The Republic of Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

Cooking TTB

Finishing up my quest with the Cooking TTB and yep, I’m still not a fan of red rooibos. I love green rooibos but the red rooibos just has that medicinal flavor that is hard to look beyond, even with the yummy chocolate cake notes that are coming thru. I know a lot of people love it and I’ll keep trying it, but this one just isn’t for me. Glad I was able to try it. On to the next one!

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate

rosebudmelissa

I totally agree with you. I like green rooibos and honeybush, but can’t stand red rooibos.

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72

This is a fair example of LS that is smoky smelling and smoking tasting. I wouldn’t say this is anything special, but a nice weekday tea for a morning pick me up. I can get it from the bulk tea at the local gourmet food market and is a staple in my cupboard when I don’t feel like it’s a pu-erh morning.

Flavors: Smoke, Smooth

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65

This is one of those teas that definitely tastes better as it cools somewhat. When it’s hot, you get great blueberry aroma but the taste is more just the cake. As it cools down, the blueberry flavor is more pronounced. This is one my kids love, and I like it pretty well. It has a lot of flavor, which I like, but it isn’t a particularly “refined” blend. Sometimes, that’s just fine, though!

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82

I’m going to be honest; I don’t trust bagged oolongs. Oolong is The one type of tea I think really needs space to bloom in the cup. That said, this is very good for bagged! It’s my favorite medium-bodied kind, a little bit floral. It’s not quite fruity, but it verges on fruity the way floral flavors sometimes do. There’s also some woody flavors, but they’re not as strong as in some oolongs. That might actually be a good thing for people who are new to this type of tea or who don’t like that kind of flavor. I’m glad I decided to try this one.

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95

To me this isn’t a chocolate tea at all, but that’s completely okay. Why? Because it tastes like dates and coconut, which might just be better. If you haven’t had date coconut rolls, and you can’t find them near you, this tea is a pretty good approximation. It’s definitely as addictive as they are! I’ll likely be restocking this when it’s gone thanks to my date (and coconut) addiction. Mm.

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56

Backlog:
Got this as a sample from my last RoT order. Haven’t tried any of the teas in their wellness collection yet, but I kinda wanna try them all. xD I’m rather intrigued!
Anywho, I don’t think I was expecting much of this anyway, but when I found out it was supposed to be like nuts and vanilla, I found myself getting a litter eager.
The dry leaf and steeping aroma didn’t smell like anything which was kinda odd.
But the real surprise came when I began to drink it.
It tasted like cardboard.
Not even joking. xD
I could taste a little vanilla, but maybe their nut flavor just ended up being more like cardboard…I don’t even know xD Seriously haha!
I work in a warehouse, which is basically a kingdom of cardboard. I am all too familiar with the smell/taste of it. And it really doesn’t make for a great cup of tea to be honest. xD
I really do like the vanilla flavor in this tea, and I think that the idea of nuts and vanilla would blend well. But…Vanilla and cardboard?
No thank you!

Flavors: Cardboard, Vanilla

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75

Cooking TTB #12

I must try out more ROT! This is very enjoyable, assuming you like bananas and let’s face it, why would you be sipping a tea called banana cuppa chocolate unless you liked bananas??? This would make a good after dinner treat or maybe something to drink in bed with a book on a cold night… The banana and chocolate are well balanced, neither overpowers the other and most importantly the banana doesn’t taste overly artificial… Yum!!

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70

I bought this Matcha on a whim. I brought it back and prepared it as recommended. I found that the quality was rather disappointing for the price. It was somewhat weak and watery compared to other Matcha that I have tried. It wasn’t quite as smooth or bold as many Matcha lovers would prefer. However, when the flavor is there, it is good. This would be good for someone new to Matcha, you’ll get the Earthy, full taste, but less bold than it is in higher-grade matcha.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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84

This is surprisingly good! I got it mostly because teabags are convenient for dorm living and loose tea isn’t as much (oops), but I think I chose well. The pineapple is strong and sweet and makes an interesting contrast with the vegetal, almost spinachy green tea. The ginger is soft but there as an aftertaste, adding some spice and a savory herbal flavor. I like the combination a lot and will have to try it iced sometime.

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75

I don’t normally expect much from my pumpkin teas, (and I thought this was one in my history,) but this one was great. A great mix of spices and a hint of pumpkin. Glad to have gotten this sample.


Weird… site lost my notes.*

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

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25

I had a sample of this from the holidays so I gave it a try today. It seemed interesting, but had stevia leaf, so it’s not really my thing. Luckily, my 4 year old loved it (“Sorry, Mom, I’m going to want to drink the whole cup.”) so it will be consumed.

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93

Holy Freakin’ Shanghai.
Why on earth is RoT teas not more popular here? Like seriously. Their caramel and vanilla flavoring is amazing!
Are they not popular because most of their teas are in tea bag form or what? If you like caramel or vanilla teas, you have to try this tea!
At first when I started drinking It tasted almost exactly like their “Caramel Vanilla Cuppa” tea. So I was kinda disappointed. But as I drank more the caramel flavor kinda sunk into the background while the creamy vanilla taste took over.
Holy Shanghai.
You don’t even need any sweetener or anything. It’s just that freakin’ delicious!
Thank you so much to Darby letting me try it!
If you like dessert teas, this is an excellent one to try!! I highly recommend! Think that this is going to be a staple in my cupboard!
My only complaint is that it isn’t decaf. But the amazing flavor makes up for it :P

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Sil

I know for us, ROt isn’t readily and easily accessible…

Maddy Barone

I might have to try this one now! I think I can order it through Amazon.

