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Republic of Tea is everywhere, it seems….

this morning I went into a “specialty” tea shop in Oakland and all they had was Republic of Tea and Ahmad, don’t know how special that is but I needed some caffeine. The oat and fruit bar I had from there was an excellent breakfast treat, but this tea… so ho hum.

I expect an Irish breakfast tea to be malty and stout but this just seemed like a generic black tea. I put some soymilk in it and it served its’ purpose but there is nothing special or interesting about it. Le snooze

I would suggest the Twinings brand over this one, it’s cheaper and a lot more flavorful.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec
Scott B

I don’t know exactly what they did to this tea, but it is so sad that this blend has gone from great to mediocre.

TeaBrat

I’ve never had it before today so I don’t know what I am missing…

Scott B

Oh, it pains me every time I brew a cup-can’t help remembering how good it was. Hope my other breakfast teas get here soon.

LiberTEAS

It has been my experience with Republic of Tea that with the bagged varieties, two bags in a tea cup work better than one. They don’t have a whole lot of leaf in those little round bags.

TeaBrat

@LiberTeas this was actually a loose leaf tea in a T-sac

Scott B

My review and comments are strictly for their loose-leaf blend.

Angrboda

I would suggest the Twinings brand over this one, it’s cheaper and a lot more flavorful.
But is it also lucky? ;)

TeaBrat

Lucky that it doesn’t suck, for sure. :-P

Scott B

Re: Twinings
“This tea is best taken with milk and sweetened to taste to bring out the best flavor.”
Amy, have you had this tea straight? Your review didn’t say. I could put soymilk and sugar in this, but I really don’t want to. A good breakfast tea should be able to be consumed straight and I am kinda concerned that they don’t recommend this.

TeaBrat

@Scott, I usually drink my black teas with some soymilk (but no sugar), I don’t think I ever tried it straight.

Scott B

Thanks for the info, Amy.

ScottTeaMan

OK—RoT is short for RoTten. I haven’t tried this, but I know Stash’s, bagged and loose, is better than this one. I’m at the point where the only time I’d use RoT teas is for iced teas.

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Scott B

I don’t know exactly what they did to this tea, but it is so sad that this blend has gone from great to mediocre.

TeaBrat

I’ve never had it before today so I don’t know what I am missing…

Scott B

Oh, it pains me every time I brew a cup-can’t help remembering how good it was. Hope my other breakfast teas get here soon.

LiberTEAS

It has been my experience with Republic of Tea that with the bagged varieties, two bags in a tea cup work better than one. They don’t have a whole lot of leaf in those little round bags.

TeaBrat

@LiberTeas this was actually a loose leaf tea in a T-sac

Scott B

My review and comments are strictly for their loose-leaf blend.

Angrboda

I would suggest the Twinings brand over this one, it’s cheaper and a lot more flavorful.
But is it also lucky? ;)

TeaBrat

Lucky that it doesn’t suck, for sure. :-P

Scott B

Re: Twinings
“This tea is best taken with milk and sweetened to taste to bring out the best flavor.”
Amy, have you had this tea straight? Your review didn’t say. I could put soymilk and sugar in this, but I really don’t want to. A good breakfast tea should be able to be consumed straight and I am kinda concerned that they don’t recommend this.

TeaBrat

@Scott, I usually drink my black teas with some soymilk (but no sugar), I don’t think I ever tried it straight.

Scott B

Thanks for the info, Amy.

ScottTeaMan

OK—RoT is short for RoTten. I haven’t tried this, but I know Stash’s, bagged and loose, is better than this one. I’m at the point where the only time I’d use RoT teas is for iced teas.

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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