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I was rather disappointed with this tea.
The jasmine flavor is difficult to detect when hot, but it gets better as the tea cools. Otherwise, it simply tastes like hot water.
However, the high quality of tea leaves does come through, as well as yield a pleasant jasmine flavor, weak as it is. Yet most drinkers wouldn’t normally look for a high-grade leaf taste, but rather overall presence. Because Republic of Tea suggests steeping for only 30-60 seconds, the flavor ends up rather weak and seemingly under-steeped.
If you’re really looking for SUBTLE flavor, this might do the job. The mouthfeel and lingering flavor afterward is nice, with no sensation of tannin.
Not impressed. This sample came free with my RoT catalog. They’re out of the normal black tea in the breakroom at work, so I figured I’d try this. I must admit, seeing Rooibos on the list was NOT a plus for me. It did smell good when opened, like chocolate covered strawberry candy. I was a bit surprised at how small the bag seemed. Brewing it smelled ok too. You could definitely get the scent of the chocolate behind the strawberry note, but there was an odd musty sort of underscent. I presume that’s the rooibos.
It steeps quickly to a reddish-amber and the color of the bag indicates there probably isn’t a good second steep in it. Which is not a problem, as this isn’t very good. You can taste the chocolate and the strawberry, but they’re almost artificial in some way, overly sweet. The musty rooibos aftertaste isn’t very appetizing either. Now that I’ve had this, I’ll know to refuse a cup in the future. Poor taste, unappealing stamina, and severely overpriced. Bleah.
Amount: 3 teaspoons
Additives: 2 teaspoons german rock sugar
Water: 1 teapot, boiling filtered water about 180
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Notes: adding creme overpowered the flavors, MilitiaJim did not find it beneficial. It was improved by the sugar in my opinion enough to bump it form a 1 to a 2 of 3.
Smell: sweet, coco
Flavor: smooth, chocolaty almond
Aftertaste: sweet coco
Liquor: dark brown
Amount: 3 scoops tea for 1 mug (not full teapot)
Time: a little over 5:30 minutes
Smell: Almond, coco
Flavor: bitter, light
added 1 scoop german rock sugar: took away the bitter but left the tea unremarkable
Added Almond milk – no change to the sweetened tea
next time i want to try longer brewing, maybe some honey? or maybe less brew time.
Yay for free tea samples! Had this as an afternoon pick-me-up.I have apparently had it before (probably last Holiday season’s RoT sample – hah) It wasn’t spectaculiar, but it was a nice sturdy black tea. And it did remind me of the holidays, I feel like it would be fun to drink on Christmas morning. I don’t think I would buy it but I did enjoy my cup. Also I think if it was steeped for any more than 4 minutes, the flavors would be lost in bitterness.
Can’t say I’m really enjoying this one, unfortunately…
I got this as a sample from RoT in their catalog, and I was kind of excited to try it. Strawberry and chocolate! Where can it go wrong?
Well, for starters, the bag smells a little musty. I really wanted a bright strawberry smell, and it just smells like dusty strawberry mixed with dusty chocolate. So I steeped this bugger up for 7 minutes, and tossed the mini-bag.
Here’s where the problem begins. For some reason, the infusion smells like strawberries and chocolate, mixed with a cilantro-type smell. I loathe cilantro. I’m one of those people that has that gene that makes it taste like disgusting soap. I don’t know how people can like it. Soapy-cilantro-rooibos-strawberry-chocolate. No thanks.
It actually definitely doesn’t taste like cilantro, which is a plus. This is a very light rooibos, with the strawberry and chocolate clearly coming out. The strawberry is more on the forefront of the taste, the chocolate in the aftertaste, but the two blend together. The only problem is that this tastes like cheap chocolate, like the kind you get from CVS for Easter. That kind of musty, goes-white-very-quickly chocolate that kind of doesn’t taste like chocolate, but more like plastic-chocolate. The strawberry isn’t a round and juicy flavor, but an echo of something more akin to strawberry candy. Like those little strawberry hard candies wrapped in a pseudo-strawberry paper and had a semi-liquid filling.
The rooibos base lends an odd tartness to the blend. I definitely think this would have been better with a black tea base. The rooibos isn’t robust enough to support these flavors.
Is it horrific? Nope, but it’s certainly not great either. I’m having trouble finishing my cup. I could imagine other people enjoying this, though.
I got this as part of a tea trade with oOTeaOo (thank you!). I have to say that it’s a distinctly ‘herbal’ herbal tea. The scent is mainly of chamomile with some lavender tucked underneath and the taste is, again, mostly of chamomile, with a rather herb-y-tasting background.
White teas seem a bit weak for my taste, but the orange top note on this one is wonderful.
My favorite white tea, hands down, and one of my favorites overall.
Enjoy this in a mug without handles, in both hands, directly under your nose, so you can enjoy the aroma until every drop is gone.