The Republic of Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

66

A sturdy breakfast tea and a great morning pick-me-up.

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66

Has a nice sweetness all on its own.

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35

Got this free sample with the new RoT catalog. I am glad it was free is all I can say.
Smells great, tastes ok, but weak.

Cofftea

Still waiting for my catalog.

threewhales

They sent me two!

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76

This is a great loose-leaf tea for ice tea!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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41

It certainly has a strong almond smell and taste, but little vanilla, and really nothing that exciting going on. Might pair well with some cookies. I think it’s funny that the manufacturer suggests a strong brew could withstand pairing with milk, because milk challenged all vanilla notes in my cup. The brew is really rather weak.

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100

the first time i tried this tea was when my Republic of Tea December Catalog Came In The Mail And A Free Sample Was In The Package i was going over to my sister-in-law’s studio and made it and steeped it for 5 mins and went to the bank and came back and the whole studio had a house warming aura from the tea

the taste of this wonderful tea is excellent this has to be my 2nd favorite tea

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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100

This tea in iced tea form is outstanding – comes in a nice bottle too.

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90

This is one of my favorite teas to drink, I especially enjoy the complexity of how both the lemon grass and ginger are vying for my attention. Also has a great aroma!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

very rich and complex for a berry tea. not overly fruity (a plus). one of my favorites!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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73

Had my last bit of this tea today. Was really good as always. Sad I ran out.

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71

There was a brief period, several years ago, when I obsessively drank peppermint tea (Celestial Seasonings, I believe) out of the mistaken belief that I could not get the tea I really wanted (RoT’s Ginseng Peppermint, which for some reason I thought they’d quit making). I soon bored of this and went back to the old tried-and-true gallons of soda.

Drinking this tea brought me back to that. It’s a really nice tea, with solid, delicious mint flavor and full body. Alas, it also reminds me of why I dropped my previous short-lived tea obsession—mint tea alone gets pretty boring, at least for me. I think I like slightly more varied blends. That said, however, this is a really nice, smooth tea. I could see myself buying a tin, but it would probably take me a while to go through it. If you like plain mint tea, you’ll probably like this one.

Preparation
Boiling

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20

I have to concur with previous reviewers—this tea has a nice smell but lacks the flavor to match. It’s not that it tastes bad, it’s just very weak. Meh. At least it was a free sample.

Preparation
Boiling

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38

This came as a free sample with the RoT catalog yesterday. But I have to say the reviews all seem pretty much accurate.

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95

This is probably one of my favorite fruit teas. The blackberry is a strong flavor, but doesn’t overpower the flavor of the tea itself. The sage is a subtle background flavor, but is definitely detectable.

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7

Free tea bag. In the theme of holiday spiced tea, thought I’d give this one a shot. Can I go tea-nerdy for a moment? I was curious as to what size of a cup they set their tea bags up for so I weighted it. 1.8g. Sooooo, we’re talking a 4oz cup?

Anyway, I brewed mine in 6oz. Compared to Holiday Dream, this one smells better. Almost entirely like mulled cider. This could be very good or very bad.

Wait, what? Where’s the taste? I smell cinnamon and cider and the a little TheraFlu (apparently I’ve got TheraFlu on the mind) then I taste…. nothing. Warmth and then maybe a little tiny bit of citrus and then nothing and then an aftertaste of freakin’ Red Hots. Another sip and I get the same thing! It’s like scented water with a drop of Hot Damn. Non-alcoholic Hot Damn.

Really? REALLY?

No. I don’t even think so. Next tea please!

ETA: I gave the husband the option of finishing my cup. Hey, he LIKES TheraFlu so he might like this. But based on the face he made, okay, he DOESN’T like this. There was a comparison to cleaning products mentioned and then he said that the spices smelled nice so maybe it would be better with a little sugar but that’d risk oversweetening and drowning out the spices. He gave it a 2/5 stars saying “I could drink it if I had to”. Ah, a ringing endorsement.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Seems not many people like this one…I will stay away from it then! LOL

teaplz

Their bags are SO SMALL. Tiny, tiny, tiny! I was shocked when I ripped mine open and it was pretty much the size of a silver dollar.

KEEP MOWING THROUGH THOSE TEAS. And Golden Moon will be yours!

LENA

Yep, this is pretty much the same review I gave it. They need to put way more tea in their tea bags. I haven’t been impressed with any of their free catalog samples.

Auggy

WHOOOOO!!! I have 2 Lupicia bags – they are up next! (Fingers crossed they aren’t nasty because my stomach officially thinks I’m evil for the last two teas I’ve subjected it to – more the ROT than the Holiday Dream).

Auggy

@Lena, I haven’t tried any of their non-free sample tea bags in years and years. Do they always skimp so badly?

