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54

What a waste of money. Not that it wasn’t tasty, but really, eleven dollars for 2.12 ounces (60 grams) of herbal tea? We are not talking exceptional Chinese Pu-ehr or something, but used grape skins with herbs and a little dried fruit. I drank it hot, not iced, because it seemed to me like it would have been even weaker had I added the recommended 2 cups of ice. It has a somewhat watery taste to it, even with just a pint of water steeping the bag.
The flavor is good, sweet ( I had added a spoonful of honey to the pint of tea), with a nice melony quality to it (melons taste of water). The whole cachet of “Chardonnay fine wine grape skins” (as stated on the label) reeks of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” to me. Just because Republic of Tea bought the fancy grape skins and figured out a way to market them to us dehydrated—they’re still weak, and cost way too much for the small amount of tea provided in only six bags. There’s approximately 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon’s worth of leaves per each large teabag (which they called a pouch). Do yourself a favor and buy some good quality organic fruit juice instead. You’ll get your money’s worth as well as nutritive value.

Flavors: Apple, Honey, Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

I was like “wow, this is like comfort and joy” and then found a whole review that said why: http://steepster.com/patty-bott/posts/315832 :)

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75

This tastes like Christmas in a cup. Cranberry, cinnamon, and something floral. It’s maybe a bit artificial tasting and reminds me of potpourri or a candle, but not in a bad way. I like that it actually tastes like cranberry more than Hibiscus unlike several cranberry teas I’ve had before. I’d buy this again, especially around Christmas time.

Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

This strikes me as a summery tea. It is definitely a combination of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. It rather reminds me of neapolitan ice cream because of that, in a very pleasant way. When I was a child, a local ice creamery featured ice cream sandwiches made of a slab of neapolitan ice cream between two large wafer cookies. This tea puts me in mind of that. It leaves a lovely sweet berry flavor in the mouth—and I hadn’t even added sugar. Yes, I would definitely recommend this tea.

Flavors: Cacao, Chocolate, Cookie, Strawberry, Summer

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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78

Do as I do if you’re a bit afraid of plain rooibos. Treat this one as an unusual herbal blend for the holidays. When I do that, I don’t even think about rooibos, and it’s much better! There’s a definite cinnamon taste that predominates, and a bit of a woody note. I think there’s almost a whiskey-like note near the end, which tells me that a “wee drop” in a cup at the holidays would not go amiss. A good tea for blending with other herbals; its flavors mix well.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Wet wood, Whiskey

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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80

The fruity flavors are really strong in this tea, and in a very pleasant way.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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24

This is just okay. It has a strong hit of rooibos and then is sweet in a weird kind of way. I wouldn’t really want to drink it again.

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55

I was surprised that the caffeine didn’t affect me more, since I am pretty sensitive to it. This was a bit artificial and I didn’t enjoy the sweetener (stevia). I would drink it again if I got it as a sample, but would definitely not have it on hand as a everyday tea.

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55

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90

You know how honey flavored teas taste weird?

This does not. It tastes like you just put a spoonful of honey in your cup! It’s one of favorite teas ever. Sheer bliss in a cup when you need something simply basic but comforting.

Flavors: Honey

gmathis

Loved Mrs. Patmore’s…good to know there’s another winner in this series!

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57

Not bad for a red tea. Usually I find the hibiscus flavor overpowering, but the addition of cranberry and spices makes this a pretty nice decaf cup. I would buy this again in small quantities.

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35

It’s okay. A little on the dry/wheezy side of red tea for me. It has a good spice taste though, and maybe some rose hips in it. But I would not buy it again.

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92

A few months ago PBS had a big sale on anything Downton Abbey, coinciding with the end of the series. I used the opportunity to snap up tins of the teas I’d liked when sampled, this being one. It’s the end of August now, and I’ve finally dug in the tea cupboard enough to where I’d been squirreling this away. (Try to bury my faves so I drink up the ones I’m not as fond of.)
I made the first cup unsweetened. I wish I’d used a little less water in the pot. I tend to forget that Republic of Tea should put more in each teabag than they do. Still, a nice smooth fruity black tea, not bitter. I was careful to only steep for four minutes, rather than longer. (Sometimes to make up for smaller teabags, I steep for longer than usual, hoping that will make up the difference. Often that works, but other times, it also renders the tea more bitter. I didn’t do that here.) Bates’ Brambleberry Tea is a pleasant, smoothly drinkable blend, nice and summery with understated fruitiness.
The rest of the pot was sweetened with honey, which brought the fruitiness way into the forefront. I shall have to chill the rest and describe this when it’s an iced tea.

It is now two days later, and I’ve pulled the carafe of the above tea, chilled, from the fridge.
How refreshing! It almost has a melon-like flavor to it now. It’s sweet, cold, and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend this tea—especially as an iced tea!

Flavors: Berries, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 62 OZ / 1833 ML

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92

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

very good black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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79

Nice non astringent black tea, smooth
Flavors:malt cocoa
It’s a good tea, but I don’t think I’ll buy it again.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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90

This tea is really growing on me. Used two sachets per 16 oz water.

Flavors: Berries, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

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

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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90

Very tasty black tea. You can really taste the blueberry and strawberry, but the fruitiness is not overwhelming. Balances nicely with the black tea’s tannic flavor.

Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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90

Decent fruity black tea. Used two sachets(for roughly 3 g tea) per 14 oz water. Noticeable but not overwhelming fruity taste. Sweet.

Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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75

I took this to work because tea bags are easier to use there. And that’s also where teas that are just okay go. Brewing is more slapdash because the water at whatever temperature coffee machine makes and I don’t time things. It’s a decent tea. Black with mulling spices.

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90
drank Milk Oolong by Republic of Tea
237 tasting notes

I really like this tea. Currently my go to oolong. Floral, creamy, nice mouthfeel. I can usually get two or three steeps from this.

Flavors: Cream, Floral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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94

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
keychange

Hey, nothing wrong with a bagged tea if it tastes delicious.

Kristal

Agreed, as long as the taste + cost as good, rate it however you feel :). I had the same occurrence this summer with iced teas: some bagged teas from Celestial Seasonings (true blueberry + black cherry) made better iced teas than almost all of the other loose leaf fruit blends I had all summer at 1/4 of the price! Not to mention there’s no filter to clean up with bags :)

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60

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Shae, I have really enjoyed reading your Rating Scale. Would you mind if I used it on my profile, with proper attribution/credit to you, of course? I am finding that your descriptions are consistent with my ratings. But I haven’t actually put words to my numbers and you have. (If you would rather that I did not, I am absolutely fine with that too. Just say so.)

Shae

Please go right ahead! I would be happy for you to use it. It took me a while to get it the way I wanted it, and I had a lot of inspiration from others here, so I’m glad now that it can be useful to someone else. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you so much, Shae! I very much appreciate it.

Shae

You are very welcome!

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