624 Tasting Notes

100

I find myself reaching for this tea often. It’s one of the most warm, flavorful, comforting teas I’ve tried so far. It tastes like chocolate-covered toasted almonds with just a hint of vanilla. It makes an AMAZING tea latte, but is also delicious with just a splash of milk or even plain. I don’t find a need to sweeten it at all; it is delicious all on its own! I highly recommend buying the loose-leaf version rather than the tea bags; I’ve tried both and the loose-leaf has much more flavor. I always have this one on hand.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Nuts, Roasted, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I received a single bag of this tea with my last Republic of Tea order and really enjoyed the sample! It was surprisingly smooth and mellow, not tart like I was expecting. It steeped up very flavorful. I could definitely taste both the citrus and the cranberry, but the black tea base came through as well. Overall, it was very tasty, and I would definitely consider purchasing this at some point in the future.

Flavors: Blood orange, Cranberry, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I received a sample of this with my last Republic of Tea order. It was a nice, basic fall tea. Cinnamon is the strongest flavor, but you can also taste the apple and the orange peel as well. It has a very warm, comforting flavor and aroma and a nice hint of sweetness. However, it really wasn’t anything special and I find it a bit pricey. Probably won’t be purchasing this in the future.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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45

This tea has a very bright, slightly sour citrus taste with just a bit of a floral flavor to it as well. It becomes quite bitter if you over-steep it. Personally, I prefer my citrus teas to have a strong second flavor to balance out the citrus and keep it from becoming overpowering, so this one wasn’t my favorite.

Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Zest, Floral, Sour, Tart

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This was an enjoyable iced tea; I definitely wouldn’t recommend drinking it hot! Sweetened, it’s just like drinking limeade. Unsweetened, it’s a very refreshing summer tea. It brews up to a nice pale green color and has a strong (but not too tart) lime flavor with a pleasant hint of pineapple.

Flavors: Lime, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55
drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
624 tasting notes

This tea smells delicious and brews up to a beautiful ruby red – exactly the color of a ripe strawberry! Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t live up to the presentation. I definitely taste the strawberry and there is a slight hint of creaminess, but I find the hibiscus makes it unpleasantly tart, especially if you brew it too long. Probably won’t be repurchasing this one.

Flavors: Cream, Hibiscus, Sour, Strawberry, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Anlina

I’ve tried steeping this one so many ways and it is disappointing every time.

Inkling

Any suggestions for a GOOD strawberry tea? I’m still on the hunt…

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95
drank Coconut Truffle by Two Guys' Tea
624 tasting notes

This tea smells AMAZING when it is brewing and tastes almost as good as it smells: rich and creamy. The coconut flavor really comes through, but there is also a definite hint of dark chocolate; both mingle beautifully with the black tea base. I like it both black and with milk. It’s a great dessert substitute…I don’t feel like I’m depriving myself at all if I drink a mug of this instead of eating a piece of candy. Highly recommended!

Flavors: Coconut, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Awake English Breakfast by Tazo
624 tasting notes

This tea is strong and malty and just a bit bitter if you drink it straight. It’s delicious with milk! I drank an entire box and enjoyed every cup, but my not re-purchase because I’m getting into loose-leaf black teas which I enjoy even more.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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45
drank Earl Grey by Tazo
624 tasting notes

I love Earl Grey, but this one really wasn’t my favorite. It was surprisingly bitter and the bergamot flavor was too heavy for my liking. I drank the entire box of this, but won’t be re-purchasing because there are so many better versions of this tea out there.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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20
drank Passion by Tazo
624 tasting notes

I really wanted to like this tea. It has a great name and it brews up to a beautiful fuschia color. But I really don’t taste the other flavors that are supposed to be here; the hibiscus overwhelms everything else. Hot, it’s almost undrinkable. Cold, it’s better, but still quite tart and sour. I suppose I could sweeten it, but if I’m going to be drinking sugar, I’d rather have lemonade than this stuff. Definitely won’t be re-purchasing.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sara

I had the same problem with Passion: too much hibiscus for my liking. It gave the tea a sort of syrupy quality, too.

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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