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drank Wuyi Oolong by The Republic of Tea
26 tasting notes

Pleasant enough but a bit one dimensional. It has a light sweet floral flavor backed by a touch of roast. It is only good for about 2 or 3 infusions, but probably would go further with a different leaf to water ratio.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Roasted

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Decent tea. Not a big fan of teas that already include sweetener, because I prefer my teas (especially herbal) unsweetened. It makes a fine iced tea though.

I usually don’t like rooibos, but I find blends that include some sort of mint to make it more palatable in my opinion. But I’ve never found a mint tea I didn’t like!

Flavors: Mint, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Whiteantlers was dear enough to lend me some. The first steep is the best, though this is not the greatest flavored milk oolong. It is a touch less veggy than a Quangzhou, but still super veggy. The later cups were not as good, but I surprisingly appreciated it even against a great white tea cake. Otherwise, it is pretty typical for a flavored milk oolong, just a tad bit weak and too vegetal for my tastes, but fruity and creamy enough to please me.

Evol Ving Ness

Have you found a replacement for the Mandala Milk Oolong yet? What is your second favourite? Do you have a top three?

AllanK

Supposedly Mandala will return but it has been a long while now. I had figured if they didn’t return for Black Friday they would return for Christmas. Someone on Steepster must have more information on them than I do.

Daylon R Thomas

What-Cha’s Taiwan Milk Oolong has been the substitute for now, but I haven’t liked it as much as I did the first time I sampled it. It’s still one of my personal favorite milk oolongs. The Chinese one What-Cha offers is also not bad-it’s more of a soft mango candy whereas What-Cha’s Taiwan milk oolong is liquid coconut oil. The sample I got was a winter crop and flavored, but the spring crop is still pretty solid. It is more nutty than Mandala’s, but in the same buttery parameters though more coconut sweet than toffee sweet.

There was also one that me and a few other people found that was almost the same from Dragon Tea House on Ali-Express. I swore it was the same damn tea. I haven’t bought from Mandala as a result.

But my preferences for the flavored milk oolongs have honestly changed. I’ve basically wanted something like the Lishan What-Cha currently offers, or an Alishan I had one time. They were the perfect balance between honeyed, floral, creamy and green. Shan Lin Xi’s used to do that for me, but this year has not been as impressive as last year.

The flavored oolong I really want back is A Quarter to Tea’s Apple Panna Cotta Jade Oolong, but that was a limited edition. Lauren does however have a few more blends using the same approximate base, with one of them being On Wisconsin. It is a honey flavored cheesecake oolong. I’m going to ask Lauren how it compares because I honestly can’t decide if I want to purchase it, get a bunch of oolongs from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company, get another huge order from What-Cha, get a few oolongs like the Dayuling from Berylleb, or get more of the Dong Ding from Golden Tea Leaf. The Dong Ding from Golden Tea Leaf basically tastes like sweet cream which is impressive. A part of me also wants the Old Style Dong Ding from beautiful Taiwan because its cheaper, and Andrew did say that that particular variety has been good this year.

Do you want my top 3 teas overall now or milk oolongs?

Daylon R Thomas

I also have four notes I need to write

Evol Ving Ness

Both, please. And yes! QTT’s Apple Panna Cotta Jade Oolong is seriously divine. I have been awaiting its return with bated breath.

Thank you for alerting me to Golden Tea Leaf Co. Yet another addition waiting to happen.

Forgive me, it’s late and my eyes and brain are done for the day.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m at the point where top 3 shifts, but I’ll give it my best.

Best Flavored Milk Oolong:
Toss up between the Mandala Milk Oolong (which might be the same as Dragon Teahouses’s Taiwan Milk Oolong) and What-Cha’s Taiwan Milk Oolong
What-Cha’s Chinese Milk Oolong (the name is more specific)

Favorite White Tea:
The Kenya Rhino

Straight Black:
A Black TieGuanYin no idea where from
The Golden Snail I JUST rated from What-Cha

Flavored:
Nostalgia
French Toast Dianhong

Green Oolong:
Depends on the season at this point. You know the quest and existential crisis I’m going through. What-Cha’s Lishan so far matches the best price profile. You brew it between Eastern and Western timing, but it yields multiple cups with strong flavor and aroma.

