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The pineapple here is so authentic! It tastes just like canned pineapple. I don’t really notice any hibiscus, which I’m fine with. I get maybe a hint of lychee if I’m paying attention. This is quite unique and fun as a cold cup of tea. There’s nothing artificial or distracting (apparently it has stevia, which might bother some). I’m so glad getanzt sent three teabags so I could enjoy this multiple times. The resteep is decent too. I would totally order more of this one!

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drank Clean Beauty by The Republic of Tea
104 tasting notes

You really want this tea to taste like its description…but it doesn’t. Very light, very “thin” flavor that just isn’t that great. Not buying Republic of Tea any more; they used to be decent for the price but there are so many other GREAT teas out there. This one will be hitting the garbage like many others.

Flavors: Aloe

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

This was last night’s tea. It is part of the holiday combo I bought. I really like the rooibos cinnamon tea from Good Earth called Sweet N Spicy, and wondered if this might be as good. It wasn’t. It wasn’t a bad tea, just much milder than the Good Earth, and the cinnamon gave my mouth that drying sensation that I dislike. The flavor, as I said, was milder, but a little sweet, which I like. I have another 11 tea bags of this, and I don’t think I’ll have any trouble sipping those down . So, this is getting a recommendation from me

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73

I just finished my tin of this tea that I bought a long time ago. It had a nice pineapple flavor, although I really didn’t taste the ginger. If you “upped” the flavor by adding a second sachet, it would get a little bitter (maybe that’s the age speaking). Anyway, I’m moving on from Republic of Tea.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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50

I spent most of the weekend at the in-laws, so I didn’t have access to the kettle and all the tools to steep loose-leaf. I figured it was a good excuse to work on this sipsby advent I stalled out on – and the stall was very much because I wasn’t excited to see this tea. Now I’ve got to go back into my phone for the notes!

There is only so much chocolate can do to counter coconut, and this wasn’t quite enough for me, but I’ll admit it got pretty close. This felt almost like a liquid version of a Samoa/Caramel Delight Girl Scout Cookie, though a touch heavier on the coconut. I tolerated it about as long as I do the cookie before giving it over to my partner, who enjoyed the rest of the cup. It’s quite smooth and would make a fantastic dessert for someone with even a little less disdain for coconut than myself.

sipsby bagged advent, day 5

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Cookie

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69

I had this one tonight. It’s chilly here in Fargo (naturally) and to me, cold winter nights just beg for a spicy herbal tea to sip while knitting. I had lost this in my office for several and just found it today while cleaning. Oops. I guess that just goes to show what you can find when you actually clean!

Anyway. I brewed it up expecting to really love it. I do enjoy cardamon in chai and spicy tea. But this was not my cup of tea. Since there is such a small amount of tea in the bag I used a little tea cup with about 6 ounces of boiling water. I let it brew for 5 minutes. The color was pretty dark. The flavor was pretty pale. That is, I got a mild spicy flavor. It was underwhelming. And I was disappointed because I expected to love this one.

I’m glad the Republic of tea sent this one as a sample with my last order because I might have bought a whole tin of this based on the description. So I am really glad I got to try it. And it was not horrible. Maybe I should have let it steep longer. If a friend served this I could certainly drink it. But I won’t order this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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65

In the evening, I try to avoid caffeine, but since rooibus is not tea (grumble) I drink decaf real tea. My spouse got this one for when we have Japanese food for dinner, and indeed, it is a thoroughly acceptable green tea.

There’s nothing special about it – it’s what you’d get in the teapot of any generic “Asian” restaurant. But it’s decaf, and it works very well for the purpose of, “I would like green tea to go with my sushi and I would like not to be awake all night.”

We will continue to keep this in the cupboard. It’s not shiny or special, but it works just fine.

Flavors: Hay

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I’ve been excited for this one for a couple of days and decided to break it out this morning while going through a mountain of papers. The tea started as a light mint with a strong, sweet background note – something a little off-putting, but not undrinkable. When I let it get cold, however, it turned into cold artificial white chocolate with no mint to be found. No thanks.

sipsby bagged advent, Day 4

Flavors: Artificial, Mint, Sweet, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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72

Advent Tea!
This is amaretto to start, red rooibos in the middle with a sweet coconut cookie finish. I only brewed with 6 oz of water and it came out pretty nice. The rooibos gave it a bit of a woody taste but I’d drink this one again. Thanks Lexie!

