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Vanilla Almond

Tea type
Black Herbal Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Honey, Vanilla
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Edit tea info Last updated by hypothermya
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Why is waking up so hard? My bed is an oasis of softness and warmth, and its very hard to remove myself from its embrace. Tea is often the only motivator to get out of bed. I've noticed that I...” Read full tasting note
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    Rosehips 685 tasting notes
  • “Woah, the reviews on this one are all over the place! I like to browse other reviews before I write any notes on a tea, though I always like to start with a general score in mind first. I don't...” Read full tasting note
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    Alphakitty 470 tasting notes
  • “YAY OMG TEA. It is the weekend and my Finum Brewing Basket came in the mail so there will be TEA at the workplace mmmhmmm. So excited about this development it's freaky. Tea! Workplace! Yay!...” Read full tasting note
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    teaplz 186 tasting notes
  • “Kind of re-discovered this while unpacking the rest of my tea collection over the weekend, and brought it to leave at work so I could finish the rest of it off. I went through a phase of loving...” Read full tasting note
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    alannahrose 433 tasting notes

From The Republic of Tea

Sweeten The Mind Tea – The smoothness of Madagascar vanilla beans takes over the first sip of this tea, sweetening the cup. Nutty almond follows, which sends it soaring to the realm of dessert. Try a strong brew with steamed milk for a tea latte.

About The Republic of Tea View company

The Republic of Tea is a progressive and socially conscious business recognized for being the leading purveyor of more than 200 premium teas and herbs, ready-to-drink iced teas and more. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a tea revolution in America with the purpose of enriching people’s lives through the experience of premium teas and a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

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Why is waking up so hard? My bed is an oasis of softness and warmth, and its very hard to remove myself from its embrace.
Tea is often the only motivator to get out of bed.
I’ve noticed that I reach for this faster than just about everything on a Thursday morning, my fastest and earliest day of the week. Probably because its bagged, so brewes up with minimal supervision, and sips very nicely.

keychange

I hear you on how difficult it is to get out of bed. I feel I should be paid for it.

Rosehips

Keychange, I could not agree more.

Terri HarpLady

Being self-employed makes it even harder…yawn…

gmathis

My flannel sheets have triple the gravitational pull of Earth-grav at 6:00 a.m.

Fjellrev

I hate how the bed feels especially comfy right before you have to get up, like if you wake up 10-20 minutes before your alarm goes off, and you just want to lie there and enjoy that softness and warmth whilst being awake.

Rosehips

Its just not fair. Fjellrv, and then when you go back to bed, its never quite as comfortable, and I have a hard time getting to sleep. How unfair.

Fjellrev

Exactly! Seriously, what’s with that.

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470 tasting notes

Woah, the reviews on this one are all over the place! I like to browse other reviews before I write any notes on a tea, though I always like to start with a general score in mind first. I don’t want to be affected by other reviews, but at the same time it’s nice to get a general sense of what others think! But this, goodness, I have no idea! It has plenty of 90+ scores but then quite a few lower than 30. Divisive!

I think many people aren’t fans of RoT’s small teabags and steep(ish) prices, but they were my intro into loose leaf and I’ve stuck by them. I have a tiny mug of tea before bed every night and their bags are the perfect size for a small cuppa! This is a blend I’ve been meaning to try and I got a sample from Marcel Duchamp. Thanks!

There isn’t a whole lot of depth here. It’s strongly almond and the vanilla makes it taste like marzipan! The base is strong but kind of one-note. You know, it tastes like black tea! Generic but tasty. Maybe this isn’t the most complex blend and I probably haven’t made it sound that appetizing but I really enjoyed it. For a before-bed, no-fuss tea this is great! I LOVE marzipan and while this isn’t advertized as a marzipan blend it really tastes just like it.

Azzrian

Yeah I like to not look until I have done mine as well. I may have a sample of this from Marcel as well … going to look :)

Marcel Duchamp

I like to cold brew this one with two tea bags over night in the fridge. Then I serve it with ice and a little milk in the summer.

Alphakitty

Wow that sounds delicious! I’ll have to try that soon.

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YAY OMG TEA.

It is the weekend and my Finum Brewing Basket came in the mail so there will be TEA at the workplace mmmhmmm. So excited about this development it’s freaky. Tea! Workplace! Yay! Because I’ve seriously missed my tea like a crazy person.

Anyway, I wanted to calm down with some tea from someone other than me. My Rishi order came in, so I’m really excited to try it. However, I really want to be alert and at full tasting capacity to dig into that stuff, so I figured I’d dive into some of this Auggy-sent tea.

I have to say, I’m not a huge fan. The leaves smell very prettily and strongly of almond and vanilla. They’re the normal black size, perhaps a bit more broken, but the little bits of almond in there really spruce up the look of things.

Anyway, the infusion is a very vivid red-orange color, and the smell coming off of it is very, very similar to Almond Cookie! I took this to be an awesomely awesome sign, because Almond Cookie is the bee’s knees. So yeah, very cinnamon-almond-pastry-like. Awesome smell.

The taste however… okay, bizarrely enough, on the first few sips, I didn’t taste anything at all. No tea taste, the tiniest hint of almond. Just… a void. But then the flavor kicked in, and it kicked in hard. The black tea base here is very rough and borderline bitter. There’s a bit of astringency, but the problem is really the bitterness. It just doesn’t pair well with the delicacy of flavors like vanilla and almonds.

I’m not really tasting vanilla all that much, and when I do, it’s more like those fake-tasting vanilla hard candies than actual vanilla bean or vanilla extract. The almond is almost chemical-like. It tastes like someone dumped rubbing alcohol in my tea. It’s got that really rough, almond extract taste that tastes awesome in baked goods, but it absolutely horrible to drink.

