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The tea box arrived today, and after a quick look through I have twenty-something teas I’d like to try. Looks like I’d better start sippin’!
The name of this tea sounds so good, but I remembered that both rosebudmelissa and jewledthumb said it was bitter. I decided to lower the water temp to 200°F to see if that would help. The good news, I’m not getting any bitterness. The bad news, I’m not getting any maple either. There is a nice pecan flavor that I find rather enjoyable. I added a little sugar to see if I could coax some maple flavor from the tea, but sadly no. Ooh, but I do have maple leaf cream cookies. Let’s forget for a moment that it’s not even noon yet. The tea and cookies actually go together very well. The sweetness of the cookie really highlights the nutty flavor in the tea.
As a nutty tea this is good. If the maple flavor was present it’d definitely up the rating.
I drank this tea all through high school, I’d take bags with me to school and make tea in classes with cool teachers. it was my first experience with a higher quality tea. At first I thought sage was just in a name because I didn’t taste it at all. I love the fragrant blackberry steam to this day. Its a really delicate tea, I couldn’t find any regionally characteristic black tea taste. But I still drink it constantly, at least until I find a better go to tea. Even then i’ll still drink this out of nostalgia.
Soo you know what’s lame?
On BF Cost Plus had an AWESOME sale on tea. And there was a RoT that was half off and I had been wanting, so ordered two of those, and figured since I got those, I’d also pick up this since it was so cheap. The only reason I got this was because I got the other teas.
Then like 2 weeks later they sent me this tea and said the other item was backordered. I was fine with that, because I’m cool for waiting for a good tea. But THEN I got an email a couple days ago saying that they couldn’t get their backorder items and that they canceled my order. It’s so frustrating!
I ordered this tea when it was in stock. I’d understand it more if it had been a tea from like a different country that they couldn’t get more of. But no! It was the freakin’ Republic of Tea! >< Like seriously. I’m never ordering from Cost Plus again. They suck >>
It’s actually pretty good. I am too lazy to actually make legit matcha these days. But I’ve always liked the flavor of it. Steeped this for a little less than a minute and a half and it was perfect. It’s creamy and not too bitter or strong. A very nice matcha.
While I’m pretty upset about not getting the teas I mainly wanted, at least this one wasn’t a total waste of money. I wouldn’t buy more of this, but I’ll enjoy drinking the 49 tea bags I have left. xD
I’m a lazy iced tea maker—usually the bag stays in the water for hours. I heat up one quart of water just below boiling (usually in a retired mason jar, in the microwave), toss in my sweetener of choice and the bag, screw on a lid, and let it sit on the counter to room temp. Then I put it in the fridge and drink it cold. Delicious! This tea does have more basil than I expected, but it wasn’t an unwelcome surprise. The basil is only slightly spicy. ;P Very different, but very yummy! :)
Overboard Traveling tea box
I am so glad I didn’t pick a tin of this up. It’s bitter and almost has a cardboard note (can cardboard be a note?). Anyway, I steeped for 3 minutes, tasted a bit and added sweetener. With sweetener, I’m still getting the cardboard note, but at least it’s only 6oz since I used 1 bag.
As soon as I sipped this Neopolitan nectar, I knew it would be a staple in my tea closet. This tea is incredible. It is the perfect dessert tea – sweet, classy, and delicious. I never liked the previous teas I’d tasted from Republic of Tea (despite their adorable tea tins), but now I’m starting to understand what the hype is about. The carob in this tea adds a nice earthy note to the sweet flavor palette.
I had it with a little bit of dark chocolate in there as a garnish. It’s a good replacement for hot cocoa at night because it’s so low in caffeine. All in all, I hope you give it a try.
Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla
I’m really glad I got the chance to try this before buying a tin because I was expecting to like it more. When I first started getting into loose leaf tea, I gravitated towards coconut teas like nobody’s business. However, I’m starting to think that I much prefer them cold if at all. This was pretty good, but I can imagine many other pu-erh flavors I’d rather be having hot. This isn’t quite coconutty enough to be satisfying in summer either, though (I think). Thanks for the chance to try it, Inkling!
Cooking TTB #5
Republic of Tea sure nails the scents on their dessert teas! I could have sworn someone was baking chocolate chip banana bread in my kitchen while this one was steeping. Unfortunately, the flavor just can’t live up. I used 2 tea bags and steeped for almost 10 minutes, but I’m still finding this rather bland and watery. What I do taste is artificial banana flavor with just a bit of chocolate. On the plus side, there is no unpleasant rooibos aftertaste with this one!
Flavors: Artificial, banana, Chocolate
Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2
Ooh, roasted mate! I’ve been really interested in trying more mate blends, specifically roasted, since Roswell sent me a sample of Chocolate Rocket from David’s. So I was very happy to see this one in the box! It looks to be roasted mate with pieces of cacao and yellow flower petals. For some reason it smells like cinnamon? Probably scent contamination from other teas in the box.
Mm, the steeped cup smells deeply roasted with some sweet chocolate notes. Tastes pretty good, too! I really like the darkly roasted flavor of roasted mate. There’s also a nice creamy note and some milk chocolate flavor. I can taste a lovely underlying toasted nut flavor, and it almost in a way reminds me of banana? Overall, yummy. :) I think I’ll keep this one!
Flavors: banana, Chocolate, Creamy, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Sweet
I’m not a huge fan of peach, but I’ve always had a soft spot for ginger, so I decided to give this unique combination a try. The sweet, smooth peach balances the sharp, hot ginger quite well! My father is a lover of peach, but didn’t like this. So maybe a ginger fascination must preclude a ginger peach iced tea fascination. Anyway, there’s more for me!
I’m surprised by how much I liked this tea! Rooibos tends to be very hit and miss for me, but this one turned out to be a hit. While steeping it, my kitchen smelled like I was baking blueberry muffins. The first few sips had a lot of woody rooibos and I was ready to write it off as no good. But as it cooled, the blueberry flavor started to pop and the base retreated to the background and suddenly it was tasting almost as good as it smelled: a great combination juicy blueberry and sweet pastry flavors. Thank you to The Cookie Lady for the sample!
Flavors: Blueberry, Pastries
Finishing off this sample from Cameron B.! Like she suggested, I doubled up on the teabags in the hope of getting a less watery flavour. Definitely worked!
- Mild but present black base; very very slightly floral
- Blueberry has a “preserve” or “waffle topping” sweetness to it
- Vanilla notes
- Doesn’t go overboard with sugary sweetness though
- Much more enjoyable this way!
Thanks Cameron B. for the sample!
It appears I’m on a blueberry kick right now – and not just blueberry tea. In addition to the blueberry teas I’ve enjoyed as of late I’ve also “splurged” on super fancy Blueberry/Vanilla Goat Feta, and a bulk amount of Blueberry waffles, and yesterday I bought the stuff for Blueberry muffins. And, it’s just the weirdest thing because I don’t even really like blueberries. So that’s the long summary of why I requested this one in exchange for the DT samples I sent Cam’s way.
I have to say though, I was pretty disappoint with this one – and not because I’m “secretly” not even a blueberry fan. The reality is, it wasn’t heavy enough on the blueberry, or anything for that matter, to interest me. Just kinda bland and watery, with the faintest berry flavour that I know I wouldn’t have been able to blindly identify. Cam sent a few bags though, so I think next cup I’ll just try doubling up on the teabags and see if that fixes the problem.
Had this for the second time today and really enjoyed it! Last time I made it with sugar only, and it was okay, but nothing I’d rave about. This time I added milk and sugar, and while I don’t really taste the chocolate it does have a bit of a cakey flavor, and I really liked it with the milk!