Kitchen 199

    Published on October 14th, 2008 | by Greg


    Fruit Tea: Now in 3D

    I don’t know about you, but I like my tea in a can. Well, a bottle is also acceptable. I was never a big fan of brewing hot tea on 80-degree days or drinking green tea instead of coffee for my caffeine fix. But at one point in my life, I realized sometimes I don’t need (and probably shouldn’t have) soda or straight juice all the time. Bottled water, however, is hardly a taste substitution for those of us too lazy to make our own iced teas. Enter in Ito En, Honest Tea, and now Revolution 3D tea beverages: refrigeratable, healthy, portable, and low-calorie solutions on the alternative drink market.

    Revolution is primarily a tea company specializing in a variety of tea, and tea and fruit combinations. Most of their teas come in teabag form (they even have spiffy pyramid tea foil infusers). But it’s their new 3D beverages (in a can) that interest me most. “Pomegranate,” “white tea,” “cane sugar”? I think somebody hit my buzzwords.

    We tried four flavors: Green Apple, Pomegranate, Blueberry, and Mango. All four are paired with white tea, young green tea leaves, which offer a smoother flavor than normal green tea. All four are billed as a super fruit, multi-vitamin (emphasizing vitamin C and B complex) and tea combo—hence the “3D.” The fruit flavors are all natural juice and play a nice offset to the tea. The fruity smell is strong, though the flavor itself is much more mild, trying to leave room for the tea and probably also not add calories to the drink. The white tea, typically a a very subtle flavor, competed on equal terms with the flavor of the fruit juice. This created a taste confusion for the first few sips. My mind was trying to decide… is the tea too fruit-flavored, the juice too tea-flavored, or had it struck the right balance?

    Overall, I quite liked the drinks and easily see them as a good alternative to the Cokes and Pepsis of the world. They’re just over half the calories of most sodas, easily replacing sodas as a healthier and tasty beverage, but perhaps not replacing some people’s Fuze drinks on calories alone. So, my favorite? Surprisingly, blueberry. The green apple is nicely crisp and the pomegranate has an understated sweetness, but the blueberry, a typically overlooked juice, mixes best with white tea. Revolution 3D Teas are available for around $8 for a four-pack, making them competitive with other similar drinks.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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