I got a sample of this tea just yesterday with the Republic of Tea catalogue. Usually, I let the Rep. of Tea samples sit around along time before possible sampling them, but usually I get rid of them. I’ve only ever had one teabag from them that was halfway decent.

But I’ve been feeling experimental lately, and brewed this one up last night.

It’s junior-mint-like, if you imagine what such a mint would taste like having sat under the sofa cushion for a month, squished and blended with other unidentifiable crumbs, possibly some bug guts. . . It certainly smells awful enough. I think it’s the rooibos adding a sort of rotten quality to it. The flavor almost has redeemable qualities, but not enough to make it drinkable. The mint releases a burst of extra minuteness on the way down that makes me think that it’s going to cover up the bad flavors, but it falls short of the goal. The chocolate, if I could pick it out from the rooibos and mint, almost seems authentic. . .almost, but still in a cheap-chocolate kind of way as is common for chocolate teas.

All in all, not a good cup of tea. I did not finish the cup.


For me, RoT is like samples that work the opposite way they probably want them to. :/

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For me, RoT is like samples that work the opposite way they probably want them to. :/

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).





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