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  • “I'm not a huge fan of RoT, but I do think some of their fruity black teas are decent. Every year I get a few samples with a catalog, so I decided to try this. There are twenty herbs in...” Read full tasting note
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    ScottTeaMan 101 tasting notes
  • “I'm not feeling well today and my husband offered to make some tea. After zealously opening a loose tea container and spilling the contents all over the counter, he decided a bagged offering might...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “I was thinking about this tea the other day and decided to revisit it: I remember liking it but it has some REALLY bad reviews. Why bad reviews made me decide to drink tea I do not know: probably...” Read full tasting note
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    Alphakitty 470 tasting notes
  • “I got this as a free sample at the SF International Tea Festival. Republic of Tea was there, and they were very nice. This blend was created for their 20th anniversary. Often times with RoT I...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2402 tasting notes

From The Republic of Tea

Tea of Many Virtues – A caffeine-free blend of twenty herbs and spices to commemorate 20 years of Sip by Sip living A full-bodied, floral greeting with citrus and spice top notes is enhanced by a minty, sweet, lingering finish. Lift a cup of jubilation.

INGREDIENTS
Rooibos, allspice leaves, cinnamon, black limon, peppermint, wintergreen, birch bark, hibiscus, lemon balm, allspice berries, chamomile, carob, vanilla extract, lemon grass, anise seeds, sweet blackberry leaves, chicory, rose petals, eleuthero, linden flowers

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.

6 Tasting Notes

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101 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of RoT, but I do think some of their fruity black teas are decent. Every year I get a few samples with a catalog, so I decided to try this.

There are twenty herbs in this…….TWENTY! I smelled the teabag, but got more aroma from the envelope it came in. From a distance it reminded me of Bubble Yum bubble gum. Closer sniffication reveals Rooibos, allspice, anise, lemon grass, cinnamon, and vanilla.

The main cup aromas were Rooibos, allspice, anise, lemongrass, and wintermint. My palate detected mainly Rooibos & allspice, while the anise hit the back of my palate. I did notice slight hibiscus in the aftertaste. Overall, a very mild cup.

I remember seeing somewhere that one of their teabags contains between 1.0-1.3 grams of tea. The standard is 2.25-3.0 grams per 6 to 8 oz cup. So you really do need two teabags to get a decent cup. That means IF I wanted to ice this tea (a general rule is to double the tea for iced tea), I’d need 3 or 4 times as much!! NOT FOR ME. :-[

To top it off this is a 20th Anniversary Tea! What a major letdown. I mean, I can’t believe they thought, ‘YES!! This is our best representation in celebration of twenty years in the tea industry! Now go celebrate!!’ This was NOT a celebration in a cup. Twenty ingredients is a mishmash in a cup-way too many, which turns out to be a mess in my cup.

I need a good FF Darjeeling RIGHT NOW! That’s a tea that is worthy of…….and IS a celebration in a cup. :))

Cupped & Reviewed: Friday, May 18, 2012.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Alphakitty

I feel like 20 herbs is WAY too many and the batches get kind of wonky. I’ve had a totally different experience with this tea—no hibiscus or rooibos at all, mostly peppermint/lemongrass/anise/lemon (reminded me of a sleepytime blend), now I’m wondering if the bags I’ve tried have actually been missing some ingredients.

ScottTeaMan

I got wintermint instead of prppermint. zdid you try this and like it?

TeaBrat

this was truly revolting…

ScottTeaMan

I think the “34” may have been too kind…

Missy

sniffication, that’s awesome.

Alphakitty

I liked mine, but it was seriously missing like half of these ingredients. It just tasted like a vaguely chai-y sleepytime blend. No hibiscus, rooibos, vanilla, blackberry, allspice, or chicory at least that I could detect. But if you like a tea because it doesn’t taste like half of the ingredient list… yeah, not so great on the company’s part.

Bonnie

Maybe you should roll it up and smoke it!

Azzrian

Seems like Alphakitty accidentally got the 10 year blend. 20 herbs to celebrate 20 years – dumb idea. LOL

Indigobloom

I blame it on the hibiscus. Kills a blend every time… (just kidding!)
But yes, 20 seems like FAR too many!!

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1112 tasting notes

I’m not feeling well today and my husband offered to make some tea. After zealously opening a loose tea container and spilling the contents all over the counter, he decided a bagged offering might be safest. He showed me the bowl of teabags, and this is the one I picked.

