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I got a sample of this in a swap with TeaBrat because I’d been wanting to try a lemon dessert tea. I’m really glad I did! This was a nice, sweet, creamy lemon flavor. No tartness here and just the right blend of vanilla to really hit the spot for me. Not to mention how good it smelled when brewed! I personally don’t have a problem with the lighter flavor I get from using one bag of this, but I know many other prefer to use two bags when having tea from RoT. I could see how that would be tasty with this particular flavor. I’ll be picking some of this up when I order from them again.
Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Vanilla
This sample came from albertocanfly. I’m finding that I actually really like a lot of these Republic of Tea teas even though they’re tea bags and probably not the best quality leaf. They’re definitely nailing the niche of combining convenience with pretty good teas, especially with their caffeine-free options. Anyway! Dry, this actually smells a little bit sour which is odd. I used two bags in about 10 ounces of water.
This is a fairly accurate tea representation of apple cider! Granted, it’s quite a bit milder in flavor, but it has that same sweet and tart full apple flavor. The spices are very mild, which makes me very happy as it lets the apple flavor shine. There’s just the lightest touch of cinnamon that gives it a nice, warm holiday feel. I think I may have to pick up a tin of this one the next time I go to my local retailer!
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Sweet, Tart
I picked up this and one other Republic of Tea holiday tea at a small local market that carries a lot of RoT teas. Since I’d been browsing these online, I was very happy to find them without having to pay shipping! This is a green rooibos blend with peppermint, cocoa extract, and vanilla. Dry, it mostly smells like mint with a little teensy bit of a sweet edge. I used two bags in about 10 ounces of boiling water.
I was surprised by how dark the liquid is! It’s a medium brown and almost looks like a lighter black tea. The smell is quite lovely, still heavily peppermint but it’s softened by sweet vanilla now, and perhaps a hint of cocoa. Unfortunately, I had already put a little bit of raw sugar in my cup before I noticed that this one is pre-sweetened with stevia, so it’s quite a bit too sweet for me now. However, I will say, this does remind me of white chocolate peppermint bark, which is a win in my book. Hopefully it’s not too sweet with just the stevia…
Flavors: Candy, Peppermint, Sweet, Vanilla, White Chocolate
So, the boyfriend and I went to this local little store called Putnam Market to grab sandwiches for lunch (they have a bunch of assorted deli stuff and they sell a lot of condiments, bakery goods, etc). They carry a lot of Republic of Tea items and I was very happy to find several of their holiday teas! I’ve been perusing them casually on RoT’s website and hoping I could find them in a store somewhere. Hooray! I picked up this one along with Peppermint Bark, and I’ll probably go back for a couple more later. Anyway, this tea! For some reason, it’s loose leaf while all the others are in bags. Visually, it’s a mix of dark chocolate brown leaves, dried orange peel, rose petals, and various dried berries (cranberry, juniper, black currant). Dry scent is a lovely mix of fruity, spicy, sweet, and piney.
Once the tea is steeped, I can smell a lot more sweet and creamy vanilla/almond aromas, along with citrus and spice. Hmm… The flavor is quite light, maybe next time I’ll try a longer steep. I can taste light sweet orange and vanilla flavors, as well as a touch of spice (mostly clove). I wish there was a bit more berry presence here, though I do get a hint of pine from the juniper. I’m actually tasting a hint of bitterness here, possibly because I used almost two teaspoons of leaf for my 8 ounce cup.
Overall, this is a tasty cup that definitely reminds me of the holidays. Next time I’ll try a bit less tea and a longer steep.
Flavors: Almond, Berry, Clove, Orange, Pine, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla
Pass the Stash TTB #11
I had been intrigued by various red velvet rooibos teas but never enough to buy it. So I was happy to try this in the TTB. Sadly I found it rather weak. I saw someone else who reviewed it used three bags per cup which seems like the flavor would be better – but honestly, if you make single-serve bags, flavor the things well enough that one bag is sufficient.
I get dark chocolate, but I wish it was stronger. Mainly, I get the sugar I added to the tea to get any flavor other than rooibos.
