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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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
I’m on a (tea) bag roll today. I received this free sample in the mail from The Republic of Tea just before Christmas. This was one of my favorite companies during my bag days seven years ago when I was just a TEAnager (hee hee). The company displays a lot of imagination and creativity with the many tea selections they offer, including special limited holiday selections, like this one.
When I opened the wrapper, my nostrils were immediately filled with a delicious aroma like eggnog or a Christmas cookie. My senses are easy to please when it comes to sweet stuff. I dropped the round and tag-less bag disc into boiling water for five minutes as recommended by the wrapper for the maximum brewing time.
The finished aroma was also like eggnog…yes…or a Christmas cookie. The color was bright amber.
The flavor of this tea was true to its smell. It tasted just like eggnog…and, one more time… or a Christmas cookie. Although the flavor was potent, and probably not found in nature, it did not taste chemically artificial to me. There was no astringency and a pleasant enough aftertaste remained on my palate that reminded me of Christmas cookies past.
If I were ever to return to my early life as a bag drinker, I would be fine with this selection again during the holidays. I prefer loose leaf but sometimes I don’t have a problem when I’m told it’s in the bag.
Flavors: Cookie, Eggnog
I have to hide this one. When I observe the specified water/tea bag ratio, it’s really good. A great cup in the evening, and too many friends and family agree. I am under a self-imposed (though loosely regarded) buying freeze, and I need this to last a little while.
Chocolaty, minty, and deliciously creamy.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Mint