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This tea is one of the six sample bags included in the DA (Downton Abbey) free packet with some PBS orders. As John Bates and his wife Anna are two of my “favourite” characters, I was most interested in this tea. This is a very fruity tea, which I made and drank hot, both plain and sweetened with sugar. I drank it cooled off, as well. The black tea flavor is there, but stays in the background. Its fruitiness is evident always, but is most pronounced when sweetened and hot. I enjoyed it. The new year has just started, but I think I would enjoy this tea even more in the summer.
Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Fruity
This tea is growing on me! I’m on my third cup of the day. Really tasting the raspberries. I don’t generally care for fruity teas because I find them overwhelmingly sweet, but this tea is still light enough to be drinkable. Steeped for ten minutes during the car ride. The caffeine can kick in any time it wants to…
Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Licorice, Raspberry, Straw, Sweet
Bagged blasphemy! This one is really good. I actually have the same tea but just renamed as Cardamom Caramel Sweet Journey Tea. I knew I would like it, but I didn’t expect to like it nearly as much as I did. The first time I brewed it, it was around two minutes and thirty to forty five seconds and it was perfect. Primarily sweet, and strongly flavored by the caramel and subtly spicy with a playful fruity background from the blackberry leaves. Steep 2 at four minutes, the caramel remains but the cardamom really shines with blackberry leaves. Also tasty cold- you really get the smaller flavors this time.
Yeah, I’m rating another bagged tea in the nineties.Keep in mind that I think about price when I’m rating teas, and this was about $11 bucks for 50 bags. Considering how flavorful this tea can be, and me being a college student on the go, this is what I need. Now; Revolution Tea’s Blackberry Jasmine and Dragon Eye are on my hit list for bagged teas. Teatulia’s bagged oolong is coming to me soon. And now waiting on a few selections of loose leaf…
Flavors: Blackberry, Caramel, Cardamon, Creamy, Malt, Sweet, Vanilla
I received this as a sample with my new catalog from The Republic of Tea. For a long time, I cut caffeine out of my diet and now only drink it in tea so I have to admit that I was a little unsure about whether I should try this highly caffeinated version. In the end, my curiosity at the unique flavor won out so here I am with a cup.
When I first opened the packet, a puff of cinnamon powder literally escaped it and the smell was incredible. It really was just as you would expect from something called Cinnamon Toast. I tried it first unsweetened and it was both bitter and incredibly artificial tasting. It has that awful artificial sweetener aftertaste that I do not appreciate. With added honey, the taste of the artificial sweetener is hidden somewhat. I’m not sure how adding extra sweetener helps, but it usually does. I also added some cream to this which makes it a nice treat.
I can feel the effects of the caffeine about halfway in, but so far it’s not affected me much more than a strong cup of black tea. It’s the kind of woozy, head-spinning feeling I normally get, which isn’t exactly pleasant but it isn’t making me sick either. (I read a note or two that mentioned that the caffeine was too much, enough to make a person sick. Glad that’s not me. At least, not yet.) Caffeine doesn’t seem to affect me the same way it does most people. It doesn’t really wake me up or make me more feel more alert or more active. It just makes me feel sort of blah and unsteady. So while the taste of this one is okay with the added honey and cream, I don’t feel like having that feeling every time I drink it. It’s just not that spectacular. So this is a no-buy for me. I do appreciate the sample though! I love trying new flavors.
Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Cinnamon, Sweet
Having these side by side I can say now that even though the ingredients are exactly the same – they don’t taste the same. Me and my friend Mickey sat down and drank both the Downton Christmas & Comfort and Joy several times back to back and concluded that, yes, they do taste very similar, but there are subtle nuisances to each that make them their own. That’s not to say that you need them both – like I said they do taste very similar and comfort and joy is an easy switch for those who love the Downton Christmas and are afraid you won’t get anymore once it’s gone. My favorite of the two is Comfort & Joy. The Downton Christmas is just a weaker version, but still very good!
I’m not really sure what The Republic of Tea is playing at. As I commented earlier, this tea tastes quite similar to their “Comfort and Joy” tea. On a lark, I read the ingredients on the tin of the Downton Christmas Tea ….
