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73

I found this tea with added stevia to have a little aftertaste from the sweetener. Maybe it is the caramel. I did 6oz. from a copper teakettle boiling over one tea bag. The next time I am going to steep it for less time as I measured the amount of tea in the bag and it was less than the teaspoon I have. I was good but I think I was excited to try this as I love anything cinnamon.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Green Apple, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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81

Is there such a thing as an actual “brambleberry”? I should ask the Goog. Anyway, this one threw me for a loop because I normally am not a huge berry tea fan, especially when brewed hot. This one is making me rethink that. Maybe it is just berry herbals that aren’t my favorite? I don’t know but this was darn good both hot and as it cooled off. This is going in my RoT basket! Thanks for sending this my way, Ost!

Ost

was going to be wasted on me-glad it went to a good home!

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This came in one of the free catalogues, quite a while ago. I don’t remember which month it was but seeing as the most recent other review is 10 months ago, I thought I should drink it before the coconut goes bad like that tea I had yesterday.

I don’t remember much of this tea because I was in the middle of troubleshooting connectivity issues on this computer for an hour and a half while drinking it but it was toasty and sweet and just nice. Good tea. Can’t comment on the caffeine thing since I’m caffeine insensitive.

Stephanie

coconut is good…hiCAF is kinda scary!

Starfevre

it said it was 140 mg (and I think the extra caffeine came from the powdered green tea ingredient) so it was like maybe a cup and a half of coffee? I think? I really don’t feel caffeine at all so I generally don’t pay much attention to what it is in.

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88

I’m back to bagging it today. I never look a gift tea in the mouth (or bag). So, when I received this sample in the mail from The Republic of Tea, I ran with it!

Before my eyes were opened by the universe of complex and splendid flavors in loose leaf tea, I confess that I bagged often; daily, as a matter of fact (you are my Steepster friend so I am confident that you will not judge). One of my favorite bagged teas at the time was the products by The Republic of Tea. However, that was almost four years ago so I was curious to see if my taste buds had now become elitist.

When I opened the sample package, the strong berry smell slapped me in the nostrils. It was sweet and like fresh berries, but maybe too strong for folks with sinuses that are less allergy-clogged than mine.

I steeped the Republic of Tea trademark “environmentally friendly, round, unbleached tea bag – free of wasteful strings, staples, and tags” in a cup of boiling water for five minutes. The brewed aroma was berry-like but not as powerful as before. The color was a reddish dark gold.

The taste was definitely full of berry flavor. It was also sweet and surprisingly smooth. In addition, the taste was as potent (without being obnoxious) as the flavor of some loose leaf teas. However, this flavor was a single-dimensional, one-trick pony. No intricacies or mysteries were contained within. The aftertaste was smooth, sweet, and berry pleasant (sorry, couldn’t resist).

To sum up my experience, there was nothing that I disliked about this product. If you evaluate it only by its own merit as a bagged tea, it is a superior offering. I will definitely reach for it again…if they send me another free sample.

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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73

I’ve been steeping this for a second time the past few days. During this second steep I’ve been adding a bit of dried cocount to the leaf with some pleasing results. The coconut flavour doesn’t quite shine though but you do get a nice mouth feel from the coconut oil that blooms. I find I am enjoying it.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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73

Not a bad start to the workday. Very comforting. Steeped for what seems to be the perfect time so it is without any bitterness I can detect. Not the most flavourful cuppa. It does have a light, almost slightly sweet flavour to it, backed up by a malty Assam body.
It’ll do. >^..^

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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81

Tasty. Fruity. Possibly one of the better fruity blacks I’ve had in a while. Inoffensive base with a fruity overlayer, though I’m not sure I could pick which better off the lineup that it was by taste. Good though. This came free in my Republic of Tea catalogue a few months ago.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

I received a sample of this tea from Republic of Tea and was impressed enough to keep the outer packet to remind me to write a review. I like some of Republic of Teas loose teas, but never have been a fan of bags, even if they are the round, environmentally friendly, unbleached bags used here. And another disclaimer, I have never watched Downton Abbey so don’t understand all the marketing hype. I just know I enjoyed this tea which is essentially a nice blend of black tea with natural fruit flavors and dried bits of various berries. Nothing artificial tasting, just a light fruitiness and bold black tea base. Above average and very pleasant.

Flavors: Berry, Brown Sugar, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Holy Shanghai!
This tea.
SOOOOO much better than I expected!!
Like seriously.
It’s sooo good. Wow.
I wasn’t expecting much…not sure why…maybe was because I don’t like Downton Abbey, and it’s a tea based off of that show. xD
This tea tastes like honey. Nothing super fancy. Just super sweet and honey-y.
It’s delicious! ^^
I would totally buy this.
The only thing is is that…You can only get it at Cost Plus apparently. D:
I still am boycotting them. I’m still really ticked off at them over their terrible CS.
Meh
Maybe I will ask for it for Christmas so technically I wouldn’t be giving them my money…and I can still boycott them!
That might work. If I remember haha
Anwho-thanks to Darby for this sample!! :D :D I will fully enjoy the other tea bag of this you gave me! So happy to have tried it!
Another win from ROT!

Flavors: Honey, Honey, Sweet, Sweet

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78

This tea is quite pleasant. It is a smooth back tea with a nice berry flavor. The tea is slightly sweet without adding any sweetener. I don’t think I would have ordered it, but I received it as a sample in the catalog and now that I’ve tried it, I might pick it up if I saw it in the store.

