I’ve done a lot of remarking upon other people’s postings so I thought it was about time that I tried my hand at a product review. Those of you who have read some of my comments might know that I tend to be somewhat of a “traditionalist” when it comes to using plain, unadulterated, whole leaf tea for my normal brew, so much so in fact that I usually purchase my tea direct from either the plantation or their clearing houses (such as Lochan in India and, of course, the occasional T Ching purchase) rather than buying what you find on the average supermarket shelf. Well, you aren’t going to find that in this review.
This time I actually found a whole leaf tea product at a local grocery store chain (too bad it was in the “to be discontinued” area of the tea and coffee section), which in itself is enough of a shock but it actually comes in a mesh tea bag and was flavored. I know, you pretty much are probably saying to yourselves, “Hey, this is the guy who has 15 Xing purple clay teapots and brews only one type of tea in each pot” and there is some small amount of truth in that statement. What brought me to this particular tea was that I was having a house guest for the weekend, a visiting missionary priest whom I had never met and didn’t know what his eating habits might be so I tried to get a little bit of everything to keep things from becoming too monotonous for him. As it turned out, he was a coffee drinker so that was that.
Now I have this box of Revolution Brand “Sweet Ginger Peach Tea” in a nylon “infuser” – as the company prefers to call it – so what do I do with it? Well naturally I decide that it’s not going to just sit there. I actually tried it. Upon opening the box I was pleasantly presented with a plastic re-sealable storage container that comes with every one of the 16 count infuser varieties (I know because I decided to go back later and try the white pear tea but that’s another posting.)
Much to my surprise, the taste is actually quite good and the tea seems to be readily available to purchase at the supermarket – although on-line ordering is an option for those who wish to use the internet. The tea included in this little “traditional” bag-shaped rectangle (at least in the 16 package that I purchased, others from this company come in the pyramid shape that is popular right now) actually contains pieces of dried ginger root large enough to be seen and the tea is of whole leaf Ceylon and Assam origin. I’m not exactly sure what is meant by “fresh peach flavoring” but since I didn’t see any type of dried peach pieces, I’m presuming that it was some sort of essential oil or other similar derivative from peaches (at least I’m hoping it wasn’t something artificially flavored).
It actually makes a nice hot cup of tea but even better is when you make it iced. Again, those of you who have read my comments know that my usual tea is not to make tea only to put it over ice or to add too many things to the actual flavor of just plain tea. In this case the flavoring is already present and surprisingly enough for those who love to add sweeteners of any kind to their tea I actually would not recommend that for this one because it actually has a somewhat sweet taste balanced with the bite of the dried ginger root. I’ve tried other brands of ginger peach tea from other well-known companies but never one that was made with full leaf tea. Even with the infuser bag I’ve even come to the revelation that Revolution tea can be made by just simply taking your everyday kitchen scissors and cutting off the end of the little nylon “convenient storage device” (my wording, not from Revolution) and brewing it as you would any other whole leaf tea.
In short, since this company doesn’t use those nasty little broken fannings that are common to many other mass-produced bagged teas to produce “instantly dark” tea the quality of the ingredients in the bag while may not of superior quality for a loose leaf tea user are definitely of a superior quality to your average tea bag user. I’d say give it a try, at the $3.29 per box that I paid it’s a small risk investment that is one of the wonderful things about the world of tea. There are so many different ways of processing this wonderful botanical gift and the different aesthetic nuances that come from those processes that there really is just about something for everybody that can be found in the world of tea. I realize that there are some extremely expensive teas, and I’ve been lucky enough to try a few of those vintages as well but for a nice still warm but end of the summer iced drink I thoroughly enjoyed this particular product. And for those who are worried about caffeine content, this one does come in a decaf version but I’m not sure which process they use to decaffeinate the tea.
For those who like the convenience of a travel packet it does come in a travel tin with six of the infusers but of course I would probably do what most of you would, if you like a particular tea and for convenience sake need something that travels well, you purchase the travel tin and a box of the regular style and replenish your travel tin when it goes down (something the company has already thought of for their Black Earl-Grey Lavender travel tin plus refill option). This product also comes in their Black variety packages as well as in the full pot 10 count infuser tin (seems to be in decaf only for this style) and in a 30 infuser count box which seems to be reserved only for the top selling Revolution teas. A word of warning, if you order from the website be prepared to pay the full retail price plus shipping and don’t be afraid to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page. There are some interesting links for tea articles, health benefits, and retail store locator as well as customer service links so even just a quick viewing of the website can be quite informative. Who knows, you may find a new tea or herbal infusion to your liking.