516 Tasting Notes


The description made me purchase a cup of this from Starbucks. It smelled like apple and spice and I was expecting something delicious! The tea left an unpleasant tickling sensation on the back of my tongue. I’m not sure if it was the effect of the spice, but I did not like it. The tea lacked any sort of vanilla flavor and didn’t really taste too much like apple either. The spice was almost too peppery (reminiscent of Yogi Tea’s disgusting peppery character) to enjoy. Had to dump this one.

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This tea is just okay for me. I had heard really good things about it, but it wasn’t as delicious as expected. It has a beautiful coconut scent, not so much cocoa included. For me, it tasted a bit watered down and uneventful.

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This tea has a beautiful smell and is definitely coconut. I think it would make a really nice iced tea, but as for hot.. the black base is a bit overwhelming, at least for me. I prefer tea bases to be somewhat “smothered” with the added flavor. This is definitely a pick for someone who loves a more balanced relationship of coconut and black tea.

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I love the name of this tea and wanted it to be great. The smell is of a creamy, rich chocolate. The taste, however, is significantly different. I can get hints of chocolate, but now as much as you would expect from the scent. Isn’t there a darn mate (or other tea, for that matter) with a rich, creamy chocolate taste? I might be asking too much.. trying to find a healthier, but equally satisfying replacement for hot chocolate. Anyway, this tea isn’t awful, just a bit disappointing.


Have you tried 52teas’ Malted ChocoMate? It’s got a pretty strong chocolate flavor!


I agree Janefan!! I love their Malted ChocoMate…too bad I’m out.


Janefan and mrawlins2, I will definitely look into this kind! Thanks for your suggestion! :)

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(Psh.. no, this isn’t my fourth cup of tea today… I’m not obsessed!) If I didn’t know this was an apple tea, I wouldn’t have suspected any apple in the scent. When I think about apple, though, I can smell it! All of The Republic of Tea’s red teas seem to have a strange spicy scent added. The actual taste isn’t anything special. I sense no caramel and only a slight hint of apple in the aftertaste. A little bit of sweet is there too. It’s not bad, but nothing special, in my opinion.


So 4 makes you obsessed, huh? lol! Well I have 8-12 on an average day. And that’s only if you count my 16oz cuppa chai as one.


Cofftea, that’s quite a lot! I guess I considered my 4 cups to be in excess because they were all so different and varied.. not any kind of resteeps or anything. ;) I usually have 2 cups of tea + 2 cups of coffee each day. 8-12 sounds delicious, though!


Well 4 1st infusions may be a lot of caffeine (especially w/ that coffee… do you EVER sleep? lol), but it’s not a lot of tea:) Just curious as to why you choose not to resteep.


I try to have tea without caffeine if I have had coffee already. Sometimes I’ll skip the coffee and have just tea with caffeine if I feel like I “need” it.

Not resteeping is wasteful on my part due to laziness. It usually happens because I bring the tea from the kitchen to my room to work on homework and leave the teaball/teabag downstairs. I also tend to get distracted with things and simply forget about the leftover tea in the kitchen. Haha :)

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So I can’t quite get a grip on this tea.. there is a lot going on. It tastes tangy and slightly sweet. It has a kind of calm fruity presence. The funny thing is.. I don’t really taste either pomegranate or vanilla, so where are the flavors coming from? What I love is the tingling effect it brings to my tongue — I think that might be from the ‘fruit’ aspect of the tea. This might be a good tea to have iced as well. Overall, this tea is enjoyable!

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This is a very unique tea. I haven’t tried anything like it before. It’s very sweet with a light drying effect at the end. The scent is slightly milky, but also with something else.. I’m not sure what. The experience was pleasant overall, but very difficult to describe! It makes for a very sweet, aromatic and smooth cup of tea. Beautiful. I think I’ll enjoy the rest of this, but won’t repurchase until later on because it is awfully expensive!

Made this tea again and I love it even more.. so much that I’d adjusted my rating. One of my favorites!

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Oh I loved this tea at first sip. I thought that it smelled great.. of pure cinnamon and was nicely sweetened by itself. The flavor was something unique, spicy and uplifting. Maybe I had had too many cups.. but after a while, it just started tasting like rubber, literally. I took a break from the tea and came back.. and again, rubber. I want to be able to drink it as it was a nice sweet cup, but won’t be able to get around that flavor.

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Tea (& Coffee) lover. Bookworm.

Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

My Rather Picky Ratings
90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

Note: Teas in my cupboard are all of the teas that I’ve logged, regardless of their current presence in my actual cupboard. For an updated list on what teas I have available for swap, check out the swap thread and not my cupboard! Thanks!

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