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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

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
139 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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20

Tried a sample, not a huge fan! It would have been alright if not for the gross artificially sweet aftertaste. Maybe it was the stevia?

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85

EDIT 1/17/15:

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!

EDIT 9/16/15:

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 ….

Ingredients
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”…..

Ingredients
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.

ORIGINAL POST:

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.

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70

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 :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

Congrats! I missed living vicariously through your job – it’s really interesting to hear about, and I’m happy it’s still such a fun place to work :)

Nichole

That’s great! Congrats!!

jump62359

Thank you both so much! If you ever make it to Disneyland, let me know. I met up with Shermeen (keychange on Steepster) last year and it was tooons of fun :))

TeaNTees

Correction: TeaNTees* (but I still love ya Kyra) :P

TeaNTees

& Congrats on your promotion!! :)

jump62359

Tees!??!? I thought it was trees the entire time!!!

jump62359

It’s been almost a year and I’m quite embarrassed. So sorry!

TeaNTees

Ha ha ha, too funny XD

TeaNTees

No worries my dear! I love trees as well as tees in any case. :)

carol who

Congrats! i remember how excited you were about getting the Disney job. I’m glad the job has been working out so well. :D

sundaysipping

Congratulations!

ashmanra

Fabulous! My daughter and her hubby are going to Disney Thursday through Sunday to meet up with her hubby’s dad and his gf who are visiting from Ireland, and just by coincidence, my son and his gf and gf’s mom are going the very same days – completely unplanned! Congrats on the promotion!

boychik

Congrats!!!

jump62359

Aww, thanks so much, everyone!!

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15

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

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