The Republic of Tea

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90

This is one of my favorite teas to drink iced! To me, the ginger is actually more prevalent than the peach flavor. Overall it’s very refreshing when iced!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

This is a pretty standard English Breakfast-type tea. It’s mellow and smooth but I prefer something a little more robust in the mornings.

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

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61

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.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML

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100

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Flavors: Honey

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 0 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

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Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Milk, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

Very good tea. It’s slightly spicy, and it’s citrusy taste is delicious.

Flavors: Citrus, Spicy

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72

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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75

This tastes exactly like a green apple Jolly Rancher. So, if that’s a flavor you enjoy, you will enjoy this.

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Green Apple, Hibiscus

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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76

I added some milk to this on the recommendation from one of the other reviews of this tea and it tastes just like caramel apple cider to me. From those powder packets. I added a bit of sugar but still. It smells fantastic but the taste is just okay. Still, a good cup.

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75

Absolutely delicious tea! For months I would have a cup in the morning to get me set for the day, and sometimes as a pick-me-up during lunch. A truly decadent tea, strong flavors and good with or without creme or sugar. My only complaint is that it gets bitter very quickly, so you have to stay vigilent when steeping!

Flavors: Almond, Vanilla

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88

Soooo delicious. I was blown away at how much flavour was left in this tea given it’s age and it was just perfect to hit the spot this evening.

Dustin

I never would have thought to combine blackberry and sage! Is it savory?

Evol Ving Ness

I think Liquid Proust combined these two flavours at one point too.

Starfevre

It’s more sweet, but then, I tend to add sweetener. The sage just adds a bit of something that makes the whole thing come together. So much better than just straight blackberry somehow.

52Teas

This past week’s Tea of the Week is also a Blackberry Sage tea – Yunnan grown Teas (A golden Yunnan & an Assamica grown in Yunnan Province) with blackberries and white sage. It’s really good. I don’t have it yet available for sale because I need more pouches . . . but it will be on the website later this coming week.

Starfevre

ooooooh, I shouldn’t be buying tea but I might not be able to resist that.

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1

this is a truly beautiful to look at, but awful tasting tea. I love both cardamom and cinnamon, but could not stomach this. Even the scent and color were sickly once steeped

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Dirt, Medicinal, Tobacco

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1

this is a truly beautiful to look at, but awful tasting tea. I love both cardamom and cinnamon, but could not stomach this. Even the scent and color were sickly once steeped

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Dirt, Medicinal, Peppercorn, Tobacco

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25
the vanilla is a bit artificial tasting. doesn’t work well here for me. I drank what I purchased but would not purchase again

Flavors: Artificial

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25

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I over leafed this a bit to finish off the last of the sample. It was a risk that ended well. The tea ended up richer instead of bitter like I have experienced in some over leafing situations. I’m almost done with this cup already, but I’m questioning how much I like it. I do like it, but I was quite taken by it in my first cup. I could probably stand to buy another sample and do further investigating!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Another find in the bulk section of Whole Foods! This definitely smells like a breakfast tea, all malty and hearty. The taste is much brighter. I get grassy flavors in the sip, surrounded by malt with a little tannin at the end. Adding cream, cause it just feels right with a breakfast tea, more well rounded and meal like. The grass flavor is mellowed out, the whole thing is more balanced and smooth. There are still brighter notes in the sip, the malt is richer and mild, the tannin at the end is subtle. This tea is quickly growing on me and I didn’t expect that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

I like Republic of Tea Milk Oolong fairly well prepared per the package instructions but it wasn’t memorable. However, recently I wanted tea and found a few grams of this in the back of the cupboard. I didn’t have quite enough for a full cup so I tossed about a gram into my cup and prepared it “grandpa” style. Oh my! It was a lovely way to bring out full fruity and floral notes. The milk and vanilla notes were largely gone after the first cup but continued steeping and more water brought out the flavors of spring and summer. I think that measly gram could last an entire day and still be flavorful in the last cup. I do recommend this tea but I think it best served "grandpa"style.

Preparation
1 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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72

I got this as a free sample in Republic of Tea’s seasonal catalog. Aww yiss, winter blends.

This is reminiscent of eggnog, heavy with vanilla. But instead of nutmeg, as one would find in eggnog, they used cardamom. It has a creamy, sweet note that makes me put this in the dessert tea category. The raspberry leaves give it a bit of a dryness that balances that out somewhat. Others have said they tasted caramel, but I don’t.

There is just something missing here in this blend. Clove? Cinnamon? Ginger? I don’t know. It’s an ok cup, but I’m not into it.

Flavors: Cardamon, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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