Flavors: Amaretto, Coconut, Cookie, Rooibos

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92

I drank this so fast.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Just got home after supper out. Yes, I went out for supper on Christmas Eve. My sister, her daughter, and our brother were coming to my place for Christmas, but due to the nasty weather, no one is coming. This made me a bit sad, although having my semi-clean apartment to myself will be kind of nice. Anyway, I rarely eat red meat (it’s hard to digest when a portion of your intestines have been removed) but had a steak tonight, along with green beans and garlicky mashed potatoes. I feel stuffed. Uncomfortably stuffed, so I decided to have a cup of this tea.

Ugh. Mistake. Not because it doesn’t taste good but because a plain peppermint tea would have been a better choice for my unhappy tummy. Sheesh.

Note to self: lay off the red meat!

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75

I got 12 bags of this as part of a Holiday Combo. It is VERY dessert-y. When it was hot it had a cooling, creamy chocolate mint flavor and I really enjoyed it. As it cooled, though, it became cloyingly sweet. Some teas are enjoyable hot or cold, This isn’t one. But when it was hot it was very tasty. I won’t have any trouble drinking 12 cups of it. I just need to be sure to drink it right away instead of letting it linger.

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70

I ordered this tea from the Republic of Tea. Peppermint tea is one of my faves for quiet evenings before bed. Between the cancer progressing to Stage 4, and my baby brother dying of a heart attack at age 53, and that rotten day job, I have been under a LOT of stress these last few weeks. So I liked the sound of this one.

But I didn’t love it. I could barely make out the mint flavor and there was something odd in the sip. Maybe the KSM-66 Ashwagandha Root Extract? I am giving it a rating of 70 for now. When I had it last night my nose was completely clogged. Even without a sense of smell, I can usually detect the cooling sensation of mint. So I will try it again in a few days and see if my opinion changes. I hope it does. Otherwise I have 35 more tea bags of this!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Michelle

So sorry you have been under stress, I’m sure that doesn’t help your fight against the cancer. Did you double up your RoT tea bag? I usually do that for small bags like they have, and also for most Celestial seasonings bags.

Maddy Barone

@Michelle No, I didn’t try that. I will use 2 bags next time and see if that helps. Thanks!

ashmanra

Maddy, I am so sorry for all you have been through lately. Hoping for comfort for you.

Maddy Barone

@Ashmanra Thank you! It has been kinda rough. But I am feeling pretty good. And I am going for lunch with a friend today so that should give me a boost.

gmathis

Sometimes words don’t convey your heart very well—I’m at a loss to express how sorry I am that your load is so heavy. Praying for you! Enjoy your friend time—that’s good therapy!

Kelmishka

That is far, far too much stress. I hope that both friend and teatime serve as bright spots for you.

Martin Bednář

I wish you stress relief soon!

Maddy Barone

Thank you, gmathis Kelmishka* and Martin. It certainly has been a rough stretch of road lately. It will get better. I had an absolutely rotten day at work until a co worker gave me a hand with something. Isn’t it funny (as in awesome) how one person can completely change your attitude? We are having out first winter storm of the year and I plan a quiet evening with a good book and some tea.

tea-sipper

Just seeing your note now— I’m very sorry for all you have been through lately. I’m sorry for the loss of your brother. Wishing more positive for you (and that you at least find the best books for you!)

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Flavors: Floral, Ginseng, Honey

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

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73

I ordered a set of Christmas teas from the Republic of Tea, and they sent a sample of this. Since I enjoy peppermint tea in the evenings I decided to brew it last night. It was a nice cup. Mild, with just a hint of astringency at the end of the sip. It doesn’t stand out from other peppermint teas I’ve enjoyed. I won’t add this to a future order, but I would gladly drink it again. So I am giving it a decent rating of 73.