I know I’m a weirdo who likes lots of teas nobody else likes… so I am not surprised that I really like this one! It’s chai spicy then savory herb-y then sweet herb-y. Even somehow minty. Very flavorful and unique. Some may say strange, but I like strange! I’m finding it really soothing on my sore throat, too.

In fact, I like it enough to throw some in my next RoT order. Thanks TeaSipper’s Traveling Tea Box! Another completely enjoyable tea from the Steepsterites!

JustJames

i will take strange over normal any day….. i’m a weirdo who can’t taste caramel and who’s allergic to coffee and turkey. feel better.

gmathis

I can’t remember if I was even brave enough to try the sample bag that came with my RoT catalogue—it sounded like an odd-duck combo. But then again, the spicy stuff tastes best when you’re under the weather, yes? Feel better!

Ysaurella

feel better soon Jacqueline.

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470 tasting notes

I was thinking about this tea the other day and decided to revisit it: I remember liking it but it has some REALLY bad reviews. Why bad reviews made me decide to drink tea I do not know: probably out of curiosity. No way I liked something so bad it got a 34, right?

Well, after a fresh-brewed cup, I still do like it. It tastes kind of like a mild mix of chai (allspice & cinnamon) and sleepytime (chamomile, peppermint, lemongrass). It’s certainly not a great taste but it’s not bad. The issue, of course, is that I listed only 5 ingredients I could really taste when there are supposed to be twenty. So, 15 missing? I distinctly remember a hint of vanilla, wintergreen, lemon balm & rose in previous mugs that are just totally missing here. Even then, that’s 10… out of twenty. Looking at the ingredients list, I feel like having all of the tastes here would be just gross. Chicory, hibiscus, blackberry leaves? Belurgh.

I’m a bit conflicted on rating this in the end: the cup I drank deserves a bit higher but the cup it SHOULD be deserves lower. I will most definitely be finishing my tin if they all have a similar flavor, but I can’t actually recommend this to anyone as I have no clue what you’d wind up getting. It’s basically a grab-bag of ingredients, and not all of them go together.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Azzrian

Maybe they just tossed whatever they had that was nearing its expiration date into a big mix!

Alphakitty

I feel like they really didn’t think this blend through at all. I mean, 20 ingredients is just too much unless the flavor profiles match perfectly.

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2402 tasting notes

I got this as a free sample at the SF International Tea Festival. Republic of Tea was there, and they were very nice. This blend was created for their 20th anniversary.

Often times with RoT I find I really need two teabags instead of one to get my tea as strong as I would normally drink it. This definitely tastes like a rooibos and herb blend. It’s well balanced but nothing really stands out to me, aside from the minty aftertaste which I don’t really care for and the slightly medicinal flavor. Sorry to be a negative nelly, but I really did not care for this at all and did not finish the cup. I like the concept of the twenty herbs but I think there is too much going on here for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I’m the same way, Amy, with RoT – at least two tea bags per cup.

Note to self: avoid this one. Doesn’t sound good. Sorry it was a FAIL for you!

K S

RoT is too pricey to require 2 bags. Apparently they intend for you to brew it one Dixie cup at a time :(

ScottTeaMan

<== Agrees!

TeaBrat

Well that’s one reason I don’t buy their stuff usually…

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51 tasting notes

I got a sample of this from the Republic of Tea mailing and while it was kind of them to send, I would have liked if the tea was actually good.

Its just so blegh! I did not understand what was going on inside my tea cup and I couldn’t finish it. The name is appealing but it just doesn’t work.

Babble

Aww, I would have liked to try this tea. Instead I got a Chamomile Lemon, which I could care less about. How recently did you get your catalog?

CupofTree

I think I got it a month or two ago. Now that I’m sick, chamomile lemon sounds pretty good lol. I realize now that the best time to drink tea you’re not crazy about is when you’re sick.

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74 tasting notes

As I am sipping this very bland cup o’ tea, I am seeing the other tasting notes suggesting that perhaps you need two tea bags to get full flavor. Perhaps there simply isn’t enough tea in this tea. I do not taste 20 herbs. I am primarily tasting the rooibos, anise, mint and cinnamon. Perhaps I would like this in the loose leaf tea.

I am very excited because I’m pretty sure my tea order from Verdant teas will be sitting on my front porch when I get home this evening. Yay!

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