LENA

I’ve never bought from them. I was referring to their freebies…but I think they are exactly the same ones they put into the canisters.

Auggy

Shame on them. And that bag has to be heavier than Lupicia’s bag so it’s probably closer to 1.5g of actual tea. So maybe their teas are good with brewed in very tiny teacups.

Cofftea

Never thought of weighing it!:) Now I need to weigh my Get Relaxed!, the only ROT I currently have. Considering this has licorice, maybe I’m not too disappointed I haven’t got my catalog yet…

takgoti

RINGING ENDORSEMENT INDEED. This review made me chuckle. 4 oz. cup? Ridiculous. Don’t they know that everything’s bigger in Texas? [I’m sorry I had to say it.]

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75

This is another sample from the Republic of Tea’s “Experience Sampler” cube. I didn’t expect to like this as much as I do! It is a flavorful but mild green tea with just a hint of honey flavor. It smells and tastes very soothing and refreshing, and has less of the sharpness that I’ve found in some greens. Very nice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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56

I was feeling brave a couple of visits to the grocery store ago and I picked up about a tablespoon of this. It promptly caused my pantry to smell like I had been frying meat in it, so I stuffed the little plastic bag it came in into an unlabeled tin. And promptly forgot I had it (or blocked it out).

But last night I remembered and thought I’d try it this morning. Once I took the plastic bag out of the tin the house started smelling like bacon. Or ham. On fire. Once I got the leaf into water, though, the meat smell went away and it turned into pretty much burning wood. As I poured the tea out, I got a hint of a sweet smell – maybe maple – and I really really hope it was from this tea. The tea’s actually pretty light in color. For how this smells I was expecting something black as tar… And eeevil.

Hmm. This isn’t nearly as bad as I was fearing based on the smell. I makes me think of when you stand downwind from a campfire all night and the next morning your clothes (and hair and skin and everything) still smells like the campfire. It has that same taste. You know, if you were to eat those clothes. And there is a little sweetness to it! As it starts to cool, I’m getting a honey-smoked-ham type taste from it. Or maple smoked.

I made the husband try some and he compared it to Liquid Smoke and said that he feels like he’d smell like a smoker if he drank a lot of that (smoker as in device used to smoke meats, not one who smokes cigarettes). So yeah, he’s not a fan.

Honestly, I’m probably not a huge fan either simply because I am not a fan of drinking my ham. Not a big meat fan in general, actually. However, if I were looking for an easier replacement for fried ham in the mornings, this would get my vote. I do enjoy the smoothness of this (which is surprising) and the sweetness (because I am a big sweet fan). So I think I’m going to come down on the side of good tea, not for me.

I think I’m going to see if I can get my dad to try this next time I see him. If anyone would like smoked meat tea, I think it’d be him!

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

I bought some of this for the Other Half the other day, since he’s a black tea drinker. I’m just waiting for him to open the packet. g

teaplz

Mmmmm, meat tea! I bet chocolate + lapsang souchong tastes like chocolate-covered bacon!

I love it how you threw it somewhere secret and safe and away from everything else because of its noxious fumes! Hahaha! I heart smoked meats, so that’s probably why I would like this. And gunpowder, its little cousin in smokey crime.

Auggy

You’d probably like this one! It actually seems like a good tea, just not something I can see wanting to drink too often. The second steep was nice, too – pretty consistent. But dude, it SMELLS. And need a 100% air tight tin for a home. Because it SMELLS.

LENA

but does it smell? :)

Auggy

Absolutely no scent whatsoever! ;)

teafiend

The smell gets me every time.
@teaplz, chocolate covered bacon? Come on USA, do we really have to put EVERYTHING into chocolate? Really?

teaplz

I looooove chocolate-covered bacon. I have to say it. I’ve also had saffron and chorizo on crusty bread with a warm dark chocolate spread at the best tapas place in NYC (Tia Pol). Sweet + savory is pretty awesome. And I’m teeny-tiny (90 pounds) so the fat content is not an issue.

Auggy

Dip it in chocolate or deep fry it! OR BOTH!

Teeny little teaplz. I put you in my pocket, k?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I also heart chocolate and bacon together. It’s so good! (And I’m trying out the new italics function for the first time.)

Jillian

And so healthy too… ;)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Yeah, I know. That’s why I rarely have it. Besides, how often are you out and the restaurant has chocolate and bacon on the menu. I’m certainly not making it at home. =)

sophistre

I actually did make candied (but not chocolate) bacon earlier this year…for crumbling onto salads. It was good that way, but just not the sort of thing I want to keep in my house, at the end of the day. Vosges makes bacon-and-chocolate bars, for the curious.

teafiend

I think I might be the only person who honestly hates bacon. I totally have added chocolate to a bunch of savory dishes, like when I used to eat chicken and such. But bacon is just bleh, why ruin the chocolate?
I can think of more unhealthy things, like deep fried lard balls. “This is why you’re fat” is an awesome/ gross site.

