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No matter how much time I steep it for, it always comes out bitter tasting. The only way to make it taste okay is to add 2 packets of sugar and a sprinkle of salt. It isnt that badiced, but still could be a lot better.

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88

Firstly, I must mention that I have the loose leaf version of this tea, not the bag.

The smell of the dry leaf and liquid smells extremely strongly of blackberry. There’s something sort of dry-smelling at the end of the scent that suggests artificiality. I couldn’t detect any sage in the scent.

Starting with the base, there’s some astringency and bitterness, but they take a back seat to the flavoring. As with the scent, I can detect no sage in the flavor. The blackberry flavor is strong. It’s a tiny bit artificial, but it’s still a nice flavor.

Since Stephen likes this tea, we’ll be keeping it around.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Blackberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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62

I’m a huge fan of the DA show so it was bound to happen that I pick up at least one of their marketed teas. A lot of rose in the ingredients, but I mostly pick up a raspberry flavor. Tastes very sweet to me unless you steep it too long and then you get more of the tart flavors, which is way too much for me. This is definitely a stand-alone dessert kind of tea perfect for after dinner.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Raspberry, Rose

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

This is the best turmeric ginger tea I’ve tried yet, and my favorite tea of any kind. It has a very warm/soothing flavor, without being too strong or bitter like many other turmeric ginger teas (even more surprising since it also has green tea in it).

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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70

There aren’t a lot of caffeine free teas I can turn to before bed. This is one of them. Unfortunately, it smells a lot better than it tastes.

I was able to get the color of the water to change at least…5 minutes after boiling water. The smell of the tea is a pleasant hot apple cider smell, sugary sweet and tangy with a touch of cinnamon and clove. It’s like hot apple pie.

But then when I take a sip, I get an immediate hit of apple and cinnamon, then a fading to something a little on the sour and unpleasant side. It’s lacking depth, or body, or something. I know! Tea! It’s lacking tea!

But in all seriousness, it would be rated much higher if that sour note could be eliminated. I don’t think the artificial flavoring would lend well to something like honey, either. Maybe I’ll try sugar next time.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Pleasant enough but a bit one dimensional. It has a light sweet floral flavor backed by a touch of roast. It is only good for about 2 or 3 infusions, but probably would go further with a different leaf to water ratio.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Roasted

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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68

Decent tea. Not a big fan of teas that already include sweetener, because I prefer my teas (especially herbal) unsweetened. It makes a fine iced tea though.

I usually don’t like rooibos, but I find blends that include some sort of mint to make it more palatable in my opinion. But I’ve never found a mint tea I didn’t like!

Flavors: Mint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Loose leaf version and a gift.

Not bad. Not bad at all. Creamy texture, spinach vegetal quality, and honeydew after taste. The honeydew after taste is awesome. Glad to sample. I wonder if this is flavored or unflavored.

Either way, pretty nice-but I’ve had better. If I weren’t obsessing over high mountain oolongs right now, I think that I’d enjoy this tea more. There’s on Shan Lin Xi that I really want, but I have. So. Much. Darn. TEA! I’m so doing a sale soon.

Evol Ving Ness

This one sounds pretty fab.

Daylon R Thomas

Then I might sell you this one along with my Oollo teas. Their Jin Xuan is very similar. These teas are VERY subtle though. Mostly creamy texture and a vegetal taste with tropical hints. I got the Oollo teas for 12.00, 10, and 10 CAD. I will sell them for less, but still so expensive.

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90

Picked this one up on vacation, since there are NO Harry and Davids around where I live (boooooo). It has a wonderful cherry aroma when steeped, like good cherry cobbler. I sweetened it, because it seemed like the right thing to do. It turns out, it definitely was the right thing to do. The black tea lends just enough flavor so as to be identifiable, but otherwise it stays out of the way and lets the cherry shine. This tea is almost juicy. I will enjoy this canister to the last bag!

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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66

This is OK. The black tea is a touch bitter. The spices are mild and there is no noticeable pumpkin flavor.

Flavors: Bitter, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

I thought I’d reviewed this tea ages ago. Ah well better late than never.

When I make iced tea I tend to do it as a hot brew and then add a bunch of ice and a bit of agave nectar. This method seems to really bring out the basil flavour. It’s more of a tulsi basil than a sweet basil (the kind you use to make pesto) flavour but it definitely dominates each mouthful. Following on the heels of the basil is a mildly sweet strawberry flavour and the grassy green tea base finishes it off. It’s not a bad tea but I wished the strawberry flavour was a bit stronger (Roswell had the opposite problem when it was cold brewed).

Unfortunately the boyfriend turns his nose up at most green teas this tea being no exception – so this isn’t really very good for filling the communal iced tea jug that I have going in the fridge all summer long.

Preparation
Iced

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70

GCTTB V1

Once again, thanks Jillian for including this one! It sounds really incredible apart from the fact it has a green base…

Obviously I’ve cold brewed this: it’s pretty tasty but also a little underwhelming. I really get a clear taste of the strawberry and it’s sweet and juicy but has a bit of a “frozen” strawberry flavour in so far as it’s not the most ‘fresh’ tasting strawberry despite tasting pretty natural. As far as the basil and green tea go, I can’t say I really taste much of either? Probably more basil than green tea – but even still it’s just like a sort of mild, herbaceous undertone/aftertaste and it actually feels a little bit like adding it to the tea was an afterthought.

