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80

Feeling a little wonky this morning at the office…have decided to switch to caffeine-free/decaf early. Luckily, I restocked on my office supply of teas yesterday, so I’ve got plenty to choose from!!

Preparation
8 min or more

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80

Couldn’t decide what I wanted to take with me on my commute home, so I let the pick-a-tea randomizer do it for me.

This was the first caffeine-free one it picked that I also had here at work, so I went with it! Seems more chocolatey than it usually does.

Preparation
8 min or more

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80

I’ve not added a tasting note on this? How is that possible? I drink this at least twice a week. I found it the past Valentine’s at my first visit to World Market (oh, yeah, that was a good tea day).

I think I’m with the minority here, but I think the rooibos is a good base for this tea. It’s a mild strawberry flavor, more like preserves rather than real strawberries. And the chocolate is more cocoa than milk chocolate, which I think is really nice. I’ll definitely be picking this one up again when next Valentine’s rolls around.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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37

It’s okay, not my favorite. I guess peach teas aren’t for me as I have yet to find one I like. This one will sit in the cupboard for awhile.

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72

I used 2 bags with 8 oz and loved the results, very mild and slightly fruity. I wouldn’t have known it was mango if the tin didn’t spell it out for me! I actually left the bags during the half hour it took me to finish the cup and the flavor didn’t get out of hand. It’s perfect for when I can’t decide what kind of tea I’m in the mood for. Already went through 6 bags this evening! I will be purchasing this again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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35

Not sure about this one.
Got it in a swap, so I don’t know how fresh the bag is. But I second the dusty/musty smell to it. It wasn’t bad when drunk, it just was kind of lackluster. I did add milk/sugar in the hopes to give it a bit more body, but it was weak at best.

Hmm….warrents another sip but who knows?

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85

I’m really liking what Republic of Tea has been doing lately with their new creations and flavor combinations. When I first saw this one on their website, I knew I had to try it. Turns out, everyone else did, too, and I had a hard time finding it in my town. Thank you, Liquor Barn, for your great selection of teas.

This rooibos is sweet (I’m assuming from the beetroot), but it mainly tastes like carrot. There’s a slight orange taste, as though you had cooked carrots with a bit of orange juice in the water. There’s a mild, grassy, rooibos flavor finish. I find that I like the Mango Chili and Plantain Coconut better than this blend, but don’t regret the purchase at all. I’m finding that I’m really enjoying teas made out of the more unusual ingredients here lately. Will have to keep an eye out for more of them.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80

Mom got this sample with her Republic of Tea catalog (which, I assume, she now receives since she ordered tea for me), and passed it along to me. I was rather excited, since I’ve tried most of the flavored superfruit teas, but not the plain, original one.

This one is just as good as the others. Sweet, not too tart, with a hint of apple and lemon. Drinking it hot, but like the others, would be excellent cold. I’d definitely consider purchasing this.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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83

This tea actually did seem to help me relax, and for someone with a history of insomnia, that is a welcome change. I’ve never been a fan of prescription sleep aids as they don’t deliver a good quality of sleep for me. The lady at the tea store sold it as a natural alternative to Valium. Not quite sure I agree that it lives up to that, but still, this one was well received around my home. Also, the minty aroma is quite lovely.

Tabby

She probably said that because the tea contains Valerian, a root extract that is sometimes called “nature’s Valium”.

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59

Sweet and pleasant yet I cannot say that I feel this promised “burst of sunshine”. This one has been in my cupboard for a while and I’m sorry to say that its not one I find myself needing. I have other options that are more appealing.

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72

Dragging my butt this morning getting up so i picked up some tea at the University Cafe. Smells really gingery, and peachy at first, but the black tea kinda takes up all of your taste buds. I think i just don’t like black tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

With this one I found the ginger and peach come out and play more when it’s cooled/iced. We have this at work and I’ll often make it that way. Otherwise it’s more of a potporri.

Elyse

Ya i thought that. However i really needed a hot drink this morning.

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65

I haven’t had this tea for a few years, according to my last tasting note of this tea. Even though I wasn’t terribly impressed with it then… I thought a nice apple cider herbal blend would be great for fall. Plus, it’s a limited edition and any fall/holiday limited edition is special to me. Sometimes I depend on herbal teas just as much as rooibos when I don’t want caffeine. Herbals are a bit more tricky with my tastebuds, though. There’s more room for certain additions that I don’t really like.

