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100

I love this tea although it can come as strong and leafy bitter. I drink this whenever we have sweet tasting food served, like anything with cinnamon. It just gives it the perfect balance of sweet and bitter.

Hellen Deemer, Tea lover
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Flavors: Herbs

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 50 OZ / 1478 ML

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30

This was the sample that came with Republic of Tea’s latest catalog. RoT tends to be pretty hit and miss with me and this one was definitely a miss. It wasn’t horrible, it just really didn’t taste like much of anything. I was hoping for a smooth, creamy vanilla/lemon blend; instead I got a weak, barely-there artificial lemony flavor. Still glad I got to sample it, though…at least I won’t be tempted to waste my money on this one!

Flavors: Artificial, Lemon

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

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60

I also drank this at Panera Bread. I didn’t sweeten it, but it had a subdued taste that reminded me of the mystery flavor in Tea Forte flavored black teas that turned me off to that brand. Perhaps it is the tea leaves. It was alright for drinking mindlessly, but it has grown worse over time. I don’t taste mango. It’s just the indistinct aftertaste of disappointment.

rosebudmelissa

“the indistinct aftertaste of disappointment” – very poetic :)

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Herbal TTB.

Does this have an artificial sweetener? I did add some sweetener, but it shouldn’t taste so cloyingly sweet. I don’t taste the rose at all either, which is unfortunate. I’ve been looking for a good Hibiscus-Rose tea, but this is not it.

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Herbal TTB.

I really liked this one! Chamomile is the primary flavor, and the lemony-herbal flavor is a lighter addition that mixes really well. I’m surprised this has so many negative reviews. To each their own, I guess.

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74

Firstly, when you open the canister it comes in you get that huge whiff of a fruity scent, which smells like a mix of peach and starfruit in my opinion. I was reminded of my bubblegum-chewing days with the famous Juicy Fruit brand. It smells exactly like that, at least to me. Pleasant, but artificial. Surprisingly it tastes a bit more of a buttery lemon taste than anything else, though it does help whenever I’m in a foul mood or suffering from a bad day.

Flavors: Butter, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Monthly TTB Club.

I had this with some milk and a pinch of sweetener, but it seemed a bit too sweet for me. I seem to be very picky about my pumpkin teas.

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Monthly TTB Club.

This is quite good. It’s definitely on the sweeter end, and just a touch artificial, but not unpleasantly so. It’s mostly a pleasantly creamy chocolate-coconut flavor. It’s not a super strong flavor, but I think it would be too sweet if I used two teabags, like I have for other RoT teas. I’ll bet this would be good with milk.

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80

There are few fruity black tea blends that I truly like, those this is one of them! I love me some passionfruit, which is what initially attracted me to this blend. The taste is maybe a little too subtle to get a higher rating, but I will be sad when my stash of this runs out.

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I like hibiscus enough to drink the tisane without sweetener. I’m interested in the antioxidant properties and the lack of caffeine for an evening tea. I enjoy additional flavors/ingredients added to round out the tartness but I hate to say it, I just pass this tea up in the cupboard all the time in favor of Dammann Freres Carcadet Samba. The aroma of the RofT is enticing once brewed. The color is not quite as deep as the DF. I’ve tried it iced. It just kind of sits in my fridge til I toss it. I do taste the pineapple and lychee, though. I can see how some people would really favor this blend. It reminds me of Hawaii.

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The tea smelled very nice and sweet but I didn’t like the taste that much. The exact taste to me was an under ripe pineapple. It had a slight sour/tarteness to it with a subtle sweetness. Just like a pineapple that’s not ripe. You could taste a light pineapple aftertaste.

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90

I usually avoid hibiscus teas like the plague, because the ingredient takes over the drink with a strong sharpness that I find terribly unpleasant. But I’m stuck at the office with not a teabag on me, so I decided to try this Republic of Tea blend someone left behind in the kitchen cupboard. I am pleasantly suprised. This is good.

It’s a lovely, sweet tea that is fabulous over ice. The flavors are fruity and tropical, with the taste of pineapple lingering on the tongue. The hibiscus is moderate, tamed, and actually works with the other ingredients instead of conquering them. I’m impressed.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Lychee, Pineapple, Tropical

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82

This is one of my go-to green teas. It is really well balanced with both a good amount of matcha and green tea flavor.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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68

I am getting over a cough, so I’m somewhat congested.

A friend purchased this and shared with me today.

