Finishing off another sample Jaime sent my way today. This is very good hot without any additives. I really enjoy this line of teas. These are becoming a staple for night time drinking.
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Loving the smell of this tea as it steeps. I keep going back to sniff the cup (it is an 8 min steep time). The mango in this is sweet and wonderful. The chili isn’t there as a strong spice but gives a nice undercurrent of flavor. I’m really enjoying how green rooibos tastes. Another winner from Republic of Teas. Now if only while foods or world market would carry these raw bush blends so I didn’t have to place an online order. Thank you Jaime for letting me try some of this tea:)
Wow. Holy medicinal papaya batman. I took one swallow ha hubby take one swallow and this pot went down the drain. I think it may have just been too much leaf but after that first sip it needed to go. I’m in the minority here, so by all means please try this tea.
This is an herbal blend right up my alley. A nice sweet cup of raspberry with a slight apple sweetness to it. There is a bit of a tartness from the hibiscus but it is not overpowering the berry. Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending some my way.
Sampled this while at the Teavana in the mall. Had it sweetened lightly (although by my standards, feels quite heavily sweetened). I like this blend, but there is just something in the spice mix that makes my throat tickle. Today it turned into a fierce tickle as I think I’m a bit rundown after working 7 days in a row. I think I may need to try these two teas individually next time so I can see if one is better than the other. Tempted to buy them both to mix, as the hubby really liked this, and this is the first of several chai like drinks I have been able to get him interested in. Much more tea to drink in the cupboard to clear out first though.
Enjoying the last cup from the sample Jaime sent me. Headed up to the mall today, so will definitely stop in to get a few ounces of this. I really enjoy all of the flavors in this tea/tisane. Such a great anytime drink!
Steeped it at a hotter temp tonight for a minute longer to see what would result. It is much better at the 165 range. More spice presents itself at the lower temp. The higher temp brought more color to the infusion, but less taste. Maybe I’ll cold brew the leaves for tomorrow and see how that tastes.
reposting this where it belongs, I had two samples on the counter, and this is the one I finished off, not da.ud.e’s xaeoxn.
Such a pretty tea to watch steep. The rosebuds are quite large, and there are quite long green and white leaves in this tea blend. The tea brewed up a nice amber syrup color. There is a slight molasses/maple taste/scent in this. It is so light in taste I can’t tell if it is flavor or just in the smell alone, but I swear it is there. This almost tastes like a caramel black tea, with a strong floral tone to it. My taste buds are acting very strange today as I know there is no black tea in this. Maybe it’s the combination of the mango and jasmine? I know it was in a bag all to itself awaiting sampling. I think I will have to do a second steep to see what other flavors come out of this.
Giving up on stovetop chai for a few days/weeks/months. Stopped with hubby tonight and got a grande soy chai tea latte. I like it with the added water as that is how I would prepare it at home. I forgot how nice of a spice tazo’s blend is. Quite the tingle left in my throat. Mmmmm…this was just what I needed tonight!
Haven’t had this in quite a long time. Needed something green and sweet after dinner tonight, and this did the trick. Steeped 4 tsp in 175ish water for 2 minutes and poured over ice. Iced this has quite the vegetal/hay flavor I like to avoid, maybe a few fresh lemon slices would make it go down faster…but I have no lemons. I can taste the lightly sweet cherry but the grassy green overpowers it. Not bad, just not great. I won’t change the rating as I remember liking this a bit more hot.
Finished my samples and started on my tin of this. Really enjoying the crisp tart tangerine. This tea is so naturally sweet, it cures my morning sweet tooth nicely. Quite the enjoyable fruity cup. I wish they sold this in loose tins, but alas, just bulk.
This is a perfect rainy evening tea. I already love 52teas Bai Mu Dan base (black currant with it was wonderful). This is just as wonderful. The cinnamon pieces and clove give great flavor to this white tea. The pear is soft and well blended with the spices. I think I will infuse this a bit longer with slightly hotter water next time to see if I can get a stronger flavor from it, as it was quite light. As it is cooling down (and now near cold) it has become more flavorful. This could be a great iced tea….might have to place a 2nd order this week.
Is the special good for buying 6 bags get 2 free? I’ve already ordered 3 and might just cave for 3 more if there is more of this left. Gave several samples out before I reviewed it myself.
