The Republic of Tea

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This tea is so delicious! It reminds me if chocolate macaroons and beings back memories of Passover. Mmm it smells just like that delicious chocolate tin. I want to try this again with milk. It is already super creamy but I still want to see what it’s like as a latte. I bet it would make an excellent dessert for after dinner.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample sipdown!

One teabag of this was sent to me as a swap by Jude, and since I’ve decided to try and sip down a bunch of teas lately, this was the perfect candidate.

I was a little surprised by the instructions on the Republic of Tea website saying to steep this tea in boiling water, but I complied. I even let it steep a little longer than recommended – probably about 6 minutes instead of the 3-5 minutes stated on the site – but it still turned out okay. The peach flavour is really strong, but doesn’t completely overshadow the oolong, and I liked that the oolong here was of the more roasted variety.

Not a bad mix, but considering where I live, not one I’d probably ever encounter again. Thanks, Jude!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

yummy tea of the night. smells like raspberry jello. used 2 sachets of tea since i like to double up.
have been drinking this tea for years, though not as frequently as when i first got it. perhaps i’ll revisit this more seriously.
yes, there is a tart bite to this, not to mention lovely magenta color imparted by the hibiscus, but it’s not what i would call overwhelming. i went crazy on ‘raspberry-pomegranate’ or ‘red fruit/berry’ type green (and herbal) teas & hibiscus always makes an appearance, fret not lovers of this tropical objet d’art. in fact, we have a lovely hibiscus plant on our porch outside with yellow flowers that are simply gorgeous!

but back to the tea. i find this totally drinkable without sweetener, but a little honey couldn’t hurt. a nice superfruit green to have on hand. pleasant. raspberry is the most prominent note & is quite lovely, but then again i’m a lover of all things raspberry.

don’t want it to get bitter? throw 3 ice cubes into cup of boiling water (or water just short of boiling), let sit for 1 min, then add the tea. let steep 3-5 min and you should be good.

Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry

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80

I was seriously craving this tea last night, but I was so worn out by the weather that I opted to go to bed early instead—at midnight instead of 3am.

Today’s second TOD (teaof the day) had to be this one. (I nearly always start my tea day with a green.) The dried tea smells so fantastically, incredibly rich and sumptuous that I could probably be content just sitting and sniffing it all day. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration.

Once again, I was very pleased with this golden brew, its sweet floral aroma, and luxurious texture. A very good grocery store find indeed!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cheri

I had this tea today, too! It’s a good value for the tea.

sherapop

Yes, Cheri—a rare find at the grocery store and not exorbitantly priced, though it is real tea!

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drank Milk Oolong by The Republic of Tea
274 tasting notes

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Huge plus – this is not flavored.

It’s okay. Somewhat creamy, but not as creamy as I wanted it to be. I was really hopeful for this one. It’s just okay. I’m glad it’s not flavored, and I can see drinking this one on occasion. I tried is specifically because it’s available at my grocery store for $11 for the 3.5oz container. That’s not a bad price. I just don’t know that I need 3.5oz. I think I’d rather spend more money and get something I really enjoy.

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I haven’t had much luck with RoT but this is a pretty solid cup. It is not the greatest thing I have ever tried and I would prefer DTT’s Lemon Chiffon but this is something I can easily grab when I am in Buffalo or Florida to enjoy in the evenings/at night. It has a slight lemon flavor that pairs well with green rooibos base. Plus, all the flavors are subtle and airy to wonderfully resemble chiffon cake. It really is good and it’s a tea bag which can be very convenient at times. I am glad I got to try it out. Thank you so much Cavocorax for the opportunity :)

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drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
2386 tasting notes

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Its gonna be a long day!
I’ve got my morning shift, and then I have to go and tend to the morning session of animal care. I’m pet sitting two ducks, a parakeet, fifteen canaries and a cat.
The ducks are jerks.
Then I’ve got my Nanowrimo writing, and some work for one of my bosses, and working out, and then my evening class, and then collapse. Whew.
An easy tea is required.
This is also proof that you should give teas a chance. I love ginger, but am kinda meh on peach. If this hadnt been a gift from my boyfriend, I might never have had it, and yet I really, really like it now.

mj

LOL how could the ducks be jerks? I guess I’m biased though because I grew up across the street from what I called “the duck pond” and I’ve always like ducks a lot.

Cameron B.

Ducks and geese are certainly jerks in the wild, even when you’re trying to feed them. Biters! Lol.

mj

Haha I used to feed the ducks all the time and they never bit me. They were “wild” in that they did not belong to anyone but they did live in the middle of my neighborhood. Though, they were not pleased when I stole some ducklings and brought them home to live in my pool, understandably so (don’t judge too harshly, I was about 6 years old)

gmathis

My mom used to tell about an “attack goose” that was highly protective of the young’uns in her family. Delivery men beware!

