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Rare Tea Republic

Recent Tasting Notes

90

I am finishing off the last of this sample tea today…

I’ve said it before but it’s too bad that Rare Tea Republic has gone away. I especially liked their white tea selections – now what ever shall I do? This tea is custard-y and pudding like It reminds me a bit of rice pudding. I like it!

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

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97

Finishing off this sample pack today… I purchased way too much darjeeling last year and still have a massive amount of samples so that’s one thing I do NOT need this coming spring. I do admit it was fun to try all the FF darjeelings but I still have so many. Blah!

This oolong is floral and fruity, I did a tasting note on it months ago so you can check that out if you’re interested.

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

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81

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. I went to the RTR website and it seems it has been assimilated into the “Parent” company of The Republic of Tea, and this tea does not appear to be available.

This is a pleasant tea, quite good actually. I find that I enjoy it more as it cools, when it is hot, it has a stronger, slightly bitter vegetative tone and as it cools these flavors tend to subside and I notice sweeter, fruitier notes, as well as the sweeter notes of the vegetal notes.

It’s a good tea, but I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed it enough to want more of it, and I guess that it’s a good thing that I don’t since it’s not available on the website anyway!

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94

Tea of the morning here… I see tasting notes are back to being functional.

In other news, it seems that Rare Tea Republic has shut down their website and I guess the teas will be going back to their parent company, Republic of Tea. I wonder if they will keep the line or get rid of it when the current supplies are gone. It’s too bad because I really liked a few of their offerings!

See previous notes for more info. on this.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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97

Wow what a surprise! I grabbed this thinking it was a black tea. It was so delicious I decided to do a review on it for http://sororiteasisters.com/
As I looked into this tea further I realized its an OOLONG!
I never would have thought that!
It has such a black tea flavor!
Perfect notes such as ripe juicy apricot, butternut squash, syrup, malt, omgoodness.
What a wonderful way to wake up on this cool crisp leafy autumn day!
Full review on November 4th on http://sororiteasisters.com/
What a treat! Going on my shopping list as I unfortunately only got a sample size when I ordered.

Sil

Ooooh sounds delicious!

Azzrian

It is SO unusual! I was just beside myself that this could be an oolong! VERY tasty!

Sil

I’m always a fan of oolongs that don’t appear to be oolongs lol

Donna A

Hmmm. Sounds interesting!

Becky

Those flavors sound like an amazing combination _
I may have to try some!

Azzrian

Indeed and I need to get more of it as I only got a sampler Uggg so many teas to buy! :)

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100

This is the tea that I have been searching for. I think I’m in love.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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92

I ordered a smaller size bag of this about a month ago but am just getting around to trying it now.

I have loved all my white teas from RtR so I had really high hopes for this one. The leaves smell so sweet and fresh in the bag and are long, fluffy and slightly fuzzy.

This is a lovely white tea, it’s slighly vegetal with flavors of freshly shucked corn and cream. There’s a slight fruity sweetness in the finish reminiscent of nectarines. I’m not surprised this tea was a North American champion, it’s really nice!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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93

Sipdown!
This was my tea of the morning and I am officially out of Assam in my tea cupboard which gives me an great excuse to buy more tea. :)

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

Sure, Amy Oh needs an excuse to buy tea…ha ha! Same as I need an excuse…sure! ;)

TeaBrat

It’s true! :)

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77

This came as a free sample from RtR & I’ve had it for a while but just got around to trying it today.

I like this okay, it’s very vegetal and slightly pungent, it reminds me a bit of a gunpowder tea. Yes, I am picking up on a bit of smoke but also a trace of bitterness which is not exactly to my liking this morning. I will finish the sample off but probably won’t need to buy anymore. If you like very assertive green teas, this could be for you.

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

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95

Enjoying one more cup of this before passing the last cup on to someone else.

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68

This one was alright – sorry for short note – just want to be sure to note it so I know for my own reference that I tried it.
I have had my RTR samples around since I began drinking loose leaf and most have been tasted while a few had not even been opened yet. I got SO SO MANY of them back then!
This one is good but I would not miss it when gone – oh wait it IS gone now.
It had a nice bite to it but nothing remarkable. Slightly bitter but I kind of enjoy that now and again.
Sorry this is not very constructive. One of those days – mind fray.

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87

The steeped leaf is so colorful – so pretty – so strange. I like looking at it. I could get lost in this lush forest of tea!
Browns, golds, yellows, greens, am I losing my mind or is it all really that colorful?
Anyway the initial flavor I get on first sip is ripe juicy sweet plum! No sour plum skin mind you just the good inner stuff!
Its a light tea – I would say very light – meaning thin mouthfeel, watery even.
I usually like a bit heavier of a tea but the sweet juicy goodness is a saving grace here.
Slightly woodsy, lets call it mulch not wood.
Mineral flavor is there for sure.
This is a good one.
Surprising tea. Too bad it was only a sample.