Ahhh….success. This tea was just what I needed today. Light and fruity with such a great sencha base. Not as much berry flavor as some cups from the pouch, but still delicious. Sad to have so little of this left :(
I’m a tea failure today. I attempted to make stovetop chai per samovars stovetop recipe. I brought filtered water to a roiling boil, added chai, rock sugar and black tea leaves. It boiled beautifully and made my apartment smell wonderful. I grabbed my milk from the fridge and poured out a huge glob of milk. Looked at the expiration date and it was only two days past. Sigh. Dumped it all started again. Got the leaves and sugar mix out and le it boil five minutes and figure I’ll pour in some chocolate soy I picked up. Checked the expiration date and it is goo until December as it had not been opened. Added some soy and simmered while stirring. Everything smelled so good my mouth was watering. I strained my tea into my 16oz glass mug, rinsed out the strainer and watched the milk as it curdled.
Atvthis point I give up and am enjoying a can of diet coke:-(
I just love the aroma of the wet leaves (tea bag) in this tea. It is so deliciously like black raspberries taste. I can’t wait to pick up the loose leaf version next time I make a trip to whole foods. Wish we had more tea stores by me, but all I have is one coffee shop that sells Republic’s traveler’s tins, which is what I got of this :)
My first ever matcha experience! And I get to try Franks flavored matcha’s thanks to AmazonV!
I tried using 1/4 tsp with 6 oz water that was 180F and whisked it with my metal wisk. The matcha almost instantly blended with the water into this deep olive green. I smell a faint cranberry with the green tea, but like Cofftea, I can’t find the flavor in the hot matcha. There is a slightly sweet flavor, which could be from the cranberry flavor. I may have to try this with cold water, or in a smoothy, or some of the other ways matcha can be had.
Having this iced this evening with a little german rock sugar. This is mighty flavorful. Glad to see the flavor and richness stays in the cold brew! Thanks, TeaEqualsBliss for passing this my way. I will have to get some more in the near future!
Meh. I think this steeped for too long. On the bag they recommend 5 minutes but don’t give a temperature. I did five minutes at 175 and got a cedar colored tea with a slight pink tinge. Taste wise it is a light slightly tart berry with a strong white tea taste. I think I need to play around with this some more.
Upon first sniff I knew this wasn’t the green tea for me. I don’t enjoy vegetable greens. Smells like asparagus and tart apple. So NOT my tea. The apple made me want to try it. The sip confirmed that it wasn’t my style. Adding to the swap pile.
Such a beautiful tea to watch steep! All of the petals and pieces of fruit. The aroma is quite strong of pineapple and passion fruit, I could inhale this all day. Unfortunately, I’m not getting much of that flavor in the taste. Just a very slight hint of passionfruit on the back end of the swallow. I’m not even getting much green tea flavor. Maybe this needs a longer steeping time or cooler brewing temp. The packaging recommended 3 minutes at 185F, a bit hotter than I normally brew greens.
Ahhh…I found a bit more flavor. If I slurp the tea as it is cooling the pineapple comes through and a sweet fruit flavor that might be the papaya is also present. Okay, this is a little better now!
A very smooth and refreshingly fruity tea. I really like the black tea base used in this flavored tea. It was very mellow and took to the peach and apricot flavoring well. This tea has such a refreshing note to it, it was great this morning! This is another goodie from the swap with TeaEqualsBliss. I made the rest of this as a pitcher of iced tea, I hope the fruityness stays as present in it cold!
I was really in the mood for a plain old earl grey today, after trying my berry chocolate earl grey last night, plain Earl sounded like just the thing I needed. I thought I was going to have to run to the store, or Starbucks, to get a cup, but thankfully there was a pouch of this in the swap box TeaEqualsBliss sent me.
Ahhh…just the simple Earl I was craving today. No need for cream or sugar. This is a nice black tea with bergamot, as simple as it could be!
I obviously didn’t read the packaging carefully on this impulse buy: it contains red rooibos. My taste buds seem to have changed as I don’t enjoy red rooibos anymore. Unless it is heavily masked. Also the cocoa tastes very fake in this blend. Not tasting much bergamot or berry. Just fake chocolate rooibos :-/
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