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This is the other free sample RoT threw into my family’s order. I’ve enjoyed Tulsi teas before, but this one is pretty bad. The tea has a strong fake rose scent for some reason. It tastes like fake roses and over-steeped basil. Health teas are the worst.

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74

RoT sent a sample of this with an order my family made. I’m not into wellness teas, so I wasn’t expecting a lot, but this was actually all right. It’s a sort of savory chocolate flavor that tastes better with a little sugar added. Apparently this tea is made of mushrooms, but the main flavor comes from the cocoa powder. I wouldn’t buy this, but one cup was fine. I’ve only had one other tea that contained mushrooms, and I enjoyed both, not that the mushrooms seem to contribute much flavor. Not sure I would want them to though.

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31
drank Nettle by Republic of Tea
51 tasting notes

Decent diuretic but flavor is of fennel/licorice.

Flavors: Fennel, Licorice

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48

Very faint flavor. If you steep it longer or use another teabag, it does not improve it. It is merely ok, but better than many other Republic of Tea offerings.

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78

I’m super intrigued by these “high caffeine” teas – stuff like this or what Zest Tea carries. I’ve seen tea/coffee hybrids before and those don’t appeal to me. I just DO NOT want coffee. So, when a company says they can achieve that caffeine level without coffee at all? Well, that speaks to me…

I will say that I didn’t feel super caffeinated after finishing this one. However, I also didn’t feel tired/sluggish or anything like that either. Just, like, level and alert. So I guess that could be taken as an indicator that it worked but I don’t know that it’s definitive feeling enough for me.

Flavour wise, I enjoyed this a lot though – it tastes exactly like toast with a cinnamon sugar spread on top, just with a hint/undertone of apple as well. Still – very accurate to the namesake and that’s something that I always feel like needs to be praised when I company achieves that so well. That has always been something that has been important to me – if you’re going to name the tea after a specific flavour/food then it damn well better taste like it.

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81

Here’s another sampler from the San Francisco Tea Festival.

It’s very subtle. I can taste the spearmint and something that reminds me of citrus. Oh, and a light apple note. This is very thirst quenching and would be good cold (the last bit was a little cold by the time I finished it.) I don’t understand the “detox” thing, maybe just marketing.

Note: The tea bag has no string. I fished it out of my cup with a spoon.

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Spearmint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

I feel like this one is REALLY pushing the limit of what counts as tea (herbal or not), but it is sold by Republic of Tea and I believe they’re classing it as an “instant herbal tonic” so I guess maybe it’s worth putting up here on Steepster?

Anyway; what I really want to say it that it’s fucking delicious whatever it is. Like, I’m not personally the kind of person who would or does drink apple cider vinegar as a wellness thing in the first place, but fuck – I’d drink this daily. It was actually SO GOOD. Tangy, acidic, bright, sweet – and also maybe a little creamy? I guess ‘cause there’s vanilla in it.

Seriously – apple cider vinegar has never tasted so good.

Kawaii433

I love Apple Cider Vinegar. How interesting they made a drink mix of it.

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78

It’s back to being cold. Well, I guess it never stopped. But the weather called for the type of tea that warms you up. So I went looking for a chai. Found this one. It was good. It’s a decent tea, but it lacks a ‘wow’ factor. It was a Christmas gift, so I better drink it up. As I said, nothing wrong with it.

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78

We have another stupid blizzard tonight. I wanted a warming tea, something caffeine free, with ginger for my unhappy tummy. I decided on this one. It was okay. My tummy has been slightly unhappy for several days now. I don’t know what the deal is. I’m not actually sick,. just gassy and lethargic. I suppose I can blame winter. This winter is really nothing unusual. But the last four or five years have been abnormally mild so I having a regular winter seems awful. I am tired of winter :(

You know, I’ve been hoarding two excellent teas for a few weeks now. I’m afraid once I open them, they will be gone. But that is stupid. I should open them and enjoy them. I don’t think anything else will really satisfy me. Like this tea. It’s not a bad tea. It’s a perfectly good tea for a cold winter evening. But it ain’t Golden Orchid, now is it?

tea-sipper

Open the teas! Enjoy the teas! Winter will seem better! :D

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78

This is the second of the teas I received for Christmas and I quite like it. One of my favorite bagged grocery store teas is Good Earth’s sweet and Spicy. That one tastes like liquid red hots. This one is a bit more subtle.