Daylon R Thomas

I also highly recommend Eco-Cha’s straight Jin Xuan. It is the most floral I’ve encountered. And the rest of their tea is good quality.

Daylon R Thomas

I also will sample some of Quarter to Tea’s new Jade Lineup.

Daylon R Thomas

The Apricot Tart Jade and On Wisconsin specifically

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Daylon, for humouring and informing me. :)

I did try What-Cha’s Taiwanese milk oolong some time ago. Perhaps it was a different batch from the one you got. I didn’t find it all that, but perhaps I need to give it another go. Alistair’s teas are generally quite awesome.

I’ve been a bit more into black teas these days, but I imagine the pendulum will swing yet again to oolongs soon. Especially, I feel a milk oolong phase coming on in the near future.

I did order Nostalgia in my last LP order, but there was a hiccup and it didn’t arrive with the other items. I will try again.

I look forward to hearing your impressions of the new QTT jades. I don’t always agree with your spins on things, but they are always of interest and provide pause for reflection in one way or another.

Another question, do sweet oolongs have same impact as sweet foods on blood sugar and such? Have you done any research on this?

Daylon R Thomas

There have been a few studies suggesting that tea might generally lower bloodsugar, but that’s what I’ve seen so far unless I have a lot of tea on an empty stomach. Same with coffee, but I have to practically be fasting. Most studies that I’ve superficially skimmed link the blood sugar lowering to the caffeine anyway.

Some vendors have described how the roasting processes alters the natural sugar quality in the leaves,but I have yet to find any specifics. I think I’d have to ask one of them myself. Otherwise, the caffeine on an empty stomach is the only real thing that has impacted me.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, interesting. I was under the impression that studies have been done on green teas mostly and their beneficial impact on health, heart, and such. Regarding sweet oolongs, I suppose some things are better not to know. :)

Interesting question though.

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Loose leaf version and a gift.

Not bad. Not bad at all. Creamy texture, spinach vegetal quality, and honeydew after taste. The honeydew after taste is awesome. Glad to sample. I wonder if this is flavored or unflavored.

Either way, pretty nice-but I’ve had better. If I weren’t obsessing over high mountain oolongs right now, I think that I’d enjoy this tea more. There’s on Shan Lin Xi that I really want, but I have. So. Much. Darn. TEA! I’m so doing a sale soon.

Evol Ving Ness

This one sounds pretty fab.

Daylon R Thomas

Then I might sell you this one along with my Oollo teas. Their Jin Xuan is very similar. These teas are VERY subtle though. Mostly creamy texture and a vegetal taste with tropical hints. I got the Oollo teas for 12.00, 10, and 10 CAD. I will sell them for less, but still so expensive.

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Picked this one up on vacation, since there are NO Harry and Davids around where I live (boooooo). It has a wonderful cherry aroma when steeped, like good cherry cobbler. I sweetened it, because it seemed like the right thing to do. It turns out, it definitely was the right thing to do. The black tea lends just enough flavor so as to be identifiable, but otherwise it stays out of the way and lets the cherry shine. This tea is almost juicy. I will enjoy this canister to the last bag!

Flavors: Berry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This is OK. The black tea is a touch bitter. The spices are mild and there is no noticeable pumpkin flavor.

Flavors: Bitter, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I thought I’d reviewed this tea ages ago. Ah well better late than never.

When I make iced tea I tend to do it as a hot brew and then add a bunch of ice and a bit of agave nectar. This method seems to really bring out the basil flavour. It’s more of a tulsi basil than a sweet basil (the kind you use to make pesto) flavour but it definitely dominates each mouthful. Following on the heels of the basil is a mildly sweet strawberry flavour and the grassy green tea base finishes it off. It’s not a bad tea but I wished the strawberry flavour was a bit stronger (Roswell had the opposite problem when it was cold brewed).

