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This stuff was okay, evidently it has been sold out and discontinued from the Republic of Tea which is fine with me, I wasn’t really tempted to run out and get any (It was at the house I was staying at over the weekend). As usual I had to use two teabags to get any flavor whatsoever out of an RoT blend but I did think the chocolate/orange rooibos combination seemed promising for a dessert tea, so perhaps I will look for one from another vendor.

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drank Da Yu Ling Oolong by Naivetea
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I haven’t been drinking very much oolong recently, I’ve been so busy sampling other things. :)

This is the last of my sample of this and I am enjoying it. It does have a delicate flowery aroma and the flavor is a mild sort of buttery peas. I am finding it very relaxing this morning. See my previous tasting notes for this tea.

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drank Ginger Peach by The Republic of Tea
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Another sample from the SF International Tea Festival. I do recall I had this one before at a Panera Bread and I thought it was ok.

One major beef I have with RoT is that their teabags often make a very weak tea so you end up having to use two and this makes it a lot more expensive. I did steep this guy in another mug for 12 oz water for abut 4 minutes and it got sufficiently dark. I do like peach things, and ginger as well. I believe this is a ceylon tea. This isn’t too bad, the flavor is light and pretty juicy. The ginger provides a nice contrast but isn’t too strong in my opinion. My only issue is the slightly weird aftertaste, I am getting, perhaps it’s the paper from the teabag… You do get spoiled rather quickly drinking loose leaf teas!

Anyway this tea is fairly pleasant, I suspect as an iced tea it would be be even better. I do not feel the need to buy any but might pick some up again when I find myself near a Panera.

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RoT and Stash are far too expensive for no more tea than they put in the bags. Most don’t taste too bad for what theye are but I don’t want a little girl cup of tea. I want a man mug!


totally agree!


I did like this one iced, but without buying more to review it, I think I’d give it a 70-75. Not much higher and definitely not stellar to say the least.

Stash teabas are expensive, but I do like their unigue bagged teas, and I almost always get their loose teas.


Ah, you noticed the aftertaste as well.

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
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I’m still here housesitting and trying to finish off some samples I got at the SF International Tea Fair. I remember this tea made me totally nauseated, but at the time I thought I might have used too much tea. I decided to try it again – brave or stupid?

This is one of their little tea sachets so I thought I’d use a big 12" mug of water. I do think it is better when it’s mellowed out a bit but it is still quite an overwhelming experience of sweet clove and cinnamon. It is like drinking a cup of liquid red hots. I rather like spicy things (chai, for example) but this is still way too much for me. I hope I can convince my BF to drink the other sample. Otherwise if anyone wants it, let me know.

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No thanks! So many people adore this tea that I have to keep it on my tea shelf, but the only way I can drink it is half and half with a plain black tea to tone it down. I tried the green version and it was like drinking pure cinnamon syrup, but oddly I found that more palatable than the black tea. My oldest daughter couldn’t drink it, though, even though she loves cinnamon. She said it was way too sweet and syrupy.


I’m glad I’m not the only one who has the same reaction! I can see it would be better mixed with some plain black tea.


I love the way its fragrance fills the room (even when its sealed up in the drawer). I even like the intensity of it in the cup. That said, it is like divinity or some other really rich food. A little goes a really long way. I can see where toned down would be a plus with this. Have either of you tried the Market Spice version? I believe it has orange in it. @ashmanra, I have the pepper mango and am waiting to steep it at work where I have a better set up.


no, I haven’t tried the Market spice version, might be worth a try someday. I do like cinnamon but not when it’s this strong!


I haven’t tried the MS version either. I try the Harney one about twice a year to see if my tastes have changed, but so far, no, still the same. I have made it half and half with Southern Season Ceylon Extra Fancy and it was more civilized!

Dylan Oxford

Marketspice does have orange in it. MS is one of my favorite teas, but a few people have been turned off by it though… they kind of spray flavoring oils over it, and the look of the ‘dry’ leaf is a little disconcerting. I use little quotey thingies around dry because the leaf never looks dry, because of the amount of flavoring oils used. It’s that flavored.