There’s a bit of pleasing sweetness at the end, which is probably the saving grace of the entire thing. But it’s really not enough to make up for the rest of it. Overwhelmingly robust and bitter black, accented by very mediocre flavoring.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
takgoti

Yay for tea at work! Too bad about this tea, though. O wells.

laurenpressley

Yay!! Tea at work makes work so much more fun!!

teaplz

I can’t wait to try the FInum basket! The mesh is so ridiculously fine, that I don’t know how they even did it!

Ricky

I’m tempted to purchase another finum and leave it at work. Seeing as you also have the ingenuiTea which do you prefer to use? I slowly stopped using my ingenuiTea.

teaplz

I actually haven’t used the Finum yet, so I can’t say… does it really not keep odors? That’s a big deal!

takgoti

The plastic they use doesn’t appear to absorb any smells, and it’s the finest strainer I own. I’ve pretty much taken everything else out of rotation.

teaplz

The strainer feels so silky! I still can’t believe that it’s made out of stainless steel. Seems almost unreal. I can’t wait to start trying it, though! Thanks for the information, tak!

Ricky

Yep, I haven’t had an issue with smell from it, but I haven’t made anything really strong. Then again I’ve left rooibos sitting in it overnight and I didn’t smell a thing the next day. I know! I was so shocked by how smooth it was too. I usually hate steel strainers because little tea leaves get stuck in it and then it becomes a pain to clean. It’s definitely less of a hassle than the ingenuiTea.

takgoti

It’s amazing what people can do with stainless steel.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/9964/

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Kind of re-discovered this while unpacking the rest of my tea collection over the weekend, and brought it to leave at work so I could finish the rest of it off. I went through a phase of loving this blend, and it seems I’ve outgrown it or fallen out of love with it because it just doesn’t hold the same charm now! It’s okay, but honestly not much better than mediocre. Very smooth and almond-y but otherwise not very notable. I tend to brew it for a while to make it as strong as possible.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

I know that feeling well!

Alannah

I’ve found that to be the case with nearly all the Republic of Teas I’ve tried, sadly. At first I really love them and then by the end of the tin, or the 2nd tin, I just want to give the rest away! I don’t know what it is.

Stephanie

RoT burnout!

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52 tasting notes

This was pretty good. Another one that I oversteeped, it looked like black coffee by the time I remembered it. It had a good flavor and I drank it down quick. The oversteeping prevented a good second cup though. Next time, I’ll keep a closer eye on it. My bad, tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Yvonne

Mmmmmm….this sounds absolutely delectable. Wish I could get my hands on this!

AlexaK.

I could send you some! This was shared with me by Tea Pet so I’d like to pay forward her generosity! I have plenty. I think. I know I have more than one. I just don’t know which one I’m thinking of, I’ll check when I get home. My cupboard is so not up to date, it’s not even funny.

Yvonne

Aww, you would?? Thank you so much! I really really appreciate it :D

AlexaK.

Yeah, no problem! Message me your address and I’ll put a package together.

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1011 tasting notes

I’m finishing the last of this sample today. It is alright, nothing amazing about it though. If I ever buy another almond tea it would Teavana’s Almond Biscotti over this any day.

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I had high hopes for this tea after I smelled it – I thought it might compete with Teavana’s Rose Marzipan for a place in my heart. Well, it doesn’t quite make it but it’s close. I feel like it needs just a little extra something to make it really wow me. It’s sweet and I love the almond with the vanilla peeking out at the end but maybe a touch of maple or something would add that oomph I want it to have. Also, it tastes a little thin but I’m not sure how to change that. I made it strong enough that I can feel the affects of the caffeine so I’m not sure how to make the taste bolder without causing someone at work to beat me with a hole-punch due to hyperactivity.

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I like the aroma a lot. The almond mixes interestingly well with the sweet vanilla smell…but at the end I can’t help but feel disappointed. There’s a little flavor from each of the elements in there; a little black tea, a little vanilla, a little almond – but nothing powerful enough to make a compelling mouthful. It just comes off as a little on the bland side. Maybe more tea, 2 bags instead of one? Maybe a longer steep time? I’m not sure, I’ll have to keep working with this one.

Sinister

Why is it that the teas with the greatest scents always seem to disappoint? The last couple of teas I’ve tried have had great aroma but the tea itself was bland and unimpressive…

Rena Sherwood

Did you try steeeping longer or tried two bags or asmaller mug? Just curious if it made a difference.

Katie Alberry

I feel the same about this tea. It smells amazing, but the flavors just don’t stand up to the aroma. I tried steeping mine longer, and also using more loose leaf tea, but in the end I was never really satisfied.

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67 tasting notes

As as dessert tea, it’s not sweet enough for me… as a normal brew that could I drink everyday normally.. it’s great.. the aroma of this tea is absolutely amazing… I love sipping this tea.. not really tasting it.. I try to think that it’s one of my everyday cups.. it’s just black tea that I could drink again.. I cant taste any almonds though… but it’s alright to drink,,

ColoradoKate

I know what you mean – you can’t really taste this tea as much as you might expect, but the aroma makes it lovely.

Maisonlula

oh definitely.

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56 tasting notes

Reviewing this again because my dislike runs higher the more I drink it.

I really only drink it when I’m lazy and can’t be bothered measuring out loose tea. It’s the only bagged variety in my drawer at work. But I find myself literally gagging by the time I reach the cup’s end. The smell is nice & vanilla-y, and I still have that small bit of hope when opening the canister. But actual drinkability? Getting worse for me.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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