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I don’t drink many bagged teas anymore but The Republic of Tea’s products were among my favorites when I did. Two aspects of this tea enticed me to try it:

1. It was a free sample that came in the mail
2. I enjoy drinking Christmas teas during the festive season

When I opened the sturdy envelope to expose The Republic of Tea’s signature tea “disc,” an inviting spicy cinnamon aroma spewed out. I steeped the disc for five minutes at 212 degrees. The color was a light gold/orange. The aroma was…like…Christmas!

The brewed liquor had a sweet and spicy flavor that was reminiscent of hot apple cider at Christmas time. I could taste the cloves underneath the dominant flavors but this taste was positioned perfectly without bullying the other great attributes. The overall flavors of this bagged blend were surprisingly robust and quite smooth. The after taste was gentle and delicate. I didn’t detect even a trace of astringency.

This delicious tea really did spread Christmas cheer on my morning. If you find yourself without your loose leaf infuser during the holiday season, this bagged selection just might bring you some comfort and joy.

Flavors: Cloves, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Visually tasty, with large, jade green sencha leaves with a good amount of toasted rice.

Yummy, well-balanced genmaicha flavor, lots of rice. Hits the spot.

Flavors: Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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35

Bought this based on ratings on several sites. Extremely week bergamont flavor. Black tea is weak as well. I don’t recommend.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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25

Another disappointing catalog sample from Republic of Tea. This one smells lovely, like mulled apple cider! But the flavor is weak and watery licorice with the barest hint of cinnamon.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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43

A free sample! Oooh, but its been a while since I had one of those. Its exciting, in a way.
Or, it would be, if I wasn’t so disappointed.
I don’t see anything theoretically wrong with this tea or its flavors, but its just so weak in my cup. It reminds me very strongly of their apple cider tea, which is also weak sauce.
Ah well, at least it was just a sample. Sipdown!

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80

Wonderful scent of honey with a light green tea flavor. There’s another flavor in there I’m assuming is the ginseng but I don’t know it as well. Relaxing tea; great for a cold day!

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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55

As other reviewers have noted, very weak. I feel like I brewed it correctly because the color was dark brown. But lacked any kind of depth.

Cinnamon is very dominant in the blend. It smells a lot like the bags of cinnamon pinecones that grocery stores start putting outside the door this time of year. I do get some cardamom and peppercorn as well, but it’s mostly cinnamon. Reminds me strongly of mulling spices. Maybe mix this one with 1 part tea to 8 parts brandy.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Yay, the seasonal Republic of Tea freebie! And this is a controversial one here on Steepster, I see.

Dry, this tea is very aromatic. The cinnamon and clove are very powerful. While these translate well into the steeped tea, they sort of blend with the apple flavor. The licorice isn’t so much in the taste as it’s there leaving that tingling feeling. The black tea base isn’t very distinct. I guess it’s a little bitter.

I don’t get why some people dislike this so much. Sure, I could do without the licorice, but otherwise this is just like Constant Comment, but with apple instead of orange.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cloves, Licorice

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I think this is one I didn’t care for … but was glad to see that plain old Tazo “Joy” is temporarily back on the shelves at Target—that’s a seasonal one I like.

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55

This is one of the items I was given from my MiL’s tea shelf in her panty. I don’t know how long she had had this one, though the canister was still sealed.

Its ok I guess. Smells nice while steeping. Tastes ok. Nothing bad about it exactly, but nothing in it that says, hey I want to drink more of this one.

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75

Prep: 1 teabag in a large mug. Kettle cooled for 1 min after boiling. Steeped for 1 minute 15 seconds. Cooled for an additional 3 minutes before drinking.

The flavor was light and refreshing. Brownish color with a hint of green to it. Reminds me every so slightly of hanging in the barn by the sheep (most green tea tastes this way to me). Very little in the way of smell, but if I inhale deeply it smells more like a black tea to me.