It also seems to be systematically destroying any tin I put it in. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but we’ve had it in three different tins, and the lids slowly get harder and harder to open. It’s like a scooby doo mystery.


Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice can not be washed out of any tin it is in. I called them and asked for a new mini tin for my wooden chest because I could not refill the HCS tin with any other tea. It would have just tasted cinnamon, too! The person I spoke with told me you simply can not get the scent out, and it also ate the black paint around the outside of the top of the tin!


Amy, your description of red hots is how I imagined it would be, and while I like cinnamon, this would be too intense for me!

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We are housesitting this weekend so I just brought a few things I had around the house in teabag form. For a sencha this is on the lighter side and not very astringent. These are great for travel. Right now I am eating it with a bowl of berries before our hike in the Oakland Hills. Although I do intend to stop at Peet’s later on and get some of that Scottish Breakfast tea. :)

Hope all of my Steepies are having a wonderful weekend!

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Enjoy your hike!! :)

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Nom. This is an amazing white tea (see previous notes). I’m getting tea drunk today just from being near it…

I am having one of those days where I just want to drink everything I love….well, every day should be like that! =)


“Tea Drunk.” Brilliant. I’ve been there, but never thought to call it that.


Earlier today I was smiling thinking that I am starting to collect a little group of teas that I absolutely adore. Getting to drink what you love on a regular basis is such a treat!


I love those days!


I’m gonna love getting tea drunk on future orders from RTR! :))

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drank Kabuse-Cha by Marukyu-Koyamaen
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Chinese green tea is nice but…

Japanese green tea is truly the finest in the world in my opinion. Le sigh. I love this so much! Delicious, clean, spinach-y, slightly buttery. It’s so good. I hope I can get more in the same shop in Japantown where I found this.

Mike G

Some Chinese greens are truly special, but I agree that Japanese greens have something in them that make them yummier.

Anyways, I’m interested in trying Marukyu-Koyamaen’s teas but I don’t seem to understand their website (if you can even order from there anyway) so, if you don’t mind me asking, where can you purchase their teas?


I bought this in San Francisco’s Japantown – I can’t remember the name of the shop unfortunately!

Mike G

Ok. thanks!

Scott B

I just bought Xin Yang Mao Jian from Teavivre and it is very spinach-y


There are some very fine China greens I really enjoy. I don’t drink them as often, but a really good sencha or gyokuro is hard to beat.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This is a sipdown for me! Although I have enjoyed it – I am not considering ordering anymore right now due to the cost. Maybe I’ll check out the spring 2012 version when it arrives…

Scott B

What do you mean by a sipdown tea?
I was wondering if this was the same tea as Laoshan Black? Northern Black is not on their web site and just Laoshan Black is not in the steepster database.


Sipdown means I have finished off my current supply – I got that term from TeaEqualsBliss!

And yes I believe they are the same tea.

Scott B

Ok, cool! I thought it might be a specific way to drink tea that I wasn’t aware of :)
I just ordered some Laoshan Black from Verdant-they have a late autumn plucking that they are selling now.

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drank Lapsang Souchang by Mandala Tea
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Well I know it is too late for caffeine but I couldn’t resist trying this. I am generally not a huge fan of lapsang because I find the smoky flavor to be totally overwhelming. When I saw this on Mandala’s site being described as subtle I figured I would like that. When I compare my tea to the one in the picture it is a bit lighter so I may need to use a bit more leaf next time… I will hold off on rating this for now but my overall impressions are very good. In aroma and flavor this is like a lapsang lite which has a pleasant and subtle smoky aroma & flavor which is delicious and does not cover up the flavor of the tea underneath. More to come…

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drank Vanilla Cream by Butiki Teas
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The afternoon cuppa. Technically a honeybush although it’s listed under the rooibos section of their website and they call it a rooibos on the bag. weird. I like this though!

Butiki Teas

Oops, vanilla was a rooibos and now its a honeybush. I guess I forgot to change the bag label.


that’s ok!

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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

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