I’ll enjoy finishing off the pitcher because of the nice strawberry flavour, but this is another tea from RoT’s collection that I’m perfectly content with not buying or drinking again.

Jillian

Really? I hot-brewed mine and had like the opposite problem, the basil was all I could taste.

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100

Love to stick this in my water bottle and let it steep slowly through out the day. I prefer it room temperature. It is the only tea I really enjoy without sweetener. It has a bright coppery aftertaste that I think is very refreshing.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 8 min or more 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

When my best friend was in the hospital a while ago, she couldn’t drink caffeine, so I picked this up for her. I gave her half and kept the other half. She was very excited about it.
Our verdict?
This is a perfect late-evening decaf tea.
It’s really sweet, but in a deep and earthy way. I’d consider it an alto singer as opposed to a soprano. A gutsy, deep-throated jazz singer — but not the kind that smokes.
The perfect thing to recover to.
PS – my best friend is fine now.

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate, Earth

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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75

This is pretty good. Light and pleasantly sweet/tart. The black tea is well balanced with the fruity flavors. This tastes like it would be good iced. It has a bit of bitterness, and the fruit flavor isn’t especially clearly defined, but it’s quite pleasant. One of the better teas I’ve had by Republic of Tea.

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72

GCTTB V1

Thank you Jillian for throwing in a few pouches of this as per my request; I have to admit that mostly I just wanted to be able to taste a few of the flavours of this Iced Tea line up before committing to buying a full tin since this is a tea I can get a hold of here in town.

Ginger Peach isn’t really my thing typically; I’m not big on ginger and I’m pretty fickle towards peach so that tends to make for a dicey pairing. That said, I brewed up a big cold brewed pitcher of this and it really isn’t bad. The peach is the strongest flavour for sure; it’s sweet in a “juice”/made from juice crystals sort of way in so far as it’s not all that natural tasting. But that said, it isn’t ‘juice like’ in a “tastes very sugary/cloying” way. Does that make sense?

Even though that’s the strongest flavour, there is lots of ginger too. If peach is the top note, then ginger is the tier right below it – the flavour immediately follows the peachy juice notes. I’m not big on ginger, so I have a hard time appreciating the flavour here but I can comfortable say that I don’t dislike it. I had no problem making it through my first cup of this pitcher, and I don’t think I’ll have a hard time finishing it either.

Asking Jillian to include this was a good idea though: I’m enjoying the pitcher worth but I definitely know that I don’t want to invest in a whole tin worth of it – there’s no way I’d ever get through it. Sampling is more than good enough for me!

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1

This is a very frustrating tea. I think if it didn’t have Stevia in it, it might be a tea I would regularly stock. It has a really nice Pineapple flavor. But I find Stevia absolutely undrinkable most of the time. I hate the taste and it bothers my stomach. Grrr. Does anyone know of a Pineapple Hibiscus tea without Stevia? I’d be interested in trying one.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
AllanK

I feel your pain about the Stevia. It is pushed as an alternative to sugar but my gastroenterologist tells me to avoid it along with artificial sweeteners. The reason it bothers your stomach is probably because it is digested by the bacteria in your gut. It is not really calorie free. It just has no calories that the human body can digest.

Skysamurai

I’m the same way!!! Stevia is toooo sweet. And thank you Allan! That is great to know! I had a pineapple oolong from Lupicia that is really good… but it doesnt have Hibiscus

Inkling

Oh, I hate it when Republic of Tea does that! :(

rosebudmelissa

One of the things I appreciate about tea is that it’s generally not presweetened. Many drinks are just too sweet for me, so I appreciate the ability to control the sweetness of my tea. And it was a bit hard to tell between the “ugh, too sweet” and the “ew, Stevia, ew” but it seemed like the pineapple and hibiscus paired really well together. I’ll have to check out that pineapple oolong, though.

Skysamurai

I can send some to you if you wish:)

rosebudmelissa

Maybe add some to the Here’s Hoping TTB? There’s only a couple of people between us, so it would probably make it to me.

Skysamurai

Oh true! I’ll make a note so that there is plenty left for yo9u -]

rosebudmelissa

Sweet, thanks!

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45

I made this as a latte, since that’s how I always drink Earl Grey. It tastes like the balance of flavors is wrong. I can’t really taste the black tea at all, and the bergamot is overwhelming and tastes a bit odd. Too perfumey maybe? I do like my earl grey on the floral end, so maybe that’s not the best description, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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25

I don’t care for this one. The blueberry is not strong, but still tastes artificial with a slight chemical aftertaste, and the black tea is bland with a hint of bitterness.

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

I think I actually like this less as a latte. It almost tastes more artificial this way, although I guess I did use two tea bags this time, so that might explain it.

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55

I didn’t taste much chocolate here – more peppermint and vanilla. It was pretty decent, if a bit on the artificial side. I think I’ll try it as a latte next time.

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

I really shouldn’t like this: I don’t particularly love apricots after all. However, for a decaf tea, I really like it! Going into regular rotation.

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