Flavors: Hay

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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20

Received this as a free sample with their catalog. Made without milk and added honey. Was ok- I’m not a chamommile fan, so not my favorite.

Preparation
9 OZ / 266 ML

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Free sachet with catalog. 5 min, 200F
Pretty good. Creaminess and peppermint, but not overpowering. I might get some for the holiday season. It has stevia, but thankfully it’s not too sweet.

Flavors: Creamy, Peppermint, Sweet

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I received a bag of this as a freebie with the quarterly Republic of Tea catalog. Even though I am trying to primarily focus on unflavored teas and tea blends, I still wanted to give this a shot. I’m not a huge fan of the teas offered by The Republic of Tea, but hey, I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to try one more. I love peppermint, cocoa, and vanilla (I’m not sure how I feel about green rooibos at this point), so I figured this one might be a winner.

I prepared this tea using a one step Western infusion. I steeped my sample bag in 8 ounces of 212 F water for around 5 minutes. I am not in the habit of resteeping tisanes or anything in a teabag, so I did not attempt additional infusions.

After infusion, the liquor produced strong aromas of cocoa, vanilla, and peppermint. There was a slightly toasty character that I presume was provided by the green rooibos. I could also pick up on a slight sugary scent from the stevia. In the mouth, I got a muddy mix of peppermint, stevia, cocoa, vanilla creme, and toast followed by a finish that continued to emphasize peppermint, cocoa, and vanilla creme notes, though there was also an oddly sugary sweetness from the stevia that became a bit distracting for me.

So, it would appear that I am still looking for a tea from The Republic of Tea that I actually like. I think what killed this one for me was how muddled the flavors were and how sickly sweet this blend became toward the finish. I am far from a fan of stevia, and I think this blend may have been slightly better without it. I also noticed that the green rooibos base was just barely detectable. It seems that a lot of herbal blends are going to rooibos as a base component these days, and while I like rooibos, I am undecided on green rooibos and tend to feel that rooibos of any sort is better on its own. I also have a little bit of an issue with the teamakers seemingly deliberately obscuring a component of this blend to the point that it is just barely detectable. I get that the green rooibos is likely there just to provide body, but why even bother at all? Why not use something else? In the end, I’m glad I had the opportunity to try this one and will give it points for decently approximating the flavor of peppermint bark, but I would most definitely not go out of my way to have it again.

Flavors: Cocoa, Peppermint, Sugar, Sweet, Toast, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Ah see, I like green rooibos because it doesn’t take over a blend like its red sibling can. It allows room for other flavours to flourish.

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85

What a horrible, horrible day at work. The morning was fine, but the afternoon … No. I cried. I used four letters words. Repeatedly and at volume. Good thing I work from home. The cats barely blinked. Really, it wasn’t a big deal. We were “blitzing”, where you try to work as many pieces as you possibly can in 4 hours and then post the number of your completes for all to see. For the first 2.5 hours I completed 17. Yes, 17. Normally you can do 20 an hour. But two co workers went through the queue and cherry picked the easy ones, leaving the icky ones for me and others. I know that for a fact, because the computer system records who looks at a piece. Guess who had the most completes? Yes, those two. When I mentioned it to the team leader she looked surprised and said it didn’t really matter who completed the most. I think she missed my point.

OK, done. Got that off my chest. Bad day = good tea, right? Yep, what is better after a crap day then pampering yourself with tea? I picked up a tin of this at the new local tea shop back in September, and haven’t opened it until now. I remember hearing some of the Steepstercians I follow talk about this tea favorably last winter. I couldn’t find it in town, and I didn’t want to order a tin, so I was glad to see it there. It was a little spendy, but then you get the tin, which is really nice.

