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You wouldn’t think of this time of year as being ideal for iced tea, but I live in a place where winters are very dry and I often find myself craving cold drinks to quench my thirst. My bookstore stocks these RoT iced teas every summer and I always stock up at the end of the season because I know I’ll be wanting them.
This one is a black tea with a bit of a caffeine kick so don’t drink it late at night if you have trouble sleeping. Flavour-wise though the base is quite gentle and mild and acts more as support for the other flavours rather than drowning them out. The peach and ginger are a fairly well balanced mix, though I added a bit of ginger syrup so this jug has a bit more bite than it normally would. The peach comes across as a little bit artificial, though still far more natural than the flavourings found in Snapple or Lipton peach iced teas.
Ordered this as I read so many good things. First, I always use 2 of the ROT bags. I find I can taste the paper of the teabag sometimes. At any rate, I steeped this, heavy coconut smell. Taste is like a mounds bar, this was actually very taaty, a perfect dessert tea. Would make a fantastic latte.
This tastes pretty much like an ordinary peppermint tea to me. The peppermint isn’t very strong and is tasted mainly at the back of the tongue. The added stevia adds a spearmint like nuance to the edges of the peppermint, and the green rooibos adds a hay/grassy like undertone to the taste. The peppermint remains at the forefront. The chocolate and vanilla notes are experienced mainly through the nose.
Flavors: Chocolate, Grass, Hay, Peppermint, Spearmint, Vanilla
I decided to give this tea another try, and chose it as my before bed cup. I managed to get a pretty good brew with boiling water. Now I’m thinking the water wasn’t hot enough for my previous brews because this time I managed to get a pretty good cup. I used 3 tea bags in a large 3 cup mug and over-steeped the tea by leaving the bags in while I sipped. I was able to coax out more of my beloved tannic flavor; and also added a touch of dark honey, which brought forth more of the plummy flavor.
The taste of cinnamon is still not very noticeable but I detect it somewhere in there tempering the flavor from becoming too bright and fruity, and also adding a touch of warmth to the overall composition.
I’m wearing Natori by Natori while I sip this…..a plum,rose, and amber fragrance with a touch of patchouli.
Flavors: Plums, Tannin, Tea
This is my go to Jasmine tea. Nothing too special about it. It tastes like Jasmine but nothing extravagant. It’s my cheap-and-want-to-chug-jasmine-tea-now kind of tea. I double steep my tea BUT I mix it. I put it all in a 20 oz insulated water bottle so I can sip it hot/warm within an hour or two. I always double steep my tea but mix it all together and that is what I did here.
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #13
I used two of these teabags, but somehow the flavors that were supposed to be here were still pretty weak. I would have no idea what the flavor even was. The green tea wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t the best. I don’t think any spices could really shine in a green tea anyway. I love how the description says “rich plum”… I don’t think there was any plum here. I was going to try some of the Perennial Plum but upon looking at the blend, it looks like the Della Terra plum blend, which I have a ton of… so I’ll leave that one for others to try!
Love this tea. The coconut takes a back seat to the bright hibiscus, but thanks to the coconut this tea is creamy rather than astringent (as is a common issue I find with tropical teas). Great hot or iced—it’s refreshing and a treat for any occasion. I usually brew a cup when I’m missing the sand between my toes and the calming sound of the ocean waves. I’d go as far as to say that this is like Hawaii in a cup.
Flavors: Coconut, Hibiscus, Pineapple
I had such high hopes for this tea, but sadly I was disappointed. The description caught my attention—maybe it was the delectable description or it was the fact that I had just stopped eating sugar, but I had to buy it.
Followed the instructions for steeping and was rewarded with a delicious aroma. Upon first sip discovered that the tea tasted nothing like the rich, chocolate aroma. It made for a rather weak cup of tea. Try the Double Chocolate Rooibos if you’re looking for a rich chocolate taste.
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #3
I love the name for this one! This one is a Republic of Tea I am a fan of. It is what it is! Roasted yerba mate with hints of chocolate and nuttiness. I wouldn’t mind more cocoa and nuttiness. I was still a bit tired though, so maybe there isn’t much caffeine here. Just a solid cup of yerba mate!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep
Oh, look, one more person who got this as a sample! I can definitely taste cinnamon and vanilla, along with that woody background of red rooibos. It’s nice enough, I’m just not really a red rooibos fan. But the balance of the cinnamon and vanilla was nice, so if you like red rooibos, this one is nice.
Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Wet wood
I bought this as an inexpensive way to have tea at school. I also love blackberries, and particularly love them combined with herbals. I wish I had a candle of this. I had a blackberry basil one once upon a time and it was amazing. I am surprised at how fragrant this is. While it might not be the best in the world, it is very tasty, and I will likely repurchase.
There didn’t seem to be too much tea in each teabag so I used three for a 16oz mug. I am drinking this now solely because of my insomnia. I try to stop real tea by about noon if possible. This one is not bad and not great, somewhere in the middle. I can taste the peach and the ginger seems to be in the background.
I brewed three teabags in 16oz of 200 degree water for 3 minutes.
Ok ok, I gave this another shot and it turns out I was doing it completely wrong the first time. The first few times, I had it with just sugar and it as giving me a bitter taste.
I gave a few tea bags t my friend who said she looooved it with milk and sugar. SO. I gave it another shot, this time with milk and sugar. Game changer. Now it tastes much creamier and sweeter. I just needed the milk to cancel out the bitterness I was tasting. I only wonder why I didn’t think of that myself.
I don’t drink many bagged teas anymore but The Republic of Tea’s products were among my favorites when I did. Two aspects of this tea enticed me to try it:
1. It was a free sample that came in the mail
2. I enjoy drinking Christmas teas during the festive season
When I opened the sturdy envelope to expose The Republic of Tea’s signature tea “disc,” an inviting spicy cinnamon aroma spewed out. I steeped the disc for five minutes at 212 degrees. The color was a light gold/orange. The aroma was…like…Christmas!
The brewed liquor had a sweet and spicy flavor that was reminiscent of hot apple cider at Christmas time. I could taste the cloves underneath the dominant flavors but this taste was positioned perfectly without bullying the other great attributes. The overall flavors of this bagged blend were surprisingly robust and quite smooth. The after taste was gentle and delicate. I didn’t detect even a trace of astringency.
This delicious tea really did spread Christmas cheer on my morning. If you find yourself without your loose leaf infuser during the holiday season, this bagged selection just might bring you some comfort and joy.
Flavors: Cloves, Spicy, Sweet
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