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71

This has a nice cherry after taste. Not a strong flavored tea but I don’t think you want your green tea to be too strong in flavor (my personal opinion).

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 45 sec
AmazonV

you found some!

SoccerMom

Yep. I just send you a PM too! :)

Meghann M

Where’d you find it? (if at a store? I looked at my whole foods and they only had the black tea version :(

SoccerMom

Meghann, I found it at Central Market aka HEB. I didn’t buy that much because I wasn’t sure i’d like it but if you are interested in trying some I could send you some? It wouldn’t be a very big sample though :( let me know.

Meghann M

No, I’ve had it. Just hoping to find it locally as I don’t have a big order to place with RoT yet, although if I finish my can of Hibiscus tea, I am considering getting the 250ct size as a replacement!

AmazonV

i want to get one of each of the hibiscus….but i shouldn’t until i drink a lot of what i have

it’s so hard to be good

SoccerMom

Meghann M,
I found it in the health food section and it is in big glass jars and you serve your self there was a scale there (that I didn’t see) and scoopers and bags.

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34

Meh.

I am just not finding this tea impressive. I’ve had bad luck with cherry flavored teas – can’t find one I like. I’m finding this one hard to brew without bitterness, and there’s very little that stands out as yummy. No happy flavor of tea leaf, no creamy from the vanilla, and no juicy cherry flavor.

I’m just not impressed.

LiberTEAS

If you are looking for a cherry tea that you’ll like, might I suggest one? I really found the Cherry Flavored Black Tea from Indonique quite enjoyable. Also, I really like Sencha Cherry teas.

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94

A light green tea, probably the best I’ve tried yet. It’s my first from ROT and they’ve won me over. :-)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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95

Hubby and I finished up the last two bags of the tin of this tonight :( Another trip to Whole foods/World Market needs to happen soon. I don’t know if I can go long without this tea.

I was happy that he liked this without any sweetner, as he usually has to put 3-4 packets of splenda in his tea to enjoy it. Finally found something he will drink without additives :)

This tea is delightful, refreshing and oh so pineapple-y hot. I think this may be the first cup I’ve had hot. I’m glad I enjoy it this way as well, since it is getting cooler out.

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95

3 bags, 8oz hot 12oz icewater.

I’m down to my last serving of this tea :’( I think this calls for a short road trip this week up to World Market or Whole Foods. Does anyone have any recommendations for teas that can be found at either of those two stores? I want to find a good hot green tea (any type of flavor loose or bagged) and another herbal/fruit tea.

Cofftea

I’ve been told (here!) that WF carries DoMatcha:)

wombatgirl

My local Whole Foods carries loose Rishi teas and Shang Tea.

LiberTEAS

I prefer Whole Foods to World Market. My Whole Foods carries DoMatcha, as well as a wide selection of Tazo (which is a local company for me) and Republic of tea. They even have a few Two Leaves and a Bud selections as well as some from Tea Spot. And some good local companies (Townshend’s & The Jasmine Pearl are a couple that come to mind).

gmathis

Sigh..oh for a Whole Foods that wasn’t 100 miles away….

Cofftea

I’m w/ a gmathis- WF and Trader Joes are 2 hrs away from me! (and Teavana, but from what people are sayin I don’t wanna go there anyway lol)

Meghann M

Ohhh, I forgot about the Rishi teas. And Two Leaves and a Bud had some good ones. I’m still not sold on Matcha, I am not ready for it yet.

Gmathis and Cofftea, I’m driving 54 miles each way to visit whole foods…the Pineapple Lychee being empty is worth the trip. And I need something fun to do on my 3 days off this week (well one of the 3 days).

Jaime

WF here has more of a variety than WM does, but WM has those exclusives with Republic of Tea and Zhena’s that I love. I can recommend Zhena’s Vanilla Mandarin and Rainforest Berry rooibos (I think that’s the name…), both are WM exclusives and yummy!

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95

Another hot day here in Chicagoland. Brewing up a large iced mug of this to take with me to work this afternoon. Love the energy I get from the bright citrus flavors and sweet lychee fruit. This tea needs to be available loose leaf, that way I could make pitchers of it at a time…not easy to do without using up all my bags :(

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I agree this is day 3 for extreme in the Chicago area. Planning on staying home and getting work done. Will have to leave the house tomorrow and Friday though.

Meghann M

I’m just hoping the A/C is working well at work. We had it freeze up on us the last two days…bad timing for a busy restaurant/cafe. Looking forward to not leaving the house this weekend.

-Jessica-

This sounds yummy! Hope your A/C at work is working right today!

Meghann M

AHHHH! I think I know where my next paycheck (well part of it) is going, look what I discovered:
http://www.republicoftea.com/pineapple-lychee-hibiscus-full-leaf/p/v02109/

Rabs

Wowsa — you’ll be set with this tea for about a month or two ;)

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95

I haven’t found a hibiscus tea I like more than this one. It is so naturally sweet, so wonderfully pineapple-y and just all around great. I’m hoarding this until I can get more. Not enough funds for a whole order online (nor room in the cupboard). Wish this was available loose so I could make up a pitcher of it (although I like it so much I would drink a pitcher a day, so probably better to savor it).