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I was looking for a turmeric tea and I forgot I had this one. I really like this tea but it tastes even better as a latte with coconut milk and raw honey. I can taste a faint pumpkin flavor, cinnamon and turmeric. Glad that the turmeric is not too strong. I have a lot of pumpkin teas I need to sip down this fall.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Turmeric

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65

I have received a tea bag of this as thank you for forwarding some postcards to Russia. It has got very nice outer wrapping. Weird is that I haven’t found any box on their website showing tea bags… and probably my first round tea bag with outer wrapping. Which is… about 2-3 times bigger than bag itself.

As I have smelled it when dry, I have noticed fiery ginger with fruit loops aroma of peach. It was nice aroma and I have hoped for a nice tea.

It was good one, however… ginger has disappeared. There is nothing from it. Base was very basic, somehow tannic. Peach was genuine though and quite on the sweet side of spectrum.

Plus points: nice outer wrapper, nice peach flavour
Minus points: boring base tea, no ginger, using of round tea bag in such big wrapper.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Cameron B.

Since their teabags are round, they use the same round tins for loose leaf and bags. The bags aren’t usually individually wrapped.

Martin Bednář

It seems it is from some sampler, as those are individually wrapped. I would consider getting it for the wrappers only though, flavour was sadly very mediocre and there aren’t much interesting ones.

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72

This, for me, is a summertime tea. It’s excellent chilled, whether sweetened or not. I can’t really taste the sage. I always let RoT steep for a longer time than recommended, as I personally feel their teabags could use a bit more tea than they actually put in. It’s late August now, and I’ll be finishing my tin soon, as I’m not too keen on this one during the cold months.

Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Summer

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 7 tsp 60 OZ / 1774 ML

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This is a pleasant enough tea, but it mostly just tastes like Chinese sencha with a bit of hibiscus to me. I don’t really taste pomegranate specifically. The green base has a mellow, dry grassy flavor that I find a bit comforting, and the hibiscus is present but not overwhelming, just adding a generic fruity tartness.

Fine, but generic in both the base and the flavor.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Fruity, Grass, Hibiscus, Smooth, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I was interested in this one, an herbal pumpkin spice tisane seems more appealing to me plus the turmeric sounded like an interesting addition.

But this just tastes like a pile of turmeric, ha ha… There’s no pumpkin spice or any kind of spice other than turmeric. The only other thing I can taste is a touch of licorice root at the end of the sip. No rooibos flavor either, though it does look rooibosy in color.

It’s not horrible, but I might as well be drinking turmeric water. XD

Flavors: Earthy, Licorice Root, Sweet, Turmeric

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Working through the rest of this RoT fall sampler today!

This one is pleasant enough, the cranberry part of it is giving me a slight cherry candy vibe, which I don’t love. The blood orange is nice but I wish there was more of it, and it does remind me slightly of Tang in the aftertaste. The base is very smooth but isn’t contributing much to the overall flavor.

So overall, it’s fine but nothing special, and certainly not one I would order. The search for the perfect cranberry-orange tea continues…

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Cranberry, Orange, Smooth, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I was hesitant buying this tea but I am surprised it tastes very good. Don’t worry you can’t taste the beet! It has a slight earthy flavor with ginger root and hibiscus. Th we ginger is not too strong. It has one billion probiotics per tea bag. I hope this tea helps with my digestive issues.

Flavors: Earthy, Spicy

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Another one down from the RoT fall sampler!

This tastes just like those caramel apple lollipops that are green with a caramel coating. I mean, obviously there’s rooibos in here, so it doesn’t taste exactly like them, but the flavors are very close. The caramel is sweet and very buttery without much depth, and the apple tastes like a green apple hard candy. The caramel and the rooibos are the strongest flavors, with the apple more in the background. I think I kind of prefer that though, because if the apple were stronger, it would really just taste like a green apple Jolly Rancher. The rooibos has a mellow woody flavor, with no medicinal qualities.

A very pleasant dessert tisane for fall! I’m not sure I would go out and buy it necessarily, but I would certainly drink it if it were in my cupboard. I have a similar tea from Stash, Maple Apple Cider or something? I’ll have to pull that one out soon for an autumnal evening cuppa…

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Candy, Caramel, Green Apple, Rooibos, Smooth, Sweet, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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