Fine black tea, cinnamon, natural flavors, cloves, licorice root and apple pieces
Then, I went to their website and looked up the ingredients for “Comfort and Joy”…..
Fine black tea, cinnamon, natural flavors, cloves, licorice root and apple pieces
In the exact same order! I don’t have the foggiest WHY the company doesn’t just say that “Downton Christmas” is “Comfort and Joy” repackaged. Hmmm, I think I know.
Downton Christmas – 36 bags $12.00
Comfort and Joy – 50 bags $11.50
OH, and the same thing goes for Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea and Vanilla Caramel Cuppa Tea …. same ingredients, same order.
WTH!?!?! So basically you’re paying more money for the exact same tea except in a collectible tin and less of it.
Very good! Although, if I remember correctly, this tastes similar to The Republic of Tea’s “Comfort and Joy” (It’s been a while since I last had some). If you like that, you’ll like this.
Tastes like Christmas in a cup to me, I can’t wait to have this all winter long.
I’m legit on a tea streak. Three cups and it’s just half past noon?! Ahh I love tea tons :)
This is just your usual black tea. Nothing too special.
I think I added too much sugar though, but it’s still pretty yummy!
Thank you tons to TeaNTees for sending this my way!
ALSO sorta pointless since I haven’t been on in forever and I’m sure none of you missed my pointless posts about life, buuuuut it was just publicly announced yesterday, I got the Lead position in my department! For those of you who forgot, I work at Disneyland and it’s tons of fun and I’ve been there for almost a year and a half now. I decided to apply for Lead aaaand they announced everyone yesterday. I’m quite chuffed :)
I got this tea as a sample in my Republic of Tea catalog. I usually don’t try the samples because they rarely appeal to me, but this one seemed like it could be good.
It smelled alright after brewing – maybe not the greatest thing ever, but good enough. The first sip was overwhelmingly sweet. Not something I’d drink again, but I didn’t think it was too bad for the time being. A few more sips into it and all that sweet and funky flavor built up into a cup of nope. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon, Sweet
I got this as a free sample with my most recent Republic of Tea catalog. Butiki’s Warm Cinnamon Bread was a surprise favorite earlier this year, so I was eager to try this similar-sounding tea. Unfortunately, I was not impressed. The main flavor I’m getting is artificial apple with just a light sprinkling of cinnamon and absolutely nothing that’s reminding me of bread. That flavor combo could still work, but RoT made the unfortunate decision of pre-sweetening this tea, making it far too sweet for my tastes and leaving me with an unpleasant Stevia aftertaste. Definitely not something I’ll be drinking again!
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Cinnamon, Sweet
I absolutely had to have this after seeing it advertised on Instagram. Caramel AND a massive amount of caffeine? Perfect for a girl who has to get up at 7:30 but refuses to go to bed before midnight.
Last night, I went out with my friends and saw Purity Ring. They were fantastic, of course. Just all-around gorgeous show. But this morning was considerably less fantastic. I went about making this iced to keep myself upright at work. The packaging says that each tea bag contains 165mg of caffeine. A little intimidated, I thought I had only used 2 bags for a 24-ounce container. But when I scooped the bags out after steeping, I discovered a third one. Oh no.
But there was no going back! I had run out of time and had to get to work. Now, I’m going to have to try this again before I can get a proper feel for the flavor. However, even with 3 bags, I agree with what others say about the caramel taste. It’s good, but it’s not as strong as I tend to like it. If you’re only in this for the caramel, I suggest trying a different brand. The tea itself is SUPER potent. That is some bitingly bitter black. Of course, that has a lot to do with my preparation, though. I’m sure if I had used 2 bags instead it wouldn’t be so powerful.
Now, about the caffeine! It’s enough to make me queasy, and I’m a lover of espresso shots. I couldn’t even finish it, while I usually destroy my morning tea long before lunch. My hands shook pretty much all day. My handwriting was terrible. It was just too much. 2 bags next time, Tabby, never 3.
All that said, I’m really interested in a few of the other flavors now that I know how strong it’s going to be and can adjust. The coconut and cinnamon toast ones are calling my name!
Flavors: Bitter, Burnt Sugar, Caramel
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