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The Republic of Tea

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I’ve been drinking this tea quite a bit lately. It’s not one of the more exciting teas but it is a good basic for me. I’m not sure how much it “cleans” me, I don’t really sense any diuretic qualities but if it helps flush toxins, well okay. The taste is slightly vanilla and nutty. No astringency. Rooibos is not upfront. It’s a nice laid back kind of tea. Resteeps well.

I have been working on losing weight and I went to weight watchers this morning and I’m down another half pound. :) Slow and steady wins the race, right? I’m also upping my exercise level… man, that’s hard. It’s so easy to sit and do nothing all day… watch tv, read, play on computer. I do some volunteering and stuff but again it’s all sitting down. My new rule when watching tv is that at every commercial break I have to get up and do something. Empty the dishwasher, vacuum the bedroom, clean bathroom, etc. I don’t know if it will help with the weight loss but at least I’ll get a little more done around the house.

Flavors: Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

Slow and steady is the best way to do it. I really need to get back on the weight loss horse. I was doing great a while back and then I stalled. While I was stalled, I had emergency surgery and I couldn’t work out. When I was supposed to get back to things, but before I started back up again, I developed a weird complication that set me back for a few more weeks. Then my mom had heart surgery and I was her primary caretaker. I started to get back to things, but I wasn’t committed like I had been. Next thing I know…okay, slowly, but I didn’t stop it….I’m back in weight to where I started at and having a hard time committing to start again. (Although I’m not as big as I was, I weight the same/more than I did.)

Cheri

And I like tea that tastes good. I don’t care what it’s called.

carol who

I’ve been doing the Weight Watcher’s thing. It has really helped me eat better and gives good support. And if you screw up, they support you rather than harass you :D One of their examples is… " if you drop an egg, you don’t just give up and break all of them. You just clean up and keep going." They are also good about recognizing that there are times you just want that cheesecake or greasy cheeseburger… have it, don’t feel guilty but plan how you can work those points into your weekly point allowance. They also give you “splurge” points each week, recognizing that we need those things to. Can you tell that I just came back from a WW meeting and I’m all psyched up? ;p Don’t be disappointed, just move on! :D

Cheri

It’s hard to do if one isn’t fully committed, and right now, I’m just not. I need to be. I’m hoping with the warmer weather coming so the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice will help me get back to running again, and that I will get better about going to CrossFit. (I really was going to go today, but well, I didn’t have time to deal with the cat puke covered bag. (see Citrus Green tasting note.)) Once I get back into the swing of things it’ll hopefully go better.

Oh, and I have to start tracking again. If there is one thing I hate more than anything it’s tracking my food. I hate it. Hate it.

carol who

I’m right there with ya. Hate tracking.

Sami Kelsh

I had to stop tracking food because if I let myself, I get obsessed with counting, and I literally just spend all day counting and recounting. It’s… bad.

Cheri

I could let you track my food for me, Sami. Heheheh.

__Morgana__

I hate tracking too. It’s when I realize how hungry I am and have no points left that I really hate it…

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Happy first day of spring, everyone! I’ve got a lot to do today, so its a quick cup to get me going.
This might never be “the one true tea” but I think I’ll normally have some around. Its perfect for a morning like today, when I have to gulp n’ go.
Onwards, to the day!

Sami Kelsh

OMG IT’S SPRING! The howling winds of Salford had me believing otherwise, but yay!

TeaBrat

yay! have a good one

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Last cup of tea before work today. I’m getting more ginger than peach this morning. I am 100% behind it. Yum.

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Thank you TraceyC for sending me some of these teabags to try. I am actually very confused because I was immediately reminded of Bigelow’s Eggnogg’n Tea when I smelled the steeping cup and there is no reason I should be. Sipping away at this now, I am pleasantly surprised as it is slighty nutty and has a nice vanilla-caramel flavor. However, it is a tad thick for my liking and so for that reason, I probably won’t seek it out once I finish what I was sent. Nonetheless, not bad for a teabag.

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drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
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This tea is a nice blend of blackberry and sage. I am glad that the sage does not overpower the blackberry. This is a nice ice tea. I can definitely drink this on a hot summer day.

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drank Milk Oolong by The Republic of Tea
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Had a milk oolong last weekend at the Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room in Ann Arbor. It was incredible. I wish I had bought some while I was there. I had to settle for this. It is good, but not quite as creamy/silky/caramel-y. It will do until I can make it back to Ann Arbor.

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Yummy, this is one of my favorite teas on a cold day. Very nice balance and sweet tangy apple and the spices.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Very disappointing tea! I found out that the Republic of Tea makes Panera’s green tea which I love… So, I called them and asked if they sold it, they said no it was exclusive to Panera. The person then went on to tell me that this abomination was the closest to the Panera green tea… This tea taste NOTHING like tropical anything. It also says it is naturally sweetened. I find that to be laughable as well.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was another freebee bag sample sent to me by Republic Of Tea. I thought I’d give it a try. Why not?!

When I opened the single bag package, I had to go, “WHOOOAA!” An extremely overpowering hazelnut smell smacked me upside my head…and nose!

I plopped the bag into boiling water for five minutes. The bag was a round satchel without attachments. It worked, but it was also a little inconvenient since there was no string and tag bound to it to help pull the hot dripping sack from the cup. The tea bag is one of the few gifts in life that is desirable to have with strings attached.

The brewed color was a bright orange-gold. The aroma was again loaded with hazelnut, but fortunately it was toned down from its unsteeped state.

The taste was disappointing and not what I expected. I had rallied my taste buds for a symphony of vanilla and caramel orchestrated in expert harmony. That fantasy came crashing down with a diluted hazelnut taste aimlessly drifting on a life raft in an ocean of tangy tea.

When the journey through my cup was about 4/5 completed, I started to pick up some sweetness in the taste and MAYBE some caramel. At that point, though, it might have just been my brain trying to fill in the gaps for the anticipated flavors. That being said, not even my imagination was wild enough to conjure up some vanilla flavor. The tanginess was still present. I won’t say that it was astringency but it was misplaced and didn’t add value to the taste. The aftertaste lingered for quite a while but it was the tangy tea flavor, more than the hazelnut/caramel, that hung around.

Here’s how I would summarize this tea. If I were attending a meeting and someone handed me a cup of it during a break, I would courteously drink it. However, if I were at the same meeting and I saw several rows of tea bags laid out on a buffet table, this would not be my first choice.

Flavors: Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
caile

It sounds like the name is deceiving for this tea!

Stoo

I believe it is at least misleading. Maybe they thought the taste of hazelnut is close enough to caramel and vanilla to kill two birds with one stone.

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drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
2272 tasting notes

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My can of Republic of Tea Spring Cherry Tea is of unknown age and provenance, so I’m not going to attach a number but only report here that sencha does get old and turn brown eventually. The brew was potable but it reminded me of middling grocery store green.

I might try this again in the summer iced. It was just okay hot, but the liquor is brown and the dried leaves are brownish, too, so I do believe that it is past its prime!

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drank Get Limber by The Republic of Tea
2272 tasting notes

I tried a “surfset” workout last night… I’m a bit sore today, so I’m hoping this helps (even if it’s just a placebo affect!)

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Did not sleep well last night. Need a simple, straitforward, uncomplicated cup. Bingo!
Vanilla Almond is an always have for me, as I need a failsafe tea. Something for just such mornings, that I can steep, sip, and forget about, and still enjoy.
Good.

Sami Kelsh

Good. insert a nice nap here

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mmmmmmm wheee! tasty cup while looking at vacation spots for april

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