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First Sip Thought: “A seductive pair!”

Smell: At first scent, I can definitely get more chocolate than strawberry. After steep I can sense some strawberry while the liquid turns into a beautiful red shade.

Taste: These two flavours mingle well together and that’s my explanation for my First Sip Thought. The chocolate is more prevalent than the strawberry in the taste and smell but I think that’s how it’s supposed to be. A decadent chocolate covering the hint of strawberry. However, the rooibos is the higher of flavours in this tea. I’m glad it wasn’t overpowered by the added flavours. This tea was sent to me in unbleached tea bags. I was expecting loose leaf but I didn’t mind. When I was younger my first ever cup of tea was a strawberry tea bag that was, at the time for me, to die for! This tea brought back those memories, and made them even sweeter (because of the added chocolate!) With each smooth sip, this rooibos really grows on you. When I prepared it I added a dash of milk to make it extra creamy and more like a dessert.

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Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
2386 tasting notes

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Preparation
4 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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71

SIPDOWN! :-)

Flavors: Grass, Green, Honey

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Another category about which I am relatively ignorant is oolong. I’ve been reading The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea, in which Michael Harney explains how oolongs range from nearly green to nearly black. I love both green and black teas, so the mystery for me has always been why I have never really connected with oolongs in the past.

The green gnarled nuggets of this Milk Oolong from The Republic of Tea have both dark and lighter (almost yellow) facets, and they smell so incredibly delicious that I decided to throw caution to the wind (I fear that I may have some oolong allergy or disorder) and brew some up. This is not the scent of bancha, but it is definitely moving in that direction.

The liquor is yellowish gold, and to be honest, this does not taste at all like TQY, which has pretty much exhausted my “concept” of oolong to this point. What does this Milk Oolong taste like? Not exactly milky, but it is smooth and succulent, and I am willing accept the “orchid” allusions. It tastes pretty good. Let’s just hope that I do not develop my post-oolong headache from this one.

The unfurled leaves are quite large, beautiful to behold, and very fragrant. I’ll try a second infusion later today…


second infusion: excellent and the leaves are still fragrant, so I’ll give them another go…


third infusion: the leaves have now fully unfurled, and the liquor is still tasty, but the spent leaves are no longer very fragrant, so this will be all for this batch.

The good news is: no ill effects whatsoever! Perhaps I only have issues with oolong powder swept from the floor???? On verra…

Flavors: Orchids

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Marzipan

+1 for “allusions”!

boychik

My absolute favorite is Mandala’s and then fr Teavivre

sherapop

Oh good, boychik: I happen to have a sample of the Teavivre on hand and will brew it up soon—perhaps later today! I noticed that it has added milk flavoring, which sounded weird to me, but I’m glad to know that it has won your seal of approval!

boychik

Teavivre has 2 versions: unflavored and flavored.

sherapop

Do you prefer Teavivre’s flavored or unflavored, boychik?

Cheri

I’ve had the Teavivre’s flavored, and I’m not a fan of the flavoring myself. A lot of people really like it. Try it and see what you think. (It did go away after a few infusions, so if you don’t like it, steep it a few times and try it again.)

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Got this tea from the awesome, darby! (:
This was one of the few Republic of Tea teas that I really wanted to try. It smells exactly pretty strong like DTT’s Lemon Chiffon does.
But the flavor is much lighter. Not bad at all.
I think Lemon teas are growing on me more and more ^^

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I brewed this a little lower than I would normally brew a rooibos, which turned out to be a happy accident: this tastes exactly like a chocolate covered strawberry. It’s a little sweeter than I would have expected, but the chocolate is assertive like few teas of this kind achieve and the fruit still manages to come through. This is definitely one of the better Republic of Tea flavors I’ve tried.

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78

The enternal question- why is it so hard to wake up?
I’ve said before, but I stand behind my opinion, that you need at least one good bagged tea, for the hurry up and go mornings.
Ginger peach fills that niche.
Sip, sip, sigh.

TheTeaFairy

I agree with your theory!

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Preparation
4 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Preparation
4 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

I’m really enjoying a nice cup of this even on a hot day. Funny how that is somedays. I read several notes saying they thought it was weak. So I used 4 bags with 3 cups of water for 6 minutes. Perfect. I always use a bit a vanilla stevia with chocolate teas and this was no exception. The beet root gives it a nice reddish color like red velvet cake. No creamy frosting :( But I’m not going to count off for that. Very enjoyable.

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