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I like this tea for work. It’s sweet enough without added sugar, and it tastes equally good piping hot and room temperature (when I make tea and forget to take it to my morning meeting). It doesn’t have an overbearing blackberry flavor, but I definitely notice that it’s there. The sage flavor doesn’t really come out at all for me, but I don’t mind because the blackberry is plenty satisfying. I will have to remember to notice the sage next time I drink it.
I had recently tried the Orange Blossom White Tea at Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party and I enjoyed it a lot. I’m not a 100% sure if this is the right brand name though. Although white tea tends to be more subtle, I think the citrus flavor of the orange really Gabe it a strong flavor. Having this tea paired with a blueberry scone really made the experience even more pleasant. I added some honey, sugar cubes, and lemon after trying it in its normal state. Highly recommend this flavor if your a fan of fruity teas.
With fall setting in, I’m super into all things pumpkin. I saw this tin in my cupboard and a craving washed over me. I may have over steeped it a touch, but what I got was an underwhelming cup. The spices are a little warming, I’ll give it that. Other than that it just seems lacking. I’ve had this in my cupboard for a couple years so I know it’s not in it’s prime, but I don’t recall ever being impressed with it. I need to get over it and call it a fail in my journey of pumpkin exploration.
So I ran out of milk oolong awhile ago, which has been “my cup of tea” lately. Lame, I know but I got a chuckle of my intended pun nevertheless :P… And I bought this tea from Amazon to get a quick fix. I still have it in my cupboard so thought I’d have some today.
First off, it’s pretty good. No major complaints. It’s not really vegetal at all, compared to other milk oolongs. I like the vegetal aroma and taste but noticed that was one of the main differences between this one and other milk oolongs I’ve tried. I smell a strong coconut aroma, although it’s not in their product description. I do taste pineapple notes along with coconut. It “feels” flavored to me which puts me off a little but I still am enjoying this from time to time. It’s creamy, smooth, absolutely no bitter notes but I can’t get over the feeling that it’s more like a ‘instant coffee vs real brewed coffee’ feeling.
Will I buy it again? Probably if I run out of my normal milk oolong… And at least I have a quick 2-day shipping if I do.
I chose a seafoam green mug to enjoy this tea in, and I prepared it just before settling in to watch a baking show. As a tea snack, I paired it with a small slice of cheesecake. The vibrant red of the tea, the seafoam green of the mug, and cream color of the cheesecake all looked very nice together. Despite this pretty picture, I had a difficult time enjoying this tea. The overwhelming note was a super sweet hibiscus, which did not pair well with my tea snack. There was an underlying fruity strawberry flavor that added a nice contrast. I have not tried this tea cold and I think that would vastly improve it.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Strawberry, Sweet
Not even worth a note for this one. To be honest, this was a really old tea bag. But wow, it seemed like the teabag was heavier than the amount of tea they included. I like my chai STRONG. This is definitely not a winter chai. The brew was the palest of brown and had hardly any spice or flavor. meh.
Wonderful chocolatey aromatics.
First sip pulls you in with subtle flavor of chocolate, but more so the very distinct carob hits the palate most prominently. The mate is barely noticeable, but comes through ever so gently on the backend, but you really have to search for it.
With the name being “Double Dark Chocolate” I was hoping for a bit more dankness in chocolate flavor, but I realize how difficult a challenge that may be to execute in a tea without the use of too many added flavors.
I do have to mention, the fact that this tea is organic earns them points for sure. It could have been much easier to dump flavor into this blend and call it chocolate, but the team at Republic relied mostly on the formulation of natural ingredients to build out the flavors you’ll taste in your cup. Props to them.
Overall, it’s not bad, but it leaves me wanting for something a bit more with each sip.
If you’re a carob fanatic, this may be stocked in your tea cabinet, but the chocolate lovers may find themselves mildly disappointed.
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Steeped at boiling for five minutes.
This was a fine pu-erh by the Republic of Tea. The notes of coconut were very subtle at first, but they came through on the second steep. The coconut aroma was not too strong, which I quite liked, but perhaps a bit too subtle. Overall, some nice earthiness from this black tea.
Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Vanilla