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I got this with my republic of tea catalogue an I have a cold so I thought this would be a perfect thing to help me feel better.
I am usually not the biggest fan of honey so I was a little skeptical but this tea was very delicious. It was very smooth and balanced. No one flavor over powered the tea. I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling water
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: citrus
Steeped Tea Smell: citrus, floral, woody
Flavor: lemon, hibiscus, floral, roobois
Aftertaste: lemon, sweet
Liquor: red-brown translucent
I am not sure where I was getting the citrus from. The hibiscus flavor gets stronger as it cools. I was not getting the peppermint or blueberry.
It was a nice flavorful tea, I think I need to have a few more glasses to decide of I like it or really like it.
Post-Steep Additives: none
I was on the RoT website and saw their new line of hibiscus tea so I decided I’d give it a try. I’ve never had hibiscus tea before, so I really have nothing to compare this with. The color of the tea comes out as a nice crimson and the smell is tangy with acidic undertones from the lime. I really enjoyed this one, and I think it would make a great iced tea, although I haven’t tried it yet. The taste is like a lime cider and it is very refreshing. One of my friends tried this as well and enjoyed it as well.
Another sample from AmazonV. Thanks for all the wonderful tastings to come and that I’ve had! I like trying these teas.
I was a bit skeptical about this tea, as most Rooibos teas I’ve had taste the same (berry and woodsy). This one quite surprised me, it has almost a tropical taste to it along with a sweeter undertone and something citrusy/lemony. This tea really makes me happy, I think it may be green rooibos (just due to the steep being more similar to a green tea than red rooibos I’ve had previously).
I didn’t brew this as strong as recommended. I did one bag to 12 oz boiling water and steeped for 7 minutes. I’m really enjoying this brew. I don’t know that it is making me more passionate, but this may be a reorder down the road for evening tea.
Got this with a bunch of samples from AmazonV. Brewed up 2 bags to 6oz with boiling water for 6 minutes per AmazonV’s instructions. I really wanted to like this tea, it smells delicious, like creamy dark chocolate bliss. Brewed a nice cloudy brown cuppa tea. First sip was pretty boring, watery chocolate so I added 1 tbsp of half and half and it was meh. I took a few sips and ended up dumping it out. I think chocolate and tea just aren’t my thing. I can do a little chili chocolate Azteca Fire from teavana once in a while, but probably steering clear of chocolate teas in the future. Ugg.
This is, surprisingly, a weak tea. Next time I think I’ll put two bags in my mug. It smells delicious and the taste almost lives up to that scent, but not quite. I do like it, though I wish there was a stronger Cardamom bent to it. It’s quite sweet and cinnamon-y and I’ll be eager to try it iced!
Update: I adore this tea and have almost finished the canister. Occasionally I’ll use two bags, but I’m giving it a longer steep time and the flavours are much better. It’s only so-so iced, so I prefer it hot. I’m upping my rating to 92ish _
Amount: 1 bag, 1.7g
Water:8 ounces filtered boiling
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell:
AmazonV: fruity, mango
MilitiaJim: vaguely tropical, hint of mango
Steeped Tea Smell:
AmazonV: Mango, black tea
MilitiaJim: Does AmazonV know what a mango smells /tastes like?
AmazonV: I peel your mangoes!
MilitiaJim: generic fruit
AmazonV: Mango snob
AmazonV: Mango, black tea
MilitiaJim: slight fruit and black tea
Liquor: deep dark brown
Republic of tea sample (included in catalog they send)
Neither of us got the sunflower flavor.
Post-Steep Additives: 1/2 tsp white sugar, got rid of the bitter for me, he didn’t notice anything
This is one of my favorite daily drinkers, as I like to call them. The most predominate flavor is pineapple, and I honestly don’t get much ginger out of this at all. (Then again, I might have burnt off all the taste buds I have with all the crystallized ginger I eat on a regular basis.) It’s a perfect tea for a morning pick-me-up and that is why I drink it so frequently.
I found this to be mild, which sometimes is nice. It is especially pleasant in that it isn’t bitter at all and the blueberry flavor was really all I got out of it. However, if you are expecting a fruity kick as you would get out of the other Superfruit teas from The Republic of Tea, you will be underwhelmed.
This tea tastes as though it is just some mulling spices in a bag, and not in great quantity at that. There is no discernible apple flavor at all, and we suspected that this “tea” would be better if it were in fact brewed in boiling apple cider. But we never got to try that theory, and we all found this to be incredibly disappointing.
I was looking for a nice herbal tea that I can drink at night that wouldn’t keep me awake, but I’m just not a Chamomile fan. Although having other herbs mixed in with the chamomile does make it more enjoyable. I will drink this tea occasionally and continue my quest.
Received a sample in this in a package from AmazonV today.
Steeped 2 bags in boiling water for about 6 minutes (MIL called while steeping and couldn’t get back to the tea).
Tried first few sips with out additives, tasted pretty watery with a slight note of spice and a bit of citrus tang at the end. I added a splash of cold cream which gave the tea more body and spice upfront, after notes of citrus. (Maybe the apple is the tarty citrus?) Not sure where it is from the ingredients, but definitely there.
This tea is alright, but I like something with more oomph.
I was feeling a bit lazy with making chai this morning so I just steeped the tea for 4.5 minutes and warmed up half a mug of milk to which I added sugar. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a noticeable quality difference between the traditional method and my method this morning. I will probably be making chai a bit more often.
I have the loose leaf version of this. I made this in a traditional chai preparation with brown sugar and skim milk. I am pleasantly surprised. The last tea I prepared this way was not great (Bengal Spice), which was obviously due to the tea I used. It was a bit labor intensive, but SO worth it. I suspect this would be good iced also.
Meh. The smell was heavenly, but I wasn’t blown away by the chocolate-y mate-y goodness I was expecting. (And tea snob that I am, I was already unimpressed because I thought this would’ve been a loose-leaf tea and not a bag tea.) I drank a HUGE pot of this stuff (maybe 2-3 large mugs full), and an hour later, I didn’t feel that usual snap of energy I do when drinking a loose-leaf mate. Instead, it was the exact opposite — I was sleepy! I might try it again (maybe with cream), but it just didn’t do it for me overall.