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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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57

I expected to like this tea a lot more than I did. It’s definitely warm, but it feels a bit like it’s missing something. I’m thinking of using it for some baking, I think it might make a lovely tea cake.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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34

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 :-/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

2 bags, 12 ounce mug, 5 minutes filtered boiling water
same as before: delicious sweet pineapple and lychee followed by tart hibiscus, which i like
strong full flavor

pairs well with my bacon chocolate chop cookies

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

chip not chop!

SoccerMom

LOL I was going to say man got enough pork flavor in those cookies ;)

AmazonV

yea 1 pork chop would be a bit large :)

SoccerMom

Well you could have chopped up chops! ;)

Meghann M

Lol, that’s an interesting combination. And where did you find bacon cookies? Is bacon and chocolate a good combination?

AmazonV

YES bacon and chocolate is great, bacon covered in chocolate is great! well my friend found it on a blog which has since been deleted and made them, we all thought she was a little nuts, then another friend went and made them just to see and also liked them, and so then it went epidemic among our friends

http://www.bettycrocker.com/products/cookie-mix/products/chocolate-chip
+ 1 stick butter
+ 1 c crispy bacon chopped into little chocolate chip sized pieces… See More
+2 small eggs
+ 1 tbl bacon torani syrup

the original recipe called for normal from scratch cookie recipe but came out kinda dry

oh and here: http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/category/bacon_and_chocolate

AmazonV

sorry the see more came from facebook, dumb facebook

Stephanie

I love the Dark Chocolate Bacon Bar! The dark chocolate flavor is new and it’s really good.

Meghann M

May have to give that recipe a go. Bet the hubby would love those cookies!

AmazonV

@Stephanie i have never had one :( we’ve made them ourselves though

Bonnie

I use this tea to soak apples in for fruit salad, then mix with strawberries and smoked salmon. Sounds wierd…tastes great! Keeps the apples from browning.

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87

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 6 ounces, filtered, boiling
Steep Time: a little over 7 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: pineapple, sweet, hint of lychee, didn’t’ notice the hibiscus
Steeped Tea Smell: pineapple, hibiscus, perhaps a hint of lychee
Flavor: sweet, pineapple, hibiscus
Body: Full
Aftertaste: lychee, but the canned kind not fresh
Liquor: deep dark red

Today was a day to come home to a happy surprise, some hibiscus tea from Meghann M. The package smelled fabulous as soon as I opened it.

I had to have some, and I had to have it NOW!

This was a good choice.

Post-Steep Additives: none, it was sweet enough!

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/republic-of-tea-teabag-herbal-tea.html

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

Between you and MeghannM’s reviews I might have to cave and buy this!

Meghann M

If you’d like to try some I can send you a few bags. I also have the Lime if you’re interested in that too. Really good flavor and I’d be happy to share.

SoccerMom

EWWWW. I would love to try them both!! Thanks MeghannM :) I looked for this today at World Market that have quite a few ROT teas but not this one;(

Meghann M

I will send some out to you Friday or Saturday!

SoccerMom

Thanks MeghannM!!

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89

had cold brewed this morning, 3 tsp, 3 cups water, BLEH bitter, and the sugar wouldn’t melt

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89

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tsp
Additives: none
Water: 1 zarafina cup
Tool: Zarafina green-loose-mild
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetation from a garden with fresh cherries, not the fake ones
Steeped Tea Smell: lightly grassy lightly cherry
Flavor: weak weak vegetal and cherry
Body: Light
Aftertaste: none
Liquor: nearly clear watery green

I was so sad, I had been so excited.

You see a long time ago I fell in love with the “Memoirs of a Geisha” spring cherry green from ROT. Then of course they stopped having it. I was not the tea addict I was now, and so I just sullenly sought out other cherry greens (teavana etc).

Then I decided to ask ROT, and they promptly let me know Spring Cherry was the same tea!

SoccerMom had found some after my fruitless searches (I didn’t want enough tea to make a full order with free shipping).

When it arrived I was ecstatic. The next morning I woke up and made some (this is a backlog, sorry I have been busy). I am not a morning person and I woke up extra early just for this.

A song ran through my mind:
My blood runs cold, my memory has just been sold
My angel is a centerfold
Angel is a centerfold

Oh misery oh sadness, was it ever delicious, was I deluding myself?

