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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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :(
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.
Amount: 2 teabags
Water: filtered boiling 10 ounce mug
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes, but then I kept the bags in
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, floral, berry
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, berry
Flavor: hibiscus! sweet, tart
MilitiaJim: natural sweet tarts candy
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.
This is my favorite from most of the teas I’ve tried from RoT. I think its because of my sweet tooth! From the get-go, I can smell the honey. I add a tiny dab of honey or agave to this whenever I want some extra sweetness. Overall, delicious tea. It relaxes me. I can’t taste or smell the green tea leaves all too much though.
Tea bag teas are usually not my thing but I thought I give it a try since the sample came with the brochure I ordered. The tea gave out a sweet smell of honey when I first opened and brewed it. However, I was not impressed with the way it tasted. While the smell of the honey was certainly dominate, I was not able to really taste much of it in tea itself. I was also expecting a certain sweet/bitter note from the Ginseng but I did not find any. The slight lingering after taste was a bit awkward/unfamiliar and somewhat unpleasant (perhaps I’m too use to the nice sweet after taste of Oolong teas). Overall, the aroma was nice but the tea was somewhat of a disappointment :-/