Glad I tried it, though I doubt I’ll ever buy any myself.
Some nights, when you schlep home exhausted from work and have a buy-one, get-one coupon from Denny’s, dinner plans are much easier.
As we needed to order two beverages, I did hot tea, ignored the Lipton bags they brought me, and fished this out of my purse…had been toting this sample bag so long the paper was getting crumpled.
The last tea with turmeric I tried (Rishi, I think), you got nothing but burn. This was a pleasant surprise, very subtly sweet, not bitter, not hot; just warming. More of an Asian ginger feel to it instead of gingerbread. I can certainly see it as a cold-weather decaf option.
This tea smells quite yummy.. it reminds me of an artificial vanilla cupcake or cookie. It’s certainly tempting, but has me worried that it might be a little too fake. I think that I might have to add milk to it even though I like trying all of my teas plain. This tea just calls for it.
Sipping… weird. This tastes almost like a scented candle. It’s like a caramel vanilla candle dunked in a weak black tea. I’m disappointed because I thought this would be rich and tasty. Yuck.. I can’t seem to sip any longer and I don’t think adding milk would bring this cup back. Down the drain it goes!
I have doubled the tea bags for this, however I also doubled the size of my mug, so that could have an effect. Heh.
This is not quite actual cider, but I’m enjoying it as a autumn herbal. Pleasant enough for my purposes!
I may or may not have bought 4 new books today. Ha! I love books, and gulp them down nearly as fast as I gulp tea. So I’m sure these won’t be unread books for long (and several are books that I am desperate to read).
My only regret is that I have an actual life to live, which cuts into the ol reading time.
This sample was a bonus from Blodeuyn in our swap (somehow she knew I wanted to try more pumpkin spice teas!). I was surprised by the smell, it seems quite heavy on the savory spices to me, almost like a curry or something. We shall see! I used 2 bags for 10 ounces of water (recommended is 1 per 6 ounces).
Steeped, it still smells a touch savory, but it’s more along the lines of what I would expect for a spiced blend. I added a touch of raw sugar to my cup, but no milk. Meh, this is another one of those teas that tastes mostly like spices, and nothing like pumpkin. So basically that makes it a rather weak version of chai… Oh well! At least I will have a lovely tin of Sweet Autumn soon to sate my pumpkin cravings!
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Spices
How did I not review this already? Anyway, I really like the scent of this one. It is nice and floral. There is a lovely rose flavour as well. I like this tea because it makes feel like I’m at a fancy tea event. The black tea base is pleasant. Overall, of my fave teas from RoT.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Rose
This one was a sample from albertocanfly. I was looking through my caffeine-free samples and this sounded so amazing, I had to try it! I love lemon, especially when paired with something sweet, as in lemon cake or sweet lemon candies. Honestly, the dry bags don’t smell much like lemon to me, more like a buttery pound cake with some lemon glaze as an afterthought. I used two sachets for about 10 ounces of water.
Ahh, the steeped tea smells much more lemony, hooray! I added a small amount of raw sugar to this one, because cakes are sweet of course! Hmm, the flavor is actually weaker than I thought it would be, especially since you’re supposed to use 6 ounces of water per bag. However, this is an extremely delicious and convenient lemon dessert tea! It tastes like a lemon cake with vanilla buttercream on top! And since it’s green rooibos, there’s no base tea flavor to interfere. Maybe next time I’ll just steep it longer or use even less water per bag. Yum!
Flavors: Butter, Cake, Frosting, Lemon, Sweet
I do not like red rooibos at all, but there are several of the green rooibos flavors from Republic of Tea that I rather like. Orange Red Carrot (or maybe it’s Red Orange Carrot) is my favorite of them, but Lemon Chiffon Cuppa Cake runs a close second. It reminds of of a Confetti Cupcake Pop Tart with an undercurrent of vanilla running through it.
To be fair, I didn’t brew it very well, since I was at school and had my oversized mug, but only used one teabag. It ended up on the weak side, but it was still really nice. I imagine when I brew it a bit stronger next time it will be better yet.