Well it wasn’t bitter so perhaps I should resteep stronger.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: Zarafina 1 c green-loose-medium

SUCCESS

Next time I need to start with medium on this tea.

Light vegetal taste and a low presence of cherry, real cherries not fake cherries. I would like them stronger, but every green cherry tea I have tried that was stronger the cherries were sickly sweet fake.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/republic-of-tea-loose-leaf-green-tea.html

SoccerMom

Whew! Glad you ended up liking it because you’ve got a larger sample coming your way! :)

AmazonV

I hate when I mess up the steeps! i try to err on the side of mild so i can add time if it’s weak

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58

Another tea that I thought I’d probably dislike- but I’d never tried cherry in tea, and again, we had individual tea bags at school, so I nabbed one. It’s actually not bad. White tea disappears when flavor is added, and this smells a lot more strongly of cherry than it tastes. The smell seems to even contain hints of vanilla, but the tea itself is mild-cherry, not sweet at all, but not bitter. I accidentally left the tea bag in the travel mug (got distracted), so it was probably in there for 30 minutes- I actually didn’t think it was gross.
I’d never have taken a chance and bought this- particular since I think RoT teas are overpriced (sad, because I love some of them). I’m glad I got to try it though.

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54

Both less fruity and flowery than I expected- and the vanilla is definitely in the background. I do taste the hibiscus, perhaps more than anything else. Behind that there is a definite hint of fruitiness- that’d be the apple. I expected to hate this tea, but it’s milder than I was expecting and less sweet. I wouldn’t quite say it’s tart, but almost so. (The aftertaste is a bit tart- not unlike an apple can be.) Not one I’ll actually buy for myself, but it was interesting to try a bag.

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54

This tasted a little bit on the green side of white teas. It was not particularly remarkable, but somewhat enjoyable. There were faint notes of berry – primarily goji berry, but maybe a little blackberry in there too. As the brew cooled, it became more astringent and not quite as good; I am not a fan of astringency in any tea.

I got this at a bookstore cafe and the water may have been too hot, causing some of that astringency. I’m not going to withhold a rating because with leaf pieces as small as were used for this, I’m somewhat sure that a good portion of the astringency would remain.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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62

Tasty. Fruity. I prefer Rishi’s blueberry in blueberry rooibos. I know this isn’t rooibos, but the blueberry isn’t very distinct. It smells like blueberry and there was a mild tartness to it. A nice, naturally sweet tea overall.

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62

I received another sample of this in the mail. Steep is a dark red-brown. It is sweet-smelling. It tastes light and fruity. Not so tart, which is nice.

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

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62

Tasty! I got this as a free sample. I can taste the rooibos and vanilla with a hint of fruity pomegranate. It was very mild but there was a nice tart aftertaste to it. It tastes and smells very good!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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49

So I’m not the biggest fan of RoT, but when I am at Panera or somewhere that serves it and I have a tea craving, I usually go for the Mango Ceylon. The other one I really like is the green tea with ginger and peach. Like I said, I don’t drink these every day, but they get the job done in a pinch.

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82

After my matcha disaster, I needed something simple. Just dropped this in 6oz of water heated for 2 min. Pretty good for a bagged Chinese green. Very sweet, slightly grassy. Just what I need.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teabird

I’m always impressed now by good reviews of bagged (non-herbal) tea

Cofftea

At least ROT ones, especially considering how very light in weight they are. This one is ~1.77g

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71

This has a nice cherry after taste. Not a strong flavored tea but I don’t think you want your green tea to be too strong in flavor (my personal opinion).

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 45 sec
AmazonV

you found some!

SoccerMom

Yep. I just send you a PM too! :)

Meghann M

Where’d you find it? (if at a store? I looked at my whole foods and they only had the black tea version :(

SoccerMom

Meghann, I found it at Central Market aka HEB. I didn’t buy that much because I wasn’t sure i’d like it but if you are interested in trying some I could send you some? It wouldn’t be a very big sample though :( let me know.

Meghann M

No, I’ve had it. Just hoping to find it locally as I don’t have a big order to place with RoT yet, although if I finish my can of Hibiscus tea, I am considering getting the 250ct size as a replacement!

