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Although the aroma does have a nice hint of chocolate and oranges, it really tastes nothing like it. I’m surprised that orange doesn’t even come out much in the tea itself, even after a long steep time. Maybe I shouldn’t use the boiling water — however, every other rooibos tea I treat that way, and it tastes just fine. It’s also rather weak. Out of the flavor that is there, this is overpoweringly…hm. “earthy” is what I’m tempted to say as I’ve heard that described for rooibos before. I usually go for the sweeter rooibos brews so maybe that’s why I’m displeased with this, but it really tastes nothing like chocolate or oranges. Just smells a little like it.
note: I did find it tasted better with two teabags per cup instead of one. Still not the chocolate and oranges I had hoped for (and am usually pleased by with the Republic of Tea) but nicer.
One of my bridesmaids got the traveler’s tin of this (and the blueberry green) to put in our honeymoon breakfast basket.
I had some again this morning with just a bit of sugar, and it was pretty decent, but had a pungent grassy/metallic taste along with the sweet and savory. I think I prefer Uncle Lee’s.
Lapsang Souchong is a polarizing tea. It seems most people either love it or hate it. I love it! Smokey and wonderful, it’s the only black tea (so far) that I can stand with out milk and sugar. You can also make many infusions. I’d strongly recommend ignoring the suggested brewing method on the tin and instead doing short (15 second) infusions with a small amount of fairly hot water. With this method I can get about 8 infusions before noticing a decline in flavor or aroma! It’s a lovely tea. My mother told me that Fergie, Duchess of York, like to drink this cut with earl grey. My mother and grandmother used to have “Fergie tea” holding their pinkies out and everything. It makes this tea all the more memorable for me.
I must say, The Republic of Tea’s 100% White Tea/Emperor’s White Tea is another varietal tea that I love. I purchased the traveler’s tin as a sample before I invested in a full size tin; I’m glad I did, it is very good and enjoyable.
The flavor profile is more along the lines of White Peony, which I think this tea is because the longer it steeps, the more of a green tea characteristic it takes on; the color turns towards the coloring of a Chinese green tea. You can definitely detect green tea characteristics, meaning you get the brightness [and a little of the tannins] of the top tier leaves that are picked with the buds even though this is a 100% white tea. The prominent flavor is of white tea with it’s floral delicacy with a slight hint of cream, but not much with this one and a transparent, sheer sweetness.
The aroma pretty well matches the flavor profile.
The aftertaste is of a usual tea, a little disappointing since I do love white teas and how some linger a little afterwards. There is a modest afterthought of the floral delicacy and sweetness along with the hint of tannins of a green.
I would have given this tea a 100 score but because of the somewhat tannin characteristic and carry over into the aftertaste, this is why this tea scores a 90.
I would highly recommend this tea; and this is a very good choice for an evening tea to relax and unwind with; it has very little caffeine, not stimulating at all.
P.S. – Since I truly LOVE and absolutely adore Steven Smith Teamaker’s Bai Mu Dan (his White Peony), I tend to compare every one else’s white tea to his; but I do try to be fair and judge each white tea for what it is and of it’s own.
Normally I would never think of trying this. I like chocolate but have never had a tea with chocolate in it…But I have a sample…so here it goes….
First, the smell is quite chocolatey. The taste is an equal combo of rooibos and hot chocolate. the chocolate taste becomes stronger if you leave it on your tongue for a few seconds. Strawberry is absent for me.
If you like rooibos and teas with chocolate in them, you may like this one.
I still maintain that chocolate and tea should be enjoyed seperately.
WOW! The first Republic of Tea that rates a 100 score from me. I am surprised at how much I love this tea. Double Green Matcha Tea has the best of both worlds the grassy, vegetal taste of Matcha [which is an ingredient anyway] with the bright astringency of Chinese green tea which is also an ingredient. I have to say that the Matcha in this blend seems to taste a little fresher than the single batch of Matcha I purchased before.
The aroma consists of both types of tea, clean, fresh, grassy, vegetal and bright.
The color is not as bright as whisking up Matcha alone, it’s a little brownish-green, not too off-putting, it is more like a darker jade but not as green. To be honest, I think the coloring is due to the addition of the Chinese green tea, the cuppa is more of that color with the Matcha powder as a little enhancement…still drinkable.
The aftertaste is really nice. This tea taste lingers on the palate with the effect of wanting more.
This tea is quite delicious and I would highly recommend this one.
Other than the Earl Grayer, this is the only of RoT’s flavored green teas that I can drink. While it’s nice enough, and the honey flavor pleasant, it isn’t something I bother to keep at home; just my go-to cup at Panera. It does hold up fairly well to a long steep, but some bitterness doesn’t bother me.