Unfortunately the boyfriend turns his nose up at most green teas this tea being no exception – so this isn’t really very good for filling the communal iced tea jug that I have going in the fridge all summer long.

Preparation
Iced

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GCTTB V1

Once again, thanks Jillian for including this one! It sounds really incredible apart from the fact it has a green base…

Obviously I’ve cold brewed this: it’s pretty tasty but also a little underwhelming. I really get a clear taste of the strawberry and it’s sweet and juicy but has a bit of a “frozen” strawberry flavour in so far as it’s not the most ‘fresh’ tasting strawberry despite tasting pretty natural. As far as the basil and green tea go, I can’t say I really taste much of either? Probably more basil than green tea – but even still it’s just like a sort of mild, herbaceous undertone/aftertaste and it actually feels a little bit like adding it to the tea was an afterthought.

I’ll enjoy finishing off the pitcher because of the nice strawberry flavour, but this is another tea from RoT’s collection that I’m perfectly content with not buying or drinking again.

Jillian

Really? I hot-brewed mine and had like the opposite problem, the basil was all I could taste.

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Love to stick this in my water bottle and let it steep slowly through out the day. I prefer it room temperature. It is the only tea I really enjoy without sweetener. It has a bright coppery aftertaste that I think is very refreshing.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 8 min or more 16 OZ / 473 ML

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When my best friend was in the hospital a while ago, she couldn’t drink caffeine, so I picked this up for her. I gave her half and kept the other half. She was very excited about it.
Our verdict?
This is a perfect late-evening decaf tea.
It’s really sweet, but in a deep and earthy way. I’d consider it an alto singer as opposed to a soprano. A gutsy, deep-throated jazz singer — but not the kind that smokes.
The perfect thing to recover to.
PS – my best friend is fine now.

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate, Earth

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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75

This is pretty good. Light and pleasantly sweet/tart. The black tea is well balanced with the fruity flavors. This tastes like it would be good iced. It has a bit of bitterness, and the fruit flavor isn’t especially clearly defined, but it’s quite pleasant. One of the better teas I’ve had by Republic of Tea.

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GCTTB V1

Thank you Jillian for throwing in a few pouches of this as per my request; I have to admit that mostly I just wanted to be able to taste a few of the flavours of this Iced Tea line up before committing to buying a full tin since this is a tea I can get a hold of here in town.

Ginger Peach isn’t really my thing typically; I’m not big on ginger and I’m pretty fickle towards peach so that tends to make for a dicey pairing. That said, I brewed up a big cold brewed pitcher of this and it really isn’t bad. The peach is the strongest flavour for sure; it’s sweet in a “juice”/made from juice crystals sort of way in so far as it’s not all that natural tasting. But that said, it isn’t ‘juice like’ in a “tastes very sugary/cloying” way. Does that make sense?

Even though that’s the strongest flavour, there is lots of ginger too. If peach is the top note, then ginger is the tier right below it – the flavour immediately follows the peachy juice notes. I’m not big on ginger, so I have a hard time appreciating the flavour here but I can comfortable say that I don’t dislike it. I had no problem making it through my first cup of this pitcher, and I don’t think I’ll have a hard time finishing it either.

Asking Jillian to include this was a good idea though: I’m enjoying the pitcher worth but I definitely know that I don’t want to invest in a whole tin worth of it – there’s no way I’d ever get through it. Sampling is more than good enough for me!

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This is a very frustrating tea. I think if it didn’t have Stevia in it, it might be a tea I would regularly stock. It has a really nice Pineapple flavor. But I find Stevia absolutely undrinkable most of the time. I hate the taste and it bothers my stomach. Grrr. Does anyone know of a Pineapple Hibiscus tea without Stevia? I’d be interested in trying one.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
AllanK

I feel your pain about the Stevia. It is pushed as an alternative to sugar but my gastroenterologist tells me to avoid it along with artificial sweeteners. The reason it bothers your stomach is probably because it is digested by the bacteria in your gut. It is not really calorie free. It just has no calories that the human body can digest.

