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This is the tea that got me into drinking tea more than just randomly. This spurned my whole sale change from drinking tons of soda during the work week to drinking tons of tea and a soda for lunch. This tea got me with its intoxicating aroma of Cinnamon and Orange. Orange being one of my favorite smells, and foods. I love orange in many different capacities and figured it couldn’t hurt in a tea. I had always wanted to try red tea so this was me dipping my toe in. This tea while you would think could be very overpowering with taste is not, its very light and the cinnamon and orange pair together amazingly. Something about the soft woodiness of the Rooibos really melds well with the Orange and the spice of the Cinnamon. A definite try if you are a fan of citrus teas or red teas in general. Feels like it would work on both the cold winter night as well as a summer day.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Wood
Oooh, I quite like this! I’m not a huge ginger fan, but I love gingerbread, and this smells exactly like the gingerbread from a box my mom used to make 10 zillion years ago when I was a kid! It definitely has a ginger flavor, but it’s more a “baking ginger” than a zingy, fresh one. A touch of cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla or cream or cake flavor…I added some sugar to it, as I felt like something very sweet tonight, but it probably didn’t require it. A bit of milk would probably taste good, as well, but I wasn’t in the mood for it this time. I got a good 10 oz from my one steeping, and it tastes sufficiently strong, so maybe mine was fresher. I did get it straight from RoT, not retail, so that may have helped.
Flavors: Cake, Cinnamon, Ginger
This one is just utterly OK. It was a bit weak, which is always a negative for me. I added a little sugar and milk, which were nice, but it was just kind of blah. I mostly got the chocolate and strawberry as aftertastes, but they were there. I agree there is a kind of dustiness about these flavors, and it’s a bit more cocoa than chocolate. I do give them high points for not having anything that tastes artificial, though. I have a few bags of this, and may try it again with 2 tea bags in 12 oz or so to see if that helps. It’s worth keeping what I have, and drinking it, but I probably won’t be rebuying it.
Flavors: Cocoa, Strawberry
This one is another cupboard staple for me. Relatively inexpensive and available most of the time at my grocery store make it a standby. We’ve called it “tummy tea” for years, and it’s perfect for when there’s a little indigestion or sour stomach. That having been said, it’s also nice on its own. It’s mild but distinctly minty, with just a little softening from the lemon balm. A little sweetener brings out the flavors immensely. It’s one of the few teas my kids will drink, as well. This one is very comforting to us – it’s mild but still has plenty of flavor, without that in-your-face mint jolt many mint teas have.
This was definitely an impulse purchase I picked up today at the store. I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, but I don’t have such a great track record with Republic of Tea.
In the bag it just smells like rooibos and artificial flavoring. I ended up steeping this for 7 minutes. At first I didn’t taste much flavoring at all but as the cup cools, it is coming out more. I get a bit of almond and creaminess which I suspect is the coconut. It does have a very artificial flavor IMO.This was better with a bit of soymilk but I can’t say I’m a big fan and now I have a whole tin of this stuff. Perhaps I can find a way of making it more palatable. Ugh.
p.s. – it is better when steeped for 5 minutes instead of 7.
The tea box arrived today, and after a quick look through I have twenty-something teas I’d like to try. Looks like I’d better start sippin’!
The name of this tea sounds so good, but I remembered that both rosebudmelissa and jewledthumb said it was bitter. I decided to lower the water temp to 200°F to see if that would help. The good news, I’m not getting any bitterness. The bad news, I’m not getting any maple either. There is a nice pecan flavor that I find rather enjoyable. I added a little sugar to see if I could coax some maple flavor from the tea, but sadly no. Ooh, but I do have maple leaf cream cookies. Let’s forget for a moment that it’s not even noon yet. The tea and cookies actually go together very well. The sweetness of the cookie really highlights the nutty flavor in the tea.
As a nutty tea this is good. If the maple flavor was present it’d definitely up the rating.
I drank this tea all through high school, I’d take bags with me to school and make tea in classes with cool teachers. it was my first experience with a higher quality tea. At first I thought sage was just in a name because I didn’t taste it at all. I love the fragrant blackberry steam to this day. Its a really delicate tea, I couldn’t find any regionally characteristic black tea taste. But I still drink it constantly, at least until I find a better go to tea. Even then i’ll still drink this out of nostalgia.
Soo you know what’s lame?
On BF Cost Plus had an AWESOME sale on tea. And there was a RoT that was half off and I had been wanting, so ordered two of those, and figured since I got those, I’d also pick up this since it was so cheap. The only reason I got this was because I got the other teas.
Then like 2 weeks later they sent me this tea and said the other item was backordered. I was fine with that, because I’m cool for waiting for a good tea. But THEN I got an email a couple days ago saying that they couldn’t get their backorder items and that they canceled my order. It’s so frustrating!
I ordered this tea when it was in stock. I’d understand it more if it had been a tea from like a different country that they couldn’t get more of. But no! It was the freakin’ Republic of Tea! >>
It’s actually pretty good. I am too lazy to actually make legit matcha these days. But I’ve always liked the flavor of it. Steeped this for a little less than a minute and a half and it was perfect. It’s creamy and not too bitter or strong. A very nice matcha.
While I’m pretty upset about not getting the teas I mainly wanted, at least this one wasn’t a total waste of money. I wouldn’t buy more of this, but I’ll enjoy drinking the 49 tea bags I have left. xD
I’m a lazy iced tea maker—usually the bag stays in the water for hours. I heat up one quart of water just below boiling (usually in a retired mason jar, in the microwave), toss in my sweetener of choice and the bag, screw on a lid, and let it sit on the counter to room temp. Then I put it in the fridge and drink it cold. Delicious! This tea does have more basil than I expected, but it wasn’t an unwelcome surprise. The basil is only slightly spicy. ;P Very different, but very yummy! :)
Overboard Traveling tea box
I am so glad I didn’t pick a tin of this up. It’s bitter and almost has a cardboard note (can cardboard be a note?). Anyway, I steeped for 3 minutes, tasted a bit and added sweetener. With sweetener, I’m still getting the cardboard note, but at least it’s only 6oz since I used 1 bag.
As soon as I sipped this Neopolitan nectar, I knew it would be a staple in my tea closet. This tea is incredible. It is the perfect dessert tea – sweet, classy, and delicious. I never liked the previous teas I’d tasted from Republic of Tea (despite their adorable tea tins), but now I’m starting to understand what the hype is about. The carob in this tea adds a nice earthy note to the sweet flavor palette.
I had it with a little bit of dark chocolate in there as a garnish. It’s a good replacement for hot cocoa at night because it’s so low in caffeine. All in all, I hope you give it a try.
Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla
I’m really glad I got the chance to try this before buying a tin because I was expecting to like it more. When I first started getting into loose leaf tea, I gravitated towards coconut teas like nobody’s business. However, I’m starting to think that I much prefer them cold if at all. This was pretty good, but I can imagine many other pu-erh flavors I’d rather be having hot. This isn’t quite coconutty enough to be satisfying in summer either, though (I think). Thanks for the chance to try it, Inkling!
Cooking TTB #5
Republic of Tea sure nails the scents on their dessert teas! I could have sworn someone was baking chocolate chip banana bread in my kitchen while this one was steeping. Unfortunately, the flavor just can’t live up. I used 2 tea bags and steeped for almost 10 minutes, but I’m still finding this rather bland and watery. What I do taste is artificial banana flavor with just a bit of chocolate. On the plus side, there is no unpleasant rooibos aftertaste with this one!
Flavors: Artificial, banana, Chocolate