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I don’t normally expect much from my pumpkin teas, (and I thought this was one in my history,) but this one was great. A great mix of spices and a hint of pumpkin. Glad to have gotten this sample.


Weird… site lost my notes.*

Flavors: Pumpkin, Spices

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I had a sample of this from the holidays so I gave it a try today. It seemed interesting, but had stevia leaf, so it’s not really my thing. Luckily, my 4 year old loved it (“Sorry, Mom, I’m going to want to drink the whole cup.”) so it will be consumed.

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93

Holy Freakin’ Shanghai.
Why on earth is RoT teas not more popular here? Like seriously. Their caramel and vanilla flavoring is amazing!
Are they not popular because most of their teas are in tea bag form or what? If you like caramel or vanilla teas, you have to try this tea!
At first when I started drinking It tasted almost exactly like their “Caramel Vanilla Cuppa” tea. So I was kinda disappointed. But as I drank more the caramel flavor kinda sunk into the background while the creamy vanilla taste took over.
Holy Shanghai.
You don’t even need any sweetener or anything. It’s just that freakin’ delicious!
Thank you so much to Darby letting me try it!
If you like dessert teas, this is an excellent one to try!! I highly recommend! Think that this is going to be a staple in my cupboard!
My only complaint is that it isn’t decaf. But the amazing flavor makes up for it :P

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

Sil

I know for us, ROt isn’t readily and easily accessible…

Maddy Barone

I might have to try this one now! I think I can order it through Amazon.

Nicole

They do have loose leaf offerings but I think mainly what stops me is the amount of tea in the tins. I don’t need 3.5 oz or 50 bags of one kind of tea – it will take me forever to get through. It was their Golden Yunnan that first turned me on to Yunnans, though, and it was a bagged form even.

I have looked occasionally online when they have sales and just can’t get past the price – it’s not that unreasonable for the quantity but it’s a good chunk of money to spend on one kind of tea. :) If I could find their Yunnan at the stores here in town that sell it, I’d pick some up. But it seems like most places here that carry them carry the white/green/fruit blends and not so much the blacks and straight teas.

Sil

i would love to have more of these…but as nicole says…3.5 oz of tea bags takes me forever to use up….if i could split them 4 ways with ppl or something maybe lol

this one does sound great!

Maddy Barone

We need more online stores that allow us to buy 10 grams or .5 ounce of a tea to try. I hate to buy 50 grams and find out I don’t like it. :(

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Eh. I finished this one over the last few weeks when I was ill. It was ok. It wasn’t too pepperminty (since I really don’t like super strong peppermint) but there was no real real chocolate to speak of. I had bought it on sale so it wasn’t a major loss, but it was only ‘ok’.

Sipdown!

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65

Trying this one again. This time I didn’t over-steep! Yah! :D
This one is mainly just peppermint. No vanilla or any other notes that I found. Really just a peppermint tea. Not sure it reminds me of peppermint bark sadly :( But it’s alright.
Glad I got to try it. I won’t have a problem using the last tea bag. Thank you for the sample, Rosehips! I’m so happyto have gotten to try it!

Flavors: Peppermint

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65

Soo I totally oversteeped this tea because I was really upset over an email my stupid Doctor sent me >> So I’m not gonna rate it yet. It was way too much peppermint for one cup of tea. xD I need to try this again and give it a proper review because I Am sure that this isn’t what it usually tastes like. Oy.
Don’t worry, I will give it a proper review soon, Rosehips!
Just was a bad moment to be steeping tea since I was really upset >

Flavors: Peppermint

Rosehips

That’s why I always send extras! You never know when oversteepage may occur. Best of luck for the next cup.

Ost

Haha, and I’m like a pro at over-steeping. xD So thanks for being thoughtful about it! XD

AllanK

I oversteep peppermint tea on purpose. Stronger tea makes a better medicine for certain gastrointestinal problems. A lot of health benefits to peppermint tea.

Ost

Huh…didn’t know that. But may come in handy later in life. xD Never know. That’s interesting.

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45

Got an amazing swap package from*Darby* yesterday, which was filled with tons of these Downton Abbey teas. I don’t even like that show, but if it’s a RoT tea, I need to try! :P
Decided to start with this one since it’s an herbal, and I really need to relax after my trip to Vegas.
The dry leaf smell made the ideas of this tea being mainly rose confirmed in my mind. But while it steeped, the rose aroma was totally replaced by raspberries.
I thought maybe it would still taste like roses, but maybe intertwined with raspberries.
And I was totally wrong.xD
There was no flavor of rose at all. I actually found myself a little disappointed. It seriously just tastes like raspberries. Maybe a hint of something flowery, but definitely not roses. Apparently this has hibiscus in it, but I didn’t taste any of that either!
Oy.
This is not a tea for me! >

Flavors: Raspberry, Rose, Tart

Anlina

I love raspberries, so this sounds quite intriguing to me.

Ost

Ohh, I think you’d really like it then!

dragondrool

I tried this when I got a sample in my catalogue a few months back, but I had the opposite taste experience. I was hoping for the raspberry to shine through, but all I could taste was the rose petal, which I thought was nasty. I wasn’t a fan at all.

