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It tastes mostly of jasmine…at least, I’m pretty sure what that flowery smell and taste were. It is good, especially for bagged tea. White tea, in my experience, doesn’t usually have a very strong flavor, and I think the addition of jasmine was a pretty good idea.
When you open the canister, it does smell very nice…that was probably my favorite part of this tea, though the flavor was very good, relaxing too.

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83

I love this tea. It’s creamy and delicious on a chilly spring night!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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15

I have had a couple of sample bags of this for awhile, but haven’t tried it because it is a Chinese green. In the past, I typically have not cared for Chinese greens and I’m not sure this will be an exception. The bag prior to steeping smells very strongly of honey mixed with something else which I’m assuming is how ginseng smells. I may have let this oversteep, the bag was in the water for around 4 minutes…. The smell after brewing is very much a pleasing honey aroma and the color is a nice golden honey also. The first taste is a bit underwhelming considering the amazing aroma. I’m barely getting a honey taste though I’m mostly tasting the ginseng (I guess it is the ginseng, it sure isn’t the green tea base). Overall the tea is pleasant and light….wait….oh my, the aftertaste is a bit funky. Must be the ginseng or something. Ugh, I almost want to keep drinking this just to keep the aftertaste at bay. Okay, it probably isn’t as bad as I’m making it seem. The tea would be very good without the aftertaste though. I may have to adjust the rating after I try this steeped for a shorter length of time.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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82

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more
Stephanie

Boo to Harney for selling old tea! So I guess all sale teas are old?

Ricky

Shrugs, I mean it’s sealed and everything. I’m assuming on sale means they aren’t going to produce anymore / it’s at the end of it’s life cycle or product cycle. It might just be that Harney’s isn’t as flavorful. For the price I’m not complaining, but I wouldn’t repurchase it again if I had a choice as this one is so much better.

LiberTEAS

Stephanie: Not necessarily. It could also be that they overstocked on a particular tea and using a sale to reduce stock quickly.

Stephanie

Got it! Yeah makes sense. Thanks Liberteas!

I was eyeing that sale on H&S, too. I won’t order it now for myself since it’s so light in flavor. But I guess it would be a good “starter” Jasmine for the milder tea drinker.

LiberTEAS

You know what, I am not a big fan of Teavana for my own set of reasons, but they do have pretty tasty teas. Their peach blooming tea is pretty amazing.

Ricky

Stephanie, I can send you some if you want.

Ohhh, I might have to try that LiterTeas. Peach + flower bloom sounds like a winning combination.

LiberTEAS

They have a couple of other flavors too, I believe. The Peach is what caught my attention most prominently though.

Alicia

That is excellent to hear. Glad you enjoyed it. I love to take these to sea with me as they scare the crud out of my fellow travelers. Some tell me they wont try them on looks alone. Yet they eat the galley food… I wonder. LOL I will have to send you some others before I deploy in the June/July time frame.

Ricky

They won’t try silly flower teas? My co-workers were amazed by it. Then again they love tea as well so that might be why they were so excited to try it. They were looming over the cup the whole time watching the flower bloom unravel. Actually, they were probably excited because they wanted to see what it unraveled into because all I told them was to drop it in a cup of not so hot water. As much as I like surprises, send me a message before you decide to send me more tea as I might be moving soon. Actually I suppose I can message you when I know my new address.

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34

it’s been a long time since I’ve logged, but here we go!
In contrast to other tea notes about this cherry white tea, I found it to be very light in taste. I was hoping for more cherry taste. It’s barely there, and fades quick. Smells nice. But the tea isn’t even red so how much cherry can there be?
Disappointing tea note from me for this Cherry Charity tea (sip for the cure) but I recommend trying the Sip For The Cure Pomegranate Vanilla Red Tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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33

(backlogging)

Nathaniel and I went to St. Michael’s, MD for a wine festival this past weekend, and we stayed at a cute B&B, Five Gables Inn. They had hot water and RoT teas available during the day, and after walking around town all day I decided to grab a cup and soak in the huge bathtub.

