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Another of my oldest teas from a Hapatite Tea Swap I did with Mina way way back in 2014. I can’t imagine these teabags have been too affected by time, though. It’s a very drinkable tea, though none of the flavours stand out in particular other than the metallic tang of the hibiscus. It has a hint of natural sweetness and when I add just a tiny bit of honey to it the citrus flavour comes out a little, though not much. Not a tea I would choose again for flavour, but I don’t think the flavour is really the main reason anyone would choose this tea. I can’t speak to any skin benefits, but that’s not something that really interests me in tea anyway.
Similar in taste to Republic of Tea Cuppa Caramel Cake, but has more of a fruity smell
Conflicting tastes and smells between fruity and rich, resulting in a 5/10 rating.
3-5min steep advisory.
Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Vanilla
You easily taste more pomegranate than you do green tea however I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Green tea does tend to be bitter anyway, so this tea is nice in that you can get the caffeine and cleansing benefits of a bit of green tea, but mostly taste a fruit instead. This is a good midday tea to give a small bump in energy levels while working on a project or some other kind of work. Personally I can usually get two steeps out of one tea bag before moving onto a new one. I highly enjoy this tea and would probably restock my cabinet with it if I were to run out.
This tea is able to curve some of the sharp ginger taste with the addition of a peach undertone. However the ginger still remains the center tasting point of this tea. I personally only make this tea hot as the cold temperature tends to make it a little more bitter.
Since it was a bit of a fruity tea I steeped it for 4 minutes to make sure the full flavor profile had a chance to steep before tasting it.
Flavors: Ginger, Peach
Ohhhh Republic of Tea. You got the scent game down in your harvest season blends. I wanna know where da flava at?
Dry bag smells just like mulled apple cider and even the aroma of the tea which is even more tart and pungent. It smells real. But there is so little flavor — a little tart watery apple and cinnamon — and no depth to this it’s ridiculous. This just makes me feel nostalgic for apple season in Ohio and upset that I can’t even come close to nursing my aroma-induced longing with a hot cup.
Generic pumpkin spice tea. It smells delicious, yes, like creamy, sweet pumpkin pie filling, but in the mouth it’s rather flat. Neither creamy not sweet and no pumpkin flavor. It tastes mostly of pumpkin pie spice flavoring mixed with a floral black tea base that has a propensity toward bitterness, which I find an odd combination with the spice but not bad. Mix that flavor with some sweet Yunnan black and it’d be much better.
Had as a bedtime warm beverage, this was pretty satisfying.
There was a very small amount of material in the teabag, perhaps one teaspoon worth. Milk thistle is in the family Asteraceae and this tea smelled like what I would expect from a variety of Asters, though it’s difficult to describe. There was a slight milky note mixed with the citrus that gently blanketed the floral and herbal aspect. The aroma of the grapefruit flavoring was definitely more ruby red than pink or white, sweeter and rounder with less of a sharp edge and mixed well with the orange peel. The liquor was fairly clear with an almost silky body from the milk thistle. Tasted light, grainy and milky sweet with the citrus coming in nicely, not too harsh or bright. It seemed to be a ‘cooling’ tea and was nice to have before lying down. I actually quite enjoyed it and happy that it was a sample included in my tea fest bag.
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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