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92

I have had this almost as long as I have been drinking loose leaf. Rare Tea Republic was the first tea place I ordered from other than The London Tea Room when I first started my loose leaf experience.
I don’t know why I never put down any tasting notes before – maybe I never actually tasted it. The little sample bag was open and there was not a lot of leaf left so I must have. Maybe I just didn’t know what to think of it back then five whole months ago lol.
My how we can learn so much in a short period of time.
I love this tea.
I have no idea if it is still available or not but in my list for shopping it goes and when the time is right I may have to seek it out and make an order!
Indeed there is a smoky bacon flavor to it – not the bacon itself but the smoky flavor that some bacon has – when it is smoked LOL.
Yes a bit BBQ ish but not BBQ Sauce.
A woodsy taste … hickory perhaps….very good.
This is absolutely an Autumn tea!
The aftertaste is just the tea base 100% Assam good and strong.
The smokey flavor rolls around on the tongue then dissipates magically leaving only the assam base behind. MMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
More please.

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92

This sample came in my latest RtR order along with a bunch of other samples.

I haven’t had fantastic experiences with any green darjeelings so far, but the description of this just sounded so nice, I thought I would give it a try, AND I need to feel perky because I am going out for dinner and to hear some music later.

So this was steeped for 3 minutes at 180 F and at first I did not taste much, but now that my cup is cooling down a bit I am getting some very unique flavors here. It’s vegetal but definitely a PUMPKIN note, wow! This is pretty neat. I also get some nuttiness here and a touch of sweet honey notes. For a green tea this is pretty far out, I almost wish I had gotten more but it isn’t cheap.

Glad I got to try this one, it’s enjoyable!

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

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84

Oh – ScottB you are a terrible influence on me for pointing out the Rare Tea Republic free shipping. :-P

Anyway I did get a few samples to try but nothing major. I have to say the dry leaf smells INCREDIBLE in the bag like luscious grapes! I decided to go with RtR’s steeping parameters which said 5 minutes at 205 degrees. I am definitely getting the cocoa notes here with a bit of malt. Definitely a grape element hanging out in my cup, as well as a woodsy one. There’s a hint of bitterness in the finish so I might try steeping at a lower temp next time around. I am more a fan of FF darjeelings, but this was very rich and tasty. I liked this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Amy-I’ve been called worse ;) Glad you enjoyed.
Looks like I am going to miss out on the free shipping unless they get those new 2nd Flush Assams on their web site some time tomorrow.

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93

Tea of the morning!

I’m trying to figure out how you would pronounce “Tonganagaon?”

Regardless, this is a yummy assam, my very early morning tea before the blueberry matcha smoothie. Sorry for the brevity of this tasting note but I am off to the gym. Have a great day, all!

Scott B

I would go with “Tahn-guh-nah-gun”. Maybe RTR could tell you for sure.

They have Two 2012 2nd Flush Assams en route, expected to be available on their site any day now.

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96

Shangri La, Shangri La…. I am loving your deliciousness today.

The Grateful Dead is on the radio right now, it all seems to work somehow… Hippie Heaven!

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

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96

Special Thanks To Liberteas for this!!!

This smells like spinach and asparagus. I agree with the product description and with my Sororitea Sister Liberteas that this tastes like lemon infused asparagus! It’s very nice! It reminds me of the Wildtree Products I sell! (Shameless Self Promotional Plug HERE…if anyone would like to do a book party or virtual party let me know! There are some great host incentives!) Anyhow…the reason this reminds me of our Wildtree products is because we carry a Lemon Flavored Grapeseed Oil. I have roasted Asparagus with it and it tastes just like this!

The is also a pleasant sweetness (with lemony twist) at the end of the sip – which – just might be my favorite part of this particular tea experience!

YUM! This is FAB! VERY FAB! WOW!

Azzrian

Yay its always wonderful to find a new favorite! :)

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91

SIPDOWN….bring on more TEA…I must keep this freak-out session going…MUST meet deadlines…

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Kangra variety is the BEST green tea. I had some brought by relatives from Dharamshala, but that is exhausted and I am struglling with other varieties and not at all happy. Can anyone suggest an online website from which I can buy?

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78

Thanks for this one LiberTEAs!

It smelled like a savory-woodsy-malty-combo of sorts.

The flavor is mellower with a hint of campfire-woodsy type taste ending with a semi-sweet woodsy flavor that had specs of maltiness popping in and out

This is different but tasty

Bonnie

Sounds yum!

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A FF Darjeeling sample I bought several weeks ago.

The short, tightly-rolled dry leaf is various shades of medium to dark green and smells sweet and somewhat floral. The brewed leaf smells rather nondescript. I get traditional FF darjeeling notes that smell more weedy than floral to me. Liquor is a clear amber.

The flavor is pretty nice. I taste a little bit of the lemony notes, but nothing else I can identify. No idea what Lily of the Valley would smell or taste like, so maybe it’s there. This cup is not too fruity or floral and I enjoyed it. It does start to get bitter as it cools.

The second steep didn’t taste as nice. I probably waited 3-5 minutes after brewing before I tasted it and it was already fairly bitter.

So, one good steep and one not. I haven’t been real crazy about any FF Darjeelings and I probably wouldn’t buy this in the future.

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

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92

This is FABULOUS! I actually do taste the minty connection with this tea. It’s not a strong, in-your-face minty kind of presence, but it is a crisp, cooling sensation that you might experience when sipping on a mint tea. It also has those lovely dried apricot notes as mentioned in the description, along with a smooth, almost creamy note that melds beautifully with the apricot tones.

A really lovely Darjeeling. Not nearly as astringent as some Darjeelings out there, the finish is sweet and dry, allowing for the enjoyment of the crisp aftertaste.

Very nice.

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