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Rare Tea Republic

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terri sent this one my way the other day so i thought i’d try this out especially given all the rave reviews. I’m not sure if i did something wrong with brewing this but this really isn’t a tea i enjoy. I know i struggle with darjeelings on good days but yea. sooo not rating this because i think people who enjoy darjeelings would like this, but it’s not for me. something in the taste is just a little weird.

Terri HarpLady

This is another one shared by Charlotte Zero.

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85

Sipdown #2 of the day. This has been an enjoyable tea but I’ve probably had it for 3 years now so it’s a good thing I was able to finish it off today while I was doing my physical therapy exercises, aka physical torture. ;-)

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85

It’s been far too long since I have had this. Today I brewed some up with the intention of making it into an iced tea to have with lunch. It has a nice honey type of after taste which I hadn’t noticed before. Could it be improving with age? he he

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83

I brewed a big pot of this in the morning, but I didn’t get to drink nearly enough of it before it got cold. Still enjoying it tonight, but it’s not as good as when it’s freshly brewed.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

I ordered a lot of tea from The Republic of Tea because they had a BOGO promotion for their Rare Tea Republic teas, which I suppose they’re discontinuing. :-( I really like these teas to brew a big pot of. This one is very tannic and bitter when you first sip it, but once you adjust to that it is wonderfully brisk and refreshing. This was the perfect tea to help settle my stomach after eating a big Ethiopian meal.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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96

A tea from the now defunct Rare Tea Republic. I forgot I had this, it was lurking in the back of my tea cabinet. As you can see, it was/is one of my more positive experiences with white tea. I enjoyed this today with a touch of ginger root, which was nice. I won’t forget about it anymore, I hope!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

A very memorable and tasty tea. If you enjoy Darjeeling tea, then you really should give this one a try. My first taste of the product of Temi Tea Gardens, but definitely will not be my last. Full review at RateTea.com: http://ratetea.com/review/2838/

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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99

El mejor Indio negro que he probado hasta ahora…

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90

Managed to finish this one off today as a cold brew. I think this is what I will do with my other white teas that are getting stale. :-0

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90

I know I’ve had this tea for way too long. For some reason I haven’t really been drinking my white teas at all. I decided it needed a flavor booster so I added some turbinado sugar and that helped to perk it up a bit. I only have 1 tsb. left and that might be destined for the compost as I think it just got stale. oh well. :(

see previous tasting notes for more cheerful comments…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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81

Darjeeling oolong is something that I have a soft spot for. This one was full of fruit and florals, a really enjoyable cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

darjeeling oolong! haven’t had a ton of experience with darjeeling, never mind one crossed with an oolong! a novel idea i should try….

JustJames

darjeeling oolong! haven’t had a ton of experience with darjeeling, never mind one crossed with an oolong! a novel idea i should try….

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90

I’ve had this tea for over a year now and I really just need to finish it off… somehow whites are not among my things to reach for when I’m craving a tea.

This is less sweet than a lot of white teas I’ve tried and has more the character of a green; it’s a bit smoky and vegetal. I am going to try cold brewing some of it overnight to see what happens.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92

I’m just finishing off this sample today, I’ve definitely enjoyed this green darjeeling (see previous notes for more details).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Yet another sample from Rare Tea Republic that I am attempting to purge from my cupboard… like Azzrian at first I was under the impression that this was a black tea and I also had to look up where Bihar is (Northern India – it borders on Nepal).

I tried to follow the RtR steeping parameters which said 5 minutes at 205 F.

I definitely am getting a butternut squash/pumpkin sort of flavor here in the aroma as well as the flavor of this tea, which is a clear light orange. This is a nice mellow brew, pleasantly sweet, and yes I’m getting some apricot as well.

Very enjoyable although it wouldn’t be a “must have” item for me, which is probably just as well since RTR is no longer around.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cheryl

Republic of Tea’s website has added a lot of the teas that were previously sold through Rare Tea Republic (not this one though…just looked). Under the “Loose Leaf Tea” tab, the 2nd choice is “Rare Loose Leaf Tea”. Saw it when linking from one of their emails.