This blend smells very tasty and comforting. I definitely smell apples, cinnamon, maybe a hint of sugar — it’s quite similar to an apple pie filling without the crust. Sipping… I’m tasting a really strange sweet note that quickly turns bitter. The sweetness reminds me of that gross character that licorice has, but it isn’t as bad. What’s really strange is the bitter note.. I don’t remember this from before. It’s reminiscent of the bad, tough core of an apple — the part that you don’t really want to eat. I do taste a little bit of apple towards the end of the sip, but it’s so light that I wouldn’t really call this a cider tea. I like that it’s not overwhelmed with spices..but I’m greedy and still want more apple.

I will finish the tin of this tea and will likely rotate it with some of my other fall teas, but won’t go crazy buying more tins to last me another year.

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65

I thought that I would enjoy this tea more… it smells just like hot apple cider, so I was expecting something much more flavorful. The taste is there.. it’s just, quite soft and not as pronounced as I would have liked. I’m also tasting more of the other ingredients and less of the apple. Good, but not great.

Jaime

My favorite was to drink this was to combine it with a bag of unflavored green tea. I’d let the green steep for 3 minutes and this one for 10.

QueenOfTarts

Jaime, did you taste a bunch of apple or cider at all?
I’m wondering if maybe I missed the point of the tea by expecting cider notes… instead of the flavor as a whole. I want so much to like this tea more!

Jaime

I don’t remember much about it, but I do remember thinking it was rather weak. It never smacked me in the mouth and let me know it was apple cider. I almost bought another tin of it though, because I remember taking the last bag out and sadly staring into the empty tin. It was one that grew on me, I think.

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44

I was excited to try this since I love Republic of Tea, but I’m not a fan of this one. The smell was delightful, almost like vanilla ice cream. The taste is not good. There is a definite taste of black tea, but the sweetness is a bit artificial? Gross? Whatever it was.. I dumped this cup.

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83

Finishing off another sample Jaime sent my way today. This is very good hot without any additives. I really enjoy this line of teas. These are becoming a staple for night time drinking.

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83

Another tea sample from Jaime. I brewed this the same as the Tangerine, 3 bags in 16oz water and poured over 8oz ice. I added a packet of Splenda to sweeten this tea, although I don’t think it needs it, I enjoy my hibiscus teas cold and sweet!

The blueberry is quite distinct at the end of the sip, the first taste is the hibiscus, but the blueberry ending is quite welcome. I could drink this tea pitchers at a time. It tastes just like a handful of sweet, ripe berries, there is almost a creamy undertone to it. I will definitely be buying this next trip to World Market. I received a coupon for 10% off next purchase so I may be buying a few tins of teas there.

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93

Yum. Relaxing with this as my last cup of the night. A bit more orange jello flavor than normal, but I’m not letting it get to me:) Relaxing cup.

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93

Had two large cups of this with our late dinner tonight. Iced this tastes like orange jell-o. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, but it is sweet and refreshing and a great replacement for soda. May have to find some sparkling water to try this with next. I think I like the flavor better hot much more.

vanilla_bookworm

Wow, orange jello?! Haha, that’s probably my favorite jello flavor. That sounds really interesting!

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93

Finished my samples and started on my tin of this. Really enjoying the crisp tart tangerine. This tea is so naturally sweet, it cures my morning sweet tooth nicely. Quite the enjoyable fruity cup. I wish they sold this in loose tins, but alas, just bulk.

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93

Thanks to Jaime I get to try another flavor of the Hibiscus Superflower teas. The tangerine is very bright and full of life. I made this iced with 3 bags to 20oz of water, saving one bag to try hot. This is so full of flavor I had to buy a tin myself. I found the world market near me and picked up a tin. I think this would be great with a stick of cinnamon on a cold fall morning. I think I still like the pineapple lychee the most, but this is a close second. I can’t wait to try the other flavors! Thanks for swapping with me Jaime!

Jaime

Mmm, I’m going to have to try it with a cinnamon stick as well! That sounds wonderful. My mom sent me a text this morning; she’s already out of the tin that I gave her and wants me to pick up more.

This one is also good mixed with lemonade (and peach schnapps, too, if you’re inclined).

Meghann M

Oooh, good tip, I’ll have to give that a try!

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90

Can’t get warm enough today. Love this stuff. This is my last bag here at work; I’ll reload my travel tin with more when I get home.

Preparation
8 min or more

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90

Dear Hibiscus,

Please give me a mega-dose of vitamin C and clear up my head.

Thanks,
Jaime

Preparation
8 min or more
Meghann M

I hope the hibiscus helps:) Sending get well energy your way.

Jaime

Thanks! I actually broke down and went to the doctor…it’s a viral infection, so I just have to endure it. Probably got lucky and caught it from some small child at work. I can taste things now, so I’m not complaining much!

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