Skysamurai

I’m the same way!!! Stevia is toooo sweet. And thank you Allan! That is great to know! I had a pineapple oolong from Lupicia that is really good… but it doesnt have Hibiscus

Inkling

Oh, I hate it when Republic of Tea does that! :(

rosebudmelissa

One of the things I appreciate about tea is that it’s generally not presweetened. Many drinks are just too sweet for me, so I appreciate the ability to control the sweetness of my tea. And it was a bit hard to tell between the “ugh, too sweet” and the “ew, Stevia, ew” but it seemed like the pineapple and hibiscus paired really well together. I’ll have to check out that pineapple oolong, though.

Skysamurai

I can send some to you if you wish:)

rosebudmelissa

Maybe add some to the Here’s Hoping TTB? There’s only a couple of people between us, so it would probably make it to me.

Skysamurai

Oh true! I’ll make a note so that there is plenty left for yo9u -]

rosebudmelissa

Sweet, thanks!

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I made this as a latte, since that’s how I always drink Earl Grey. It tastes like the balance of flavors is wrong. I can’t really taste the black tea at all, and the bergamot is overwhelming and tastes a bit odd. Too perfumey maybe? I do like my earl grey on the floral end, so maybe that’s not the best description, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I don’t care for this one. The blueberry is not strong, but still tastes artificial with a slight chemical aftertaste, and the black tea is bland with a hint of bitterness.

Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I think I actually like this less as a latte. It almost tastes more artificial this way, although I guess I did use two tea bags this time, so that might explain it.

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I didn’t taste much chocolate here – more peppermint and vanilla. It was pretty decent, if a bit on the artificial side. I think I’ll try it as a latte next time.

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I really shouldn’t like this: I don’t particularly love apricots after all. However, for a decaf tea, I really like it! Going into regular rotation.

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This is pretty good. Blackberry is the most prominent flavor. It’s an artificial taste, like blackberry candy rather than the fruit. I don’t taste much from the Sage or Black tea. I like blackberries, but they’re not one of my favorite fruits, so I probably wouldn’t be particularly inclined to keep this on hand. It might be worth trying the decaf version, though.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kirkoneill1988

loose leaf?

rosebudmelissa

No, it was a teabag.

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drank Get Lean by The Republic of Tea
94 tasting notes

Just getting around to tasting my sample of Get Lean. The color surprised me because the packet said green tea and the color was a brighter green-yellow than I was expecting. I’m guessing now that dandelion root gives that color? Anyway, the whole thing tastes quite medicinal and I’m not much of a fan.

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Here’s Hoping TTB

This tea was a pleasant surprise! I typically use two teabags when brewing a Republic of Tea blend for a stronger flavor. But since there was only one in the TTB, I took my chances on it. So glad I did! The flavor was rich and strong, with notes of dark chocolate and nutty coconut. No weak, watery flavor and no disgusting stevia aftertaste, unlike too many RoT blends I’ve tried. I may have to purchase more of this one in the future!

Flavors: Coconut, Dark Chocolate

rosebudmelissa

More chocolate blends need to include roasted barley. It really does wonders for the richness of the flavor.

Inkling

Maybe it’s the barley that made the difference! Whatever it was, this one was good. :)

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From OST’s stash sale.

This is a tea I’ve been wanting to try for a while since I’ve seen a few reviews singing it’s praises. I haven’t enjoyed too many of Republic of Tea’s blends in the past and I know I don’t tend to like their black tea base, but I decided I wanted to give this one a try anyway. I’m glad I took the chance. This is a lightly caramel flavored tea, and the base has a bit of bitterness, but it’s quite pleasant. It doesn’t taste artificial and there doesn’t seem to be any added sweetener (rare for a caramel flavored tea). I don’t think I like it quite as much as Bigelow’s Salted Caramel, but it’s definitely one I will enjoy while it’s in my cupboard.

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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