TeaBrat

thanks for that…

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84

Another sample gone…

I won’t miss this too much. It’s pretty good for a second flush darjeeling which do not tend to be my favorites. This does have a very nice grape flavor and aroma and a very “soft” flavor. See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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89

R.I.P. Rare Tea Republic…

I brought a bunch of their samples from last year to work to see if I could focus on finishing them off this week. I really don’t think I can justify buying any more FF darjeeling until I finish off last year’s supply, of which I have PLENTY. Well, maybe just a few samples when Upton Tea comes out with theirs. :)

This tea steeps up to be a light amber/yellowish color and has an intense floral/nutty aroma. It still seems wonderful to me – the plucking date was April 11, 2012 according to the bag they gave me. I am picking up notes of tropical fruit with a slight palette cleansing astringency in the finish. Still seems really fresh and flavorful, just like springtime. These ff darjeelings can be a total sensory experience!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Doug F

Nice to see that someone is thinking about darjeelings. I’m always surprised how little attention they get on steepster. Upton’s FFs are rolling in BTW.

TeaBrat

Yeah I noticed that they were starting to get a few when I went to their site today. Last year I was totally nuts over darjeeling!

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95

Awesome thanks to moraiwe for sending me this sample!

This is a really good green tea. The sort of green that reminds me why green tea is the one that led me into the tea world. I have had one other Nepal green that I found to be too citrusy. This one smells of citrus just after brewing, but the dominant flavor is definitely asparagus. yummy!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Tea of the afternoon here — it’s a bummer that Rare Tea Republic is no longer in business but I can get Mist Valley teas elsewhere. This is a beautiful reddish-brown cuppa that is extra tasty with about 1/2 tsp of turbinado sugar.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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97

Dear Evergreen,

I am falling in love with you. Each sip of delicious buttery asparagus brings me closer to you. Your lemony finish makes my heart beat a little faster and my tongue dance in ecstasy. Your delicious creamy, smooth mouthfeel makes me feel like a teenager in lust and I get all twitterpatted when I think about it. My tastebuds adore you and I think this is really meant to be. So please, please never leave me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

This tea was okay. It lacks that refreshing, almost minty quality of a Darjeeling, has none of those thicker muscatel notes, nor strong savoriness in the finish. The woodsy tannins were also pretty weak. (Unfortunately, these are all the things I love in a Darjeeling!)

It absolutely did have the light floral scent of Lily of the Valley and an amazing sweet lemon meringue note. This might be a good tea to have with some lemon butter cookies, but I don’t think I like it enough to want to drink it alone.

EDIT: I tried another steeping with slightly more leaf this time, and now I am picking up a buttered spinach vegetal note and a lemon flavor. I don’t know what to think of this tea. I don’t really like the taste of it as I am drinking it, but both the aroma and aftertaste are wonderful. Yuck…Also getting a grassiness now.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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78

This is pretty good. It is smooth and very sweet- highly drinkable. It is kind of malty, muscatel, and a bit musky. It isn’t a super-crisp and refreshing Darjeeling. I keep hoping to find another Darjeeling that will stand up to the super-spicy food that I like to eat. This is good, but this isn’t it.

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83

I think I am reviewing the same tea as the others. This is from the 2012 harvest, and was purchased from the Republic of Tea website, as the Rare Tea Republic site no longer exists.

I wrote a nice long review of this, and then Steepster had one of its issues. I’m not going to rewrite it all. I will say that this is a good tea for sitting back and watching the wheels…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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94

Hmm
It’s a sipdown for me and this tea. I guess I will need to start getting my Temi teas from Upton Tea Imports in the future. I have enjoyed this a lot!

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85

I found a tin of this tea in the back of my tea cabinet and thought I’d drink it for a mid-afternoon tea boost. Evidently I’ve never reviewed this before. It is a bummer that RtR has folded their business already.

Anyway, I find this to be a delightful brew. I steeped mine for 4 minutes and it is definitely darjeeling-esque. I am picking up the walnut notes with a tiny bit of bitterness. There’s a slght fruitiness but I don’t know that I’d call it muscatel. Might have to steep this at a slightly lower temp. to see if I can bring out those grape notes. This was really good with some coconut sugar which made the flavors pop a bit.

TGIF Steepster! :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’ll amen, thumbs up, and ditto the TGIF!

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