The pomegranate flavor completely overwhelmed the green tea flavor. The worst part was that the flavoring had a false note, so it wasn’t even a pleasant cup of fruity (not-green) tea.

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70

CupOfTree sent me some of this loose-leaf! Thanks! Prior to today I have only had the bagged version. I will say the loose leaf is much better. It smells like Ginseng and Honey and it tastes like Honey, Ginseng, and Lemon.

60 rating for bagged version…current posted rating based on loose leaf.

CupofTree

Glad you were able to enjoy it. Funny because I didn’t like this one at all, I much preferred the tea bag version!

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70

I received this as a free sample with the newest catalog! I must say it DOES smell like actual honey! I’m not a honey freak by any means so my rating won’t be out of this world based on my actual tastes. I thought the smell was more powerful than the taste. It was quite mellow which I guess is actually a good thing because I wasn’t looking for an over-the-top honey OR ginseng taste. At first I was thinking about rating this lower because it wasn’t memorable nor would I consider buying a tin of this stuff. But mixed with the green tea and the fact that I can actually drink the whole cup, I will give it an average rating…as it seems to be average all-round.

One thing I did notice is that I never took the bag out of the tumbler! It seems to be impossible to over steep…I guess that is a plus for those on the go.

So…ehhhh…it’s alright…

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12

I had another cup of this iced this morning. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either. I will be finishing the rest of the bags of this iced, but I definitely will NOT be buying more of this tea any time in the future. There are much better teas out there, iced and otherwise.

Preparation
Iced

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12

So, this tea has just been sitting in my cupboard for awhile. I have established that it is not good hot, but I began to wonder if it would be good iced. Then I remembered that I have tried it iced but I had brewed it hot then let it cool which resulted in a nasty tea. So I decided to cold brew it in an attempt to make it drinkable and not so bitter. The experiment was a success! Cold brewing it allowed the blackberry to come through much more with the sage just lingering sweetly in the aftertaste. I don’t drink a lot of iced tea if I have the choice between hot and iced. But this one is definitely good iced. Not great, but much improved over previous fataliTEAs of this. My rating is being raised, but I can only give this tea a mid-range score because it is so horrible hot. This tea is a one-trick pony.

Preparation
Iced
Meghann M

Glad to know it works iced using a cold brew. I have some of this left and shall try this soon!

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12

I actually had this last night but forgot to log it. The first time I had this tea hot, it was okay but nothing amazing. I decided to try it again, but iced to see if it was any better. What was I thinking? I should have remembered that there was a slight “off” taste to the hot version that turned into bitterness when chilled. I should also have remembered that adding sweetener does not help with the “off” taste but makes it a big stronger. So, I made this extra strong, added a bit of clover honey, and poured it over ice. It was probably one of the worst iced teas I have ever had in my life. I think it may be the sage in this blend that is responsible for the strange taste, I’ll have to remember not to select teas with sage in the future.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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63

I’m normally not a fan of herbal teas, but it seems as I’ve grown older, I have learned to appreciate their subtle flavor. But I didn’t get this tea for its flavor, I got this tea for what it claimed to do and even when I was drinking at least one cup of day, I can’t say that my skin got gorgeous. In fact, I often wondered if it has the opposite effect on my skin. Even though it’s been months since having a cup, I still occasionally crave this tea, I like it’s somewhat flowery fruity taste and I was thinking today how good it would taste infused in some lemonade as it already is great iced. I just wish my skin liked it as much as I do.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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34

This smells and tastes very strongly of honey- an herby, delicious honey that I’d love to get in a skincare product. But I don’t like to drink the strong taste of honey particularly, so as soon as I smelled this, I knew I was in trouble. The green tea was overshadowed by the ginseng and honey. I did get a bit of an energy boost from this, but it meant that I felt a bit shaky and no more alert. I knew I wasn’t going to like this one going in- trying to make things taste like honey is never a great idea in my book.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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50

