry white tea that gives me gas, too. LOL! I love the taste, but it makes my ass talk to me.
rogue equestrian: DW:: 10 cuppa?elvinborn on March 27th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
white pear sounds lovely. I wantses