The Republic of Tea

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90

Ah, done with the conference for the day. Back in the room in my pjs (yes, I realize it’s a bit early, but I’m okay with that). Having my last bag of this. Very sad to see this go, but that just means there’s more room in my cupboard!!!

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90

This is a surprisingly tasty tea to have with my lunch…a bag of popcorn. o_O

Preparation
8 min or more
Cofftea

I would have went w/ Gen Mai Cha:)

Jaime

No Gen Mai Cha at office…plus no decaf Gen Mai Cha. Only decafs after noon, unless I’m being forced to stay awake!

Meghann M

I had the plaintain coconut one with popcorn the other day. They compliment well!

Jaime

I would have had this one iced, but the ice machine is at the other end of the building and I’m to lazy for that today.

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90

After a flurry of pms, I decided to have a nice pot of this to relax…and wait for the Notices to get fixed.

Absolutely love this tea. Sweet, ripe mango with just enough chili to be noticed/slightly tingly. Delish!!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cofftea

“and wait for notices to get fixed” LOL! Just don’t get too hot headed ba da dum ch! Ok that was a really bad chilli joke. Sounds amazing too! Do you sweeten it? What does/would that do to the mango/chilli/green bush ratio?

Jaime

No, I don’t sweeten it (I don’t really sweeten anything). I’m not sure what that would do…and I’ll admit, I’m afraid to try adding anything to it. I’ll throw a few bags in with your package and let you experiment!

Meghann M

Cofftea, it’s really sweet unsweetened (imho). The mango they use is a nice sweet ripe mango flavor. This was wonderful. I just wish I could find it in a store…my Whole foods and World market don’t carry the Raw Green bush teas. Hoping to hit up a new whole foods sometime this month!

Cofftea

Oooh thanks! My 1st green bush! And anything chilli makes me happy:) I don’t sweeten anything either, but this one has me curious.

Jaime

You’re welcome! I think you’ll really like it.

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90

One of the few teas I’ve tried iced before I’ve had it hot.

Absolutely delicious! The chili is not terribly spicy; rather, it gives the tea an almost effervescent quality. Fruity, but not overpowering; you can still taste the raw rooibos underneath.

Brewed for 10 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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40

Smells delicious. Tastes like water with some lingering sweetness aka tastes like nothing. I can’t say for sure what kind of sweetness comes up. This isn’t tart or strong like most other fruit teas, which is a good thing since I don’t particularly like the strong tart tastes…. and I usually don’t like fruit teas. This one isn’t bad. It is very faint, and it is early morning and I don’t want to think. But I need to. Let’s see if this tea is enough for today! I have to work this Sunday! Nonetheless, I wouldn’t buy a can of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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2

I got this as a free sample with the Republic of Tea cataloge. At least it was free. It was way too sweet for my taste, and I ended up dumping the 2/3 of the cup that I just couldn’t finish when the voices in my head went from saying “too sweet” to “asinign.” Too bad. It smelled pretty when I opened the packet, and it sure looked pretty, but I’m not a fan of this one at all.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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61

I had some of this last night, partially because it was the only tea bag in my collection that I could stomach after a day of crazy running around. I managed to sneak it into the theater with a mug of hot water to go see Scott Pilgrim. Pomegranate Tea in the theater? What a treat!
Not my favorite, but still a nice treat.

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80

Very mild and juicy taste. Somewhat sweet – have a feeling somebody slipped a spoon of honey…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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68

Trying this one for the first time. I think I need to steep it longer. 4 min. leaves it a little on the weak side. But the smell is fantastic. If nothing else, this makes for good aroma therapy.

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83

This was my first genmaicha, and the tea that turned me onto the stuff. I love the toasty rice flavor, and especially for a beginner who was not particularly familiar with the nuances of quality tea, this was an excellent cup.

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78

Took a sample of this to my Mom to enjoy. Since Mom is use to drinking Lipton bag tea, this was a real treat that she seem to enjoy.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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78

I Loved This Tea! Steep time was 8 minutes as I wanted a rich flavor. I will have another cup of this tea tonight. A new Teapot and a Tea I Love…..Life is good!!!!!!

Preparation
8 min or more

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50

Meh.

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.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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83

I’m a sucker for this type of Oolong. This Ti Kuan Yin isn’t as floral as others I’ve had but it is of the orchid nonetheless, people. For the retail price, I might not buy it again, but I will enjoy every last one of the 50-60 brews with multiple re-steeps.

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58

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.

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94

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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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75

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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72

Not too bitter, just the right mix. The aroma is great and the taste mellow.

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77

This is my go-to iced tea…and it’s a good one. It has a nice fruit taste, not too strong, not overpowering, not fake. A great tea for refreshing oneself on a hot day.

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90

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.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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