This stuff is pretty good! I’m usually not much of a rooibos fan—it tastes like cough syrup to me, but there wasn’t too much of that in this tea if I didn’t brew it for too long. As far as actually increasing concentration, I’m not sure I can attest to that! But it’s a nice fruity taste—cranberry and orange.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

Had this iced with 1/2 Minute Maid light Lemonade. YUM. Really brought out the citrus-lime flavor and sweetened up the hibiscus. I really like how RoT does hibiscus. I may have to get more of their hibiscus blends soon!

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86

Enjoyed an iced cup of this today. I wish we could serve something like this at work instead of plain black iced tea. This has so much wonderful flavor!

Lisbet

I’ve been eying that one as an iced tea, as it sounds delicious!

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86

Another iced tea for this evening. Forgot how much I enjoy this tea. Lovely tart and lime-y.

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86

Having this iced this morning with a 1/2 tsp of sugar. This makes a flavorful, tart hibiscus tea with a beautiful bright red liquor. I taste a light lime that blends smoothly with the hibiscus. If I had to choose, the Pineapple Lychee wins by a few teabags. But both are delicious. I think I tried this hot, but it looks like I didn’t bother to log it :(

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76

I picked this up at the store because 1) I like red teas, and 2) I fell for the marketing. “Get Happy”? Sign me up! Turns out I like it a lot. It’s nice and fruity and sweet. I can usually reuse the bag 2-3 times.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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84

Update on The Republic of Tea Company Teabag Herbal Tea ‘Natural Hibiscus’

Iced tea made in a large pitcher with 16 teabags, 8 cups hot water (filtered, boiling), and some ice.

A bit tart, so i added a splash of lemon juice and sugar free raspberry torani syrup

Delicious; sweet, hibiscus, tart, citrus, then raspberry sweet

Next time it could bear for some more water though, or less bags, and perhaps honey while it’s hot.

Cofftea

“A bit tart, so i added a splash of lemon juice” now that’s an oxymoron:)

AmazonV

well, it needs to decide, i am TART or i am not…it was kinda being all wishy washy at me, silly tea

Janefan

sounds yummy! I have some Pina Colada Honeybush chillin’ in the fridge that I plan to try tomorrow. And then I’m bustin’ open the Pomegranate Honeybush to compare (both 52teas). Hooray for iced tea weather!

AmazonV

ooo Janefan I can’t wait to see the comparison :)

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84

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 teabags
Additives: none
Water: filtered boiling 10 ounce mug
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes, but then I kept the bags in
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, floral, berry
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, berry
Flavor: hibiscus! sweet, tart
MilitiaJim: natural sweet tarts candy
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sweet and tart
Liquor: deep dark red

We stopped in Wegman’s grocery store on our quest for just born jellybeans (couldn’t find them, ended up buying a case online). While there we went to the tea isle and these were on sale! 6.99 a piece. MilitiaJim (reasonably) limited me to only one. Since I had already tried one of them, and had a sample of one other I went for this one.

And apparently I missed my mouth and am wearing some, on my white shirt, I do not think these spots are going to come out.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Today we have made; 1 travel mug w/2 bags, 2 mugs w/2 bags each, 1 large pitcher w/16 bags+8 cups hot water+some ice

I think this is excellent, Although I enjoy the added flavor (pineapple lychee) more, this might be an excellent additive/mixer tea.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/republic-of-tea-company-teabag-herbal.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
~lauren.

WOW – that’s some color (last photo on images:blog)!

AmazonV

it is BRIGHT red, like i can’t even believe it’s real natural color

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79

My last sample of this – gone! I am thinking about buying this as soon as I’ve finished off more teas. I still have a long wishlist!

Delicious! My boyfriend shared a cup with me. We both agree – its great! Still remains as my favorite from RoT.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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