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The Republic of Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

78

Someday, when I have my life all figured out, I will not need to wake up early. That will be the day I know I’ve made it.
Sitting here, bleery, and ready to fall back into the embrace of my bed, but that wont do. Lots to do today, work, writing, and working out all needs to be done.
Away!
Very gingery this morning. Good. Thats just the way I like it.

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drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
2275 tasting notes

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69

Hm. This is what I have, but in loose leaf format, purchased at Acquired Taste in Edmonton, AB. Well.. it’s okay. I’m finding something really acidic/drying in each of The Republic of Tea’s chai blends, something that I find really offputting because it lingers, and lingers,and lingers. It’s just…. ruining the enjoyment of my other teas, because of course I have another three on the go at the same time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

This is one of the teas I grabbed from Acquired Taste in Edmonton, AB. Huge dried blackberries litter the blend, and I both smell and taste very little sage, but it’s in there. It’s primarily a juicy, fully flavored blackberry tea, and I’m quite happy with that. Will have to try it iced, and send some off to OMGsrsly and Suziquer to try out.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

Haven’t had this in years, but remember loving it…at the time, you couldn’t get a loose-leaf version!

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76

Surprisingly thick and rich, this really does taste strongly like a coconut cocoa, although more coconut than chocolate. I used two sachets for 12oz, and I think this is the perfect amount.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coconut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Agreed: I think “double up” is the secret to RoT teas, especially the desserty ones.

MissB

Ah! Good to know. This may have been my first, or one of my first teas from The Republic of Tea.

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I liked this tea. Both steeps tasted surprisingly similar—grassy, buttery, and a bit nutty. Good tea, but I wouldn’t buy it again. It reminds me of Tazo’s China Green Tips, my favorite Tazo tea (usually I stay away from Tazo). Since I work at Starbucks, I can get CGT for free. But for those who can’t do the same, I’d recommend this over CGT. Again, very good, just not enough to make me want to buy a tin.

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78

Early morning glug. Come on tea, do your stuff!
Its going to be a long day, when I just want to sit and read my book all day. Oh well, gotta go earn the money to buy the books! And tea!

Veronica

Books and tea… I can’t think of a better way to spend money!

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95

As far as what I’ve tried, I seem to enjoy Republic of Tea’s black teas much better than their greens. My wife and I had this today, and we both loved it! I was a little worried, because I was keeping the leaves in an old tin that used to house Australian Outback tea (I made some, but the pieces were so small that many passed through the strainer, and the smell of the brewed liquid was terrible—enough to convince me not to even sip it. ). Fortunately, it appears that I had washed it thoroughly enough to remove all traces of the previous tea.
Anyway, on to the tea. The leaves looked wonderful, all golden and tippy. They produced a nice dark liquid. Although the Republic of Tea recommends drinking it with a bit of milk and sugar, I tried it plain first. It was nice and smooth—more like a Ceylon than an Assam (I’ve never had a black Yunnan before, so I didn’t know what it would be like). Slightly malty and astringent, but not overpoweringly so, with mild citrus hints. After the first few sips, I added milk and sugar. I can see why they recommend it—it really brings out new flavors! The citrus notes became more noticeable; it felt almost like I was drinking a subtle Earl Grey. This makes sense, as Earl Grey was supposedly first produced in an attempt to imitate the taste of more expensive Chinese teas (making it, I suppose, the genmaicha of England). I was very pleased, and will probably buy a tin of this, if Rishi’s 2nd Flush Darjeeling doesn’t impress me more.

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

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drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
2275 tasting notes

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90

So yet another tea from the Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box (pt. 1).
I really rather loved this tea and need to get my hands on more. I had this tea on October 8th and Jan 28th. I really had fun having this tea and was able to re-steep it too, so more awesome!

Dry leaf: the tea was in a tea bag, but i was still able to note the sweet scent, which I find really alluring to my senses.
Steeped: When steeped, the scent is both sweet and subtle. The water is a dark color, brown with purple-y tints. The tea itself is both sweet and surprisingly light for a black tea. The taste is also solid in the the berry sense.

I really found the tea’s taste perfect, it was not too sweet flavor-wise. It was very soothing. And like I said, it is alluring and entrancing to taste and smell.

jeweledthumb

I put some of the decaf blackberry sage in the recent version of the box which I think made it’s way to you fairly recently. Curious if they taste the same or similar.

Calla

I’’ll Let you know…. thats a tea that’s for sure in the pile of teas to try. And I like a good decaf once in a while… so we shall see if it is as good as this one _

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72

This is actually pretty good! I did a short steep and got a lot of the fruit flavor with just a little of the spice. The green tea in this blends well with the fruit—I’m really getting to like fruit/green mixes. I don’t know that I’ll restock this one because it’s a little generic but judging from this cup I wouldn’t refuse a cup if it was offered.

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec

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91

I was so excited to get this tea! I had read reviews before that warn against eating right before drinking this tea. Dear people on Steepster. DO NOT DRINK THIS TEA AFTER EATING. I was snacking a little bit while my tea was steeping and once it cooled I took a sip.

The taste is nice, not too strong, but nice for a detox tea. But I was down to my last sip and my stomach felt like it did a somersault. I ran to the bathroom, and sure enough my snacking came back up. I was burping like crazy for the next hour.

I feel much better now, and enjoy drinking the tea, but DO NOT EAT BEFORE DRINKING.

I feel cleansed and ready to jump back into my busy life after stuffing my face.

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80

This tea is a little bit bitter without sugar. Once I added sugar and put it on ice, I really enjoyed it. I think hibiscus teas are a little too sharp on their own, but with fruit flavors and sugar, they can be quite nice.

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70

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Flavors: Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

A fantastic blend! On days when I don’t have to wake up extremely early, I make a cup of this. I usually (but not always) add just a small amount of milk and sugar, but it also tastes delicious without, which surprised me. I like the strength and heartiness of Assam, but it can sometimes be a bit overpowering on its own, and I can rarely drink it plain. The Ceylon in this blend works really well to smooth out the bite of the Assam, while still keeping the robustness. This tin was a gift, but I would certainly buy it myself—and may do just that when I run out! I’m very pleased.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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This tea was both good and somewhat disappointing. I think I would have liked it better if I had approached it as just a regular Chinese green, but I was expecting more. For one, I started using filtered water (my city’s tap water tastes good, so I didn’t think it would change much, but it improved the other teas I had tried. Moreover, both the price ($22 per tin—but I only got two teaspoons’ worth at Whole Foods, which was lucky) and the description made me expect a spectacularly fantastic green. Maybe it was, and my taste buds just aren’t yet used to all the subtleties in Chinese greens, but to me it tasted like others I’ve had. Good, but not fantastic.

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67

A good lemon tea. Not exciting (to me), but nice.

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68

A nice tea to drink in the winter. Good for a fruit/spice lover who wants a caffeine hit.

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45

A vaguely wimpy tea that promises chocolate and mint, and sort of delivers. Maybe I should steep it a lot longer. Or add cocoa?

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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98

This is currently my favorite tea. I love sweet, fruity, tart tea. But I also dislike black tea, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for recommendations.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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54

Sipdown!! (204)

Thank you TraceyC for the chance to try this tea. I remember enjoying the last cup but this one is tasting a bit off. The black base is a little more prominent, the dusty nut element prevalent, and the hint of caramel is bordering on cloying. It is a completely different taste experience and a rather sour note to finish this off with. I don’t think I will be having this tea again if for nothing else but the inconsistency between cups.

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