So, the tea. Beautiful rich color. I can’t smell it, but I imagine it smells divine. The flavor is good. Again, I don’t taste a whole lot, but this tea is mellow. Mild. A little sweet. Creamy. What I DON’T taste is as important to me as what I do taste. No bitterness. No fake flavoring. No feeling of dryness on my tongue. All in all, this is a delicious dessert tea, perfect for me to comfort myself with after a spectacularly crap day.

Flavors: Creamy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

Aww no, I’m sorry. I hope you will have a better day tomorrow. That reminds me of a job ad I saw for those at-home transcription services. Sounds like it works in a similar way.

Maddy Barone

Thanks, Fjellrev. I pretty much like my job. I’ve been there for 15 years. Now and then there’s bound to be a day that sucks. :)

gmathis

If only it came with Mrs. Patmore’s scones and a downstairs maid to clean up the kitchen! (I like this one, too. With a little 1/2 and 1/2, it’s even more pastry-ish.)

Inkling

Sorry about the rotten day! Glad you were able to come home to a nice treat.

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This is the quarterly Republic of Tea catalog freebie. I’m sure it will be interesting because this is definitely not something I would have chosen on my own. I like mint and am in love with vanilla. However, rooibos and I are not friends. Though I guess green rooibos isn’t quite as bad…

Flavor-wise, the mint is in the foreground and it is oh-so-tingly. Really cools and lingers in your mouth. It’s followed by a very nice, smooth vanilla. It’s desserty with creamy notes of white chocolate. Yeah, this actually tastes like peppermint bark. Though the peppermint has that faint pickle taste that I swear is there but only I ever taste. As far as the rooibos goes, I really can’t taste it. The mint is just too loud.

While this is interesting and makes a nice after-dinner treat, it’s still not really something I’d get for the cupboard. When I go for seasonal teas, I don’t really crave peppermint. I want caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, that kind of thing.

Flavors: Candy, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Vanilla, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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I have so many backlogs to write. Namely an awesome Darjeeling What-Cha offers.

Anyway, this is basically all chai herbal which I like. Cardamom is a good thing for me, and so is cinnamon. I was pretty happy with how this turned out, and was kinda glad that the spices were the main body of the tea. Rooibos is too hit or miss for most tisanes. But yeah, this tea is masala/chai spices with a Christmas feel for relieving stomach aches in short. Good once, good for occasion, but I did not pay full price so I cannot judge fully.

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Thanks to rosehips for the sample!

What a cute dessert decaf! This is a rooibos with lemon, vanilla, and coconut. It’s really light and sweet.

It’s like if you were coming home on a sunny day and found — ta DA — a baby unicorn on your doorstep! Turns out the stork dropped it off JUST FOR YOU. What a DARLING WEE GUY.

Oh, and that little unicorn? Is never going to get higher than, say, waist-high. And it poops nice-smelling glitter.

You’re never going to take your unicorn very seriously, but it will be very nice to have around.

Flavors: Coconut, Frosting, Lemon, Sugar, Vanilla

Kaylee

This is easily one of the top ten tasting notes ever. Unicorn tea!

VariaTEA

This is delightful. Also reminds me of the squatty potty ad with the unicorns that poop the glitter rainbow ice cream.

Fjellrev

Ooh, maybe I’ll grab this if I ever see it, then.

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68

Picked this one up when I happened to see it in the store. It didn’t look like there was too much tea in each teabag so I uses three tea bags for one 16oz cup. It has a nice strong chocolate taste and the rooibos is there too. Not sure if I’m getting the vanilla and the beet root. Over all this is a nice cup of caffeine free tea. And it was not expensive. It’s not the best I’ve had as far as rooibos goes but it’s also not the worst.

Steeped three tea bags in a 16oz mug with boiling water for five minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

I still have about half a tin I wasn’t completely in love with. Will have to see if tripling it up makes me feel more affectionate.

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Just got a tin of this in the mail yesterday I have always been a big fan of Earl Grey (I love Bergamot) this is overall a good tea, a little light on the bergamot but add a touch of lemon and it was great.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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