AmazonV

i want to get one of each of the hibiscus….but i shouldn’t until i drink a lot of what i have

it’s so hard to be good

SoccerMom

Meghann M,
I found it in the health food section and it is in big glass jars and you serve your self there was a scale there (that I didn’t see) and scoopers and bags.

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Meh.

I am just not finding this tea impressive. I’ve had bad luck with cherry flavored teas – can’t find one I like. I’m finding this one hard to brew without bitterness, and there’s very little that stands out as yummy. No happy flavor of tea leaf, no creamy from the vanilla, and no juicy cherry flavor.

I’m just not impressed.

LiberTEAS

If you are looking for a cherry tea that you’ll like, might I suggest one? I really found the Cherry Flavored Black Tea from Indonique quite enjoyable. Also, I really like Sencha Cherry teas.

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94

A light green tea, probably the best I’ve tried yet. It’s my first from ROT and they’ve won me over. :-)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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95

Hubby and I finished up the last two bags of the tin of this tonight :( Another trip to Whole foods/World Market needs to happen soon. I don’t know if I can go long without this tea.

I was happy that he liked this without any sweetner, as he usually has to put 3-4 packets of splenda in his tea to enjoy it. Finally found something he will drink without additives :)

This tea is delightful, refreshing and oh so pineapple-y hot. I think this may be the first cup I’ve had hot. I’m glad I enjoy it this way as well, since it is getting cooler out.

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95

3 bags, 8oz hot 12oz icewater.

I’m down to my last serving of this tea :’( I think this calls for a short road trip this week up to World Market or Whole Foods. Does anyone have any recommendations for teas that can be found at either of those two stores? I want to find a good hot green tea (any type of flavor loose or bagged) and another herbal/fruit tea.

Cofftea

I’ve been told (here!) that WF carries DoMatcha:)

wombatgirl

My local Whole Foods carries loose Rishi teas and Shang Tea.

LiberTEAS

I prefer Whole Foods to World Market. My Whole Foods carries DoMatcha, as well as a wide selection of Tazo (which is a local company for me) and Republic of tea. They even have a few Two Leaves and a Bud selections as well as some from Tea Spot. And some good local companies (Townshend’s & The Jasmine Pearl are a couple that come to mind).

gmathis

Sigh..oh for a Whole Foods that wasn’t 100 miles away….

Cofftea

I’m w/ a gmathis- WF and Trader Joes are 2 hrs away from me! (and Teavana, but from what people are sayin I don’t wanna go there anyway lol)

Meghann M

Ohhh, I forgot about the Rishi teas. And Two Leaves and a Bud had some good ones. I’m still not sold on Matcha, I am not ready for it yet.

Gmathis and Cofftea, I’m driving 54 miles each way to visit whole foods…the Pineapple Lychee being empty is worth the trip. And I need something fun to do on my 3 days off this week (well one of the 3 days).

Jaime

WF here has more of a variety than WM does, but WM has those exclusives with Republic of Tea and Zhena’s that I love. I can recommend Zhena’s Vanilla Mandarin and Rainforest Berry rooibos (I think that’s the name…), both are WM exclusives and yummy!

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95

Another hot day here in Chicagoland. Brewing up a large iced mug of this to take with me to work this afternoon. Love the energy I get from the bright citrus flavors and sweet lychee fruit. This tea needs to be available loose leaf, that way I could make pitchers of it at a time…not easy to do without using up all my bags :(

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I agree this is day 3 for extreme in the Chicago area. Planning on staying home and getting work done. Will have to leave the house tomorrow and Friday though.

Meghann M

I’m just hoping the A/C is working well at work. We had it freeze up on us the last two days…bad timing for a busy restaurant/cafe. Looking forward to not leaving the house this weekend.

-Jessica-

This sounds yummy! Hope your A/C at work is working right today!

Meghann M

AHHHH! I think I know where my next paycheck (well part of it) is going, look what I discovered:
http://www.republicoftea.com/pineapple-lychee-hibiscus-full-leaf/p/v02109/

Rabs

Wowsa — you’ll be set with this tea for about a month or two ;)

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95

I haven’t found a hibiscus tea I like more than this one. It is so naturally sweet, so wonderfully pineapple-y and just all around great. I’m hoarding this until I can get more. Not enough funds for a whole order online (nor room in the cupboard). Wish this was available loose so I could make up a pitcher of it (although I like it so much I would drink a pitcher a day, so probably better to savor it).

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