The weather here in North Dakota seems to have a split personality. We had a two day blizzard (just plain nasty). The temp dropped to -6 with a high today of 6 above zero. Tomorrow is going to be up to 28, with another 3-4 inches of snow, followed by high winds on Monday, creating a ground blizzard. The temps will fall to -20F, and on Tuesday the high will be -8. Yes, the high will be -8F. Then it will get warm, like above freezing.

All that was to tell you that I’ve spent a lot of could hours digging out my car this week. And when I come in I want something warm and soothing to drink. This tea has been my go to for the past few days. I’ve developed quite an affection for it.

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24

I got this as part of a 3-tin stack of seasonal blends including Hot Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spice. In the stack, this one is called Hibiscus Cranberry, but it’s the same tea as Cranberry Spice Hibiscus. Idk what’s up with that.

The dry bag smells like hibiscus and cranberry with spices. Aroma is strong cranberry spice, like Yankee Candle levels. One small cup permeates my entire living room. I do not object. The taste is exactly as advertised in the name – cranberry and hibiscus foremost with a light spice flavor underneath. I can’t pick out individual spices. The dark berry red tea is drying and very tart. I like hibiscus but this one is so tart it gives me reflux which I rarely get. Very glad there are only 12 bags per tin because this one is kind of brutal. Definitely won’t be looking for Hibiscus Cranberry next season.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I’ve never tried it with a spiced hibi blend, but cold-steeping hibi in lemonade can work wonders on the tartest of hibi blends, since the lemonade adds a counter-balancing sweetness. The citrus is a nice accompanying flavor and I find it kind of tastes like raspberry lemonade afterwards.

derk

I was going to cold brew the remainder so I will take this suggestion into consideration. Thanks.

derk

I cold brewed 3 bags to a liter overnight and the flavors are so intense it’s like drinking a candle. Wtf. If Cranberry Hibiscus doesn’t play nice cold brewed in lemonade, this tin is going on the community table in the lobby.

Mastress Alita

I’ve had some oddly surprising results with it, which is why even during winter I tend to keep at least one cheap lemonade concentrate in my freezer, heh.

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49

Flavor was ok for a detox tea. I think the charcoal did help in making me feel better after use.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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10

Yikes.
Wayyyy too much stevia, overwhelms any other flavor. Maybe way in the background I can taste what might be cinnamon? The black tea is totally lost.

Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon

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85

Surprised this isn’t ranked higher. Maybe a straight Assam is just too “plain Jane” for some. I like it. A lot! This is an unblended, single-origin Tea, and its simple, malty goodness is exactly what I was hoping for. Just as with art, there’s no accounting for taste, and one opinion is as valid as the next. For me – this was a welcome cup!

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
gmathis

Been a long time since I’ve had some—but I remember liking it a lot. It’s hard to mess up a straight-up Assam!

ashmanra

Maybe try Grace Rare Tea Irish Breakfast. Might be a real winner for you. If you want it, I can pick it up in Southern Season in a couple of weeks.

Comm Guy

I’ve never been there. I have to go to Chapel Hill again soon. Maybe we should check it out.

ashmanra

They don’t have nearly as much tea as they used to carry, but it is quite a fun store! It is in University Mall, and you really MUST also take your sweet wife to Night Gallery/Branching Out just a few shops down. You would both like it a lot! (I hope!)

Comm Guy

Maybe we’ll have time to check them out when we go on Tuesday.