The blackberry smell is very intense, like warmed up pie filling, adn you can catch a whiff at a distane, maybe within two feet… Definitely smells a lot more sweet than tangy. I can almost taste pie when I smell it, and it is distnctly blackberry, without a doubt. It smells completely natural, and it has no weird artificial smell to it. I think usually, sage is a strong olfactory spice, but I don’t smell any of it at all. Sage is kind of more of a poultry seasoning, very savory, so hopefully it’s not overpowering when I actually get around to the taste.

First taste, sans sugar. The hits are not very complex, and presently this takes like an extremely mellow black tea — not bitter, not strong. It’s very smooth, but the fruity smell doesn’t translate to a strong fruity taste… in fact I can hardly taste it at all (maybe it’s the congestion). Definitely am not getting a sage taste. I am hoping to bring out more flavor with a bit of Splenda.

I think I overdid the Splenda. Now it’s too sweet, and it’s obviously more of a splenda sweetness than a fruity sweetness. It does have a moderate blackberry flavor however. More like a pie filling than a fresh, tangier blackberry.

I would definitely drink this over ice!

Flavors: Blackberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me. It actually reminds me of DAVIDs Blueberry Jam except the base is a little thicker/more astringent (which can happen with bagged teas). It’s not bad but I feel like rather than drinking this, I’d probably just go to DAVIDs and get Blueberry Jam.

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35

This sample was a part of the Republic of Tea catalog that I received..
First of all, I hate coffee. I don’t like the smell or the taste of it.. When I brewed this tea, I kept thinking that there’s something oddly familiar about this.. Almost breakfast-like in smell. I’ve decided that it smells like a vanilla and maple syrup coffee (if there is such a thing). It’s basically breakfast in a cup for a lot of people.
I started drinking it and it was okay, but eventually the coffee taste caught up to me and I just can’t drink it anymore. There is a slight grassy taste to it, presumably from the dandelion, but I just can’t get past the coffee.

Flavors: Coffee, Grass, Maple Syrup, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kaylee

Oddly, the coffee flavoris a big part of why I liked this one so much.

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72

I’m too tired for this, but I think that Marzipan sent this to me. Thanks!
I tried this tea this morning, since I didn’t want to deal with steeping “real” tea.. I like blood orange and cranberry, so I thought this was a good way to start the day. I really didn’t get any “black tea” taste from this tea. The cranberry is more pronounced than the orange flavor, but both flavors are there. It’s a good combination. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy more, but it’s a pretty good teabag tea.

Flavors: Blood orange, Cranberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Ahhh, free at last, free at last. Hubby and I got off the no-caffeine diet finally, but this is the first new tea I’ve tried since then. This may creep some of you out, but I got this tea at an estate sale nearby. Apparently, a fairly wealthy lady passed away, and the family hired a company to sell off basically her entire house worth of stuff… including whatever non-perishable food items she had. This tea was among them, and I just couldn’t pass it up. I think the woman tallying up my stuff just gave it to me for free, because it was in a bag with a whole bunch of other stuff, and she took one look in the bag and said, “Two dollars.” Score!

Anyway, the loose leaves smell wonderful, like strawberries and wildflowers. They unfurled nicely when steeped, pretty much all the way, although I still intend to try a resteep, because oolong. The brew is a lovely medium green color, but the strawberry smell is gone. It smells now of just flowers (the package suggests orchids, and I suppose I buy it, along with maybe daisies and honeysuckle, since there’s a little sweetness in there). There’s also a slight earthy/grassy smell, which I associate with oolong in general, like smelling a bouquet of flowers that someone just picked and that have a bit of soil left on them somewhere. Anyway, I don’t really get the milk or cream flavor that these oolongs are supposed to have, but it’s a perfectly enjoyable tea nonetheless. It tastes like summer, fresh and green and lush. I may not buy any more, but I will enjoy it to the last leaf. There’s quite a bit left in the tin, so I have much to look forward to. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Free sample from the most recent ROT catalog. So, so yum. It tastes of creamy vanilla-hazelnut goodness. The flavor is almost coffee-like. I think this would be a great herbal substitute on the rare occasion that I crave some ridiculous Starbucks-style coffee concoction. I’m not going to order this right now, but I would definitely impulse buy if I see it at the store.

Flavors: Coffee, Hazelnut, Vanilla

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67

Lightly blueberry- fruity. Pleasant tea flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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