The Republic of Tea

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Herbal & Decaf TTB

I saw this tea was “Vanilla Orange” so I figured I’d try it, and nope nope nope. There’s some vanilla to it (or maybe lack of other flavors), but the overall flavor of the tea is just… herby, definitely more savory than sweet to me. It tasted a little bit reminiscent of elderflower, but mostly it was fairly limp to me. I much prefer fruity or nutty teas.

Flavors: Floral, Vanilla

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Herbal & Decaf TTB

This tastes and smells exactly like fireballs and I’m not certain if I like it. The rooibos flavor is totally missing, but the cinnamon isn’t totally fire-y either. I normally hate fireballs and this is much more tame but still a bit strange.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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80

I’m so surprised by this tea. The scent of it reminds me overwhelmingly of an 80’s scratch-n-sniff sticker. It’s not tart, and it definitely has some artificial flavors going on, but it’s rather harmonious. It doesn’t have any acrid/dry herbaceous taste that I would associate with some herbal teas. This, surprisingly, would be a contender for my regular rotation of decaf teas.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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70

I’ve bought this twice, because it’s pretty satisfying as a dessert tea, and it’s caffeine-free.

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I enjoyed a break from straight green tea – the blueberry added a nice sweetness. I probably wouldn’t buy this again but I often get sucked in by this brand, because they have so many yummy-sounding teas and the packaging is nice. Note to self: When in World Market, do not visit the tea section.

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Holidays TTB

…what..
I’ve had pu’erh before and I know I don’t like it, but …what? Maybe this is low quality pu’erh? Maybe I just had bad pu’erh before? Who knows? I only made half of a cup to try it because the coconut sounded promising. I love doing TTB’s because this is not something I ever would have picked up for myself but I really do like it.

It’s definitely not as tannic or strong as a ceylon or assam base which I enjoy, but the coconut is lacking. It’s creamy, a bit of vanilla, and it coats my mouth well (if that makes sense.) It’s generally not bland, but not the most flavorful of teas which is a nice change of pace for me.

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla

rosebudmelissa

I’m not very familiar with Puerh, but this tasted a little odd to me too.

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90

Il dolce far niente… the joy of doing nothing… What a beautiful thought! I am sitting here sipping this delicious brew and while I watch Eat Pray Love :) What a fun movie and a delightful tea!

When you open the tin, the smell is so enticing! I shared this tea with my husband last night. We both love it! It has such a bold coconut/nutty flavor with just the perfect hint of chocolatey sweetness! This is the perfect cup for a relaxing Saturday afternoon.

Preparation: Bagged tea. Truvia added. (confession: I left the tea bag in the mug and drank around it)

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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It’s okay. It was surprisingly sweet. The fruit profile was a welcome change to the hibiscus/rose hip type or apple/orange/lemon tea you often get with fruity teas. It’s not a go-to green tea, but I would drink it again.

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66

Nice woodsy Rooibos. Good, but I prefer flavoured rooibos teas.

Sipdown.

Flavors: Rooibos, Wood

Daylon R Thomas

The plaintain coconut one they have is soooo good for an herbal bagged. It’s also pretty sweet and even more awesome with honey.

TeaNTees

Agreed! That green rooibos blend is lovely, especially for a bagged. :)

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96

Lovely color and matcha taste!

Flavors: Creamy

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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67

I received this as a gift and find it to have a rather mild flavor. Most of what comes through is the black tea with a hint of cinnamon. Not really detecting much of the plum. It’s drinkable but not exciting and not the first thing I reach for.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Tea

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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From the Herbal TTB.

I would steep two tea bags in an 8/10 ounce mug. With one bag, I can taste the flavors – vanilla, cinnamon – and the rooibos, but they are weak. This blend doesn’t pop out with uniqueness, but I think it’s alright.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve had this tea several times before almost always when I feel
Like being warmed in the inside. The cinnamon is quite warming and the vanilla is just enough to provide some balance.

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I read the company description. I’m a fat boy. I know what decadent vanilla sponge cake drizzled with caramel sauce tastes like. (hint – not this) This reminds me of Superberry that my wife loves. To me if you said this was rosehips and currants I would believe you.

Downtown Abbey is a show that I am never going to watch despite knowing a lot of people love it. Mrs Patmore’s Pudding Tea seems adored by most who have reviewed it. I’m happy for fans of both, but I’m sticking with my Earl Grey and Star Trek.