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20

Backlog

A coworker and I have started sharing tea samples with each other. Despite her “coffee ritual” from Starbucks on the way to work, she has started to look forward to “work tea time” (where we swap out tea during the slower hour(s); despite oftentimes having different tastes in tea)…My tea from her was this HiCaf Caramel Black….

At first, I thought to myself that this may have had potential, on the account that Republic of Tea is usually a more expensive brand of bagged tea. However, from what I’ve tried in the past, it has always been quite disappointing, so there was no hope in this being good.

I had three bags of this tea, so I had cut one of them open and poured the contents onto a piece of paper. Following that, I did the same with a bag of Lipton (just for fun). I asked my other coworker which tea might’ve been the better of the the two and he stated,
“Umm…there’re not the same?”

With that said, ROT & Lipton are the same to anyone looking at the tea directly, rather than basing their opinion on the box/packaging and/or type of tea present.

Notes: Gross. Bitter, tasted stale, & zero notes of caramel. I took one sip before spiting the tea out and making a cup of something else. My coworker that had made the tea swap with me found this to be some sort of hilarious joke, though. She also dislikes this tea, but wanted my opinion on it….Sadly, ROT has yet convinced me that their teas are worthy of the $9.99 per tin.

looseTman

Another nominee for the “Hall of Shame”

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1

Horrible. Has a nasty metallic taste, does not taste like real caramel. Threw it out.

Flavors: Metallic

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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67

Really good! Usually I drink raspberry leaf to help with menstrual cramps and while the leaf all by itself is all right, it feels a bit like a chore to drink it. They’ve added some fruit to this one to complement the grassy notes of the leaves and it works really well! I probably wouldn’t drink this without the intention of helping my cramps but it makes that time of the month a little bit better. :)

Flavors: Berry, Grass, Raspberry, Vegetal

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75

This definitely tastes like wine. I cut open the big bags and steep this by the cup as a loose leaf. Add a little honey and it’s not too intense. Tastes a bit like cranberry and cinnamon.

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78

This was one of the strangest teas I ever had because whether it was me or the tea, this tasted like banana. Yep, banana. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/03/31/organic-raspberry-leaf-superherb-tea-for-womens-health-from-republic-of-tea/

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68

Great tea, hot or cold (or ~ room temperature for me). The peach makes it pleasant and refreshing, while the ginger calms nerves and stomach aches. Watch the time carefully, though, or it gets that nasty over-brewed/stewed taste that reminds me of how a vintage hair salon smells.

Next time, I’m going to have to try it with peach nectar instead of a little sugar, similar to the recipe on the RoT site for their Candied Ginger Peach Punch (but “hell no” to ginger ale + tea).

edited to replace the words the internet gremlin ate for lunch.

Flavors: Ginger, Peach, Spices, Stonefruits, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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90

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Flavors: Grapes, Red Wine

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 32 OZ / 946 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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54

What a waste of money. Not that it wasn’t tasty, but really, eleven dollars for 2.12 ounces (60 grams) of herbal tea? We are not talking exceptional Chinese Pu-ehr or something, but used grape skins with herbs and a little dried fruit. I drank it hot, not iced, because it seemed to me like it would have been even weaker had I added the recommended 2 cups of ice. It has a somewhat watery taste to it, even with just a pint of water steeping the bag.
The flavor is good, sweet ( I had added a spoonful of honey to the pint of tea), with a nice melony quality to it (melons taste of water). The whole cachet of “Chardonnay fine wine grape skins” (as stated on the label) reeks of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” to me. Just because Republic of Tea bought the fancy grape skins and figured out a way to market them to us dehydrated—they’re still weak, and cost way too much for the small amount of tea provided in only six bags. There’s approximately 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon’s worth of leaves per each large teabag (which they called a pouch). Do yourself a favor and buy some good quality organic fruit juice instead. You’ll get your money’s worth as well as nutritive value.

Flavors: Apple, Honey, Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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