Hello Steepster! This tea came from albertocanfly in my recent tea rehoming swaps. I’m not sure why, but I’ve had a weird fascination with these Cuppa Cake teas for a while… I’m very happy I finally get to try a couple of them! (if anyone else has Blueberry Bundt or Gingerbread, I would love to swap for those too!) Republic of Teas recommends 6 ounces of water per teabag (what…?) so I used two and filled my mug up almost to the top (so about 10 or 11 ounces). Hopefully it comes out okay! It’s hard to judge the leaf itself by looking at these bags, but it looks quite broken and very dark. It smells like some kind of amazing vanilla butter pound cake with caramel sauce, yum. I let the bags steep for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Mmm, once steeped, this tea smells like pure butter… Somewhat similar to those Butter Rum Lifesavers. There’s definitely a dessert element here. I added some raw sugar to my cup because, come on, cake is sweet. ;) I’m going to use Marzipan’s excuse and say, “Hey, I’m from the South!” Midwest counts as South, right? Right?! Sorry, sometimes I get pretty distracted typing while I’m waiting for my tea to cool… :P Okay, I may have overdone it a touch on the sugar, but it’s super delicious! Just like a cake tea should be. It tastes very vanilla-y and buttery, and there is caramel but it’s more of a light caramel – like a caramel drizzle. The base tea is super mellow and mild, and there’s the teensiest bit of astringency, but it’s next to nothing. Very tasty and decadent cake tea!
Flavors: Butter, Cake, Caramel, Frosting, Sweet, Vanilla
Honeydew Melon. Sounds amazing, huh?
That’s what I thought too. xD
So, I doubt any of you guys smoke Hookah ever, but there is this flavor by a company called Haze, and it’s called “Cucumberita”. My bro used to be obsessed with it. We used to smoke it all the time back in the day. Cucumberita tastes like cucumber water mainly.
And you know what? This tea totally tastes like Cucumberita. It’s so weird.
It’s like having that hookah flavor in liquid form. Not sure how I feel about this one. :O It isn’t too strong of a tea, which Is also disappointing for me. But…at least I tried. And I can always give it away/sell it if I decide it’s not for me.
I think that Lupicia’s melon/honeydew teas still stand as the best.
Queued post, written August 21st 2014
And thus, Steepsterites, I Emptied That Box!
Huzzah! I am now allowed to buy new stuff again. Point me in the direction of the nearest Dancong, please.
This last boxed item was one that Auggy sent to me, and she did so this spring, so it’s not even several years old, unlike some of the other things in the box. Right now it only contains my Bad Dog purchase from the other day. Ha!
Anyway, it’s the second of two matchas that Auggy sent to me. The first one was ginger flavoured (same brand) but didn’t taste all that much like ginger and quite a lot like just drinking super-strong sencha. Mind you, I’m not complaining about it not tasting like ginger.
This one is rather the same. Super-strong sencha, but not really much in the way of flavouring detected. I’ve had yuzu flavoured tea before, so I have a tentative grasp on what it’s supposed to taste like. It’s a kind of citrus fruit, which in itself should give a hunch. I’m just not really getting anything. There is a wee bit of a citrus note on the aftertaste, but not overwhelmingly so.
I don’t think my stance on matcha has really changed at all by trying these two. It remains the same. Matcha? Wasted on me. Sorry. I just can’t see the attraction. I’d much rather have a cup of flavoured actual normal sencha. Eating tea leaves doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest.
I’m beginning to wonder if buying and then consuming a huge Costco-sized pumpkin pie might just alleviate all of the pumpkin tea problems I’ve been having. Do I just not know what pumpkin tastes like? Seriously…I don’t taste it here. There’s some sweet and some spicy and some fall….because fall is, in fact, a flavor…right? Maybe I’m mistaking pumpkin for fall. I don’t know. All I know for sure is that I have yet to find pie in any cup of pumpkin tea I’ve drunk so far….
Having said that, the mix of spices in this tastes pretty good. But it’s not pie.