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95

Made a cup of iced sangria style tea today (no alcohol). I brewed it up like I would iced tea, but added 3 slices lime, 3 slices orange and 3 slices lemon squeezed slightly and muddled into the hot tea. Love the citrus flavor this brought out. This tea is wonderful by itself, but with the fruit it was very refreshing.

Janefan

what a great idea! I’ll have to see what I have in my cupboard that I can do that with. Ohh maybe Canadian icewine, to get that red wine flavor without the kick. HHMmmm now you’ve got me thinking!

~lauren.

I agree – a great idea – 3×3×3! yummy for the hot summer nights to come!

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95

In hibiscus heaven. Had a tall glass of this iced with one packet of splenda and I gulped this down. I should have taken the time to enjoy it, but no, it was gulped. It is just that good! I think I’ll try and get a second steep out of the bags because this tea is going to go fast this spring! Hopefully this will be available loose down the road if the line kicks off well. Looking forward to the other flavors!

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95

Brewed iced tea using 2 bags of this tea, 6oz hot water which I steeped for 7 minutes and then poured over 6oz of ice water. Check out the deep red liquor on this tea: http://www.flickr.com/photos/meghannm/

I tried this iced first rather than hot because it is an amazingly beautiful day outside. This makes a great bright flavored iced tea. The Pineapple really stands out as a fresh juicy pineapple. I can taste the lychee in the aftertaste. I was surprised to find the hibiscus is not too tart, and it wasn’t the prominent flavor, more the pineapple, then the hibiscus, then the lychee. This is so good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

2nd steep was just lightly flavored hibiscus water. Drats. This can will be quickly consumed. Maybe I’ll limit myself to 2 bags a day….hmmm. This is the only tea I want iced in my cupboard right now, fruity and sweet/tart. Just hits the spot.

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64

Exam in a few hours and need to use my break to study… I grabbed this at my campus cafe thinking it would be a good black tea but I’m not too impressed…
It’s drinkable and not horrible, but the taste isn’t anything special and the smell is sort of like that of spoiled berries.
My next trip to the counter I’m grabbing a different tea.

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag 1.8g
Additives: none
Water: hot spigot water, 1/2 mug (6 oz?)
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Mango, fruity and floral, honey
Steeped Tea Smell: Floral, something else…
Flavor: Light, weak, watery
Body: Light
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: Translucent yellow green

Free sample included in the mail order catalog they send out.

Post-Steep Additives: none

gave another 1 minute (2 total) and it got very bitter

it was not grassy though

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/03/republic-of-tea-teabag-green-tea-honey.html

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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60

I actually would like to try a strong brew of this with steamed soy milk (nice nutty taste) for a tea latte- it’d pair well with milk in general. But for the meantime it’s just me and my water. I tend to find RoT a bit pricey for the quality, but their teas are tasty and this is no exception. I don’t find it overly sweet, but the vanilla and almond are definitely there. It’s a sort of nutty tea with a hint of vanilla, nothing cloying or overpowering at all. Tastes very natural. I’d love to try this as a rooibos too.

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77

Love the aroma just as much as the taste. I also love the idea of the double antioxidant properties involved with the green tea AND the blueberries.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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30

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. My life has been absolutely crazy since the 1st of this month. I interviewed for a position within my company that would involve relocating to Florida. I still haven’t heard too much, other than that I have made it to the “narrowed down” list. (Whatever that means.) My patience is truly being tested. I’m trying to remain positive…but not to the point of devastation if I don’t get it.

Anyway, on to the tea. Unfortunately, it sucks. There ya go…great review, huh? For starters, the tea leaves are very broken…not coffee grounds, but quite broken. The smell of the dry leaves was not very impressive either. It wasn’t quite cherry or vanilla, but something sour smelling. Meh. After steeping, only the faintest wisp of cherry/vanilla was present in the smell and taste…and that only happened after the cup cooled to lukewarm. Bland, bland, bland…and super astringent. I feel like this marks the last of my flavored tea purchases. (Other than chocolate…Numi’s Chocolate Pu-erh comes to mind.) I picked this up at Whole Foods on a whim. I’m much more into blends at the moment and picking out the notes of unflavored teas. Another phase of my tea drinking, I suppose.

Well, back to waiting and positive thinking.

AmazonV

with ROT I usually need to use 2 bags, slightly cooler water, and longer end of the steep time – it sounds so good…sadness

Auggy

Boo on ROT but good luck with the work thing!

Alannah

I was curious about this blend but had a feeling it’d be just as you described it! Republic of Tea seems to be very hit-or-miss in my experience.

Good luck with the new position—I hope you’ll hear soon!

~lauren.

I’m channeling happy thoughts and images of hot sunny beaches your way! Hope it works out for you!