Nicole

They do have loose leaf offerings but I think mainly what stops me is the amount of tea in the tins. I don’t need 3.5 oz or 50 bags of one kind of tea – it will take me forever to get through. It was their Golden Yunnan that first turned me on to Yunnans, though, and it was a bagged form even.

I have looked occasionally online when they have sales and just can’t get past the price – it’s not that unreasonable for the quantity but it’s a good chunk of money to spend on one kind of tea. :) If I could find their Yunnan at the stores here in town that sell it, I’d pick some up. But it seems like most places here that carry them carry the white/green/fruit blends and not so much the blacks and straight teas.

Sil

i would love to have more of these…but as nicole says…3.5 oz of tea bags takes me forever to use up….if i could split them 4 ways with ppl or something maybe lol

this one does sound great!

Maddy Barone

We need more online stores that allow us to buy 10 grams or .5 ounce of a tea to try. I hate to buy 50 grams and find out I don’t like it. :(

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Eh. I finished this one over the last few weeks when I was ill. It was ok. It wasn’t too pepperminty (since I really don’t like super strong peppermint) but there was no real real chocolate to speak of. I had bought it on sale so it wasn’t a major loss, but it was only ‘ok’.

Sipdown!

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65

Trying this one again. This time I didn’t over-steep! Yah! :D
This one is mainly just peppermint. No vanilla or any other notes that I found. Really just a peppermint tea. Not sure it reminds me of peppermint bark sadly :( But it’s alright.
Glad I got to try it. I won’t have a problem using the last tea bag. Thank you for the sample, Rosehips! I’m so happyto have gotten to try it!

Flavors: Peppermint

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65

Soo I totally oversteeped this tea because I was really upset over an email my stupid Doctor sent me >> So I’m not gonna rate it yet. It was way too much peppermint for one cup of tea. xD I need to try this again and give it a proper review because I Am sure that this isn’t what it usually tastes like. Oy.
Don’t worry, I will give it a proper review soon, Rosehips!
Just was a bad moment to be steeping tea since I was really upset >

Flavors: Peppermint

Rosehips

That’s why I always send extras! You never know when oversteepage may occur. Best of luck for the next cup.

Ost

Haha, and I’m like a pro at over-steeping. xD So thanks for being thoughtful about it! XD

AllanK

I oversteep peppermint tea on purpose. Stronger tea makes a better medicine for certain gastrointestinal problems. A lot of health benefits to peppermint tea.

Ost

Huh…didn’t know that. But may come in handy later in life. xD Never know. That’s interesting.

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Got an amazing swap package from*Darby* yesterday, which was filled with tons of these Downton Abbey teas. I don’t even like that show, but if it’s a RoT tea, I need to try! :P
Decided to start with this one since it’s an herbal, and I really need to relax after my trip to Vegas.
The dry leaf smell made the ideas of this tea being mainly rose confirmed in my mind. But while it steeped, the rose aroma was totally replaced by raspberries.
I thought maybe it would still taste like roses, but maybe intertwined with raspberries.
And I was totally wrong.xD
There was no flavor of rose at all. I actually found myself a little disappointed. It seriously just tastes like raspberries. Maybe a hint of something flowery, but definitely not roses. Apparently this has hibiscus in it, but I didn’t taste any of that either!
Oy.
This is not a tea for me! >

Flavors: Raspberry, Rose, Tart

Anlina

I love raspberries, so this sounds quite intriguing to me.

Ost

Ohh, I think you’d really like it then!

dragondrool

I tried this when I got a sample in my catalogue a few months back, but I had the opposite taste experience. I was hoping for the raspberry to shine through, but all I could taste was the rose petal, which I thought was nasty. I wasn’t a fan at all.

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90

This is one of my favorite “dessert” teas—I definitely have to be in the mood for something smooth and very rich. I have the wee bags of this. I would not guess by the taste that it’s a black tea blend, but rather rooibos. Maybe that’s just me. :)

Anyway, the almond vanilla taste is great, but perhaps on the chemically side, which is why I didn’t give this a 100 of pure delight.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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74

This tea is a good relaxant so it gets some points for that to counterbalance the relatively uninspired flavor profile. The spearmint is on the muted side and the stevia gives it a slightly ‘sweetened’, as opposed to naturally sweet, flavor. It’s pleasant enough, just wouldn’t buy it for the flavor alone.

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Went to Fresh Market today and they had this on clearance. I’m a big green rooibos fan. Figured I’d grab it. Brewed it up and the first smell has a very nutty smell. First sip is the same. Not tasting the coconut but as it cools, each sip I’m picking up other flavors. It’s decent for a bagged tea. This one is probably headed to work with me.

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85

Yum! This is quite tasty. The ginger in here is more like a candied ginger rather than fresh or dried/grated ginger. Not artificial at all, just lacking that bite you get fresh. I made it a bit light with 1/2tsp to 4 oz vanilla soy & 4 oz unsweetened soy. Next time I could definitely add a bit more. I also think this would be fantastic for mixing. I could see it being delightful with blueberry matcha and I’m dying to try it with the sesame matcha Cameron B. so sweetly gifted me.

I love the packaging as well. It comes in a resealable zip bag inside of a nice cylindrical tin. I picked this up in my grocery store at $14 for 43g/1.5oz which I think is a decent price compared to other flavored matches, and especially considering the package. I’d love to try their yuzu matcha in the future, but sadly I can’t find it locally and Republic of Tea’s website charges $18.50 not including shipping which I find a tad pricey.

Flavors: Ginger, Grass

Preparation
Iced

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