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This has always been a favorite of mine. While some drinkers lament the soft mango hints and would prefer a more robust fruit flavor, I find its subtlety to be its best feature. A cup of Mango Ceylon is always delightful and smooth on its own merits. I have convinced many non-tea drinkers to give tea another look after serving a cup of Mango Ceylon.
I approached this tea with the usual amount of cynicism I reserve for this company. I have a love/hate relationship with Republic of Tea. This smelled really good, though, in the bag AND in the hot water. It had a lovely sweet cherry scent. When I took the tea bag out after a three minute steep it smelled really good—like cherries and tea. Impressed, I immediately set up a second tea bag in a quart jar as a cold brew for iced tea.
I like it hot. It’s a mild, pleasant green tea with a nice sweet cherry scent. Not at all koolaid-ish, it actually reminds me of dried cherries and it isn’t one of those tart fruit flavors that leaves me craving sweeteners either. It’s more of a scent than a flavor but it’s a pleasant one that mingles well with the tea. It is actually rather elegant for a snowy winter day and I kind of wish I had it in a fancier tea cup. Ah well, it is still lovely. Thanks to my big sis who sent it to me. Too bad it’s only a sample but I should be able to find more locally. I’ll probably pick some up this time next year—It seems really appropriate for February.
Postscript: Cold brewed the flavor was good at first but seemed a bit harsh soon afterwards and bothered my tummy. I like it better hot. Your mileage may vary.
I tried this book tonight at book club. When our host pulled out some different teas, I was very excited. I had seen this tea before, but had not tried it. First of all, I put the tea bag in the water to steep and even though I left it in there for quite some time, the water color barely changed. The flavor of this tea matched that of the color of its water, very mild. I guess I just expect more of a deep flavor when a tea is supposed to resemble hot apple cider.
I steeped this tea longer than recommend, actually lost track of time while being engrossed in the Olympics :-)
The tea had cooled some and when I took a sip, it had a vanilla flavor at first then the slight caramel flavor came through. I reheated it and added some sweetener to see if any other flavors would come through, it was still more vanilla than anything else. At least to my taste buds, it was.
Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla
I’ve heard about these Downton Abbey teas before and was always curious about them. So today when I was waiting for a bus, I quickly perused a small market nearby and bought this on impulse. I started watching the new season of Downton Abbey last week, so I found this an appropriate tea to sip on while watching another episode. Plus, it’s herbal, so I didn’t have to worry about my caffeine intake after dinner.
Anyway, on to the tea itself. As soon as the bag and water came into contact, it turned a deep red/purple. I can definitely taste the tartness from the hibiscus and the raspberry flavor. I’m not getting so much of a rose flavor, which was a bit disappointing since this is called “Rose Tea,” but if I put that fact aside, it’s not so bad. I am gonna wait to rate this until I try it iced, because I think it will be really nice as an iced tea. Or even a tea soda maybe!
The first flavor you taste is sweet pineapple, then it goes into a hint of guava. It is very pleasant until you get the aftertaste of something bitter. I am not rating this tea because I could have oversteeped it. I will try this tea with different steeping times and temperatures
More tea! More tea!
Time for the second try of this tea, the lovely valentines gift from my boyfriend. (Good man. He knows me well).
I, somewhat to my surprise, like this. The ginger was a given. I love ginger. But I have more mixed feeling as peach.
But the blend here is lovely. Light, slightly spicy, and a bit sweet. Good.
My significant other is a romantic soul, and knew the way to make me feel happy was a gift of tea. So he took himself bravely into the tea aisle, and hunted around, and this is what he came away from.
I love ginger. Majorly love ginger. I am less wild about peaches, but I’ve heard good things about this tea, so I was happy when, after our romantic dinner of mac n’ cheese and champange, he brewed me up a cup of this, as we split chocolate for dessert.
Its good! I’ll happily experiment around with it, but its a nice combination of sweet fruit and savory ginger, and my first cup was very nice.
Obviously you will all get updates on my opinion as I keep drinking this.
This has been on my list of things to try, so I was delighted when it showed up in the Republic of Tea mailer.
I love caramel. I love vanilla. I am helpless in the face of cake. On the surface, this tea is exactly what the doctor ordered.
In practice? Nope. It tastes oddly chemical and fake. A faint hint of a very faux vanilla and even faker caramel. A disapointment. I will pull this off the wishlist.
In general, I’m not usually a fan of The Republic of Tea. Their tea bags don’t have strings, which I find very annoying and unhelpful, and they usually brew a barely flavored cup of water. So, why did I purchase a tin of 50 tea bags the last time I was in the local market? I don’t know. Something about the graphic on the tin and the name, Comfort and Joy, just called to me.
Well, if I try and compare this tea to any full-leaf, loose variety I have in my cupboard, it’s not going to stand up to the competition. Yet somehow, I find that I’ve been really enjoying this tea for what it is: a simple, easy-to-brew, nothing-to-clean-up-afterwards, perfect-for-the-evenings cup of tea.
Since I have a pair of tea tongs, I’ve gotten over the fact that the bag doesn’t have a string. And really, there’s nothing easier than sticking some water in the microwave and popping a bag of this tea into a mug for 5 minutes. When it’s done, I toss the tea bag and there’s no further clean-up necessary! I always use a dishwasher-safe mug, so there’s really nothing easier when I’m in the mood for a simple cup of tea and don’t feel like going through my normal, more involved brewing process and the clean-up that’s required afterwards.
It is rather lackluster in the flavor department, so I brew one teabag in about 6 ounces of water. This produces an enjoyable cup that usually disappears quickly. The flavor profile is mainly orange peel and cloves with a light, smooth, black tea base and a hint of licorice. I actually quite like it! It’s plain and simple and doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. I can sit back and drink it without feeling like I have to analyze the cup and take notes or otherwise confer a lot of attention on it.
I just sip and relax and concentrate on something else, like a TV show or movie that I’m watching with my husband, as my cat curls up on my lap and purrs contentedly until he drifts off to sleep. Drinkable? Absolutely. Comforting? Yes, indeed. I may not stock it forever, but I am definitely enjoying this tea for the moment.
At the lower-mid scale of my ‘standard cuppa’. It might have gotten a higher score from me a year ago when I was just starting out with the wonderful world of tea.
Don’t get me wrong, and I still recommend this for making blends, but I have been spoiled by several seasonal/holiday blends and now this tends to fall short, and requires a bit of modification to bring it back up to my new taste preferences.
My recommendation is to add a little Vietnamese cinnamon to boost that component, a little fresh lemon zest or orange peel for more bitters to balance the profile, and a few cloves, this augments it sufficiently to bring it back to the good/awesome level and use it with blends that scream for mulling spices.
I have a love/hate relationship with this tea. I loved it when I first started drinking it, but now it tastes so extremely bitter and bleugh. It’s too much everything—spice, bitternotes, everything.
It’s a shame, I typically love seasonal teas. Plus, now I’m stuck with a completely undrinkable tea.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Nutmeg, Sweet Potatoes, Tobacco