JacquelineM

Lots of luck!!!!

wombatgirl

Hey, any chance it’s in Tampa? If so, that’s where one of our offices is – so I might be able to come see you again after all!

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68

I had this hot on campus today.
It was pretty good… but for some reason I thought the mango was a little too strong…

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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37

Man. I am at the dregs of my tea drawer and cannot wait for my tea order to arrive tomorrow. In the meantime, I drank this Hot Apple Cider tea that was in the drawer. I’d throw it out but my husband likes it. One teabag steeped for 7 minutes. It tastes like water mixed with a 1/4 apple juice and a little cinnamon. I used to like this and would brew it up and put it in a thermos for ski patrol. I’m guessing that any tea might have tasted good on a really cold day on the mountain. It never tastes as good at home.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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83

This is excellent hot or iced:-)
I’m currently drinking it iced.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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80

We haven’t had water for the past day and a half so I’ve been going through tea withdrawls. So since it is back on and working now, I just wanted to make something really quick since the hockey game is on and I don’t want to miss anything (GO BLUES!). I’ve gotta admit, that was probably THE longest fight that I’ve ever seen, close to 3 minutes. But anyway… this tea…

I got my sample from the monthly ROT catalogue, and I opened the package and it smelled quite nice. I couldn’t really tell what the smell was from the package but it sure did smell sweet. Once I brewed this, I could definitely smell a honey scent, it was very sweet smelling.

Just like the smell, this tea tastes very sweet. Definitely can taste the honey in this one. I don’t get too much of a vegetal/earthy/grassy flavor of typical green teas. But this tea sure isn’t bad for a quick brew. I definitely think I could see myself buying a can of this for a quick fix of tea.

This tea would definitely go great with a tablespoon of honey or agave nectar… Definitely a great tea for someone with a sweet tooth.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Erin

Yeah, the reason why I liked this so much was because it lacked the vegetal grassy taste.

Auggy

Go Blues indeed!

Garrett

The game was crazy! Fun stuff though, they won! I’m going to the free food game tomorrow night against the Predators.

Auggy

Sadly we missed the first part of the game, including the fight – but they replayed it at a fast speed actually somewhat painful. I imagine I’m gonna have to dig it up on YouTube soon. But was still nice to see them get a shutout (even if AndyMac had no points – boo). And very cool on the game tonight! Go Blues! :)

Garrett

They have the whole fight (not fast speed) on the blues website – http://blues.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=782&id=63428

Yeah, the shutout definitely was nice, Conk’s fourth of the year. Hopefully Andy Mac gets a goal or some points tonight at the game, will be quite fun!

Auggy

Awesome – thanks for the link! Enjoy the game and free food going on right now! :)

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87
drank Honey Ginseng by The Republic of Tea
176 tasting notes

I got this yesterday as a free sample inside my ROT catalog. I figured a green would be a little gentler on my stomach (which still bothers me every day, which is why I haven’t been having much tea lately. I’ve made an appointment to find out if I have another stomach ulcer). Plus when I first started drinking tea, I didn’t like greens because of the grassiness. But I’ve seen my palate develop over these past few months, so I’m giving it another go. I really do want to like green tea. You see, I feel like I’m missing out on a whole huge part of the tea world. It’s something I want to experience, so hopefully things will be different this time.

It smells of honey and flowers. I don’t smell any grassiness. This seems like it will a gentle, soothing tea.

Hooray! It tastes like I wanted it to; floral with a touch of honey. I don’t taste grassiness, accept for a teensy bit in the aftertaste, which doesn’t bother me. Maybe my palate isn’t bothered by it anymore, or maybe this just isn’t a very grassy green. I’m going to happily finish this cup. This was my first experience with ROT, and I have been left a very happy customer!

S

Yay for finding a green you liked! Hope your tummy feels better, too!

Charisma

When I go to Panera, this is the tea I usually get. It is so good! :) Sometimes I add a little honey. Great review! I’m glad you found a green that you like!

~lauren.

I put this on my shopping list – thanks for the review! Oh, was there any hint of ginseng? Hope your stomach feels better soon!

Erin

@Lauren – To be honest, I don’t know what ginseng is supposed to taste like! So I’m not really able to answer that question… sorry!

~lauren.

Guess what? My very first RoT catalog came in the mail today with this as a sample! I’m going to try it out …!

Erin

yay! this was my first ROT catalog too : )

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96

Delicious. This tastes EXACTLY like the Republic RED Chai, which is one of my favorites. Very strong and peppery. I always consume this in loose leaf (maybe those who commented about weakness are using bags). I always add milk and sweetener to round it out. I’ll probably stick with the red version, because I love having a non caffeinated chai. However, its good to know I could slip a little caffeine buzz in there without any substantial flavor change. One nice thing about the black tea version is that this does not have the long pokey rooibos strands that seem to slip through the filter. Getting those suckers caught in your throat ruins the experience.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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82

I got a free sample of this tea with a Republic of Tea catalog (Yay!). It smells nice in the package, stinks to heck while steeping, but tastes lovely when you add milk and sweetener. I like it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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