57 Tasting Notes

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I bought this tea one the basis of it coming from the only American tea plantation: Oliver Pluff & Company, in Charleston, South Carolina. I was intrigued by their slogan “A leaf from America’s tea heritage”. I would like to know how they determined this to be like the tea drunk in Colonial America. Whence came the recipe(s) for curing the tea to produce this flavor? I don’t know, but here are my impressions, from my first two cups, today:

It seems a bit weak. I used three teaspoons, had the water to the suggested 195 degrees, and steeped it 4-1/2 minutes. I’m glad it’s not too strong, as it’s not bitter. There’s a subtle smokiness, much lighter than the Lapsang Souchongs I’ve experienced. It’s an all right cup of tea, but not as distinctive as I would have liked, considering its presumed heritage of “America’s” tea. Perhaps it’s simply that American soil is not the right place to grow tea. I shall try to use a bit more the next time I try it.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Fireplace, Smoke, Smooth, Tannic

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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55

I have mixed feelings about this tea. While I enjoyed the bright, deep cranberry color and flavor of this tea, I didn’t like the stevia. I don’t care how ‘natural’ stevia leaf may be, I just don’t like that flavor—it’s artificial-tasting to me. Its taste represents artificial sweetener to me, and I can’t get past that. And I enjoy hibiscus-heavy teas. My favorite is Celestial Seasonings’ classic, original Red Zinger. That’s the tea that made me fall in love with hibiscus tea in the first place.
I ended up mixing a teabag of this into different combination teas I brewed. I can only recommend RoT Natural Hibiscus with reservations. If you would ordinarily add stevia or other artificial sweetener to your tea, then you’ll probably like this. If you like to add some extra color and flavor when you improvise a mixed tea blend, this works well. But it isn’t among my favorites.

Flavors: Artificial, Berries, Cranberry, Hay, Hibiscus

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 5 tsp 45 OZ / 1330 ML

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74

Moringa Oleifera is a plant native to the foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India. This is one of The Repubic of Tea “Super Herb” teas. Research is still being done on the properties of Moringa, but it may be efficacious in maintaining healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
BECAUSE I COULDN’T FIND TWO OF THE THREE SPECIFIC INGREDIENTS IN THE PRE-SET LIST (AND COULDN’T ENTER THE MISSING TWO, BEZ IT KEPT REJECTING THE TWOUNOFFICIALONES, SO THEY WOULD NOT APPEAR), I AM LISTING THE THREE INGREDIENTS HERE: Organic Moringa Leaves, Organic Rooibos Leaves, Organic Mango Flavor.

This was a pleasant, light tea. I steeped it for the recommended 7 minutes, to make sure I got the full flavor. Predominantly grassy, lightly sweet, with that hint of mango, I liked it. I would try it again, but until there’s more research on its properties, I’m not sure how it will interact with whatever medicines I take.

Flavors: Green, Mango, Straw, Sweet, Warm Grass

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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86

This is light and delightful. While the lemon and green tea flavors are well balanced, I’d say the lemon is a little more pronounced.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

A simple, plain tea in the best possible sense. It tastes pure, basic and honest, just what one wants.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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72

I like this tea, and am sorry to have come to the end of this tin. I did indeed find it a “merry and bright herb tea”, as per The Republic of Tea’s label. First of all, I am a hibiscus tea lover, so those of you who are not, can leave now. (You’re out there in vocal droves. This doesn’t concern you, haters—this review is for those of us who love it.)
This tea has a nice depth to its flavor. The natural bitterness of cranberries has been nicely alleviated by the sweetness in the hibiscus and spices. I made this cup without sugar or honey, so I could taste it honestly by itself. It’s got a nice, clean flavor, very strong and direct, yet mellow.
I like to blend a bag or two of this with other herbal teas, particularly those with orange and/or spices. It is perfect for the holiday season in both taste and its nice bright red color.

Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Perfume, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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62

This is a fine, lemony tea. I’m not familiar with the taste of ginseng, so while I might be tasting it, I’m not aware of it. It’s got a nice, clean taste.

Flavors: Honey, Lemon

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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