Live long and prosper.

Daylon R Thomas

My friend has that one and she constantly recommends it. At the same time, I have the Sweet Journey which is essentially the same tea swapping the carob for the cardamom.

gmathis

All the more for me :)

K S

Yep. And that’s why we have a gazillion different blends. I really tried with this one – I tend to love almost everything.

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80

I received one of the Downton Abbey limited edition teas for Christmas (the raspberry hibiscus herbal tea, which I already know I don’t like) and was so happy that I was able to exchange it for a tin of this instead. This is a nice, basic Earl Grey. Nothing special, but I feel that the base tea is well chosen and the bergamont flavor balanced: present, but not overpowering. It’s lightly astringent if you drink it black, but I always add a splash of milk so that doesn’t bother me. Glad to have some Earl Grey back in my cupboard, as it’s one of those staples I tend to reach for as my first cup of the day.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Very nice. I had the bagged version as a sample from RoT. It has a pretty strong honey/sweet flavor, which I’m sure is why it appeals to me. No bitter or medicinal taste from the ginseng. I would drink it again, and maybe even purchase for an evening tea with low caffeine.

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80

Currently this is my go-to “at work” tea. It’s very smooth and has a delightful aroma. I like it hot or cold, as is or with a little milk and sugar. The tea has a nice flavor, and it’s complimented well by the vanilla. It’s not overwhelming. There certainly are better earl greys out there, but for the price, I think it’s nice. I’ve bought it a couple times now, and gifted it to friends.

Flavors: Earl Grey, Vanilla

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86

Unlike some reviews, I thought this was pretty good. Was the chocolate strong, no. But the taste overall was good. I use it with Candy Cane Lane by Celestial. I know, bagged tea…

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i really did not like this tea.

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Drinking up the last bit of this on my shelf! I quite like it, though I’m not terribly fond of the licorice/anise part of the flavor. It’s difficult to find a good herbal tea blend that isn’t super sweet or full of things I don’t like much (hibiscus, the aforementioned licorice). There’s enough going on here otherwise that I mostly enjoy it, particularly the cinnamon and peppercorns.

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I made this in a 4 oz teacup with a splash of cold water, and the rest boiling. I brewed it for about three minutes. I ended up with a mild green tea with a barely discernible blueberry flavor. Certainly drinkable, but nothing special.

Flavors: Blueberry, Green

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73

I have a small gift tin of this tea, and my brother gave me a large tea cup for Christmas. The color of the cup on the outside is something between mauve and coral. Not orange, not pink. The inside is a greenish/grayish teal. There is a Bible verse written along the inner lip in the same mauve/coral, and there are line drawings of chrysanthemums in the dusty teal color on the outside, with a bit of poetry dedicated to Sisters. Really, a thoughtful gift from my favorite brother. I have three and of course I love them all, but Ross is the one who best “gets” me. And he is also a tea drinker.

On to the tea. Anything that says Blood Orange will get my interest. Add cranberry and it sounds like a perfect winter holiday tea to me. Like a lot of black teas it brews up a rich dark amber color. I took my first sip while it was still very hot and it tasted bitter to me. There may very well be a lovely aroma to this tea that would add to the enjoyment of drinking it, but with no sense of smell I can’t tell that. I added a few small rock sugar crystals and as the tea cooled it was much better to me. At the end of the sip I thought I could taste just a hint of the blood orange. By the time I finished the cup I was quite enjoying it. I won’t go rushing out to buy more of this, but I’ll enjoy the 20 grams I have.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Honey Ginseng by The Republic of Tea
127 tasting notes

I’m visiting family, and saw this in the cupboard. I was happy to get a cup of green tea, but I won’t be drinking this one again. It tastes like a mixture of honey and ginseng, as the name implies, but they do not mix well together, in my opinion. I am not able to taste the green tea at all.

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Holiday TTB

Republic of Tea is pretty hit and miss for me, but I love a good vanilla tea at bedtime, so I decided to give this on a try! The vanilla flavor doesn’t come through as much as I was hoping it would; this mostly tastes of sweet cinnamon with just a hint of soft vanilla. However, I’m not getting any of the unpleasant woody taste I often run into with red rooibos blends and this does make a rather cozy bedtime tea for the wintertime. I’m thinking I’ll hang onto this one!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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