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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.
I think that I may have to put Teavana’s Almond Biscotti on my shopping list. I didn’t initially think that I would ever crave it, but I have been and drinking this just reminds me how inferior RoT’s Vanilla Almond is compared to Almond Biscotti. I’ve adjusted this tea’s rating down a little bit.
I have the loose leaf version of this tea. It is has pretty leaves with little nutty pieces throughout. I was excited as soon as I smelled this tea – it is almost identical to my beloved Almond Biscotti that I recently finished. The taste is pretty similar also, also Almond Biscotti is a bit more complex. I bet this would be great with milk and sweetener, just like Almond Biscotti was. Overall, this rating does not earn the spot of Almond Biscotti, but is a good substitute.
Pretty good tea, borrowed from a fellow tea sipping coworker. I can’t find this online, so I wonder where she picked it up. I love the vintage all-American design of this label. The plain bag smell is not so inspiring but a brewed cup is actually quite refreshing. The dark color of the black tea is very strange in comparison to the more light watermelon flavor. I would like to experience this iced, because warm watermelon flavor is a little unfamiliar.