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90

This is one of my favorite “dessert” teas—I definitely have to be in the mood for something smooth and very rich. I have the wee bags of this. I would not guess by the taste that it’s a black tea blend, but rather rooibos. Maybe that’s just me. :)

Anyway, the almond vanilla taste is great, but perhaps on the chemically side, which is why I didn’t give this a 100 of pure delight.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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74

This tea is a good relaxant so it gets some points for that to counterbalance the relatively uninspired flavor profile. The spearmint is on the muted side and the stevia gives it a slightly ‘sweetened’, as opposed to naturally sweet, flavor. It’s pleasant enough, just wouldn’t buy it for the flavor alone.

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Went to Fresh Market today and they had this on clearance. I’m a big green rooibos fan. Figured I’d grab it. Brewed it up and the first smell has a very nutty smell. First sip is the same. Not tasting the coconut but as it cools, each sip I’m picking up other flavors. It’s decent for a bagged tea. This one is probably headed to work with me.

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85

Yum! This is quite tasty. The ginger in here is more like a candied ginger rather than fresh or dried/grated ginger. Not artificial at all, just lacking that bite you get fresh. I made it a bit light with 1/2tsp to 4 oz vanilla soy & 4 oz unsweetened soy. Next time I could definitely add a bit more. I also think this would be fantastic for mixing. I could see it being delightful with blueberry matcha and I’m dying to try it with the sesame matcha Cameron B. so sweetly gifted me.

I love the packaging as well. It comes in a resealable zip bag inside of a nice cylindrical tin. I picked this up in my grocery store at $14 for 43g/1.5oz which I think is a decent price compared to other flavored matches, and especially considering the package. I’d love to try their yuzu matcha in the future, but sadly I can’t find it locally and Republic of Tea’s website charges $18.50 not including shipping which I find a tad pricey.

Flavors: Ginger, Grass

Preparation
Iced

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40

I got this sample in my December RoT catalog and am finally getting around to trying it. I was excited to see that this was a green rooibos, since most of the other chocolate peppermint teas I’ve tried have been red rooibos and can tend to have a woody aftertaste. This one has a nice smooth peppermint flavor as I’m sipping it, but the strong stevia aftertaste completely ruins the experience for me. I wish companies wouldn’t pre-sweeten their teas!

Flavors: Peppermint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Anlina

Why is stevia in tea even a thing?

LiberTEAS

@Anlina: I don’t know. I always get frustrated when I see it on the ingredient list of a tea blend. I like to decide whether or not I want it sweetened or not, I don’t like that decision made for me.

Inkling

Absolutely agreed! I almost always drink my tea unsweetened and it’s so frustrating to discover that I don’t even have that option with a particular tea.

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90

Finished the last of my sample yesterday. Ah, it’s just so delicious!! I love it so much! ^^ Can’t wait to get more of this tea myself!! :D :D :D
Thanks to The Cookie Lady again! Keeps getting me hooked on these RoT teas! :D

The Cookie Lady

I’m so glad you ended up liking this one! :)

Ost

You seem to send me all the good RoT teas! :P

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90

Backlog:

Holy Shanghai!!
Another RoT that I am beginning to fall in love with! It feels like people usually give bagged teas a bad rep, but I keep trying RoT teas and end up really loving them! They make such excellent Dessert teas! _
I think I actually like this better than Lupicia’s version of a chocolate and banana tea. In Lupicia’s version you can taste the black tea base too much, and it’s incredibly easy to over-steep it, which sucks for me because I am infamous for over-steeping.
This tea has a rooibos base, and the chocolate and banana flavors are both strong enough to cover up the woody rooibos flavor.
Plus, this tea is decaf! Perfect on sooo many levels!
I can over-steep it, and it will be fine.
It’s the perfect blend of chocolate and banana.
It’s the perfect dessert tea to satisfy my dessert cravings.
Anddd it’s decaf!
Ahh this is a must buy on my list. Thank you sooo much for this sample, The Cookie Lady! You keep getting me hooked on RoT teas! :P

Flavors: banana, Chocolate, Smooth, Sweet

Dustin

I really like this one too and am on my second tin of it. I usually do two bags for a richer flavor.

Ost

Really? For how much oz?

Dustin

I use a David’s mug, so 12oz.

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100

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

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

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

Yummy! It’s not refined, but it’s kind of like junk food in a cup. I’d rate it higher, but it has no subtlety to it. However, sometimes that’s what you want. :)

Flavors: Caramel, Hazelnut, Vanilla

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75

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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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

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.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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64

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.

Ost

I had really liked this one. I’m sorry you didn’t like it. Ending up with a bunch of tea you hate always sucks >

TeaBrat

I knew it was a gamble… :)

Maddy Barone

I haven’t had Republic of Tea. It’s available at the little coffee shop my knitting group meets at and I’ve thought of getting a tin. Is there one you can recommend?

TeaBrat

I liked the lemon chiffon cake if it’s available near you. I haven’t been too impressed with the other ones of theirs I have tried.

Maddy Barone

Thanks! If I see that one next time we knit I might pick it up. My problem is there aren’t tea shops here in North Dakota, even in Fargo, the largest city. I would love, love, LOVE to go to a shop and try a cup or two of a tea before I buy a tin of it. Simply not an option here. :(

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90

A fantastic pumpkin spice tea! I really love the flavor. I may let mine steep a little longer than some but I like the flavor bold (I do add a splash of milk and some honey to make it more like a slice of pie in a cup). I didn’t find that a 6-minute steep soured the flavor at all.

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No notes yet. Add one?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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72

Overboard TTB

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.

TeaBrat

sounds like fun :)

Tealizzy

I had a cookie with maple pecan oolong the other day in the morning. Totally okay! ;)

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