I brewed the single tea bag in a cup of water at 195°F for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Berry

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96

This is by far my favorite of the HiCaf line (that I’ve tried—I’m not a big fan of “breakfast” teas anyway so I doubt that one will make it into my collection anytime soon). It’s balanced well, and despite having the caffeine content of a black tea it feels soothing. I’ve also used it a couple of times to soothe nausea—it is excellent for that.

The tea itself is the nondescript Chinese green Republic of Tea tends to use in their bags, but I don’t mind because the other ingredients suit it so well. The mint is subtle and lightly sweet, and the ginger adds just a little spice in the aftertaste. Nothing is overpowering here and I don’t feel the need to modify this cup at all. For me this is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

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1

And Noowwww I know what valarian tastes like. I was beginning to think it was an exaggeration.
It’s not.
Definitely not. xD
Oy.
Thanks for the sample though, Darby!

AllanK

Yes valerian root is very unpleasant tasting, but it can help you sleep. I think to do that it has to be steeped for a long time.

Maddy Barone

Eeewww. I’ve seen these teas advertised and as I’m a fan of Downton Abbey I thought about getting some. I guess I’llskip that one!

Tabby

Hahaha, yeah, it’s so gross by itself. You NEED to add other flavors. Strong ones.

Kat

Also as a warning, it doesn’t make everyone fall asleep and sometimes have the opposite effect in some people. I learned that the unfortunate way.

Kat

Ugh, my comment is at the top of my dashboard, and the tense issues are GLARING. Sorry all.

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87

This is pretty nice. There’s plenty of berry, and it’s sweet with just a little bit of tart. I just wish I could taste more of the tea along with the berry. I’m drinking this with my customary two sugars, and it’s making the fruit flavor really pop. I might actually order some of this down the road.

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55

I got a free sample of this with my Republic of Tea catalog yesterday and drank it with breakfast this morning. I found it to be an unremarkable smooth black tea with a generic red berry flavor…pleasant enough, but certainly nothing special. I would drink this again if it was offered to me, but it’s not something I intend to purchase (although that cute Downton Abbey tin is certainly tempting!)

Flavors: Berries, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I love this spicy tea. It is warming, with almost a festive taste profile. I have never managed to over-steep it. I’m not compelled to add milk or sugar, it stands well on its own. Nice for a cold morning, and its assertive spiciness completes baked goods quite well.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 37 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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95

The third tea I tried from the Downton series. I’m torn between this one and the Mrs. Patmore one being my favorite. This one has the nice black base again with a really flavorful fruitiness. I did get a bit of tartness which shouldn’t be hibiscus since it doesn’t list that as an ingredient. The tartness is smoothed out by the black base so it totally works.
Everyone really liked this Downton tea so we will probably run out of it at our tea.

We didn’t get to the daughters English rose tea. I’m sure that one will be nice … I’m just leary if the stevia in it since I didn’t like it in the pumpkin tea I had today. The other ladies tried the herbal Cora blend and thought it was ok. I did smell it and it smelled of lavender and chamomile, but since I didn’t taste it I’ll review it later.

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84

This is a good spice tea. It starts off balanced but gets a little heavy on the cinnamon toward the bottom of the cup and could use more cardamom for my taste (but then everything could use more cardamom for my taste!). Right now I’m enjoying warming up with it on a cold, windy day, which is perfect.

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80

I’ve never heard of jackfruit before so I was looking forward to the opportunity to try this tea out. The aroma when I opened the tin was tropical. The description says this tea has notes of pineapple, mango and banana. I can’t say that I was able to identify individual flavors but the overall taste definitely sweeps you away to the tropics.

I used two teabags in a 14oz cup with sweetener and milk. It was delicious! It had a creamy mouthfeel and just brought to mind tropical breezes and palm trees. The tea did not seem overwhelmed by the flavors but it wasn’t overly bitter or astringent either.

I think when the warmer weather comes around again this tea would be awesome iced. I only wish it came in loose leaf as well as tea bags.

Flavors: Honey, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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90

It’s a little maltier than last time I brewed it. I kind of wish I’d have gone for a less malty black this morning, but it’s still a black, and that’s what I was craving.

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90

Another steep of this, in my Bodum travel press. I think this is an even better steep than the last time I had it. I’m getting a bit more maltiness this go around, but it’s nice, because it’s not an overly “drying” tea.

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90

The catalog claims a taste profile that includes a bit of muscatel, a bit of oolong, and a bit of malty Assam flavor. I get all three. This was a pretty nice black tea, and didn’t get bitter, even though my brewing conditions were not at all optimal.

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I do not like vegetal greens. I do not like them, Sam I am. I love toasted greens, like Hojicha and Genmaicha, which are probably my two very favorite teas ever.

The descriptor mentioned a “nutty” flavor to this tea, and I decided to try it, thinking it might have a bit of toastiness to it. Oh, but the drooliemeister guessed totally wonky on that one!

This is a very vegetal, very spinachy tasting tea. If there’s one tea flavor I have a big aversion to it’s spinach. I cannot abide it, and this tea is almost exclusively spinachy. I also tried it at school, where brewing conditions aren’t optimal, and overbrewed it, so I got a bitter note on top of spinach. And it lingered. Three generous sips, and the rest went down the drain on my way to try the other tea we ordered.

Someone who likes spinachy notes may well like it. It is simply not for me. I don’t feel right leaving a number rating and skewing the data, so I won’t. I can say a friend of mine likes it quite a bit, and that’s good, since she can drink the rest and it won’t go to waste.

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HAVE YOUR CAKE AND DRINIT!

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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