Auggy

Mmm. Bacon. Bacon is goooooood. Well, if it is crispy. If it is like my college food service company used to make it? NASTY.

takgoti

To be fair, I have yet to hear of a college food service that does anything well.

Jillian

Actually the Food Training Caffeteria on my campus is quite good. The cooking students make some really neat (and tasty!) soups and entrees, and their desserts are incredible. The only thing they need is good tea (they only have Lipton tea bags).

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88

Arguably my most favorite Chai. I really don’t understand notes about this being weak. Have we all forgotten that to fine tune our teas to our own particular tastes, that we can use MORE or steep for longer to achieve the desired strength? That said, I find that Republic Chai works best with 1.5 teaspoons, boiling water @ about 9-10 minutes. finish with honey and milk and you get a nice smooth cup of Chai with a wonderful peppery afterbite.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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50

This tea does taste rather like a medicinal tea would, so I wonder if I steeped it to medicinal strength (ie. 10-15 minutes) if it would cure all my ills?
/sarcasm ;)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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78

SQUEE!

Auggy sent me an extremely awesome package in the mail of a bunch of teas for me to try. Just because she’s amazing and awesome like that. It wasn’t even a tea swap – it was a gift! Once I amass a large enough tea collection, she’s getting lots of yummy goodness her way!

Anyway, the package arrived yesterday, but I was so busy that I barely had time to tear it open and inspect all the wonders inside. I was out late last night, and I woke up super groggy and completely out of it. I was out until 4:30 am last night at a friend’s birthday party, and it was freezing out. 7 degrees with wind chill. So yeah, I woke up not in the best of spirits this morning. I wanted something delicious and strong. Something pirate-y that would be a nice kick in the pants.

And boy, did this deliver! The wet leaves smell strong and assertive, the way a proper Irish Breakfast blend should. The cup brewed up to a much darker color than Adagio’s, but less cloudy than Twinings. On first sip, I had a huge smile on my face.

Auggy knew that I had been disappointed with Adagio’s blend – that it wasn’t RAWR-in-your-face assertive enough for me to call it a true IB. The Twinings blend is such a punch-to-the-face it could almost be TOO aggressive at times. This one is the perfect happy medium to those two. The Assam gives a nice, malty kick at the end of each sip, pulling you awake by your lapels. And the Ceylon is the beginning of every tasting note, that smooth, default essence-of-tea taste. They complement each other very nicely, creating a very drinkable cup with more sophistication than the Twinings blend but still enough kickassery to really wake you up in the morning.

This is the way that I pictured Irish Breakfast loose leaf to taste. Smooth but bracing with a some astringency and spice. Auggy hit the nail right on the head when she sent this to me! I can’t wait to tear through everything else she sent me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Auggy

Yay! I’m glad you liked it! I can’t remember the other teas I stuck in for you, but this was something I tried to match to your tastes. The others might be more ’don’t know if you’ll like it but it’s a fun tea to try’ kind of thing. Maybe.

teaplz

t wait to try all of these! SO EXCITED!

teaplz

BLAH! Where did my post go?! :(

I said something along the lines of YAY AUGGY IS AWESOME AND AMAZING!

Then I proceeded to list the teas:
SerendipiTEA’s Colonille
Rishi Jade Fire
Rishi Citron Oolong
SpecialTEA’s Almond Cookie!

WHEEE! I’m sure all of these will be awesome to taste and try! You are awesome on so many levels. I want to bow down to the awesomeness that is Auggy!

Auggy

Yay! My own little worshiper! I feel so special!

Oh yes, the Jade Fire… I’m thinking you might like that. The second steep was a bit too in your face for me which made me think you might enjoy that… so definitely give that one a resteep! The Colonille is a good vanilla (though I think I mentioned another one of their’s in my note? That’s the best one I’ve had). And Almond Cookie! It’s nummy! And Citron Oolong is just to weird (but addictive) for me not to share.
I’m also thinking this Kenyan tea I’m trying might be something you’d like a lot. Hmm, might be borderline. I reserve the right to make you try it.

Auggy

Correction: the Tanzanian one I’m drinking…. the Kenyan was yesterday.

teaplz

Yay! m not going to like (cucumber = ew), but all the varieties of fermentation/oxidization seem to be pretty awesome to my mouth and tummy!

Jillian

See? You’re turning into a fine Tea Guru already. ;)

takgoti

Hee, hurrah for tea packages!

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