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I like this tea, and am sorry to have come to the end of this tin. I did indeed find it a “merry and bright herb tea”, as per The Republic of Tea’s label. First of all, I am a hibiscus tea lover, so those of you who are not, can leave now. (You’re out there in vocal droves. This doesn’t concern you, haters—this review is for those of us who love it.)
This tea has a nice depth to its flavor. The natural bitterness of cranberries has been nicely alleviated by the sweetness in the hibiscus and spices. I made this cup without sugar or honey, so I could taste it honestly by itself. It’s got a nice, clean flavor, very strong and direct, yet mellow.
I like to blend a bag or two of this with other herbal teas, particularly those with orange and/or spices. It is perfect for the holiday season in both taste and its nice bright red color.
Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Perfume, Spicy
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
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 :)
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
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
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
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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
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